James Cameron gives details on the Avatar sequels, including what they'll have in common with The Godfather. There's a new look at Wolverine in Days of Future Past. An ex-Wonder Woman will star in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Plus glimpses of the Wicked Witch on Once, and Cate Blanchett in Train Your Dragon 2. Spoilers!
According to the latest reports, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finalizing the previously rumored deal to produce a Sandman movie at Warner Bros. with David S. Goyer. It's also been rumored that, in the same vein as his recent Don Jon project, Gordon-Levitt is looking to direct and star in the adaptation. No writer has yet been hired, but at the same time Warner Bros. is feeling more confident that they've "cracked" the storyline for this film after years of trying. Sandman would be a much bigger directorial vehicle than Don Jon, but Warner Bors. is said to be bullish on Gordon-Levitt after Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. [Deadline]
Following the announcement that the sequels will all be filmed in New Zealand, James Cameron spoke to the Associated Press and revealed a few details about the look of them:
It's going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora. We're blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.
That seems to indicate that the films will all be Pandora-centric, but Cameron cleared up the rumors that the next film would be an all-underwater affair:
There's a fair bit of underwater stuff. It's been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That's not true. There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.
So, if it's all about Pandora, what'll make the sequels that different from the original? According to Cameron, they'll be straying away from continuing Jake's personal story. Instead, he says, think of The Godfather films. Yes. You read that right. The Godfather:
It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes. We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It's really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like 'The Godfather.'
Who's ready for an all-Pandora, not all-underwater, Godfather-with-blue-aliens trilogy of movies? [Coming Soon]
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Here's the first look at Cate Blachett's character, Valka. Valka is a Master Dragon rider who lives in the Arctic and sets dragons free from traps. She turns out to be a mentor to Hiccup. [Cinemablend]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Studio Ciné Live's latest cover shows Wolverine in his Days of Future Past get-up, along with less full images of both Magnetos and Professor Xs. [Coming Soon]
Welcome to Yesterday
The Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller produced film previously called Almanac has been renamed Welcome to Yesterday. Dean Israelite's found-footage sci-fiction movie hasn't had its release date changed, though. That's still February 28. [Deadline]
20th Century Fox has released a new "Silent Night" promo for the film, which it describes thusly:
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Robert Rodriguez's series for the new cable channel El Rey has added three new castmembers: Adrianne Palicki, Jake Busey, and Lane Garrison. Palicki, who was playing Wonder Woman in the David E. Kelley series that never aired, will play a character created just for the series: Vanessa Stiles, a character from Seth Gecko's past. Garrison will take over the role played by John Hawkes in the film, Pete. Pete's a clerk at Benny's World of Liquor. The store will be taken over by the Geckos in the first episode. And Garrison will play Professor Aiden Tanner, "an eccentric intellectual obsessed with the Mesoamerican mythology behind the vampires."
Once Upon a Time
After the mid-season finale on Sunday, we know that Rebecca Mader's will be playing the Wicked Witch of the West when the show returns. Executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have hinted in the past that they'd love to do Oz, and there's been no shortage of takes on that world. Here are the first photos of Mader on set, including Once's ubiquitous purple screen. [E! Online via SpoilerTV]
And, if that wasn't enough, see her in the promo for the second half of this season. [via SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story
Here's the synopsis for episode 11, "Protect the Coven," airing January 15th"
Fiona and Laveau have a deadly face off with The Corporation. Cordelia makes a desperate sacrifice to protect the Coven.
Written by Jennifer Salt; directed by Bradley Buecker.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm