November 30, 2012
Deadline seems to have put a bit of wrench in the recent comments from actor Jason Flemyng teasing that Matthew Vaughn had landed the job of directing a new Star Wars film. They say that David Fincher (Fight Club, Alien 3, Social Network, Seven) is "game" to make the film along with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) "panting after this job". It will be interesting to see if this effects the two large projects the directors have already setup with Disney. Fincher is developing a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with Brad Pitt possibly being looked at for the lead. Favreau is also trying to put together a larger than life live-action film based on the Magic Kingdom theme park which would be similar to Night At The Museum.
We already know that Favreau has links to ILM working them on both Iron Man films and Cowboys And Aliens. He also voiced a character for ILM's Clone Wars cartoon and is a die-hard Star Wars fan. ThePlaylist points out that LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy produced Fincher's Benjamin Button which means he's had a working relationship with Kathy. Not to mention Fincher worked on Return of The Jedi and Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom. Kennedy has previously stated that they were looking at people they've worked previously and Fincher seems like a candidate having similar roots that Joe Johnston has.
November 28, 2012
HeatVision has word that Hugh Jackman is in talks to reprise the role of Wolverine in X-Men Days of Future Past. After the recent announcement of Bryan Singer bringing back Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen it was only a matter of time before Wolverine was going to come back as well. It's excellent timing as Jackman recently wrapped production on The Wolverine and is still in prime Wolvie condition. Logan plays a pivotal role in the Days of Future Past storyline from the comics, so the immortal mutant will likely have scenes in both X-Men eras. Days of Future Past could end up becoming the Avengers of the X-Men franchise if there are any more additions like this to the cast.
Deadline reports that Marvel is currently looking to cast actors in James Gunn's Guardians of The Galaxy. Deals have been made to have Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Star Wars, Animal Kingdom, Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Hobbit, The Fall, Lincoln) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) test for Peter Quill/Star-Lord. While Peter Quill aka Star-Lord will be the main role there are still key parts left to fill which could include Drax, Nova and Adam Warlock. I wouldn't be shocked that these actors will also be considered for supporting parts in the franchise which will hit theaters on August 1st 2014.
Joel Edgerton has the best chance here with Zero Dark Thirty gathering a massive amount of attention and could land some serious awards consideration. He had been previously linked to speaking with Marvel for a role which very well could have been Peter Quill all along.
While they aren't confirmed for tests, actors such as Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back, Animal Kingdom) and James Marsden (X-Men 1-3, Superman Returns) are also interested in the project. Sullivan is already heading up a comic book film with the prequel to 300. Garrett apparently turned down a chance to play Captain America to land Tron Legacy, something the actor regrets? A name that seems to be the odd man out is James Marsden best known for playing Cyclops in the original X-Men trilogy. Like Chris Evans, James has roots already in the Marvel film universe but doesn't seem like a good fit among these choices.
November 27, 2012
In the same interview with HeyUGuys actor Jason Flemyng sort of confirms his close friend Matthew Vaughn (First Class, Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) is indeed in talks for Star Wars. He shows interest in any part given to him by Vaughn, barring the deal goes through. The look on his face when it sinks in he's talking about something he shouldn't be.
While some might see this statement as an actor wishing for a good part, along with talking out of school. Flemyng has worked with Matthew Vaughn on nine different films starting with Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels which was Matthew's first gig as a producer. To say that Jason is closer to the director than any other of his actors is an easy assumption to make. The pair are good friends, so I'm sure Jason has been given the word about Matthew's involvement. At the very least Flemyng is confirming there are at least talks for him to direct.
During a brief interview with HeyUGuys British actor Jason Flemyng confirms that he's been contacted and will likely return for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Jason played Russian mutant Azazel who in the comics is the father of Nightcrawler. He also looks to be a founding member of the Brotherhood of Mutants alongside Magneto and Mystique in the sequel.
TheWrap reports that Cate Blanchett (Hobbit, Lord of The Rings, Hanna) is in talks to play the evil stepmother in Disney's live-action Cinderella film. She would be the first actor attached to the project from director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go). It's yet another film in the trend of fairy tales blockbusters. Previously, we seen Snow White, Alice In Wonderland, Red Riding Hood (not successful) along with upcoming adaptations of Hansel And Gretel, Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) and Oz, The Great And Powerful.
Variety has word that Colin Trevorrow has been trapped by Disney along with his Safety Not Guaranteed co-writer Derek Connolly to put together a script for their Flight of The Navigator remake. Colin is seemingly out of the running for Star Wars Episode VII as he could end up directing Navigator.
Deadline reports that Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has been hired by Warner Bros. to direct and write an adaptation of the graphic novel Undying Love. Originally, French horror director Alexandre Aja (High Tension) had been given the job but has since left the project. Carnahan is seemingly hedging his bets as he recently had his Daredevil pitch turned down by Fox, only to be handed Mark Millar's Nemesis instead. The project has a bit of an international flare as it's mostly set in the Hong Kong underworld. Giving slight hints it could end up being on the level of a vampire action flick like Blade.
Revolves around an ex-soldier who falls for a vampire, though in order to be with her, he must taken on her creator, who is protected by an army of mobsters in the Hong Kong underworld.
It's been officially confirmed that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart would be reprising their roles of Professor X and Magneto. This proves that the film would involve time travelling and could include other mutants from both franchises. We already know that James McAvoy (Charles), Michael Fassbender (Erik), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank) will be returning set in their own 60's-70's era.
