In the next four years, Ridley Scott's looking to make Prometheus 2, Forever War, Exodus, and Blade Runner 2. There's also a complete cast for the BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Plus, Summer Glau previews her character on Arrow. Spoilers now!
Prometheus 2/Forever War/Exodus
Ridley Scott's going to really busy for the next few years. Prometheus 2 is written, but not scheduled to start filming yet. He also indicates that Exodus, his Biblical epic starring Christian Bale, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton, is ready to go in 2014. But the big shock is that he also says that a second film is ready for 2015, and that's his long-mooted film adaptation of Forever War. Scott calls that book "one of the last great science-fiction books." If Scott's right about the timing, that likely means that Forever War, about soldiers fighting a war against an alien invasion, will be shooting in the next two years. [Giant Freakin' Robot]
Rachel McAdams has confirmed the rumors that she'll be taking the role of the woman woken up from stasis by a fellow passenger (Keanu Reeves) to keep him company on a long space flight. When asked about it, McAdams said:
There's a film called 'Passengers' thats in the works with Keanu Reeves that's all based in space. [It's] a very cool script. Hopefully that's gonna work out...
Blade Runner 2
While Scott's on top of those projects, the Blade Runner sequel's been put on the back burner. Scott said:
Yeah, we’re working on [Blade Runner 2] right now — that will happen sooner or later.
Later, probably. With Prometheus 2, Exodus, and Forever War already further along, the most optimistic guess is that production on Blade Runner 2 will start in late 2016 or 2017. [Giant Freakin' Robot]
Thor: The Dark World
Here's an clip showing Idris Elba's Heimdall being AWESOME.
Warner Bros./ David S. Goyer
Right, who is ready for a bunch more films from Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer? Because Warner Bros. has just given him a three-year deal, which will start with him directing a "Hitchcockian" science fiction thriller written by Doug Jung. Goyer is hoping to direct and produce a number of other films under the deal, describing his goals as:
Aside from me helping the studio break story on some of their properties and them supporting me as a director, we want to find other projects in an area I could call elevated genre, and this first project falls neatly into the category. I’ve found TV to be a more collaborative medium for writers than film, and there is a ton of terrific writers working in network TV and basic cable right now. Part of the intent of this deal is to tap that stable of writers and bring them into the feature world as well.
Man of Steel 2: Batman vs. Superman
Speaking of Man of Steel, rumor has it that Batman: Noel will be the inspiration for Ben Affleck's take on the Dark Knight. Also reportedly in the works is a whole new Batmobile, courtesy of GM and a revamp (already) of Superman's costume. Below's an image from Batman: Noel which might be similar to what we'll see in Man of Steel 2. [Slashfilm]
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
In an interview with a Chinese paper, Michael Bay hinted at what will be in the 30-35 minutes of the movie they've been filming in Hong Kong, saying:
There was a lot of dynamite.
We are not destroying Hong Kong. I can’t tell you how they [Decepticons] get here. They [the Autobots] are not rescuing Hong Kong but definitely rescuing something.
After saying that she's already done some filming for Hannibal season two, Gillian Anderson gave more details about how willing she'd be to do another X-Files movie:
Who knows? Obviously I get asked about that every week. And from day one, we always said if there is one, we'll show up for it. It's a matter of it being written and it's a matter of Fox agreeing to produce it.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Filming on the BBC series starts next week, and we now have pretty much the whole cast in place. Besides Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvell in the title roles, there will be Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) as Lady Pole, Marc Warren (Hustle) as the gentleman with the thistle-down hair, Samuel West (Mr Selfridge) as Sir Walter Pole, Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights) as Arabella, Enzo Cilenti (Rome) as Childernass, and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) as Vinculus. [Screen Yorkshire]
The Walking Dead
While it's not shocking that the show's been renewed for a fifth season, it was also announced that Scott Gimple will be returning as showrunner. [TV Line]
Mark Gatiss, the executive producer of the docudrama about the show's early years, explained the focus of the project, saying:
I had to focus it down. Simple as that. This is a drama, not a documentary, and though it's extremely painful to have to leave out some people who played a huge part, it makes dramatic sense. You simply can't do everyone justice in 90 minutes. For instance, the story of how Terry Nation and Ray Cusick created the Daleks is almost a film all on its own! Jeff Rawle plays Mervyn Pinfield, who was the Associate Producer, and his character sort of absorbs several others including Donald Wilson and the brilliant David Whitaker – the first script editor - whose contribution was immeasurable.
