Another week with a lot of news, especially on the television front once again. A lot of this just came in yesterday and this morning, so it can be considered “hot off the presses” if there were a printing press actually involved here. A lot of this week’s news is science-fiction related, and of course, there are the usual updates on comic book superheroes coming to the big screen — as well as a superhero of a different stripe coming to the small screen. I’ll be out most of the day, so it may take me a bit to respond to comments, but there’s a lot to discuss, so read on!
Bryan Singer is planning to bring The Twilight Zone back to television. He hopes to be able to bring A-list talent to the anthology series, just as the classic version did. And here I blew my best Rod Serling quote on last week’s news.
Singer’s still busy on the X-Men front as well, of course, having just announced a new recruit to the cast. Peter Dinklage, star of Game of Thrones and both versions of Death at a Funeral, has officially joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. There has not yet been any confirmation on what character he will play, but speculation has been that he will play the character of Puck, from Marvel’s related title Alpha Flight. Variety, however, claims Dinklage will play the villain of the film, which has spawned further speculation that the role may be Bolivar Trask, inventor of the Sentinels.
Philip K. Dick’s stories are usually adapted to film, but The Man in the High Castle is coming to television as a four-part miniseries on Syfy. Frank Spotnitz is responsible for the adaptation, which will be produced by Ridley Scott.
Sandra Bullock has been cast as the voice of Scarlet Overkill, the villain in Minions, the spin-off of Despicable Me (distinct from Despicable Me 2, due out July 3rd of this year). Minions is scheduled for release on December 19, 2014.
Various sites are reporting an unsourced rumor that the Justice League movie will be delayed to 2021. Though nothing remotely official has come through, a delay is unsurprising given the script being thrown out last week. It is likely that Warner Brothers will want to work on building up their various DC Comics properties before throwing them together in a team.
Zooey Deschanel has teamed up with Sophia Rossi to form a production company, which has signed a two-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. The pair have already worked together producing the sitcom Must Be Nice, which has already sold to Fox.
Rupert Grint — who will probably always be “Ron Weasley” no matter what else he does — will be starring in a CBS sitcom, Super Clyde, about a comic-reading fast food worker who finds he’s been bequeathed $100,000 a month and decides to put his wealth to being a real-life superhero.
NBC’s Hannibal — the TV series based on Silence of the Lambs villain Hannibal Lecter — will premiere Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 10 p.m.
“Everything is normal. It’s just that some normal things are weirder than other normal things.” — Steven Brust, Teckla, 1987