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Has the Neuromancer adaptation found two major stars for its most important roles?

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Karl Urban reveals where a Dredd sequel could go. Check out new TV spots for Total Recall and Skyfall. The cast and crew reveal what's next on season three of The Walking Dead. Plus some American Horror Story casting updates!


Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Walking Dead.


Splice director Vincenzo Natali's planned adaption of William Gibson's cyberpunk classic is apparently still moving along, and now we might be on the verge of some major news. Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have reportedly been offered two of the most important roles in the film, with Wahlberg playing the anti-hero computer cowboy Case and Neeson taking on the part of the former Green Beret Armitage. The latter part was originally linked to Bruce Willis. There's no way of knowing how serious these offers really are, although Wahlberg at least has a connection with the film's producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, with whom he worked on Shooter and Four Brothers. Natali will reportedly begin production on Neuromancer once he finishes up his current project Haunter, which should mean this movie could be ready for as soon as 2014. [Moviehole]


Total Recall

Here's the latest TV spot. [Coming Soon]

Dredd 2

Star Karl Urban discusses why he's OK with there not being a sequel because this first movie is so good — a point we're actually kind of willing to back him up on — and then explains where he would want a hypothetical sequel to go:

I just think there's so much fertile ground to explore within the character and within the world. And I would love to see the continuing story and the evolution of these characters and the relationship between Anderson and Dredd. And it would be interesting to find out more about the world, more about Dredd. It would be really cool to see the Dark Judges. There's so much. And it would be great to – we've seen one aspect, one sector of Mega-City One. It would be great to see other aspects.

He also said "definitively no" when asked if he ever regretted having to keep his helmet on for the entire movie, which is just one more reason why Karl Urban gets it, people. [411mania]

Cloud Atlas

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Here's a poster to accompany last week's epic, totally awesome six-minute trailer.



Here's a TV spot for Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond, although unfortunately we don't get any glimpses of new costars Javier Bardem or Ralph Fiennes. [/Film]


Here are nine character posters for Tim Burton's latest. [Shock Till You Drop]


Here's a featurette on the making of this stop-motion ghost story. [/Film]

The 10 O'Clock People

Continuum and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra star Rachel Nichols has reportedly joined Live Free or Die Hard's Justin Long in the cast of this Stephen King adaptation, in which a man trying to kick a smoking habit suddenly comprehends the terrifying true nature of the world. Nichols is another person who sees the world for what it really is. [Heat Vision]


Breaking Dawn: Part 2

Here are some new character posters for what I'm just going to go ahead and call the final Twilight movie — Summit's plans to continue the series somehow notwithstanding — mostly because it makes me feel better. [SpoilerTV]


Doctor Who

The BBC has announced the latest trailer for the upcoming seventh season will air on August 2. [Blogtor Who]


The Walking Dead

Executive producer David Alpert discusses what to expect from the upcoming third season:

Michonne is on the show and she's a hot, kick-ass chick with a sword, so you've got to love her. She's totally owning the role. And the Governor [David Morrissey]... if you're familiar with the books, we're totally going to go there this season. We're going to do some stuff that's going to shock some people who don't know the comics. We're bringing back Merle [Michael Rooker]... It's going to get pretty intense and pretty crazy. The biggest thing I have to say is that, as the storytelling picked up at the end of season two, and the speed of events happening — well, we're increasing it. Season three is going to be non-stop, in your face, intense. This is the point in the show that I've been excited about giving the audience since season one. Normally when you think of a prison, you think it's unpleasant. It's a place you want to stay away from. It's a drain on society. You really think about it in negative terms. In this world, it represents hope. It's potential salvation — unless you've read the books."


Alpert also explains how the threat has escalated and evolved each season:

What's great about the show for me is that it takes mortality and makes it present. You're living in the moment. I don't ever want that to go away. This year we're evolving the threat. In the beginning there were lurkers and walkers and biters. In season two there was the herd. Now we're bringing in man. Man is where we're going next."


There's some more at the link, including comics creator Robert Kirkman's thoughts on Danai Guria as Michonne. [Coming Soon]

Lauren Cohan previews what's ahead for Maggie this season:

"She's a strong character. When we first see Maggie [in season two], she's swinging a baseball bat from a horse. We know that girl exists and she hasn't had to necessarily show these colors yet. You can't sit around anymore. She gets to step up with the boys, trying to pave the way to safety. She's had enough. She wants to make a safe hold for herself and the people she loves."


