so sorry wrote:Do you even sleep?
so sorry wrote:Do you even sleep?
TheButcher wrote:so sorry wrote:Do you even sleep?
MIKE FLEMING wrote:EXCLUSIVE: Just when it seems we’ve seen every possible manifestation of superhero movie, 20th Century Fox has found an innovation. How about a supervillain who tries to survive in the witness protection program after he rats out his boss?
The studio has acquired screen rights to Incognito, a graphic novel series written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips. Robert Schenkkan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Kentucky Cycle, will write the screenplay. Peter Chernin and his Chernin Entertainment will produce with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel.
The protagonist is Zack Overkill, a ruthless villain who is powered by super strength. He is caught and rats out his boss, The Black Death. He goes into witness protection. He’s given a drug to dull his powers and takes a normal guy job as delivering the mail. By the time he discovers that messing with certain drugs restores his power, he has developed something of a conscience. He becomes a vigilante and soon, his exploits become known to The Black Death, who is out for revenge.get-attachment.aspx
Brubaker is an accomplished comics writer for Marvel whose recent works include Captain America—his installment, The Death of Captain America made global headlines—as well as Daredevil and others. Brubaker’s graphic novel Sleeper is being developed at Warner Bros as a potential Tom Cruise vehicle, and he wanted to find a completely different twist on the superhero genre.
“He’s not your typical villain and I was trying to blend the trappings of pulp, comic and noir genres,” Brubaker told me. “Zack was raised to be his world’s equivalent of a supervillain. We’ve all seen the story of a good person who goes undercover and gets corrupted. This is a bad person forced to live among regular people, and how he’s affected by that. He once ran around with a mask, but now he’s got the fake name and the fake job. My goal was to have you rooting for him as he grows a conscience.”
Schenkkan most recently wrote Anabasis, the period epic drama which will be directed by District 13 helmer Patrick Allesandrin.
TATIANA SIEGEL wrote:Columbia Pictures is revving up a "Ghost Rider" sequel and is in talks with Nicolas Cage to star and helming team Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor to direct.
Former commercial directors Neveldine and Taylor have worked steadily since directing their first feature together, "Crank," in 2006. They have subsequently helmed a "Crank" sequel as well as "Gamer." The pair also wrote the screenplay for Warner Bros.' upcoming pic "Jonah Hex."
Cage is handled by CAA.
Neveldine and Taylor are repped by UTA.
Studio was poised to lose the Marvel property if it couldn't put a sequel into production by November. Columbia will have a small window of availability with Cage, who just signed on to star in the Nu Image/Millennium thriller "Trespass," which will begin shooting in August.
Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman penned the sequel screenplay, which is based on a story by David Goyer. Col is keeping the logline under wraps.
"Ghost Rider" might seem like an unlikely pic to receive sequel treatment, having earned $229 million worldwide during its 2007 theatrical run. But Sony, which has few franchises in its library, was eager to take a crack at a second outing and keep the property in its fold so long as it could keep the budget less than the $110 million spent on the original.
Eva Mendes, who co-starred in the original "Ghost Rider" pic is not expected to return.
Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael De Luca and Stephen Paul are producing the sequel, which will begin lensing in the fall. Goyer and Mark Stephen Johnson are exec producing.
IESB caught up with comic book legend Stan Lee to talk about the many Marvel projects that are in the works. When asked if there is a property he would like to see reboot, Lee quickly responded that The Hulk needs to be given another try.
"Maybe the Hulk a little bit," he said. "I think the Hulk should have been even a bigger hit than it was. Maybe if they have a third go-round he will be. I mean, he did well, but he should have been a bigger smash."
Lee is not talking about a sequel to Edward Norton's movie. He's talking about a reboot, with a different director and a different actor. But that will likely never happen, since even he admits that The Hulk will appear in "The Avengers." And if Norton is brought back for that, it will be very difficult to later replace him.
