Before starting The Avengers, Joss Whedon made sure the script for Captain America made sense. Torchwood unveils the new miniseries and new character. Guillermo del Toro gives his last, bittersweet update on Hellboy III. Spoilers for miles around!
Joss Whedon discussed his involvement as a script doctor on this upcoming Marvel film. He praised the tight structure of the screenplay, and said he primarily worked to make clearer connections between characters. As he explains:
There were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit - and some of the other characters - and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be.
[Earth's Mightiest; thanks to Ed Gross for the tip!]
I've got yet another batch of Chicago set photos to share. After all this filming, the movie itself must be at least three weeks long. Anyway, at least there's some interesting news to come out of this latest collection - Shia LaBeouf seems to be wielding some sort of "power glove" on his hand, which means that maybe he'll actually do some fighting in this one. [Pixel Rally and Colin Hinkle via TFLAMB]
For a whole bunch of reasons, Guillermo del Toro says he most likely will leave the series unfinished. There's the fact that neither of the first two movies made much money, which means studios aren't that interested. Then there's del Toro's belief that the series needs to end with Hellboy's death in the third film, and comics creator Mike Mignola doesn't want to sign off on his character being killed off in the movies before he's ready to do it in the comics. Throw in the fact that Ron Pearlman is busy doing Sons of Anarchy - which, as del Toro points out, is spoiling him by letting him be a leading man without wearing three tons of makeup - and del Toro is pretty sure the film won't happen, much as he might like it to in a perfect world. [MTV]
Hugh Jackman's robot boxing movie has reportedly added Karl Yune to its cast as Tak Mashido, "a robot boxer designer." Yune has previously appeared in Speed Racer and Memoirs of a Geisha. [Variety]
World War Z:
In case you missed yesterday's leaked email from a Paramount executive, here's the sci-fi related news. According to the email, Brad Pitt is still attached to star and Marc Forster to direct this long, long simmering project, and apparently the studio "loves" the new screenplay draft by Matt Carnahan. So perhaps there's finally forward movement here. [The Wrap]
G.I. Joe 2:
Also from that email, Paramount is said to be "VERY happy" (all caps theirs) with the current draft of the screenplay, and the odds are apparently good that Stephen Sommers will return to direct. [The Wrap]
Faded 90s/early 00s idol Josh Hartnett is starting his comeback bid with Tomorrow, a time travel thriller about a man who can stop the murder of his family if he can only control his time travel ability. Hartnett is reportedly in talks to star, and his Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan is in talks to direct. [The Wrap]
A local report on the filming of this movie offers a couple of hints. First, it'll include a lot of beach scenes, since it's being filmed in the small coastal town of Georgetown, South Carolina. Secondly, Barry Levinson's new movie is described as an "ecological disaster movie." Does that mean no tongue-eating parasites? [Midlands Connect]
Starz has released an official synopsis for the new ten-part miniseries, The New World:
When C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire human race.
The answers seem to lie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors – former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries.
With Rex under attack from all sides, in both the US and the UK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood's return. As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals – including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs – a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realize that their greatest enemy is mankind itself...
And here's a description of the miniseries's new major character, CIA agent Rex Matheson:
He's 28, the golden boy. Has been, all his life. Harvard education, fast-tracker in the C.I.A., destined for success. Though he's never taken it easy – Rex hustles, seduces and campaigns to get where he is today. He can talk his way into anything, then charm his way out, fast. He's made a lot of enemies, but his friends and lovers would defend him to death.
His choice of career is significant. Someone like Rex could make a fortune in Wall Street, or Hollywood. But choosing the C.I.A. says a lot about him: that for all his swagger, he does believe in justice. And will fight for it.
Slowly but surely, we see him make friends. He's thrown together a bunch of people known as Torchwood, the only people who might have the answer to a global mystery. To Rex, at first, they're a bunch of freaks. Welsh women and World War 2 Captains, what's that about?! But as they race from one crisis to another, dodging assassins, blackmail, corruption and conspiracy, from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai, Rex forges friendships in the heat of fire. He learns to trust his new colleagues. And they realize that this dangerous, dazzling, reckless man is the best friend they could ever have, in a world going to hell.
They frighten us, men like Rex. We wish we were him; we never will be.
The press release also suggests what brought Captain Jack back to Earth is the only thing that possibly could: "his undying love for Gwen Cooper." Which, to be perfectly honest, I had almost forgotten was ever a thing in the series in the first place. [SpoilerTV]
Captain Awesome won't be returning to the spy game this season - he's realized that's one world in which he doesn't excel and decides everyone is safer if he stays away. According to executive producer Chris Fedak, he's got extra motivation in the form of a child on the way. [The Ausiello Files]
The Walking Dead:
Here are some awesome new pics from Atlanta: [ShockTillYouDrop]
The final two episodes will reportedly feature lots of werewolf sex. So, you know, mark your calendar. [The Ausiello Files]
Executive producer Sera Gamble explains how the opening of this season inverts how the show began:
"When we start the season we very consciously riffed a little bit on season 1 in that Dean is out of the business and Sam comes for him. When we started the series, Sam had attachments. He had a girlfriend he was really serious about, and he had retired from hunting essentially. Dean was this very intense hunter who came for his brother. On the surface anyway, the situation is reversed at the beginning of the season."
Executive producer Scott Rosenbaum says the show hasn't quite finished the John May storyline, despite the fact that the character seemed sort of, you know, dead. Michael Trucco (Anders on BSG) says they hinted to him that his character might come back, seemingly only in a flashback capacity. Trucco has signed on for another show, but since both shoot in Vancouver it would be fairly easy for him to reprise the role, and he said he would be happy to do it. [TV Guide]
The sixth episode, "Harvest" is very heavy on Lois and Clark. The two investigate a ghost town together, and Clark finds himself without his powers. Lois learns a lot more about Clark over the course of the episode. [The Ausiello Files]
Additional reporting by Kelly Faircloth and Charlie Jane Anders.