§ Okay we’ve been a little behind in our Marvel movie casting news. It seems that Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston will play villian Malekith The Accursed in THOR: THE DARK WORLD, the second Thor film which begins shooting soon. Malekith is the lord of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, and was created by Walt Simonson in his great run on the Thor comic, so if you detect a whiff of “epic fantasy” in all this…you are probably correct. This is the role that Mads Mikkelson was once slated to play.
§ Marvel/Disney is planning a TV show set in the “world of the Avengers” which might be a kind of police drama. It’s too bad Agent Coulson isn’t around to star in this. The entire Deadline report is quite brief and vague:
I hear the project is in a nascent stage, described as “a kernel of an idea,” with a number of scenarios being explored, including a high-concept cop show.
So naturally everyone is coming up with their own idea. Alyssa Rosenberg has five female characters who would make a great TV show. This could end up being some kind of Closer/Medium/Saving Grace thing. Or it could be some kind of Jag/NCIS/SVU thing. Or it could be some kind of Magilla Gorilla/Downton Abbey/Matlock thing. We don’t know. We’re just going to have to wait and see.
OKAY seriously, here is what WE think should be in the sequel: the android David teams up with Teddy and Joe from A.I. and they all go around having adventures while trying to understand what really makes human beings tick. So there.
§ In non-Marvel news, it is being reported that they are actually thinking of making a sequel to PROMETHEUS. It seems that director Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are available to make it. Yay! It seems that screenwriter Damon Lindelof is not available to make it. Boooooo. I mean, yay! “Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can’t rush it,” Fox president Emma Watts said sensibly.
§ Okay, okay, we couldn’t resist the cheap Lindelof joke in the previous paragraph, but at least he can laugh at himself a little, tweeting the other day:
Okay…It looks like I STILL have a chance to fuck up the ending to THE HOBBIT.
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) July 30, 2012
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.