And here's a video interview with David Tennant talking about being on the set with Matt Smith:
In an interview, Summer Glau explained the relationship between her character, Isabel, and Oliver and hinted at how it will develop:
How would you describe Isabel's relationship with Oliver at Queen Consolidated? Fair to say it's contentious?
It is contentious, and it's a power struggle. They are trying to test each other's boundaries and test each other's power and try to set up dominance. It's not great for Oliver, because, of course, he has this whole other life where he's constantly fighting life and death, but now here in his own company — in his own boardroom — he's fighting for control of his family's business, and she's constantly keeping him on his toes and constantly bringing him back to the office to put even more energy in that side of his life. Right now it's really contentious, but it's going to continue to develop and change over the the next few episodes.
Without getting into specifics, how does their relationship evolve over the course of the season?
From my perspective, their mutual respect is going to grow. I think they're curious about each other, testing the boundaries and really getting to know what the other is made of, their motivations and what drives them. From there, I think the audience will start to wonder what Isabel's motivations are.
There's speculation that Isabel and Oliver will become more than just business associates. What's the likelihood of something romantic?
Knowing Oliver Queen — I mean, chances are that something like that might arise. (Laughs) But Isabel is a strong woman, so his interactions with her are going to be complicated no matter how it changes.
More at the link. [The Hollywood Reporter]
And here are the synopses and titles for the episodes airing on November 6th, 13th, and 20th:
“ARROW” — “League of Assassins” (8:00-9:00pm)
THE CANARY SINGS — While Oliver (Stephen Amell) tends to the Canary’s (Caity Lotz) wounds, he tries to get her to talk about where she came from but she refuses. However, after Oliver and the Canary are attacked at the Queen mansion by a trained killer from the League of Assassins, she confesses to having a connection to the nefarious group.
“ARROW” — “Keep Your Enemies Closer” (8:00-9:00pm)
DIGGLE GOES AFTER DEADSHOT — Amanda Waller (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) sends A.R.G.U.S. agents to kidnap Diggle (David Ramsey). Waller informs Diggle that Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) has gone missing after following a lead on Deadshot (guest star Michael Rowe) in Moscow.
“ARROW” — “State V Queen” (8:00-9:00pm)
MOIRA FIGHTS FOR HER LIFE; THE COUNT RETURNS — Oliver (Stephen Amell) is concerned when a mysterious illness sweeps the city, infecting hundreds of people, including Diggle (David Ramsey). Oliver discovers Vertigo in Diggle’s blood and realizes The Count (guest star Seth Gabel) has broken out of prison and is once again distributing his drug.
John Larroquette (Night Court) has been cast as the recurring character of Nigel, a “genius roboticist who is sympathetic, highly intelligent and a bit broken.” [Entertainment Weekly]
Person of Interest
Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker explained their characters' motivations for this season:
TV Guide Magazine: What are your characters' agendas this season?
Acker: Root thinks the Machine is going to change the world — that we're going to have a greater ability to figure things out — so she's trying to communicate with it and get everyone else on board.
Shahi: At the end of the day, Shaw's a soldier — you give her an order and she's going to do whatever it takes to fulfill that order. Her own government has turned on her, so partnering with Reese and Finch is sort of a selfish interest, because they're also protecting her.
