November 26, 2014

Warner Bros. Has The Script For JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK

Forbes has word from Guillermo del Toro that the script for Justice League Dark aka Dark Universe has been sent-in to Warner Bros. The project has been in-development for sometime but hasn't been given the greenlight by the studio. A major reason it wasn't apart of their DC movie release date slate the studio hasn't actually committed to it yet.

We still have no idea what writer collaborated with del Toro on the script. There is also a bit ambiguity if Guillermo is going to direct or just produce. His next film will be Pacific Rim 2 which is due out in 2017, around the same time as Wonder Woman and Justice League. I think it all comes down to if Warner Bros. commits to the draft they've been given.


Guillermo del Toro Confirms The Return Of Charlie Day And Burn Gorman For PACIFIC RIM 2

While speaking to Collider writer-director-producer Guillermo del Toro revealed some casting and story plans for Pacific Rim 2. Confirming that both Charlie Day and Burn Gorman would be reprising their roles in the sequel. I assume alongside Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, there is also a chance we could see the return of Ron Perlman's Hannibal Chau. Here's what Guillermo had to say about the film's story as well.

“It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.” 
“Yes. It’s quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really – I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn's] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him. You’re gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you’re gonna see a very different type of the robots I think. It’s gonna be quite a different adventure.” 


November 25, 2014

Ridley Scott Wont Direct BLADE RUNNER 2 And Confirms 2015 Production Start

I've been hearing for months that Ridley Scott would have to chose between directing Blade Runner and Prometheus sequels. It seemed that Ridley had chosen Blade Runner as he stated recently it was next for him once The Martian wrapped production. Apparently, that isn't the case as Scott confirmed to Variety that he will be acting as the film's producer not director. Along with a 2015 production start for the sequel that will indeed see Harrsion Ford return.

While Ridley begins production on The Martian, it begs the question will Fox finally make an announcement concerning Prometheus 2. We know that that the script has been finalized, with the cast ready to go. I'm sure a lot of pre-production work, mainly the design side and set construction still has to be worked out. Ridley has promised fans a new alien threat, so that might take a bit of time to develop. However, TheWrap had stated that Fox was eyeing a March 2016 date for the sequel. I assume this date could get bumped back to allow Ridley to complete The Martian. A delay also makes sense considering Fassbender will be busy as well shooting Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse. At least this gives us hope that Ridley will indeed return for the Prometheus sequel.

I'm extremely curious who will tackle the film. I feel like Christopher Nolan (worked with Alcon before on Insomnia) could do the franchise justice, but it's unlikely since it will shoot soon and he wouldn't have time to make the rewrites to the script.


Emily Blunt Finally Talks About CAPTAIN MARVEL And How Likely Is Joss Whedon Directing?

While promoting her new Disney musical Into The Woods, Emily Blunt spoke to ScreenCrush who brought-up the Captain Marvel role. Seemingly unfamiliar with both the character and her fan-favorite status. This isn't a new phenomena, actors such as Paul Rudd and Benedict Cumberbatch have played dumb in-front of reporters. When questioned about the possibility of playing Marvel heroes. This is the first time Emily has ever been asked about the character directly, so she can very easily pretend to have no knowledge of her.

It might be a bit harder to come-off ignorant of the character the next time she is asked about her. I'm sure it'll end up start becoming "it's all, rumor man". That said, she could be generally unaware of the character. Yet, that feels off to me since her husband tested for Captain America and she was cast as Black Widow. You'd think she would have more of an awareness to what the studio is up to, even more so since the Phase Three news was in every trade and news outlet.

This is the entire interview with ScreenCrush, enjoy!

