May 27, 2014


It's starting to look like Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg have made one hell of an X-Men film with Days of Future Past. It basically gives the best action sequences in the franchise, along with fixing a lot of the problems caused by X3 and Origins. I'll be going over spoilers from the film to piece-together what we can expect from X-Men Apocalypse. SPOILER WARNINGS!

We know that the film will be mainly set around the First Class characters and that the timeline will be the 1980s (hopefully early in the decade). Another excellent stylistic choice and could be an excuse to use even crazier mutant outfits. Be prepared for costumes even more wild than Quicksilver's. I would personally like to see one or two of the Jim Lee designs (Gambit and Rogue) influence the costume department, but I'm sure some fans would hate that.

It was revealed that mutants such as Angel, Banshee, Emma Frost and Azazel had been killed by Trask. I don't expect to see them brought back anytime soon. Even though I really liked Azazel, they had to get rid of him to make room for Nightcrawler. Emma Frost leaving the franchise also opens the door for The Red Queen and Psylocke to take her place.

It's been confirmed by Singer/Kniberg and even hinted to in the film that Xavier will seek-out young Storm, Jean and Cyclops in the sequel. We've also heard from Singer that he wants to also use Gambit and a young version of Nightcrawler. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner all but confirmed that Channing Tatum would be playing Remy. Writer Simon Kinberg is still trying to figure-out how to include Gambit into the film. While a solo film is a given, a large role in Apocalypse might not happen and it's unknown how much we'll see of him.

A deleted scene alluded to Scarlet Witch being apart of the Maximoff household. They might be holding back to give that character a proper introduction and they do hint Quicksilver is Magneto's son. Another character that almost made it into the film was Cain Marko, the step-brother of Charles who eventually becomes the Juggernaut. It's very possible he'll make an appearance or at least could be referenced in the film.

In the end credits scene from Days of Future Past, we see a young Apocalypse and in the background his villainous group The Four Hosemen. This is obviously during ancient Egypt as you can clearly see how young the villain is in the footage. Gambit, Angel and Wolverine were brainwashed into becoming Horsemen in the comics, it's likely they could take some spots in the lineup. We could also see other familiar mutants become pawns of Apocalypse. It's unknown if we'll see Ben Foster reprise the role of Angel, but considering his connections to Apocalypse I'm sure Singer is considering it.

There is also confirmation that the original cast will be returning again, it's likely it could serve as cameos. Unless they have Forge build them a time-machine which sends them back to the 80s. I have to admit I really liked the new additions of Bishop, Blink, Warpath and Sunspot. If it allowed them to return, than I could handle the untalented batch of original cast members. I actually wouldn't be shocked if they turned out to be present day Horsemen, depending on which era Apocalypse shows-up.

The Age of Apocalypse comics featured Bishop and Cable as major characters, the pair being sent back in time Terminator-style could be amazing. One being sent-back to kill Xavier and the other trying to prevent the assassination. It hasn't been confirmed if they'll bring back the time-travel element. Seeing how they are talking about bringing back old cast members and it will focus on the First Class era in the 80s, they'd have to use it again. Forge does build a working machine in the distant future, so they wouldn't need to use Kitty again. I would assume that preventing the Sentinel program, could have fuelled an even more horrific future.

Even though we visited the 70's, there are a few things that are kind of up-in-the-air concerning Logan/Jimmy. Does he eventually join the Weapon X program and get his adamantium skeleton/claws, or will that storyline just disappear? Mystiuqe disgusted as Stryker rescues Logan from the government at the end of the film. This could mean that the Weapon X program never turned Logan into the black-ops killing machine.

If Singer resurrects that aspect of Logan's life, we could finally get a solid reboot of the badass government special-ops program (unlike what was shown in Origins). Plus, this could lead to the return of Victor Creed aka Sabertooth and possibly Yuriko aka Lady Deathstrike as well. This alternate timeline could also mean that Deathstrike and Sabertooth, might show-up in The Wolverine 2, if the the sequel is set in this altered timeline.

May 24, 2014

Steven DeKnight Showrunning DAREDEVIL Series, As Drew Goddard Focuses On SINISTER SIX

It's been a hectic weekend for Marvel Studios. First, Edgar Wright exits Ant-Man over possible script conflicts and now someone else leaves their television division. Marvel announces that Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods) will not be showrunning Daredevil. The Netflix series was expected to begin production this summer in New York City.

