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Fox Daredevil Rights Lapsing On October 10 Back To Marvel They Go? A Hopefull New Director Jumps On Board And Possible Character Rights Swaping?   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Daredevil is really one of those Marvel characters that deserves a talented film maker to take the reins and deliver a kick ass, sick film from the late 70’s early 80’s source material. When growing up discovering the Frank Miller runs of the character far after they were new, I saw how raw, emotional and based in some realism a comic could be, as far as flawed human character behavior and fragility of relationships. All that with the fact that this guy is blind and can kick the ass of like 20 dudes at once in a red devil costume was a great hook for me. As I’ve grown up re reading these tales I see the real staying power of Daredevil as one of the coolest characters of the Marvel pantheon to me.

Then along comes director Mark Steven Johnson and Ben Affleck in 2003 to deliver an absolute ultimate 90 million dollar shit storm in the faces of fans courtesy of  20th Century Fox,  and my heart broke a little. Obviously not understanding the characters, story or what they had, Fox watered down the script and relationships so much on Johnson where the movie just has zero weight to it, and take some of the best marvel story lines and completely changes them like the studio got soap opera writers and producers that never ever read an issue of any comic or even gave a shit at all, to the point of paralleling the act of throwing a Molotov cocktail on the viewing audience that goes to these crap fests and hope not to get rammed up the ass yet again. Namely, me, my snooty geek buddies and you and yours.

The film front basically went silent for Daredevil for almost 8 year when Fox finally announced their reboot plans and attachment of director David Slade in the driver seat for the project. It could have been worse news, I like Slade’s earlier work before his Twilight series film, Hard Candy and 30 Days Of Night are both stylized, dark and graphic in the right ways. The word was he was working with a script/ idea some what based on the Frank Miller written 1986 comic story arc “Born Again” Daredevil comics issues #227-#233.

As of a about month ago David Slade dropped out of the project and it seemed like Daredevil was dead in the water again. Then an interesting article surfaced over at Variety stating that the rights were reverting back to Marvel as of October 10th this year unless they had a film in front of the cameras shooting before then, and Fox was so excited about a pitch done by director Joe Carnahan (Narc, A-Team, The Grey) for a gritty 70’s styled film, that they were in talks to get the rights extended for Daredevil in exchange for the rights to let Marvel Studios use Galactus and Silver Surfer  in future films. WOW, it all sounded too good to be true, Galactus and Silver Surfer back in the hand of Marvel would be a dream come true, especially with all the phase 2 films coming. Even the Joe Carnahan idea for the DD character sounded like something in the proper direction at least.

Very shortly after the Variety article a reply from 2oth Century Fox surfaced saying that “in no way was Galactus or Silver Surfer in play for a right swap”, and that the real intention of their meeting with Marvel was to determine whether they be interested in co financing the Joe Carnahan gritty 70’s styled Daredevil film to keep the character in play.

The real news on the matter dropped on director Joe Carnahan Twitter last night:

“Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids.

We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.”Continuing talking today on Twitter,

Carnahan asked if fans wanted to see his sizzle piece that he presented to Fox?

“DD pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it. The clock ticked down at Fox, that’s why it went t*ts up.”

He posted an NC-17 and a PG-13 version of the reel,  both below are available below for your viewing pleasure:

So it looks like Daredevil will be going home to Marvel and I don’t see Disney financing a cool ass NC-17 1970’s crime thriller version of the character, but I am hopeful we’ll see old DD given some much needed love and attention, we can only hope. I still believe it can happen, like Deadpool or Wolverine it seems hard to fuck up suck “home run” characters, but Fox has done their best crack at doing so. More than anything in my life right now I really need to see a quality film about a blind guy in a devil costume kicking everyone’s ass. Please make it happen Marvel, the ball hopefully will be back in your court October 10th. Give us all something to flip over, I dare you.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

