Studio Disney has officially announced a deal with director Joss Weedon to stage the film "The Avengers 2," which he also wrote the script. Weedon also develop a series for the channel ABC, the action of which will evolve in the Universe of "Avengers."
The film, which brought together several superheroes of Marvel, released in April this year and has earned a worldwide box office of almost half a billion dollars, with interest having beaten the considerable budget (220 million).
Thus, the agreement with Weedon leaves the franchise in good hands. The creator of TV series "Buffy - the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" was the key to success of "Avengers" and his involvement in the work on the sequel was only a matter of time.
Date of release of "Avengers 2" has not been announced, but, according to insiders, before 2015 the picture is not worth waiting: Marvel has released in theaters continuation of "Iron Man," "Thor," "First Avenger" and run the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and among other things, bring on the big screens of the new superhero - Ant-Man.
Details about the television "Avengers" are not informed yet. Earlier it was reported that Marvel wants to create a show that will be in spirit and mood of the film resemble Weedon, but it does not employ any full-length characters from the strip. However, the Marvel Universe allows us to introduce many new characters.
Joss Weedon will develop a series for the ABC studio and Marvel. On television, the director feels like a fish in water, so for this project, too, do not worry.
It is interesting, that the channel ABC is not abandoned plans for a series about the Hulk, which was attributed to Guillermo del Toro. In May, ABC Entertainment president insisted that the next season (i.e. 2013) TV series will be ready.
October 10 this year, the Fox will expire at the right setting for the movie Daredevil, and the planned reboot and not budge. However, Fox may still remove the picture of the blind avenger. Studio is in talks with Marvel about the extension of the contract and sees Joe Carnahan as director of the tape. However, for Daredevil might have to give rights to some of the characters from the "Fantastic Four".
Fox is in talks with the director of "Team" A "," Joe Carnahan, who can take the place of the director of a new "Daredevil" instead of refused David Slade. Recall that the story of Matt Murdock, who was in the film played in 2003, Ben Affleck, will be reshot in the spirit of Frank Miller's comic book and make the picture a hardcore thriller in the spirit of the seventies. Carnahan has not yet received a formal proposal, but as say insiders, is only a matter of time.
Time in the studio is remained in short supply. If the shooting of the new "Daredevil" did not begin until October 10 of 2012, then Marvel will get back their right to a blind superhero. Given that the change of director the process of preparing for the film will go again (Carnahan will need a minimum of rework for a scenario), the deadline seems quite unrealistic. However, as they say all the same insiders, there is solution.
According to some sources close to the project, Marvel (and if not accurately, then Disney) is ready to prolong the stay of Daredevils in the studio Fox, if it, in return, will give the right to use a pair of characters from the universe of "Fantastic Four", namely the villain Galactus and the Silver Envoy Surfer. According to rumors, these characters play an important role in future projects of Marvel, so the studio is ready to sacrifice Daredevil.
Given that Fox is in the midst of launching a new version of the film "Fantastic Four", the rumors about replacing Daredevil with Surfer and Galactus are seem very strange. Fox has launched the "Four" with the director of "The Chronicles" led by Joshua Tranco. Giving such an important figure, now or later, will not be very reasonable.
What will be important for Fox - "Daredevil" or "Fantastic Four", we will know very soon.
We can long wait for the studio Warner forked out for the staging of "Justice League", which gathered together a few superhero publishers DC, including Batman and Superman, and you can start waiting for the full-length animated film “Lego: The Piece of Resistance”. There, too, will these characters, but in the original form of figures Lego. Will Arnett will voice Batman and Superman - Channing Tatum.
For the superhero in the style of Lego will take filmmakers of the comedy "21 Jump street" Phil Lord and Chris Miller, debuted in cinema with animated "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." It should also be recalled that Phil and Chris are the writers of television series "How I Met Your Mother" and the sequel "Shrek."
Among Arnett and Tatum will be Chris Pratt, who this week will be seen in the comedy "A little bit married." He will voice the usual mini-figure Lego World Emmett, who was accidentally mistaken for a prominent builder. It becomes part of a team of heroes who have united for the sake of his universe, an evil tyrant threatens to glue all the figures in the world.
Concern Toy Lego, which produces the most famous designer in the world, working with studio Warner since 2008. Lego Batman video game releases, the designers based on the characters of DC Comics (a reservation that there are also sets of characters with Marvel), and will soon launch a series of sales of the film "The Dark Knight: The Legend Continues."
If participation of Arnett and Pratt have already spelled out in contracts of actors, the directors are waiting for an answer of their friend Tatum, whose work schedule lately is scored. Among the nearest works of Channing is new movie of Roland Emmerich's "The Fall of the White House," "Fox Hunter" Bennett Miller, as well as a project of Andy and Lana Wachowski "Jupiter Sunrise".
