There’s been a lot of interesting “geek movie” news recently, and we round it up here.

Sculpts of Thanos & the Black Order
Marvel Studios tweeted out images of the Black Order at D-23, revealing that Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian will appear in Avengers: Infinity War as children of Thanos.  Thanos, who is played by Josh Brolin in the film, will have the help of the Gothic-tinged Black Order, as powerful and nasty a group as you would want, who were created by writer Jonathan Hickman and artists Jerome Opena and Jim Cheung for New Avengers Vol. 3 #8 in 2013.  Marvel Studios has not yet released the names of the actors who will portray the Black Order, but the sculpts on display at D-23 reveal that they are nasties of the first magnitude.

The long-gestating Robotech live-action movie project, which Sony took over in 2015, has now got a director.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andy Muschietti, who directed the upcoming film of Stephen King’s It, has been tapped by Sony to helm the far-flung outer space epic that was cobbled together out of three different science fiction anime series in the 1980s by Harmony Gold. 

A decade ago Warner Bros. acquired the rights to create a Robotech live-action movie (see “Robotech Live Action”), and first Lawrence Kasdan (see “Lawrence Kasdan Adapting Robotech”), and then two Smallville writers (see “Robotech Movie Gets Smallville Writers”) were assigned to the project, which even had a director assigned by Warner Bros. in 2013 (see “Warner Bros. Names Director For Robotech”), before the Robotech live-action film was put into the dreaded “turnaround” by the studio, only to be picked up by Sony in 2015.  Maybe this time it will be different?

Adam Wingard who is directing an adaptation of the Death Note manga for Netflix (see “Production Begins on Live-Action Death Note Movie”), has released a new poster featuring Nat Wolf as Light, the student who discovers the life and death power of the notebook.  This latest poster follows the release of an image showing Keith Stanfield as the mysterious investigator L.

The Netflix live-action Death Note adaptation is slated to be released on August 25.

Disney has released the first teaser trailer for its live-action adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle Newberry Award-winning science fiction novel A Wrinkle in Time.  Ana DuVernay (Selma) is directing the film from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee.  A Wrinkle in Time is slated to debut on March 9, 2018 (see “New Dates for Marvel, Pixar Movies”).

The Transformers spin-off movie Bumblebee is slated to start production in August for a potential summer of 2018 release, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, helmer Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) will be directing Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), who will star along with Hailee Steinfeld (see “Early June Geek Movie Round-Up”).

Finally according to The Hollywood Reporter, Adrian Askarieh, who has produced the Hitman movies, has acquired the rights to the Action Lab comic book series Spencer & Locke created by writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.