'Guardians' for 2014?; casting on 'Who', A&E stops at the 'Bates'
A few sites are reporting that the 2014 release for a film currently listed as Untitled Marvel Movie has been pushed from May 16 to August 1. Many have speculated that the film is Guardians of the Galaxy, but neither the secretive duo of Marvel or Disney would confirm that was indeed what they’re planning to make. This could mean that the studios plan is to have the Guardians fight Thanos, the grinning evil purple character seen after the end credits in The Avengers, which then, theoretically could lead into that movies sequel in 2015. So the current Marvel/Disney timeline is this: Iron Man 3 for May 2013; Thor 2 for November 2013, Captain America 2 in April 2014 and now (presumably) the Guardians of the Galaxy. Logically then, The Avengers 2 would be next.
Depending on your point of view with 3D, you’ll be either happy or disappointed. Director George Miller has opted out of filming the long-delayed reimaging of Mad Max franchise in that format, and instead will film it in standard 2D and then have the film converted in post-production. Part of the reason maybe the complex set-ups that 3D cameras need and the franchise works more kinetically when the cameras can be adjusted more easily. Also, I guess, Mad Max: Fury Road –already a few years behind schedule (and 27 years since Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome)- cannot afford too many more delays. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz star.
Back in January, I reported that A&E was developing a prequel TV series to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic motion picture Psycho called The Bates Motel. This week they announced that they’ve given a straight-to-series, 10-episode order from executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). This Psycho prequel will be a contemporary exploration of Norman Bates’ formative years; his relationship with his mother, Norma; and the world they inhabit. NBC previously tried a similar spin-off film back in 1987 with a TV movie of the same name, while a 1990 cable TV movie Psycho IV: The Beginning explored just such a storyline with Henry Thomas playing a young Norman.
It’s been confirmed that veteran actor David Warner will guest star in an episode of Doctor Who for season seven. Warner has had a long acting career appearing in films such as The Omen, Time Bandits, Tron, The Lost World, Titanic and Planet of the Apes. He’s made multiple appearances in the Star Trek franchise, including Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as well as in the two-part Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Chain of Command. He’ll appear in the episode seven scheduled for 2013. Also, Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives, Mission: Impossible II, The World is Not Enough) will appear in episode 10 of the show, rumored to be titled Hider in the House. Other reports include the rumored title for episode 8, Phantoms of the Hex. Meanwhile, the legendary Dame Diana Rigg, ex-Bond girl and star of the 1960s television series The Avengers, has signed on to guest-star in an episode. Also cast in that same episode is Rigg’s own daughter, Rachael Stirling. The pair will be playing mother and daughter with a dark secret in an episode penned by Mark Gatiss. Beyond that, not much is known. Well, by that, I mean this will Gatiss’ second script for the season, and will be the ninth episode (his other one is episode seven, the one with another brilliant actor, David Warner) and has the rumored title of The Crimson Horror. “The first time Rachie and I will be working together is on an episode of Doctor Who specially written for us by Mark Gatiss. How lucky is that?” said Rigg in the official press release. Her daughter said the following: “Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. “We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come.”