December 19, 2014

RUMOR: Marvel Studios Wants A Post-CIVIL WAR Teenaged SPIDER-MAN For Solo Reboot?

Take the following as a straight-up rumor, considering this isn't coming from DailyBeast. ComicBookMovie is claiming to have discovered an email from a Sony executive that reveals Marvel's plan for a Spider-Man reboot. That they don't want to have him involved with Captain America: Civil War, instead having him living in the wake of those events. Wanting Peter Parker to be a teenager still in high school and living in Queens with Aunt May.

I have to assume this means Peter gets his powers after Civil War, which would explain his absence in all the New York events in Phase 1-3 and Hell's Kitchen centric Netflix shows. A better angle than some unconvincing plot that would force Andrew's Spidey into the MCU.

I'm curious if Drew Goddard's (Daredevil, Cloverfield, Cabin In The Woods, The MartianSinister Six due out in 2016 will indeed be the first installment of this reboot. BadassDigest suggested this was the talk at the studio before the Sony leak, so it's extremely possible. CBM also mentions that Marvel wants a second solo film out in theatres before 2019. This makes obvious sense to keep pushing releases, I'm sure Sony would be ecstatic for that to happen.

The Russo Brothers are apparently angling to produce the new series of films, not directing. As they have four other large productions to focus on with Captain America: Civil War, The Gray Man, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. These films would likely stop them from making a Spider-Man solo outting before 2020. Which doesn't mean Spider-Man would be excluded from The Russos' Infinity War movies. I just don't see them jumping from Avengers/Captain America to focus on solo Spider-Man, outside of a producing role.

Potential directors for the reboot could include Sony darlings Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Lego Movie, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 1-2), as revealed in a leaked director's list that was pitched to the studio. It also included high-profiled directors such as Brad Bird, Edgar Wright, James Gunn and Joe Cornish. Lord/Miller have been linked to this reboot, replacing Marc Webb on Amazing Spider-Man 3 and even an animated Spidey feature. I'm sure Sony will be pitching the duo hard to Marvel.

They also claim that the first crossover into the Marvel cinematic universe could be with Avengers: Infinity War. Something I've been saying since the possible deal emerged, as we constantly keep hearing the ship has sailed on any major role. Infinity War would allow Parker's science knowledge and heroics to play equal parts, also allowing the origin of Venom to be explored.

This is seemingly yet another in a list of reasons why Andrew Garfield isn't returning as Peter Parker. Even with all the fan campaigns and twitter hashtags, it's never going to happen folks. That's mostly due to Sony's rumored (via LatinoReview) firing of Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield and even possibly removing producer Avi Arad from the franchise. Scrapping pretty much everyone involved with the current blundering series of films. The age range would also seemingly put fan-favorite Donald Glover out of the running. Hopefully Marvel and Sony still consider him for the on screen version of Miles Morales.

We haven't heard anything concerning names in the mix for the recasting but some interesting ones have been put out there on Twitter. I've been mentioning rising actor Tye Sheridan (Mud, Scouts vs Zombies, Yellow Birds, Dark Places, Tree of Life, Joe) for the role as he just turned eighteen making him a prime candidate for the teenage Peter Parker.

Another suggestion points to Maze Runner's Dylan O'Brien who is slowly getting some fan support and being in his early twenties could pull off a high school kid. Remember Jonah Hill was almost the same age as Seth Rogen when he took the lead role in Superbad. Let's just not mess around by hiring another actor pushing 30.

Slightly younger than Dylan is Logan Lerman (Gamer, Fury, Perks of Being A Wallflower, Percy Jackson, Noah), who revealed to press about being in early talks for the Spider-Man reboot. HitFix reported back in 2010 that they thought he was a lock for the first reboot. Deadline trashed the story with a direct quote from Sony, who hired Garfield instead. Four years later and we're still considering him for the role, which has some backing by LatinoReview. Here's what Logan told to AccessHollywood back in 2010.

“It’s just, you know, conversations are starting. It’s a long process with the studio and the producers and everything. But it’s definitely a project that I’m really interested in, of course. I’d love to focus on the human element a little bit more. It’d be such a fun experience.” 

