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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.

After The Avengers Movie In IMAX 3D I Wanted To Walk Back Into The Theater And See It Again And Again And Again…   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

It not secret by now that The Avengers is destroying all box office records in the last few weeks,  snatching up very close to $374 million Domestic and $476 million International. With $850 million worldwide the flick has very little signs of slowing down, by the end of this weekend it might be very close to breaking the billion mark in only the second week of release in North America .  These numbers are pure madness and I love and savore every second.

The real question here is, is The Avengers film any good or just big hypey piece of bullshit? If you’ve seen it already your opinion is most likely the same, It fucking rocked the hardest any superhero flick ever has and dare I say it, played as well as any tent pole action film in recent history.  It took me to such a great childhood place I thought was actually gone when watching movies now, that I must see it at least a few more times in the theater to see if it was a one time thing or just that epic. Director Josh Whedon unleashes such fucking radness on the screen that I can’t help but swoon over his first mega budget film and hope that the power that be at Marvel and Disney use this as the benchmark for all other Marvel outings on the big screen and realize the genius and understanding the Whedon has in this comic universe.

If you’re one of the ones that’s on the fence on seeing the Avengers and comic filcks aren’t really your cup of tea, I can tell you that if you enjoy mega action movies, great one lines, mind blowing action sequences and perfect play on classic archetypes you can enjoy this film on that level and walk away wholly and completely satisfied. Now if you are a page turning card carrying Marvel geek nerd ( like I am) then prepare to have your nuts figuratively blown off as well as your mind melted to some state of utter comic geek bliss.

The real thing for me is I went into this film with such high expectation seeing the trailers and knowing who the film makers were, being a fan, I was still surprised by my reaction to the film. I actually got goose bumps, cheered out loud, clapped in approval, laughed in joy and awe so many times I can’t even remember liking a theater experience so much for a modern movie ever. No texting, No one talking, just all sheeple  glued to a screen as it should be.

 

The real jem of the whole thing is definitely the Hulk. I did actually enjoy Edward Norton”s Incredible Hulk film from 2008, but in Avengers we get to see the strait up, kick mega ass, SMASH shit, bat nuts Hulk. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is very tonally played and the scenes with Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark are extremely enjoyable, super banter. Without giving away any specific details and/or surprises, I can only say I have finally seen Marvel’s real Hulk on the big screen in full motion and I adore every second with the pure utter geek love I’ve had for the character since childhood, SUPER FABULOUS EPIC is the only words close to my feelings on the matter. More Hulk Please!!!

The other super important thing Whedon did and does very well is giving each character his or her time on screen and importance through out the story. The interaction between them all in filled with great one liners and moments to laugh at and clap your hands in amazement of the coolness factor being witnessed. The balance he achieves almost seems like a magic trick, but this is what the comic was always all about and the understanding of the material shines so brightly when you get someone who loves and cherishes the source full-boar.

In the end nothing to do but extend my personal thanks to the studio’s involved in production of the Avengers film for putting Joss Whedon in charge of this ever so important film. Hopefully our days of seeing Marvel films like the super fails, Fan 4 1 and 2, Daredevil, Ghost Rider,  X3 are behind us. No more directors in-charge of properties they don’t even give a shit about or understand  in the slightest way ( yes I’m talking directly to you Brett Ratner and Tim Story). All studios take notice what happens when you put a super geek in charge of a huge comic film, pure pure gold. Can’t wait for Avengers 2, desperately need more Hulk Smash now!!!

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Big Marvel Studios Film Updates With New Pictures Of Our Favorite Heroes and Rundown Of Old Hits and Flops   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Marvel Universe Films has been coming on strong the last few years leaving the last dozen years flops(Fantastic Four 1 and 2, X-men 3, Blade 3, Spider-man 3, Ghost Rider 1, The 2004 Punisher, and to my dismay Elektra and Daredevil), and successes( Blade 1 and 2, X-men 1 and especially  2, Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 1,  2 and I sort of really like parts of the Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk ) behind to go in new directions with their characters, some good and some already looking questionable as usual.

-2008  Punisher:Warzone -Production Budget $35 million – Director Lexi Anderson mostly got this right. The tone still doesn’t feel serious enough on the bad guys side I think, the whole thing seems like a joke to them. Ray Stevenson is the best Frank Castle to date, so it doesn’t really have any dramatic continuity from scene to scene, and the ever so often “metal” guitar solo over lays in the score reek of the studio PR people getting involved so they could come out with a CD sound track to sell. Instead of letting the artist/director you’ve hired do their version, they meddle and you get a middle of the road version of a character with mixed reaction from fans and new comers interested in the icon they’ve heard others talk about for years. Defiantly room for improvement on The Punisher character but this is the closest to crack the story yet. Not bad work, it’s got some great head explosions and Hard R action at very least. – Worldwide Gross $8,199,130      -US Video Sales $11,219,176. A huge financial loss for Lions Gate even before factoring in the marketing costs; Not a great incentive to make another one.

-2008 Iron Man -Production Budget $186 million – Director John Favreau shows some serious chops with the first Iron Man picture. Fighting to get the right star and it’s supporting cast second to none, really raising the bar on the Marvel action movie and made the film believable in what could have been just a guy in a robot suite running around shooting at shit.  Instead Downey jr. brings playboy Tony Stark to life and in turn gives the audience investment into the Iron Man character and mythos. A great ride and an origin story done right ( even if I would have loved to see the Vietnam era setting like the original comic incarnation). -Worldwide Gross $582,604,126    -US Video Sales $172,129,662

-2008 The Incredible Hulk  – Production Budget $137.5 million- Director Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton give us the best Hulk story by far to date. I loved Norton’s take on Bruce Banner and the digital capture work on The Hulk and Abomination characters are done very well. Selling the size and power of the Hulk is a tough thing to do and still keep believable in real world physics, but walking the line perfectly between comic like logic being transferred to the moving film, we invest into the world of Dr. Banner and the green monster inside him. I really like this movie, Leterrrier’s best work still to date (the clash of the titans remake was a real steaming pile of shit), the whole cast brings the Marvel universe characters to life properly, the action is very well done for the production budget and a lot of “in jokes” or content for fan boys and girls to find. What  a great Hulk movie should be.      Worldwide Gross $263,349,257  -US Video Sales $58,615,269

-2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Production Budget $150 Million -Director Gavin Hood. The one positive thing about 2009’s only Marvel character to grace the big screen without a doubt  is Hugh Jackman’s Logan. I read X-men and Wolverine Comic religiously when I was a kid and I really buy into Jackman’s take. Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed aka Sabertooth is a perfect up to a point,  as is Ryan Reynolds Deadpool, The total bullshit ending spoils the movie that you almost want to like up till then, even with all it’s technical errors, out of context characters being brought in, bad casting, one dimensional portrayals of lesser known Marvel universe personalities and badly directed action . The real unforgivable thing is how $150 million dollars was spent and you still get such bad green/blue screen shots that a James Bond movie from the ’70’s using rear projection behind the actors shooting it “in camera” looks more real; And what the F@CK is with that ending. it’s never more apparent than that, directors who have no idea who these characters are they are making films about should STOP MAKING THEM ASAP PLEASE!!!  By the way Deadpool never had laser vision he got from Cyclops,total crap. This shit matters to people, I know the excuse is there are so many different takes and story lines for each character that may cross some continuity lines if you look at them as all being the actual definitive story line of that character. Knowing how to bring out the proper parts of each storyline and what to leave, spinning it into one mythos for the film version(s) is not an easy task, but Brian Singer did it with 7-8 characters superbly in X2 and nailed the origin of Wolverine better in partial flashbacks than a two hour feature. I wish more of the movie was in Vietnam times or didn’t screw with Deadpool, followed some sort of decent storyline. So many things could have been done better, more interesting or more creatively. I figure Darren Aronofsky’s (2012) The Wolverine will be a great improvement and more interesting and complex take on a complex character.  Can’t wait to see it done right. Worldwide Gross $374,825,760   -Us Video Sales $74,771,590

-2010 Iron Man 2 -Production Budget $170 Million – Director John Favreau. It’s not ever any easy thing to do to top yourself as a director when the first film came out of no where for mainstream audiences and won then over, making Iron Man as well known as the largest Marvel properties .  The first viewing of Iron Man 2 for me was not a good experience, the theater was jam packs with people talking and texting through out (I’ll never get why people spend $14+ for a ticket and sit and text or talk to people the whole time. that shit is ridiculous ); So, by the end I hated it. I realized after my second and third viewing on Blu-Ray at home, I actually really enjoyed it. I could get into the nuances of each new Marvel character and new storyline being brought to the screen with great depth and understanding of the material. It’s this the “Empire Strikes Back” or ” Wrath of Khan” of sequels? Not exactly, it doesn’t blow away the first film, but brings us more into the Marvel Universe and Tony Stark character arcs. This is a film that will grow on you with multiple viewings, there is a lot of story and detail to take in on only one go. You start to see all the dramatic story arc set ups toward what will ultimately follow into The Avengers movie in 2012. This is one people will look back on with more understanding and affection  after Joss Whedon superhero epic hits May 4th next year. I’m sure all the treads will come together quite nicely.        Worldwide Gross $623,433,331  – Us Video Sales $ 114,730,950

-2011 Thor (in post-production) Release date May 11th – Director Kenneth Branagh takes on Marvels version of the God of Thunder. I think this will be the hardest character to crack in the Marvel Universe. Getting Branagh as the director on a film like this is a very smart move. The language and mood of the mythic realm of Asgard need a classic story telling touch to make it believable in the real world. I have high hopes this will be a really great visionary Marvel film. It will be interesting to see how they build towards the Avengers film in.  A must see for me, Marvels first 3D film.

-2011 X-Men:First Class (Filming) Release Date June 3rd – Director Matthew Vaughn.

From left to right: Michael Fassbinder as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and James MacAvoy as Charles Xavier. The first time I heard Fox was making a young X-Men movie, the idea of this really made me hope a big earth quake would hit the studio before they could go into production so I wouldn’t have to go though the agony of seeing  a “Twilight” like teen version of my beloved comic heroes come to the big screen.

After little news on the project besides a release date and vague plot synapse, the director announced to take the reins of the film is Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass-2010, Star Dust-2007, Layer Cake-2004). Instantly I was intrigued to see what Vaughn had in store to make this concept fresh? Answer: A 1960’s Kennedy Era period piece with the back story of how the feud between Xavier and Magneto started. The only reason this project interest me is because I love the other 3 movie the director has done and trust he will come up with sometime very awesome and enjoyable. These “first look” pictures don’t fill me will any sense of relieve though. What a shity Photo-shop job on the first few, looks like a class project at a technical college or like someone had a few extra drinks at lunch before assembling it. The newer images from the teaser trailer look better, good 60’s-ish art direction and look to the characters.  Hoping for the best with this one, Fox has figuratively shoved a hot poker up my ass more times with my beloved comic characters on film than shown me a decent take on any Marvel storyline. You’ve done a few right but I know the directors had to fight non stop for most of the good stuff. Really wishing this is the end of that trend.

-2011 Captain America: The First Avenger (in post-production) Release Date July 22nd – Director Joe Johnston has headed a few fun pictures (The Rocketeer-1991 , Jumanji-1995, Jurassic Park 3 -2004) the last one being the terribly mishandled  2010 Wolfman remake. That being the case, Johnston has the capacity to create a good action movie with a strong narrative tread and properly done effects being that he started out as a effects illustrator and designer on the miniature and optical effect unit of Star Wars, leading to art directing the miniature visual effects units  for Empire Strike Back, art director of all visual effects for Raider of the Lost Ark, Jedi, to full on art director on Temple of Doom in (1984). He’s been very involved in lots of legendary action pictures and has seen what works on screen and what doesn’t work. I think it will be a surprise how good this movie might be. A great World War 2 storyline, Red Skull, super cast and the set pictures mostly look good.

Talking with The Los Angeles Times “Captain America” director Joe Johnston says of his film “I watched the movie for the first time a few days ago and I just looked at the first cut and there is so much entertainment value — it’s just flat-out fun to watch. Maybe I’m somewhat biased — I was there [when we made it] — but, seriously, it’s funny, it’s exciting and there’s great visual effects.”

He goes on to say “The movie is going to be something more than people are expecting. This movie is going to surprise some people. It is the origin story of Captain America but it is also something rare — it’s a period superhero film but there’s great action in it. You don’t normally think of guys driving around in 1939 sedans in an action film but there are some great action beats in it. It’s just a helluva lot of fun to watch.”

Looking forward to seeing Cap hit the big screen in proper form, more Marvel 3d for me July 22nd.

2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (filming) Release Date February 17th – Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. If you have no idea who this directing duo is at first sight I envy you at this moment. You might even still have hope that we might get a Ghost Rider movie that does justice to anyone of the character’s comic incarnations. But alas, when you give Spirit of Vengeance to the team behind the two Crank movies and the piss poor Gamer, I sink into my chair like being kick in the nuts by a studio executive four or five times. And I thought Fox was the only one who was going to constantly piss all over my favorite boyhood characters, suddenly we see another contender emerge to continue that fun little task in Columbia Pictures.  I knew when Mark Steven Johnson did the first Ghost Rider film that we were in for a great looking shit storm of a movie, but saying you want to do a better job on story for the second one and then giving it to these directors is stupefying. Maybe they will prove me wrong and do justice to the Goyer inspired story that got a sequel green lit in these tight financial times. I can hope until February 2012 that they might do just that, but I don’t really feel they will.

2012 The Avengers (in pre-production) Release date May 4th – Director Joss Whedon has tasked himself with what could possibly be the hardest superhero movie even attempted to be put onto film. Juggling characters Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye and I’m sure more, is a almost insurmountable job not to mention the actors portraying all these characters. This will be the real test for Marvel as they attempt to do what many thought was an impossibility, bring a high budget, all star cast, live action Avengers film to the big screen with a director that understands all the nuances of each storyline, character and is a fanboy himself. Big Big anticipation for this project. I hope Whedon finally gets the recognition he deserves from the big studios as a force in the feature film directing game. 2012 Spider-Man (filming) Release Date July 3rd 2012 – Director Marc Webb. From the ashes of the Fourth Sam Raimi film come a bold move from Columbia by rebooting the franchise that had made them so much cash the last decade. Instead of going with a veteran director this time out, 500 Days Of Summer Marc Webb lands the job with full new cast including Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. The reboot has Peter Parker back to developing his abilities in high school again. I have to admit the first photos of Andrew Garfield as Spidey look pretty rad, but I partly attribute that to the programed fanboy in me that sees my favorite iconic characters and is predisposed to like the imagery instantly. I am very interested how this one pans out. Some interesting Set photos and video surfaced this week as well as a brighter version of the teaser “first look” above. Enjoy.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Posted January 21, 2011 by JMC in Film School Loser Talks Too Much, Production Rumors, Facts And Other News That May Not Be Exactly True Tomorrow

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Aronofsky Video on “The Wolverine”. It Can’t Come Soon Enough For Me.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Came across a great little video interview with Darren Aronofsky talking  about why he chose to direct the next Wolverine film.

I’m super excited to see The Aronofsky’s take on the Wolverine universe. I really like the idea of a one off story. Much as the Miller/Claremont 4 part comic mini series in  the 90’s was.

Should be a deep and epic film of the Marvel universe. If anything it will be better than the first film.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned

Marvel Studios “The Avengers” assemble for the first time.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody

Well some serious news in the Marvel film world has been floating in the air as of late. With Comic-Con happening last weekend we get some solid information on some long awaited projects.

The larger news I figure is the recasting of Bruce Banner for a third time. Word of Ed Norton leaving the project the last few weeks are confirmed with the casting of Mark Ruffalo in his place for the Joss Whedon Directed Avengers Film. Jeremy Renner is also confirmed as Clint Barton better known as Hawkeye.

Joss Whedon is certainly putting together a stellar cast for what could be the most ambitious comic book film ever conceived. I think it’s about time Whedon got a decent budget and support on a feature film project. I loved Serenity and the Firefly series. I think both are highly under rated and under watched.

Whedon has been around for a while. His first writing job was on TV’s “Roseanne”, then made a good living as a script doctor on films for several  years. Returning to TV with Buffy the vampire slayer, which won an Emmy in 2000 for outstanding writing in a drama series. His series Angel did five seasons.  He did uncredited drafts on X-men, Speed and Waterworld, all which were pretty much thrown away. Joss co-wrote Alien:Resurrection which he claimed was a good script wrecked by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Also no stranger to comics and their stories being the writer of Marvel’s “the Astonishing X-Men” series. As well as the writer of all the Buffy the vampire slayer/Angel and Serenity comics of course.

Only time will tell with a project of this size. With all the egos and minds involved, I think Whedon has his work really cut out for him, good thing he knows his stuff and is a super geek. That’s exactly what The Avengers needs at the helm.

The Avengers assembles for the first time in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Com 2010

Robert Downey Jr/ Iron Man  , Clark Gregg/Agent Phil Coulson, Scarlett Johansson/Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth/Thor, Chris Evans/Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner/Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo/Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Joss Whedon/Director

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this movie is actually happening with a giant cast, and a great director who cares about the source material. I don’t think Marvel could have done better than Whedon for the Avengers.  We only have to wait till May 4 2012 to see it. I’m sure for some it seems like an eternity…

Let the count down begin!!!

J.