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‘Muppet’ casting; ‘Monument 14’ to be adapted; Franco out of ‘Apes’ sequel and a ‘Doctor Who’ prequel

Just after Modern Family’s Ty Burrell was cast in The Muppet sequel, word has come that Ricky Gervais is in negotiations to lead the film after Jason Segal announced that he was not returning. The European-set film begins production in January, with a December 13, 2013 release date. James Bodin returns as director.


It’s been described as The Breakfast Club set after the apocalypse, but in the age of studios swallowing any young adult content out there hoping to find a worthy series to follow up successful franchises like Twilight and Hunger Games, it’s no surprise Reel FX and Andrew Adamson’s Strange Weather have acquired the rights to Emmy Laybourne’s post-apocalypse trilogy Monument 14. It’s about a group of teens who are trapped together in a chain superstore and face the prospect of life, death and love and hate while the world as they know it ends right outside. The first book was released last June with its follow-up, Monument 14: Sky On Fire, to hit bookstores in June 2013. Brad Peyton, who helmed Journey 2: Mysterious Island will adapt and direct. While no studio is attached, Reel FX is a company that launched a development and production slate in 2010, and then they finance the development of projects and then take those packages and places them with studios.

James Franco does not expect to return for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as he says changes at the studio and a new director (Matt Reeves replaces Ruperert Wyatt) will probably mean his arc is finished in the new take on the classic movie franchise. He told MTV News: “I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.”

One of things that interested my about Madame Vastra –the Silurian we met in A Good Man Goes to War– was how she got stuck in Victorian London, met Jenny and interacted with the Doctor. Also, I was curious how Sontaran Commander Strax arrived there as well and how it all tied them to that story from last season, considering that these adventures must take place before that season six episode. So, I was hoping that Steven Moffat would reveal this in next week’s Christmas episode, The Snowmen. But part of those two questions is being answered by this short prequel clip to that special Madame Vastra Investigates. I hope they do explain Strax, but those answers may have to wait until 2013, as all three are scheduled to return again in episode 11, The Crimson Horror and the currently unnamed season finale.

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