Fan demand has possibly influenced Marvel's recent casting of fan-favorites Chadwick Boseman for Black Panther and Benedict Cumberbatch for Doctor Strange. Since both had huge backing of the online fan and blogging community. If Marvel indeed gets creative control, I'm sure they'll be keeping fan suggestions in mind during the recasting.

It's been rumored that Marvel's Kevin Feige will be attending the Sony's Spidey summit next month. Even more broad claims have been made that the deal has already been made, and the fine details just have to be worked-out between the two studios. I'm still in the belief it's only a sure thing when Marvel announces their involvement, which they haven't. Considering a deal hasn't been made don't expect Marvel or Sony to rush into casting just to put a Peter Parker cameo in Civil War either.


Sony Acquires The Robert Rodriguez Live-Action Remake Of FIRE AND ICE And Stunning New Concept Art

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has acquired the rights for Robert Rodriguez's live-action remake of the Ralph Bashki and Frank Frazetta animated fantasy film Fire And Ice. It's an interesting return for Robert who has made a home at Dimension Film's owned by The Weinstein Company, but got his start when Columbia Pictures picked-up his Sundance hit El Mariachi. That film would later spawn to sequels with Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico.

The news isn't surprising since Robert has been vocal for ages his next project would be re-imaging of the animated film Fire And Ice. An aspect that wasn't a sure thing was if it was going to be live-action or animated. It seemed the costly production would have to be animated for it to work, but with Sony and Whiplash's Bold Films partnering on the film it's not a viable live-action adaptation.

As to the intended rating of the fantasy project, it's currently unknown. Robert would likely be aiming for a more mature audience. Frazetta's work helped inspire the Conan film franchise, which Robert was eagerly interested in getting involved with when it was getting rebooted. He had hoped to direct the Conan The Barbarian remake, and was producing the remake of Red Sonja with Rose McGowan attached to star. Things fell apart concerning the production of Sonja and it eventually got the axe.

Sony could try to woo the Game of Thrones crowd with Fire And Ice, the series is actually known as Song of Fire And Ice. It's mixture of romance, high tension drama and violence has worked-out well for the HBO series. However, Robert isn't know for that level of quality and it could come-off as a bit more sleazy and grindhouse in nature. Hopefully, Sony who is known for making R-rated content won't be pushing for a PG-13 rating here.

I think we can all have a collective sigh of relief Robert isn't going to be forcing another horribly made kids flick on us. There had been some chatter he could be considering getting involved again with the Predator franchise, as he produced and shot some scenes in Predators. Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Nice Guys) was said to be writing a direct sequel to the original. Black had starred in the original film, after penning his own script for the film which didn't get used. Robert wrote his own Predator script did early in his career. The spec-script included both characters played by Danny Glover and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Gladiator-type sci-fi epic set on the predator's homeworld.

There are still rumblings that he's keen on making a third and final Sin City movie, but considering the poor box office reception that seems unlikely at this point. It also seems up-in-the-air if Machete Kills In Space will get made as well. It's second installment Machete Kills wasn't as well received as the first film. Basically, it's been a tough couple of years for Robert and we wish him all the luck on his next one.

Below is some of the concept art that showed-up awhile back on EntertainmentWeekly's website.

He also debuted some other pieces of artwork at Wizard World Chicago (via IdolThreat) and Austin (via Youtube) in 2013, which someone snapped photos/video. This all seems fresh to me and I'm unsure if these have been seen outside of the people that attended the events. The video from Austin also reveals some test footage which was shown as well. I'm beyond excited for this one and this could be one hell of a fantasy flick. It's more visual than anything we've seen from Robert, and gives the impression it'll also be the director's biggest film to date.


December 16, 2014

Viola Davis Will Play Amanda Waller In David Ayer's SUICIDE SQUAD

LatinoReview is now reporting that Oscar winner Viola Davis is a lock for the role of Amanda Waller in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Davis was previously named alongside Oprah Winfery and Octavia Spencer as potential candidates for the role. Waller is a DC villain and government official who is the handler of the convict program The Suicide Squad. She'll be starring alongside Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne.

Viola was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for both for The Help and Doubt. Her other credits include films such as Prisoners, Solaris, Ender's Game, Law Abiding Citizen, Knight And Day and State of Play. Her next film will be the Michael Mann (Heat) cyber crime thriller Blackhat starring Chris Hemsworth. She's made a career playing these types of roles, so her casting makes all the sense in the world.


My Two-Cents On What Fox Needs To Include In THE WOLVERINE Sequel

Originally, there had been chatter from Hugh Jackman that he was looking forward to retiring the character after Days of Future Past. Then The Wolverine was a huge success when compared to the other X-Men releases that time. He also got a chance to see Days of Future Past, which become the biggest box office earner in the franchise. His attitude started changing and we've been hearing him become a bit more open to idea of holding-on the the role. Signing-on for two more installments with X-Men Apocalypse in May 2016 and The Wolverine 2 in March 2017.

He's still giving the impression his participation will be due to what is offered to him, and will have to blow him away for him to agree to it. An excellent creative and contract positioning tactic from Jackman. Production won't likely start for a while and the creatives are still mapping-out the script. It's in a unique position where they might be still willing to take suggestions, well I have a couple and will run them down below.

Fox recently hired screenwriter David James Kelly to help with the script which was being outlined by The Wolverine director James Mangold (3:10 To Yuma, Cop Land), who is set to return. Kelly isn't a stranger to writing Marvel characters, as he was tasked to rewrite the Daredevil reboot for Fox when David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) was still attached as director.

I've tried hard via Twitter to get some details out of James Mangold, but he has been patiently calm and coy when talking about the film. Granted, my exchanges were during the early development of his outline. I'm unsure where he's at with his current collaboration with Kelly. James has actually asked for input and character suggestions, which sort of led me to doing this write-up.

As much as I'd love to see more of the Japanese underworld and the return of Lady Deathstrike, it's possible that might not be the focus of this sequel. Since making the film too close to the last one might not be the wisest move.

Hugh has commented on the fact The Wolverine was a desirable prospect because it was a standalone installment. Only having a few connections to the other X-Men films, feeling like a true solo adventure. It's possible that they reuse that excellent concept for the sequel as well. While most are expecting more of a crossover or bringing-in other main X-Men characters, it's unlikely.

A tonne of angles for the film could see many of the comics influence the film's story. The most suggested story is Mark Millar's Old Man Logan. Something that Jackman himself has said he would be interested in exploring. The biggest problem of making this into a film is that it would almost be impossible to make due to Fox's limited Marvel rights. The comic includes characters like Hawkeye, Red Skull, Hulks, Punisher, Daredevil and many other characters they don't have access to in a post-Apocalyptic wasteland.

It's dark and brutal hard-R content (incest, cannibalism, genocide) is a serious issue since the franchise is mainly PG-13. We know that Marvel and Fox butted-heads over the studio's desire to make Deadpool an R-rated film. Seemingly Fox has agreed to a PG-13 version, which could released as such but given a R-rated cut for DVD/BluRay. Something they did for The Wolverine as the much of the violence was scaled-down for the theatrical release. Although, the comics and video games might conflict with their cinematic mantra. With that in mind, I still don't see Fox or Marvel allowing this dark of a story for a Wolverine sequel.

The biggest issue being a scene where it was revealed Logan was tricked into killing all the X-Men. Something I highly doubt they would want to explore, unless this happens as a Four Horsmen in X-Men Apocalypse. Again, highly doubtful Fox would want to paint Logan in that sort of light.

Basically, why adapt the comic or use it's title if it will be completely unrecognizable from the comic?

I think some of the barebones aspects from the comic could be used. Taking the fact Logan is now extremely old and set in a rugged future without a majority of this mutant cohorts. I think seeing what's it like when that immortally starts to slip away is interesting. A cool part of The Wolverine was when his healing factor was suppressed for a time. Having the setting way in the future could be one of the best elements and actually useable elements from these comics. Also, making it a great candidate for a storyline that is standalone and could be removed from both X-Men timelines. Everything else from the comic? Not so much.

