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Raimi's New Series
Finds Its Leads!!

Merrick here...
Craig Horner...
and Bridget Regan...

...have landed the leads in WIZARD'S FIRST RULE. The syndicated series is produced by Sam Raimi & is based on THE SWORD OF TRUTH books by Terry Goodkind (WIZARD'S FIRST RULE was the first installment in the series).
Horner will star as woodsman Richard Cypher, who transforms into a magical leader and joins with a mysterious woman named Kahlan (Regan) to stop a bloodthirsty, sinister tyrant.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter.

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  • May 21, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I ARE FIRST!!!!!

    by Stupendous Man

  • May 21, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    The guy looks girl

    by A G

    the girl doesn't. And I'm not gay.

  • May 21, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    guy looks cool*

    by A G

    damn I need some sleep.

  • May 21, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    that girl looks jaws

    by frankenfickle

  • May 21, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    YOU ARE CUNT!!!!

    by LordPorkington

    Figured I'd join in with the horrendous grammar on display so far. Are the day release retards allowed on here?

  • May 21, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Yeah but will she get raped every episoide?

    by SG7

    Cause that's what passes for conflict in these weak ass books.

  • May 21, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    so is this the new Hercules and Xena?

    by oisin5199

    Raimi back with a syndicated series? I thought Andromeda was the last of those.

  • May 21, 2008, 1:29 p.m. CST

    More Sinbad than Hercules or Xena

    by Yeti

    I smell cheeeeeeeeeeeeese!

  • May 21, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    That's not a photo of Craig Horner

    by jenkis

    That's a photo of Jesse Spencer, who's in House. And hot.

  • May 21, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Cant wait, my favorit fantasy series

  • May 21, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Where the hell is Song of Ice and Fire?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Update that.

  • May 21, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Syndicated = FLOP

    by Zeegloo


  • May 21, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    What happened to Wee Free Men?

    by EskNerd

    Discworld needs to make its Hollywood debut. <p>And what's with Craig's mangina?

  • May 21, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    So... it's exactly the same plot as ROAR then?

    by Mockingbird Girl


  • May 21, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Kahlan raped every episode?

    by Dreamwriter

    Happened once in the entire series if I remember right, and not in the first book which is what the series is based on.

  • May 21, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    So is this going to be super cheesy lame?

    by DKT

    Not that the books were high literature anyway, but still I was expecting something different than Hercules and Xena. These actors honestly don't look the part to me.

  • May 21, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Is holmes squatting in a swimming pool?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Double-yoo tee eff, mang?

  • May 21, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    This should be on hbo, these books have to be way toned doon on the violence for tv

  • May 21, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    father rahl guide us

  • May 21, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Hercules/Xena kicked ass

    by teethgnasher

    2 hours of mindless entertainment. AND I LOVED IT! Consuming pizzas and ice cream while watching Sorbo, Lawless and Bruce "the Chin" Campbell. Can it get any better?

  • May 21, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Will this show have muppets?

    by Christopher3

    I insist.

  • May 21, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Hollyweird flipping for "Horner" in a submissive pose.

    by kabong

    Any hetero males over 30 years of age working in movies?

  • May 21, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Agree with ya teethgnasher

    by mrfan

    Remembering watching both on Saturday afternoon. Good times.

  • May 21, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    i hope this is the new xena and hercules...

    by seekshelter


  • May 21, 2008, 5:30 p.m. CST

    actually Zoogloo

    by I87D

    there's a lot more money in syndication than network primetime. it's just a lot riskier for investors (since each market has to be sold to individually). but if you turn on the TV and see a show airing first run in syndication, then it's already more profitable than 50% of the stuff shown on networks. And as for viewers, Hercules, Xena, & Baywatch were three of the most watched shows of the 90s. I believe, globally, Baywatch was the #1 show in the world at one point...

  • May 21, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Craig Horner or not...

    by brain drill

    is that dude naked in that picture???

  • May 21, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by Murraypalooza


  • May 21, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by Wolfman Nards

    If this show isn't on Showtime or HBO it will be utter shit. The book is way too violent to be a network tv show. Me = Furious.

