Rumorville: Another ‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-Off, the Fifth ‘Mad Max’ Film Looks to Be Back on Track + More Projects to Watch

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Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room.

“The Walking Dead”
Could “The Walking Dead” character Maggie get to tell her own story? At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, star Lauren Cohan mentioned the possibility of another spinoff of the popular AMC series. “There may have been some conversations, but everything is so early days ambiguous,” Cohan said, adding, “Me, as much as anybody, we’ll have to see what happens.” Cohan and the zombie drama series parted ways last year after a months-long contract negotiation, but the network could choose to return to Maggie’s storyline, especially as it’s already expanding the franchise for prequels, spinoffs, and more. It’s already been announced that Andrew Lincoln will star in a series of Rick Grimes-focused original films that will follow the show’s lead onto new adventures. If Maggie gets her own story, series casting directors Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas will likely help continue the tale.

“Gossip Girl”
“Gossip Girl” may have signed off with an “XOXO” in 2012, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of it. The hit CW series may join the unending list of TV revivals, according to Deadline. Network president Mark Pedowitz recently said at the TCAs that there’ve been discussions about bringing the millennial series back but he doesn’t know if they’re quite there yet. The series ran for six seasons and 121 episodes on the network, becoming a phenomenon among young viewers and on social media. A revival could bring in a whole new age of fans. If we do see a return, series CDs Beth Bowling and Kim Miscia could help usher in new (and old) cast members.

“Mad Max”
Fans have been waiting for “Mad Max” to hit the road again after 2015’s acclaimed “Fury Road,” and, according to Fandango’s Erik Davis, engines are at least getting revved. The Fandango managing editor recently tweeted in response to the (seemingly no longer) upcoming “World War Z” sequel being pushed out of pre-production and offered a maybe-even-better consolation prize: the news that a fifth “Mad Max” film is back on track. “Fury Road” director George Miller has already discussed possible sequels in the past before having to deal with a legal battle with Warner Bros. and has made it clear Charlize Theron’s Furiosa would be the focus of the next film, so if it is, in fact, finally happening, you can probably expect to see Theron back, as well as CDs Nikki Barrett and Ronna Kress.

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