I know everyone freaked-out when a deleted scene from the film revealed his classic yellow costume was a possibility. Wouldn't it be awesome to see Old Man Logan dust off this costume given to him in last solo film and finally give fans the berserker in the yellow costume? I think everyone would rally around seeing Hugh Jackman fighting Omega Red's ass in this awesome version of the classic costume. Seriously, we're in the age of The Avengers/Guardians of The Galaxy and audiences are ready to embrace the "wacky" X-Men costume designs.

Thanks to Days of Future Past the entire timeline of Wolverine has been altered. The events of X-Men trilogy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine have seemingly been erased (or some aspects of them). Certain things still could have happened, but things like the Weapon X program will have been completely altered. We know that Apocalypse will be set a decade later. This means that Logan will have the chance to have that era of his life rebooted via Singer or Mangold. We know both directors have expressed interest in recreating that aspect of his origin. I'm sure fans would love to see that re-imagined in a new film.

There are so many different versions and avenues for Logan's time in Weapon X. This altered timeline could see his mutant cohorts in that covert team shaken-up slightly. Fox and producers have already stated that Origins isn't canonical to these new X-Men films.

It's not even known if William Styker will even head it up this time around, but since they've established him it's likely he'll be around at some point. Other members in different versions of the covert group include Sabertooth, Deadpool, Lady Deathstrike and Omega Red. The latter I've been suggesting as the main villain of this new film, since a Cold-War era setting could be perfect. Having so many connections with Logan beyond his life with the X-Men, and is a fan-favorite threat similar to Silver Samurai.

Having his Cold-War black ops past coming back to haunt him via the return of Omega Red could be something exploring. He's one of the most viable and dangerous Wolverine villains and we've all been patiently waiting for his screen debut. If Omega can kick the living shit out of Logan in his prime, imagine the kind of threat he could be in his old age. I'd also love to see Wolverine running around Europe and Russia, possibly re-treading other moments from his WWII and black ops past.

I was also under the impression that The Wolverine was hinting to Omega Red with Viper's mutant suppression robots. Their tentacles and ability to drain Logan's powers, seems very similar to Omega's cyborg modifications and turned him into a robotic vampire. Sucking the life force from mutants and humans alike to keep him powerful.

Doubtful this sort of technology was used during Logan's Weapon X days, but testing on a serial killer like Arkady Rossovich who has been imprisoned by Russian government for decades makes some sense. Creating their own super-soldier or weapon x, which might have backfired and kept him in some cryogenics bunker for decades. The similarities between Omega Red and Winter Soldier are there, but let's face it Red was there first in the comics. Differences being that Rossovich was never a good person and is clearly a murdering maniac that enjoys doing it.

 He's been used as a hitman for gangsters before, it's possible he could be sent to kill Wolverine by whoever people in-control of Omega wants him dead. Learning that he and his new target had come to blows in the past could setup flashback scenes to Logan's time in Weapon X. Depending on the angle they want to follow he could be a hired thug that becomes too overpowered to control and threatens everyone in his path. The deranged villain wanting to destroy all the existing enemies of the Soviet era, starting with Logan.

I'm aiming high with this casting choice, but I'd love to see someone like Daniel Craig in the role. Of course Craig is off with the Bond franchise via Spectre. However, his projects between Bond films aren't always the best. I'm sure he could be willing to take a iconic villain role like this, if convinced by Hugh Jackman and James Mangold. You might remember that Daniel and Hugh are friends, thanks in-part to doing a play together. Jackman stepped aside during Bond talks, allowing the lesser known Daniel Craig to take the role. I'm sure Jackman would be able to talk him into doing it.

Plus, I'm unsure how many villain roles he's being offered these days. A shame considering he made an excellent villain in the comic book adaptation of Road To Perdition. I'd also like to point out his underrated Russian-set WWII action drama Defiance where he did a decent job speaking Russian and kicking ass, alongside Liev "Sabertooth" Schreiber (someone we hope also reprises his Origins role) and Fox's new Thing from Fantastic Four played Jamie Bell.

To make this more of standalone film, we would likely need to explore X-Men characters that haven't been given a fair on screen representation. However, they would need to still have that connection to Wolverine.

