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Y,THE LAST MAN Rights Officially Revert Back To Creators

Posted on 26 September 2014 by William Gatevackes

YTheLastManWhen we last checked in on the Y, The Last Man film, co-creator Brian K. Vaughan said that the film rights would revert back to him and artist Pia Guerra if the film did not go into production in a couple of months.

That was back in January, so the rights have reverted back, right?

Right.

Dan Trachtenberg, the most recent director attached to the project was asked about the progress on the film on Twitter on Wednesday. This is what he had to say:

Trachtenberg went in more detail in an interview with /Film, stating the right have been back with Vaughan and Guerra for months. The director also went into what his take on the film would be, which would be an adventure film in the mold of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Big Trouble in Little China. It’s been a while since I read the series, but from what I recall that doesn’t seem to be exactly the best tone to take for the property.

While he hints that Vaughan’s involvement with other projects might mean that a Y, The Last Man film is for all purposes dead, Trachtenberg himself expresses a wish that if the property doesn’t remain the exclusively in the comic book medium, that a television show would be the only thing that would “suffice.”

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New Releases: September 26, 2014

Posted on 25 September 2014 by William Gatevackes

boxtrolls poster1. The Boxtrolls (Focus Features, 3,464 Theaters, 97 Minutes, Rated PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor): In this day an age where computer animation is the rule and cel animation is quickly becoming archaic, it is good to see that there are people who still are interested in keeping stop-motion animation alive.

This film was done by the people who brought you Coraline and Paranorman and it adapts Alan Snow’s novel, Here Be Monsters. Its plot centers on an orphan boy named Eggs who is taken in by a subterranean race called the Boxtrolls. The Boxtrolls become Eggs’ family, and when an exterminator tries to eradicate the trolls, it is up to Eggs to save them.

The voice cast is top notch, not only with famous names (Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost) but also the biggest names in animation voices (Maurice LaMarche, Fred Tatasciore, Laraine Newman). It might be a good choice for older kids.

equalizer2. The Equalizer (Sony/Columbia, 3,236 Theaters, 131 Minutes, Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references) : If you were familiar with the TV series this film is based on, you’d know the concept was one of the best things about the show. An ad was placed in the newspaper reading, “Odds against you? Need help? Call the Equalizer. 212 555 4200.” If you answered that ad, you got an ex-CIA agent named Robert McCall (played brilliantly by Edward Woodward) who would work on your case no matter what it would be–a kidnapping or a stalker threatening you, a blackmailer or extortionist.

The film does away with that concept. In this one, Denzel Washington plays McCall as a man with a mysterious past and a unique set of skills he uses to try to save a young girl he has come to know from Russian mobsters. Maybe if this film gets a sequel, this McCall will start placing ads.

The big selling point of this film is Washington reuniting with the man who got him the Best Actor Oscar, Training Day‘s Antoine Fuqua. However, reviews have not been kind. Regardless, Washington could make even the worse dreck watchable.

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Bryan Singer Officially Signed For X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Rich Drees

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Not that there was too much doubt over whether he would be back or not, but director Bryan Singer has finally had his deal close with Twentieth Century Fox to return to direct the next installment in their X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse.

Singer has already been hard at work on the project, teasing things like script pages and the like on twitter, but for a while it was thought that Singer might have to back out due to a lawsuit against him that has been well publicized by the celebrity gossip sites.

Currently the very busy Simon Kinberg is finishing up the film’s screenplay, working from a story fleshed out by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. According to Deadline

Apocalypse takes place a decade after Days Of Future Past and is a seamless next step in the story. The altering of time has unleashed a new and uniquely powerful enemy. Charles (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are joined by young Cyclops, Storm, Jean and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet: an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history.

Production begins early next year with the film scheduled for a May 27, 2016 release.

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Is Fox Forcing A PG-13 Rating On DEADPOOL?

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Rich Drees

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If you’re a fan of Marvel’s Deadpool comic book anti-hero who was excited when it was announced last week that after years of being trapped in development hell a big screen adaptation of the character was finally moving forward, you may want to hold off on popping the champagne corks just yet.

One of the sticking points about the project ever happening was the film’s rating, with the script by Zombieland writer/directors Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick definitely landing in the middle of rated R territory, which suited fans just fine.

