Month ago at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, it was announced that the Disney studio is going to produce one film franchise "Star Wars" every year since 2015, when the box office will be the seventh episode. Recall that the new series of the legendary saga started by George Lucas, will shoot director JJ Abrams.
Since the release of the latest film of franchise, subtitled "Revenge of the Sith" have passed 8 years. During this time, the universe of "Star Wars" live on television and regularly fueled by rumors about the return of Lucas with new movies.
When in October 2012, the Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the studio head Bob Iger immediately announced the release date of the seventh episode - the summer of 2015. Thus, the gap between the third and the seventh film will be exactly 10 years. By the way, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" fans have been waiting even longer, 16 years.
Now fans of "Star Wars" are not threatened tedious and long waits of a new movie franchises. Disney studio this week promised to give a movie every summer since 2015, according to the new episode. However, it will be a little different project - as still being the original story, and the spin-offs, recently promised by the studio. The audience will have a chance to see the adventures of a young Yoda, a young Han Solo and maybe learn a little more about the mysterious Bob Fett.
Both trilogy of franchise "Star Wars" and the animated Full Movies "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" earned a worldwide box office nearly 4.5 billion dollars not adjusted for inflation.
In parallel with the screen adaptations of comics from Marvel Disney Studios virtually occupied the market of summer family films. For example, in the same 2015, the screens will be released "The Avengers 2" and "Star Wars: Episode 7”.
Recall that in February of this year, in a new trilogy of "Star Wars" is in charge Lawrence Kasdan, who worked on the script for the film "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
How many "Star Wars" will be released in the next few years, Disney has not yet specify. But the desire of the studio is hot, it is quite understandable: need to at least have time to use the original lineup, from Harrison Ford to Carrie Fisher.
Good news for fans of the comic book of John Constantine, a different evil hunter. Guillermo del Toro is going to shoot the film "The Dark Universe" based on the comic book of DC publisher. To led the team of superheroes, prepared by Guillermo, is going to John Constantine. This time the blonde.
Eight years have passed since the release of the mystics "Constantine" by Francis Lawrence, and fans still can not forgive the creators of the paintings brunette Keanu Reeves in the lead role. The fact that the prototype of the hero became the musician Sting (artists Stephen R. and John Bissett Totlbin were fans of The Police).
At first, John Constantine was like Sting from "Quadrophenia", but changed over time. However, the character's hair remained blonde.
Guillermo del Toro will start "Dark Universe" after finishing horror "Crimson peak" with Emma Stone. Director has already painted the scene and soon will announce the name of the writer, who will take the project design.
Except John Constantine, in the "Dark Universe" will include such heroes of DC publisher, as Swamp Thing, the demon Etrigan, Deadman, Spectrum and magician Zatanna. "John, in fact, is trying to recruit them to the team" - explains Guillermo and suggests that the picture may eventually get the title "Justice League Dark”.
However, the main story line of "Dark Universe" will revolve around Jason Blood (this guy is bound demon Etrigan), which is a relative of the wizard Merlin. Blood relations with the knights of King Arthur and Merlin himself become a problem for our time.
Del Toro said that basically did not want to be distracted by the story of each character origin. All details will be announced during the film. "I can say that the Swamp Thing is at peace with itself, but Dead Man is still trying to find out who shot him."
"Dark Universe" is far from the big screens. First, the world will see "Pacific rim" del Toro, then "Crimson Peak", and after already "Justice League Dark". Unless, of course, Guillermo not change his mind.
Fantastic band, appearing in the Oscar-winning project of Ben Affleck "Argo" will see the light. It will be called the "Lord of Light”, like the novel by Roger Zelazny, a famous script writer, who saved the lives of several Americans in the late 1970s.
Recall that, according to recently declassified CIA documents, in 1979, science fiction script called "Argo" was allegedly put into production. About this project wrote only Hollywood publication Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. However, the picture has not seen the light, as it has become a cover for the CIA special operations agent Tony Mendez to extract six U.S. diplomats who have appeared in the Canadian ambassador's house during the seizure of the Embassy by Iranian students in Tehran.
The situation in reality was somewhat different from those shown in the film of Affleck. If you take only the Hollywood component, then it was out the producer, which in the "Argo" brilliantly played by Alan Arkin. In fact, a fake movie run with two make-up artists, one of whom was John Chambers (in the film portrayed by John Goodman).
"Lord of Light" by Roger Zelazny, which became the basis of Barry Ira Heller scenario, was written in 1967. In the story after the death of the Earth the crew of the ship "Star of India" founded a colony on a planet in another star system. Having won almost all the original inhabitants of the planet, the crew is building a city on one of the poles of the planet. During the colonization of the planet people achieve technological power and immortality, and declare themselves gods. The colonists are divided into two parts: the gods who live in the heavenly city, and on the technical benefits, and ordinary people, strongly pushed around deities and living in the medieval cities on the planet. Develops celestial hierarchy in the image of the Hindu pantheon of deities.