A cool storyline from the Chris Claremont comics includes a villainous version of Psylocke (Lady Mandarin) sent to assassinate Wolverine. I've been vocal that the series could use more strong female characters and Elizabeth Braddock is complex enough to consider. A former spy, that becomes a badass ninja telepath, member of the X-Men and eventual leader of the contemporary X-Force team. If we don't end-up seeing them rehashing a cool Wolverine centric character like Lady Deathstrike, Braddock would make an excellent female lead.

In the comics Viper worked for the criminal organization The Hand. I assume the group is now back with Marvel via Daredevil rights. However, the group also had Psylocke and Omega Red among their ranks. A different name for the group could be created, maybe run by Russian underworld or corrupt officials. This does seemingly connect both Psylocke and Omega Red to a villain from the previous film, this wouldn't be something fans would consider reaching.

It was rumored Indian singer-actress Priyanka Chopra (Don) was being eyed for the role of a rebooted version of Elizabeth Braddock aka Psylocke in The Wolverine. However, the actress and character seemingly didn't make the final film. There is some hope that the character could appear in Apocalypse, but more likely will be recast for Jeff Wadlow's X-Force. The writer-director talked lineup with ScreenRant and seeming gives the impression she's a candidate. The Psylocke/Wolverine connection could be explored in other future films.

“What X-Force is – the way I talk about X-Force is… X-Men is about mutants, and not all the mutants get into the mansion. So I’m curious to tell a story about the mutants who don’t make it into the mansion… I’m a huge Deadpool fan, who doesn’t love Wolverine – but obviously Cable is an iconic character we haven’t seen onscreen yet. I love Psylocke, Domino is an amazing character – it’s a long list of characters that have appeared in X-Force – Colossus is in the current lineup… There’s a lot of really exciting characters that you can use in X-Force that have been in other movies, that haven’t shown up, or maybe there’s ways to re-imagine them, even though they might’ve shown up in other films.”

I'm not saying casting Chopra should or will happen, but the two female leads in The Wolverine were unknowns to U.S. audiences. Both of them have since landed high-profile DC Comics roles in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Arrow, hiring diverse unknowns paid-off before and it could again.

Domino is another potential female lead that has connections to Wolverine and could be a great character in a post-X-Men story. It's possible she'll also be apart of Deadpool and X-Force films, which might diminish that standalone aspect. Deadpool is about to begin production soon, so we'll know for sure if Fox will add either Psylocke or Domino to that lineup. Since it's unlikely they'll use Copycat as the female lead after those extensive script rewrites.

Fox could also decide to introduce one or both in The Wolverine 2 instead. Holding-off their on screen debuts until then, setting-up the rest of the lineup for X-Force. As there have been rumblings Cable and a version of Archangel might be apart of the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Slowly introducing the lineup might be a smart idea on the part of Fox and producers, inside of throwing all their origins/character intros into one film spreading it across a couple of them.

Another cool aspect is that both Domino and Psylocke allow a diverse casting search. Considering we've seen Psylocke in the comics portrayed as both an Asian and British woman, and now Indian with these casting rumors. Domino is a blank-slate when it comes to casting since any actress could have makeup applied to play her.

My hope is that The Wolverine 2 could be a precursor to the X-Force film, since we know that future Logan has memories of his original timeline. He could use the knowledge of his soldier status to form the covert team of mutants deemed too unstable for the mansion. Creating a group that could deal with mutant threats that needed deadly force. I just don't see it as only being this giant-setup for X-Force though, as it would mess with the standalone idea. We've seen comic book movies like Iron Man 2 and Amazing Spider-Man 2 fail when only existing to setting-up other films. They lose all purpose, conflict and motivation beyond setups.

I could see them just plant seeds for character setups, that really haven't been given the time of day in previous films that just happen to have connections to Wolverine. This could be the reason why The Wolverine sequel and Deadpool was greenlit before Jeff Wadlow's X-Force. Fox was likely unsure about moving forward with a new X-Men universe team lineup without audiences being aware of them. This could be fixed with the next three movies, which do allow themselves to use those mutants.