Blue skin husky named Lobo, a hero of comics from publisher DC, once again reminded of himself. Talks about setting of the film about this character go back to 2009, and the project was interested in Guy Ritchie. Recently it was reported that Dwayne Johnson could get a major role in the movie, which will put the director Brad Peyton, who worked with Johnson on the film "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island."
Lobo was one of the most popular characters in DC's publishing of the nineties. He first appeared as a villain in the pages of comic books in 1983. Then he was not in great demand, but after a few years his career thrived. In the nineties Lobo became the anti-hero and was considered a parody of Wolverine and the Punisher. Mercenary alien remained among the heroes of DC to 1999.
It was assumed that in the Guy Ritchie film, which was conceived in the autumn of 2009, Lobo was coming to Earth in search of the four escapees. Invulnerable biker helps a teenage girl. However, there is an option that this story line can safely be forgotten, as recently has been changes another screenwriter.
Brad Peyton is not only undertake the formulation of the film, but also to remake the script. For this work he undertook in the spring of 2012. It seems that the director should be thanked for bringing to draft Johnson. This week, the actor wrote on Twitter: "Conversations that I will play Lobo, - the truth. Joel Silver and Brad Peyton are now working on the project. It will be great. "
Release date of the project has not been disclosed, but Lobo will be released on the screen not earlier then 2015.
Dwayne Johnson will appear in the next year at least at five movies. First released thriller "Squealer", then low-budget project of Michael Bay “Pain and Gain”, transferred to the 2013th "Cobra 2","Fast and Furious 6" and the thriller "Empire State".
It seems, first African-American superhero on the big screen will not Panther, as suggested earlier, and Falcon, who plays Anthony Mackie, known for his films "Changing realities", "Living Steel" and "President Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
Falcon made his debut in the comics, "Captain America" in 1969. The creators of the character - Stan Lee and Gene Colan. Here's how Colan in 2008, recalled the story of the birth of the character:
"In the late 1960s, more frequent news about the Vietnam War and civil protests, and Stan had always wanted to be at the forefront and, therefore, reflect the events in the comics. One of the most important steps in this direction was made in "Captain America". I liked to draw very different people. I drew a huge variety of types of comics, loved to draw black people. The features of their faces always seemed to me very attractive, but also on their faces are clearly reflected the wisdom, strength and spirit. I remember how I proposed to come up with Stan African-American hero, and he immediately took my idea. I took a few magazines and on the basis of photographs of various African-Americans invented the Falcon. "
In real life, the Falcon name is Sam Wilson, he was born in Harlem and lived through many adventures with Captain America in the comics of the 1970s, working as his partner. Superpowers Falcon was taken from a special suit, by which Sam could fly. In addition, the hero was able to telepathically talk to the birds. In modern comics, Falcon is one of the key actors in the adventures of Cap and looks like this:
“In general, Sam Wilson has a dark past. It is known that his parents were respectable people and were killed, and he got on the trail of crime, eventually became a pimp and moved to Los Angeles. Performing regular job mafia in Rio de Janeiro, Wilson crashed on the island, where he has a new friend - the character Red Skull, hiding there with henchmen. Thanks Cosmic Cuba Sam gets new abilities. As time becomes a friend of Captain America”.
Details of the plot of "Winter Soldier" are kept secret, but in this subtitle it is clear that in the center of the plot will be Bucky Barnes, a friend of Steve Rogers. In the story of comics in 1945, Barnes hit a mine, but his body was found a Soviet general Karpov and moved to Moscow, where amnesiac assistant of Captain America Winter Soldier did, working for the Soviet Union.
"Captain America: Winter Soldier" will be released on April 4, 2014th.
6,500 people who came into the room H Fairgrounds in San Diego to the presentation of the painting "Pacific Rim", were not disappointed: Guillermo del Toro, opened the curtain on his new film, and featured material led the audience in raptures.
Legendary studio head Thomas Tull said, how screenwriter Travis Beacham came to him with the idea of a film about giant robots fighting with giant monsters.
"The idea is excellent, I said, but you need to bring it to mind. And then we stole one man", - said Tull.
At this point the stage to the applause went Guillermo del Toro. The director has been taken as a rock star, so long had been standing ovation.
"Now I wrought upon my word, - said Guillermo. - I bought a pair of pants sizes too big, so it's all right!"
"This film for me as a great gift for Christmas. It has appeared in my life as a time when it was especially necessary", - said the director, alluding to cut down on the draft Universal adaptation of Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness".
