Lego is making two new shows for Netflix. George Miller denies he’s involved in Man of Steel 2, while Daniel Craig says there’s at least one more Bond movie left in him after SPECTRE. An animated Ghostbusters film may be in the works. Plus clips from Doctor Who, and Agents of SHIELD. So Many Spoilers!
Following on from even more questioning at the Age of Ultron home release Q and A, Kevin Feige says that fans shouldn’t expect to hear about casting for Carol Danvers in 2015:
There won’t be any announcements about that this year. I think right now we’re scripting the film, figuring out who we want Carol Danvers to be, and really what the structure of the movie will be and what her part will be in some of our other Phase 3 films. And it would be next year that we start to really think about casting.
I think getting the character right first is going to lead the charge. We want to make sure we know who it is before we can start figuring out who should play it.
But Feige says that his team are enjoying seeing every casting rumor and fan cast suggestion pop up:
When a fan list comes out… we look at it!
While producer Jeremy Latcham clarified:
We read it, we go through it, we read the comments, we look at who people like. Sometimes it’s really enlightening. Sometimes it’s the exact same person that they’ve been saying over and over again that we don’t think is right. It’s always fun to kinda go through it and see what people are up to.
George Miller has come out and denied that he’s in the running to direct the film:
There’s been some of that in the mix, but I’d say probably not true.
Kevin Feige says that, contrary to popular belief, the movie will be an origin story:
For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.
Following yesterday’s reveal that the movie is PG-13, much ado is being made about the description that the film has earned the rating for “intense sequences of violence” (unsurprising) and “some sensuality” (more surprising).
Given the addition of sensuality, there’s now speculation that Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince might engage in some romance— given how close they’ve been shown together in preview images of the two alter-egos dancing at a party. [Cinemablend]
Kevin Feige again, this time saying that Marvel’s current focus will be on a single Spider-Man movie, rather than any potential spinoffs:
Well, there could be [spin-offs]. But the truth is, our job right now is that single Spider-Man movie based in the MCU. And that’s where all our focus is.
A new rumor is circulating that a kid-friendly animated movie set in the Ghostbusters universe is in the works. Ivan Reitmanwill alleged produce along with Tom Pollock, although no details on the cast or makeup of the Ghosbusters team were revealed. [CBR]
Genndy Tartakovsky is contemplating an animated series to end the franchise:
I think through the years, after we finished Jack, almost every year it seems like Samurai Jack has gotten more and more popular and more and more people have seen it. I feel like it’s culminating to a fever pitch almost. I feel like it’s time to maybe finish the story. We’ve been trying to get the feature off the ground but maybe that’s just fate’s way of saying this is a television thing and maybe it should be a mini-series or something like that.
Following the dismal performance of Terminator Genisys, future movies in the franchise are allegedly on hold. [/Film]
Daniel Craig has come out to refute recent rumors of his impending replacement, saying he’s not done being Bond just yet:
I work myself to death… It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able. I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions. These movies don’t get made very often. It’s just the fourth time for me, a spit in the ocean. If you don’t get excited about making a movie of this size with this cast, with Sam Mendes… then go home.
The sequel is allegedly going to begin filming in April of next year. [THR]
Entertainment Weekly has a new gallery of images from the film—click the link to see more.
Netflix have announced that Lego will produce two original series for the streaming service, both aimed at younger audiences:
Marc Guggenheim espouses on adding Mr. Terrific to the show:
Curtis [Mr. Terrific] is someone we started talking about [in the writers room] at the end of last year, out of a desire to fill in some gaps in terms of the cast and storytelling.
Echo has quickly become an MVP of the cast. I think a lot of people will compare him favorably to the addition of Emily [Bett Rickards] in Season 1. He has this wonderful energy.
Here’s a new preview for the premiere, “Green Arrow”:
David Anders teases what’s ahead for Blaine in season 2:
Producer Rob Thomas had mentioned there would be side effects for people that had been a zombie and now cured. We are playing with that in Season 2. I assumed he was going to remain on the wrong side of the law, or the right side depending how you looked at it. He does have a different vocation. His place went up in flames. I was excited to humanize him, quite literally, and that’s what we’re doing. He’s still a charmer.
USA has ordered a pilot for a new supernatural drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring. The show will revolve around “a typical, loving blended family seeking a fresh start after their 17-year-old daughter, Kayla, is released from a mental health institution following ten years of treatment”. [Deadline]
Robert Knepper has been cast in an undisclosed role. Interestingly, the same report also features a comment on the fact that David Lynch is allegedly shooting the show’s 18 episodes as a single, continuous movie, which will then be cut into episodes in the editing room. [Deadline]
Enrico Colantoni has been cast as Senator Bailey Brown, “a former Power— codenamed Cobalt Knight—from Montana that now abstains from using his abilities and instead changes lives through his career as a senator”. [CBR]
The Doctor and Clara scope out an abandoned base in a new clip from “Under the Lake”.
And finally, Grant Ward lays out his plans for a new Hydra in a clip from “The Purpose in the Machine”.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. The Lego Movie cast, looking at your Captain Marvel Fan Casting List.