How awesome would it be to see an X-Force film set in that X-Men future having Cable/Psylocke leading the team, with dangerous/unbalanced mutant characters among the ranks? Having Old Man Logan originally forming it and possibly showing-up in a couple of scenes as their version of Nick Fury. It's a direction to consider and a reason to keep Jackman around the franchise for a couple more films. Beyond that possible X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover which Fox is apparently cooking-up, but we have no idea if Hugh Jackman will be apart of that.

December 15, 2014

J.K. Simmons Has Joined Tom Hiddleston In KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Deadline reports that J.K. Simmons (Juno, Thank You For Smoking, Spider-Man Trilogy, Oz) hot off his widely praised performance in Whiplash has joined the cast of Legendary Picture's Kong: Skull Island. The prequel to the original events of King Kong would explore the origins of the map that was used to find the island. Tom "Loki" Hiddleston will star as the lead of the film, which we hope branches him out to more lead roles in the future.

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer, Metal Gear Solid) the film will be released on March 10th, 2017.


Kaya Scodelario, Alexandra Dowling And Gabriella Wilde Testing For PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Variety is reporting now the Disney has found it's young male lead for Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent). They are now trying to fill a key female role. that will likely be opposite to Brenton. The actresses involved have will be testing with the young actor and I assume role could be similar to Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Swan.

The ladies include Lucy Boynton, Gabriella Wilde (Three Musketeers), Jenna Thiam, Kaya Scodelario (Maze Runner) and Alexandra Dowling (Game of Thrones, Three Musketeers). Brenton's role in The Giver might suggest Disney could be looking for fellow actor connected to a YA series, like Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario. I wouldn't rule out like Alexandra Dowling also landing the role.

Javier Bardem is set to play the film's villain with Johnny Depp of course returning to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. A deal that is rumored to be costing Disney around $100 million.

I don't know about you, but I've been watching Netflix's Marco Polo over the last couple of evenings and it's a great series. Funny to find out that the directors of Dead Men Tell No Tales actually shot the first two wonderful episodes. It should give us some hope that the movie could finally scale back the quality we all enjoyed with The Cruse of The Black Pearl.


STAR TREK 3 Directors Short-List Has Abrams Approved Rupert Wyatt As Paramount's Top Choice

Now that we've seen Paramount come to their senses and Roberto Orci step-down as director of Star Trek 3, more potential replacements have been revealed. Deadline is reporting that directors like Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler, Rise of The Planet of The Apes), Morten Tyldum (Intimidation Game, Headhunters), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Snabba Cash, Child 44), Justin Lin (Fast And Furious 3-6) and Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) are new names on a studio short-list. Wyatt reportedly being the top choice for the gig.

Previously mentioned candidate Edgar Wright isn't named in this grouping.

While my first pick here would be sci-fi savy Duncan Jones. I can understand why the studio would want Rupert Wyatt to direct. Considering, he's already helped Fox reboot their Planet of The Apes franchise. It's possible that he could help push the Trek franchise past a trilogy.

This isn't the first time his name has been in the mix for the third installment. Originally, he had been in the rumormill as a possible candidate. J.J. Abrams spoke to HitFix in 2013, about the potential of hiring Rupert to replace him as director. It also doesn't hurt he just worked with Paramount for his remake of The Gambler.

"I know Rupert and he's incredibly talented and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go."

Justin Lin would be interesting as well, only problem he's played this game before. Lin attaching himself to projects like Highlander, Terminator 5 and others just to jump-ship. He's currently lined-up to helm the Bourne Legacy sequel with Jeremy Renner, but it's been delayed due to Matt Damon's return to the franchise. That said, he's helped build-up the Fast And Furious franchise to new levels of fandom and is said to be returning for it's finale.


December 14, 2014

Kevin Feige Rumored To Attend SPIDER-MAN Summit And Why I Don't Buy Russos Directing Reboot

Unproven site ScreenGonzo is claiming to have a "scoop" concerning Sony's Spider-Man reboot and the summit taking place in January. They go on to say that Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige will be there and will want to see Avi Arad removed from the franchise. Feige being there to workout a deal with Sony for shared rights to the character, and their help producing a new trilogy. Avi has been seen as the real problem creatively with the franchise, and his unwillingness to take suggestions from filmmakers. We've heard that Webb kept hitting walls with the producer, when his input was unwanted during production. Marvel coming into the picture would mean they get creative control and that would mean goodbye to Avi, this I believe is just a fact of doing business if Marvel is involved.

