Guillermo del Toro has big plans for Pacific Rim... and its sequel. Steven Moffat hints at the biggest rumor regarding Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson won't be Lobo after all. Plus director David Twohy talks Riddick!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Pacific Rim.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Zachary Quinto discusses what to expect from the sequel:
Yeah, darker, bigger and there's just more at stake for everybody. So, I think that's exciting for an audience.
What should audiences expect from the next film?
More action, more peril and there's more at stake, as I said, for the crew of the Enterprise this time around. More danger and just a bigger, bolder experience I would say.
Portraying such an iconic character as Spock in Star Trek and doing so successfully in the first film, what kind pressure does reception of the sequel put on you, if it puts pressure on you at all?
I never felt any pressure from being a part of that franchise, I only felt supported and... I have only felt like my job is to get to work and be a part of something that people want to watch and want to see. That certainly was the case the first time around and I think it will be more the case this time, because it is such a bigger experience we shot this movie in 3D and IMAX and I think the story just lends itself to much more of an explosion onto the summer movie schedule scene.
There's more at the link. [Huffington Post]
Star Wars: Episode VII
In case anyone was still wondering about those debunked John Noble Star Wars rumors, here's an official denial from the Fringe star himself.
It's still a great idea though.
Man of Steel
While explaining the attitude that he and director Zack Snyder approached to making the latest Superman movie, star Henry Cavill drops some hints about the character's arc in the film:
"This is not a movie about Zack Snyder directing something, or Henry Cavill playing a character… it's a selfless movie about a character who is going through what he is going through. He wants to do the right thing, but he's fallible, like the rest of us. He messes up, and that makes us love him more."
Director Guillermo del Toro gives the latest update on his giant monster epic:
We're 30 to 40 percent into the 3D conversion and that's going really good. We've done 99 percent of all the animation of Industrial Light & Magic, and we have rendered and finished about 33 percent of the shots. So the big animation haul is basically over. We have about a dozen shots left to animate."
Del Toro also discusses The Wire star Idris Elba's work as Lieutenant-Commander Stacker Pentecost, saying he "needed him to root the whole adventure, morally and ethically." He also discusses his and co-writer Travis Beacham's work on a potential sequel:
"Travis [Beacham, co-writer] and I have been working on it. We co-wrote the screenplay on this first one, and now we're hard at work at doing the second one. We want to take however long it takes to really find out the idea and try to bridge something that really makes the mythology roll... The great thing about Legendary is they're willing to take it to completion in the right way. They're giving us the leeway. Imagine that we're generating the comic book. We're learning more about the [Pacific Rim] world we're creating day by day."
Game Change writer (and "Jonathan on Buffy" actor) Danny Strong has reportedly completed the script for the first part of the two-film adaptation of the final book in the Hunger Games series. Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence is reportedly going to return for the next two films — assuming he doesn't abruptly exit the series like predecessor Gary Ross — and so would begin pre-production on the first Mockingjay film potentially while still completing post-production on the current film. For his part, Strong is expected to begin work on the second film straight away, as Lionsgate is reportedly pleased with his first script. [/Film]
Director David Twohy explains how he and star Vin Diesel created a third Riddick movie on a fraction of the budget of The Chronicles of Riddick, and why the film's independent status allowed them to do things they couldn't with the previous studio-made film:
If you make it PG-13, then you have to make concessions, and that's what happened on The Chronicles of Riddick where we had to downplay a lot of our action sequences and remove a lot of the blood. We found it was tying our hands, so we vowed not to do that... Vin and I got the rights back and produced it ourselves on a smaller scale. That said, it still looks like a big movie. I think the audience will see the tip of the hat to Pitch Black, but they won't feel claustrophobic.
Based on previous statements it sounds as if Riddick could get additional powers. Is that true or is he just more dangerous?
The cryptic answer is a little of both. Sorry for being coy but I'm already projecting ahead to the theatrical cut versus the director's cut and thinking about what I may re-include.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson reveals that his potential starring vehicle about D.C. Comics' intergalactic bounty hunter has fizzled out:
"It was [something that I was going to do] for a minute, but then it kind of just went away, as things happen in Hollywood. For a minute, I was interested in it, but then it went away.
The plan to film two James Bond films back-to-back as the follow-up to Skyfall has reportedly been dropped, and so director Sam Mendes is reportedly considering coming back for the next film, depending on the script. [Mail Online]
I would advise against reading this as confirmation that past Doctors will be returning for the fiftieth anniversary special — which is set to start filming in April, so this has to be finalized fairly soon — but writer and showrunner Steven Moffat reportedly had this to say about the possibility:
"Getting the other Doctors involved would be very fitting for the anniversary episode, wouldn't it?"
While it seems unlikely Moffat would say that at this stage if previous Doctors weren't going to appear, the very same report also says the special will see Matt Smith's regeneration into the next Doctor, when it's already been confirmed he will be back for at least the Christmas special. So, to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure what to make of any of this, although apparently Matt Smith is in favor of bringing past Doctors back too:
"How amazing would it be to see Tom Baker? Can you imagine seeing him back in the scarf? That would be so cool. Paul McGann is a great Doctor – I say bring back Chris [Eccleston] and Dave [Tennant] too."
