Friday Link-A-Mania

The Daily Telegraph has posted a bunch of new images from The Wolverine’s Japanese set, showing some ninjas and Logan with his claws out. Click on the link or images to see more.

• Lionsgate has now confirmed that Francis Lawrence – who has taken over from The Hunger Games director Gary Ross to helm the sequel Catching Fire – will now also direct the two-movie adaptation of Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins’s trilogy. [via Collider]

• Will we get to see vampire Elena face up against vampire Katherine in the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries? “I think it would be a tragic missed opportunity if we didn’t get to see that,” teases showrunner Julie Plec. [via TVLine]

• Rumour of the week: Latino Review (which doesn’t normally conjure this stuff up out of thin airs) reckons that Warners is wooing Guillero del Toro to direct a kind of supernatural superteam movie which would collect together such weirdy DC characters as Swamp Thing, Dead Man, The Spectre and Constantine. It sounds a bit like a “wouldn’t it be good if…?” project at the moment but the site says that Warners’ lawyers are seriously looking into the rights. If it happens, expect Marvel to announce a Defenders movie shortly afterwards.

• Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) is set to direct and executive produce a sci-fi drama called Evolve for the US ABC network.  The series, written and executive produced by Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia, is based Tim Lebbon’s Toxic City novel trilogy. Set in a quarantined Los Angeles it focuses on an investigation to discover what really happened to the people trapped inside. Answer: they have evolved extraordinary abilities and are being hunted by the government. [via Collider]

• George Lucas will give most of his $4 billion windfall from the sale of Lucasfilm to charity: “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future–and the first step begins with social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children. As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt–as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.” [via /Film]

• Panorama Media and Samuel Hadida have announced the production of Castle Wolfenstein, a big screen action-adventure film inspired by the vintage paranormal game franchise, to be written and directed by Academy Award winner Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill). [via Blastr]