Edgar Wright

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While she may have been an Internet front-runner for the directing job for Marvel‘s upcoming Black Panther in 2018, over the weekend, Ava DuVernay (Selma) confirmed to Essence that she won’t be behind the camera. Everyone on the Internet seemed to think this was a lock, and there are some sites that must be wagging fingers at their “unnamed sources” close to the production, or just backpedaling from their “prediction” to save a little face. She did meet with Marvel, more than once. So what went wrong? (more…)

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I’m not sure if this a violation of franchise/franchisee confidentiality, but recently Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, talked about Ant-Man. Before there was The Avengers, before there was even an Iron Man, Ant-Man was slowly gathering steam under the direction of Edgar Wright, the filmmaker most famous for the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. Wright’s years of toil were about to pay-off when, all of a sudden, he was out and Peyton Reed was in as Ant-Man director. Jesus wept, and so did the internet, because we were now robbed of the presumptive awesomeness of Wright’s Ant-Man. But Marvel Studios told us to chill, and now, Whedon himself is saying that from what he’s read, we’re right to miss what would have been Wright’s vision for the character. (more…)

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Marvel had some fun with Ant-Man fans and the Internet the other day by releasing the first Ant-Man teaser in ant sized form. It didn’t take the Internet long to super size that teaser, but the quality was horrendous so we passed on posting it. Who wants to waste time clicking to see blurred out images that even Paul Rudd‘s mother couldn’t recognize? Thankfully, Marvel took pity on those of us without Pym Particles and re-released the teaser in a more human sized version. (more…)

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This time on PODCAST, HUMOR Jeremy and guest host (that is totally not Jason) Neil B. Deep (see? Not Jason,) gather around the glowing internet fire to discuss all manner of things that pertain to fitness, finance, and faith. Also reports indicate that Marvel and Sony discussed a Spider-Man double-team and Deadpool is happening (I know you already knew that… just go with it). Also there are other things!

Here are the other things! (more…)

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A previous report that Christopher Nolan was being eyed to direct an adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One was only partially right. As it turns out, Nolan’s is one of a number of marquee filmmakers who are on the studio’s shortlist to make the movie version of the award-winning book. Warner Bros., who is developing the adaptation and, frankly, are hungry for a new franchise, see potential gold in an idea that’s been described as one part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, one part The Matrix, and one part The Da Vinci Code. So who all is looking to be recruited? And is one of them ready to step into the world of Ready Player One? Buckle your seat belts, because there’s some pretty provocative names on the list. (more…)

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Trekkies might have been annoyed about the the prospects of a Star Trek reboot being directed by J.J. Abrams back in 2009, but the irony is not lost on them (well, at least we hope it’s not…), as the popularity of the franchise was waning with smaller box office returns after each consequent release of the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies; with the nail hitting the head with the disappointing performance of Star Trek Nemesis. To make matters worse, there was also the cancellation of ‘Enterprise‘ after four seasons. So – although the reboot was catered to a wider audience – it was the only way to save the franchise and rejuvenate some much needed vigour into the series. Subsequently, it turned out to be a good movie; becoming a universal hit with critics and fans alike, therefore doing its job in successfully piquing a rather blasé audiences’ interest in a dying franchise. (more…)

Orci Out as Director of ‘Star Trek 3′

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To say that there’s a lot riding on the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise (13th overall) is something of an overstatement. After the mixed feelings of Star Trek Into Darkness, which was critically and commercial successful yet still seen as something of a narrative failure, there is an urgent need to get Trek back on track, especially with the release date for Star Trek 3 set for the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016. And that’s why it came as something of surprise when screenwriter Roberto Orci who got the job making his feature directorial debut after J.J. Abrams left the project to make some small unknown indie flick last year. That announcement has made this time last year, but now, just 12 months later, Orci is heading for the nearest turbolift door. (more…)

New Man on ‘The Crow’ Renews Reboot Hopes

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As I’m sure you’ve heard, Hollywood is creative bankrupt. So in creative bankruptcy news, progress is being made once again on the remake of The Crow, the 1994 Alex Proyas‘ movie based on the James O’Barr graphic novel. The Crow news of the day is that the film has a new director. It’s fourth. Now some would take that as a sign that maybe all this time and energy being put into an already successful film adaptation is being wasted, but not Hollywood. Nope, they will press on with this thing until it’s exhausted all possible avenues and filmmakers. Next batter up is Corin Hardy, but is he the bright young auteur to finally bring The Crow back to the big screen two decades later? (more…)

Evangeline Lilly

Edgar Wright fans and Ant-Man fans were dealt a crushing blow when Wright decided to leave the project after spending eight years working on the movie adaptation. Nobody quite knows what happened, but it’s no secret that Marvel henchman Kevin Feige is pretty hands on with all the Marvel projects. The natural assumption has been that Wright was not willing to give away too much creative freedom, and when Marvel decided to change parts of the original script he and Joe Cornish (Attack Of The Block) had worked on, he’d had enough. To this day, nobody really knows the real reason Wright left and it’s pretty much all based on speculation. However, now Evangeline Lilly – who is playing Hope Van Dyne (Hank Pym‘s daughter) – has offered her take on the whole debacle. (more…)

Nova

Soon after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was confirmed, people turned their attention to what could be in store for the sequel and what new characters they might be seeing in the sequel. One character who has been getting a lot of mention is Nova – the Earth-born hero – who fights for Xander and the planets Nova Corps and is also a major warrior who fights against the Kree and the Skulls, albeit, in various incarnations. Furthermore there was also talk about Peter Quill‘s father showing up in the second installment.

In a recent interview with Movieweb,  James Gunn  talks about what impact these characters will have on the sequel – or rather lack there of. (more…)