News briefs: Electric Church develops; Depp talks Alice

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to a series of sci-fi novels by Jeff Somers and has hired Trevor Sands to adapt the first book, The Electric Church, according to The Hollywood Reporter; the story centers on a new religion founded by a mysterious man named Dennis Squalor that converts the faithful into cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and virtually unlimited life spans.
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Adult Swim's animated sketch series Robot Chicken has been picked up for two additional seasons totalling 40 episodes, creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich announced.
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Johnny Depp talks a bit about playing the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland in the Disney video below.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVII drops on DVD on March 16.