Warner Brothers has picked a familiar writer to pen the screenplay for Green Lantern 2. Do we know how Michael Bay's Transformers saga will end? And a Reno 911 star tells all about their new science fiction starship comedy Alabama!
Green Lantern 2:
We reported yesterday that Warner Bros was moving ahead with the sequels, and now the second film has its writer. Michael Goldenberg will reportedly write the screenplay for the sequel, based on a treatment by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. This is similar to the arrangement for the first film, in which Goldenberg rewrote the trio's original draft. [Variety]
A production assistant reportedly said the kiss between Shia LeBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's characters is the last scene of the film. He also reportedly said that Megatron dies again, although "this time it's final." That may just be a reference to Michael Bay's stated opposition to doing a Transformers 4, but some are taking it as further evidence that a lot of Transformers will die in this film. [Transformers Live]
A casting call for extras has gone out for the film's scheduled shoots in Washington, DC. Of slight interest is the fact that the casting call asks if potential extras have a car, and further if any have "precision driving" experience, which may mean some sort of high-speed car chase will be involved. [Transformers Live]
And finally, cherish these last few set photos while you can, because I'm pretty sure Chicago filming is over soon:
John Carter of Mars:
Disney has set the release date for June 8, 2012. [CinemaBlend]
The scifi comedy from the makers of Reno 911! is starting to snap into focus, thanks to an extensive interview with creator and star Thomas Lennon. Before we get to that, here's the original synopsis for the show:
Set a thousand years in the future, the show follows the crew of the space ship USS Alabama as they continue a seven-year mission to maintain interplanetary peace.
The show will feature a lot of Reno 911! personnel, as well as possibly a few others from The State. Lennon pitches the show as "Reno 911! meets Battlestar Galactica, and it's worth noting that the creators don't see the show as a Star Trek parody. The ship itself is a dank, grubby, sweaty place, and the costumes will also reflect that. The show may feature puppets, and cyborgs will definitely be involved.
He said he and the rest of the creative team are still trying to figure out the show, but they do know a few things. For instance, he said crew members are supposed to abstain from sex for the entire seven year voyage, and yet everyone showers together, which leads to some serious sexual tension. He also described ideas they have for episodes:
The crew of our ship is being put on trial for war crimes against this alien race and we get beamed down to their planet and then we find out that these aliens to us look like puppets, like Elmo. They're unbelievably cute, but they're charging us with war crimes and eventually we'll have to kill them all and blow them up and escape. So it's Reno 911!, with occasionally like, we pass through a nebula that causes everyone on the ship to hear each other's thoughts. Sometimes we run into ourselves as babies and then we have to keep the baby version of ourself alive, so the future version of us can be there at the time. You know, sci-fi problems. Reno 911!/sci-fi problems on a very, very sweaty, sweaty, clunky spaceship.
Executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak confirmed that the governor, first introduced towards the end of the third season, will still be involved in the fourth season, just not right away. His arc won't have quite the same prominence as Chuck's search for his mom, but the governor is still very much a part of where the show is going. [E!Online]
The show is reportedly expanding the "Fairy World" set first seen during Sookie's near-death experience last week. Hadley will introduce her cousin to another family member in next week's episode. And Sam Merlotte is going to have a major meltdown soon, and it will not end well. [E!Online]
Here's a sneak peek for tonight's episode, "Around the Bend": Click to view
Here's a promo for Friday's new episode "Fur": [SpoilerTV]
Here are six new posters for the show: [E!Online]
And here's a promo: [SpoilerTV]
Series creator Tom Wheeler dropped a bunch of hints about what lies ahead. He said the show will be a mix of "mission-of-the-week" episodes, and more serialized storytelling, with each episode being accessible for a new viewer while at the same time progressing relationships, letting events from one episode carry over to the next, and laying the groundwork for future plotlines. He also reaffirmed the show is "a no-powers, costumed crime-drama", with the characters' abilities rooted in something that's (roughly) scientifically plausible.
He also explained what the first few episodes of the season will be about:
Episode 2 sort of takes the themes of the pilot to a much deeper, richer place and delivers our newest rogue Bluebeard. Episode 3 is a creepy treasure hunt that unearths a number of Palm City secrets. We'll also get a glimpse into the origin of a major upcoming villain... The Lich. In Episode 4 we learn a lot more about Max Malini and the sometimes bloody history of the cape.
Steven Spielberg's upcoming time travel drama series, in which a family of scientists from 2149 travel 85 million years into the past to study dinosaurs up close, has picked a filming location. The entire series will shoot in Queensland, Australia, with about 80% of the cast and crew being locals. Beyond the economic incentives, Fox executive Jim Sharp explained, "Queensland had the right look, climate and terrain" for the show. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff and Charlie Jane Anders.