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Massive Marvel Movie Update June 2012 News And Rumors, What’s On The Way And When   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Tons of movement in the Marvel universe these days, especially after the box office stomping that Avengers gave in the month of May. With Disney behind distributing the Marvel Studios picture from now on, it seems like we are all in for at least a 4-5 year push on the more extended and criss crossing storylines of the comics. So many great projects are on the way big and small that I hope even some wrongs may be righted with the re-boots of the shit storm Fox Marvel films Daredevil and Fan 4.  Only time will tell on the quality level of the continuing comic book movie making trend right now, it seems like every second day news is popping up about another Marvel character being close to appearing on the big screen. I can only hope the directors/film makers making these pictures care as much about the characters they decide to take on, as much as the check and the life style the film industry offers. Mostly because for us comic geeks that grew up reading and absorbing the Marvel mythos, the stories matter to us and have major weight that some people in Hollywood think is “no big deal” to change at their discretion. These people are idiots, and should wise up to the fact that they are so out of there element in the comic world they should stick to fucking up remakes of old TV shows or something. Fox producers I’m looking squarely at you fuckers and your lack of brains in this area (who ever was in charge of the Deadpool character for the last half of Wolverine movie you should be so embarrassed that you are so naive about the impact of fucking up  so bad) I could rant for ever about this shit.   Lots of news to see below, time to dive in.

The Avengers (May 4th 2012) Director Joss Whedon – I’ve seen The Avengers twice now and both times I thoroughly enjoyed both viewing, Love the Hulk, so awesomely rad… There really is a lack of adjectives to describe my enjoyment level during viewing it.  A fun film made for almost everyone to enjoy. The link to my full review below:

https://celluloidpopculturejunkie.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/after-the-avengers-movie-in-imax-3d-i-wanted-to-walk-back-into-the-theater-and-see-it-again-and-again-and-again/

The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3rd 2012) Director Marc Webb – I think that the talent all look well cast. The production design looks interestingly good and I think the few times I’ve seen the trailers in 3D in the theater, for the first time I felt totally immersed into a character’s POV.  With the jumping from Building to building in New York point of view shots in the first trailer I got goose bumps and shivers while swinging over the city, feeling like I was doing this for real almost. The 3D effect they’ve come up with there is a pretty cool experience.

As far as the story changes to the character’s origin and hip new persona, I’m not really sold on the Perter Parker aspect of this film yet. I do really like Andrew Garfield as an actor, so I would hope after seeing the full movie I might like the direction Marc Webb has decided to go with Spidey. I’m still not sure what it is but even after the second major trailer (below), I still think there is something off about the back story part. I don’t want to wreck anything for any viewer but it’s laid out in the second trailer if you really look in the background that the back story of how Peter Parker becomes spider-man is completely changed from all the comic iterations.

I think the IMAX 3D might be worth checking out just for the pure spectacle. I’m still on the fence but I’ll definitely going to have my ass in the seats for the new Spidey come July 3rd, hope to be happily surprised by the experience.

Iron Man 3 ( May 3rd 2013) Director Shane Black There’s been lots of superb casting news for the now in production sequel. We obviously have the regulars back such as Downey Jr. , Paltrow, Cheadle and even the latest to be signed back, Favreau as driver/body guard Happy Hogan. The amazingly perfect casting news for fanboys and girls, is Sir. Ben Kingley as the mystical powered, 7 ring wearing villain, the Mandarin (according to IMDB), Iron Man’s main nemesis in the comics since 1966. As well a crew member let it slip that Sir Ben Kingsley is indeed playing The Mandarin in the film but he will not be the primary antagonist, Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian will be.

Pearce’s Aldrich Killian character is one of the co-creator of the Extremis virus in the comics which is one of the main story arcs the script is reportedly based on.

James Badge Dale is on board as Eric Savin, a character who after uncovering a government conspiracy is almost killed and is turned into a cyborg designated as Coldblood-7 in the comics

Then the latest addition reported by Variety is actor Ashley Hamilton to play the Jack Taggert /Firepower character which was never in the Extremis mini series I don’t think.

 Straight from the head of Marvel, Kevin Feige when he spoke with Empire on their podcast recently: “So Iron Man 3 has been structured specifically to be the antidote to The Avengers… Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything. We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from Iron Man, the first half of Iron Man, when he’s cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation. So he’s not calling Thor, he’s not calling Captain America, he can’t press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that’ll be a nice complement to the team up of Avengers.

