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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.

The Grey Is all Kinds Of Awesomeness Wrapped Up With Just The Right Amount Of Rad Sprinkled In. Liam Neeson Is The Lord Of The Bad Asses, You’ve Got To Check It Out…   2 comments

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Director Joe Carnahan’s The Grey is the first truly bad ass film of 2012. Liam Neeson delivers a performance that should garner him at least an Oscar nomination if not the win. From the first minutes of this film I was reeled in and really didn’t look away the entire time. I didn’t even think to check my watch or about time in anyway, I was hooked by the story and visuals from frame one. The trailers really don’t let on how crazy things are and how high the tension is though out the film. It walks a perfect line between action and drama, great pacing, never boring but still giving you time to rest.

The basic plot follows John Ottway (Neeson), an ex convict to a high risk job up north in Alaska. Upon returning on a commercial air liner, the plane crashes in the middle of a baron snowy landscape, leaving only 7 survivors and very little chance of rescue. Things only get worse when at nightfall the group realize they are being hunted by a pack of giant mountain wolves. Shit goes down hill fast from there and we are along for the whole pulse racing ride. Neeson gives a physical performance worthy of an actor half his age, truly truly awesome.

With the production budget reported at only $25 million, the amount of visual visceral value seen on the screen is phenomenal. The camera work and direction has you right there with the characters, experiencing every second of the bad ass-ery and mayhem.  The whole cast really does a superb job playing the nuances of their characters, everyone is bang on and Neeson is working on another level. Where some actors would go to an extreme agitated overboard performance to convey the tension, the 59 year old Irish actor pulls back and delivers something rarely seen in this kind of a film, real world feelings, weight and danger . Lives are on the line and you can feel it though out.  Go see this film, you will be very satisfied and will want to go in for a second viewing the second the credits role, at least that’s the way I felt. A close to perfect thriller to start off the year, plainly, a must see.

The only thing I could say that could possibly improve The Grey, in my geeky genre nerd way I kind of wanted to see one of the guys that was mauled by the wolves turn into a werewolf; But at that point it really would have gone a totally different way, it’s more my mind spinning the story towards any fantasy elements, which I love. As it is The Grey really is a must see for all action adrenalin junkies out there and anyone who likes a good man vs. nature story. This is the best one I’ve seen in quite a while, if not the best. Only time and reviewing it a dozen times will tell for me, I can hardly wait to check it out on Blu-ray again and again.

Till next Time. Stay Tuned

J.

New Trailers Keep Pouring In For Next Years Blockbuster Race Candidates. A Few Holiday And The Start Of The Year “Dump Months” Releases As Well….Time To Dive In   Leave a comment

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Trailers, Trailers, Trailers. A big few weeks for the release of new trailers and some have a better look at their respected movies being the second previews released. Some look like they could be cool, Some look like a full out waste time, money and brain power. You decide for yourself below…

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS- Director Guy Ritchie [Sherlock Holmes (2009), RocknRolla (2008), Revolver (2005), Swept Away (2002), Snatch (2000), Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) ]

This looks good to me, bigger production than the original, great actors, interesting visuals and great action pieces. Hope it tops the first one which I thought was OK but not amazing.

THE CABIN IN THE WOOD- Director Drew Goddard [ Writer of Cloverfield, TVs- Lost, Alias, Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer ]

I was working on a long series of commercials a few years ago at Lions Gate Studio in North Vancouver, when I noticed my friend who was in wardrobe on what looked to be some crazy ass bloody horror movie. When asking her what it was, she mentioned the writer of Cloverfeild directing, Joss Whedon as the co writer/ producer and super Hard R material. I really didn’t need to hear anymore, I wanted to see it. Skip to 3 years later it finally gets a release. I really think this is going to be a rad mix of genres that 80’s horror fans will really appreciate. I can’t wait for this one personally. I’m thinking this was a movie they had no idea how to market so it sat around for a long while, but I hoping  it turn out to kick bloody ass.

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING 3D- Directors  Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein [Shelter (2009), Storm (2005) ]

This looks like a really cool idea and  with very nice set pieces. Will probably suck beyond belief . Money grab is written all over this one. Power to ’em if the humans buy in.

JOHN CARTER- Director Andrew Stanton [ Wall-E (2008), Finding Nemo (2003) ]

Looks better that the first trailer for sure. I sort of like it,  but like I said before, it’s reported that Disney needs to pull in $700 million to break even here. Good luck with that one Walt!

THE GREY- Director Joe Carnahan [A-Team (2010), Smokin’ Aces (2006), Narc (2002) ]

This second trailer makes this look super rad. I will be seeing this one.

BATTLESHIP- Director Peter Berg [Very Bad Things (1998), The Rundown (2003), Friday Night Light (2004), The Kingdom (2007), Hancock (2008) ]

Bullshit, upon more bullshit and a twist of stupid robots. This is the kind of crap we’re getting  because of the financial success of Transformers. I would rather watch Daredevil and Fantasitic Four back To back for a whole day that have to sit thought this once.

GOON- Director MICHAEL DOWSE [FUBAR (2002), It’s all Gone Pete Tong (2004), FUBAR 2 (2010), Take Me Home Tonight (2011)]

I love me some FUBAR and Pete Tong. Go Dowse. Looks pretty funny.

MEN IN BLACK 3- Director Barry Sonnenfeld [ Runaway Vacation (2006), Men In Balck 2 (2002), Big Trouble (2002), Wild Wild West (1999), Men In Black (1997), Get Shorty (1995), Addams Family Values (1993), For Love Or Money (1993), The Addams Family (1991)]

No interest but I’m sure some of you are excited for the third one of this bullshit. If I had made Wild, Wild West I would of retired from directing all together out of embarrassment. I guess Sonnenfeld has very little shame. To bad I really liked his earlier work, before MIB. Guess he just needs a pay check like every other sap. Enjoy suckers.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Come Over, Waste Some Time With 12 Previews Of Upcoming Films… Welcome To The Time Vampire’s Trailer Town.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

I’ve got some of the latest trailers to some great upcoming films, and some sure not to be so great films. Either way you’ll have 10 or 20 minutes suck away you’ll never get back, but you will be up on all the top cool hip shit coming out. Your choice.

THE GREY- Director Joe Carnahan [A-Team (2010), Smokin’ Aces (2006), Narc (2002) ]

I had a first camera assistant show me this trailer on set a few months ago. He and a few other camera people I know worked on it up north in BC. Looking pretty rad for sure. It’s been a while since we’ve had a decent “man vs. nature” film, The Edge 1989 (Hopkins and Baldwin)  might be the last good one I remember.  Hope it lives up to the tension set in the trailer.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO- Director David Fincher [The Social Network (2010),  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Zodiac (2007), Panic Room (2002), Fight Club (1999), The Game (1997), Seven (1995), Alien 3 (1992) ]

This could end up being one of the craziest American studio movies ever made. Especially being released during the holiday season. It sounds from all reports that Fincher’s version will surpass the original Swedish film’s level of what I can only can call, brutality. There is a lot of strange brilliant dark storytelling going on in the Swedish film. I’m sure Fincher will grind out every inch of what that film achieved and much more. Can’t wait.

JOHN CARTER- Director Andrew Stanton [ Wall-E (2008), Finding Nemo (2003) ]

With the reported high cost of pre-production, production, re shoots, fancy dinners, limos, crew gifts, billed personal indulgences,  ect.. and the way that Disney usually spends a shit load on advertising it’s tent pole features, this film has to make a reported $700 million to break even. Wow. I’m really interested what a film with so much invested in it will be like. Might have to check this one out. Plus I like Sci-Fi done on a large scale if it’s not too watered down.

A DANGEROUS METHOD- Director David Cronenberg ( Eastern Promises (2007),  A History of Violence (2005), Spider (2002),  eXistenZ  (1999), Crash (1996),  M. Butterfly (1993) , Naked Lunch (1991),  Dead Ringers (1988), The Fly (1986), The Dead Zone (1983), Videodrome (1983), Scanners (1981), The Brood (1979), Fast Company (1979), Rabid (1977), Shivers(1975), Crimes Of The Future (1970), Stereo (1969) ]

I will go to see anything  Cronenberg does, even after having to sit through Crash and eXistenZ. I really love most of his work regardless of the few one that just didn’t work for me at all. With these actors and Cronenberg directing I’m thinking I will enjoy it quite a bit.

BRAVE- Directors Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

The two Cars movies are the only Pixar projects I didn’t love after seeing them. They have a formula that really works almost all of the time. The animation in the trailer look amazing, should be another great watch.

RED TAILS- Director Anthony Hemingway

A project that George Lucas has been talking about for a number of years has finally got a trailer and it look pretty rad. The aerial footage is super sick. Should be a great film for the war movie enthusiasts out there.

THE RAVEN- Director James McTeigue [ Ninja Assassin (2009), V For Vendetta (2006) ]

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL- Director Brad Bird [ Ratatouille (2007), The Incredibles (2004), The Iron Giant (1999) ]

The CG in some of the shots doesn’t look quite done yet, but usually it is the case with large projects to render shots to the last weeks before release. The real reason I’ll be checking this out in IMAX is because it’s reported to be playing the 9 minute Dark Knight Rises prolog in front of it.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN- Director Rupert Sanders

This looks interesting to me. It could defiantly go either way though.

THE DARKEST HOUR- Director Chris Gorak [ Right At Your Door (2006) ] Art Director [Fight Club, Minority Report, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Tombstone]

More low budget sci-fi. For some reason I want to see this movie hoping for something more than it will probably turn out to be.

RAMPART- Director Oren Moverman [ The Messenger (2009) ]

I’m not sure anyone can beat out Harvey Keitel in The Bad Lieutenant 1989 for the most corrupt cop award  but Harrelson will be phenomenal in this role no doubt, I’ll be checking this out.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK- Director James Watkins [Eden Lake (2008) ]

I think Daniel Radcliffe will find it easier than most to get away from the character he was tasked to play the last decade or so. most like that is because he’s a great actor. His reaction shots in this trailer and the atmosphere combined  creep me out a bit. Will be giving it a watch.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.