Are you aware of the Internet buzz surrounding you playing Captain Marvel?
Somebody told me about it this morning! I knew because my brother told me.
People want you to play Captain Marvel.
Which is kind of amazing.
You were in ‘Looper’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ you have that cred now.
I know. What’s she like, though? I don’t know anything about her. What’s it like, this character?
She’s great.
Cool. Is she fun? Or is she just like, straight…
No, she’s witty and strong. That’s why people keep bringing your name up. They don’t want a boring actor. A lot of personality.
Oh, cool.
I think people really liked what they saw in ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’
But it’s not the same type of character?
No. It’s weird I’m explaining this to you...
I know. Someone told me this morning, my brother, actually. They call it fan casting?
Which is lovely. It’s my favorite kind of casting! I wish it was always like that.
Sometimes fan casting works.
Which would be cool.
Maybe they can make ‘Captain Marvel’ a musical now that you’ve done ‘Into the Woods.’
[Laughs] ‘Captain Musical Marvel.’ Let’s just call Marvel about that right now. We’ll call Kevin Feige about that. “Kevin Feige, we have one hell of an idea.” Yeah.
“Only if it’s a musical will you get your dream casting.”
But in seriousness, it does appeal to you?
I think, it’s always for me, it’s always about—and now, more so—what am I putting out there? What would be interesting for me and what would be interesting for people to see. So, if it’s an awesome part, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Marvel movie or a tiny movie, I’d be up for it.
You’d be a hero for every 10-year-old girl out there right now.
Really? Then that’s huge.
There’s no Marvel female superhero who has her own movie yet.
That’s huge. How awesome. I love this. No one has actually called me about it, so, we’ll hold our breath. [Laughs] I don’t know if I’ll get the call ever if I pitch it should be a musical.

Blunt talked to New York Magazine in March 2012 and her reluctancy to be involved with supporting Marvel roles like Peggy Carter. Sort of echoing what Jessica Chastain has said about passing on Iron Man 3. Perhaps, giving the impression what kind of comic book role she would be interested in playing.

"Usually the female parts in a superhero film feel thankless: She's the pill girlfriend while the guys are whizzing around saving the world," offered Blunt. "I didn't do the other ones because the part wasn't very good or the timing wasn't right, but I'm open to any kind of genre if the part is great and fun and different and a challenge in some way." 

"I would love to do a comic-book movie or a science-fiction film that would scare the bejesus out of me," she continued. "Maybe I need to be James Bond! I just did 'Looper,' because it's so original and breathtakingly cool. The time-travel aspect is just a backdrop to visit this heightened world, where you're atoning for something and attempting to be more than you've been."

Here's my case that Marvel wants Blunt for the role of Danvers.

We've been hearing Emily Blunt's name rumored for Carol Danvers since TheDailyMail (known for breaking Bond news) first linked her and actress Ruth Wilson for the role in Avengers 2. That happened to be back in October 2012, around the same time the studio was putting together ideas for the sequel. Before it's ultimate announcement next July at SDCC13 as Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is also around the same time that talk of a Black Widow spin-off slowly winded-down.

Funny, since we've been hearing from trusted sites and sources that there was a Ms Marvel cameo in the final Age of Ultron script. Which could still play-out at the end of Age of Ultron, unless Marvel axes the nod completely, seemingly the practice when these things leak. Basically, it was predicted back in 2012 that Danvers could be showing-up in Avengers 2, and it might actually happen. Shocking!

To those naysayers, this might be the reason why we never heard other names in the mix since that original rumor. It's extremely possible that Marvel took in consideration that Blunt was forced out of the Black Widow role by 20th Century Fox. Emily also tested for the role of Peggy Carter but passed on the character. We assume because the role wasn't meaty enough for her at the time, and it's quite possible in late 2012 Marvel put her on a candidate list for Carol Danvers. The studio is known to put actors on wish-lists without their knowledge.

A trade report in 2013 confirmed that a draft for Captain Marvel existed. It's possible that Marvel's screenwriting program developed an outline in-house and it's perhaps how they've been able to keep the development hush-hush. Kevin Feige stated that a Captain Marvel film had been in development at the studio almost as long as Doctor Strange, which could be true. Since the in-house script program wouldn't have revealed writers and what scripts they were working on. There are a pile of these scripts with unnamed titles and writers in their offices.

