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New Farscape Movie, Sci-Fi Show For Peter Dinklage Are In the Works

An article on broke the Meh, no big news that Farscape writer/co-executive producer Justin Monjo is writing a movie spin-off of his cult classic sci-fi show. Oh, and he’s also working on a sci-fi pilot called The Beasts of Valhalla for HBO, and Peter Dinklage is in talks to star.

You know. Boring stuff like that. Who cares about a Farscape sequel? I’m kidding, please don’t kill me.

First, to Farscape. Via if:

In the finale, the protagonists, American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) and peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) got married and had a baby. In the movie, it’s revealed the boy had special powers which made him the target of the villainous aliens so his parents hide him on Earth.

The plot follows the kid at the age of 19 when his whereabouts have been discovered and he rejoins his parents on their spaceship.

If that happens we’re looking at the return of Crichton and Sun, which should get Farscape fans nice ‘n’ happy. Note that I said “if”: Monjo writing the movie (likely to be a TV movie, I’d wager) is a far different thing than said movie getting a green light and being produced. We haven’t approached Serenity territory quite yet.

And, I’m sorry to be a downer, but we need to keep a similar level of skepticism for The Beasts Of Valhalla, the HBO show Monjo is developing. It’s based on a series of novels by George C. Chesbro and is what Monjo describes as “grounded sci-fi.” Dinklage would play a dwarf detective/NYU criminology professor called Mongo the Magnificent, real name Dr. Robert Frederickson. The Mongo Series, of which The Beasts of Valhalla is the fourth book, takes place in something like the real world, but with genre elements like warlocks and genetically-mutated monsters.

“HBO and Red Hour [Films, which is producing] think he’s the perfect guy for the part and are very excited about the project” says Monjo, who according to the is article is flying to New York next month to meet with Dinklage and beg him to take the role talk to him about the project. Since Tyrion Lannister comes first, the idea is that The Beasts Of Valhalla would be shot as a “post-Game Of Thrones gig for Dinklage after 2016.”

If this ends up happening, Dinklage would go right from filming the final season of Game of Thronesnumber seven, according to producer Frank Doelger—to doing this new show. We’d be looking at a gap of approximately zero of Dinklage on our TV/computer screens. Again, this project could linger in development hell and die a quiet death. Or maybe Dinklage won’t even want to do it. Guy will deserve a break post-Game of Thrones, after all.

So both of these could happen, or neither. Or just one. If you had superpowers and could guarantee that one of these projects, but only one, would happen (The Beasts of Valhalla with Dinklage), what would be your call?

(via: io9, Empire)

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  • Mariah Huehner

    Sorry, has to be Farscape. Always Farscape. Need more Farscape.

  • Elwyne

    Farscape is the first show to ever rip my heart out and stomp it into pulp.

    That was one episode. I should probably give the rest of the series a try.

  • Calum Syers

    I’m currently watching Farscape for the first time, and I’ve almost finished season 4. I love it and would sell my firstborn son for more.

  • Calum Syers

    Which episode, may I ask?

  • Lup Lun

    So we’ve got Crichton and Sun and Son? ^_^

  • Marilyn Love Izen

    this would be a no-brainer, except that i am terrified of a farscape sequel not living up to the glory of the original. *bites nails*

  • Hannah Elspeth

    For a second I imagined that the sci fi show that Peter Dinklage was in talks to star in was the Vorkosigan Saga, and it was glorious.

  • Elwyne

    I don’t know the title and don’t remember a lot of detail. Some of the team were transported in time to a battle where (historically) a stand of women and children had bravely prevailed and been spared. In spite of their efforts to preserve history, their presence changed things, and when they got back, the monument said that all had been slaughtered.

    It was a beautifully made, gripping, and completely tragic hour of television, and scarred us both for life.

  • Elwyne

    glorious indeed!!!

  • Calum Syers

    Oh, I remember that one. That was heartbreaking.

    Another very sad one was where Aeryn and Chrichton lived an alternative future where they grew old together. John had to watch her die of old age as he confessed his feelings. Or the one where one of the two Johns (the one Aeryn had had a relationship with) dies, and she spends some time mourning his death and contemplating suicide.

    This show = Tick, tock. Feels o’clock!

  • ghilbrae

    More Farscape, please!

  • kinoumenthe

    Dinklage is great, but I really don’t see him as Miles… He’s a looks bit too seasonned to play him, (in my entirely personnal opinion).

  • Hannah Elspeth

    Oh, I agree he is definitely not in quite the right age bracket…but I do think that he has the charm!

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  • Anonymous

    How long have I wanted to see Mongo adapted to film?

    When I first dream-cast it, it was to star David Rappaport.

