Welcome to another edition of Fanboy Round-Up, your weekly, well, round-up of news. If you missed out on a lot of cool stuff or just want a little bit of a refresher then this is for you! Last week was pretty big for news; lots of Doctor Who, lots of Pacific Rim and a healthy litle bit of DC thrown in there for good measure. Oh, and Game of Thrones casting, because what’s a Fanboy Round-Up without some of that?!
DOCTOR WHO Loses Clara and Gains Some Episode Titles
That time has come again: the companion leaves Doctor Who, and in this case it’s Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald. T’was a sad day in the fandom – unless you hate Clara – when the rumours hit, and the actress later confirmed them herself.
“It was emotional! It’s been in the works for a very long time. Steven [Moffat] and I sat down a year and a half ago and tried to work out the best place to do it, and the best place to tell a really good story – hopefully that’s what we’ve done. I think it’s really cool … obviously we’re not going to give away any details but it will happen at some point this season.”
Things aren’t all bad. After all, we still have eleven episodes left with Clara – episodes that now all have titles! Take a look at the list…
- The Magician’s Apprentice (check out our review…)
- The Witch’s Familiar
- Under the Lake
- Before the Flood
- The Girl Who Died
- The Woman Who Lived
- The Zygon Invasion
- The Zygon Inversion
- Sleep No More
- Face the Raven
- Heaven Sent
- Hell Bent
Damn, those are pretty good. But what do they mean? Head to the link above to check out some fun and awesome ideas!
It’s no secret that Fantastic Four was terrible, however until recently we hadn’t heard a peep from the cast and what they thought. While she hasn’t actually seen the movie yet, Kate Mara wasn’t too kind towards it due to the reviews and box office figures. She’s shown herself to be an expert in shit-slinging, so head on over to the link to read what she had to say.
In stranger news, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that he’s trying to work out a sequel. Yes, really. Fox, when will you learn?
Wonder Woman heads in front of the cameras in November, so it makes sense that casting rumours are beginning to leak out. If there’s any validity to these then Warner Bros. are sure-as-hell trying to assemble an awesome cast.
Apparently, the studio are looking at Sean Bean to play Ares, the God of War, as well as Eva Green to play Circe. It should be stressed that no offers have actually been made yet – these are just actors they’re looking at. However, I think it’s totally feasible that they could hook up with the movie. Just as long as Sean Bean isn’t killed off…
PACIFIC RIM: MAELSTROM Got Cancelled and Un-Cancelled
“We are NOT cancelling the apocalypse!” So says Guillermo del Toro.
Last week, news broke that Universal had placed Pacific Rim: Maelstrom on indefinite hold, with the looming threat of all-out cancellation. No reason was given but it seemed to be a monetary issue – as it always is. Fans cried out in horror, however some consolation was offered a few days later when del Toro firmly stated that the movie is still on, and he’s actually meeting with the studio in three weeks to give ’em a script and a budget.
“We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not gone. We’re still on it.”
Well, that’s a relief.
Hey, look! It’s Randyll Tarly!
Most of the major roles for Game of Thrones‘ sixth season have now been filled, with a big familial bombshell dropping last week in the form of House Tarly. So far, we only know about lovable Samwell, but there’s actually a hell of a lot more of ’em. The most important is Lord Randyll who should be entering the fray in a very big way if the books are followed (ha!), and will be played by actor James Faulkner.
As well as this, Sam’s mother and sister were also cast; Samantha Spiro and Rebecca Benson will be playing those roles, later revealed by HBO to be named Melessa and Talla respectively. Head up to the link to take a look at them!
Even though it’s fucking terrible, Transformers is a megahit franchise for Paramount, and when you have a megahit franchise you want to suck its blood until it’s absolutely dry and lifeless.
Which is there’s five more movies on the way!
This is the product of the big writer’s room which the studio assembled a few months ago, including names such as Robert Kirkman and Steven DeKnight, overseen by Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay and some other producers. The experiment was deemed a big success; they drew up plans for nine movies which the ‘Berg then whittled down to five. One such is an animated Cybertron-set prequel and another will be Transformers 5, which will apparently be Bay’s last (yippee!). Fortunately, they have enough ideas and material to put together a sixth movie, rounding out the saga. Great.
Hold onto your hats, guys.
We’ll keep this one brief, but John Landis (dad of Max Landis, friend of George Lucas) revealed in a Q&A that when he last spoke to the money-grabber himself, he said that Disney are planning on releasing the original, untampered, theatrical versions of the Star Wars Trilogy.
To find out some more deets head on up to the link – but beware, I may have gone full fanboy…
And thus, another week of news is drawn to a close. What will this one bring? Will Pacific Rim: Maelstrom get cancelled again? Will there be some more reports of bad internal studio relations leading to said cancellations? Will there be some more Game of Thrones casting?
Ah, of course there will be.
As always, these are just the highlights; there’s still a ton of news, reviews and editorials that don’t show up here, so make sure to take a wander down the UTF front page to check ’em out. See you next week!