Some claim it was way too early for Marvel to consider casting for the role, which is kind of stupid if you ask me. Marvel is known for introducing characters in other installments, other than their solo adventures. Black Panther being a prime example, as he'll be first seen in costume in Captain America: Civil War and will get his own film in 2017. Marvel had been looking at actors for Panther for years before they announced Chadwick Boseman. I have a suspicion that Danvers might also have a role to play in Civil War as well.

Why would Marvel cast an actor before a director is even attached? It's likely a simple answer, they have a director already lined-up (Feige said we'll hear a director before casting) or they always knew they wanted Emily for the role (hence name on the top of their list). Due to her previous casting as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. I'm sure this was done without the awareness of Blunt, but they could have promised her another role in the future.

So who could they have in mind to direct? A bit of speculation on my part, but I have a sneaking feeling that Joss Whedon might be person behind this film. Clearly, early development took place behind closed-doors and Kevin Feige seemingly hints a director might be already chosen. We already know that The Russo Brothers are apparently wanted to direct the two Infinity War installments. Where does this leave Whedon if he's not making Avengers anymore?

That's a question a lot of people haven't been asking, automatically thinking he's done with Marvel (even though he has talked about writing a new Hulk film). Joss did show-up to that Phase Three announcement at the El Capitan, odd since none of his films are apart of that slate. I think it would be sort of odd that he would show-up just for his sneak peek. I'm sure he wanted to hear the fan reaction just as much as Feige did. What if he was directing one of those announced films?

Joss is known for writing strong female characters and already has a working relationship with Kevin Feige/Marvel. It wouldn't be hard to imagine Marvel insisting Whedon develop the film. He did plan on writing-directing Wonder Woman for Warner Bros. It would eventually get killed, and he would move on to Avengers instead. That potential for a female-driven superhero story could be refocused with a film like Captain Marvel. We've heard some interesting things from Whedon about the character. However, a recent interview with HeyUGuys gave some insight he or Marvel may have cracked the character. This eventually became true as the solo film is expected to come out July 2018. Whedon is known for keeping his mouth shut about scripts, and is the kind of writer to keep a secret Marvel script from scoopers.

If Joss Whedon is making Captain Marvel why are they waiting until 2018 to release it? I think we know the answer to this as well, he's going to be fucking exhausted once he's completed with the press rounds for Age of Ultron. It also might have to do with the overall release plans of Marvel and not just Joss possibly wanting to make more indie films. Whedon went straight into shooting A Much Ado About Nothing right after the Avengers release, that could happen again taking up a good chunk of his time. Having him tackle a smaller production would also give him enough time to put together the best script possible. I'm not excluding the idea that we'll see her possibly in both Age of Ultron and Civil War too.


Gareth Edwards' STAR WARS Spin-Off A Pre-NEW HOPE Heist Film And Is This BOBA FETT?

We've been quite curious what Lucasfilm has been planning with these Star Wars spin-offs. They've hired both Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and Fantastic Four's Josh Trank to direct two of these unnamed films. While we've heard rumblings that they could be solo films focusing on Han Solo, Obi Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett.

SlashFilm has got their hands on possible story details concerning Gareth Edward's Star Wars spin-off. Considering all the leaks going on over at Lucasfilm it wouldn't be shocking if this was solid info. Apparently, the film will be set before the events of A New Hope (Episode IV), and will involve a heist to steal the Death Star plans. Something that was greatly teased in the original film. The group of people put together to pull-off this heist, just happen to be bounty hunters and not rebels.

It should be noted that this is the same world that Boba Fett inhabits, and he'll very much be active during these events. We've heard for a while now that indeed one of these spin-offs would focus on the mysterious bounty hunter, who had his secret past ruined by Attack of The Clones. LatinoReview has said that his origin would be greatly altered in spin-offs. Basically, forget that whole clone thing it's going to be fixed by Lucasfilm.

The cancelled Star Wars game 1313, was also going to explore Fett's origins and the teaser for the game opens with a heist. The talk is the project along with others in development were cancelled, so that those characters and stories could be saved for Disney owned content. Lots of speculation pointed to a future Boba Fett film being the main reason for the game's demise.

