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Biz Break: Just When I Thought I Was Out, Shyamalan Pulls Me Back In (with Some Help from Carla Gugino)

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 14, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 14, 2013 |

Vin Diesel insinuated that he would be playing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy by dropping this photo on his Facebook page:


As of my writing this sentence that you are reading right now, Diesel has not been confirmed as Groot. It was confirmed by Deadline that he was in talks for the role, which doesn’t always mean anything. We will see if Diesel is indeed to play a tree.

Also, have you seen the leaked footage from Guardians?


Speaking of Marvel/Disney, a teaser poster has been revealed for a currently unnamed project. Bloody Disgusting seems to think it might be connected to a family horror film or a comic based on the first draft of The Haunted Mansion, “Museum of the Weird”.


Neill Blomkamp and Sony are moving forward with the sci-fi comedy Chappie, starring Sharlto Copley. Copley will be the voice of Chappie, an android that is stolen by some ne’er do wells in order to do crimes. Blomkamp says that “It’s like a fundamentally more simple story, a comedy, a heartfelt story, in a science fiction setting, and it’s f*cking hilarious, it’s a really cool film. I can say that with confidence… It’s a smaller film, a more esoteric one.”

In incorrectly spelled SyFy news, “High Moon”, a pilot from Bryan Fuller, has cast two characters. Jake Sandvig (Easy A) will be an astronaut named Marty Thurgood involved in the colonization of the moon in order to strip it of natural resources. Marty becomes the subject of scrutiny when a blast occurs near his work area on the moon. Chris Diamantopoulos (“24”) will play Marty’s brother who must travel to the moon to investigate the shenanigans and goings on.

“Wayward Pines” is M. Night Shyamalan’s “Fox Event Series” based on the novel of the same name by Blake Crouch. This “event” will star Matt Dillon as Secret Service agent Ethan Burke. Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho in order to track down two missing federal agents. Then things go all crazy bananas and he gets more questions and less answers.

Also starring in this “event”? Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard, Shannyn Sossammon, Juliet Lewis, Greta Lee (“Girls”, “Nurse Jackie”), Tim Griffin (Star Trek), and Charlie Tahan (Frankenweenie). UGH. Now I’m going to have to watch it.

“Vampire Academy” is a young adult book series that isn’t really that great but is good enough to pull you in and make you read the entire series immediately. The little-known series is being made into a movie called The Vampire Academy that will release on February 14th, 2014. Aw! Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures) plays Rose Hathaway, the narrator of the books and main character. Rose is a half-human and half-vampire called a Dhampir. In the universe of the books, Dhampirs train to protect the mortal vampires, called Moroi, from the immortal vampires, called Strigoi, that seek to exterminate the Moroi race. Rose’s best friend is a member of Moroi royalty named Lissa, played by Lucy Fry (“Mako Mermaids”??). Got it? Oh, there is also the older mentor to Rose, Dmitri (Danila Kozlovsky), and the forbidden love between the two. FORBIDDEN!

It’s gonna be a cheese-fest. Nibble on these photos:




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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.