Once Upon a Time
Go here for a complete set of promo photos for this Sunday's episode, "Ariel." And here's the synopsis:
AFTER BEING SAVED BY ARIEL, SNOW WHITE RETURNS THE FAVOR BY HELPING HER NEW FRIEND GET ACQUAINTED WITH PRINCE ERIC, AND EMMA, MARY MARGARET, DAVID AND HOOK ATTEMPT TO RESCUE NEAL FROM PAN'S ENCAMPMENT, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
JoAnna Garcia Swisher Guest Stars as Ariel
"Ariel" - Back in the Fairy Tale Land that was, when Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) saves Snow White from drowning in the ocean's depths, Snow returns the favor by helping her new friend get acquainted with Prince Eric, with whom she has fallen madly in love with. Meanwhile, Emma, Mary Margaret, David and Hook attempt to save Neal, who is imprisoned in one of Pan's encampments, and Regina and Mr. Gold begrudgingly team up to find a way to take down Pan, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
We're going to learn about Caleb and Miranda's families through flashbacks to their ancestors in 1917. Plus, Tyler Blackburn previewed a complicated relationship between Caleb and Raymond:
Their relationship is always a little rocky, but they do become a little bit closer. They definitely start to become a little bit more dependent on each other.
I think that there's a lot going on behind the scenes that obviously we uncover as time goes on, but I think everybody should be looked at with a little bit of suspicious.
Actor Michael Fjordback explained a little of how he approached his character and if we're going to see more of his past:
At first your character was a big mystery. How much did you know about what and who you were playing?
Since I had never seen "Teen Wolf" before, I had no idea what the show was even about. I was cast and called to film on such short notice that I had almost no time to research my character and observe how Ian Bohen had shaped him. I literally had just a matter of days to drive home from Colorado, pack, and drive out to Atlanta from Dallas, much less study the show!
I understood that my character was a young version of Peter Hale. I understood that I only interacted with Lydia and was a hallucination to her. So, I did my best with the time I was given for that first filming date. I had several other dates booked to film Young Peter Hale within the first several months in 2012. So, during those later dates, I had more time to discover and develop my character.
In the flashbacks Peter's older sister Talia was introduced. Can you tell us if we are going to see more flashbacks of these Hale siblings?
It is possible, but only the creative hands within the show know the answer to that.
More at the link. [My Fanbase]
American Horror Story: Coven
Here's the synopsis for episode five, "Burn, Witch, Burn!":
1832: Madame LaLaurie's daughters can't bear much more of their terrifying mother... and make the mistake of saying so within earshot.
Today: Fiona is devastated when Cordelia suffers a crippling attack, and, at the hospital, breaks down with guilt over all the love she never gave her daughter – a guilt she manifests in unnerving ways. At the Academy, the girls, LaLaurie, Spalding and Luke find themselves besieged by Marie Laveau's zombie army... and LaLaurie finds herself confronted by old ghosts. Luke is trapped outside, and Nan tends to him while others attempt to barricade themselves in an upstairs room. As Queenie and LaLaurie find themselves unexpected allies, Zoe turns the tide of the advancing zombie horde when she suddenly unleashes a new power. Back at the hospital, Hank comes to see Cordelia, only to be faced with Fiona's fury... and things may never be the same between him and Cordelia, who has been changed in more ways than one. The next day, the Council, led by Myrtle, return to demand that Fiona step down as the Supreme of her Coven and turn over control to the Council until such time as the new Supreme manifests. Fiona's struggle with Myrtle to retain control of the Coven involves many secrets – some of them Myrtle's, some of them Fiona's... and another member of the Coven finds herself with a disturbing new secret of her own. But the results of this power struggle may not be as clear-cut as they seem, as another witch makes a return appearance.
The Vampire Diaries
Here are titles and synopses for the episodes airing November 7, 14, an 21:
“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” —“Handle With Care” (8:00-9:00pm)
INDESTRUCTIBLE — Tessa (guest star Janina Gavankar) confidently tells Stefan (Paul Wesley) about her next move, then realizes that Silas (Paul Wesley) has managed to outsmart her. A desperate Katherine (Nina Dobrev) discovers a new and unexpected consequence of becoming human again, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is stunned when he figures out the secret to Tessa’s plan.
“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” — “Death and the Maiden” (8:00-9:00pm)
THE POWER OF DOPPLEGANGERS — While Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) try to explain Amara’s (Nina Dobrev) situation to Stefan (Paul Wesley), Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) gives Katherine (Nina Dobrev) some deeply disturbing news. Silas (Paul Wesley) fails to keep a promise, causing Damon to turn to Tessa (guest star Janina Gavankar) for help with his new plan, and Stefan makes a heartbreaking confession to Damon and Elena.