A Boba Fett movie has been in the works for some time. It was only in the last year or so that it's been rumored Larry Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Force Awakens) penned a Boba Fett script. Joe Johnston (Captain America, Jurassic Park 3) Fett's creator was pitching movie ideas to Lucasfilm back in 2011. We know that Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were originally hired by the studio to oversee it's spin-offs, but obviously Larry helped out with Force Awakens. It's quite possible screenwriter Garry Whitta could be developing a script based on an original outline from Kasdan.

Could this mean Gareth Edward's Star Wars film will focus on Boba Fett?


November 24, 2014

Director Michelle MacLaren Confirmed For WONDER WOMAN

THR is confirming that Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead) will indeed direct Wonder Woman for Warner Bros. Michelle had been a frontrunner for weeks and a fan-favorite for the job. While some maniacs believed the studio could automatically talk Kathryn Bigelow into return to genre filmmaking, saner minds know better. We've been supporting director Michelle for the gig since January and before she appeared on any "lists". Mainly, because I knew that that MacLaren deserves a jump to film, and this genre project was a perfect fit for her.

They also confirm that Debra and Zack Snyder will be producing the film, with MacLaren possibly working closely with the project's unnamed writers. It's important that Michelle is able to contribute to the vision/story of the film, instead of it being the Zack Snyder show. Allowing her to be more than just a hire-gun, but a filmmaker allowed to put her vision into play.


FORCE AWAKEN's Oscar Isaac Will Play The Titular Role In X-MEN APOCALYPSE

TheWrap is finally reporting the three actors in the running for the villain role of Apocalypse in Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse. Jeff confirms our previous suspicions of Idris Elba being involved, along with Oscar Isaac (Drive, Bourne Legacy) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones).

Apparently, Oscar is the one who is actually making a deal with Fox and is about to close one. He'll be seen with a role in Star Wars The Force Awakens next December. Oscar is an excellent actors and has played his share of villains in the past.

UPDATE: Bryan Singer has confirmed via Twitter that Oscar Isaac has indeed joined the cast.


November 21, 2014

SPECULATION: Idris Elba In The Running For Title Role In X-MEN APOCALYPSE?

Jeff from TheWrap recently broke casting news concerning Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse. Revealing possible contenders for new Jean Grey and Scott Summers in the film. He went on the MeetTheMoviePress podcast to tease and upcoming story concerning Apocalypse casting. Mentioning three actors are in the running for the villainous role, pointing-out previously linked Tom Hardy is not one of the three. Hinting that one of them could be very familiar to us.

"We heard him say the word apocalypse a lot last year".

I have to assume Jeff is referring to Idris Elba's iconic line from the Pacific Rim trailer. We know that Elba has been reaching-out for future comic book roles. Being turned-down by Marvel for others roles in the MCU and possibly talking with Warner Bros. about a role in the DC cinematic universe. Idris had been teasing a desire to play Green Lantern which had fans foam from the mouth. We know he's disgruntled with Marvel and is begrudgingly returning (like a majority of that cast) for Thor: Ragnarok, which won't be shooting until 2016. Elba recently spoiled an appearance in an upcoming Marvel film, and seeming didn't give two-shits out the fallout with the studio. Let's just say he isn't happy with his Marvel contract restrictions and the soul-crushing work they're forcing him to do.

The Fox-Marvel relationship is probably the more heated of the bunch. We've actually seen Marvel starting to cancel the comic book properties that Fox has the rights to. They'll be cancelling Fantastic Four (oddly just before the release of the reboot) soon and have hinted to the end of the X-Men books as well (recently killing-off Wolverine). Whatever new characters they create for those comics become fair-game for Fox to use in the films. There is also been chatter that Marvel was furious with Fox for even considering making an R-rated version of Deadpool, which could have led to them trying to block it's development. Marvel has been avoiding R-rated material like the plague, likely due to keeping their brand family friendly.

