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.

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