Hugh Jackman considers an R-rated Wolverine movie. Steven Moffat drops some crucial hints about Doctor Who's future. Noomi Rapace explains her Prometheus character. A Buffy alum joins Once Upon a Time. Plus some truly bizarre trouble for World War Z!
It's all spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Man of Steel.
The Dark Knight Rises
Here are a bunch of videos from the Los Angeles set. [Cineaste's Lament]
And here are some more showing a chase scene with the Batpod. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's an accompanying set report:
Stuff like papers and debris blew through the air and they had a fan on but I did not see snow... and seeing as how they got GPD in the shot, then I don't think so... Basically the shot was [Matthew] Modine (we think it was him) and [Joseph Gordon-Levitt] sitting in a squad car looking up at the Batwing as it goes by as the cops train their guns on it...[Gordon-Levitt] and a blonde haired man in a brown overcoat are in a cop car as the swat have guns poised on the batwing as it flies over...They're swinging the batwing out on cables. About to do shots of it...The batpod sputters to a halt and he gets off and they follow. No snow in this scene.
You can read another at the link. [Comic Book Movie]
Here are some close-up set photos of the Batwing. [/Film]
Man of Steel
Here's a photo of Munich actress Ayelet Zurer arriving on the Vancouver set. It's not much - she's definitely not in costume, for instance - but it does confirm that she is definitely playing Superman's Kryptonian mother Lara, taking over for original casting choice Julia Ormond. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's a brief promo for an Entertainment Tonight piece on the movie, featuring a bit of footage from the trailer.
Hugh Jackman says he wouldn't rule out making an R-rated Wolverine movie, though he's happy sticking with PG-13:
"There's such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I've always felt that. I know a lot of fans would like that. I totally get it. If there was ever a superhero that was going to be R-rated, it's Wolverine. However, in the last ten years, I've also met many, many 12, 13, dare I say 10, 14, 15 year-olds who, for them, Wolverine is not just cool, you see it in their eyes. He's everything to them. So my thing is — which James Mangold and I talked about — is let's not put it off the table. There's even a talk of us doing two versions, as in finding a way for us to do both as you shoot it, which could be really cool. But you need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans."
Elsewhere, Jackman briefly discusses the script, which he considers the best one yet:
"One of the first [comic book stories] that drew my attention was the samurai story, I always thought this was such a great backdrop for this character. The story was intricate and interesting, filmically I thought it would be ideal. This is a movie I've been longing to make."
Here are some highlights from star Noomi Rapace's interview with the Norwegian newspaper Aften Posten:
- Her character Elizabeth Shaw turns from a survivor to a fighter halfway through the movie because of certain events that occur.
- Shaw is British but was raised by her missionary father in Africa.
- Rapace: "From [her father] she learned to believe in God, and she has a strong inner self."
And here are some set photos. [Comic Book Movie]
Director Jose Padilha proves evasive when asked if he'll be redesigning RoboCop's look:
That I can't tell otherwise I'm going to give the movie away. We are already doing that, working on the designs so I do already know stuff. Listen, the design has to match the script. You don't design something out of the blue. You design something that makes sense inside the dramatic universe that you are exploring. So that's what we're doing.
He also reiterated that there's nothing to the rumors of Michael Fassbender or Chris Pine being in talks to play the character, and that he has not read Darren Aronofsky's script for his previous attempt at a reboot. Then there's this exchange, in which Padilha reveals his take on the movie's basic themes:
My favorite part is that the corporation creates him and owns him, but he remembers who he was and they can't own that.
That's the greatness of the concept. That's the concept of RoboCop in a nutshell. That's the heart and soul of the film. It's that conflict between stuff trying to own you and you trying to persevere. That's the heart of the story and it has to be. Any RoboCop that's worth that name has to talk about that.
Will you still call him Alex Murphy?
Alex Murphy is Alex Murphy, man. You can't call Batman some other name. Bruce Wayne is Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent is Clark Kent, Alex Murphy is Alex Murphy.
There's more at the link. [Crave Online]
Here's a photo of Taylor Kitsch as the title character from the new issue of Total Film Magazine. [Comic Book Movie]
World War Z
Here's an awesomely bizarre but kinda terrifying story - filming in Hungary has run into trouble after a real-life SWAT team raided a Budapest warehouse where the movie's props were being kept. This was because 85 guns intended for the movie were not prop guns, as the filmmakers thought, but instead "fully-functional weapons, most of which were automatic, military-style assault rifles." The Hungarian Anti-Terrorism Unit has confirmed a number of guns were indeed seized. There are also inside sources claiming the movie is way behind schedule and over budget, although that has yet to be confirmed by the Hungarian Anti-Terrorism Unit. [US Weekly]
Here are some set videos from the Boston filming for Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges's undead cop movie. [ComingSoon.net]
And here's a set photo featuring a giant fan and a crane. That's the movie's villain Kevin Bacon in the CGI suit on the left, while Stephanie Szostak (or her body double), who plays Ryan Reynolds's wife in the movie, is the one hanging from the hook. [Boston.com]
Doug Jones has reportedly been cast as an alien in Ben Stiller's suburban alien invasion comedy. Presumably, the role will feature some heavy prosthetics, much like his appearances as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Pan in Pan's Labyrinth. [Heat Vision]
Director Pete Travis and writer and producer Alex Garland have released a statement responding to the rumors that Travis had been fired during the editing process, with Garland taking over. Since it's a joint statement, you can probably guess their response to the rumors:
"During all stages of the filmmaking, 'Dredd' has been a collaboration between a number of dedicated creative parties. From the outset we decided on an unorthodox collaboration to make the film. This situation has been misinterpreted. To set the record straight, Pete was not fired and remains a central part of the collaboration, and Alex is not seeking a co-director credit. We are all extremely proud of the film we have made, and respectfully suggest that it is judged on viewing when its released next year."
