• Warner Bros has released the Comic-Con poster for 300: Rise Of An Empire. [via Coming Soon]
• Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow is write the script for an X-Force movie for Fox. X-Force is one of the many, many, many X-Men spin-off titles which launched in 1991. Original X-Force members included of many fan favorite characters including Cable (the telekinetic cyborg from the future who turns out to be Cyclops’s son), Cannonball, Domino, Warpath, and Deadpool, but over the years has becoming a multi-mutant swap shop with all the other X-titles (Wolverine and Colossus have been member at times). Wadlow may direct as well, but that has yet to be confirmed. [via The Hollywood Reporter]
• Russian model-turned-actress Olga Fonda is joining the cast of The Vampire Diaries in season five as the fearless, worldly, guarded and vengeance-seeking Nadia who will be introduced in season premiere. She “will ally herself with anybody — and employ any tactic — to further her own mysterious agenda… An emotional chameleon, she can flip from stone-cold to flirtatious as it suits her needs. But the loneliness of her singular quest has taken its toll on her humanity, and she finds herself increasingly lost when it comes to genuine human connection,” reports TVLine.
• The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has been talking to The Hollywood Reporter about what new showrunner Scott Gimple will be bringing to the show in season four. “It’s a much more character-based story. It’s going to be more focused on who these characters are and what they’re going through. To a certain extent, we got away from that a little bit in season three. Coming into season four, we’re definitely going to know a lot more about these people so it will be that much more gut-wrenching and worse when we lose these characters… More than any other showrunner, Scott actually read the comics regularly and was a huge fan before show existed and watched the first season and was a fan before he was brought on as a writer in season two. He absolutely loves the material. We are definitely going in some new directions and this will continue to be a different take on the material form the comics but there will possibly be some scenes that are a little bit closer to the comic than we’ve done in the past. Season four probably has the most number of scenes that are adapted directly from the comic series or very close to what we did. A good deal of that is from Scott and the way he views that material and puts forth that extra effort to work it into the show in a way that it all works.”
• Less than a week before previewing Ender’s Game at Comic Con, Lionsgate has issued a statement distancing itself from the book’s author, Orson Scott Card’s outspoken views against same sex marriage. (Card is on record as saying, “Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down,” while he has also called homosexuality a “reproductive dysfunction” born of choice.) Card will not be appearing at the Comic-Con Ender’s Game panel. “As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) community, champions of films ranging from Gods And Monsters to The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognised same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years,” says the Lionsgate statement, “we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organisation for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender’s Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.”
• The latest pic from the set of X-Men: Days Of Future Past tweeted by director Bryan Singer, captioned simply, “Man on wire.” Any guesses which man?