Weekly Nerd News: January 7


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:

Rumor has it Universal Studios wants to open a Lord of the Rings theme park. After the success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it’s apparent why they would want follow its lead and capitalize on the franchise’s popularity. Would you like to visit Middle Earth in theme park form?

• E3 is only a few months away and we’re already getting teases as to what it will bring. While there, Microsoft is planning to introduce its newest XBox generation console – the XBox 720. Though no details have emerged as to what features it will have, are you looking forward to its launch?

The BBC has just announced a partnership with popular children’s authors as part of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebration. The authors will each write a short story featuring a different incarnation of the Doctor and they will be published as a book in November. Arguably, JK Rowling is the most popular modern British children’s author – would you enjoy Doctor Who as penned by her? What other authors would you choose to write these stories?

After previously posting casting possibilities for Star-Lord in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, this week I bring you the shortlist for Drax the Destroyer. Word is Marvel is looking at Isaiah Mustafa, Brian Patrick Wade, and Dave Bautista. Could you see any of them in the role? It has also been reported John Krasinski and Michael Rosenbaum have auditioned for Star-Lord. Of all of the names tossed out so far, who has been your favorite?

Capcom has released a new trailer for their reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise, DmC: Devil May Cry. Though it doesn’t show any gameplay, it gives clues as to what the story will be about along with a good idea as to what the feel of the game will be like. It will be released for consoles on January 15 and PC January 25. Are you looking forward to playing?

In some sad news, the cancer-stricken Star Trek fan whose last wish was to see the new movie has passed away. Thanks to the power of the Internet, JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof were able to get in touch with Daniel Craft’s wife and screen it for the two of them just a few days before he died. The thoughts and prayers of the nerd community are with his family at this difficult time.

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