Star Trek , Avengers: Age Of Ultron , Flash Gordon , The Goonies and much more in today's news round-up
• Sticking with Roberto Orci, he's revealed he's keen to direct the next Star Trek film . Paramount is said to be wary about letting someone who hasn’t got big screen directing experience loose on a summer tentpole, but with two movies behind him as writer (and as a long term fan of the franchise), Orci is apparently lobbying hard for a gig that's long been linked with Attack The Block helmer Joe Cornish. No word yet on a release date, but with Star Trek 's 50 th anniversary coming up in 2016, don't be surprised if they mark the occasion with a new film.
• Avengers assemble! Robert Downey Jr posted a photo on Twitter last night of him on the set of Avengers: Age Of Ultron . We don't see any filming taking place, but Downey is definitely pulling a Tony Stark pose while resting a hand on the shoulder of executive producer, Jeremy Latcham.
• Gordon’s alive! The comic book hero is heading back to the big screen for his second film, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Fox has secured the rights to the character, while Patrick McKay and JD Payne will draft the script, based on an outline by The Adjustment Bureau writer George Nolfi. Alex Raymond created Flash Gordon in a series of comic strips, but he's arguably best known these days for his 1980 big screen outing.
• An exciting development for fans of The Goonies , as original director Richard Donner has revealed Steven Spielberg has a story for the second film, says Total Film . It's currently unknown whether any of the original cast will return for the sequel, but it has been previously been suggested that all the main stars are up for it.
• Torchwood and Doctor Who actor John Barrowman has been chatting about the future of Captain Jack Harkness with NerdBastards.com . Barrowman said that he wasn’t sure whether he would play the immortal time agent again, because it was up to the BBC whether he did or not – though he did add that if he was offered the chance to return he would “at the drop of a hat”. Captain Jack hasn’t graced our TV screens since 2011, when he appeared in "Miracle Day".
• Fans of comic series Chew have something to sink their teeth into this morning, with the news that the roles of Tony Chu and Amelia Mintz have been cast. The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun will be voicing Tony, and The Guild ’s Felicia Day will be voicing Amelia. Chew is the upcoming feature film of the Image Comic series written by John Layman and Rob Guillory. It tells the story of Detective Tony Chu, who gets psychic impressions from what he eats. This makes him very useful for solving murders – even if it means taking a bite out of the victim’s corpse.
• A new British horror sci-fi film, Hungerford will be premiering at this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival . The film is directed by 19-year-old Drew Casson and tells the story of a small English town that is taken over by aliens and descends into violence and carnage. The film will be shown on 3 May in the National Film Theatre. You can watch the trailer below. SCI-FI-LONDON kicks off tomorrow.