Also in the lengthy Disney presentation at CinemaCon in late Aprill writer/director Shane Black talking about the direction of the project. He dubbed the movie a “technological thriller” and a “crisis movie” set in the world of “international war, arms and terror” saying that they will “put Tony Stark through the wringer” as they explore the trials of being Tony Stark. Although no villain has been revealed for the film, he said the villain will be one that will “frighten in today’s world.” At this point we do know the list of villains and character seems to keep growing at the movie is shooting in North Carolina right now under the code name “Caged Heat”.

With the success of The Avengers film it has also been reported that the production budget has been bumped up from $140 million to $200 million just recently, so the Marvel money people must like what they are seeing out of Shane Black and co.There continues to be spy reports pouring in from the set and some pictures surfaced with what was initially thought to be another villain in the mix “The Iron Patriot”.In the comic The Iron Patriot was Norman Osborn aka (the green goblin) but since Sony owns the right to that character it looked like  Eric Savin was going be dawning that armor for the film according to reports, but in mid June it was revealed that it is actually War Machine with a new paint job. So no Iron Patriot to appear this time around.  As Production moves to China for the second half of shooting in a few months, I can’t wait to see if they can keep the roll of quality films going at Marvel Studios. First official picture from set released just a week ago below:

So it seems like a mix of Jack Kirby characters with some newer comic storylines mixed in for the film. Looking really forward to seeing Kingley’s Mandarin in action for sure.

The Wolverine (July 26th 2013) Director James Mangold – After it was announced that Darren Aronofsky was going to be the director on the Wolverine sequel I was in absolute geek love heaven over the prospect of this.  After a few months at the helm he left the project reportedly because he didn’t want to leave his newly born daughter for the time it would take to prep and shoot the film abroad in Japan. so after that blow to the nuts,  it would be hard for me to be happy with any replacement choice. Along came James Mangold who I like as a director and am hopeful he will give us something that features and cherishes the Logan/Wolverine character and not mocks and fucks with it like x3 and Origins did. I am so nervous about this one it’s hard for me to really let myself believe Fox will let a quality Wolverine film happen. Because when I have had faith in the past as an ultra fan I get the shit box last two acts of films like Wolverine: X-Men Origins. total and utter bullshit, lazy film making and storytelling. The only real movement in news about the production is The Daily Telegraph revealed that Twentieth Century Fox will film The Wolverine in Hugh Jackman’s hometown, Sydney, Australia. In a deal estimated to be worth $80 million to the New South Wales economy. Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who helped secure the deal with Fox when he flew to Los Angeles in January, said winning the film would generate more than 2000 jobs for Sydney. Maybe Mangold will make something of the Christopher McQuarrie script partly based on the Frank Miller Chris Clairmont Japan set mini series, scared almost to death though. Really.


Thor 2 (November 8th 2013) Director Alan Taylor- After Marvel switched director Patty Jenkins (Monster) for Alan Taylor (Game Of Thrones) in late December early January,  Robert Rodat (best known for Saving Private Ryan) was brought aboard to do a re-write of the draft from Don Payne who was a contributor on the first film. Most of the news since then has involved the fact that most, is not all the original cast Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard  will return . For anyone who’s seen the Avengers you can imagine the storyline that will be taking place between the brothers.

Some more news in late May has been trickling out regarding the villain choice for the second stand alone outing for the God of Thunder.  Looks like some great choices looming for fans of the source material, with the reported from a source close to the production, The Enchantress is to be the vileness in the picture . Variety has also printed that actor Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play an unknown villain most certainly to be The Executioner, the usual partner of The Enchantress in the comics. What Head of Marvel Kevin Feige has said about the film: “We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”

I am very much looking forward to going back to Asgard again, hopefully Alan Taylor brings us something to surpass the very well done first film. I could go for some kick ass battle amongst the Gods right about now, fingers crossed.