The inclusion of Ian and Patrick gives me the impression that it's only a matter of time before they announce that Singer will announce Hugh Jackman/Wolverine back into the fold. Logan playing a decent sized role in the Days of Future Past storyline from the comics. Jackman recently wrapped production on The Wolverine said to be the first film in Fox's cohesive Marvel universe. It could make sense to shoot future scenes featuring the fan favorite.
Director Bryan Singer has announced via Twitter that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The pair originated the roles of Professor X and Magneto in the first trilogy. First Class cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are also returning for the time-travelling blockbuster. No word on if Hugh Jackman's Wolverine (rumored) will also be along for the ride.
Deadline reports that Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic The Forever War is getting a new screenwriter. They say that D.W. Harper has been tapped by Scott and Fox to develop a new script for the project. Harper recently adapted All You Need Is Kill which has similar tones. It had been rumored that David Peoples (Blade Runner) had also taken a shot at adapting the novel by Joe Haldeman. It sounds like Ridley's involvement with Prometheus, it's sequel Paradise and the Blade Runner sequel has sparked new interest in the film. Forever War has the ability to be the next Avatar franchise for Fox if done properly.
A soldier reluctantly battles an enemy in deep space, and while he spends a short time in battle, the time dilation of space channel causes him to return home to a planet that has aged to the point it is almost unrecognizable to the soldier.
HitFix is reporting that Warner Bros. is looking to cast a member of the Justice League. While the the lineup is uncertain we know that Superman and Batman will be involved. Sources tell HitFix that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (John Blake) will be playing Batman in the film. At the end of Rises Blake was given the keys to the Batcave, allowing a transition for a new actor to take over the franchise. Zack Snyder recently hinted his film Man of Steel (produced by Nolan) could be setting up Justice League. Giving the impression that Henry Cavill could also be involved in the film aimed for a 2015 release date.
November 26, 2012
The official synopsis for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness has been released by Paramount. It seemingly gives a hint to who Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing. However, this likely won't be fully answered until the trailer is released.
In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Iron Man 3 will be the flagship of Marvel's Phase Two rollout. It's also the first post-Avengers film and second with Disney being involved. Audiences are expecting big things from the film and the teaser trailer setting up a larger Iron Man film than we've previously seen. The series not being known for it's over-the-top spectacular action sequences (previous films have had average scenes at best) which will likely change in this third installment.
Marvel's Kevin Feige spoke to Empire (via CBM) revealing a few aspects of the third film. Confirming that Rhodey is indeed inside the Iron Patriot suit along with no Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D. coming to help Tony. He also goes into why they waited until now to use Iron Man's most notable nemesis, The Mandarin.
This is all about how he was affected by the events of The Avengers, and how his world and mindset can be affected by that. By the end of Avengers, when a portal is opened up in Manhattan and he's met Thor and The Hulk and the Chitauri are coming down on him, he realises that he doesn't know everything; we think that has had an effect on his psyche, and then his world is blown out from underneath him.
Early - and very late - drafts of Iron Man 1 featured The Mandarin as a villain. The Mandarin is his most famous foe in the comics mainly because he's been around the longest. If you look, there's not necessarily a definitive Mandarin storyline in the comics. So it was really about having an idea. In terms of the Fu Manchu stereotyping that was involved, we never had any interest in that. He's relentless. Assuming that he's the one responsible for what happens to Tony's house, no other villain has been able to strike that fast and that hard at one of our heroes. He's very much about believing that the world needs to learn, and he wants to bend the world to his vision.
Iron Man 3 doesn't feature any of the other Avengers, or Nick Fury showing up, or any of those world-blending conceits that the Phase One films had. You have to keep in mind that Iron Man 3 had been in the works for almost a year, year and a half before The Avengers was released. We're sticking to the vision for these films, and showing once again that these characters are just as interesting alone as they are together.
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November 23, 2012
Battlestar Galactica's Tahmoh Penikett has confirmed via Twitter that he indeed has a role in Man of Steel. While his involvement was never announced by trades or studio but it had been rumored he was in the film. Henry Ackerson (the character the person asking is referring to) is the alias of the Superman villain Metallo.
A military cyborg who is powered by kryptontie, had been mentioned as a possible addition to J.J. Abrams/Brett Ratner take of Superman Returns. Before Bryan Singer made his Richard Donner homage replacing him with Lex Luthor. Rumors had Matello pegged as a villain even during the early days of the Man of Steel production. Above is concept art from the Abrams/Ratner project possibly featuring the baddie.
November 22, 2012
MovieHole reports that Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn (Dark Knight Rises, Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly) has joined Ryan Gosling's directorial debut How To Catch A Monster. The two recently worked together on the crime thriller A Place Beyond The Pines. Christina Hendricks (Drive) also stars in the film as the lead character Billy.
How To Catch a Monster weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.
November 21, 2012
November 20, 2012
Joe Carnahan (The Grey) tweets that he and his brother have started writing the script for Nemesis. The comic film based on the series from Mark Millar focuses on the premise of a psychotic villain who has the training and resources of Batman. This villain takes on the greatest cops in the world once a year which leaves a massive body count and a city in ruins. Liam Neeson had been rumored for the hotshot cop lead of Blake Morrow.