Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest rumors coming out of Hollywood, from casting news to rumored directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. Now entering into the spring (and soon, the summer) blockbuster season, there’s tons of news flying around, including news of a certain Marvel superhero in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, plans for another Superman-based TV series, and plenty more.
1. Hasbro begins to shape its toy-based Cinematic Universe
Shared cinematic universes are all the rage right now, and you can bet that everyone is trying to get in on the action. Hasbro has big plans for its own saga of films, that will include “G.I. Joe,” “Micronauts,” “Visionaries,” “M.A.S.K.” (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and “ROM.” Additionally, it has assembled a writing team that includes talent from Lost, Black Panther, The Dark Tower, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The sum total is a peculiar idea that might just have enough solid writers on board to work.
2. Iron Man will be in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Last week, we reported on rumors surrounding Robert Downey Jr. potentially appearing in Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot, confirmed only by cryptic comments from the actor himself. Now it’s official: The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Downey has closed a deal to reprise his role as Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The character will be on loan from Marvel, much in the same way Sony lent them Spider-Man for Captain America: Civil War. Additional casting for the movie includes Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Tom Holland as the titular web-slinger.
3. Game of Thrones showrunners call Season 6 “the best one yet”
Game of Thrones premieres its sixth season this weekend, and there are tons of questions left to answer. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss may not be willing to spoil anything in the meantime, but they’ve given Variety plenty of other juicy info anyway. In the interview, they describe Season 6 as “the best one yet,” while citing “coming home” as a prevailing theme of the greater arc. Perhaps the biggest bit of information came early on in the discussion, from Benioff.
Characters who have been separated for many seasons, (we’ll see) them reunited. Characters who have never met over the course of the show, seeing them come together for the first time. Those things become very exciting for us, both to write the scenes and also just as audience members to watch them. To watch these actors, these characters come together.
Will Daenerys finally make her way over to Westeros astride her dragons? Will Jon Snow rise from the dead to lead an army against Roose Bolton at Winterfell? The “homecoming” theme Benioff and Weiss outline seems to point a big neon sign toward “yes,” so we can only hope that’s the case when it’s all said and done.
4. SyFy puts in order for Superman prequel series, Krypton
We’ve already seen a proof of concept for Superman stories not actually featuring the Man of Steel himself, thanks in large part to the success of CBS’s Supergirl. SyFy will take a similar tact, with the recently acquired pilot for Krypton. The series will take place a full two generations prior to the birth of Clark Kent (a.k.a. Kal-El), prominently featuring Clark’s biological grandfather seeking to restore his family’s honor.
It’d be entirely natural if you felt some modicum of skepticism for yet another superhero TV series. That being said, every good show starts with signing on a talented writer and producer, and Krypton got their man with David Goyer. Goyer is most known for his work on the screenplays for Batman Begins, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman, and he’ll be coming on to pen the pilot alongside Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time). Damian Kindler will be the official showrunner, having worked in the past as a writer on Sleepy Hollow and Stargate.
5. Blade Runner 2 moves its release date up to 2017
Of all the reboots and sequels out there, few are as controversial as Blade Runner 2. The sequel will bring back Harrison Ford as Deckard Cain, and was originally slated for a distant 2018 release date. Warner Bros. have now decided though that they’d rather not wait, moving the release to the summer of July 2017. Right on the back of news that Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling would be joining the cast, it’s hard not to be at least tentatively excited given the talent on board. There’s a lot that could go wrong with a Blade Runner sequel, and it’s comforting to hear that Warner is so confident with it that they’d actually like to release it sooner.
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