“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” — “Dead Man on Campus” (8:00-9:00pm)
THE PARTY’S OVER — At Whitmore College, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) decide it’s time to throw a big party, but their plans are interrupted when Jesse (guest star Kendrick Sampson) suddenly needs Caroline’s help. Finally, Damon makes a terrifying discovery about a secret society.
Here's the synopsis for Thursday's Halloween episode:
COSTUME PARTY OF THE DAMNED — Elena and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) attend the Whitmore Historical Ball dressed as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. At the Ball, Elena shares a dance with Dr. Maxfield (guest star Rick Cosnett), who has a disturbing message for her. Caroline’s (Candice Accola) evening at the Ball takes her from happiness to heartbreak.
And here's a clip from it:
Here are the titles and synopses for the episodes airing on November 5 and 12:
“THE ORIGINALS” — “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree” (8:00-9:00pm)
TRUST ISSUES — When Klaus (Joseph Morgan) discovers Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) life is being threatened, he goes to extreme lengths to protect her and their unborn baby. Feeling as though he can trust no one, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) visits an old friend to seek out some advice, while Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes steps to learn how to control her magic.
“THE ORIGINALS” — “Bloodletting” (8:00-9:00pm)
A BLAST FROM THE PAST — When someone from Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) past makes a startling revelation, she grows concerned for herself and the baby. Amidst growing tensions between them, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) turn to Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane) for help in locating Hayley, who has gone missing, and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) makes Rebekah (Claire Holt) an enticing offer that leaves her torn.
Beauty and the Beast
Here are the synopses and titles for the November 11th and 18th episodes:
“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” — “Father Knows Best” (9:00-10:00pm)
VINCENT’S LATEST MISSION GOES HORRIBLY WRONG — Cat (Kristin Kreuk) confronts her birth father (guest star Ted Whittall) about the mysterious role he’s played in her life, while Vincent (Jay Ryan) has to neutralize a high-profile beast.
“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” — “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (9:00-10:00pm)
THANKSGIVING DINNER DRAMA — In an attempt to find out who Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) handler is, Cat (Kristin Kreuk) enlists in the help of her father (guest star Ted Whittall) and invites Vincent to Thanksgiving dinner, which ends in disaster.
Here's the synopsis and promo for next week's episode, "Reunion."
CAT IS THREATENED BY A BEAST LOOKING FOR VINCENT — Cat (Kristin Kreuk) gets a blast from the past as she attends her high school reunion, where she uncovers more of her past than she ever anticipated. Meanwhile, Vincent (Jay Ryan) meets up with one of his old military buddies, who is hiding a very dangerous secret.
Here's the official press release for episode seven:
On hearing the news of a royal betrothal, a heartbroken Jason risks everything to sway the will of the Gods against the match.
When Jason learns of Ariadne's betrothal to Heptarian, he is brokenhearted.
With nothing to lose and everything to gain, he enters into a brutal fighting tournament to honour the nuptials – lining up with a bevy of terrifying contestants including the undefeated Heptarian.
Determined to beat the husband-to-be and show his worthiness, it's up to Jason's loyal friends to guide him through the contest where there are more than just broken hearts at stake.
Here's a short synopsis of episode 4.30, "Lovers. Apart":
Bo risks her life to save a haunted family; Dyson rushes to be by Bo's side.
Here are the synopses for the episodes airing November 12 and 19:
“SUPERNATURAL” — “Heaven Can’t Wait” (9:00-10:00pm)
CASTIEL GETS A JOB — Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human. A headline in the local newspaper about some disappearances in the area catches his eye, so he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) to help him investigate the case.
“SUPERNATURAL” — “Bad Boys”(9:00-10:00pm)
YOUNG DEAN — Dean (Jensen Ackles) gets a call from an old friend named Sonny (guest star Blake Gibbons) asking for help with a ghost. Sonny runs a home for delinquent boys, and Dean was sent there for stealing food when he was younger. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is stunned he never knew this about his brother and asks for more information, but Dean dodges his questions.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm