• Variety has a number of rumours about director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so take your pick. Apparently Electro (left) will be the villain (dear Lord, please don’t let them make the costume faithful to the comics – he’ll look like the Human Daffodil); The Descendants star Shailene Woodley is up for the role of Mary Jane Watson; and Harry Osbourn will also be introduced.
• Twitch reports that Snow White And The Huntsman director (and the “other man” in the Twilightgate affair) Rupert Sanders is in early talks with Universal to helm the Tom Cruise-starring reboot of Van Helsing.
• The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the pilot of Bryan Singer and Brain Fuller’s (allegedly) $10 million dollar reboot of the The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, will now be shown as a Halloween Special on NBC. Whether or not this will be regarded as a test to see how it goes down with audiences or whether it’s just NBC’s last ditch attempt to find some way of justifying all that money and two years of development is as yet unclear, though the Hollywood Reporter reckons that the two Brians did have a difference of opinion over the stylistic approach to the show.
• ComicBookMovie has a whole bunch of set images from The Wolverine, including the first (fuzzy) glimpse of The Silver Samurai and the first (much less fuzzy) shots of Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper.
• FEARnet has posted the poster for Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, as seen as the New York Comic Con.
• Ian McShane (Deadwood, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Lovejoy) is to join the ever-growing cast of American Horror Story: Asylum, reveals TVLine. Co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed the casting via Twitter on Wednesday, teasing that McShane’s character will “tussle” with the mental institution head character played by Jessica Lange. No more details on the role have been revealed as yet. You can see the first five minutes of American Horror Story: Asylum here. [via TVLine]
• Matt Damon tells Vulture [via Slashfilm] about his small role in Terry Gilliam‘s upcoming Zero Theorem: “I’m just doing a very small part in it. Someone finally gave him money to do this one, thank God. It’s with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton. I’d do anything for Terry. It’s been ten years since I last worked with him [on The Brothers Grimm]. I wrote Terry this whole e-mail, because we had this whole conversation about what the character would look like, because the story takes place in the future, but he had a specific look that he wanted, but then I had to…” He points to shaved head. “And I said, ‘Terry, what should we do?’ And he said, ‘Actually, we can take advantage of the fact that your head is shaved. Why don’t we change your hairline?’ So he mocked up a picture and sent me a real receding hairline, with white spiked hair. ‘We might as well take advantage of the fact that you’re bald and really do something, present you in a way you’ve never been seen before.’ They’re making the wig now, and I saw the hair sample. It’s, like, grey-white. He’s supposed to be my age, and it’s supposed to be a believable hairline, but a few inches back. Still believable that it could be mine, and then they’ll fine shave my head all the way down. Terry’s so visual, you know, which I love. It makes it very easy to work with him. He always knows exactly what he wants.”