"The Incredible Hulk" only earned $137 million domestically on a $150 million budget. Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk" had similar results; the film took in $132 million domestically on a $137 million budget. Lee obviously believes that the character has greater potential.
Tyrone_Shoelaces wrote:How many times can you blow the whistle and call a do-over on a movie?
Tyrone_Shoelaces wrote:How many times can you blow the whistle and call a do-over on a movie?
Brendon Connelly wrote:So keen are the Marvel puppetmasters that they should unveil their full line-up of Avengers at Comic-Con, they’re pressing hard to sign Mark Ruffalo to a deal in time to announce his appointment as the Hulk this very weekend.
Unfortunately, there’s still some disagreements over his pay and the amount of movies he’d have to sign on for, report The Wrap. Same old, same old.
According to their report, Ruffalo will be flown from the East Coast to the West if his deal is inked on Friday. His other obligation, they say, would be to bulk up his body. Presumably, Feige and friends wouldn’t expect this on quite the same short schedule.
Best news in the whole piece? That Ruffalo is Joss Whedon’s number-one choice. That, if true, takes the burn off of those earlier doubts about how involved the director was allowed to get with the casting.
UPDATE: Taxi for Mr. Ruffalo – to JFK, and fast. Deadline drop a Toldja! and pass on their source’s story that Ruffalo has now definitively signed on… but also admit that they didn’t get an official statement from Marvel.
Feige is asked about the possibility of R-rated Marvel properties. he reveals that Frank Castle is back under the auspices of Marvel, and they plan to introduce him into the Marvel U shortly....
Mark Millar wrote:Oh, man. It's so good to finally be able to talk about this:
http://www.deadline.com/2010/08/fox-and ... s-nemesis/
The man who shot Maverick in Top Gun, Bruce in the Last Boy Scout, yelled action for Will Smith in Enemy of the State, directed Denzel in Man on Fire (one of the finest revenge movies ever made), had Tarantino rework Hackman's dialogue in Crimson Tide and gave me Deneuve's naughtiest performance in The Hunger is directing our movie. Oh, AND he did True Romance, for my money the best of all the Tarantino flicks. Tony Scott: I can't even pretend to be cool about this.
Bryan Hitch and I would reference Tony on a weekly basis when we were doing The Ultimates. Our dream was an Ultimates movie with Scott directing because he can do the character work and the intensity, but also handle scale and action like practically no other. The idea of a him helming a superhero movie had us giddy and here he is directing the one Steve McNiven and I created. We found out last Friday night and managed to keep a secret from all but a few of our closest friends and family. But this is the call I had a couple of weeks back, which I described as the most exciting of my career; Tony on the blower chatting about how he wanted to shoot certain scenes if we gave him the rights. He was buzzing about it, describing Steve as the best comic book artist he's seen in over twenty years. We talked casting, we talked budget (and we're talking way more than Wanted and Kick-Ass put together here in terms of money for him to play with) and we talked with Fox about making this into a major franchise, something they're really going to invest their time and energy into.
As you can imagine, I'm more than excited. Steve is delirious and this puts our books instantly in an entirely different league in Hollywood terms. Tony said this was a very timely project and Fox want to get this moving as soon as possible. Next up is a script and the writer we talked about did one of my top five movies of all time. The actor he's shooting for as the lead character is going to blow your socks off.
I'm happy and Steve's happy. This has been the most exciting week you can imagine and we're enormously appreciative of all the people who have been waiting around for the twenty-four hours we've been waiting for the news to go live. It's incredibly affirming to have people so into the work that they care enough and apologies for the delay in getting this out there, but we hope you agree this is awesome news.
Very best wishes,
Erin Maxwell wrote:Marvel Studios is moving on a feature film for martial-arts superhero Iron Fist, tapping “xXx” scribe Rich Wilkes for scripting duties.
Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in the ‘70s, Iron Fist is the story of Danny Rand, a superhero whose origin story began when he plunged his hands into the heart of a dragon during battle, rendering them indestructible. The character had several short runs in comc miniseries in the ‘70s and ‘80s before re-emerging in 2006 in “The Immortal Iron Fist” and later, as a member of the New Avengers.
"Iron Fist" is part of a recent endeavor by Marvel to round up errant properties for possible reboots under the Disney banner.
In addition to the Vin Diesel actioner, Wilkes also penned “Ballad of the Whiskey Robber," starring Johnny Depp.
According to Millar, the upcoming comic book is already recieving interest from studios while the director has the choice of helming either Kick-Ass 2 or Superior once he's done with X-Men: First Class...
Mark Millar has quickly become one of the most prolific and popular comic book writers of today thanks to bo both his critically acclaimed work for Marvel and his excellent creator owned work. Two of the latter have already been adapted to film (Kick-Ass and Wanted) while Nemesis is currently in pre-production with Tony Scott directing and Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt both favourites to star. Now, it seems that Millar is already lining up his and artist Lenil Francis Yu's Superior for the big screen as he revealed earlier today on his Twitter page."Sent Superior 1 to some buds last night and two informal offers from studios already. This is looking good."
Most interesting though was the fact that he went on to tell his followers that it's up to X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaugh to decide whether or not he wants to adapt this, Kick-Ass 2 or perhaps even something else altogether!"I've promised Matthew Vaughn a first pass at Superior though. We're going to talk next week whether it's this, KA2 or something else next."
"Vaughn and I will be doing lots of head-scratching between Superior and Kick-Ass 2 next week."
Which of these movies would you most like to see Vaughn direct? Either way, it's clear that as soon as he's done with the new X-Men movie from Fox, he'll be pretty busy with helming yet another of Mark Millar's comic book creations whose character will seemingly be dominating the big screen alongside Marvel and DC for the forseeable future!
One director and one producer got in touch just a few hours after this hit the shelves today. I'd sent previews to several friends last month, but these guys only read the book today and called me one after the other when I was shopping in ASDA (our version of Wal-Mart).
One of them I absolutely love and this is definitely in his comfort zone. The other was a curve-ball, a producer who has worked on lots of big family movies with the director he's proposing, but strangely has never done a superhero flick before. This is what happened with Timur on Wanted, Matthew on Kick-Ass and most recently Tony Scott when he bought Nemesis to direct. Some guys are just perfectly suited for the superhero genre, but somehow never quite connected when something was available.
Anyway, we're having talks again tomorrow and my agent said two other guys have set up calls for tomorrow evening to run through THEIR ideas on where the story goes (which is immediately putting me off them). But the guys I spoke to tonight were both great and I've sent them the scripts for the rest of the series. Wanted was a book about a murderer and a rapist. Kick-Ass had a compulsive masturbator as the hero and an eleven year old dropping the C-Bomb. Nemesis is about as hard R as you can get, featuring booby-trapped wombs and incest babies. And yet somehow these stories are getting picked up by Hollywood. Superior has some REAL surprises coming up that I thought might put these guys off, but maybe Hollywood is just getting a little more interesting. There's only so many times you can reboot the old heroes, I guess. Maybe it's time for something a little different.
But get this: Both guys had casting ideas already and suggested the same dude: Mister Jon Hamm from Mad Men, whom I absolutely love. This is by no means guaranteed casting, but interesting that they both suggested the same guy. Will keep you posted as events happen, but I think this could be an interesting week. Stay tuned.
TheButcher wrote:From IESB:
Exclusive: Paramount Versus The House of MouseJamie Williams wrote:So what's the big news? Apparently, there is nothing short of a tug of war going on between Disney and Paramount over the properties Par had already lined up and contractually committed to distribute with Marvel. Sadly, it appears that the Mouse may have found a loophole.
How certain are we of this? Certain Disney publicists have already been telling members of the press that Iron Man 3 will definitely be distributed and branded with the Walt Disney logo. Ask the lawyers for details.