Geller’s scenario was a part of an ambitious project "Science Fiction Land”, which was conceived as the first amusement park with elements of sci-fi. Geller enlisted the support of a number of science fiction, including Ray Bradbury, and the legendary artist Jack Kirby, who thought the visual solution. That was the art-concept of "Science fiction land."
After Chambers showed Mendez scenario of Geller, CIA decided that the name "Lord of Light" is not appropriate, and changed it to "Argo". Make-up artist joined to the project his colleague Robert Sidell, who worked on "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial".
After painting of Affleck received the "Oscar" for Best Picture in 2012, the studio Warner has decided to buy Heller’s script and run it in production. Presumably work on the existing scenario is still the same Chris Terry, who wrote the "Argo".
Note that, in contrast to the false "Argo", the new film will be called "Lord of Light" and will become more similar to Zelazny novel rather than a parody of the "Star Wars", as it was presented in the film of Affleck. Negotiations are underway with the Kirby family about the possibility of the use of his drawings in the new incarnation of the "Lord of Light."
Last summer, David Cronenberg has done a lot of noise, expressed his attitude to films about Batman. A few days ago the director said that in fact it was not so, as he was referring to another.
Recall that Cronenberg considers all movies about superheroes infantile, Nolan's best film is called "Memento" and "The Dark Knight" finds boring. Now director of "Cosmopolis" is ready to clarify some details.
"I have not seen "The Legend Continues"- says Cronenberg. - Do you see how everything is distorted? I asked a question. And when quoting my answer, dropped the question that was asked. The reporter asked me, "By the way, movies on comics are now at the highest level of cinema. Would you like to make a film in the comic books?" I said, "Wait, who told you that? Where is such a level?" And then made his little speech. The answer was to that question. She made the assumption that the new Batman movie - the highest level of cinema. I have not seen "The Dark Knight" or "The Legend", which at the time showed only the press. So I was not referring to a particular film and not criticized it specifically. "
David Cronenberg focuses on the fact that his comments referred directly to the genre, not Nolan.
"I would say that the film of the comic strip - it's a movie of the comic strip. Comics, especially those in which I grew up (I loved Captain Marvel), designed for teenagers. To shot comics it is like to be within certain limits, and there is no question of any of the highest levels of cinema. That is my opinion. Of course, I said that, technically, this movie can be very interesting, given what people are attracted to it and what money are spent. But in a creative and artistic terms, these pictures are very limited".
Note that Sam Mendes offered at the time to put "The Avengers," and director of "American Beauty," recalled this episode with a smile. Marvel studio sent Mendes parcel, which was directed to touch up the idea for the movie. "Oh, it was a fun premise! Lots and lots of comics, no script - only release date. Prime dates of these films are often advertised in advance, when nothing, not even a script. The first suggestion I saw was: "The Avengers" will be released May 2, 2012 the first or something like that. And all. "
These parcels have gotten many Hollywood directors, but Mendes is not a bit interested. "It is not my world. I would take my children to such a movie, but to shot it myself - I do not want. "
Film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, which the author takes with Robert Rodriguez, recruited another star. In "Sin City 2" Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the role previously destined to Johnny Depp. For this actor just recently refused to shoot in a new "Godzilla."
Not only the "Godzilla" lost part of Gordon-Levitt. Actor offered to star in a new blockbuster movie from studio Marvel “Guardians of the Galaxy", but Joseph chose the "Sin City 2."
In Rodriguez, Gordon-Levitt will play Johnny - daring gambler who plans to destroy the enemy in the game. It is known that for the role was asked Johnny Depp, but the reason why the actor refused, is not disclosed.
Despite the fact that work on the sequel to "Sin City" is already in full swing, Rodriguez continues to look for actors. In the coming days, the project will join another tough guy. Perhaps it will be Josh Brolin, reports Deadline.
"Sin City 2" has already secured the support of stars of the first film. Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Willis will be taken off in a stylish black-and-white film, Rodriguez-Miller. Jamie Chung has replaced Devon Aoki, and instead of the late Michael Clarke Duncan will star Dennis Heysbert. Recall that some of the events of this film are developed to the original, which was released in 2005.
Among the new faces in the "Sin City 2" will flash Playboy supermodel Crystal McKehill.
Premiere of "Sin City 2" in the United States is expected on October 4 this year. The film will be released in 3D.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in January, will present his directorial debut with "Don Jon's Addiction" at the festival "Sundance", and then in February, he is expected to be in Berlin, where his movie is listed in the "Panorama". The actor has not only directed the film, but also played a major role there in the company of Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
Team of superheroes of publisher DC, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern can finally appear in the "Justice League". Superhero film was conceived in the studio Warner a few years ago, but was stopped because of problems with finances and the writers' strike.
Just recently, Warner won a court case over the rights to Superman. The heirs of Joe Shuster, one of the authors of the famous character, tried to sue the studio 50% of profits from the sales of all projects with the superhero. Because now Warner will not have to pay a lot of money, "Justice League" can move toward the viewer, as well as the Superman franchise. If Warner lost the court with the heirs of Joe Shuster, any projects related to Superman, would have to freeze until a new agreement.
In 2007, director George Miller has started with the "Justice League". Note that the role of Batman was taken young actor Armie Hammer, who has since won fame for "The Social Network" and is available in the blockbuster "The Lone Ranger." There is a chance that Hammer did try on the costume of Batman, but this is only a rumor.
Miller's project was frozen in January 2008. Australia, which was supposed to make a film, and not determined by tax benefits, and the writers went on strike as a result of which it was impossible to change the script in need of revision.
Four years later, "The League" again gave itself known. In connection with the release in theaters of "Man of Steel" Warner has a chance to build a new team, especially if the movie Zack Snyder will be successful. Warner has wanted to respond to competitors from Marvel, superheroes whose thorough fleecing the pockets of the audience over the years.
As the LA Times, an insider close to the project, claims that Warner is going to make "Justice League" in 2013 with the release in the summer of 2015. There have been attempts to persuade Christopher Nolan producing the picture, but it seems that they failed: removing three movies about Batman and produced "Man of Steel", a British film director does not want to deal with superheroes.
The heroes of the publishing house DC not so lucky in the film adaptation, as their colleagues from Marvel. "Superman Returns" Bryan Singer has not met expectations, "Green Lantern" has suffered, if not deafening, the major failure at the box office. Only Batman trilogy has become part of a cult, but it will remain on the sidelines, neither Nolan or Christian Bale will no longer have a relationship to the franchise.
Warner now has solve the problem with the script, found the director and actors. It would seem simple. But who will be dressed as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash, we will get to know only next year.
Studios appoint release dates in advance, but it does not mean that the films will be released in one hundred percent that day. Just two fantastic tapes today changed the premiere date - "Elysium" and "Robocop."
Movies of Neil Blomkamp and Jose Padilla will come later designated dates.
The joint collaboration studios MGM and Columbia, a remake of the classic "Robocop" was to go to the U.S. release August 8, 2013th. Now, robot cyborg will appear on screens only 7 February 2014.
The vacant after the "Robocop" slot Sony put "Elysium", which had expected to see on February 28. Now the movie premiere in the U.S. on 9 August 2013. Thus, the film Blomkamp is among summer blockbusters, like his previous work, "District number 9." Then a film about the complexities of living aliens in South Africa was a black horse, and the surprise of many analysts earned a worldwide box office of over $ 210 million.
Premiered in August will get Sony to "Elysium" additional noise on Comic-Con, despite the fact that Blomkamp and Damon have come to the convention this summer.
In the story "Elysium" in the future, there are two classes of people: the rich live in luxury space station "Elysium", and the poor - in a crowded world. Matt Damon's hero is terminally ill, but it can save itself, if the dangerous mission that could lead to the equality of the two worlds.
The reason for the move, "Robocop" is not disclosed, but February is no longer a grave releases. This winter, the hit was "Safe House", in the United States earned $ 126 million, and another 82 million overseas.
Sony removed the calendar next year releases cartoon "Pixels", citing a lack of time to work on the project. Animated film will be released on March 23, 2014th.
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" will be in theaters on September 27, 2013th.
Drama "Saving Mr. Banks" with Tom Hanks goes to Oscar season, December 20, 2013, and the "Witch hunters" slightly shifted on January 25, 2013, to get more 3D-IMAX-screen and in the States.
Talking raccoon and wise tree in superhero team? There is nothing wrong, says Joss Whedon, who became creative consultant of studio Marvel. Director is sure, James Gunn will shoot great "Guardians of the Galaxy", and reflects on the second "The Avengers."
While in Toronto, where the festival was presented his new film "Much Ado About Nothing", Joss Whedon spoke to MTV's new film about the prospects of Marvel «Guardians of the Galaxy." The picture will be put by director of "Slug" and "Super" James Gunn, confirming that this is one of the main demands of leadership to his studio director: sense of humor.
