|Happy Pride Month, everyone!|
Lindelof and Found
The New York Times has an extensive profile of Damon Lindelof, whose new show The Leftovers premieres on HBO on June 29th. This is the best article about Lindelof I’ve ever read, as it emphasizes the complexity of his struggle with faith and with family. Lindelof incorporated those themes into Lost, especially in the portrayal of Jack’s relationship with his withholding father, and will continue to explore in The Leftovers. It is Lindelof, after all, who chose to reimagine the sacrifice of Isaac through the lens of a police interrogation in Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah. (It’s hilarious, and you can read it all here. I thought I’d linked to it in a previous Doux News, but apparently not.)
Although Lindelof loves the finale of Lost, he’s haunted by the often-cruel fans who do not: “I don’t have the self-confidence or whatever it is to say, ‘Well, screw those guys.’ I love the show, and I wouldn’t change a thing…But that’s not what I’m saying to myself. I’m thinking, ‘Where did I go wrong? What can I learn from Lost? How can this not happen again?’”
That’s a question that might plague Lindelof forever, since he describes himself as “very comfortable with mystery.” Most of the writers on The Leftovers, he says, “are comfortable with mystery.” The Leftovers will be a mysterious show—it details what the world is like two years after 2% of the population has been apparently Raptured—but it will not, he says, be a “cliffhangery” show.
Early June is a slow time for TV news, and perhaps no tidbit makes that more clear than the OMG Totally Exciting Wow Headline Shocker that made the rounds this week: the second season of True Detective will focus on—wait for it—not two people, but three! Take a minute to compose yourself before we move on. I’ll wait.
Ready? Sure? Okay: creator Nic Pizzolatto’s novel, Galveston, focused on one guy in limited locations. True Detective’s first season focused on two guys in a wide swath of south Louisiana. I have assumed this upcoming season would focus on three people in a slightly more-populated locale somewhere in California, but not LA. Pizzolatto’s emphasis on character and his apparent willingness to challenge himself make it clear that his artistic trajectory is about adding breadth without sacrificing depth. Although there’s no clear sense of when the second season will air—casting hasn’t even begun—I look forward to immersing myself in Pizzolatto’s latest “psychosphere.”
This Week in Casts
• Marilyn Manson will play a white supremacist on Sons of Anarchy.
• Lupita Nyong'o (Twelve Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones's Brienne) have joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
• Kevin Alejandro (Arrow, True Blood) will join Mark Pellegrino on the upcoming American reboot of the French series The Returned.
• Corey Stoll (House of Cards) will join the fourth season of Homeland. That almost makes me want to start watching Homeland again.
• Jeremy Sisto will join the cast of the American remake of The Returned.
• Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) will hunt down Pablo Escobar on Netflix’s upcoming Narcos.
Unmarvelous Agent Clark Gregg
The man we know and love as Phil Coulson has an independently-produced movie coming out both in theaters and on demand: Trust Me, with William H. Macy, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Amanda Peet, is, according to Gregg, about an unsuccessful Hollywood agent “trying to find what he lost through caring about a child.” Learn more about Agent Clark Gregg here.
Life in the Superverse
It’s been a big week in Marvelia, the realm of all things Marvel. (The realm of all things DC is just called Washington.) Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) has been cast as Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series. This casting news comes on the heels of the revelation that Drew Goddard (a Buffy alum) is stepping down as showrunner; he will be replaced by Stephen S. DeKnight (another Buffy alum). And the Doctor Strange movie has a director.
Also, Edgar Wright has been replaced by Peyton Reed as the director of Ant-Man, which a recent Grantland headline describes as a “Movie Literally Nobody Wants.” According that article, Wright's Ant-Man project has been in the works since 2004. (Ten years ago. Just think of where you were—and how young you were!—ten years ago.) Grantland links the ant(man)ipathy to a sort of Marvel overload: “if Marvel Studios and its competitors don’t stop making superhero projects that super-serve their nerdcore base while befuddling and alienating casual viewers, the whole comic-book movie economy could collapse.”
I am, at best, a casual consumer of comic-book movies. I’m always shocked to realize that I’ve seen most of them, I have very little affection for superhero narratives, and I’ve never read a Marvel comic book. So I can’t quite see the “comic-book movie economy” (which sounds like a postmodern echo of Eisenhower’s warning about the “military-industrial complex”) collapsing just because Marvel is mining its smaller (pun!) heroes. But it is interesting to consider when, if ever, Marvel’s star will begin to dim.
But all that is irrelevant. What really matters this week in superhero news is that Stephen Arnell, who plays Oliver Queen on Arrow, posted a minute-long workout clip to his Facebook page here. You'll burn 2000 calories just by watching it, so make sure to have a chocolate mousse next to your computer in case of emergency.
An Eighth for Ending
George R.R. Martin’s editor hinted that he may need eight books to complete the Song of Ice and Fire series that we all are just calling The Game of Thrones Books these days. When Martin originally approached her with an idea for a trilogy, Anne Groell pushed for seven books, one for each of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Martin, and his verbosity, eventually came around to her perspective. But now, as Groell is realizing there are eight kingdoms (I don’t know what she’s referring to, and am not overwhelmed with caring), she is starting to wonder if “eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.” Martin put a mild kibosh on that idea, telling Entertainment Weekly that his “plan is to finish in seven…[but] get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”
This Week in Cats
Josie Kafka reviews The Vampire Diaries, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and various other things that take her fancy. She is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)