In an interview, Del Toro says, "Termination of work on a "mountains" has put me into the deepest despair. We are already flying over Alaska, searching for places to shoot, when I called and asked to come to the studio to talk about.
Universal is not going to spend 150 million on a movie rated R. I do not regret that I did not give. See, there's "Prometheus" with the same rating, with the same budget and without major stars. And I had Tom Cruise in the lead role and Jim Cameron as producer. I do not want to say that they were right and I'm right. I have never been able to work in their field, because it gave a green light for projects such as "At the Mountains of Madness" and many others. I understand. But, still sad. Hundreds of drawings, sketches, storyboards, animatics - all going nowhere. In the ILM special effects made tents tests and proved that anything is possible! For the director this turn of events is always very offensive, because you already have in mind a movie that you want to show the audience. "
Shooting of "Pacific Rim" have ended in a couple of weeks ago, but for the Comic-Con has been specially mounted video. Appeared on the stage stars of the film Charlie Hannem, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, Guillermo and then explained that for every giant robot control requires two persons, one on each side. "All the shit with the James-James Bond camera in the glasses, cut down his technique! This footage no one else sees!" Guillermo has promised that before the end of the year of the project comes from radio silence, and no other material on it is avaliable. The light is turned off, has begun commercial.
In the "Pacific Rim" there will be nine kaizen and six robots. "We have sketched some 40 variants of monsters and made them a contest "American Idol". We chose the best".
Del Toro began to tell, what do monsters in his film, in that the head of Legendary added: "Believe me, our bank account may well tell you how much he made them get up there!"
Director of "Hellboy" was never shy in expressions. He rode on the popular motion capture technology:"I have no fucking "mo-caps" in the movie! The robots have to move like robots! The same applies to the monster. " Despite the abundance of graphics in the film, much has been done the old fashioned way, with the help of mechanics and props.
The result of the Guillermo del Toro can only be evaluated in July 11, 2013.
Sequel to "The First Avenger" was subtitled "Winter Soldier", the second "Thor" will be called "Dark World", and in August of 2014 we expect, "Guardians of the Galaxy." The head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Faig told about upcoming projects, presented by Robert Downey Jr. and "Iron Man 3" and Edgar Wright showed test material on "Ant-Man."
Saturday Marvel panel in the hall H Fairgrounds in San Diego was reserved for "Iron Man 3", but the studio would not have been it, if it did not show additional material for the fans. Kevin Faig said that to date in developing the following projects are studio: "Iron Man 3" (released in the United States - May 3, 2013th), "Thor: The Dark World" (November 8, 2013th), "Captain America: Winter Soldier "(April 4, 2014-go) and "The Guardians of the Galaxy"(August 1, 2014th).
Fans of comic book about Captain America immediately realized that the sequel will focus on the role of friend Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, whose first film, played Sebastian Stan. In the second, "Thor" is the new villain, but as long as the studio does not specify who will be playing, Dane Mads Mikkelsen, who was named to this role, has refused. Another change in the "Thor": Fandral, a robust fellow of Scandinavian friend, will play Zachary Levi.
As previously reported, the studio is preparing to release in theaters entirely new team, a much more bizarre than the "Avengers". Faig introduced viewers to the concept art "Guardians of the Galaxy."
British humorist Edgar Wright reported that the superheroes in his approach, like Terrence Malick, but some publications have a suspicion that the "Ant-Man" will be the first full-fledged comedy of Marvel. Featured material was completed two weeks ago and did not apply to the upcoming film, this is only a test, which the director was engaged for several months, showing his vision of the film.
Ant-Man suit will create a prototype of the familiar amateur era of the "Silver Age" of comics with a touch of modern design. Wright said that the Ant-Man "will kick your ass inch by inch." On the cast it does not go as well as the start of filming. Edgar will begin in the autumn to shoot the last part of the trilogy "Cornett" with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film will be called "Edge of the World".
Formulation of the Broadway hit "Wicked," based on the history of "The Wizard of Oz" is looking for producer since 2010. Today, Universal said it wants to attract to the project Briton Stephen Daldry, the author of "Billy Elliot" and theater director by vocation. For the musical "Jersey Boys" is seriously eyeing Jon Favreau.
"Wicked" - the story greenskin Elfaby, the future of Western evil witches of Oz. Once upon a time in her youth she was friends with the good witch Glinda, but eventually fell victim to a charlatan visitor, known as Oz. In the novel, the musical based on Gregory Maguire, "The Witch. The Life and Times of West Witch of Oz".
