by Mark Greig
This week: Abrams feels the force -- Lots of Game of Thrones pictures -- Richie Cunningham visits Gaiman's Graveyard -- Vampire Diaries spin-off adds another Original -- Rick Castle gets a dad -- And River Song is Black Canary
As I'm sure everyone knows by now, J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. J.D. already posted about it here when this story was still in the 'rumour everyone knows to be true' stage. But now it is official, Lucasfilm have confirmed it. Now it is time to ask the really important question: will he hire John Williams to score the film or stick with regular collaborator Michael Giacchino? If you are wondering where this leaves the Star Trek franchise, Paramount has stated that Abrams will remain attached to the franchise despite his new duties, and will produce the third film as well as a possible fifth Mission: Impossible film.
Following on from Band of Brothers and The Pacific, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are set to team up with HBO again for another epic mini-series set during the Second World War.
HBO have also released a series of promotional photos for the upcoming third season of Game of Thrones. With any luck a trailer with some actual new footage won't be too far away.
You've got to respect the casting people on Dexter. They always manage to find great actors for guest roles and it looks like season 8 will be no different, with Sean Patrick Flanery and Charlotte Rampling landing recurring roles. Flanery will play a former cop-turned-private eye, while Rampling will play a neuro-psychiatrist who specializes in working with young psychopaths.
James Brolin seems to be cornering the market in absent TV dads. He's already set to appear as Jeff's MIA dad on Community, and it now looks like he is going to show up on Castle‘s traditional February sweeps two-parter as Rick's mysterious, might work for the CIA, papa. So does this mean that Jeff Winger and Rick Castle are half-brothers?
Shooting has started on the pilot for Joss Whedon's potential S.H.I.E.L.D. series and here are the set photos to prove it. These pics don't reveal much, only that when it comes to vehicles, S.H.I.E.L.D. is as covert as Torchwood.
Ron Howard is the latest director to be attached to an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Previously, Neil Jordan was working on a live action adaptation, but that never got off the ground. Then word came that Henry Selick was going to produce a stop motion version, before a disagreement with Disney led to him quitting the project (which is a real shame, because after Coraline I would've loved to have seen his take on the book). Howard's version, if it ever makes it out of development hell, will be live action.
Here is some news that might get more Vampire Diaries fans excited about the potential spin-off. Daniel Gillies is set to join the series, reprising his role as Klaus' more dapper brother, Elijah. Is it just me or is this project starting to sound like the exact same show as TVD? Add a annoying female human love interest and this is basically just the same show we are watching right now. Except with some questionable English accents.
Finally, we may have a potential Doctor Who reunion on Arrow later this season (even if the actors in question never actually worked on the show at the same time). Alex Kingston has been cast as Laurel's mother, Dinah Lance, the original Black Canary in the comics, *although it is unlikely we'll see Kingston in the iconic fishnets. Or will is it? Either way, if she doesn't have a scene with John Barrowman then this show has just relinquished it's right to even exist.