Kick-Ass 2 (TBD 2013)- Director Jeff Wadlow– Universal Pictures is in talks with Matthew Vaughn to develop a sequel to Kick-Ass, the Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. comic based film from 2010 which earned $96.2 million worldwide  on a $30 million dollar budget. Vaughn directed, produced and self-financed the project; Opting to produce the sequel , Jeff Wadlow will be directing with a reported script adaptation by Vaughn , which adapts not only “Kick-Ass 2,” but also the “Hit-Girl” spin-off that hits stores in June. The Hit-Girl storyline is to be the first act of the film. A reported September 2012 production start for the film, would have Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprising their roles. I loved the first one and would be so into seeing Kick-Ass on the big screen again.

Captain America 2 (April 4th 2014)-Director TBDIt was reported by an insider at the studio in late March that the  field of ten directors they were looking at had been narrowed down to just three for the Cap sequel- George Nolfi, the writer/director of The Adjustment Bureau, F. Gary Gray director of The Italian Job remake, and an odd choice in the mix, Community’s Anthony and Joseph Russo. The choice for directors was announced here in mid June with The Russo Brothers snaking the gig. Hoping the quality is as good as the first film, I liked Joe Johnson’s take on Cap. Fingers crossed The Russo’s take things to the next level of radness.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2nd 2014) Director Marc Webb – Even though The first film hasn’t opened yet Sony in already moving forward with a sequel. I guess they really like what they’re seeing from Marc Webb’s Spidey. On April 24th Sony Pictures announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were coming on board to work on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 written by James Vanderbilt. They will also receive Executive Producer credits. Kurtzman and Orci said: “We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this legendary franchise.”  Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013.

 As Of Yet Undisclosed Marvel Project ( May 16th 2014) Director TBA– It’s been mentioned in a few interviews and articles in the last few months but now the CEO of Disney brought it up again in an interview for CNBC. There’s no confirmation yet on whether or not the project will be a sequel or if it might be based on a new character in the Marvel Universe, a film maybe I’ve written about below?

X-Men: First Class 2 (July 18th 2014) Director Matthew Vaughn– Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg are all working on the “X-Men: First Class” sequel script now and shooting is set for January 2013 with a release planned for Summer 2014. Some serious spy news has surfaced in the last week or so that 20th Century Fox had registered the title DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with the MPAA Title Registration Bureau. Which exists for studios and productions companies to put their claims on certain titles that they intend to release, so that others can’t use that title. For any X-Men enthusiast the words DAYS OF FUTURE PAST should set your ball a tingling instantly. For those who are unaware of the great 1981 two-issue story arc of the X-Men comics,  it dealt with alternative timelines. In an alternative future, mutants were incarcerated in internment camps. However, the Kitty Pryde of that timeline transfers her mind to the Kitty Pryde of now in order to prevent that from ever happening. The assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood is what sets off this chain of events, and now with the X-Men made aware of the future, they must try to stop it from happening ect…So it looks like some really interesting possibilities for this film.  I really liked the first outing and hope the second turns out better and more focused, but anything Vaughn makes I’m in the theater to see it with out question. He has always delivered for me no matter the film.

DareDevil (TBD) Director David Slade – A pretty much unknown David James Kelly has been hired to re-write a script for the planned “Daredevil” reboot at 20th Century Fox supposedly based of Frank Millers “Born Again” comic run. 9 years since the Marc Steven Johnson Ben Affleck feature fail, I’m nervous and hopeful we’ll see some kind of a quality Daredevil movie in the near future. Like playing craps, the quality of a Fox comic book film…Crossing my fingers and hoping that one of my childhood favs doesn’t get a fist in the ass again.

Ant-Man (TBD) Director Edgar Wright– Twitpic of Edgar Wright’s with the words: “Received this in the mail. What can it mean?” This one has been in the rumor mill for a few year but I bet now with the Avengers is doing well at the box office, we might get some quick movement on this Marvel flick from the director of Shawn of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim. Would love to see this happen.

Avengers 2 -(TBD) Director TBD/ Joss Whedon?– Back in March, about two months before The Avengers opened on the big screen SFX (via Digital Spy) managed a few details from writer/director Joss Whedon about both the first film and a potential sequel: “I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight – and ultimately, what makes them awesome,” Whedon says of the superhero team. ” I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.” Asked how a sequel could possibly be bigger than what he had planned for the May 4th release, Whedon responded: “By not trying to. By being smaller. More personal, more painful… By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself.”

