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The Scanner’s Top Five: Week of 01.28

1. Despite the fact that a film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s seminal Ender’s Game will forever remain in production limbo, the author this week green-lighted a video game version. The enemy’s gate is down!

2. The final issue of Y: The Last Man hit stands just as rumors surface that director D.J. Caruso is planning on a trilogy of Y films starring Shia LaBoeuf. Casting of his sidekick Ampersand is still underway, however, as the Outbreak monkey is currently in rehab.

3. Just weeks after the premiere of Cloverfield, Paramount has already begun talks with director Matt Reeves to helm a sequel.

4. Can’t get enough of an enormous sixties robot screaming “Danger, Will Robinson?” Got $24,500? Now you can have your very own Lost in Space B-9 replica. Dr. Smith sold separately.

5. John Cleese was cast as Dr. Bernhardt in the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. During the announcement, Cleese was quoted saying, “I’m not dead. I don’t want to go on the cart.”

SciFi Dept. Video: Kevin Maher laments the psychedelic SciFi sequel to 1969’s Easy Rider that almost was. Suffice it to say it’s titled Biker Heaven and it involves the resurrection of Billy and Wyatt via a Biker God on a gold Harley. 

SciFi Talk Forum: With great power comes great responsibility? Maybe not. We want to hear what superpower you would choose for yourself, and what you would use it for. We’re also discussing the art of remaking SciFi classics–what makes a remake work, and what makes it fail? Let us know, and enter for a chance to win a DVD of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Log on to the Talk forum now!

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