It seems that comic book movie firings can make for great soap opera, as further sordid particulars regarding the divorce between Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios spill out into the open. While some have inexplicably been backing the corporation (just look at the comments on Latino Review’s initial breaking of this story and then the ones on my own reporting), the rest of us who care about our cinema not being completely homogenized have been wondering if this is a case of Marvel going too far in terms of creative meddling. A new story over at The Hollywood Reporter has some pretty damning insight, all but directly confirming that the comic book entertainment factory couldn’t care less about “vision”. (more…)
Are Disney suits polishing the brass on their own personal Superhero Titanic?
Yesterday, news broke regarding Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man, the Phase Three Marvel MCU picture he had been developing with the studio for the last eight years. Details we sketchy regarding his exit, but with the film this close to shooting, speculation ran rampant around the Internet (as it tends to do). Today, Latino Review has dropped one of their patented “inside scoops” regarding the Wright disaster while almost simultaneously breaking the news that Cabin In the Woods director Drew Goddard has left the Daredevil series Marvel was developing with Netflix. The reports on both are troubling, to say the least, as it reads like Disney and Marvel suits are meddling in the creative galley, to the point that their talent are jumping ship left and right.
Being as how they don’t really have much to work with other than Spider-Man properties, the folks over at Sony have been searching for any possibility to keep their super hero franchise expanding. They certainly plan on playing out the Amazing Spider-Man films until the world turns to ash, but they also announced plans to focus on some of Spidey’s villains. Venom and the Sinister Six were two of the names dropped as future movie subjects, and now it looks like the Sinister Six movie has a director all lined up. And that director is none-other-than Drew Goddard. (more…)
It seems like every comic book character is getting sucked into an inter-connected universe lately — from the developing Arrow/Flash verse on the CW, to the proprietary Marvel Movie Universe, the burgeoning DC Movie Universe, and the nascent X-Men universe — and now you can add Spider-Man to the list. (more…)
Marvel has now confirmed that Drew Goddard (Lost, The Cabin in the Woods) will not only serve as the Executive Producer and Showrunner, but also write and direct the pilot episode of the new Netflix Daredevil series. (more…)
Now that the dust has begun to settle on the internet shattering announcement that Disney/Marvel Studios will be teaming up with Netflix to bring an astonishing four Marvel properties to the small-on-demand screen it looks like the TV shows are starting to take shape. Well one at least.
On the eve of World War Z‘s release, movie fans are wondering if the often-reported rumors of production difficulties and emergency re-writes and re-shoots are going to show in the final big screen product. Fair question, and The Huffington Post thinks it has an answer.
To recap, Paramount took a look at the work in progress cut of World War Z last year and realized that their third act was a mess. Needing to rethink the issue, the producers – including star Brad Pitt – brought in Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) to pen a page one re-write of act three. Lindelof, in turn, brought in Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard to help him out. At some point along the way Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) was brought in to do a polish, but mostly the structure of the third act was the work of Lindelof and Goddard.
So when you’re watching World War Z later this weekend, or whenever, at what point does the Lindelof/Goddard script take over from the original version? Interestingly, one doesn’t need to spoil anything to tell, at least you won’t be spoiled if you’ve already seen the trailers. Apparently, the third act begins after Pitt’s character gets on the plane in Israel, the same plane scene that closes out the recent trailer. Further, HuffPo says that Lindeloff and Goddard wrote a couple of scenes to beef up the Pitt character’s familial relationship to give his plight greater gravitas and to make the stakes of the film more personal for the audience.
It’s worth noting that the HuffPo article also said that no footage from the re-done third act has been used in any of the trailers, so movie viewers may be in the rare position of going into the final portion of the movie complete unawares. It will be interesting to see what the reaction to World War Z will be this weekend, if it can overcome some of that negative buzz and deliver something that audiences can get excited about. I guess we’ll know for sure in about 24 hours.
What say you Bastards, are you going to check out World War Z this weekend?
DreamWorks Studios is one step closer to bringing Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse to the big screen with the addition of former Fox chief Tom Rothman. Rothman has signed on to produce the feature acquired by DreamWorks and Doubleday from Daniel H. Wilson‘s formerly unpublished manuscript as part of a pre-emptive deal back in November 2009.
Reports are also coming out from The Hollywood Reporter that Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway is in talks to star as the female lead next to Avengers star Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation. Yes, Catwoman and Thor in a movie. Before you get too excited though, we should caution that these talks are still in the early stages and negotiations are still underway.
What is Robotocalypse? The story focuses on “the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.” Robopocalypse is being adapted to screen by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard with Disney and Fox looking ahead toward a April 25th, 2014 release date. Principal photography is set to begin sometime in early 2013.
We should get that on a t-shirt. “Goddard Says Relax.”
The Goddard in this case being writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). Goddard was subcontracted by Damon Lindelof to re-write the ending to World War Z, the adaptation of the best-selling novel directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt.
WWZ has been getting beaten up in the press with talk of reshoots, re-writes and star and director not speaking to one and other, but now Goddard is telling Collider that it’s all cool, just typical, big budget Hollywood filmmking stuff. Nothing to write home about.
“I think a lot of that got blown out of proportion. It really was like, they asked me to come look at the movie and give ideas on how to help, and that’s what happened. That happens all the time, I don’t know why this got blown up with World War Z and it suddenly became a big thing. It’s the sort of thing that happens with screenwriters all the time where you give your ideas on what could help, you write some scenes for people… I feel bad for the sort of magnifying glass that that movie’s under because this is just a normal part of the process, this is just what happens… My involvement was just watch the movie, give some ideas, write some scenes that might help, ADR, just sort of fill in stuff, which is what I did.”
At the same time, Goddard seems to be sending a reassuring message that there’s something to be cautiously optimistic about so far as the film, once completed, is concerned.
“Out of respect for the filmmakers, I don’t want to say too much about World War Z, just because I owe it to them to let it come out as they want. What I will say is that some of the stuff I saw was mind-blowing.”
World War Z is due in theaters next summer.