But Mark Reilly, over on Schmoes Knows’s podcast “Meet The Movie Press,” is reporting that he heard fro the film’s director Tim Miller that they are actually aiming for a softer rating for the big screen adventures of the “Merc with a Mouth” –

I heard from the director that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced, that they figured out… And you guys are all going to hate this… They figured out how to make it PG-13. And therefore not lose its soul… That’s a quote… Of the script, so that they can make it. Look guys, it looks like Deadpool’s going to be PG-13.

This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Business needs dictate a PG-13 rating in order to insure the maximum potential ticket buyers, and that getting the film from R-rated territory back to the more comfortable PG-13 zone is probably what placated the risk-adverse Fox brass to go ahead and greenlight the project.

But business needs aside, I do think it is a mistake that can hurt the actual film. The reason that the character is so popular right now is due in part to his irreverence towards the genre he exists in, frequent breaking of the fourth wall and comically over-the-top violence. And the leaked copy of the screenplay by Reese and Wernick certainly suggested that the writers had captured vibe. If Fox were to allow Reilly to go for a full on R-rated film, I dare say Deadpool could conceivably be the superhero genre’s equivalent of Evil Dead 2. But then again, Fox has never encouraged me to have hope that they’ll do the right thing by one of their superhero franchises.

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GODZILLA 2 Lands SKULL ISLAND Scripter

Posted on 19 September 2014 by Rich Drees

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Legendary Pictures and director Gareth Edwards have found their writer for their follow up to this summer’s hit Godzilla. Taking over the writing chores will be Max Borenstein, who has already turned in the script for Legendary’s Skull Island, so I guess he has impressed them with his ability to write story around giant monster action. And it’s a good thing too, as Edwards promised at San Diego Comic Con this year that the sequel would feature some other of Godzilla’s classic Toho Studios co-stars, specifically Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah.

Godzilla 2 is set for a June 8, 2018 release.

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David Ayer May Direct SUICIDE SQUAD

Posted on 19 September 2014 by Rich Drees

250px-suicide_squad_-1Another clue as to what Warner Brothers mysterious long term plans for their DC Comics adaptations has come to light today as the Hollywood Reporter is stating that director David Ayer is considering helming an adaptation of the publisher’s Suicide Squad.

Warners had been developing the project for some time with Justin Marks attached to write back in 2011, but when the studio turned its attention to Man Of Steel and the upcoming Justice League, Suicide Squad was put on the back burner.

A group of villains forced to work together by the government for deadly covert missions, the Suicide Squad first appeared back in 1959’s Brave and the Bold #25. Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, the Squad made intermittent appearances until the late 1980s when writer John Ostrander brought them to prominence as the headliners of their own series. Prominent members of the Squad include Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Count Vertigo and Captain Boomerang. A version of the Squad appeared on the last season of the CW’s Green Arrow series, Arrow.

Ayer’s next film, the World War Two action flick Fury, opens October 17.

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New Releases: September 18, 2014

Posted on 18 September 2014 by William Gatevackes

mazerunner21. The Maze Runner (Fox, 3,604 Theaters, 113 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images): So, I guess the secret to a best selling young adult novel is to be bleak and derivative?

If The Hunger Games married Death Note to Brave, this film marries The Lord of the Flies to ancient Greek myth.

The films is about an amnesiac boy who is released into a glade where other boys are being held prisoner. The only way out is through an impenetrable maze. However, the boy might hold the secret to defeating the maze and the path to freedom, if only the leaders of the society in the Glade will let him regain his memories.

The film has received good reviews but will audiences go for another high concept YA film where kids die? If they do, there are two more books in the series.

This_Is_Where_I_Leave_You_poster2. This is Where I Leave You (Warner Brothers, 2,868 Theaters, 103 Minutes, Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug use):   Ah, the “dysfunctional family all forced to be under one roof” genre, that old chestnut. However, this one is a bit different as it was adapted from the novel by Jonathan Topper.

The dysfunctional Altman clan gathers together after their father passes, and they find that dad made one final request–that they all had to spend time with each other for a week. As combative as the siblings are, this could only lead to chaos or destruction or a tighter bond.

If you’ve seen these kinds of films before, you know you’ll get a little of the former before you get the latter. The cast is fantastic, but haven’t we’ve all seen this before?

awalkamongstthetombstones3. A Walk Amongst the Tombstones (Universal, 2,712 Theaters, 113 Minutes, Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity): It might not be fair but it is inevitable–any film where Liam Neeson talks on the phone in the trailer will be compared to Taken. However, this film is slightly different.