NIKKI FINKE AND MIKE FLEMING wrote:The Walt Disney Studios deal to buy Paramount Pictures out of the final two films of its six-picture distribution deal with Marvel Studios amounts to the Mouse paying a premium to get cracking on its $4 billion investment in Marvel. When you break down the numbers, it's a pretty good deal for both studios. Paramount had been earning an 8% distribution fee on the Marvel titles like Iron Man. Paramount also put up P&A and got reimbursed over time. The $115 million will be paid in two installments--half when The Avengers is released May 4, 2012, and the other half when Iron Man 3 is released May 3, 2013. If those movies perform more strongly than expected, Paramount will earn more than $115 million advance. I'm told that Paramount is actually getting 9% on that third Iron Man movie, a reward for launching one of Hollywood's most valuable franchises. So essentially, Paramount is getting paid without having to put up the P&A or exert the manpower that goes into releasing summer blockbusters.
Today, Marvel confirmed what IESB reported back in February of this year, it was here on IESB the news first broke that Disney had plans to completely re-negotiate the standing deal between Marvel and Paramount. At the time, it was denied, but as the news today confirms, we were right. Now the IESB can break the news on what Disney is hoping to do next to continue building upon their Marvel Empire.
There are four Marvel franchises that Disney does not control and word is they want them back. Three are controlled by 20th Century Fox and one by Sony.
Let's start with the Fox controlled Marvel properties.
DAREDEVIL - The movie wasn't received well by critics or fans for that matter, but, it did make its money back in box office receipts, DVD sales and TV broadcasting rights - it made close to $180 million at the worldwide box office alone with a budget of approx $78 million. And while Daredevil isn't considered a first tier character, the Mouse House wants Matt Murdoch and his alter ego Daredevil back under the control of Marvel Entertainment.
Of course it's not just Daredevil under Fox's thumb, Elektra, Bullseye and Kingpin were also part of the deal. And it's entirely possible that under said rights deal, Fox may have a handful of other characters that haven't appeared yet that could possibly be brought to the big screen as well.
As it was reported here first on IESB and regurgitated on several other outlets, 20th Century Fox is currently in development on a reboot of Daredevil.
FANTASTIC FOUR - It's by far one of the most beloved comic book series of all time. Fox has released two Fantastic Four films, both have done extremely well at the box office ($620 million) plus DVD sales and TV broadcast rights. Perhaps not so well with critics and fans.
The budget for both films were around $230 million combined, $100 million for the first and $130 for the second.
Insiders are telling IESB Disney would love to get Fantastic Four back under their control and that this series, above all, fits the Disney mold the best being the first superhero family.
Fox is currently moving forward with its Fan Four/Silver Surfer reboot as its was first reported here on the IESB.
X-MEN - This one, by far, is the biggie, the X-Men franchise and the entire X-Men Universe. The four X-Men films have brought in a staggering $1.54 billion dollars plus what is believed to be close to another $500 million in DVD sales and TV broadcast rights. That's approximately 2 billion dollars...a lot of money to say the least. All four films had a combined budget cost of approx $500 million dollars.
The X-Men franchise is huge, there are 100's of characters in this universe and 20th Century Fox has a solid lock on this property. Besides the known characters of the films i.e. Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, Professor Xavier, Magneto, Sabretooth, Mystique plus the countless other heroes and villains that have appeared in the Fox feature films, besides those, there are so many other characters in the X-Men universe that they haven't used prominently...yet.
These include, just to name a few, fan favorites Bishop, Cable, Banshee, Blink, Havok, Quicksilver, Psylocke and Deadpool (whose spinoff is hopefully coming soon with Ryan Reynolds reprising the role). The X-Men universe is probably one of the largest hero/villain heavy universes out there, it's literally immense when you start to think about all of the inhabitants. Any of these names can easily be the core of a new X-Men team or spinoff.
20th Century Fox is moving full steam ahead with X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, Deadpool and other spinoffs currently in the works.
Disney will never and I mean never, ever, not in a 100 years, get this property back under the control of Marvel Entertainment, just not going to happen. Fox owns all of these properties for perpetuity, in other words, for-ev-ver....for-ev-ver...
Moving on to TV. If the feature films angle doesn't work, can Disney/Marvel possibly move forward with live action TV series based on the Daredevil, X-Men or Fantastic Four characters? Simply put "NO."
Fox has sued Marvel once before regarding the "Mutant X" fiasco. In those court documents a few interesting tidbits of the original rights deal are revealed.
They mean business -
In October 1993, Marvel and Fox signed an agreement (the "1993 Agreement") pursuant to which Marvel licensed to Fox all the rights that Fox may require in order to produce, distribute, exploit, advertise, promote, and publicize theatrical motion pictures based on the "X-Men" comic book series. The "X-Men" comic book series, referred to in the Agreement as the "Property," includes the X-Men Characters, specifically the "core" Characters and the Characters of the "X-Universe"; their origin stories; storylines from individual comic books; and "all other elements relating to the Property and the Characters." The rights granted to Fox included "the right to use the title (or subtitle or portion of the title) of the Property or any component of the Property as the title of any Picture or related exploitation." The Agreement reserved all television rights to Marvel, subject to a proviso, critical to Fox's pending contract claim, that Marvel would not "produce, distribute or exploit or authorize the production, distribution or exploitation of any live-action motion picture" without Fox's consent (the "Freeze").
From what we've been told, the lawyers at Disney have poured over the "Mutant X" case to find some wiggle room, but, due to the settlement between Fox and Marvel, it looks like Disney is shit out of luck. Their only hope is if Fox is willing to hand over rights to characters Disney would like to use. But, word on the street is Fox has made it very clear that they will not let go of any of the properties under their control for any live action medium.
Unlike Sony, we've been told by Fox Co-Chairman Tom Rothman and other Fox execs in the past, that they own the rights to their Marvel properties for perpetuity. But, we've also been told that if it ever came to the point where they were going to lose any property they own because of failing to have a movie in production, they would simply produce a low budget, straight-to-DVD feature and "four wall it," which basically means, stick it in any theater to fulfill their theatrical release clause.
So even though those Mickey Mouse lawyers have spent plenty of hours going over those Fox contracts it appears that they are rock solid.
So what about Sony's Spider-Man franchise? Same thing as the Fox deal, the contracts protect the studio 100% but they do have to continue to make movies with the Marvel characters on a regular basis. Spider-Man is not going anywhere, that also includes Venom.
Bottom line, the Sony and Fox contracts are rock solid. They will both keep their respective properties under their control. But you can be sure because they have plenty of money to spend, Disney will still have those Mickey Mouse lawyers looking for a loop hole....and to that I say, good luck!
The actor told The Playlist,I am [signed for more films] but it’s a question as to whether they’ll make more movies, which was the [original] intention, or whether they’ll take a fresh start with the villains, since they switched Bruce Banner to Mark Ruffalo. I certainly very much want to return as the Leader and I hope they’ll have me. The intention was that I would come back, which is why my head starts to, um, bubble, at the end. It’s just a question as to whether a) they’re going to make more Hulk movies, and b) because of Ruffalo, if they’re going to use me again.
The fact that he’s signed for more than one film isn’t really remarkable — actors often have to sign for multiple pictures when making a studio film that has franchise potential.
The fact that he remains expressly interested in the role is more reassuring. It would be great to see him go up against Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Tim Blake Nelson was one of the more inspired pieces of casting in a superhero movie and given the right script he could be a knockout as a seriously cartoonish bad guy. Let’s hope it happens.
Josh Wigler wrote:"'Nemesis' is great," Scott told MTV News. "It's something I've never done before. I love touching new worlds, touching new things, and that's what excites me. 'Nemesis' is a fresh genre for me."
