MARVEL In less than four months, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will make a big about-face from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, its most grounded superhero property, to its first non-Avengers experiment, the out-of-this world space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite its imminent (in cinematic terms) arrival in theaters, director James Gunn (Super) has just gone back into production to film additional footage for the movie. Actress Zoe Saldana, who plays the green-skinned Guardian Gamora, revealed the news when she tweeted a photo (above) of herself squaring off against co-star Karen Gillan, who plays the villainous Nebula, with the caption: "@KarenGillan2 and I rehearsing our extended fight scene! #gamora and #nebula r gonna kick e\o's butts! #GOTG."
One of the big questions about Guardians of the Galaxy has been how or if the movie will connect with the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. Speculation that it would tie in to Avengers: Age of Ultron evaporated long ago, when the villain was revealed to be Ultron and not Thanos, the evil alien warlord depicted at the end of The Avengers. However, Gunn recently revealed to Variety that Guardians is "definitely connected to Avengers 3." Considering all of the ties between characters in Guardians and Thanos, we can only assume that the purple-mugged death lover will be that connection, bringing a bit of cosmic saga to the third super-team movie.
TRANS4MERS If you've seen the trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, then you know that it's not just the human cast that has changed — most of the bad robots are now dinosaurs ("Dinobots," actually, but we doubt you'll hear that toy line name in the movie). What's the deal with the dinosaur robots? Director Michael Bay won't say, but he did confirm to EW, that Extinction is "the first of a new trilogy" and offered some backstory on the new gun-faced Transformer "Lockdown," hinting that he/it might be around for a movie or two:
Lockdown is an interesting character. He travels the galaxy, he works for somebody else. And he’s here for one person, one alien, and then he’s out of here. So he doesn’t really want to take sides. The cause and balance of the galaxy is kind of messed up when different species play with different species. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers. Lockdown’s ship has a lot of meaning that can go into other movies. There’s a lot of backstory about that ship that’s not laid out here.
SLATED Warner Bros. has announced that Guy Ritchie's King Arthur movie, which has not gone into production and may not have even been cast yet, will be released in theaters on July 22, 2016. Conspiracy nuts and DC-haters are already saying that King Arthur is merely serving as a date holder in case Warner decides to move Man of Steel 2 off of its May 6, 2016 opening, which pits it against Captain America 3. But, as Variety reports, WB has "no plans to move" the Man of Steel sequel.
DIVERGENT Following in the footsteps of other YA book-to-movie adaptations like The Hunger Games and Twilight, Summit Entertainment has announced that they will divide Veronica Roth's book Allegiant into two movies, turning the Divergent trilogy into a quadrilogy. The sequel to Divergent, Insurgent, will be released March 20, 2015, and the first part of Allegiant will retain its March 18, 2016 release date. The second part of Allegiant will be shot separately from the first and debut roughly one year later, on March 24, 2017. In a statement released by Lionsgate, co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said:
Veronica Roth brings her captivating story to a masterful conclusion in Allegiant, a rich, action-packed book with material that is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies. The storytelling arc and world of the characters lend themselves perfectly to two films...
BAZ FU It's been nearly three years since we heard anything about a planned TV-to-movie adaptation of Kung Fu, the '70s martial arts Western action series that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a peace-craving Shaolin monk who leaves China for the Wild West in search of his long lost half-brother, but apparently the project still has some heat. THR reports that Aussie auteur Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) is in talks to direct the movie for Legendary Pictures. Luhrmann's deal would include rewriting the current script by John McLaughlin (Black Swan), which apparently has all of the action taking place in China, with Caine searching for his father.#AlwaysTrending