They've hired Steven DeKnight to replace Drew. Steven has worked on shows such as Buffy, Angel and showrunning Spartacus. Let's just hope this isn't another Agents of SHIELD situation, and DeKnight is a little more creative and canon with his series. DeKnight's Spartacus peers are the ones running Agents of SHIELD, so I'm a little worried. I assume that Goddard's writing-work on the few episodes he helped write won't be altered, but with Marvel's recent behind the scenes practices we can't assume that. Casting for the project should be begin very soon, and Dexter's Michael C. Hall expressed some interest.

Goddard was hired by Sony to write and direct their Spider-Man villain spin-off The Sinister Six. It was rumored that production that film could be begin as early as Winter/Spring 2015. This would mean that Drew would need the summer to tighten-up the script and then jump right into pre-production. This is supported in the press release by Marvel.

His commitments to Sinister Six wouldn't leave a lot of room to be the showrunner of a series. I'm going to place this in the conflict by Sony category and not Marvel's fault. We've seen this before when Fox dragged Josh Trank away from Sony's Venom to direct Fantastic Four, only for Sony to replace him with Alex Kurtzman.

Maybe this will mean Spartacus' Liam McIntyre will get into the mix for casting.


Edgar Wright Walks From ANT-MAN Over Marvel's Script Rewrites?

Looks like we might finally have the skinny on why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man. It's apparently Edgar who quit, he wasn't fired by Marvel Studios, as some had assumed. LatinoReview is reporting from inside sources that Wright and Cornish we trying their best to appease production notes from Marvel. That didn't seem to be enough and two low credited writers were making massive rewrites to their script. To the point that Wright's vision had been lost, this is according to this article. I guess we'll hear from Edgar soon, but it's unlikely he'll be giving straight answers. Considering he still has a project or two in-development over at Disney.

About 3 months ago, Marvel had notes. The meat of the notes were about the core morality of the piece, must include franchise characters. etc., These notes came from the big four at Marvel. Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright did two drafts to try and answer the notes without compromising their vision.

6 weeks ago Marvel took the script off them and gave the writing assignment to two very low credit writers. One of the writers were from Marvel's in house writing team. Edgar stayed cool, agreed to stay on the project, and read the draft.

The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar's vision. Edgar met with Marvel on Friday to formally exit and the announcement went out directly after.

I have my own theory that these "writers", could in fact be Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. Since the pair, have had their hands in doing rewrites to "troubled" scripts. Most recently adding their "magic" to Thor: The Dark World, when the script wasn't up to the studios' standards. It would be even more insulting, if Marvel had unknowns reworking the script that Edgar had been writing off-and-on for around eight years.


May 23, 2014

Wait A Minute, Does Marvel Studios Have The Film Rights To Namor?

Kevin Feige seemingly made it clear nine months ago that Universal was indeed the holder of the movie rights to Namor The Sub-Mariner. Yet, that answer seems to be dwindling as time goes-on. A more recent quote from Feige to IGN, makes things seemingly less clear. We've been noticing Marvel Studios has been teasing Namor for years and there actually might be a reason for this. Is Namor a similar situation to the shared rights of Kingpin, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch?

"No, Namor I think is a little complicated, the way some of them are."

A rumor from LatinoReview suggests that Legendary Pictures' unnamed event film for November 2016, could be a Namor movie. THR went even further than that, and believe that Marvel Studios has more of the rights than Universal currently has. It's very possible this could be another Incredible Hulk situation, as Universal might only have distribution rights. A similar deal was made with Paramount Pictures for majority of the Phase One movies. Disney would eventually buy-out that contract, and paid a hefty price-tag for it.

It's possible that Marvel is able to include Namor in their movies (like Hulk), but if they decided to make a feature film with him, they'd have to allow Universal to distribute. That's unless Disney is working on getting those rights back. This could mean we might see Namor become an important antagonist or hero in future movies.

Would you support a Namor movie if it was made by Marvel Studios?