 …And after the record breaking release this is what Joss Whedon told Hero Complex mid May about possibly directing the sequel “You know, I’m very torn.It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it. But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.”

No matter who directs it my ass will be in the seat come showtime on Avengers 2, I’ve dreamed to see Thanos in action on film for 15-20 years, beyond epic.  I do hope Marvel convinces Whedon to return in the directing seat but at the very least he’s set things off in such a great direction, the person taking over will have to pull off one hell of a play to make something to live up to what is amount to walking across water in Hollywood. Good luck to who ever that might be, I’m waiting.

Deadpool (TBD) Director Tim Miller – The script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.(Zombieland), Ryan Reynolds to star. The whole thing seems really cool with full R rated content, Deadpool breaking the fourth wall and taking to the audience, brutally violent and all the snappy dialog to boot is the little bit that’s been leaks on this project . A decent Ryan Reynolds video about his feelings on the subject below:

In early January at the Arizona Comic Con Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool) briefly talked about the status of the movie, had some super awesome things to say:“They’ve got a great director on the movie, they’ve got a great script. I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated. They may or may not have wanted to shoot eight minutes to see how it would play. And all I can tell you,  it’s close. It’s closer that it’s even been to going, or going Naaah, that’s too scary a proposition to make a R Rated Deadpool movie.”

The full video from the panel below( The Deadpool  movie stuff starts in at 37:05, with a great comment on the treatment of the character in the first Wolverine film and then all the stuff quoted above from the creators crazy enthusiastic mouth):

Doctor Strange (TBD 2013?) Director TBD It had been confirmed in late January that the script for Doctor Strange has been completed by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan The Barbarian, Sahara). Marvel Studios is actively seeking a director to helm the project.

Once they have the right director on board, Marvel will then be searching for the cast to star in Doctor Strange. The Budget is reported to be somewhat smaller than the bigger Marvel movies but the studio is hopeful with all the right pieces as far as talent, Doctor Strange could absolutely be a great film. Production is expected to begin this year, with a release date likely to be sometime in 2013. A very interesting character I’d like to see something really out there storytelling wise to show the real range of the Marvel Universe.

Fantastic Four (TBD) Director TBD– Variety had an article in January with word that Fox was eying Josh Trank as a potential helmer on the reboot of Fantastic Four. Known now for his big screen directorial debut, the very well received Chronicle released on February 3rd 2012, he most likely can’t do any worse that the previous films. The complete shitting  on the fans faces with the Tim Story directed Fantastic Four in 2005 and 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thanks so much for those two Fox. Also in 1994 a feature-length version was also infamously produced by Roger Corman and never released but still lingers on the internet to find for the curious and geeky fanboys. Would love to see a properly done Fan 4 flick, one of my favorite reads as a kid come to life on the big screen could be epic beyond belief. Both fingers and all toes crossed.

Venom (TBD) Director TBD– Also In early March The LA Times was reporting that Chronicle director Josh Trank was in talks to direct a Venom  feature film based on the “Spider-Man” character. Sony has toyed with the idea of a Venom spinoff in the past, but this new version is rumored to be unconnected to previous drafts. Would be surprised if we saw this materialize anytime soon but who knows what those wacky studio execs are on or  thinking most of the time. No word since the article mentioned the Chronicle directors interest. I would definitely be interested to see how’d they approach it though.

The Guardians Of The Galaxy (TBD) Director TBD–  In an CraveOnline interview with Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige,  he confirmed The Guardians of the Galaxy movie Marvel is planning will be about the modern version of the team, which includes such intergalactic superheroes as Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon and less Vance and that team. Taking the stories into the Universe and space could be ultra cool if the right villain were to appear, Thanos could work in this one to.

