Weekly Nerd News: March 11
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
After months of anticipation, Sherlock Series Three will begin filming a week from today. Producer Sue Vertue confirmed the date to Sherlockology and said the reason for the delay was in Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch’s availability. They will film two episodes starting March 18, then take a break during the summer, and the third episode will be filmed a few weeks later. No word yet on when the season will premiere.
Crystal Dynamics, the company behind the new Tomb Raider video game reboot, is said to be working on a movie based on the game. It’s no surprise these talks are happening – the new game has become the highest grossing Lara Croft release, plus the two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie were very successful, making $432 million at the box office.
Joss Whedon may be in Austin for SXSW to promote his new film Much Ado About Nothing, but the questions on everybody’s lips are about his S.H.I.E.L.D pilot for ABC. He noted to entertainment outlets that yes, Phil Coulson is back for the series, but it’s not likely any of the Avengers will pop in. He said it’s because the show will delve deeper into the mythology of the superhero community, rather than the superheroes themselves.
Marvel Comics is also at SXSW, where they unveiled new digital initiative projects. The first is Project Gamma, which will offer an audio soundtrack to digital editions of comics. The other is an expansion of their Infinite Comics line, which will offer weekly digital versions of the comics starting in July. The series will begin with Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted, as well as the free release of a four-part Guardians of the Galaxy.
Following controversial statements made by author Orson Scott Card, his Adventures of Superman story has been put on hold. Artist Chris Sprouse exited the project and said the media’s reaction to Card’s statements led him to that decision. It will now be replaced in the upcoming anthology series with a story by Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee, with the print edition featuring additional work by Justin Jordan, Riley Rossmo, and Jeff Lemire.