Paul Verhoeven’s World of Ultra Violent Science Fiction, …and Showgirls.

Paul Verhoeven on the set of Robocop
Paul Verhoeven on the set of Robocop

Just in time for the new reboot of the much coveted and adorned ultra-violent 80’s classic ‘Robocop’, what better time than now to have an all enveloping, all encompassing look at original director Paul Verhoeven’s career outside of his birthplace. His filmography has inadvertently cemented the director’s position somewhat – as a Sci-Fi auteur – a fan favourite; a name that is championed, due to his satirical take and political underpinnings within the genre. Subsequently, looking at Verhoeven’s North American tentpole produced films – Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Starship Troopers and Hollow Man – it may come as a surprise, much to the demise of fans, that Verhoeven has been quite open about the fact that he has never been much of a Science Fiction fan, which is quite hard to believe considering. Continue reading

Constantine TV pilot gets Neil Marshal at the helm

John Constantine - Hellblazer: City of Demons
John Constantine – Hellblazer: City of Demons

Neil Marshal, who broke out into the horror scene with the surprise hit ‘Dog Soldiers’ and the creepily atmospheric ‘The Descent’, is set to bring some much needed irreverence to NBC’s pilot Constantine, having been given directorial duties on the DC project. Marshal dropped off the radar for a while after two of his feature length movies – Doomsday and Centurion – were subjected to abysmal distribution which inevitably lead to commercial failure and has recently been back on the small screen, taking on directing duties for both Games of Thrones and Black Sails, in which he directed two episodes for each of the high profile shows. Continue reading