Neeson plays a retired police detective who is hired by a drug dealer to find the men who murdered his wife. The killers are able to keep the cops at bay, but Neeson plays by a different set of rules. When he finds the killers, he might deliver his own justice to them.

This is based on a novel by Lawrence Block and Neeson’s character has appeared in 17 books. If this goes well, the actor might have another franchise on his hands.

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Fox’s DEADPOOL Movie Is Finally Happening

Posted on 18 September 2014 by William Gatevackes

deadpool screenshotSo, blurry test footage from a proof of concept reel for the long rumored Deadpool is “leaked.” Fans go crazy for it, but Fox makes most of the sites take it down.

Then a higher quality version of that sizzle reel hits, it looks great and fans go even crazier. Fox has that one taken down too.

Now Fox has announced that they will in fact be making a Deadpool movie, that it will open on February 12, 2016, and the director behind that sizzle reel, Tim Miller, will direct the film.

I think we have been played. Either by Fox, looking to garner a little advance buzz for today’s announcement, or by Miller in order to have Fox realize what a potential hit they had on their hands.

Either way, I’m sure there are a lot of fans who don’t mind being used in this way. Deadpool is one of the most popular mutant characters Marvel owns and has a large and vocal fanbase. Many thought that the development hell the character went through, and the way he was mishandled in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, would have killed any chance their favorite mercenary had of reaching the big screen. I’m sure they are now proud of the role they played in getting the film on the big screen.

No word on whether or not Ryan Reynolds will return as Wade Wilson, but his voice acting is a big part of what made that sizzle reel so great. I hope he signs on.

In other Fox comic book movie  news, the studio also announced that their Fantastic Four reboot will be pushed back from June 19, 2015 to the August 7, 2015, the spot formerly held by their Assassin’s Creed adaptation, which will now be released sometime in 2016.

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Is DOCTOR STRANGE Officially A Go?

Posted on 17 September 2014 by William Gatevackes

dr_strangeOne of the most confounding mysteries of this year’s Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con is the fact that the studio refused to give us any official confirmation that a Doctor Strange movie was in the works. The project was long rumored to be in the pipeline, and a director was recently hired, but the studio was silent about the progress of the film at SDCC. Unfortunately, it seems like the when Marvel finally gives the official word, it will be anticlimactic because the production will have been confirmed in dribs and drabs way before then.

Screen Daily, the web presence of the London-based Screen International magazine, reports that Marvel Studios is in early negotiations to rent Pinewood Studios’ Shepperton location in the UK for a film that will be shooting starting around May 2015 for a release on July 8, 2016. The website states the film being shot is Doctor Strange.

Scott Derrickson has been hired to direct the film and Jon Spaihts was recently hired to provide a new script for the project–the only such Marvel property to move that far into production so far as we know, so logic dictates that Screen Daily is correct. I mean, what other film can it be?  But we have to be wary until we hear it from Marvel themselves.

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BOND 24 Finds New Cinematographer In LET THE RIGHT ONE IN’s Hoyte van Hoytema

Posted on 17 September 2014 by Rich Drees

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I think there were some folks who were surprised when it was announced that (at the time) nine-times Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins was going to be the man behind the camera for 2012’s James Bond franchise installment Skyfall. But no one could argue with the results – a stunningly beautiful looking film, perhaps the best the five decade long film series has seen. And it earned him his tenth Acacdemy Award nod. So it did come as a disappointment when it was announced that Deakins would not be rejoining Skyfall director Sam Mendes for the next, still untitled, Bond film due to a scheduling conflict with him shooting Hail, Caesar! for his long time collaborators the Coen Brothers.

Mendes has now announced who will be filling Deakins sizable shoes – Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. While not quite a household name amongst film fans, his work certainly is. He first came to notice for his work on the original version of the vampire tale Let The Right One In. He also contributed equally stunning work on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and last year’s Her. Most recently he filled in for Christopher Nolan’s long-time collaborator Wally Pfister for Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar. Although his resume isn’t as long as Deakin’s, I dare say that van Hoytema is lesser choice for the position and his hiring here will give his work a well deserved boost in visibility.

Via HitFix.

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