They also mention that the Russo Brothers are going to be writing and directing this new trilogy. A few things seem fishy about this one and we'll come back to that later.

It's sort of a case of an educated guessing here via the leaked emails. We know that Kevin Feige would be involved in any meeting between Sony and Marvel Studios, that's sort of a no-brainer. We actually haven't heard from other sources that Marvel will be in attendance. The thing we do know is that Sony is now open to the idea of working with Marvel, thanks to a nudge by Sony Corp. An invite to have Marvel attend is very likely.

They go on to mention that Kevin Feige wants Avi Arad out of the producing role. Again, another educated guess and something we've already seen hinted to in an email between Amy Pascal and The Russos. Where the brothers pitch to Pascal about producing the new trilogy (not directing or writing) and having "tough" talks with Arad. If this was their grand pitch to Sony, why not include the bit about the desire to direct the films?

The biggest problem I have with this "scoop" is the part about the Russo Brothers directing a new trilogy. First, Sony seems hellbent on pitching Phil Lord and Chris Miller for the directing dig. They've been connected to Amazing Spider-Man 3, this reboot and an animated film, Sony is going to pitch hard for them to make the trilogy.

Second, they are directing The Gray Man and then two intallments of Avengers: Infinity War , which will take-up their time until 2019. I highly doubt that Sony is willing going to wait until 2020 to release another solo Spider-Man film. That's going to be five years without the studio raking-in profits from an installment, something that sets-off alarm bells for me. Sony is having serious problems with losses and they aren't going to sit on their biggest property for five years. Only releasing Sinister Six in five years makes zero sense to me.

Another problem I have is why would Marvel allow the creatives who are spearheading Phase Three just leave for a shared venture like Spider-Man? I'm sure the Russos will have a huge role in Phase Four, factor in the possibility that Joss Whedon and James Gunn might be done after their two films. They won't have the people to head-up Phase Four is they are busy directing a new Spidey trilogy.

I'd also like to point-out that Sony's wish-list for reboot directors is from November, which is around the time of this exchange between Sony and the Russos. You'd think their names would be on the list, but they are not. I believe that they will only be providing services as producers, as I've already pointed-out that Kevin Feige is already too busy with his duties with in-house Marvel Studio projects. It's extremely unlikely he'll take a hands-on producing role here, beyond casting and shaping the vision for it. The Russo Brothers seem like in better shape to help godfather the interests of Marvel as producers of the new trilogy.

Again, we'll see what happens because I do believe a lot of ideas will be on the table at this summit.


Sony Wanted Phil Lord And Chris Miller To Replace Marc Webb For AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3

Another piece of information confirms how badly Sony wants Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Lego Movie, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) involved with their Spider-Man franchise. An email leaked from October via TheDailyBeast has the co-president of production talking about the directing pair replacing Marc Webb on Amazing Spider-Man 3. Granted this was back in October, but we also have emails with Sony wanting them to handle an animated film.

Producer Jeff Robinov pitched a reboot idea to Sony which included a massive wish-list of creatives and directors. Lord/Miller just happened to be among those names, it's likely the studio darlings could be at the top of the pack and could be pitched to during this summit in January. All signs are seemingly pointing to these two being Sony's choice.


Writer-Director Jeff Nichols Making WB's AQUAMAN Movie Starring Jason Momoa?

Another leaked Sony email via TheDailyBeast might be revealing plans from other studios. This new one from co-president of production Michael De Luca suggests Mud director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories) making WB's  Aquaman film, which stars Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa. Jeff recently shot and wrapped the sci-fi film Midnight Special for the studio. This might explain his hiring for the project, but we'll wait to hear an official announcement. Considering that they've hired Breaking Bad's Michelle MacLaren for Wonder Woman, it wouldn't be shocking to see someone like Jeff handling Aquaman.

Nichols is a writer-director so it's possible he's also tackling the script. Suicide Squad's David Ayer is holding-down double duties as well. The film is scheduled for a release date of July 27th, 2018.