  • May 21, 2008, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Where's Bruce Campbell?

    by JacksParasites

  • May 22, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by A G

    You are a cunt. Leave the talkbacks for good.

  • May 22, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Might be amusing

    by Kizeesh

    But it'll fail, as Raimi will throw in Xena-style PG13 violence and.....actually, that'd make it better. Hopefull he'll remove the 70 page bondage segment.

  • May 22, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Are Those Their Myspace Pics?

    by Frat Boy

  • May 22, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    If Bruce Campbell is in it at all

    by ChogWolf

    I will totally watch it.

  • May 22, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Must be hbo or it will suck, and i always hoped routh would play richard

  • May 22, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    The mud people are good guys and cannibals, wonder how that will be handled on tv

  • May 22, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    WFR and violence

    by MJAYACE

    Agree on HBO and showtime comments. How are they going to do Richard's capture by the Mord Sith (basically torturing dominatrixes)? that was very violent, very sexual, yet was an integral part of his transformation and dealing with his "father". If Raimi does this Herc and Zena style it will be too lighthearted for the tone of the books. Oh and for Song of Ice and Fire, while fantastic books, in my opinion would be difficult to do as a TV show. Talk about intricate plot and exploratory dialogue! People bitched about the stupid taxation of trades routes crap from SW. Can you imagine the plot from SOIAF?

  • May 22, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Song of Ice and Fire for dummies

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    I got about 2/3 through the 1st book of this crapfest. It reads like fanfic.

  • May 22, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by Leafar the Lost

    If its syndicated, then I have to ask this: why wasn't it good enough to be on a network? Was Spiderman III that bad?

  • May 22, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by SlackAttack

    I tried reading this book... and I quickly came to the conclusion that I'd rather get shingles, diphtheria and stage 7 syphilis than finish it. I found most of what I read to be sadistic, simplistic, meat-fisted , etc... Terry Brooks is inspirational for one reason ladies -- he proves that ANYONE can write.

  • May 22, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by Multiplex

    And you are inspiration for one reason: you prove that not everyone can READ. Terry Goodkind is not Terry Brooks.

  • May 22, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    the new Hercules and Xena

    by punto

    is Flash Gordon.

  • May 22, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Mixing up goodkind and brooks is pretty damn funny. goodkind i love, brooks, not at all. goodkind is always a great read imo

  • May 22, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    So Jesse Spencer has left HOUSE MD?

    by Drath

    Not that I'd be surprised, he and Jennifer Morrison are the least used of the original characters (and they killed Cutthroat Bitch! Those bastards!!!). Wait, did he change his name too? This story is several days old, surely AICN would be using the right picture too by now. Surely.

  • May 22, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Xena/Hercules were awesome shows

    by jonsnow

    Those two series holds up well over time because of the modern humor and intense drama, as well as the very, very good actors like Kevin Smith, Lucy Lawless and Alexandra Tydings. Michael Hurst was a very good director for the light hearted episodes, which where just to take a break from some of the darker drama. A nice mix. Speaking of A Song of Ice and Fire, I'm still waiting for "Dances with Dragons" The writer has had major problems with his editor had the messy ideaof breaking his last book the book into two parts, Feast of Crows and Dances with Dragons. The bad part about that is my favorite character, Jon Snow is in Dances and left out of Crows.

  • May 22, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I didn't think I was drunk, but I just laughed my.....

    by FlickaPoo

    ....ass off reading this TB. Maybe I should go take a couple Tylenol...with a couple of big glasses of water. Just in case.

  • May 23, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    That girl looks like she's getting the 'Shocker'

    by DallasGoodbar

    Seriously. "Raimi gotta eat!"

  • May 23, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Are those the BEST pictures you can find of the actors?

    by mistergreen

    What the heck is that guy doing? And the girl looks like somebody grabbed her hoohaa.

  • May 26, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    fuck you, AICN

    by antonphd

    you know... those have to be the worst pictures that you could pick to show for these 2. you know, you prove why this is a website and not a real publication. zero class.