I think the biggest fuck-you to Marvel from Elba before leaving the studio could be playing the title role in a competing comic book film. They themselves have little control over the X-Men films and this could be a way for Elba to branch-out even more than he already has. Since he's not really known for playing villains.


November 20, 2014

Chris Pratt Confirms Involvement With Universal's COWBOY NINJA VIKING

Collider revealed a story that Chris Pratt (Guardians of The Galaxy, Jurassic World, Zero Dark Thirty) would be taking the lead role in Universal's adaptation of the comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. An assassin with multiple personality disorder gives him the abilities of a cowboy, ninja and viking. The concept seems equally as insane as Fox's X-Men spin-off Deadpool, which shouldn't surprise us that the same screenwriters are working on both films. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penned the script, who are best known for writing/creating Zombieland. The project had Marc Forester (World War Z, Quantum of Solace) attached to direct, but Pratt confirms that it's without a director currently.

Pratt responded via Twitter to the rumor, by actually confirming it. Also, putting it out to Twitter who should direct it. Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer tackle another Reese/Wenick script. It was revealed recently that Pratt passed on Sony's Uncharted film, and this could be a big reason for that.


November 19, 2014

Tom Cruise Courted For Ramirez Role In HIGHLANDER Reboot

TheWrap reports that Summit is looking to cast Tom Cruise in the Ramirez role in their Highlander reboot. The Japanese sword wielding Spanish immortal mentor of protagonist MacLoead, who was bizarrely played by Scottish actor Sean Connery. They are quick to point-out this is Summit reaching out to Cruise, and talks haven't started.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will be make his feature debut with the film, with Neal H. Mortiz and former director Justin Lin acting as producers. Ryan Reynolds was attached for the longest time for the lead role, but Jeff suggests Dan Stevens (The Guest) for the part instead, I can't help but agree with him.


BIG RUMOR: GOLDENEYE & CASINO ROYALE Director Martin Campbell Wanted For G.I. JOE 3?

Take this following rumor with a hugh gain-of-salt, but the iffy scoop site SchmoesKnow say they have news concerning the director of G.I. Joe 3. The site is better known for their entertaining videos/podcasts, and guesting on other video-casts. While they skirt around where the actual "news" is coming from, I have to assume to it's coming from the usual gossip channels (aka The Phantom).

They say that Bond director Martin Campbell is in "talks" to replace Jon M. Chu. Campbell is known for standout Bond installments such as Goldeneye and Casino Royale. He's also responsible for one of the biggest box office blunders in recent history with Green Lantern. Again, don't take this rumor as 100% but it's interesting to consider the potential here. We've seen rumors like this turnout to be false or directors put on studio wish-lists.

Backing this is up slightly, Chu has been doing everything in his power to avoid directing the third installment taking on other projects. Paramount in the meantime isn't likely going to wait-around for him. However, it should be noted that TheWrap recently reported Campbell was in talks to direct spy thriller Hunter Killer for Relativity Media back in September. It's possible he's meeting on multiple projects and this just yet another potential studio gig.


Ridley Scott Reaffirms PROMETHEUS 2 Script Finished And New Alien Threat

It's starting to look like Prometheus 2 is moving further away from the Alien franchise, than previously thought. As Ridley Scott recently proclaimed the sequel wouldn't include xenomorphs, something we had expected since the new direction/focus was the engineers and not the xenos. He's now going even further by stating we could be getting an entirely new alien threat. Ridley spoke to TheAustralian (via SciFied) and reaffirmed his plans to stay away from the xenomorph. He also confirmed (again) that the script for the sequel is now completed, and "very good".

“it’s fresh” and “getting away from gods and dragons and shit. If I see one more dragon I’m going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons.” Rather than a dragon, Scott describes his original Alien as “the definitive dragon and he’s a motherf . . ker. The alien’s real which is why it’s probably one of the scariest monsters in film history,” Scott says. “So withPrometheus 2 what I’m trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act.” The Prometheus “baby” alien was, he concedes, “awfully close to the alien” that tormented Sigourney Weaver. His next one promises to be very different.

