Fresh details about Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who premiere. Alec Baldwin may be Mission Impossible 5's CIA Director. And Guillermo del Toro has a weird little project to complete before he finishes Pacific Rim 2. Plus, news from the casts of Heroes Reborn, Arrow, and The Walking Dead. Spoilers now!
Top image: Doctor Who
Here's a rumor that barely a whisper — and yet will just deafen any other rumor for a while: Steven Moffat has been "linked" to a future Star Wars movie. How? As a writer? As a director? Plus, which one? Episode IX, or a standalone film? There are no further details. And no sources. The only thing that we do know is that Moffat worked with Stephen Spielberg on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and it's that connection which may bring him into Star Wars. For now take this with a huge grain of salt. [Jedi News]
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fairly reliable sources have told Bleeding Cool that there are Batman V. Superman designs for the character of Doomsday. In the comics, Doomsday is responsible for killing Superman, so we'll see if he actually makes an appearance in Batman v. Superman. [Bleeding Cool]
Mission Impossible 5
Alec Baldwin is reportedly in talks to play the next Mission Impossible installment's CIA head. [Deadline]
The film's also looking at newcomer Rebecca Ferguson to take the female lead, which is open since Jessica Chastain couldn't commit to it. [ Variety]
The third film in the Divergent tetralogy, Allegiant Part 1, will be scripted by Noah Oppenheim (Maze Runner). [The Hollywood Reporter]
Writer of the original film, Chris Columbus, is reportedly on board to produce the remake. [The Tracking Board]
Untitled Guillermo del Toro Film
While he's in the middle of working on Pacific Rim 2, Guillermo del Toro says he'll make a small, black and white, film with "one great creature" in it. He gave a few more details:
Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting — we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015 for release in 2017.
The director also talked about his ideal cast for this film:
It's a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there's an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I've seen her in a short film. That's all she's really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I'm gonna try her out for the main role.
Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed some of the Saw films, has been tapped to direct the indie sci-fi film Apex. Apex is described as "Predator meets Call of Duty, the plot tells of a Special Ops team sent to obtain a WMD from North Korea that is transported to another world. The team then finds themselves pitted against a dangerous alien race." [The Hollywood Reporter]
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Elle Fanning will star in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman short story. The story follows two teen boys at a party in 1970s London, with the "shy one" finding out that the girls at the party are more than they seem at first. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Big Hero 6
Here's a new promo called introducing Baymax:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Here are the four "motion posters" that have been released, giving us closer looks at the turtles. [via Slashfilm]
The Walking Dead
During the Inside the Walking Dead documentary, Norman Reedus said this:
If they kill me on the show, I'll probably like set my trailer on fire. They'll probably have to call in a bunch of cops to escort me off the property, because I'll be so pissed.
So, if anyone spots a burning trailer in Georgia, we'll know what's happened. [ Comic Book.com]
From Twitter we have some hints about season 3, including the official description which reveals the survival (and promotion to Captain?) of Laurel's father, the Arrow being hailed as a hero, and a Felicity/Oliver date:
Coming to a television near you, #Arrow Season 3! Shooting tomorrow! (fine print: viewership induced heartbreak & attacks guaranteed) VDA
— Emily Bett Rickards (@EmilyBett) July 8, 2014
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) July 10, 2014
[via Observation Deck]
Beyond teasing that the season finale will make fans want the show back "very quickly," Steven Moffat had this to say about Peter Capaldi's debut:
It's a big introduction — he's the new Doctor. There's no point pretending that it's not the most interesting, dynamic thing that you've got to sell in that first episode. It's going to be about 'What's he like? How's he different?' I suppose it feels a bit like a character piece, but there's plenty of action and nonsense and jeopardy, as there ever is in Doctor Who.
Jenna Coleman gave a little bit more information about the new Doctor, calling him "a lot fiercer" and saying, "This man is a total adrenaline junkie." There's a new photo below. [ Entertainment Weekly]
Guillermo del Toro says that the animated series will be 13 episodes, with an actual arc rather than a story-of-the-week set up, saying:
"We're going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that's the basic thrust of the thing.
... If it connects we'll go on [to more seasons], but the thing is I don't want it to be weekly adventures. I don't want it to be like Chapter One is a little action thing and it gets resolved in 40 minutes or an hour and then the next episode, [it's like] nothing happened. My favorite anime series always have a long arc.
On the list of original actors not returning for the reboot, include Ali Larter, who says that her commitment to Legends makes it impossible:
No. At this point, I think I've heard that Jack [Coleman] is coming back, but I'm committed to [TNT's] Legends. I'm on series, so I don't have the time to work on another project. Not that I didn't love Heroes and loved working on it, but I'm just at a different stage of my life. I'm super excited and proud to be a part of this show and working with Sean Bean and an incredible cast.
It could be possible if [Legends] would let me. It's like the studio system from back in the day. They own me now, so they tell me what I can and can't do.
[ TV Guide]
Syfy's officially filming the pilot for their adaptation of the Lev Grossman book series. Here's the description of the series from the press announcement:
The one-hour drama follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses a grave danger to humanity.
Fox has announced that the two shows will premiere on September 22nd. Here's the summary of the night:
On Monday, Sept. 22, origin story GOTHAM (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) kicks off. The series follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes. The entirely new, untold chapter comes from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome") and stars Ben McKenzie ("Southland," "The O.C."), Donal Logue ("Vikings," "Sons of Anarchy") and Jada Pinkett Smith ("Hawthorne," "Collateral"). The second season premiere of the adventure fantasy SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) follows, picking up immediately after the thrilling multiple cliffhangers that left Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) buried alive and Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) trapped in purgatory.
According to twitter, episode 2 will be called "Fastest Man Alive":
— Andrew Kreisberg (@AJKreisberg) July 10, 2014
Here's the synopsis for season 10:
Season 10 begins with Sam's frantic search for his missing brother, who is gone without a trace. The road to recovering the wayward Dean takes Sam down dark paths, with consequences that will shake the boys to their core. Meanwhile, Castiel has to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatron's campaign. With his grace failing and rogue angels still on the loose, Cass will face the ticking clock of his own mortality as all-new threats emerge to once again push all of our heroes to their limits.
Here's a promo for the rest of the season. [via SpoilerTV]
Beauty and the Beast
Here's the synopsis for season 3:
As season three begins, Cat and Vincent are able to focus on their love, finally free from Muirfield, manhunts and beasts, However, that love will be tested as new and more dangerous threats await. When they learn that innocent victims are being used to test the boundaries of the impossible, Cat and Vincent will uncover a deeper conspiracy, one which Vincent can fight only by turning to the beast he carries within. But unleashing the beast will risk Vincent's life – along with his and Cat's love – as they struggle to build a normal life together.
And from director Stuart Gillard come a few details about production. [via SpoilerTV]
— Stuart Gillard (@stugillard) July 8, 2014
— Stuart Gillard (@stugillard) July 10, 2014
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen