Darren Aronofsky's $150 million Noah's Ark movie gets the go-ahead. Plus what's next for Supernatural, The Walking Dead, and Terra Nova!

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Batman is on the run in a new Dark Knight Rises set video. Will another Enterprise Captain return for the Star Trek sequel? Roland Emmerich's Foundation movie gets a new writer. Plus a bunch of Real Steel sneak peeks.

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Avengers.

The Dark Knight Rises

Here's a set video that appears to show the Gotham police in hot pursuit of Batman, in keeping with the end of The Dark Knight. [Comic Book Movie]

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And here's an accompanying set photo.

The Avengers

Here are some more promo images, including some high-res versions of the pictures in Entertainment Weekly. [ComingSoon.net]

Star Trek 2

When asked on a forum about a possible by Bruce Greenwood as Christopher Pike, co-writer Roberto Orci rather cryptically acknowledged the possibility, although he definitely didn't confirm Pike's return. So... not a lot to go on here, really, although for his part Greenwood has stated that he sees Pike as "essential" and definitely wants to return in some capacity, so at least a cameo seems decently likely. [Trek Movie]


Real Steel

Here are some sneak peek clips.

And here's a behind-the-scenes featurette.

The Hobbit

In a recent video interview, Tauriel actress Evangeline Lilly takes the opportunity to speak some Elvish, specifically the lines "Come now!" and "The cells are empty!", which she then pretty much confirms are two of her lines in the film. You can see the video at the link. [Access Hollywood]



Paramount and New Regency have agreed to fund Darren Aronofsky's $150 million epic based on the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Gladiator and The Aviator writer John Logan - he, uh, prefers you don't mention Star Trek: Nemesis - has been hired to rewrite Aronofsky and Ari Handel's script. In the studio press release, Aronofsky offers this quote:

"Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family's journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It's my hope that I can present a window into Noah's passion and perseverance for the silver screen."


[PR Newswire]


Roland Emmerich's planned adaptation of Isaac Asimov's magnum opus has reportedly picked up a new writer in Dante Harper, who is behind the upcoming projects Black Hole, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and All You Need is Kill. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be going back to pretending this isn't happening. [Deadline]


Dinosaurs vs. Aliens

Celebrated comics writer and omnidimensional wanderer Grant Morrison gives this update on his first screenwriting gig, adapting his own graphic novel for Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfield:

"I've just finished the second draft of the Dinosaurs vs Aliens movie. It's what it kind of says on the tin. What would happen if aliens arrived when dinosaurs were on earth? Barry had said he wanted a comic book version of the story - and the whole thing built towards the film."


[Daily Record]

Time Zones

Green Lantern co-writer Marc Guggenhiem is reportedly writing Time Zones for Disney. Here's the description:

The story is set after an event that causes the world to spontaneously develop "time zones," described as fractures in space-time which replace various segments of the world with identical geography from the past and future; so it might be 1750 in France, 300 B.C. in China and 2065 in New York.

In this scenario, one man realizes that because time travel is now a matter of geography, he has the chance to change the past and save the life of his wife, but must team up with his estranged daughter to do so.


[Heat Vision]


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Here's a promo photo of new Superman Henry Cavill as Theseus in Tarsem Singh's latest. [MTV Movies Blog]

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

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Here's a poster. [SpoilerTV]


David Cronenberg flatly denies he was ever going to direct an English language remake of Nacho Vigalondo's Spanish science fiction film:

"Timecrimes, that was a strange thing, but that's what happens. They proposed it to me, I said 'No,' and then suddenly it was on the 'net like I'm doing it, and I think the producer was so excited that I'd read it and look at their original movie that he started talking about it like it's happening. Actually, I think it was the director of the Spanish version was responsible for saying I'm doing it, but I was never doing it. Sometimes on IMDB, you see you're doing three movies you've never even heard of. They try to be accurate, but the 'net is so intense and instantaneous and the sources are not checked."




Cronenberg also discusses his current project, an adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis with a cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, and Mathieu Amalric:

"The novel is so great and the dialogue in it is incredible and it's very cinematic. Well, it is and isn't. Most of the movie takes place inside a limo, so some people would say that's not cinematic, but I say it is!"



The Sarah Jane Adventures

Here's a trailer for tonight's second half of the opening story, "Sky." [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]


John Noble discusses where the relationship between Walter and Peter is headed.

Game of Thrones

Here are some pretty awesome set photos. [GoT Portugal]

The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln discusses the changing dynamics of season two:

"There are no right answers, there are no right decisions made. Everything seems to be a compromise at the moment, and it's just about how good a compromise you can make. The fascinating thing about this group dynamic is that it's constantly changing. In one episode, a person can be the villain and in the following episode they can be the savior. It's going to be intense. This world will get more dangerous. In the first season, there was a lot of time spent at that camp when they were fine. Now we've taken that away from them, we're really going to just expand the world a little bit. We're hitting the road, they're moving, and it's going to be a lot of cool stuff."


[Daily Mail]

Terra Nova

Here are some promo photos for next week's episode four, "What Remains." [KSiteTV]


And here are some for episode five, "Runaway." [SpoilerTV]

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Here's a poster of Jim Shannon and Commander Taylor taking on a Carnotaurus. [Terra Nova TV]

Star Jason O'Mara explains why the Shannons defied the law and had a third child:

"The honest answer to that is Elisabeth and Jim are very much in love. It's easy to be cynical about it, but husbands and wives can be in love with each other, and they can have understanding, loving relationships, and good, close relationships with their kids," the actor contends. "I'm not saying that they're perfect – they're not, by any means – but they are well-adjusted and highly functioning. Some may say, ‘How realistic is that?' but I think it's just as solid as any other portrayal of a TV family."


O'Mara also touches on the mystery of Taylor's son and the rock carvings, and how the resolution to that will set the tone for how the series generally deals with big mysteries:

"You only have to wait a couple episodes to find out what those sketchings are all about. [The show] is going to make sure that with all the questions, even though they're a carrot on a stick, you only need a couple episodes to find out what's going on. We're being very conscious to create a show that yes, has mystery as a part of it, but we're not going to have huge questions dangling."


There's more at the link. [TV Line]


Charlie's Angels actress Cheryl Ladd has reportedly been cast as Sarah's estranged but still maternal mother, Emma. [EW]



Executive producer Sera Gamble confirms that Castiel is really dead, though she's a bit ambiguous about exactly what that means:

All of those Leviathans inside of Cas were too much for the vessel, so they stewed him into the water. These are things we have to be somewhat cagey about, but it was too much certainly and it disintegrated under all of these monsters, if you will.

Is it safe to label him as dead? Or did you purposely leave it ambiguous?
Both things are true, actually. We purposely left it ambiguous. In the life of the show, [Sam and Dean] just suffered the death of one of their best friends, something that they are dealing with in a serious and substantial way...Death is a funny thing on Supernatural because we're a show about life beyond the grave, but this is one of most serious losses that Sam and Dean have had to face in the life of the series.


She also confirms there are plans to bring back Misha Collins, even if it's not as Castiel:

It has always been our intention to bring back Misha in some form. When we called Misha to let him know that we had this plan for the character, we talked about this on a longer schedule than in these first two episodes. We certainly can't say too much about where the story is going to go, but we love Misha and want to continue to work with him.


There's more at the link. [TV Line]

Elsewhere, Gamble teases that one of the Winchesters will get married this seasont:

"It's episode 8, which is filming now and called ‘Season 7, Time for a Wedding.' Both of the boys are involved, and one of them is the groom. [The episode] has elements of meta, [it's one of the] lighter, funnier episodes, [but it will] not attempt to tread in ‘French Mistake' territory."


She also offers these hints for the rest of the season:

"Starting with the episode that airs on Friday, we introduce the monster-of-the-week element back into the season. We will continue to have that kind of mix of mythology and monsters in the show. But it just so happens the way we are introducing this new monster element this season, it was sort of literally coming out of the last crisis with Castiel. So it made sense to bring the finale into the first few episodes of the season - this way so we ended up with a bunch of Alias style cliffhangers. It was a little bit of a departure for us."



And Gamble expands on what this week's episode means for Dean:

"What happened with Cas takes a toll on Dean in terms of his ability to trust people and assess situations. His core instincts as a hunter are called into question. He's been rocked on a pretty deep level. You pair that with his really grave concerns about his brother's mental health, which I think are warranted given that he had a gun waved in his face like fifteen seconds ago, and he's got a long road. A situation will come up on Friday that will test him in what kind of choices that he's going to make, given the circumstances. It'll set the ball rolling for his story this season."



Speaking of the next episode, here's a sneak peek for "The Girl Next Door", featuring a guest appearance by Firefly's Jewel Staite.

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.


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Dear Darren,

If you make the Noah movie, I hope you are prepared to take two of everything you own, stuff it all into a Mini-Coop and drive off into the unknown where you will hopefully spend the rest of your life directing community theatre. Your audience will be made up of people who believe that the Noah story is historically accurate and will love you forever. The rest of us will spend our time watching good, interesting films.


Take care.