Black Panther (TBD) Director TBD– It’s been rumored for awhile that they were working on a treatment for some sort of live action Black Panther film and now with Avengers going off it would make sense to bring the character T’Challa (Panther’s real name) into the mix. Wakanda Black Panther’s homeland’s major export is Vibranium which is what Cap America’s shield is made from, an ultra rare metal mined from a meteor that fell from the sky.  For the keen observers we’ve got to see a few hints already in IRON MAN 2 of Wakanda as the Vibranium’s source . Bringing Black Panther to the big screen would fit perfectly into the larger plans of the Marvel film universe. Would be interested what the stand alone tale would be like and about but I’m game to give anything a chance in this new Marvel para-dime that is growing with every movie in their pipeline.

So there you go, you’re now up to date on all the Marvel films in the hopper. We can only hope and prey something great is in the bunch, bound to be some shit shows, but of course time will only tell.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Posted June 9, 2012 by JMC in Production Rumors, Facts And Other News That May Not Be Exactly True Tomorrow

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Ridley Scott Confirms A Few Snipits On Blade Runner 2, It Seems To Be Moving…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

It’s a very touchy subject re-entering a beloved film world 30 years plus later, but with Ridley Scott about to unleash Prometheus upon us ( dieing to see it) We get some news on another timeless classic sci-fi film Scott will re-visit in the near future, revealing a bit more to the direction the Blade Runner Sequel will be taking.

Over at The Daily Beast The Full Article:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/05/17/ridley-scott-opens-up-about-prometheus-kick-ass-women-and-blade-runner-2.html

The Some What Major News:

What about the rumored Blade Runner sequel?

RIDLEY-“Funny enough, I started my first meetings on the Blade Runner sequel last week. We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist”.

The other major thing that was in the trades last week is that original writer of the 1982 Blade Runner , Hampton Fancher has been brought aboard to develop the idea for the original screenplay. The film will take place “some years after” the conclusion of the first movie. As for where and who the film will be about, except for a female protagonist we have no other news as of yet.

For me it seems a scary subject to go back in and do something in the Blade Runner universe. I hoping after Prometheus blows me away I’ll be more open to the idea. It’s like touching into religious artifact territory stepping back into Replicants and Spinners, but when your the architect of the original masterpiece it might be a magic trick only Ridley Scott could pull off. Only time will tell and I’m nervous as hell where this is all going.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

Sin City Sequel Going Into Pre Production. After A 15 Year Wait One Of My Favorite Frank Miller Stories Is Finally Making It To The Big Screen. About Dam Time…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

It finally looks like fans of Sin City will be getting a sequel to the 2005 film, the basis of which is the second tale in the Sin City comic hierarchy “A Dame To Kill For”.

I’m super excited my personal favorite Frank Miller story of all the Sin City stuff is getting the film treatment and of course both Robert Rodriguez and Frank are back to direct. There’s also been talk that Miller has written some new Sin City story lines for the first time since April of 2000 and the conclusion of  the “Hell And Back” comic. Either way it should be a great flick for fans and new comers alike.

Here’s the full press release from Dimension Films:

Filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, along with producer Alexander Rodnyansky, have announced that production will commence on the highly anticipated sequel to 2005’s Sin City, entitled Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The film will be produced by AR Films and Quick Draw Productions, financed through AR Films U.S and released domestically by Dimension Films.

“The first question I am always asked is “When will you make another Sin City? ,” said Rodriquez. “I have wanted to re-team with Frank Miller and return to the world he created since the day we wrapped the original, but have felt a duty to the fans to wait until we had something truly exceptional that would meet and exceed what have become epic expectations. A Dame To Kill For will certainly be worth the wait.”

Sin City creator, screenwriter and co-director Frank Miller said, “The first Sin City knocked out audiences who had never seen anything like it before. Robert Rodriguez and I are going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.“

The script and details of the film’s story have been kept tightly under wraps. Casting will begin next week, with many of the original cast expected to return. The film, a Quick Draw Production, will be produced by Rodriguez and producing partners Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic; and by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergei Bespalov and Stephen L’Hereux. Miller, The Weinstein Company’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Miramax’s Adam Fields will act as executive producers. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, with a screenplay by Frank Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed). The film is expected to begin production this summer at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.

