News Bites: Minions and Mutants

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

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10 Responses to News Bites: Minions and Mutants

  1. LOL. There’s no way the Justice League is delayed til 2021. Thats ridiculous.

    Good to hear Dinklage will be in the Marvel verse, and I hope that SyFy gets good mileage out of that Phillip K Dick story. He’s always awesome. His adaptations rarely ever let me down… even the subpar ones are good!

    • Yeah, I’m pretty skeptical about that as well. Delayed, yes, almost certainly at this point. 2015 was mighty optimistic to begin with. But 2021? It’s unlikely WB wants to put it off that long. I could see it ending up there by accident, but no, they’re not planning on that date yet. That’s why I stressed that was rumor, since there’s just nothing at all official.

      Peter Dinklage is always good; he’ll be a fun addition to the X-Men films no matter what his actual role is.

      I hope SyFy does a good job with The Man in the High Castle as well; it’s not one of Dick’s that I’ve read, but like you say, he’s always awesome. A TV miniseries is a definite change though.

  2. Jaina says:

    The Peter Dinkladge casting news is pretty epic. Fantastic actor. Quite looking forward to Days of Future Past.

  3. Very cool news, especially the one about Twilight Zone. I hope Justice League doesn’t get pushed all the way to 2021.

  4. ruth says:

    I’m pretty stoked Dinklage is joining First Class sequel. I LOVE the first movie, I think he’d make an excellent villain.

    • I think so as well. I’ve been really impressed with Dinklage the few times I’ve seen him in something (The Station Agent, a few stray episodes of Game of Thrones during free preview weekends.) I kind of hope he is playing a character who isn’t “traditionally” a dwarf, just because it’ll show (to Hollywood and audiences) that he’s an actor, not a “dwarf actor”.

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