    This is MUCH better.

  • Anonymous

    I love the Vorkosigan series, but Miles is not a little person. He is a “standard” size person whose limbs and bones were repeatedly broken as a child due to his mother’s exposure to a toxin when he was in the womb. There is a fairly substantial difference between the two situations, so while Miles is very short, his stature and proportions are the result of a non-little person who was crippled with fragile bones. I don’t feel that Peter Dinklage would fit the bill … rather, the only way I can see doing it is by finding a an actor who can fit Miles’s unique appearance, either by nature or CGI. It is tricky. For me, it’s really important to get the right fit for the part, physically as well as in character.

  • glyssix

    How about more Farscape WITH Peter Dinklage??? Perfect compromise

  • Anonymous

    Me too, thank you Netflix!

  • Mark Matson

    I love Dinklage, but shouldn’t Hollywood take Dinklage’s acting as proof that some shorter people can really act? It seems like they have the same bias they have always had, but consider Dinklage an exception.

  • Anonymous

    Oh lord, my sister and I have a truly unhealthy love of Farscape. It’s just gorgeous. And Justin Monjo penned some of the best scripts in the show. “The Locket” (the one you mentioned above) is one of them. Plus, “Crackers Don’t Matter” “Kansas” and “Human Reaction” all of which are just STUNNING episodes.
    “Crackers Don’t Matter” in particular is a favorite of ours, since it’s all hysterical and hijinks, and then it kicks you in the gut at the end. When Chiana asks John where he got all of his insults? “I don’t know Pip, it was just there”. Just heartbreaking.

    Why can’t we have both? I want/need/am scared for more Farscape. But sign me on for more Peter Dinklage.

  • Calum Syers

    Farscape devotees are good folk, indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Can we get rid of the son angle and just focus on, you know, Aeyrn? Oh, okay, and John too. ;)

  • kbroxmysox

    I don’t know where they’re getting these “even seasons”…It seems like book 3/4 will be seasons 4-5, 4/5 season 6…The show will most likely go eight seasons if I had to guess.

  • Anonymous

    Claudia Black might be on my TV again??? YES. YES TO EVERYTHING.

    (In my head there is an amazing Wonder Woman film where Claudia Black plays Hippolyta and Gina Torres plays Athena. It is a wonderful place.)

  • Anonymous

    The proposed Farscape series/movie seems to be set after the BOOM! comic books, so check them out to fill in the gap.

  • Charlie

    I freaking loved Farscape, I can’t wait for more.

  • Omegasama

    Farscape is my fave Sci-fi show EVER! Sun and Crichton are both so cool! Claudia Blaaaaack <3

  • Mara

    I would watch the hell out of that.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing will ever break me like the season 2 finale cliffhanger, “Die Me Dichotomy.”

  • Anonymous

    I think the key is that Peter Dinklage is bankable, which is pretty much Hollywood’s reason for casting anyone, regardless of stature.

  • Anonymous

    Poor David Rappaport :( The man grew so bitter that he was always cast for being a short person, never for being a good actor.

  • Anonymous

    The hubby and I just started watching Farscape since its on Netflix, and then we realized Aeryn also does the voice of Morrigan from Dragon Age. So now we’re happily binge watching.

  • Mark Brown

    Ooh. I like the way you think.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, “Die Me, Dichotomy” frelling kills me. Every time.

  • Anonymous

    I think part of the issue is when you cast someone that…let’s go with “isn’t nondescript”, the risk is that the role will become about that person’s difference, or even more oddly, that they chose to IGNORE the person’s difference. Ideally, anything that person has, is or does that strays off the Yellow Brick Road of normalcy shouldn’t make a difference in a role or how it’s played, unless it does.

    Oddly, the Farrelly Brothers have one of the best histories of casting handicapped people in their films and totally ignoring their handicap. You’d expect the opposite, having they constantly make jokes about it, but they do the opposite: often the handicapped folks get the best lines or are the coolest characters, and it seems perfectly organic. I think it’s Shallow Hal where one of Hal’s friends has extreme muscle issues, two crutches, and in the film, he’s just sold his IT company for millions of dollars, and is the biggest mack daddy in the movie.

  • Grumpkins

    Those were my thoughts exactly. If I watch this movie, I’ll mostly only be watching it for her.

  • Cuclata NoSurname

    OK, I’d love some more Farscape it’s my all time favorite sci fi series EVER! But, if they turn it into some teen crap about a “boy struggling to fill mommy and daddy’s shoes” I will murder the writer for ruining it. There is so much potential in this show it’s unbelievable, here’s a better idea – a Farscape/Avengers crossover. I know I’d pay to see that