And Guillermo del Toro wants to direct. The villains of Guardians of the Galaxy may have been confirmed. The Luna Brothers' The Sword is being adapted by David Hayter. Is Grimlock in Transformers 4? Another Star Wars actor wants to return. Watch Edgar Wright talk about The World’s End. Spoilers ahead!
Top image: Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guillermo del Toro has talked to screenwriter Charlie Kaufman about adapting the Kurt Vonnegut novel, as part of a standing multipicture deal he has with Universal. Del Toro told the Daily Telegraph:
Charlie [Kaufman] and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book. I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of 'Slaughterhouse-Five'] — to be 'unstuck in time,' where everything is happening at the same time. And that's what I want to do. It's just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it's my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there's a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer!
Kaufman has gained renowned for writing the screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. [The Playlist]
In the same interview with the Daily Telegraph, Guillermo del Toro said he would like to direct Benedict Cumberbatch in a Frankenstein movie. Currently Cumberbatch and del Toro are working together on the upcoming film Crimson Peak, and Cumberbatch has already played both Victor Frankenstein and the monster in a stage production. [via The Playlist]
And the final bit of news on the Guillermo del Toro front: The director says he would be happy to work with any shared DC Universe movie continuity in his Dark Universe, a.k.a Justice League Dark, movie. Says del Toro:
The great thing about the Dark Universe is you have this possibility of basically creating a supernatural group and you can play by different rules, but I would love to see the DC Universe become as cohesive as the Marvel filmic universe. So if there’s any correlation, I will honor it.
Of course it's easy for del Toro to be flexible, since he's still waiting for a screenwriter. [/Film]
Guardians of the Galaxy
An inside source has supposedly confirmed the roles of several actors attached to the movie. Benecio del Toro will be The Collector, Lee Pace will play the Kree warrior Ronan The Accuser, and Karen Gillian will be Nebula, the space pirate and reported grand-daughter of Thanos. Some of these rumors about characters have been floating around for a while now. Let's hope San Diego Comic-Con gives us official confirmation. [Den of Geek]
Marvel comics editor Steve Wacker hints that a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series might be in the works. Discussion of the project came up during a writing summit for Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man. Wacker says in the letters section of the latest issue of the Guardians comic:
"Now, look, I can't officially confirm that we spent a LOT of time talking about the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon but wouldn't that HYPOTHETICALLY… be amazing?"
"Seriously though, don't ask me about it because it totally didn't happen."
Star Wars episode VII
The recent casting call and the Star Wars Expanded Universe have combined to create wild plot speculation. WhatCulture is hypothesizing that the teenage girl is Jaina Solo, the Jedi daughter of Han and Leia. They are also hypothesizing that the two males being cast are possibly Jag Fel and Zekk, two parts of a love triangle surrounding Jaina. This is just total guesswork and probably wishful thinking at this point.