Monday, December 22, 2014

'Fast & Furious' Director Justin Lin Takes Over 'Star Trek 3'

It's been a bumpy ride to get Star Trek 3 off the ground ever since former director JJ Abrams jump ship for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At one time it was announced that longtime screenwriter and first time director Roberto Orci would take over as director on the three-quel. Well, he quickly stepped down from that position and now Deadline is reporting that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin will be helming the project. Lin single-handedly kick-started the Fast & Furious franchise after Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift bombed.

Star Trek 3 is expected to hit in 2016

Sunday, December 21, 2014

RUMOR: 'Ant-Man' Post-Credit Scene Involving an Old 'Incredible Hulk' Villain?!

Any type of news regarding Marvel's Ant-Man has essentially been silent after filming began down in Atlanta at Pinewood Studios. More specifically how this film will even really mesh fluently into the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well the guys over at Starlog Magazine have posted some tidbits regarding how this will happen.

:: Spoilers Ahead ::

According to their sources Ant-Man will run co-current with Avengers: Age of Ultron on the MCU timeline. And like we all already know the ending of Age of Ultron will kick start the Superhuman Registration Act leading directly into Captain America: Civil War. Another small tidbit is that most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe references will come in flashbacks with a young Hank Pym meeting Agent Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Arnim Zola and Alexander Perice. This new information also mentions he will meet a young hot-head military officer named Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. Last time we saw Ross was in The Incredible Hulk played by William Hurt.

That's not all according to their sources in the modern day time period older Hank Pym works in the private sector after the fallout of S.H.I.E.L.D in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He also has a large distaste for superheros in general after his time as a hero in the 60's. This leads to the post-credit stinger which has an older General Thunderbolt Ross (Unknown if William Hurt will return; His contract is still active though) visiting Hank Pym at the request of Tony Stark. When Pym asks the General why he is there the General responds by saying “Haven’t you seen the news? We’re at war.”

Lastly, the rumors that Black Widow not having a large role in Captain America: Civil War seems to be confirmed here as well. Apparently she will be arrested and imprisoned for helping fugitive superheros during the time of Civil War. This would allow Scarlett Johansson some time to tend to her family after her new child is born. But a Black Widow breakout down the road isn't out of the question.

Of course this is all just a rumor so take with grain of salt given Starlog Magazine isn't known for their scoops...

Marvel Ant-Man hits Summer 2015

The Incredible Hulk - After Credits Scene... by addictomovie

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sony Has Considered Idris Elba for 'James Bond' In a Future Installment

Many have thought with the ever growing times our favorite fictional characters should change as well. We already have Micheal B. Jordan playing an African-american Johnny Storm in next years The Fantastic Four. But one the most sought after racial changes that's actually agreed by everyone is Luthor and Thor star Idris Elba as James, James Bond. Well thanks to the infamous Sony Hack (via The Daily Beast) back in January of this year Sony chairmen Amy pascal did suggest Idris Elba for a 007 role should Daniel Craig retire the role. Of course this was well before 007: Specture was announced starring Danie Craig but it was nice the studio thought of Elba as a great replacement.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marvel Studios Wants 'Spider-Man' For 'Avengers: Infinity War'; Solo Film in 2019?

Over the last several weeks we have gotten word through the infamous Sony Hack that Sony and Marvel came close to a deal that would allow Spider-Man to finally crossover into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and appear in Captain America: Civil War. Well of course talks broke down and the "shipped sailed" on that idea with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) assuming that lead role. Well Marvel and Sony are still apparently in discussions to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU eventually and Marvel has just the movie for him. According to Val Broeksmit (via Comic Book Movie) who dug through more Sony emails found that Andrew Gumpert the President of Worldwide Business and Operations for Columbia Pictures (Subsidiary of Sony Pictures) told Sony Pictures chairman Amy Pascal if the deal goes through with Marvel. Marvel Studios wouldn't want the next Marvel/Sony Spider-Man film to be a continuation of Civil War but be a teenage superhero who lives in the aftermath. That there will be two sides for all superheros. In the purposed Civil War cameo it would have Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) giving Peter Parker the infamous Iron Spider suit seen in the Civil War comic. He would also meet Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) as well as Captain America (Chris Evans) himself.

He also goes onto mention that Marvel wants to have a solo flick out by 2019 with Spider-Man having a semi-major role in The Avengers: Infinity War Part's I & II in 2018 and 2019 specifically. In a way this is a lot like how The CW introduced Flash into the Arrow-verse. First letting him appear on Arrow as a "back door pilot" before debuting in his own show a year later. This is how Marvel seems to be treating their introduction to Peter Parker. First appearing in Civil War and Infinity War before getting his own film a year later.

All will be known come January when Marvel and Sony hold a meeting regarding this Spider-Man deal. It may actually come to pass with Sony Pictures losing tens of millions of dollars per day since the initial hack as well as an extra $75 Million after cancelling all plans to release The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pan, Kong: Skull Island and The Jungle Book: Origins All Move Release Dates

Over the past several weeks it has been revealed that several movies have switched release dates. These include Warner Brothers Pan the and the newly titled The Jungle Book: Origins and Kong: Skull Island. Pan has moved from July 17th, 2015 to July 13th, 2015. The Jungle Book Origins (Warner Brothers Version) moves from October 21st, 2016 to October 6th, 2017. And lastly Kong: Skull Island moves from November 4th, 2016 to March 10th, 2017.