In more substantial news, "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Angels Take Manhattan" director Nick Hurran has revealed he will direct the 50th anniversary special. This report also mentions the rumored running length is 90 minutes, as opposed to past reports that said it would be a relatively short 60 minutes. That might just be a typo or unsourced speculation, but at least it's a sliver of hope for those disappointed with the current running length. [Blogtor Who]
The Walking Dead
Star Andrew Lincoln discusses Rick's journey through the rest of the season:
"A lot of the back half of the season is the struggle between two ideologies and two men [Rick and the Governor], but also a struggle for Rick's sanity. He's probably at his lowest ever. We wanted to hold up a mirror that [the Governor] could've been Rick maybe two to three months down the line with a civilization like Woodbury. Rick and his family have been moving around hand to mouth and haven't had time to digest the grief and the shock and the horror of the situation. So what's possibly happened in Woodbury is that they've had time to sit with it, and that's had a detrimental effect on some of the characters."
And costar Laurie Holden discusses whether Andrea can ever truly rejoin the group after her time in Woodbury:
"Yes, she befriended The Governor, but she was never actively trying to kill the group. That's not who Andrea is. It's a misunderstanding and their misconception of a situation. They assume she's bad now. Unfortunately, she pays a price for being in the dark. It's never about choosing sides, because when she sees the Governor for who he is, she's not going to be with him. She's smarter than that. Rick and the group are her family and she was conned. She's caught in an impossible situation where she doesn't want anyone to die and people do try to force her to take sides."
There's plenty more from other cast members at the link. [TV Guide]
Elsewhere, David Morrissey discusses what's next for the Governor:
"That's going to be one of the surprises in the season — the Governor's methods to getting his revenge. There are people in his group — Andrea and Milton — who are the voice of reason, who pacify his people and don't want this fight and want peace. Maybe there's an element to the Governor that might want that if he can get what he wants. He might not have to go through this all-out war if he can get what he wants, and diplomacy is part of that as well. Deals are done between hostile communities all the time, so there are exchanges that happen. All I can say is it doesn't play out the way that a lot of people think it's going to."
Person of Interest
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Relevance", guest starring Fairly Legal's Sarah Shahi.
Here's a promo for episode four, "Perfect Storm."
And here's the synopsis for episode six, "Broken", which airs March 8:
LIVES ARE ON THE LINE AS THE PAIN AND SUFFERING ESCALATE — After three years of searching for Amelia, Lucy's frustration and fury peaks. When she takes matters with Calvin into her own hands, he offers an unthinkable deal for Amelia's return. As Martin and Jake search for Lucy, they enlist Trevor (guest star Greg Ellis) at Breakwire to help. Meanwhile, Guillermo is reeling from his recent sins in Mexico, and he makes some life-changing decisions after running into a defeated man hiking through the Arizona desert
Here's a short set video of star Stephen Amell from the filming of episode eighteen, "Salvation."
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for this Thursday's episode, "Stand By Me." [Buddy TV]
Costar Joseph Morgan discusses whether Klaus and Caroline's friendship is now done for good:
"There's always got to be a hint of hope [for them], hasn't there? I would like to think that she is understanding enough [because] this is the thing: No one is truly good or evil. There's always some redeeming quality somewhere, maybe buried very, very deep within someone. I was filming a scene with her the other day, so the characters are still interacting. Their relationship, and I'll use that term loosely, becomes much more complex the more we go on, which is so interesting to play.
He also discusses what's next for Klaus and Katherine:
"Well, there are going to be interesting developments with that. We've got to bear in mind this is someone who Klaus hunted down for 500 years. So she's going to want to do everything she can to avoid him, whether that's trying to kill him or make peace with him or trying to broker a deal with him, that remains to be seen, but absolutely not something that's brushed over."
While Daniel Gillies is already set to return as Original vampire Elijah in episode twenty — the backdoor pilot for the show's planned Originals spin-off — he will reportedly make his first return appearance in episode eighteen, though it's not known exactly how he will factor into that episode just yet. [Zap2It]
American Horror Story
Zachary Quinto says he doesn't believe he will be back as a new character for season three:
I haven't had any conversations about coming back, so at this point I don't think I will be part of the third season as no one has mentioned it to me and I know that they have been making other announcements for the cast. Which is fine, when I signed on for the second season, Ryan [Murphy] and I talked about it being a one year commitment and I think just where I am in my work and what I want to accomplish I think it is good to have a little flexibility and a little bit of freedom. So, at this point I don't really have any plans to go back...
Being Human (US)
Here's a sneak peek at the first four minutes of tonight's episode, "What's Blood Got To Do With It?"
Here's a promo for episode six, "The Kenzi Scale."
Beauty and the Beast
Here's a sneak peek for this week's episode, "Tough Love."
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.