Alexander Rodnyansky said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Robert Rodriguez and Quick Draw Productions. It is a rare opportunity to produce and finance a film with the high profile and enormous fan base of the Sin City franchise. AR FIlms will be managing worldwide sales of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as Robert’s Machete Kills at the Cannes Film Festival in May.”

The original Sin City was brought to the screen by Rodriguez and Miller and released by Dimension in 2005, and proved to be a landmark step forward in filmmaking, breaking ground with immersive green screen to create its iconic stylish look. The first film, released on April 1, 2005, grossed over $160 million (US) worldwide and is a consistently strong home video and television performer.

“Audiences have been clamoring for Sin City 2 with Robert and Frank for a long time and trust me, it will be worth the wait,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “This will be my 11th collaboration with Robert in 16 years and he’s become a great friend. I look forward to continuing our long lasting relationship and partnering on more projects in the future.”

The deal was negotiated by Aaron Kaufman, Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb and Robert Newman of WME on behalf of Rodriguez; David Glasser and Andrew Kramer on behalf of Dimension Films; Schuyler Moore of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and Jere Hausfater on behalf of AR Films; Kenneth Keller and Garth Rosengren of Krieg, Keller, Sloan, Reilley & Roman and John LaViolette of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman on behalf of Stephen L’Heureux and Solopsist Films; and Mark Lichtman and Neil Meyer and Allison Binder of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder on behalf of Miller.

Till Next Time, Stay Tuned,

J.

Bane Fights Batman In The Streets and Tom Hardy Drops Subtle Hints Of Epicness To Come   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

We finally get a look at the full costume for Tom Hardy’s Bane in the up coming Dark Knight Rises. A few days later we get more pics popping up online of the Bat and Bane fighting which looks super rad. The outfit of Bane looking great with the big jacket off.

Recently Total film scored a few quotes on Hardy playing Bane during an interview:

He told them that Nolan called him up while he was shooting This Means War, to ask if he’d be happy playing the musclebound, mask-wearing villain in Rises: ‘Hang on a minute. You’re asking me to come round the world with you in a Batman movie, playing a villain, and the only downside to it is I have to wear a mask? Hmmm, let me think. I’ll get back to you… No, I’m fucking there, man! Anything you need.’”

As every fan that knows the Bane/Batman story already, with out spoilers for those that don’t know, they have some epic battles and epic injuries alike. When they asked Hardy about this he choose his words carefully: “Mmmmm… Good lead-in, but all I can say is that Chris has a plan up his sleeve that’s not at all disappointing. And that is a definite choice that’s watertight in every respect.

“I think Bane’s fucking cool so I’m really excited to play him. It’s not the guy in Joel Schumacher’s film, but it shouldn’t disappoint fanboys” So, does he feel any pressure living up to Heath Ledger’s portrayal as one Batman’s arch-nemeses? “No, none at all,” he insisted. “Brilliant actor, brilliant work – that’s it. I’ve got a job to do.“It’s the same with Mad Max and Mel Gibson. I’m not here to engage in a competition with their talent. It’s to play the character that I’ve been given.”

And he’s not bothered about wearing a mask either: “Any time you put something over your face, you’re going to adopt a personality and a physicality that has nothing to do with acting. It allows a performance to be free.”

Very much looking forward to the final chapter in Chris Noland’s Batman Trilogy. Hoping to see some epic battle and drama for the finale.  I’m sure Noland won’t disapoint.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned
J.

del Toro Offers His Insight Into Why ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ Feature Fell Apart. The Best He Can Anyway.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

A few weeks ago the news hit the trades that Guillermo del Toro  ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ feature film had collapsed at Universal.  This marks the second film that the director has had problems actually beginning principal photography in just under a year. Some ten months ago he passed on directing The Hobbit due to its now-infamous production delays.  The Pan’s Labyrinth creator has opened up about just what happened with the ‘Mountains’ adaptation , saying that he will finally be behind the camera again this fall, on Pacific Rim.