It's Not The End Of The World, ANT-MAN Will Find A New Director

You'd think the sky was falling, if we accurately gaged the response of Twitter today. News broke this afternoon that Edgar Wright will no longer be directing Ant-Man. A project he had been writing for Marvel since 2006, and would eventually see Joe Cornish join to co-write on the script. Wright was eyed for the directing gig, but Marvel allowed him to go off to make Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim and The World's End before locking him down as the official director. The studio obviously wanted Wright's vision for the film, even though it's being reported his departure is over "creative differences"

We just learned about this news, but people are already choosing sides, and making Marvel out to be the villain. The full story hasn't been revealed and Wright hasn't even weighed-in on the departure. It's basically the worst we've come to expect from fandom, reactionists just spouting conspiracies and misplacing their anger over what-ifs. If only half of these people actually supported Edgar Wright's film when they were released in theatres, he wouldn't have such a poor record at the box office.

I'm not overly shocked, as Marvel has moved up the date twice and Wright already seemed a bit overwhelmed by the amount of special effects needed for the movie. It's possible that Wright actually got cold-feet about the looming release date and couldn't meet that deadline. This doesn't make Edgar a terrible director, just someone who obviously wasn't ready for something of this scale. Of course, this is just one of many theories that are circling the internet at the moment. Let's not forget that Wright has a bunch of other films in development and could have been offered a bigger project as well.

A majority of this will be Edgar's movie no matter who end's up directing it. Wright blocked a bunch of film's shots, helped with storyboards, hired most of the cast and even co-wrote the script. It's safe to say the film will be 70% Edgar's even with a new director taking over for him. He's done basically all the prep-work, so it's not the case of Marvel removing all of Wright's fingerprints from the project. The new director will simply help finish casting and will just aggressively shoot the production extremely fast.

I have a few names I'd like to put out there for consideration. Variety has pointed out while Marvel is zeroing-in on someone, a deal hasn't been made. So they could end-up looking at other people for the gig.

RICHARD AYOADE: Richard has very similar sensibilities to Edgar Wright, both have a love of topical pulp culture and dry British humor. Ayoade comes from the indie world of filmmaking which should appease the film nerds. His films Submarine and The Double, wouldn't give the impression he'd make an excellent superhero film. However, neither did the Russo Brothers with their work on the show Community. He's sort of a diamond-in-the-rough director you'd want Marvel to search for.

BEN WHEATLEY: Another friend of Edgar Wright, Ben has walked the line of insane and brilliant. His films The Kill-List and A Field In England are projects you'd expect Stanley Kubrick to make, but then makes a black-comedy like The Sightseers (produced by Wright). He's the kind of unpredictable director that I believe Marvel would be attracted to. Ben recently agreed to direct an episode of Doctor Who, something you wouldn't expect him to be into. The only problem is that Ben is about to start shooting his next film High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston.

JOE CORNISH: A lot of people are dismissing Cornish getting involved because he's lined-up another feature, which will focus on the origins of MI6. Joe is the co-writer of the script and could easily direct the hell out of an Ant-Man movie. The people at Marvel must have seen Attack The Block, and the star of that film John Boyega landed a role in Star Wars. I could see Cornish dropping that other project if given the deal from Marvel.

Some honorary mentions include Eran Creevy (Welcome To The Punch, Autobauhn) Sam Miller (Luther), J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) and Paddy Constantine (Tyrannosaur).

Edgar Wright Exits ANT-MAN, New Director To Be Announced Shortly

After eights years and many different script drafts, Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of The Dead) has officially exited Marvel's Ant-Man. Wright had been involved with the project since it's inception over eight years ago, and was about to start rolling on the film at Pinewood Studios, Atlanta. The joint announcement via THR, confirms that Wright has left the production and a new director will be named soon.

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

The cast isn't likely to change which includes Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll, and Michael Pena. The release date won't be changing either, and pre-production will likely resume shortly. This isn't the first time something like this has happened at Marvel. Patty Jenkins was originally hired to direct Thor: The Dark World, only to exit and be replaced with Alan Taylor.

It's unknown who Marvel will place in the director's chair, but some are already speculating co-writer Joe Cornish might get the offer. Cornish directed the well-recived film Attack The Block, and was a favorite to land the directing gig for Star Trek 3. Joe turned down the offer to takeover Star Trek, so it's possible he'd also turn this down as well.

