The Day of the Triffids and Assassin's Creed movies both get directors. Simon Kinberg explains how Star Wars: Rebels will show the evils of the Empire on a children's show. And Pan gets a Hook! Carrie Fisher wants to resurrect part of Princess Leia's classic look. Check out a new poster for Hunger Games: Mockingjay and a trailer for the witch show Salem. Spoilers now!
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The Day of the Triffids
The film adaptation of everyone's favorite carnivorous plant invasion book has a director: Mike Newell. This could be good, since Newell also directed Four Weddings And A Funeral, Donnie Brasco and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. On the other hand, he also directed Prince of Persia. [Deadline]
Garrett Hedlund has been cast as Hook in this Peter Pan origin story. In this story, a younger Hook will be an ally of Peter, fighting against a different pirate: Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). [Deadline via First Showing]
Star Wars: Episode VII
In case there was still any doubt, Carrie Fisher confirmed again that she's going to be back as Princess Leia in the new movie. She told TVGuide that she, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are expected to start shooting in March or April. She added: "I'd like to wear my old [cinnamon buns] hairstyle again — but with white hair. I think that would be funny." [TV Guide]
In this interview, Aaron Eckhardt talks about training to fight with sticks, working with director Stuart Beattie, and the good vs. evil/gargoyles vs. demons epicness of I, Frankenstein. Watch below!
Rumor has it that the producers are hoping to get director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) for the video game-based film. If that happens, Espinosa won't have a lot of time, since the release date is set for August 7, 2015. Michael Fassbender is co-producing and starring. [Twitch via Coming Soon]
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Transfomers 4 has returned to China's Wulong Karst National Park to get some additional footage. According to Michael Bay, the original scene shot in that location was a big "heroic" scene for Optimus Prime. This time around, the crew used helicopters to get aerial footage of the area's tiankengs (giant dolines) and naturally formed bridges. [Transformers World]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Here's a brand new poster. [Slashfilm]
The release date has been moved to July 17, 2015, which is the date vacated by the recently pushed up Batman Vs. Superman. [Coming Soon]
The Walking Dead
There's a new photo from episode 4.09, which Robert Kirkman says will hew very closely to the comic it's based on. In Issue 49, Rick and Carl go to a store for supplies, leaving the prison. There, Rick tries to put an axe in the head of a walker. And Rick lures a walker outside to be shot by Carl. Next, the two hide in the house, where Rick takes a bunch of antibiotics. While the antibiotics knock Rick out, some walkers show up and Carl leads them away from the house. It looks like that last sentence is being teased in the new photo. [Wet Paint]
Speaking of episode 4.09, here's a short description of it:
As Rick deals with old wounds, members of the prison have to come to terms with their new environment and ask themselves if survival alone is enough.
Star Wars Rebels
Executive producer Simon Kinberg says that, while it's on Disney XD, the show's universe forces it to sometimes take a darker tone:
But the world we're creating is an Imperial world. You're seeing the impact of the Empire, of stormtroopers around the galaxy, abusing and oppressing people. Thematically and politically, it goes to some dark places. But for the tone of the show we took our cues from the original movies, which had fun and adventure and swashbuckling with emotion and grounded human characters. We took all our cues from the original films. Obviously there are slight tonal differences between New Hope, Empire and Jedi. But I think the closest intended voice of the show is A New Hope. So there are places where we get into darker backstories, there are places we see how cruel and malevolent the Empire can be, but for the most part it's a fun and character-driven story. Again taking our cues from the original films, it's less maybe political than the prequels and more personal. It starts with a few character introductions that will precede the show. I wrote the first two episodes, they're like a one-hour story across two episodes where we introduce the main characters in the show.
He also talked about how much they worked on the new villain, "the Inquisitor," and hinted that he has some special connection to the Jedi:
We wanted somebody terrifying, a nightmare character for a kid but not somebody too foreign, too creature-ly. We didn't want him to have a helmet for obvious reasons — the comparison [to Darth Vader]. We talked about a character who was cold and calculating and could tap into people's emotional weaknesses as much as their physical weaknesses, and had a specific relationship to Jedi and the ways of the force. He would be somebody that the remaining Jedi would be especially scared of.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Even though Davina was killed, executive producer Julie Plec explained that there's still a chance for her to come back and that the ritual to resurrect Davina can still be completed:
Look, the mythology of the Harvest is that these four witches pass into limbo, waiting for their magic to spread back to the Earth. After their magic is spread back to the Earth, then they would be resurrected. What we saw at the end of the episode is that their magic was, basically, hijacked. If you follow the logic of the mythology to its magical conclusion, then it's possible that we haven't seen the last of these girls. But we've got to get rid of these nasty hijackers first.
. . . There is absolutely still a chance within the window of when it needs to be completed. But these new witches who have come back from the dead are very determined, very angry, and each of them, individually, have an axe to grind on behalf of the witches [against] the Original family. The next few episodes are not going to be a lot of fun for Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah. They start to realize these witches were not arbitrarily chosen.
Plec also said that we will eventually see Celeste explain what she's doing and Klaus will know why she's zeroed in on that family. [TV Line]
We already know that the show's focus is going to widen a little, in order to introduce new characters, like the one played by Jeri Ryan. But the world itself will widen when Alan and his infected ex-wife go to an off-base "listening station." Actor Billy Campbell says that this set, which will be in an upcoming episode, is "dreadfully, dreadfully creepy."
Campbell and Jordan Hayes also agree that their characters, Alan Farragut and Sarah Jordan, have a "mentor/student" kind of relationship and not a romantic one. Hayes elaborated on how her character views Alan, saying:
I think that Sarah has a lot of admiration for Alan. And she really holds his opinion in high esteem. And she really wants to make him proud and improve her worth and impress him
Here's a photo of Monroe's parents, from tonight's episode. Video of them at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
The newest trailer for WGN America's witch-hint show is not afraid of blood. Although, honestly, Seth Gabel's Cotton Mather's scarier. He's going to be the lead witch hunter, with Janet Montgomery as a sorceress and Ashley Madekwe as her minion. [TV Line]
Episode 9.18 will be called "Meta Fiction." [SpoilerTV]
Here's the promo for episode 1.12, "Sitting Ducks." [via SpoilerTV]
Below's the promo for episode 2.13, "Happy Endings." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm