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Sony And Marvel At Odds At SPIDER-MAN Casting?

Posted on 12 June 2015 by William Gatevackes

Spidey apartIf you thought Sony was just going to get out of the way and let Marvel do what they do best with the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, you’d be sadly mistaken.

According to Jeff Sneider, co-host of the Meet the Movie Press podcast, the studio that managed the screw up two Spider-Man franchises is butting heads with the studio has done no wrong with their film slate to date over who will be the new Spider-Man.

The field is down to three contenders, the previously mentioned Tom Holland, veritable unknown Matt Lintz, and Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Plummer. Conspicuous in his absence is Asa Butterfield, who Latino Review stated was in final negotiations for the role. I know, I know. A Latino Review rumor that is probably wrong? It seems hard to believe.

Sneider says that even though Lintz is still in contention, it really is a two horse race between Holland, who Sony wants, and Plummer, who Marvel is behind.

While a casting announcement was rumored to hit last week, this latest back and forth not only delays the announcement, but would possible delay shooting on Captain America: Civil War. Sources say Marvel was bringing potential actors to that film’s Atlanta set to audition with the hopes of immediately having the actor start shooting the character’s scenes in film. Now, it looks like the Spider-Man scenes will be delayed to at least July while the casting mess gets straightened out.

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And Chiwetel Ejiofor’s DOCTOR STRANGE Villain Role Is…

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Rich Drees

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Even though he is reportedly still in talks, so there has been no definite announcement as to what his role will be, let alone even a confirmation that he will be in the film, Deadline is reporting that Chiwetel Ejiofor will be playing the role of Baron Mordo in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Dr. Strange film.

A character that dates back right to the second appearance of Doctor Strange in the comic series Strange Tales in 1963, Mordo was a student of magic under the tutelage of The Ancient One, when disgraced surgeon Stephen Strange shows up looking for a way to cure the nerve damage in his hands and quickly begins to outshine Mordo in his studies of the mystic arts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Strange, while in a stroke of inspired casting Marvel Studios has set Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. Scott Derrickson will be directing from a script by Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts.

Set for a November 4, 2016 release, the production is gearing up for a shoot later this year, so we should be expecting more casting news as the summer progresses.

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Chris Hemsworth Is Now A GHOSTBUSTER Receptionist

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Rich Drees

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In what is looking like a pretty funny and savvy bit of casting, the muscular Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the receptionist is Kevin Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters remake. The character in original was played by the versatile comic actress Annie Potts and was named Janine Melman. So does this make Hemsworth’s character Eugene Melman?

Feig announced the casting this evening via twitter –

Even though Hemsworth is best known for his ongoing role as the God of Thunder, Thor, in Marvel Studios’ superhero films, he will be turning in a comedic supporting in the upcoming Vacation franchise reboot later this year. With Hemsworth’s casting I think I see some fun comdic possibilities of playing with some stereotypes about female supporting roles like this in movies. Could be fun.

Feig’s new version of the 1984 comedy classic is set to star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the titular role of the paranormal exterminators who are ready to believe you about your ghost problems. Production is scheduled to start later this summer.

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STARMAN Remake In Development With Sony And Columbia

Posted on 04 June 2015 by Rich Drees

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It looks like Big Trouble In Little China is not the only John Carpenter film that could be getting a remake. The Tracking Board is reporting that Sony and Columbia are working on a remake of the director’s 1984 science-fiction/romance Starman.

No writer has been picked for the project but reportedly the studio is looking at “taking the remake in a new direction, more in line tonally with the hit teen drama The Fault In Our Stars.” So apparently the story about an alien who comes to Earth, disguises himself as Jeff Bridges and finds himself falling in love with Karen Allen will now be played out by teens.

The film was a critical success, with Bridges earning both an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the titular alien character. It was followed two years later by a television series starring Robert Hayes in the title role as the alien having returned to Earth and joining with his half-human son (Christopher Daniel Barnes) in searching for his missing love.

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AQUAMAN Gets A Director

Posted on 03 June 2015 by Rich Drees

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I guess there’s a certain irony that the day that the Entourage movie opens Warner Brothers has announced who will be directing their planned Aquaman film. Unlike the fictional comic book adaption from the HBO series that was the springboard for this weekend’s film about an up and coming Hollywood actor and his pack of douche-bros, the real Aquaman film will not be directed by James Cameron but instead by Furious Seven director James Wan.

The studio’s press release is below, but I do have to say that this a bit of a surprising, but still interesting, choice. Wan’s resume is strong on horror with initial installments of the Saw, The Conjuring and Insidious taking prime positions. His only action film to date has been this spring’s Furious Seven, which was a pretty solid movie. As Aquaman isn’t really a horror-themed property, it should be interesting to see what he brings to the table here.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that director James Wan (“Furious Seven,” “The Conjuring”) will take the helm of the Studio’s upcoming Aquaman feature film, with Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) starring as the sea-dwelling Super Hero. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Silverman stated, “We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,’ and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate. The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”

Wan will also be supervising the script by Kurt Johnstad (“300,” “300: Rise of an Empire”). The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder.

Roven said, “James is not only a great storyteller but can make action truly explode on the big screen, and Jason has a dynamic presence that commands your attention. Together, they will bring an undeniable vitality and energy to this character as he headlines his first feature film.”

An icon for over 70 years, Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe.

Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

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STAR WARS Rumors: Could Disney Be Planning A Kenobi Trilogy?

Posted on 03 June 2015 by William Gatevackes

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Back in September,FilmBuffOnline Head Honcho Rich Drees reported on the rumor that a stand-alone Obi-Wan Kenobi film might be part of the Disney’s Star Wars Anthology series. Well, it looks like Disney’s plans changed  and if you are an Obi-Wan or Ewan McGregor fan, they have changed for the better.

Schmoes Know is hearing new rumors that Disney is planning not just one Obi-Wan Kenobi film, but a whole trilogy that would be separate from the main Star Wars films and the Anthologies.

Ewan McGregor would return as Kenobi, and the films would be set after Episode III and before Episode IV. There’s a lot of ground in Kenobi’s life to cover there and a lot of unanswered questions that could be addressed.

Once again, this is just a rumor, but it is one that is being reported by a number of different sources and one that just will not go away.

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Will The Second STAR WARS: ANTHOLOGY Film Feature Both Han Solo And Boba Fett?

Posted on 02 June 2015 by Rich Drees

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Ever since the announcement that there would be Star Wars films set outside of the main saga focusing on solo adventures of specific characters there have been rumors that the roguish Han Solo and bounty hunter Boba Fett could be headlining some of these films. Last month came word that Boba Fett was indeed set to be featured in the second Anthology film due in 2018, but what of poor Han? Well, if a new rumor is true, we could be seeing him in 2018 as well.

Schmoes Know is reporting that the second Star Wars: Anthology film will feature both Boba Fett and Han Solo and chart the pair’s rather not-so-friendly relationship.

The source reports that the conflict between Fett and Solo that was only hinted at in the original trilogy (and seen countless times in the Expanded Universe) will finally be onscreen in a film taking place between Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope. Additionally, it’s been mentioned that characters such as Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and Bossk will make appearances throughout the film.

As they state, some of this has been covered in the numerous novels of the old Expanded Universe. But those stories were declared non-canonical in order for filmmakers to have the freedom to tell their own Star Wars stories without being tied down by any pre-existing continuity. The screenplay for the second Anthology film is being written by Simon Kinberg.

Things are in a bit of flux with the second Anthology film right now. Director Josh Trank, who had been signed to the project, left last month. Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet found a replacement, but Jon Faverau and Matthew Vaughn are rumored to be circling the project. Once Disney signs someone to direct the film expect more details to come into focus.

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Documentary On George Miller’s Aborted JUSTICE LEAGUE Proposed

Posted on 02 June 2015 by William Gatevackes

JL Cast and Crew 2With George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road becoming one of the most talked about films of the summer and documentaries such as Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four and  The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? in the pipeline, it would only be a matter of time before someone started planning a documentary on Miller’s aborted Justice League film. Director Ryan Unicomb and producers Aaron Cater and Steven Caldwell are those someones, and the Australians are going on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media to drum up support for the project.

JL proposed castMartian Manhunter sculptTitled Miller’s Justice League: Mortal, the documentary will cover the 2007 attempt by the director to bring the Justice League to the screen. The film was completely cast–Adam Brody as The Flash, Armie Hammer as Batman, Common as the John Stewart incarnation of Green Lantern, DJ Cotrona as Superman, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, and Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter (the last two appear in Mad Max: Fury Road, by the way). Most of the cast and crew can be seeing in the photo on the top of the page, and each actor paired with the character they were to play is seen above (Images taken from the projects social media pages).