We also don't have the full story here, and it's likely that Wright was offered a bigger project and felt the need to turn away from Ant-Man. I'm sure things will come into the light in the coming days.


May 22, 2014

GODZILLA's Gareth Edwards Directing STAR WARS Spin-Off Coming December 2016

THR is reporting a new development concerning the Star Wars spin-offs. They say that Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards has been hired by Lucasfilm to direct one of their unnamed spin-offs. It's been rumored for months the first one could be the Boba Fett movie. It's rumroed to have a script penned by Lawrence Kasdan (Return of The Jedi, Empire Strikes Back, Episode VII), while the other films don't have completed scripts.

UPDATE: The release date is set for December 2016, which very well could mean this is Boba Fett. Along with the addition that Gary Whitta (After Earth, Book of Eli, Akira) has written the film. Fett is rumored to be the first spin-off released, and was expected to take the 2016 spot.


May 20, 2014

First Trailer For Matthew Vaughn's Action Spy Comedy KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

It's been a while since we've seen Matthew Vaughn direct a film, he was about to helm Days of Future Past before jumping ship to direct The Secret Service (based on Mark Millar's comic). The film has it's first trailer and it's been retitled Kingsman: The Secret Service. I assume that Kingsman will be the actual franchise name, if the movie is successful enough to spawn future installments. It's hooligan meets James Bond concept will likely win over a lot of curious moviegoers.

The footage seems to be on par with what we should expect from Matthew Vaughn, but it does look like he's has a larger studio budget to play with this time around. Considering how small the budget was for Kick-Ass. I'm loving this trailer, and I can even play-along with Sam Jackson's silly lisp. Something that's not hinted to in the trailer, is the crazy amount of celebrity cameos which include Mark Hamill, David Beckham and Taylor Swift.

Scarlet Witch Joining The Lineup For X-MEN: APOCALYPSE?

We already have confirmation of sorts that Gambit played by Channing Tatum, will likely appear in X-Men: Apocalypse. Other favorites like Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm could get rebooted for the sequel as well, while not entirely confirmed. These "new" additions would be younger versions as the film is set in the 1980's alongside Beast, Mystique, Magneto, Xavier, Wolverine and Quicksilver. However, we could be getting yet another character thrown into the group.

Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer have already mentioned that Scarlet Witch's introduction was cut-out of Days of Future Past last minute. Kinberg now reveals to TotalFilm during an interview, that they shot the footage. It does exist, maybe we'll get to see it on the Blu Ray release? He also confirms what we all expected to hear, that Quicksilver will be in the sequel.

This might not be the last we hear of Wanda's inclusion in the franchise. I've heard that Fox wants to include Scarlet in the next film, but I have zero idea how big her role could be. It's the main reason I was sure she was going to show-up in Days of Future Past. They could rework the original introduction, or she might end-up a major player in the sequel. Treat as a rumor, but if they were willing to introduce her and shot the scene, it's likely they will want to use Scarlet Witch in Apocalypse.

The character will also be getting massive exposure thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the studio will likely want to capitalize on sharing the character with Marvel Studios. Fox needs to add more female character into the mix, as Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique is really the only woman represented in the 70's scenes. Placing Scarlet, Jean and Storm into the sequel would at least overshadow the Avengers lack of female super-powered heroines. Although Ms/Captain Marvel is rumored for an appearance in Age of Ultron, Elizbeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch is the only one confirmed.

If I had to pick an actress that would make an excellent Scarlet Witch, who is also around the same age as Evan Peters (27). It would have to be Game of Thrones actress Rose Lesile, who has the look and the attitude needed for a role like this. Let's face-it, Fox needs to up their casting game if they want to compete with Marvel Studios. Hiring unknowns just isn't going to cut it anymore. Currently, the script is still being written, while a production start hasn't been announced. Even though, Apocalypse is set for release in 2016.


May 19, 2014

EXPENDABLES 3 Wants Some Of That FAST & FURIOUS Cash, Aiming For PG-13 Rating

The shtick of Expendables franchise is that they resurrect older or fading action stars, placing them into this ultra-violent world of mercenaries, which is an homage to action films of the 80's. It's been successful for them, but apparently not as much as they think it could be.

