Surprise! J.K. Rowling Published a New Non-Harry Potter Book in April (via Huffington Post)
Just when you thought J.K. Rowling would finally get to work on that Harry Potter encyclopedia we keep hearing about, she goes and writes a mystery novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith called The Cuckoo’s Calling. We don’t blame her, The Casual Vacancy probably would have been reviewed less harshly if everyone knew it wasn’t by J.K. Rowling, but she probably should have taken that secret to her deathbed. Like Deep Throat, or that man who took that Loch Ness Monster photo.
England Now Has a Giant Wet-Shirted Mr. Darcy Statue Emerging From Their Ponds (via The Independent)
If you happen to be in England between now and February, you should check out the terrifying Mr. Darcy statue that’s been erected, which features a vaguely Colin Firth looking, wet t-shirt contest contestant emerging from the water. It’s based on the iconic scene from the A&E/BBC mini-series Pride and Prejudice and the 12-foot statue will be touring England’s various bodies of water before being place in Lyme Park (where the outside shots of Pemberely were filmed) until February. After which it will reside in its permanent place in our
Johnny Depp Is Working on an Alice in Wonderland Sequel Because He Has No Shame (via Deadline)
Because Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was so fabulous (imagine that sentence dripping with sarcasm) Johnny Depp has signed on for a sequel, which Burton is wisely staying far away from. IT COULD HAVE BEEN OUR FAVORITE ADAPTATION EVER, AND YOU RUINED IT! RUINED IT!!! ::sobs uncontrollably:: Alice in Wonderland 2 is being directed by the gentlemen who was in charge of the Muppets reboot so expect an even more ridiculous, shenanigans-filled look at Wonderland to come to a theatre near you. As if the Futterwacken still didn’t make us wake up in a cold sweat.
The chick-lit series Austenland which started with Shannon Hale’s original book of the same name has its own upcoming movie adaptation starring Keri Russell as an unlucky in love woman obsessed with Jane Austen to the point where she stays in a Regency-era resort. As we previously reported, it’s being produced by Stephenie Meyers and stars Flight of the Conchords, Oscar-winner and Lord of the Rings fan-favorite, Figwit, Bret Mackenzie so we’ll probably still see it despite it being reported as terrible. Although we must admit the trailer (above) looks all kinds of adorable.
Hugh Jackman Wants Wolverine and Spider-man to Join the Avengers in a Movie, As Do We (via Hypable)
Hugh Jackman has been doing a lot of press for his upcoming film The Wolverine (please don’t be terrible, please don’t be terrible!) and in doing so recently talked about his hopes that the Sony-owned Spider-man, the Marvel run Avengers and FOX’s X-men franchise could come to an agreement and make a movie together. Personally, we’d be happy with just Wolverine joining the Avengers, which seems kinda possible considering both X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers 2 will feature Quicksilver. Although not the same Quicksilver. Evan Peters, why can’t you be in everything!?!
Just Kidding, George R. R. Martin Says the Iron Throne Actually Looks Like This (via I Watch Stuff)
Even though “Game of Thrones” is a wildly successful television show with input from its author George R. R. Martin, he didn’t seem to bother telling its team what the Iron Throne actually looks like. Because in his mind it looks like this monstrosity above. It’s pretty imposing, but it would be hard to take on tour. “From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few,” Martin explained on his LiveJournal. Yes, that was not a typo. “From now on, THIS will be the reference I give to every other artist tackling a throne room scene,” he admitted. Why he didn’t do that in the first place? Because George R. R. Martin.
In literature being turned into television news, both the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and director Guillermo Del Toro’s vampire series The Strain are getting television pilots. Gentlemen which has to be better than that awful movie version is getting what is called a “put pilot” which means much like Bryan Fuller’s “The Munster’s” reboot “Mockingbird Lane” is guaranteed to air regardless of if it’s picked up. In terms of plot, it features literary characters like Mina Murray, the Invisible Man, Dorian Gray, and Captain Nemo working for the British government. Strain is based on a vampire trilogy of the same name and is set to air on FX, assuming the pilot is picked up. Notable stars to join the series include Rudy Hobbit, Sean Astin and famous British guy and possible Doctor John Hurt.
In even more Guillermo Del Toro news, the director and novelist is eyeing Benedict Cumberbatch to star in his Frankenstein film and has asked screenwriter Charlie Kaufman to adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five for him. Both of which are pretty exciting pieces of news. It should be noted that his Frankenstein has nothing to do with FOX’s version, which will star Daniel Radcliffe. Let the fight for who is the better Frankenstein’s monster begin! Although Cumberbatch has a leg up because he’s played both Dr. Frankenstein and the creature in Danny Boyle’s stage production. As for Slaughterhouse, let’s hope it can get past the script phase.