Here you can find news about the possible feature film. The AG DVD Petition News can be found on their own page.
Well it seems like Empire Online jumped the gun a bit (see previous update). Facts:
Of course this also means that none of the actors have signed a contract yet.
So we just have to keep hoping and campaigning!
Many thanks to Kim on the Jake Weber Yahoogroup for pointing out this brand spaking new Empire online article:
Please let it be true!!!
Good news about the NBC-Universal deal: According to this Hollywood Reporter article (subscribers only), the Federal Trade Commission gave the deal a thumbs-up:
Of course this doesn't mean that NBC-Universal will go back to 'business as usual' immediately, but this is an important step in that direction. I'll keep you updated.
A message from Craig A. Marquardo, President of Fathom Motion Picture Company:
Thanks for the update Craig!
Regarding NBC's planned purchase of Vivendi Universal's U.S. entertainment assets: According to HollywoodReporter.com (only subscribers have access to the full article) on 2. January 2004:
Well, we have been noticed at Universal! I was kindly asked to remove the name and e-mail address that I had up as contact regarding the AG feature film. Please send further messages in support for more American Gothic and a release of the original series on DVD, through the Universal home page's contact form.
More news, and first of all, an urgent request: It seems that Universal will soon decide whether or not to give their OK for an AG feature film, a possible new season and DVDs of the original series. Yes, you read that right. But if there's no film there may not be a series or DVDs either. So if you want to help bring our beloved AG back, send a message at [e-mail address removed at the request of a representative of Universal]. And best do it quickly, as the decision will be made soon!
You may also want to send a message to Robert Tapert, Sam Raimi's business partner at Renaissance Pictures:
Thanks for your help!
I also got some information about their plans with the feature film. From the original main cast, the plan is to get the following people back: Brenda Bakke, Gary Cole, Nick Searcy, and Jake Weber. They would all be asked to stay on for the series. Lucas Black is obviously too old to play Caleb now, so they would like to get Haley Joel Osment for the film, and then use another actor for the series. It certainly is good to hear about Gary, Nick, Brenda and Jake being asked to return. I haven't seen any of Haley's films, so I can't comment on this choice, besides saying his looks are more 'innocent' than Lucas Black's.
So what can we expect from the film? To quote my source:
"We are going to ignore season 1. We are going to take the pilot and some other episodes, and use them as the basis for the film, redoing everything from scratch as if the series never happened. Then wrap it up at the ending... then have 'AG: Revisited' premiere on Sci-Fi channel. In a Season 1, picking up where the movie left off. [...] Some things will stay, some will change... like we will be keeping Jake [Weber] on the show."
The intention behind this appears to be to go back and undo some of the changes that were forced upon the original series by CBS.
Of course, even when the intention is to make things better, there is the danger of going too far with the changes. As a fellow Gothnik said, "After waiting all this time it would be tragic if they screwed up." But with at least some of the original creators, and most of the main cast members potentially involved, let's hope that they'll be able to stay true to the unique atmosphere and quality of the original series! In your messages to Scott Stuber and Robert Tapert, tell them what you love about AG, and that we want this done the right way.
Stay tuned for more news as it happens...
I decided to put up a separate page for news related to the possible AG feature film.
A message from Craig R. Marquardo, president of Fathom Motion Picture Company (who have a new homepage):
"I have been distracted fromt he AG project because other films moved a lot faster and needed my attention. I am pleased to let you know that Jake Weber and Brenda Bakke have both been signed to reprise their roles in both the feature film version, and then for Season 2 of the series."
They are only in the early planning stage, so it's still a ways to go, but let's hope that they manage to pull this off, and that as many of the original cast as possible will return. It doesn't look like Shaun Cassidy will get involved, however, as he is busy with other projects.
I hope you're sitting comfortably on something you can't fall off of... because I found some very exciting news about a week ago! I would like to say in advance for those who are skeptics, that as far as I was able to determine, their source is "for real".
Get this: There are plans for a feature film version of American Gothic, based on the series!!!!! I found a mention at the site of Fathom Motion Picture Company (see link at the end of this mail). Very excited, but not quite daring to hope I had read correctly, I immediately checked with them, and here's the summary of the information they gave me:
Regarding the DVDs, they told me that according to their information, Universal is not going to release them, as they don't feel the profits will justify the costs. Also, apparently Universal sold their television arm to USA Films a few years ago, and although they are now merging again, it will take them a while to sort out the rights to swapped projects.
I am sure that, although that last bit about the DVDs is a bummer, you are just as excited as I am about the chance of a new AG project!!!! Of course, nothing in the movie industry is ever "final," but Marquardo seems to be an AG fan too, so I am sure he and his company will do their best to realize this feature film and make it a success. And keep in mind that, if this is a success, and especially if the series returns, there is still a chance of the original series being released on DVD! So we have one more reason to make sure that the feature movie WILL be a success! I assured Fathom of our support should they need it, so please spread the word! And while you're at it, why don't you leave a (short!) message at the guestbook of the Fathom homepage, and also drop a line to Shaun Cassidy and Sam Raimi at the addresses I have up on page 3?
For those who want to check out the information at the Fathom site - scroll down to the last third of the page, and you'll find it shortly before the "Television" title.
I decided to keep the AG DVD Petition up and running, and I hope that signatures will keep coming in - let's show that we can't be discouraged so easily!
I'll let y'all know as soon as I hear more. :-)