Deadline reports Sly Stallone made statements at Cannes about changing the direction of the franchise, by getting a PG-13 rating. I'm sure there is a collective groan coming from their fanbase, as this is obviously a cash-grab. Instead of allowing the franchise to be exposed to the next generation of action genre audiences. I assume he means the generation that has made Fast And Furious one the biggest action franchises.

“We want to reach as many people as possible. It’s very close to an R, believe me, it’s right there. But I think we owe it to the next generation. We thought we’d join that club for a while.” 

While I understand the business angle, trying to get more asses in seats and recouping the increased budget. It seems like a slap in the face to the fans who have supported the R-rated franchise. Another reason for this move might be to convince potential additions to the cast such as Jackie Chan. Even though, Stallone had made comments that this movie would outdo The Raid, it's starting to sound like this franchise might have the wind taken out of it with this move.


Alfonso Cuarón In Talks To Direct HARRY POTTER Spin-Off FANTASTIC BEASTS

NikkiFinke is about to make a comeback after being forced-out of Deadline, and she already has a decent scoop. She claims that Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity) is now in talks to direct Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. A Harry Potter spin-off book written by J.K. Rowling and is said to be getting a trilogy treatment.

Alfonso had been rumored to be in the mix for future Star Wars films. Warner Bros. trying to lock him into these new Potter films would be a smart move, on their part. Cuarón is credited for directing the first mature installment of the Potter franchise with The Prisoner of Azkaban. Having him spearhead a new trilogy could make for something worth getting excited.


WONDER WOMAN Actress Gal Gadot Spotted On The BATMAN VS SUPERMAN Set

After a couple of extremely blurry photos of Gal Gadot on the set of Batman Vs Superman. We now have decent one of Gal, I have to assume as Diana Prince (or whoever she is pretending to be in the film). Gal's role hasn't confirmed has being more than a cameo, but with Justice League production up-next it could be increased. The film is still set for a May 6th, 2016 release date.

May 18, 2014

GODZILLA Sequel In The Works On The Heels Of Franchise's Biggest Domestic Opening Ever

It's a huge weekend of successes for Legendary's Godzilla reboot. The film has the 2nd largest opening weekend of 2014 at $93 million (estimated), edging out The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A giant win for the project considering, it was an uphill battle since the terrible impression the 1998 American left on audiences. The studio has been vindicated and along with that is of course talk of seuqels.

Deadline reports that Legendary and it's old partner Warner Bros. will be working together on the next installment of the Godzilla franchise. The two companies recently parted-ways, with Legendary making a new distribution deal with Universal. Let's hope they come up with a better title than Godzilla 2, maybe something like Godzilla Vs (place iconic/new kaiju monster here). I would assume that director Gareth Edwards will be asked to return, considering how the look of the film seems to have won over a lot of people. On the other hand, there were so many screenwriters on the first installment. Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham were the main writers, along with David Goyer and Frank Darabont contributing to it as well. I kinda hope they stick to one or two writers next time, but that's going to be unlikely.


May 17, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence And Natalie Dormer Looking Like Badasses In MOCKINGJAY Set Photos

DailyMail and other photo sites have scooped some new set images from Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.  Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) is decked out with some heavy firepower, while oddly we see others like Katniss still using bows. The photos also include images of Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and Mahershala Ali. To say this movie looks amazing is an understatement. I totally dig what I'm seeing, I avoid the final book because I wanted the last two films to surprise me. I'm glad I did because it looks like the movies might turnout better than the final book.

Hugh Jackman's Flip-Flop On Desire To Play WOLVERINE Part Of New Contract Negotiation?

We've been hearing in recent interviews from Hugh Jackman, that he might be ready to hang-up his claws as Wolverine. This would be expected to happen after Wolverine 3 is released in 2017, but nothing had been official. By 2017, Jackman will have played the role nine times. It's not hard to imagine him wanting to move-on and allowing another actors to takeover the iconic comic book role.

Not so fast, during the Australian premiere of Days of Future Past, Jackman had changed his tune. While speaking with IGN on the red carpet, he's apparently now been given new energy from the recent film. Without spoiling the film, believing there is a lot more that can be said with the character.

“At one point, you’re right, I said I was pretty sure [that 'Wolverine 3' would be my last outing in the role]. But I’m less sure as it goes along. Because after seeing this movie, the whole thing feels fresher to me than ever. And during this movie…I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s kind of like a clean slate, so who knows where it’s going to go. As long as I have the passion for it and the fans will have me.”