Scott said that he isn't sure exactly what it was that drew him to "Nemesis," except to say that it was an instinctual feeling — something he tends to rely on quite often in his movie selections.
"The comic sat on my desk for about a week and I kept looking at it and looking at it," he said. "I don't know what [exactly made me pick it up]. What speaks to me? Why make the movie? What speaks to you is your heart and your mind. It's spontaneity. Once you start analyzing why you're doing something, you're in trouble. I've had a love affair with every movie I've done — 16 now — and I'm lucky, because I've always been able to follow my heart."
But it'll take some time before Scott fully immerses himself in Nemesis, as he provided a status update on the project: "I'm just beginning now. We're right at the beginning."
Brendon Connelly wrote:According to Pajiba’s semi-legendary Hollywood Cog*, the proposed project is currently inviting pitches from writers. It’s a first step. Will there be a second step? A third? Will War Machine come trotting out of the gate? Only time will tell, but don’t be surprised if he does.
My first question, I suppose, is if there’s any good, pre-established War Machine plot lines that could be used as a template?
*I refuse to believe this Hollywood Cog is just one person. He may also be a fictional personification of anything and everything that the Pajiba crew can glean from tracking boards.
Mark Millar wrote:Superior is one we've known about for months. And I mean SEVEN OR EIGHT MONTHS. But everything has been formalised and this is now locked down and should finally be announced in the next week or two. I met up with the director on my trip to London earlier in the week and he's gasping to get started. We talked casting and screen-writer (both of whom should make fans of the book very happy) and we're going to be putting this into overdrive after Christmas for a late 2012 release. The good news is that this is getting fast-tracked and all going well we should be looking at a late 2012 release. I know it seems fast because the second issue of Superior only hit the stands yesterday, but this is something that I've been discussing with his team for a couple of years. Superior is a labour of love for me, everything I've ever really wanted to write in a comic-book and it's exactly the kind of movie he's always wanted to make too. I've been thinking about this book for over five years now and scribbling lots of notes so it's almost a relief to get this out.
American Jesus, on the other hand, has been a total surprise. The studios all looked at this a few years back when I was doing Wanted, but people were nervous about Jesus being the lead character in a story set in modern America and all declined. One producer (who's very famous and this has become my most told bar-room story) asked if we could do American Jesus WITHOUT JESUS (which I found hilarious) so naturally the movie never got made. But an oscar-winning writer-director-producer got in touch literally last night when I got home from England and a little movie miracle happened. I have no idea where this is going to go, but the guy is maybe one one of a handful of people in the industry powerful enough to protect this and stop the dilution I feared would happen. It's early days, but I'll keep you posted. I was very happy with this book, but had written off a potential movie so this was a total surprise.
In an online chat on the L.A. Times website HeroComplex, Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, answered a ton of fan submitted questions. While he didn’t reveal any major Marvel secrets, he did give updates on numerous Marvel projects that are in development. Some of the projects he talked about were Ant-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Luke Cage, The Runaways, The Punisher, Deadpool, Thor, Captain America, Power Pack, and a few others. Here’s some of the bullet point highlights:
* Iron Man will have new armor in The Avengers
* The upcoming Marvel movies will continue hiding hidden Easter Eggs
* Says the next 3 years he’s working on Iron Man 3, The Runaways, Ant-Man and The Avengers
*Don Blake is somehow referenced in Thor
* Mentions his love of Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and Luke Cage
* We should be seeing the Captain America trailer early next year
* They are working on The Punisher. No word if it’s TV or live-action
* Wants to bring female heroes to the big screen
* A very talented writer is currently working on a draft of Iron Fist right now
* Claims Natalie and Chris have amazing chemistry in Thor
* Open to an R-Rated Marvel movie
* Says some of the upcoming Marvel movies will have after the credit scenes
* The ten-minute shorts before the features was just a rumor.
* Says Fox is still working on a Deadpool movie
* Nick Fury will stay in the modern era
* No Invaders in Captain America but there will be Howling Commandoes
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