"I think James will do it, - says Whedon. - Personally, I initially thought, "Well, I was a kid loved Jet Coon, but not sure he will liked to the wide audience." And then Marvel says it wants to take on the post of director James Gunn. And I was like, "Oh, well, all you have by then!" It's so unusual, plague, but a very smart guy and tries with all his heart. "
Joss recalls that Gunn has a direct bearing on the superheroes, "Well this is the guy who wrote the script for the film "The Specials" But this film is very important for the genre: he took the superheroes and made them down to earth! And James took off his "Super".
According to the director, Gunn has just begun work on the screenplay for "Guardians of the Galaxy", but his vision of the film will necessarily lead to the delight of all fans. "He has a very unusual presentation of this comic book, but it's all for love of the material" - adds Weedon.
In a conversation with the publication of 24 Hours Joss slightly covered the second "The Avengers." "Building a team - this is not a happy ending. This is the beginning of something very complex and difficult, so now I can dig a little deeper. And, perhaps, until I dig a little spin the knife. And it makes me happy. " Well, the important thing is not to say Joss, who is from the "Avengers" your favorite character, and that the director is famous for the ability to kill the beloved characters fans.
By the way, the right to hire an American low-budget comedy Weedon "Much Ado About Nothing", set on the play by William Shakespeare, has acquired studio Lionsgate.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" will be released in August 1st, 2014. "The Avengers 2" will appear on the screens of May 1, 2015th.
Even last August it was announced that Universal Studios is trying to obtain the consent of Jim Carrey to participate in the sequel film "Kick-Ass." A few days before the start of filming of the project, the director Jeff Wadlow has hinted in his Twitter that the actor did play in the film.
Carrey officially attached to the role of a character nicknamed the Colonel, who in the original comic, Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. is a former slave John Genovese mafia. However, having experienced a religious epiphany, the hero says goodbye to the criminal authorities and to initiate a superhero team called "Justice for all." As part of this team, and eventually becomes Kick (it still plays Aaron Johnson).
Commenting on the arrival of Carrey in the project Millar said in his blog that Matthew Vaughn, Jeff Wadlow, and he spoke with comedian couple of weeks ago, and have since been so tempted to tell about it, because the energy that the actor is going to invest in the Colonel, comparable with the work on the image of Nicolas Cage's dad.
In addition to Carrey in the sequel will involve Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage (though his character died in the previous film) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who participated in the first tape, and Donald Faison ("Skyline") as Dr. Gravity, John Leguizamo ("The Lincoln Lawyer") as the mysterious Javier and Robert Emms ("War Horse") as a man-insect. Negotiations with the studio leads and Lindy Booth ("Dawn of the Dead") - the actress can embody a heroine named Night Bitch, the joining of "fairness" to avenge the murder of her sister.
At the box office film debut will be on June 28, 2013.
Jim Carrey this year has finished filming the comedy "The Incredible Burt Uanderstoun." The last time the appearance of the actor on the big screen was a picture of "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which brought in movie theaters around the world more than $ 187 million, with 55-million cost.
Attempts of Warner bosses to find the director who will bring to the big screen superhero team in the "Justice League" worthy of respect for originality. The post was offered to Ben Affleck, who directed for the studio "The Town" and "Argo", and he managed to be a superhero himself.
When Christopher Nolan finally disown the universe of Batman, Warner managed to persuade the director to become the curator of "Man of Steel." But Nolan's work on this in the camp of comics will be completed. It is clear the direction, in which is moving the logic of the studio bosses: it is necessary to find a young director, which removes a realistic movie, just such as "Gone Baby Gone" and “The Town”.
To date, Affleck is the only director who has received at the hands of the scenario "Justice League". It was written by Will Bill, who worked on the series "Castle," and the thriller "Hunters in the gangsters”. Bill was hired last summer, but his name surfaced in connection with the "League" this year alone.
"Justice League" is one of Hollywood's long-term projects. To shoot the picture with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash the studio was going for a long time. In 2007, the project just was not implemented by the director, "Mad Max" by George Miller. However, due to failure of the script and soon followed the writers' strike, "League" in 2008 kicked the bucket.
Now the project looks very like the answer to "Avengers." Part of the way it is, but the team of superheroes - a common thing for the comic book publishers, so the answer to "Avengers," "Justice League", in fact, is not.
Given that Affleck makes films in which he finds roles for himself, it will be interesting which of the superheroes he chooses for himself. Recall that in 2003 Ben starred in the role of Matt Murdock - blind lawyer who has received super powers - in the movie "Daredevil."
The publication Variety reported the news of the involvement of Ben Affleck for "Justice league", but a few hours later said the site Deadline, claiming that the representatives have denied any involvement of Affleck to the project. Who exactly will undertake the "Justice League", time will tell, which is running out: Warner wants to see the film on screens in the summer of 2015, as once a year, second release of "Avengers."