I have to agree there is plenty more left to be said concerning the stories of Wolverine. Considering we're now dealing with an alternate X-Men universe. Fox could perhaps reboot Logan's time with the Weapon X program, including his history going up-again Omega Red during the Cold-War. Even introducing Canada's own mutant team Alpha Flight, which Wolverine was a member of is now a viable option. Other interesting Wolverine stories include Horsemen of The Apocalypse, which might be influencing X-Men: Apocalypse. Jackman has mentioned an interest in the Old Man Logan story, that might be lip-service as it would be a difficult adaptation. Although, combing Old Man with elements of Mark Millar's Enemy of The State could work. Now that Wolverine's new legacy is open to new stories, anything can happen. Because of this, Wolverine 3 might not even become a direct sequel to The Wolverine. I wouldn't rule-out Logan being apart of the main lineup of Jeff Wadlow's X-Force.

This could all be a contract negotiation tactic, spearheaded by Jackman. There had been rumors (via TheNationalEnquirer) that Fox was considering re-signing Hugh for at least four more movies. This new deal would have likely included Wolverine 3, X-Men: Apocalypse and two unnamed films (X-Force being another?). The price-tag was estimated to be around $100 million. Hugh went on to deny the rumblings and gave a EW statement on why he wouldn't consider something like a multi-picture contract.

"No it’s not true. I would never do that. I’ve never done that mainly because, for the fans and for me, each time I’ve gone around there’s been a really good reason to do it and I don’t know what that reason is from here. I’m in the middle of making this and I just promoted the other and I’m really happy with the way The Wolverine came out."

I have to assume that Jackman truly doesn't want to be involved with multi-picture contracts, and you can't blame him. Everyone involved with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, have basically tried to forget it even happened. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner, has said as much when it comes to Origins and X3. It's possible if Jackman isn't allowed a say in future films development, it could end-up becoming another disaster.

A play-or-pay type of deal is likely what Hugh is actually looking for. Giving him the ability to agree to a project before there is an obligation to appear in it. At this point in Hugh's career and role within the X-Men franchise, it's not crazy to think he'd get more of say of the direction of the film's he's involved with. Perhaps, he also wants his responsibilities as producer increased as well. Of course, this is all speculation on my part, but it's doubtful Fox actually wants to let him go.

His new attitude towards the character, might be a hint that's found common ground with the studio concerning future films. It's also very possible that Fox has asked Jackman to be a bit more positive when speaking about his future in the franchise. He does have another two films to make, I'm not exactly sure how he signed-off on those movies without finished scripts.

May 16, 2014

UPDATED! More Actresses In The Mix For Roles In STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

It was a bit shocking when J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm announced that we were only getting one new female cast member (Daisy Ridley) for Star Wars: Episode VII. This led to some backlash, and it seems like Abrams and crew are actually adding more ladies to the cast. LatinoReview has caught-word that British actress Katie Jarvis is one of two new ladies possibly joining the production. Jarvis is best known for the 2009 British film Fish Tank starring opposite Michael Fassbender.

They also re-affirm previously rumored Oxford unknown Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who had been linked to the possible Kenobi female role. We had heard from BadassDigest that Sophie Turner (Game Of Thrones) was also in the mix. Let's keep in mind their have been many casting rumors, and not every single one has turned-out. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o  (12 Years A Slave) had taken a meeting with Abrams, but it's unknown if she'll take a role either.

UPDATE! TrackingBoard is confirming the addition of actresses Katie Jarvis and Maisie Richard-Sellers to the cast.


Sienna Miller And Jeremy Irons Join Tom Hiddleston In Ben Wheatley's Thriller HIGH RISE

ScreenDaily reports that Sienna Miller (Layer Cake, American Sniper) and Jeremy Irons (Batman Vs Superman, Kingdom of Heaven, Die Hard 3) have joined Ben Wheatley's (A Field In England, Sightseers, Kill List) High Rise. The thriller already has Tom Hiddleston (Avengers, Crimson Peak) attached in the lead role of Robert Laing.

"High Rise centres on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart. Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller). But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees. As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself."


First Real Look At Christopher Nolan's Wormhole Adventure Film INTERSTELLAR With New Trailer!

