Putting the Dragon in DragonCon
Zealot.com Visits DragonCon 2000
by Shane Ivey
From Thursday, June 29, to Sunday, July
2, Zealot.com was at DragonCon 2000 in Atlanta, Georgia. If
you couldn't be there, we're going to make you wish you were.
Here's just a sampling of what went down, with links to full
A Zealot Guide to DragonCon 2000
Day-by-day coverage of DragonCon! From Koenig
to the Crow, an Ewok attack to the Masquerade, it's all here.
The Crow: Salvation
Our first DragonCon 2000 article is from
a midnight screening of an early print of The Crow: Salvation.
The print clearly still had some editing due (hopefully they'll
do something about those pesky boom mikes that kept creeping
into view), but will editing be enough? Find out in our exclusive
Everybody's been wondering about Andromeda,
the new project based on concepts by Gene Roddenberry and
set to star Hercules' Kevin Sorbo. Andromeda
writer and executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe was at DragonCon
to tell us all about it... and it sounds pretty damn good
so far. [more]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Read our exclusive interview with Buffy
writer-producer Jane Espenson about the shows, the writing
process, and hints about next season! [more]
Dungeons and Dragons
You've heard the rumors. You've seen the
teasers. You've had your doubts. Now: the time is at hand.
The Dungeons and Dragons movie will be previewed at
DragonCon 2000, and its director, producer, and stars will
be on hand to hype the movie and answer all our questions.
How will it look? Will it capture the spirit of Indiana Jones,
as the director aimed for, and perhaps some of the fun of
popular fantasy television shows? Or will it only remind everyone
why the fantasy movies tanked after glutting the market in
the 1980s? Will it whet our appetites for The Lord of the
Rings, or will it cast unwanted doubts at that mammoth
production? At DragonCon, we came a little closer to the truth.
The director talked about Battlefield
Earth (and its sequel), his work in the Star Wars movies,
dealing with critics, and his upcoming vampire flick. [more]
Richard Hatch, Apollo himself, was there
to talk about his plans for Battlestar Galactica, the
licensing troubles, and his next big science fiction project.
The Lord of the Rings
The buzz about Peter Jackson's film adaptations
of The Lord of the Rings is not slowing down. At DragonCon,
actors Brad Dourif and Karl Urban (Grima Wormtongue and Eomer
from The Lord of the Rings) were on-hand to discuss
their roles in the films and their other projects, and there
were extensive presentations by the Tolkien experts at theonering.net.
AND WE SAW THE SHOWEST PREVIEW! [more]
We spoke to acclaimed author Terry Brooks
about the Shanarra novels, filming fantasy, and the Episode
I novelization. [more]
Look for our talks with Walter Koenig (Bester),
Bill Mumy (Lenier), and Jason Carter (Marcus) of Babylon
5. COMING SOON!
I'm afraid Adrian Paul cancelled and Dimension
Films said the rumor that Highlander: Endgame would
be premiered at DragonCon was just that: a rumor. We did see
a trailer for it, though. Sorry, girls: Adrian cut his hair.
Yes, we even caught up with a Zealot fan
at DragonCon! (Hi, Sneezythesquid!)
Even better, our Berman/Lucas
press conference parody was a hit in all the right places.
But more on that later.
So stay tuned for all the features and for
Zealot coverage of the other big sf events this season!