Fans love to debate who would win in a fight — a Jedi versus a Hobbit? Han Solo against Indiana Jones? And now they can see these battles take place in the ultimate arena — Ultradome!
Heroes star and avid Star Wars fan Milo Ventimiglia, with his production company DiViDe Pictures, bring these awesome battle match-ups and more to MSN with their new Web show Ultradome — starting Jan 25! And the first episode pits a Star Wars Jedi vs. a Lord of the Rings Hobbit — to the death!
WATCH VIDEO: Ultradome Trailer
MSN interviews Milo about this new show, how a gift of lightsabers helped spawn the idea for the show and who he’d like to see Boba Fett battle against:
What was the origin of Ultradome? How did you guys come up with this idea?
Milo Ventimiglia: Actually, it came to lightsabers. Russ, my producing partner — we got a couple of lightsabers from Lucasfilm and we made some small videos where Russ and I are battling one another with our lightsabers. I mean, totally low-fi, there’s no effects. Two big kids playing with lightsabers.
And we sat down with Agility and the idea just kind of germinated where it wasn’t just lightsaber battles but what we’re actually taking geek culture and pop culture and we’re kind of mashing that all together in a battle to the death. So once we had the initial idea, then we discussed the potential and possibility of what these battles would be and it grew into what is Ultradome now.
Another thing that regularly comes up between genre fans is remembering the first time you went to the movies. What was your first movie?
The first movie I saw on a big screen was Empire Strikes Back. I remember waiting in line and the anticipation of what was going to happen. And then I walked into this place in Orange County called the Cinedome. It was a stadium seated auditorium and I am walking in with my parents and I see this huge curtain and stage. I’m thinking the curtain is going to open up and all the sudden there’s going to be Darth Vader, Han Solo and the rest. When the curtain opened and I see the screen I think to myself what —f— is this? Then the Fox logo comes on … and my heart start racing and then the music kicked in and then the scrolling intro and I was totally hooked at that point.
Is there a dream Ultradome between two favorites that haven’t been done yet but you would like see?
Man, I’ve got a list of about 40 and we keep thinking up new ones all the time. I would love to see Dog the Bounty Hunter go up against Boba Fett. In an efficiency world, how about a Tauntaun vs. a Prius? It’s all over the place and there are no rules to it, which is the great part.
Be sure to tune into Ultradome on MSN, starting Jan. 25!
Read the full interview here:
Milo Ventimiglia Steps Into the ‘Ultradome’
Read more about Milo’s love for Star Wars here:
Milo Ventimiglia: Lightsabers, Luke and Heroes