With James Cameron producing, del Toro was poised to bring author H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness into a $150 million 3D film with Tom Cruise in the lead. It’s a project that should of been a no brainer for the studio, but of course the marketing department is most likely scared to death of a film like this. They really don’t see potential of this kind of material I figure. With what Guillermo has done with meager budgets and ‘out there’ material before is amazing. I was really looking forward to this film and seeing what Del Toro could do with a proper tent poll budget. Now we can only read about what could have been and hope some day that the project is resurrected by a brave studio head and Lovecraft is brought to the screen in all his glory.

Deadline sat down for a Q&A session with del Toro, in which the filmmaker admitted that he doesn’t know exactly why his Mountains of Madness collapsed:

“I haven’t had a face to face with [Universal chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chair Donna Langley] . We’ve exchanged a few phone calls. In my mind, we were given the parameters of a budget and screenplay, and I was given the chance by the studio to create a visual presentation. They were blown away by the visual presentation, they openly admitted to loving the screenplay, saying it was dead on. And we hit the target on the budget they gave us, not a figure I arrived at.

“This came after months and months of storyboarding, haggling with VFX companies, and bringing down the budget number. The week before the decision, I was scouting in the border of Canada and Alaska. We were a week away from opening offices in Toronto. We were crewed up, and frankly, I am as puzzled as most people are.”

The del Toro-produced remake of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark will finally arrive in theaters this August, and he (del Toro) describes that as being the sort of R-Rated “very intense movie [made] in a very classical mold” that he was aiming for with Mountains of Madness. An R-Rating for the Lovecraft adaptation was very much a deal-breaker for him too, according to del Toro. He seems aware that this may have contributed to the project’s termination, but points out that he’d made his feelings on the matter quite clear to studio heads:

“Ultimately, I think the MPAA could rule the movie PG-13 because the movie and the book are not gory. If that is the outcome, fine… The only thing I know about ‘Mountains’ is, I do not want it to be bloody, I do not want it to be crass, but I want it to be as intense as possible.  And those discussions were had in the open. Everyone knew this was my position, that I knew I was asking the chance for the movie to be what it needs to be. I don’t think it’s a good idea to relinquish that on paper.”

Fans of del Toro can rejoice in the news that his next directorial effort, Pacific Rim, is set to begin principal photography this September, with Legendary Pictures looking at a Summer 2013 release. While directors lips were pretty much sealed about the picture – which is officially described as being a futuristic sci-fi thriller in which Earth must defend itself against attacking creatures – he did offer the following tidbit:

“People got it confused with the ‘Godzilla’ movie a few months ago but we cleared that up. I can say the scope and imagination that have been outlined in it are absolutely appealing to me. I cannot say more, it’s not the time.”

Well I guess Pacific Rim sounds interesting, anything that del Toro directs I’m there to check out. It really is a bummer that the Lovecraft epic will have to wait till a future date. Here’s hoping sooner than later.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Aronofsky Drops Out Of The Wolverine. My Dream Film Takes A Shot In The Nuts. Hard.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Something that has been in the trades for weeks now is director Darren Aronofsky will no longer be helming the Wolverine sequel for Twentieth Century Fox.

I can’t remember when any news about a movie has filled me with such disappointment and sadness. I was so looking forward to the Wolverine Japan story line to be handled by someone special and when it was announced that Aronofsky was helming the project I felt as a fan of the character I had hit the jackpot on talent as far as director. With Christopher McQuarrie’s script it was on track to being an epic Marvel film. Now who know the fate of the project as far a director.

In a statement issued by the studio, Aronofsky said, “It became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time.” (The film was reportedly going to be shooting in Japan) “I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again.” Twentieth Century Fox echoed Aronofsky’s regret: “While we are of course disappointed that Darren can’t do The Wolverine, we also understand and respect his reasons … Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making The Wolverine. We will regroup and move forward aggressively.”

So there you have it. I’m scared to death about who Fox chooses to replace Aronofsky. No matter who steps into the directing seat on this one has got a lot stacked against them. Living up to the artistry that Darren brings to every film is near impossible to duplicate. Another strong minded artist is what the project needs at this point, I’m really hopping we don’t get a X3 type treatment again. Continuous rapping of my favorite Marvel character by Fox is getting extremely tiresome. I see more pain in my viewing future..

RIP “Darren Aronofsky’s The Wolverine”.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.