The first real trailer for Christopher Nolan's original sci-fi epic Interstellar has made it's way online. It's more than I was expecting, showing a lot of the problems facing Earth. Before the eventual mission to find something to save the planet's popular, teasing the wormhole aspect ever so slightly. I have to admit I was getting a few 2001 moments from the shuttle scenes. It will be release in November, and I'm shocked the studio didn't try to find a place for it in their summer lineup.

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Zack Snyder And Larry Fong Teasing Joker For BATMAN VS SUPERMAN?

We've been hearing for months that Batman Vs Superman will be taking major cues from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. This was confirmed with Ben Affleck's Miller inspired Batsuit. Another tidbit is making the rounds thanks to director of photography Larry Fong, after posting this image below on Twitter. It's obviously teasing the Joker, as it stands we don't have an actor confirmed for the role.

So what kinda of actor could fill the Joker's shoes. It's extremely difficult to pin-point what direction Zack Snyder and the studio would go. However, my vote goes to veteran character actor Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos, Fargo, Con Air). He has the body of work and credibility to give us a chilling new take on the Joker.

 Only problem, Miller's version of The Joker is psychically imposing and built like a brick-house. An actor I could see in the role currently cast in the film is Australian actor Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of An Empire, Captain America: The Winter Soldier). He's huge and eerily looks like the Miller take of the villain facially as well. It's been rumored he would be taking a villain role, but what that role hasn't been confirmed. Then again, we already have Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg) and rumblings of other Superman villains, could they even have room for a Batman rogue?


May 15, 2014

We Need More Women Directing Comic Book Projects, How About Jane Goldman And Jovanka Vuckovic?

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Roberto Orci had been chosen to direct Star Trek 3. A screenwriter many believe is sub-par for the job, and is said to have forced his way into the director's chair. By blocking other candidates from even being considered, and bullying Paramount. It's beyond shocking that the studio would be even willing to consider a director with zero experience to spearhead a project that could be costing them north of $150 million in production costs. Orci was involved with television for decades, but it never occurred to him to direct an episode of the shows he was running/producing or writing for. The cons outweigh the pros, anyway you cut it, no matter what trolling screenwriter Max Landis (turned budding director?) will have you believe. 

This whole debacle was a slap in the face of budding directors and more the norm, female directors. 
It was pointed out that the highest budgeted film a woman directed was Kathryn Bigelow's K-19, which twelve years ago and cost $100 million. That's almost the cost for a large studio comedy film these days. The studio system doesn't even consider women for this high-profile projects, and if they do a reason if found to remove them. It's also a bit insulting to always fall-back to Bigelow as the only female director, because there are many hardworking ladies in the industry, they just aren't given the exposure she is. 

Marvel Studios famously hired Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing) to originally direct Thor: The Dark World, only a month or so after her announcement she left the production. The studio siting "creative differences", and Patty sounded unfazed by the whole experience. Jenkins would have made history as the first female director to make a mainstream studio comic book movie. Of course, Lexi Alexander being our first lady of Marvel, directing the brutally-fun Punisher: War Zone. Marvel missed their mark, while movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier proved they can be equal, when it comes to on-screen characters. There's still hope that Jenkins could return to the franchise to direct Thor 3, since Alan Taylor will be busy with his Terminator trilogy.

There are already three female-driven comic book projects coming down the line. Marvel's Jessica Jones series on Netflix and their feature adaptation of Captain Marvel (the Black Widow movie now in limbo) which is in script development. Even Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment is coming to their senses, and have Gal Gadot contracted to make a Wonder Woman movie. The latter is more up-in-the-air, as Gal has to complete filming Batman Vs Superman and Justice League before anything is announced. 

My hope is that filmmakers like Patty and Michelle MacLaren (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad) land the directing gigs on these female-driven projects. Let's face it's about time, and these projects are tailor-made for them to direct. I've already mentioned how perfect Michelle would be for the Wonder Woman movie. However, there are two ladies I'd love to see also get into the mix. 

Jane Goldman (Stardust, The Woman In Black, The Debt, Pinocchio, Nonplayer, Miss Peregrine, Dan Leno And The Lighthouse Golem) is best known as a screenwriter, and the sometimes writing partner of director Matthew Vaughn. Her comic book writing credits include The Secret Service, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. I have to assume she might also get involved with scripting for other comic film projects such as Superior, Golden Age and Bloodshot.