Interestingly, the "Wicked" was originally intended for the big screen, but the producers eventually decided to first try to adapt the book into a musical. The play was expecting an incredible success - only in the first year of the show on Broadway, "Wicked" has collected 56 million dollars.
"Wicked" can go along the path trodden musical "Mamma MIA!", enriched Universal Studios worth over $ 600 million.
The last work of Stephen Daldry was a film "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", well before the director made the drama "Clock" and "The Reader." During a performance, "The inspector's visit," Daldry won a "Tony" award.
As for the film adaptation of the musical "Jersey Boys", then to it since the beginning of June was eyeing the director of "Iron Man" Jon Favreau. The latest version of the script is written John Logan. Graham King's company GK Films looking forward to this project, which may appear in collaboration with Columbia Pictures.
The musical "Jersey Boys" tells the true story of four young men turned from ordinary workers in one of the most popular pop groups of America. Even before the band members Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons celebrated for 30 years, they have sold over 175 million copies of their records. The musical was released in 2005 and has since earned over a billion dollars.
Jon Favreau has released the final stage of negotiations with GK Films. It is expected that the "Jersey Boys" will be his first project after the failed comics "Cowboys and Aliens."
Studio that gave the world the "Avengers" will bring a new company of superheroes. Previously, Disney has reserved a date May 16, 2014 for the premiere of an unknown project from Marvel Studio. This week it became known that the film will be "Guardians of the Galaxy".
There are two versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics. The earliest is dated 1969 year, and the modern incarnation appeared in 2008. Guardians of the original native of the 31st century. Among them, four representatives of the different planets: Earthling Vance Astro, Martinex - T'Naga from Pluto, Captain Charlie-27 from Jupiter and Yondó from Beta Centauri IV. Each is the sole representative of his race and teaming with others to save the Solar System from attack by malicious alien reptiles "Brotherhood Badun."
In 2008, comic book fans have gotten a new team of Guardians. Its creation involved a British writer Dan Abnett, known to all fans of Warhammer 40,000 books in the series. It is expected that this new version of the Guard and will be in the film of Marvel. This company is large and motley, which has been gathered by strategist Star-Lord, and among the recruits as new characters, and for a long time appeared in the universe Marvel. New Guard - Adam Uorlok, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and three girls (Phil-Vell (Quasar), Mentis and Gamora).
The work of all these superhero has remained the same - protecting the galaxy from the worst invaders. Virtually "Avengers in space." In comic books intersect with the Guardians of the original Avengers, so that their choice as the new team fits into the Marvel plan to expand the existing universe.
Marvel will present a draft convention on the ComicCon in San Diego, which will be held from 12 to 15 July, but do not expect the details: the main reason for the meeting with the fans will be "Iron Man 3", whose shooting is underway, and the release is scheduled for May 3, 2013 second. The panel of Marvel is expected in San Diego on July 14.
The head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Faig has repeatedly discussed the possibility of making a film about the Guardian of the Galaxy, and the last time he raised the subject in May this year. Among the characters that Faig wants to move from the pages of comics to the big screen, appear on Ant-Man (directed by Edgar Wright just took a test material for the film), Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Nonhumans.
Declared in May this year a remake to the film "Starship Troopers" will be very different from the original. According to producer Toby Jaffe, remake will be based on the book by Robert Heinlein, rather than on the film, Paul Verhoeven. In addition, promising more patriotism and less violence.
Robert A. Heinlein novel on which the fiction thriller filmed Verhoeven, is considered one of the most contentious and controversial works of the writer. The action takes place in the future, the story is on behalf of Juan "Johnny" Rico, a middle-class Earth Federation, the leading space war with the inhabitants of the planet Klendatu arachnids. From book in the film of 1997 was only a general outline.
Here is what said producer Toby Jaffe in an interview with Empire: "Verhoeven brought the story to the extreme, gave it a comic tone. We set out to follow the book and somehow to land the subject. Novel and now is very popular both in schools and universities, military academies. Verhoeven saw in a book critical of fascism, while Heinlein wrote more from the perspective of an American soldier, past WWII, and wrote during the Korean War. The fact that for one person is fascism for another - patriotism".
So in this remake we can expect for more patriotism. As for the rolling rankings, here you are the producer, too upset. "The picture is more expensive, the harder it is to show the violence in it - says Jaffe. - We are going to reinterpret the novel to a generation that was not familiar with the first film. This will allow the studio and us, the producers, to present it in another manner."
Jaffe also points out that even though special effects in film, Verhoeven, and were at a level that will provide viewers a remake of the more visually enhanced version of the events. So, less violence, more patriotic and special effects. It is not known which of the directors will undertake a walk in the footsteps of Paul Verhoeven with producers' decisions.