The latest Captain America 2 rumors have a surprising Community connection. And meanwhile, Kevin Feige promises that Edgar Wright's Ant-Man movie is still happening. The great Peter Dinklage joins the mind-bending science fiction movie Rememory. And do we finally know what the mysterious extraterrestrials in The Avengers are?
All that, plus the latest casting news for Bryan Fuller's Munsters remake.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
Remember that TV spot we posted the other day, featuring the first look at the alien army fighting for Loki? As many io9ers suggested, the current internet rumor is that Loki's aliens are Korbinites, the race whose most famous member is Beta Ray Bill — who is basically Thor if Thor was a weird vaguely horse-looking alien monster thing, with all the awesomeness that implies. From what I can see, their appearance and their armor are a decent match for the comic book Korbinites, though they look a bit more ghoulish and desiccated. Of course, that may just be an artifact of translating them from the comic book page to the movies. Anyway, this is all just speculation, but I'd say this is the first plausible guess I've heard so far, certainly better than the continually denied talk of Kree or Skrulls. [/Film]
Captain America 2
It seems Captain America Joe Johnston won't get to tell the story of the Winter Soldier, as he repeatedly discussed while promoting the first movie. There's a rumored short list circulating as to just who will direct the sequel, and Johnston isn't on it. Instead, there's a trio of Marvel's typically unconventional candidates: The Adjustment Bureau writer-director George Nolfi, Italian Job remake director F. Gary Gray, and, most intriguingly, Anthony and Joseph Russo, who are best known for directing TV episodes, including several for Community, Arrested Development, and Happy Endings. (They also directed the Owen Wilson movie You, Me & Dupree, but it's not as though that information makes their candidacy make any more sense.) The Russo brothers' biggest experience with directing action sequences was probably Community's paintball sequel episode and season finale "For a Few Paintballs More" from last year. [Vulture]
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige provided this latest, vague but generally promising update on the status of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright's long-simmering Ant-Man movie:
It's somewhere. I'll just say it's closer than it's ever been in its long maybe eight year history, and I usually e-mail Edgar every two or three days and over those eight years its got further away and closer… we are now closer than we've ever been. So I hope it will come together shortly.
Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt has reportedly been hired to polish the script for Elite Squad director Jose Padilha's remake, which was originally written by The Infiltrator's Josh Zetumer and then rewritten by Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk. [Variety]
Here's a TV spot.
And here is a banner that compiles some of the recently released character posters into a single image. Also, this is clearly the palest thing ever. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Here's the first couple of set photos from the post-apocalyptic Frankenstein movie, in which the titular monster looks like Aaron Eckhart and teams up with Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski to fight a demonic Bill Nighy. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Rememory is a science fiction movie starring Peter Dinklage. I feel like that's really all I say to make it clear this is a project worth paying attention to, but just in case, here's the complete description for the film, which is directed and co-written by Penelope's Mark Palansky and costars Best in Show's Catherine O'Hara:
Penned by Mike Vukadinovich [and Palansky], the film begins with the unexpected and puzzling death of a professor the night before he was due to unveil his "life-changing invention." O'Hara will play his widow, who is left to make sense of the bizarre machine, while Dinklage will portray "an unlikely friend." Together the pair discovers that the device records and projects memories. So, they decide to use it to investigate how it led to her husband's demise.
It's not clear exactly what genre the film will be, but O'Hara's presence suggests this will likely be a comedy, while Dinklage's presence suggests it will be awesome. The film is set to begin production this May in Toronto. [Cinema Blend]
Mark Palansky and Mike Vukadinovich are also reportedly working on this English language remake of Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's romance I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK. No additional details are available at the moment. [<a href="[Cinema Blend]">Cinema Blend]
Here's a trailer for the animated movie about a weird kid who sees ghosts. Admittedly, I can't imagine seeing ghosts is a recipe for turning out well-adjusted, so "weird" may be an unnecessary adjective there.
Here are some rather heavily cropped set photos that reveal that not only will the Daleks be back for the first episode of season seven — something that was already confirmed elsewhere — but a bunch of different types of Daleks will put in an appearance. The BBC website included this accompany caption:
Not much had been confirmed about the Doctor's forthcoming adventures but we think it's safe to say we can expect to see the return of perhaps the Doctor's most legendary foe. Here are some sneaky pictures fresh from the set of Doctor Who where the Daleks are being wheeled before the cameras once again. But which design? The answer is ALL OF THEM!
