Well, we’ve found a new place. And it’s only one block over. And one floor up from where my writing/producing partner, Paul, is living (His response when I told him: “I’m afraid I’m going to have to complain, buddy. I don’t want people with multiple dogs living in my building.”). It has a fitness room, a swimming pool, and a deck I’ll never ever step out onto. We move in tomorrow night! Please leave your apartment-warming gifts in the main lobby with the concierge. Thanks.
I’m off to work on an outline. Here, entertain yourselves with a long overdue mailbag…
Angelus writes: “You mean the “super secret project” A.K.A “Transporter TV Show” of which everyone has been aware for the past couple of months? That super secret project?”
Answer: Yes, that one. Shhhhh.
cherluvya writes: “Now…Carl isn’t leaving LEAVING is he? Just for the writing period…right?”
Answer: Alas, Carl is just freelancing on the show. He’s going away to work on his script and will be back sometime in the near future to break his second episode. 🙁 As Paul pointed out last night, even though we’ve known Carl longer, Alexander will probably miss him the most. Those two really hit it off. They were beste of freundes.
irish pete writes: “Will this new series have as much action as human target?”
Answer: That’s a pretty safe bet.
David J writes: “has Brad and co made any new progress then last you said they had made progress (earlier last month) not that you could tell us much but has there been ANY moves forward for SGU?”
Answer: Last I heard (on Friday) there was some movement but, curiously, it was neither forward nor backward but sideways. Strange but true.
DP writes: “Questions about the new series: 1. What does the new series have in common with Stargate?”
Answer: Action, adventure, engaging characters, interesting relationships, a sense of fun, and humor.
“2. What does the new series have in common with the Xbox game Simpson’s Road Rage?”
Answer: Fast-paced four-wheel action. And colorful characters.
“3. What are some locales we’ll see in the new series?”
Answer: The series will have a certain European flair.
“4. Who is your favorite character?”
Answer: Right now, I’m loving them all – however, I do hold a special affinity for our protagonist, Frank.
“5. What are some of the main character’s quirks or, oh, let’s say, rules that govern his/her behavior?”
Answer: Oh, he’s got a few. He’s quite regimented that way.
“6. What has the main character been doing since the last movie?”
Answer: Ah, you’re assuming the series picks up where the last movie left off. Not quite.
“7. What will the main character be doing in the pilot that we’ve seen him/her do before?”
Answer: His job.
“8. What does the main character do for a living?”
Answer: Helps people in need. For a price. So long as their need requires getting something from point A to point B.
“9. Does the main character have any special skills?”
Answer: Oh, plenty. Don’t get on his bad side or you’ll experience them firsthand.
“10. Is the main character an upstanding, square-jawed hero?”
Answer: Definitely not.
“11. What does the main character have in common with you?”
Answer: He’s not an upstanding, square-jawed hero. Also, we both drive Audi’s.
“12. Does the main character have any pets?”
Answer: Nope. Maybe a couple of pugs in season 2?
dasNdanger writes: “Since it’s fresh on my mind – any news on the comic book front?”
Answer: We’re looking at an early 2012 release.
Lou Zucaro writes: “1) How many black Audis does the production have, and are they owned / leased / fake?”
Answer: We’re still in early prep and have yet to close the deal on the cars. Once ours, they will need to be modified in order to pull off some of the ambitious/awesome stunts we’re scripting.
2) The new A8 is pretty f’ing phenomenal…is that what we’re going to see on-screen?
Answer: That’s the plan.
3) Did you open the package?
Answer: I’m incredibly curious and impatient so, yes, I couldn’t resist and opened the package. It contained gummi bears and a coupon for a free tractor trailer ride at the local county fair.
Andrea-Fonville White writes: “Have you thought of casting any one from Stargate?”
Answer: I’ve certainly suggested some former Stargate vets as we gear up for auditions.
Thornyrose writes: “So, as an executive producer, will you have to fly over the pond for the European side of the production? If so, how often?”
Answer: That task would fall to someone else. Chances are I’ll probably be quite busy on this side of the pond. Still, if it was necessary, I do speak French and do love French food…
Sparrow_hawk writes: “Did I miss some posts or haven’t we gotten any Q&A responses from the authors on the recent books?”
Answer: Nope, ’tis true. We’re awaiting Q&A responses from our last three guest authors. In all fairness, I told them not to rush and to turn their answers around at their earliest convenience.
Sean D. writes: “What would you say are some key similarities and differences, so far, in your experience with the new franchise as compared to the Stargate franchise?”
Answer: When Paul and I joined the Stargate franchise, the production was a well-oiled machine that had been humming along for three years. All the major start-up issues had been addressed and it was a simple matter of stepping aboard and enjoying the ride. In the case of this new series, we’re essentially building the foundation for what will hopefully be a nice long run. Like Stargate, the people we’re working with are terrific, which is key.
Sean D. writes: “How does the restaurant scene in the Toronto area compare to that of the Vancouver area?”
Answer: Sushi aside (I’ve already resigned myself to the fact that I can give up any hope of enjoying a Japanese meal for the duration of my Toronto stay), pretty good. I hit some pretty fine restaurants on my initial trip here (Nota Bene, George, Splendido) and discovered some very good casual eateries on this swing.
KEK writes: “Is there any way you could push for MGM to commission a novelization of your script that you and the other writers would consider canon?”
Answer: Alas, it’s out of my hands. For what it’s worth, I think it’s a terrific idea.
pennlynn writes: “How has your stress level been??”
Answer: 95% of my stress revolves around dog issues (their safety, their health, the fact that they’re well taken care of). I can pretty much roll with whatever punches life throws at me on all other fronts.
Ivon Bartok writes: “Stop talking shit about Toronto, Mallozzi…”
Answer: A Vancouverite such as yourself wouldn’t understand…
Stu writes: “Come on, there are douchebags in every major city, small town, hamlet, and outpost in the entire world. Don’t shit on an entire city because of one a-hole. […] Meh, you just lost a reader.”
Answer: What are you, the mayor of Toronto? Look, I’d love nothing better than to say the city is beautiful, the traffic is awesome, the people are friendly and, up until recently, the weather has been delightful – but I can’t. Hopefully, in time, I will. Still, I’m sorry if I offended you.
And your Maple Leafs suck.
Ulrike Tannenberg writes: “Someone commented a few days ago that the chances for a 3.season are zero (sad, but I knew that) and the chances for a movie are almost zero (that was new to me and totally shocked me, as it is/was something of a last hope). So the question is: is it true – almost no chance for a SGU-movie?”
Answer: Someone commented? Was this someone an official spokesperson for MGM? If so, then they would know. If, on the other hand, that someone was some nameless noob on a discussion forum, then they don’t know anymore than hou do. A third season of SGU is not in the cards, but a movie is still a possibility.
paloosa writes: “1) Since the show is in early pre-production, will it be airing in 2012?”
Answer: Yes, the plan is to premiere in early 2012.
“2) Any chance for casting any Stargate actors?”
Answer: I did make some requests for people I wanted to see audition.
“3) Is this strictly a Canadian production, or will it include American or European actors, writers and directors?”
Answer: It’ll be a melting pot of talent in front of and behind the camera.
“4) Will there be less studio or network involvement in the creative decisions than you were subjected to with Syfy?”
Answer: No, I’m sure the networks will be equally involved on the creative front. Their first round of notes were quite good.