Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest Hollywood rumors, from casting chatter to potential directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more speculation, including possibly leaked plot details for Avengers: Infinity War, the latest on the upcoming solo Batman film, and the potential for a Game of Thrones spinoff. Below, check out the five biggest rumors coming out of Hollywood this week.
1. Avengers: Infinity War plot details may have been leaked
Marvel and the Russo brothers have remained pretty tight-lipped about the next Avengers sequel, but new details about the film may have just been leaked. A new report from LRM (via Comicbook) claims that the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie will follow the story arc depicted in the famous 1990 The Infinity Gauntlet comic book crossover series.
For those unfamiliar, The Infinity Gauntlet is a six-issue series chronicling the events that occur after Thanos finally obtains all six of the powerful Infinity Gems to form the titular Infinity Gauntlet. Desperate to win the affections of Death, Thanos decides to offer the entity a gift of love by completing a task she had given him: erasing half the life in the universe. Per the latest rumor, the Infinity War film will chronicle this comic.
These details have yet to be confirmed, so stay tuned. Avengers: Infinity War is set to release on May 4, 2018.
2. Ben Affleck’s Batman movie will not take place in Arkham
Previous speculation surrounding Affleck’s upcoming solo Batman movie has suggested that it will take place largely in the Arkham Asylum. But it seems Gotham’s psychiatric hospital could play a smaller role in the movie than we all thought. A new rumor from Heroic Hollywood suggests that the standalone Batman movie will not take place entirely in Arkham Asylum, as previously reported.
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as Deathstroke was recently announced as one of the major villains of the upcoming film, suggesting that the story will likely expand outside of the asylum. A premiere date for the Batman film has yet to be confirmed.
3. Mad Max‘s Furiosa might be getting a prequel
Tom Hardy might have played the title role in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, but the general consensus among audiences is that Charlize Theron’s one-armed Furiosa was the real star. Now, rumor has it that she might headline and star in her own movie. Australian newspaper, the Herald Sun recently reported that a prequel to Fury Road is in the works and could begin production as soon as the end of this year. The report claims that the upcoming Mad Max film will chronicle the backstory of Furiosa and will “be filmed in and around Broken Hill,” a studio in South Wales.
This isn’t the first time that there’s been talk of a Furiosa-led film. George Miller has previously expressed interest in creating a prequel around the character. However, the project has yet to be confirmed, so fans should take this with a grain of salt now.
4. The Dark Tower TV series may premiere in 2018
It was only a couple of weeks ago that we learned that The Dark Tower is getting a TV adaptation, to go along with the upcoming movie. But it turns out that the show could air sooner than we thought. According to Entertainment Weekly, producers Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures have committed to financing not just a pilot, but a full 10 to 13-episode season — and it plans to start production sooner rather than later. The report suggests that The Dark Tower TV show will begin filming with star Idris Elba next year, with an eye at premiering in 2018. The idea is to release the series right around the time when the upcoming film will become available on cable or streaming services.
It remains to be seen whether the show will be able to make that timeline or not, but fans can look forward to seeing the big-screen version of The Dark Tower in the meantime. The film is set to hit theaters on February 17, 2017.
5. Game of Thrones could spur a prequel spinoff
With Game of Thrones set to end after Season 8, rumors of a potential spinoff have begun to pick up speed. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently addressed this speculation, suggesting that they likely won’t be involved in any future spinoffs, although they wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.
“It’s a great world that George created. I think it’s a very rich world, and I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us, this is it,” Benioff told Entertainment Weekly.
Author George R.R. Martin also discussed the possibility of a prequel, saying, “Well, I do have thousands of pages of fake history — everything that led up to Game of Thrones — so there’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more … At the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two books to finish, so that’s all speculation.”
Considering that there’s still plenty left to ponder over in Game of Thrones Seasons 7 and 8, it’s probably a little early to start contemplating a spinoff. In the meantime, fans still have some waiting to do, as Season 7 is set to premiere a little later than usual, in mid-2017.
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