New showwrunner for ‘Walking’; Disney schedules new films, including ‘Pirates 5’ & ‘Muppets 2’
Supervising producer Scott Gimple has been named the new showrunner for AMC’s break-out hit series, The Walking Dead, replacing Glen Mazzara, who is exiting the show “over a difference of opinion” regarding how to approach season four -though rumors have suggested that Mazzara was butting heads with comic book creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman. Gimple also wrote two episodes this season, including Hounded as well as the penultimate episode of season three coming up called This Sorrowful Life. Mazzara, who replaced showrunner/creator of the TV series Frank Darabont midway through season two, is credited for the quality of stories that have enhanced the show since taking over. The question remains, as Gimple begins steering season four, can the series maintain the momentum?
Disney has scheduled July 10, 2015 for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, with Muppets 2 scheduled for March 21, 2014. Maleficent, their re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, has been pushed from March 14, 2014 to July 2. Meanwhile, Brad Bird’s second live action film, 1952 with a script by Damon Lindleof, will be released on December 19, 2014.
Former Lost alumni Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has two roles in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, playing both Algrim the Strong and Kurse. He told MTV News: “Thor 2; great movie, great opportunity. I’ve been a fan of the Marvel Comics and I got a massive opportunity to play two characters in the movie: Algrim and Kurse. You go in thinking, ‘Yeah this is great.’ But when you get in there, you’re like whoa; six hours of makeup, prosthetics, all the physical [stuff]. But honestly, I loved it. It’s going to be such an epic. And both of the characters; I have blonde hair, blue eyes, pointed ears, fangs, horns; everything you could want as boy in an action hero movie. It’s amazing. The fighting was really demanding. For instance, Kurse is the one that does all the fighting. It’s forty pounds of extra weight and the good thing about it is that it’s very flexible and elastic. I have a routine before I put it on: I stretch and do all my pilates. You see this big creature doing pilates, it’s great. And then we’d have to go fight. Me and Chris [Hemsworth] go toe-to-toe. It was hardcore.” The actor also reports he’s in talks with Marvel to potentially play another character within their universe, conceivably The Black Panther, a role the actor has made no secret that he would like to play.