James Gunn addresses some (but definitely not all) of the Guardians of the Galaxy casting rumors. Brian K. Vaughan previews Under the Dome season two. Check out a Carrie TV spot. Producer Andrew Kreisberg looks ahead to the new season of Arrow. Plus Supernatural, American Horror Story, and more. Spoilers ahoy!
Top image from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Writer-director James Gunn recently set the record straight on some of the casting rumors, aside from the whole “Is Vin Diesel really voicing Groot?” thing, which he apparently didn’t address:
“IMDB is not always correct. Even right now I believe it contains misinformation. A complete cast list will not be released until closer before release- and we are not currently releasing a list of all the characters in the film. That said, Stephen Blackehart and my brother Sean are in the film but my good friend Steve Agee is unfortunately not. Although he would make a great Thanos (not really). Besides my brother and Gregg Henry, and a couple of others, we pretty much cast all of the supporting roles out of England. There’s a lot of take there, so it wasn’t hard! I love working with Steve, though – he’s a great friend and an incredibly funny guy.”
Independence Day 2
Director Roland Emmerich says that the Independence Day sequel – which may be called ID4EVER, because what could be classier? – is indeed set for a July 3, 2015 release date, but that’s more to keep studios committed to the project than an actual reflection of, well, anything:
"You have to set a release date otherwise another film moves into it. [But] Independence Day is my next movie, if I get the right script. I should get the script pretty soon, then I'll try to get it into good shape for one or two months, and if that happens, we'll announce it and start production… It's a parallel history. Humans rebuild whatever they have - bigger, newer, shinier - and then they forget. Maybe, 20 years later, [the aliens are] never coming back... We've created a mythology around these aliens, which is really cool. You have to create a mythology because people want to see a bigger picture."
He also says the aliens won’t fall for the "computer virus" ploy this time around. Check out the link for more, including why he plans to initially film only one of the planned two sequels instead of doing both in one go. [Empire Online]
Roland Emmerich also says that he’s making progress on this project, which is influenced by the ideas of and features some direct contributions from futurist Ray Kurzweil:
"That is on very, very good grounds again. We just overdid its complexity, we packed too much in it, but we lost two or three subplots and suddenly realized, 'Oh my God, this works!' I definitely want to make this movie."
Here’s a TV spot.
Mission: Impossible 5
Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce discusses the particular challenges of writing the latest Mission: Impossible film, which is set to be directed by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie:
"Well, the challenge is pretty clear, which is that you have to be better than the four which came before you and they've already used a bunch of ideas that are probably really good for a Mission Impossible movie. I think that's also kind of exciting because you learn from those four. Definitely, as far as I'm concerned and Chris McQuarrie who's directing it and Tom who's very involved as is J.J. (there's a big brain trust on this), and I think elements of the first Mission, we loved the actual gang in first Mission. If you look back now, it's an incredible array of actors and the way it refreshed was really good, and I think Ghost Protocol just nailed tone. Brad's a kind of genius of action, and I think the Bhurja sequence is a modern classic."
Roland Emmerich says he’s still trying to make an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s iconic novel, but he now thinks a miniseries is the more likely bet than a movie:
"We're trying to do it as a big mini-series, but even there you would have to change the story itself and set it in a time when the galaxy has fallen apart - and then you're pretty much making a TV show with all these characters and playing all the scenes out. You can [do that] and we'll see what happens. We tried so hard [to make it into a movie], honestly, because it's one of my most favorite books. I just love it."
I don’t know whether I’ve ever mentioned that I’m a bit of an Asimov fan, but I do feel compelled to point out that if Emmerich does love the book as much as he says, he’d leave the damn thing in peace he’d perhaps recognize that the book really can’t be faithfully adapted into any sort of conventional movie, what with it being less a true novel than a connected series of short stories spanning roughly two centuries. If anything, Foundation actually would work better as a miniseries, but I’m totally fine if this thing just continues to baffle and stymie those who seek to adapt it. [Empire Online]