There's more of the statement and some analysis at the link. [Los Angeles Times]
Here are some promo photos from the non-gritty Snow White movie, starring Lily Collins as the title character and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. [IGN]
Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book 2012 is out, and in it Steven Moffat confirms Amy and Rory will not be in the Christmas Special - despite some recent indications that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have been filming new scenes, which one would have assumed is for the currently filming Christmas Special. Anyway, Moffat does confirm they'll be back in some capacity for season seven, so perhaps those scenes are for that. He also says the return of River Song is "dependent on Alex Kingston" - which may mean her schedule might not allow for it, or perhaps Moffat is simply being cagey.
While the book does reiterate that the new season will contain 14 episodes (including this year's Christmas special), it isn't clear how many will air in 2012 and how many in 2013. Moffat gives a fairly convincing reason behind the shift in scheduling from the spring and summer to the fall and winter:
"The truth behind the delay next year is: why are we killing ourselves and risking compromising the show, in order to go out in the middle of summer? I'm sick of it. I'm sick of standing in the blazing sunshine, with a barebecue fork in my hand, knowing that Doctor Who is coming on any minute. Six o'clock on a sunny Saturday is the middle of the afternoon, whereas six o'clock on a winter or autumn Saturday is dark and exciting."
And finally, Moffat offers this preview of the show's 50th anniversary in 2013:
"Epic, huge, massive, indulgent... all your treats at once. I guarantee you it's going to be the best year ever to be a Doctor Who fan. We're going to be in production for longer than ever, just to do everything that we intend to do".
I'm going to go ahead and assume Moffat's use of the word "indulgent" is totally confirmation that the 50th anniversary special will feature the return of all eleven Doctors, including a cyborg William Hartnell, zombie Patrick Troughton, vampire Jon Pertwee, and Christopher Eccleston being tricked into doing it by being told the whole thing is a revival performance of Two Noble Kinsmen. That just seems the most reasonable conclusion. [Den of Geek]
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Here are some promo photos for the final story, "The Man Who Never Was." [Blogtor Who]
Game of Thrones
Downton Abbey's Rose Leslie has reportedly been cast as Ygritte, a Wildling woman who Jon Snow encounters on his travels. She's described as a "strong-willed, witty, skilled in battle and survival in the wilderness. An unconventional beauty, skinny but strong with red hair (which the Wildlings consider ‘kissed by fire')." [EW]
The Walking Dead
Here are some promo photos for the second season premiere, "What Lies Ahead." [SpoilerTV]
And here are some for the second episode, "Bloodletting." [multipleverses.com]
Jason O'Mara discusses the human drama of the show, quite apart from all the dinosaur mayhem:
"There are obstacles that prevent us from trying to achieve what we need to achieve week to week. But as usual mankind's worst enemy is himself, so that's really what we're exploring. What if humankind was given a second chance, and what if we blew it? What if we started making the same mistakes all over again? When I opened the script, that was the kind of thing that interested me about it the most. Like everybody else, I was just intrigued with the idea of time-travel and dinosaurs, but I stayed for that premise which I think is really interesting."
O'Mara also discusses his own character's role on the show:
"His primary purpose is really to ensure his family survives this whole experience. This whole world they're in is fraught with danger, and the more time they spend in Terra Nova, the more they realize that things aren't quite what they seem, and there are a lot of struggles going on. But also, as the local sheriff he's trying to ensure that law and order is kept. He's also concerned with his children, because he has been in jail for a couple of years when we first meet him in the pilot and he hasn't been there for the formative years of his teenagers' lives, so there's quite a bit of reparation and work to do on their relationships."
Once Upon a Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Emma Caulfield has been cast as the Blind Witch from the "Hansel & Gretel" story. [TV Line]
Here are some promo photos for the second episode, "The Thing You Love Most." [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story
Here are some character promo photos. [multipleverses.com]
Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Haven
Syfy has set the airdates for the shows' holiday specials for December 6. [SpoilerTV]
Being Human (US)
Season two will premiere on Syfy on January 16. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Uprising."
The Canadian show's first season will premiere in America on January 16 on Syfy. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.