And, of course, there was this little photo Steven Moffat tweeted yesterday, which we're hoping isn't an April Fools' prank. (Hat tip to Ursus-Veritas!)
Finally, we learned last week that Harry Potter director David Yates still says he is making his own Doctor Who movie — while Steven Moffat and others at the BBC keep saying that he definitely isn't — and here is Yates's latest comment on the matter:
Yes, I'm definitely doing a Doctor Who movie. But I think where everyone got confused was that we're not making it for five years, or six years — it's a very slow development. I've got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it's something I'm very passionate and excited about.
Steven's a genius. I love his work, I think he's incredibly clever. I love what he's done with Doctor Who, love his Sherlock Holmes. He's such a gifted man. But this is something that's a very slow burn and I'm hoping to sit down with him at some point and have a chat. It's just something that we've been talking about for a little while. [On connections between movie and TV show] That's all to be discussed. Because it's five or six years from now. It's weird because... what will the series be like in five or six years? But I'm very excited about it, very excited about that world.
I still really don't know what to make of this, since it's rare that you have two fairly major players like Yates and Moffat saying such completely contradictory things. I guess we'll just have to see. [Geek Tyrant]
Here's a promo photo for this Friday's episode, "Everything In Its Right Place." [SpoilerTV]
Just in case you heard rumors that Lincoln Lee actor Seth Gabel had been cast in NBC's pilot Revolution (along with Megan Mullally, of all people) and that this means Lincoln is likely not long for this world... well, that was just an April Fool's joke. So, nothing to see here.
The Walking Dead
Showrunner Glen Mazzara suggests we'll be at the prison for a long, long time:
"Right now, I do see that prison as a significant storyline for season 3 and season 4. I do think that's a major storyline, and I know we were on the farm for longer than perhaps people wanted, there were reasons for that. I think what we want to do is make sure that that prison does not become claustrophobic. I think the farm played a little claustrophobic for people. Now that the entire landscape has fallen to the zombie apocalypse and zombies are literally at the gate of the prison, if you see in the graphic novel, that prison is a very, very small safe corner. There's a lot of danger around, so we won't feel like we're bottled up in the same way that we were on the farm, in season 3. So, I do think that prison is a significant storyline, and we're also interested in opening up the world. You know, The Governor has the world of Woodbury, there are other factors out there in the world, other groups, so I think that Rick's group is really stumbling into this larger world."
He also confirms plans to bring in more characters, including comics favorite Tyreese:
"There's a lot of great material from the comic book, this show would have to go on 20 years to get to all of it. I think the Tyreese character is someone we're interested in introducing at some point. We still have Morgan and Duane out there, from the pilot, we're interested in them, and there's new characters that will be original to the series, not coming straight from the comic books. I was telling someone yesterday, I think seasons 1 and 2 have been prologue, and now we're hitting the ground running, and I see season 3 as resetting the show in terms of what I really hope it can be."
Here's a promo photo for season five. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for this week's episode, "The Thing With Feathers."
Here's the synopsis for the sixth episode, "Lost and Found", which airs April 19:
A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT OCCURS ON AN ALL-NEW "TOUCH" - As Martin and Clea work together to uncover a shocking development involving Clea's mentally-challenged mother, Teller (guest star Danny Glover) steps into trouble when he visits Jake at the board-and-care facility. Meanwhile, a plane crash survivor seeks new purpose to his existence and a Chinese couple struggles to find balance between work and life
British actress Charity Wakefield, best known for her appearance in the recent Sense and Sensibility miniseries, has reportedly been cast as Marilyn in Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller's edgy reimagining of The Munsters. She joins fellow Brit Eddie Izzard in the cast. Here's the description for the show's updated spin on Marilyn:
Wakefield will play Marilyn, Lily's beautiful niece and the only "normal" Munster (which makes her rather abnormal). Saved from being devoured by her own mother as an infant, she lives with the Munsters but has not inherited any of their special attributes. A college student who believes in good manners and congeniality toward the new neighbors, she regularly clashes with Grandpa (Izzard), but she gets along well with Aunt Lily and Uncle Herman, as well as with her young cousin Eddie.
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Of Grave Importance", which airs April 20 after the show gets back from a brief hiatus.
Additional reporting by Marykate Jasper and Charlie Jane Anders.