The plot would have been a combination of the “Tower of Babel” story line that ran in JLA, the “Sacrifice” arc that ran in the Superman and Wonder Woman books,with elements of Infinite Crisis and Crisis on Infinite Earths thrown in for good measure. The film would have been big, and ambitious, and even though I didn’t like the stories the screenplay was based on, it now seems to be miles better than what Warners is doing with the project today.

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Aquaman production artThe film got to the point that the cast met in Australia–where the main shooting would be done–for a table read, costume fittings were being done and set construction had started. The film was supposed to hit theaters in 2009, but the plug was pulled on the project at the last minute. There have been anumber of theories of why the rug was pulled out from underneath the film, ranging from the Writer’s Strike of 2007, laws benefiting filmmakers in Australia changing, to Warners not wanting a duplicate version of Superman and Batman apart from the ones appearing on Smallville and the Nolan films.

Unicomb, Cater and Caldwell have stated that the film would not delve too much into the reason why Miller’s Justice League was shelved, but rather celebrate the director’s vision for the project and examine what the film would have done for the film industry in Australia.

The trio are hoping the interest the social media campaign stirs up will be enough to convince Miller and the rest of the principals to lend their support to the project. As it stands, the team has gotten its hands on a number of images from the pre-production stage of the cancelled film, all of which are on display here. The team promises there is more to come if their documentary project comes to fruition.

Wonder Woman production art.Typically, these kind of things come with a Kickstarter or a GoFundMe attached to it, but the group is seeking independent funding first. Some investors are reportedly already lined up, but they might be aided by a crowd sourcing measure in the future.

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Dwayne Johnson Wants To Remake BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Posted on 01 June 2015 by Rich Drees

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Well, this one is making my head hurt a bit.

Dwayne Johnson is in negotiations to star and produce a remake of the 1986 cult (and personal) favorite Big Trouble In Little China. The Wrap is reporting that the film is a favorite of the actor and that the project’s screenplay will be written by X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

Johnson would star as Jack Burton, a macho trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical war in an underground world below San Francisco’s Chinatown. Kurt Russell starred in the original film directed by John Carpenter. The original did not make much at the box office, but was one of a number of off-kilter films from the 1980s that found its audience and a second life through the burgeoning home video explosion. Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Victor Wong co-starred.

Now I like Johnson as an actor in action films. He’s perfectly fine for the material he usually works with. And off-screen he seems like a nice enough, fun loving guy in the interviews I’ve seen. That said, I think this is an even worse idea than most remake happen to be. The charm of the original movie is that Jack Burton is not the action hero of the film. That role falls to Jack’s buddy Wang (Dennis Dun). Jack is the comedy relief sidekick, but he just doesn’t know it. It’s a great twist on a premise and one that Russell sells quite effortlessly. But it is also a tricky role to pull off and it requires a lot from both the actor and director to get the right tone. Now maybe if they find the right director this can be pulled off. However, I don’t think that Johnson has the chops to pull this off on his own and am having trouble seeing how this will turn out well. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer for the original film below.

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Game Over For TRON 3

Posted on 29 May 2015 by Rich Drees

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Disney has reportedly pulled the plug on a third TRON movie.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned from sources that the studio has decided to not go ahead with plans for a sequel to the 2010 TRON: Legacy, which was a follow up to the original 1982 film about a computer programmer who is sent into the virtual reality world inside a computer network.

Although the studio had not given the film an official greenlight, preparation had been started on the film with the eye towards a fall shoot in Vancouver. TRON: Legacy stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund and director Joseph Kosinski were all on board to return. Legacy featured Hedlund as the son of the original programmer (Jeff Bridges) who follows him into the world inside the computer. Wilde played a personified computer program who follows Hedlund’s character back to the real world at the end of the film.

Legacy earned over $400 million at the worldwide box office from a $170 million budget, enough to guarantee at least a small profit for the studio. Given that sequels often have a lesser box office return from their predecessor, Disney may have had some qualms about giving the go ahead to a film that may have not been as guaranteed a hit as previously thought in the wake of the studio’s Tomorrowland opening to a disappointing $33 million weekend take last week.

While I was only lukewarm on TRON: Legacy, I was intriguing by the way the film ended with Wilde’s computer program character having traveled from the virtual reality world to the real world. It is a pity that we won’t get to see how she her adventures here would have played out.

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