Director Peter Jackson Would Return to 'Middle-Earth' Someday

Today, Peter Jackson's 6th (and assumed) final Tolkien film hits theaters in the US for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Many assume this would be the last Tolkien movie we see from Jackson until the inevitable reboot 10 years down the line but don't count Jackson out just yet. While Peter Jackson admits he want's to go do smaller budget films about his home country of New Zeland the director admits he is emotionally attached to the world of Middle-Earth and if asked he would day:
“If I had to start tomorrow, I would say no, because I definitely would appreciate a break to clear my head and get my little New Zealand stories done, which is where my passion and my heart is heading now. But ask me in two or three years, and I’d probably say yes. It would be hard to see another filmmaker go into this world, because I certainly have an emotional ownership of it.”
Unfortunately there isn't any more books for Peter Jackson to admit given The Tolkien Estate owns The Similarion which is basically yet another prequel and the origin of how Middle-Earth was created. With the fall of Saurons master Morgoth and the love tragedy of Beren & Luthien. 

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies debuts everywhere today!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Viola Davis Snags 'Amanda Waller' Role in DC Comics 'Suicide Squad'

In their final scoop of 2014 Latino-Review has gotten word that How To Get Away With Murder and The Help star Viola Davis has indeed been cast as the great Amanda Waller in DC Comics upcoming Suicide Squad movie. They interestingly enough mention that she will be a prison-warden and former government agent in the film and not the current leader of A.R.G.U.S. Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer were also in contention for the role.

She will join an all-star cast of Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg and Jared Leto as The Joker.

Suicide Squad hits Summer 2016

Monday, December 15, 2014

'Django Unchained/Legend of Zorro' Crossover Movie Also In the Works at Sony

This past June a brand new comic was revealed from Dynamite/Vertigo imprint that showcased Django Unchained (Based on the major motion picture) and Legend of Zorro teaming up. Well, director Quentin Tarantino who created the character of Django in Django Unchained starring Jamie Fox has exchanged emails with Sony head Amy Pascal on possibly bringing Django and Zorro on screen together! Now this kind of crossover is actually pretty exciting not like that 22 Jump Street/Men in Black nonsense we also heard Sony was developing. First Amy Pascal emailed the director about wanting to work with him in the future specifically a Django/Zorro teamup (via Business Insider)
In which Tarantino replied "D/Z could be really fun!" this of course is not any type of confirmation that a movie will happen and last time something of Tarantino's leaked he had a melt down and almost completely stopped production on his next film The Hateful Eight.

Synopsis of Django/Zorro #1
Set several years after the events of Django Unchained, Django/Zorro #1 finds Django again pursuing the evil that men do in his role as a bounty hunter. Since there's a warrant on his head back east, he's mainly been plying his trade in the western states. After safely settling his wife, Broomhilda, near Chicago, he's again taken to the road, sending her funds whenever he completes a job. It's by sheer chance that he encounters the aged and sophisticated Diego de la Vega - the famed Zorro - and soon finds himself fascinated by this unusual character, the first wealthy white man he's ever met who seems totally unconcerned with the color of Django's skin... and who can hold his own in a fight. He hires on as Diego's "bodyguard" for one adventure and is soon drawn into a fight to free the local indigenous people from a brutal servitude, discovering that slavery isn't exclusive to black folks. In the course of this adventure, he learns much from the older man (much like King Schultz) and, on several occasions, even dons the mask and the whip... of The Fox!

Top 5 Contenders Announced To Direct 'Star Trek 3'

Today, Deadline announced the shortlist of directors Paramount is looking at to direct the crew of the Enterprise in Star Trek 3. This comes after the original director of the first two films JJ Abrams left the chair to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then it looked like longtime screenwriter but first time director Roberto Orci would make his feature film debut on Star Trek 3 but also backed out eventually. Now it's reported that the top 5 contenders included Warcraft director Duncan Jones, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as well as Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin. Rounding out the top 5 then includes Safe House director Daniel Espinosa and The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum.

Star Trek 3 is expected to hit in 2016

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sony & Marvel 'Spider-Man' Meeting Held in January; Kevin Feige Wants Avi Arad Out

Almost everything we heard regarding Spider-Man showing up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a bunch of "what of, could of" situations. Given that word is that talks broke down in late October early November about the character showing up in Captain America: Civil War. We also got word that Sony Pictures is planning on holding a "Spidey Summit" in January to figure out what they even want to do with the character from here on out. There have been talks of Spider-Man going back to Marvel or an adult Spider-Man reboot with Andrew Garfield allegedly fired.

Well now a scoop coming from Screen Gonzo claims to have some more details on this Spidey Summit. It will indeed include Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige as well as Sony head Amy Pascal at Pinewood Studios. Apparently if the deal goes through Marvel is seriously considering on using their famous post-credit stingers to fully set up Spider-Man for Avengers: Infinity War.  But who will be directing Avengers: Infinity War? That would be Anthony and Joe Russo. The Russo Brothers already revealed to Sony head Amy Pascal that they would like to produce a Spider-Man film. But if Marvel regains the rights they are Marvel's top pick to write and direct the new trilogy of Spider-Man films after Avengers: Infinity War. The stinger could be in Avengers: Age of Ultron with pick-ups starting soon but most likely Captain America: Civil War.

Lastly, Kevin Feige has made it clear he wants longtime Spider-Man producer and former boss Avi Arad out of the new Marvel Spider-Man films. Ask any movie going nerd what the problem with the Spider-Man films are and they will all point to Avi Arad.

All these concerns were brought up in Amy Pascals leaked memo to herself regarding Avi Arad, The Russos and creative control. It will all finally be answered in January with some type of an announcement as early as February but definitely before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits in May. But keep in mind it's entirely possible Sony rejects everything and moves forward with their own Spider-Verse plans.