Director Michael Bay's not worried about organized labor, as he's continuing his development on a mecha-powered sequel. He's quoted by Variety saying "If there is a [Screen Actors Guild] strike, we shut down, but shutting down isn't that big a deal. You make accommodations, you make a deal with vending houses on equipment and on the stages where you are shooting. You hope for the best, but you can't be incapacitated by the possibility that there will be a strike. We've got to get this town back to work. I can't imagine anyone wants another strike, we're all tired. Hopefully clearer heads will prevail ... [Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci] did a detailed outline before the writer's strike, and now they are in Michael Bay jail, holed up in a hotel and working feverishly. We're paying for a beautiful suite and they are getting a lot of work done. Hiring three writers was unusual, but it has been a godsend in getting us to where we need to be. Somehow you find a way to get it done."
TV Guide's Michael Ausiello reveals that fan favorite actress Kristen Bell isn't confirmed for the third season, but that the show "is in active discussions with her to return for an arc during Season 3."
Superhero Hype has a first look at the poster for the spoof.
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
Actor Ray Stevenson talked to IGN about loading up for the reboot. "I didn't watch the Thomas Jane film beforehand. We were taking a completely new slant. We weren't doing numbers. It's not 'Punisher 3;' it's 'Punisher: War Zone.' We're going exclusively for the MAX series with Garth Ennis writing and Tim Bradstreet doing the cover illustrations. That was the look -- the New York, night-time predator, with all the incredible, dark psyche that goes along with him. Certainly not a superhero, but an anti-hero. This guy is really on a trajectory. Things have happened in his life; he's a vigilante. Some people are beyond redemption and it doesn't matter how many criminal dollars you have to buy the very best criminal lawyers -- if you're beyond redemption, that's it. One of the lines from Garth: 'If you work for the devil, you better be prepared to die for him.' When you really get behind and underneath that, it's a very dark place to be. It's a very human feeling, but to actually systematically go about it as a mission -- as a job of work -- you know that you're damned. Every choice you make only damns you deeper. There's no light at the end of your tunnel, but you're doing it so that other people can live in that light."
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