Seeing Jane make the jump to director feels more natural than Roberto Orci or Mark Millar becoming directors. If we're going to talk about writers who deserve shots to become features directors, Jane is good place to start. There are a couple projects I think Jane would be excellent for, working closely with Matthew Vaughn on so many productions. She obviously has the vision needed to handle such a task.

The first is, Ed Brubaker's Velvet. This comic is actually very new but it takes and interesting concept, which would be perfect for film adaptation. Brubaker has describe this comic as, "what if Moneypenny was accused of killing James Bond". Considering Goldman has already written the spy genre with The Secret Service, and nailed the action-side in her Kick-Ass/X-Men scripts, she'd be perfect to also adapt the work. Brubaker is coming-off massive success with his Winter Soldier comic saga being a major influence on the recent Captain America sequel, and the third installment. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are also adapting his comic Sleeper for the big screen. It's only a matter of time before Velvet makes the studio rounds. 

Goldman also has a knack for the supernatural and superpower side of the genre. Which could make her a prime candidate to direct Dark Universe/Justice League Dark. A project which Guillermo del Toro is hatching/producing with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, that explores the horror-side of the DCU. It's very possible that del Toro, like with many other projects he's producing will hand this off to another director. Jane could help with the script and could even make the film on a lower budget, guaranteeing that she and del Toro would get more creative freedom with their vision. 

The film would consist of a group of heroes with supernatural powers (not unlike the X-Men but with a horror edge), which would include John Constantine, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Deadman and others. She's proven she can handle large-scale superhero narrative with First Class and Days of Future Past. Not to mention the supernatural element with movies like Stardust and The Woman In 

Speaking of team films, there's one that we've been waiting for ages which is BPRD. The Hellboy spin-off that's been mentioned almost as many times as the now-dead Hellboy 3. It's still a viable film as there are plenty of team members yet to be explored, and could be made without Hellboy in a lead role. 

I'd also totally be onboard to see her tackle Captain Marvel or if Marvel Studios ever resurrected the Black Widow movie. There are more than a few sources claiming that Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel will be introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We've been hearing for months that Marvel is ramping-up development on her solo film, with a script being penned by an unknown writer. Guardians of The Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman recently rewrote a new Widow script, which is completely different than the original film David Hayter (Watchmen, X-Men, X2) was attached to write-direct ten years ago.

Another lady that would flourish in this genre would be Jovanka Vuckovic. A Canadian horror director and of Rue Morgue fame. Her credits include The Captured Bird which was produced by Guillermo del Toro, and the all-female horror anthology XX. Variety just reported that Jovanka would make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Clive Barker's Jacqueline Ess with Lena Headey (Dredd, 300, Game of Thrones) in the lead role. A project that surely will get a lot of attention.  

While Goldman is not currently on Twitter, Jovanka is. During some exchanges on Twitter she mentioned being a fan of Mike Mignola's Baltimore, as I suggested she would be perfect for it. New Regency once tried to adapt the comic into a feature with David S. Goyer (Blade, Man of Steel) set to write-direct, but the studio passed with the rights reverting back to Migola and others. 

Considering her connections to Guillermo del Toro, it wouldn't be hard to imagine her being able to reach out to Mike Mignola or vise-versa. Legendary Pictures is now in the business of Guillermo del Toro working with him on Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, which has now partnered with Universal Pictures. Universal was the studio that helped get the first two Hellboy movies made, also part of the comic universe of Mike Mignola. 

She also mentions a huge passion for Preacher. Luckily, for her Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are showrunning/writing the project for television. The pair are responsible for films such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Interview and This Is The End. Their work on apocalyptic comedy This Is The End is basically a great example of what Preacher could be. The series will air on AMC, the network that has given us The Walking Dead, one of the most successful comic-to-television adaptations ever made. The duo are also directors, but let's hope they give others, such as Vuckovic a couple of episodes to direct.

"Preacher" follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.

It's our duty in the fan community to voice our distain to what Hollywood is doing, with this genre. We know there are talented female directors, and we all want to see female-driven films. Keep repeating these ideas and maybe the studios will finally get it into their heads, it will work.