Noomi Rapace was asked by MTV about who she thought who the film's new protagonist and antagonist should be. Pointing to God and the Devil, which I assume just means good and evil. Perhaps, the talk of two warring factions within the Engineer society might actually be explored in the film afterall. I'm more interested in seeing what made them so angry they wanted to destroy Earth.

There have already been a few plot points possibly revealed already, we're expected to see the return of Weyland Industries. Mainly, that we'll be seeing many more Davids in the film. I'm sort of hoping we do get more humans as well.

I'd love to see a version of the Andrea Bishop hologram/android from the viral site make an appearance as well. However, whenever the timeline is set in the new film (cryo-sleep being a factor). They might have already whizzed past the events of LV-426, unless this film will indeed be the bridge between the two films.

Scott has mentioned his next film once The Martian wraps will be the Blade Runner sequel. This very well might mean that Fox will indeed start looking for another director. Prometheus while under the title of Alien: Origins didn't originally have Ridley as it's director, so it's possible he could help search for his replacement.

I'm rooting for Under The Skin's Jonathan Glazer, but could see someone like Halo: Nightfall's Sergio Mimica-Gezzan takeover for Ridley. Halo is already a franchise inspired by the Alien saga, more accurately James Cameron's Aliens. I'm sure fans would like to see the action level amped-up a bit for the sequel. Ridley produced the Halo series, I assume he'll end-up staying-on as a producer and help hand pick a new director. That's if Scott does exit the director's chair, which sounds like a possibility as Fox isn't known for waiting for Alien saga directors.


Mike Colter And Lance Gross Testing For Marvel's LUKE CAGE

Deadline also adds that the role of Luke Cage will be apart of 6-7 episodes of Jessica Jones, and Marvel is already testing for the role. The site confirms Mike Colter and Lance Gross (Crisis) have tested for Cage. Jones is next in the Netflix-Marvel series, with Cage being the last one. It's expected Luke would also play a huge role in the Iron Fist series as well, as the two work together as Heroes For Hire.

Colter seems like the standout to me having roles on popular shows as The Good Wife and The Following. He's also the lead in the Ridley Scott produced live-action video games series Halo: Nightfall. I feel like he has the best shot, out of the two actors. It should be noted that creatives for both Iron Fist and Luke Cage haven't been announced.


TRUE DETECTIVE's Alexandra Daddario And Others Testing For Marvel's JESSICA JONES

Marvel's Daredevil is almost completed it's 13 episode shoot, which will see the entire run drop on Netflix in May 2015. The next series is Jessica Jones and Marvel is already testing actresses for the role. According to Deadline ladies such as Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Alexandra Daddario (White Collar, True Detective, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Percy Jackson, San Andreas), Teresa Palmer and Jessica De Gouw.

Out of the bunch I'd love to see Alexandra Daddario in the role, since she has balanced both film and television work. Making her and Charlie Cox excellent candidates to crossover to the films in the future. The series is being written and spearheaded by Dexter's Melissa Rosenberg. The hope is that Jones will also be a bit more darker than the other Marvel content, similar to Daredevil's "PG-16" tone.

Jessica Jones, a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.


Rosamund Pike Might Join Charlie Hunnam In THE MOUNTAINS BETWEEN US

There is already strong Oscar buzz for Rosamund Pike's amazing performance in David Fincher's Gone Girl. She's already getting high profile offers as Deadline reports Pike is circling the female lead in The Mountains Between Us. The romantic survival thriller already has Charlie Hunnam set for the male lead. I'm sort of digging the premise of the film and it could be on par with The Grey if handled properly.

A harrowing tale of survival and a love story. Ashley is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When their flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer, the strangers agree to charter a ride, only to see the pilot suffer a heart attack and crash into a desolate snowy mountain region. He breaks ribs and she suffers a leg fracture. Fortunately, aside from a doctor he’s an avid climber, and as he struggles to get her down from the mountain in harsh weather, she begins to realize that maybe she was headed to marry the wrong guy.