According to Moviehole, the production is looking for a new female lead. "Several young ('Late 20s, early 30s') ladies are meeting with the Caped Crusader's resuscitator this week to talk about the new film. Interestingly enough, quite a few of the ladies don't actually know what role they're being asked to read for/meet Nolan about ... they've just accepted an offer to 'meet' with the filmmaker. Presumably, they'll leave the meeting knowing quite a bit more," they write.Their "insider" on the film suggests it could be Catwoman, but it is one of the bigger mysteries as the whole thing is being kept quite on the QT and very hush hush.
Release date: July 20th, 2012
The lads at HeyUGuys attended a talk with director Darren Aronofsky in London over the weekend. Aronofsky would not confirm is he's taking the helm of the sequel, but did offer this statement: "I'd really like to direct a movie where I'm not the only person in the room who wants to make it. It would be a really exciting prospect to take on a product and attempt to do it well. I'd be extremely game to give it a shot." I imagine, despite Hugh Jackman spilling the beans, a contract has still not been finalized.
Release date: 2012?
Ed Brubaker updates MTV News on the development of the feature film based on his comic. "It's full-steam ahead so far. We're expecting a draft in the next couple of weeks. Robert [Schenkkan] just went off on a research trip to scout some locations for the big finale," he reports. Schenkkan also wrote a couple of episodes of HBO's "The Pacific." Brubaker was also asked about "Sleeper." His response: " I'm pretty out of the loop on that stuff right now. I've been focusing more on the 'Incognito' movie. I was going to check in with the producers on 'Sleeper' sometime soon, because November is like the last active month in Hollywood."
Release date: TBA
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells chatted with young Mystique Jennifer Lawerence. According to him, "Only 10% of her screen time will be as Mystique." As Rebecca Romijn used to mention, the Mystique make-up takes something like six hours to put on. "I asked if official photos have been taken, and she said the idea was to keep her appearance under wraps until just before the film's release."
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
I may have said last week that in this business we look at action figures instead of tea leaves. Sometimes, it works out as various sites are pointing to a Marvelous News item in which eBay seller Keithadam points out this photo of a frost giant in an eBay listing:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
The lastest development in the hot potato that is making the film: New Zealand playing hard-ball on any further tax breaks. "I've made it quite clear (to Warner Bros.) if it comes to a bidding war, then New Zealand is out because I don't think that's the right way to run this," says Prime Minister John Key, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "In reality, we don't make a lot of money out of this movie, with a 15% subsidy." While the government may see little of the cash directly, the production would still being an influx of cash into the country.
Release date: 2012
LOCKE & KEY
Deadline reports Fox has given the pilot a green light to the series pilot based on the Joe Hill comic book. The project already has a series commitment attached to it. According to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, the show is being "eyed for a potential summer run."
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
According to Entertainment Weekly, the series has been picked up for a full season order. "The Chiklis drama has averaged 9.5 million [viewers]," writes EW's Lynette Rice.
THE WALKING DEAD
We have plenty of "Walking Dead" news today. First, Ain't It Cool News's Capone spoke with series make-up/FX man Greg Nicotero. "We took our cue from the graphic novel. There is a specific design aesthetic that I responded to. When you look at the zombie drawings, they are all really bony, really skeletal. Their lips are always pulled away, so you see a lot of teeth and you see like white eyes, really long necks, slumped shoulders. The zombies in the graphic novel all look like they have starved for six months," he says of the zombie design for the show. Meanwhile, AMC and their international partners are staging a zombie invasion across the world today. Here's the scene in Sao Paolo, Brazil:
The even culminates here in LA with the zombies walking into the premiere of the series tonight. Hey, wait, I'm scheduled to cover that!
Finally, star Andrew Lincoln talks with MTV News about becoming Rick Grimes:
WATCHING THE DEAD
As I mentioned above, I'll be at the "Walking Dead" premiere tonight, hopefully getting a few good quotes from cast, crew, and guests. Also, my copy of "Rock Band 3" should be arriving today. I've been looking forward to this one as they're adding keyboard to the game. New Order will finally be a viable Rock Band artist at last. So, your movie suggestion for the morning is "Jaws 3." It's not a really a scary film, but it makes for nice diversion as it is an unintentional laugh riot between the lame 3D gags, superfluous characters, and the film's key line, "It wasn't the shark, it was its mother!" Give it a try, you'll be glad you did. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of a Rock Band 80s attack.