The Gifted is the second series begat from the deal between Marvel Entertainment and Fox and it’s curiously conventional-looking, especially compared to Legion (the first series launched on sister channel, FX).
That aforementioned conventionality may have a lot to do with it being directed by Bryan Singer, who helmed many of the X-Men movies, and contributed to their inconsistent tone (in terms of how they appear in movies versus their counterparts in the comics).
Guillermo Del Toro is, it goes without saying, one of my favorite directors working today. His work is always interesting, even if doesn’t make billions of dollars. He’s been working with Legendary Pictures since “Pacific Rim,” which did OK at the boxoffice.
I haven’t heard anything about a sequel, though he’s currently working on “Crimson Peak,”, also with Legendary as well as Charlie Hunnam (and probably Ron Perlman, who if anyone could be called his muse, it would be him).
But as much as I enjoyed ‘Rim,’ I am not writing about that. Instead I am writing about the series he has coming on FX, based on the series of books he wrote with Chuck Hogan, which consist of “The Strain,” “The Fall” and “The Night Eternal.”
The storyline is vaguely similar to Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” in which a plague of vampires–’plague’ is an apt word because Del Toro and Dixon treat the vampires as an disease (which is actually quite similar to what he did in “Blade II).
Vulture has prepared a list of the Ten Best and Worst Movie Posters of the Year, and while most of their choices are good ones, particularly “Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene,” I think that they missed one, which was understandable because if isn’t for a movie, but a television series on the FX Network.
It lasted a season, which is even more regrettable when you consider the mediocre stuff that generally makes the cut (though I think that that may say less about a series than the people that watch them).
Here is the best poster–movie or television–of 2011 (despite coming out late 2010).
The poster is iconic (and if I have to tell you what poster it parodies, then you should turn in your movie watcher badge), funny, and extremely clever. As of late November, there was talk of there being a second season, but I think that that’s a bit unlikely at this point.
Pity. That being said, I would rather “Terriers” end with one season than it coming back watered and dumbed down.