And Steve Yuen, who plays Maggie's boyfriend Glenn, adds:

"For him, protection and maintaining who he loves is the greatest thing. What's great about season three is you start seeing a symbiotic relationship not just amongst Maggie and Glenn, but amongst the group. The key is survival. Survival brings people together, because you need people to survive. What's great about Maggie and Glenn's situation is, it's kind of a pairing. It's a very solid pairing of two that can carry out one thing very effectively."


[MTV Splash Page]

Marvel Cinematic Universe Show

Marvel Studios and ABC have reportedly begun very early development on a TV series that would be set in the same universe as the Marvel Cinematic Universe — The Avengers et al. — but would apparently focus on the normal people in this world, rather than any superheroes or seemingly even members of S.H.I.E.L.D. While some are comparing this idea to Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross's Marvels, which also explored everyday life in a world full of superheroes, one possibility being thrown around is reportedly "a high-concept cop show." In fairness, I'm pretty sure network executives will sooner or later try to turn every idea into a high-concept cop show. [Deadline]



Here's a new trailer for NBC's post-electricity action drama. [KSiteTV]

666 Park Avenue

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Here's a new poster for ABC's upcoming show about a supernatural apartment building owned by Lost's own John Locke, Terry O'Quinn. [SpoilerTV]

Executive producer David Wilcox dropped some hints about what to expect from the show:

"The [666] building is like the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. It has a presence, it has a spirit that seems to be working hand in hand with Gavin [O'Quinn]. But it also might be more powerful than anybody knows. That was the juice we were looking at and trying to pull that into this show...It's more a psychological horror. This show has the soap and seduction that other ABC shows possess...which isn't to say there aren't shocking visceral moments in the show...[Why the tenants don't just leave is] something we deal with fairly early on. I'm reluctant to give away too much but that's part of Gavin's plan as well. When [the building's new tenants] sign that lease at end of the pilot, it may be more than just a lease and leaving might be more difficult than they thought."




Futurama voice actress Lauren Tom has reportedly been cast in a potentially recurring role as an "intense", "overbearing" mother to an as yet unknown character. Given Tom's background, this might sound like a comic relief role, but reportedly her introduction will be dramatic. Even so, I'm just going to naturally assume that Tom playing an intense, overbearing mother means this will be the live-action equivalent of Inez Wong — though, uh, it's probably for the best if Supernatural doesn't also bring on Billy West to play the live-action version of Leo Wong. [Live Feed]


Road Trip's DJ Qualls has confirmed that he will be back in season eight as his recurring guest star, the (intentionally) rather irritating hunter Garth Fitzgerald IV. [Pop Culture Zoo]

American Horror Story

Run Lola Run and The Bourne Identity star Franka Potente will reportedly play a patient at the mental institution for two episodes of the show's upcoming second season. [TV Line]


Here's a casting notice for two costarring roles in the third episode:

Devon and Cooper, who are both about 20 years old, very tall, thin and psychopathic.


Honestly, I think we should just assume all characters on American Horror Story until explicitly told otherwise. And possibly not even then. [SpoilerTV]

Warehouse 13

Here's a promo for what's ahead in season four.


Here's a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "The Quick and the Dead."

The Vampire Diaries

The second episode of season four is called "Memorial." [SpoilerTV]


Executive producer Andrew Kriesberg has confirmed that the assassin referred to as a "dead shot" in the description for episode three is indeed the DC Comics character Deadshot. [KSiteTV]


Beauty and the Beast

The second episode of the CW's upcoming, Kristin Kreuk starring Beauty and the Beast adaptation will reportedly be called "Dog Eat Dog." [SpoilerTV]


Teen Wolf

Here are titles and brief descriptions for two upcoming episodes:

Episode 2.10 - Fury
Scott, Stiles, Melissa and Stillinski are taken hostage; Allison tracks Derek to the station.

Episode 2.11 - Battlefield
Scott helps win the championship lacrosse game; Allison and Argent hunt Derek and his wolves.



Creator Jeff Davis says the death in the season finale "could be one of the main characters." [EW]


Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.


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Erik Sofge

I still think Neuromancer, if it's going to be adapted, should look and feel like what we thought the future would look and feel like in the 80's, meaning Molly should have a giant cyber-perm and a red leather jacket, and the great Asian menace should be Japanese, not Chinese, the Sprawl should be drowning in neon, and there should be actual punk music on the soundtrack.

I don't really see Wahlberg fitting in with my 80's vision, but hey, if he can channel his 90's persona, that's good enough.