When Deadpool opens in less than two months, it will be the first time in 15 years that 20th Century Fox has tried to diversify its big screen mutant universe by making a movie featuring a non-X-Men character. It’s success will determine whether or not Fox can engage a wide-variety of Marvel mutant-based pictures, including, not-coincidentally, X-Force, for whom Deadpool has been both antagonist and ally. We don’t often hear a lot about that X-Force movie that’s in development, but now a piece of concept art has floated to the surface of the internet as if to say, “Yes, this is still a thing.” So are we looking at the line-up of the movie X-Force here? (more…)
Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures have teamed up for a five-picture deal involving the Bloodshot and Harbinger comic series respectively, set to kick off in 2017 with Bloodshot. The schematics seem to be two Bloodshot films, 2 Harbinger films, and then a crossover film called Harbinger Wars. Not much is known about the Harbinger films directorial-wise as of yet, but in the Bloodshot corner, we have the creative combo of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski; the two previously teamed up in 2014 for John Wick. (A moment of silence, please, for Daisy the beagle.) Eric Heisserer (known for 2011’s The Thing) will work the scripts for both. (more…)
The rotating door to the production of a future Masters of the Universe movie turns again, and as we say goodbye to G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu, we say hello to Jeff Wadlow, who is now rumored to be the man for the job for the big screen trip back to Eternia. Is Wadlow the filmmaker to break this deadlock and bring us a live-action He-Man again? No one – except maybe the Shadow – knows. (more…)
Everyone in Hollywood has jumped on the Superhero bandwagon, plotting out years worth of movies and trying to mirror the successful Marvel Studios Model of creating a shared universe for the character rights they own. 20th Century Fox is the latest continue this trend by announcing three new film dates for The Fantastic Four 2, The Wolverine 3, and an as yet unnamed, mystery Marvel movie. (more…)
We’ve know since the summer that writer/director Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) would be the one responsible for bringing the early 90’s mutant team X-Force to the big screen for FOX and we have a bit of an update on the project by way of twitter. Comic book artist/writer/dungaree model Rob Liefeld, the very man who created the team and its two stand out members Cable and Deadpool, took to the social network to tweet the praises of what Wadlow has done so far. (more…)
X-Force/X-Men Crossover? Nathan Fillion as Bruce Wayne But Not Batman? Second Clip From Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ One-Shot & More in Another Superhero Movie News Round-Up!
Superheroes continue to be a hot ticket item, even if their hold on the box office is slipping. And as another summer movie season comes to an end it’s time to look towards what new superhero feature films are coming our way. It’s time for another superhero movie news round-up!
Jeff Wadlow, writer/director of this weekend’s Kick-Ass 2, already has another superhero team-up on the docket – the big screen adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s X-Force. The popular 90s comic series that gave the world Deadpool is another film in FOX‘s efforts to build their own shared Marvel universe; one populated by mutants and with absolutely no connection whatsoever to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers.
While out and about promoting Kick-Ass 2, Wadlow chatted with Den of Geek who invariably asked about X-Force. Here’s what Wadlow had to say,
All I can say is this: I bought X-Force #1 when I was a kid, I’ve read the recent run of Uncanny X-Force which I thought was fantastic, but other than that I just can’t comment on the line-up or anything yet.
Oooh, let’s see, what can I say? Let me put it like this. It will seamlessly exist in the X-Men cinematic universe, but it’s not a sequel.
So no confirmed line-up, but Wadlow did also hint at including team staples: Cable, Domino, and perhaps Sunspot (who’s also appearing X-Men: Days of Future Past). The concept of a shared universe with the X-Men films is, at this point, a no brainer. Marvel and Disney have already proven this to great success, and now DC and Warner Bros. are hoping to continue that trend.
Speaking of shared universes, you better count on including the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot into FOX’s Marvel universe, as their creative consultant, Mark Millar explains below the cut.
“This is real life.”
That’s the supposed lesson presented during the first Kick-Ass as Dave Lizewski is beaten to within an inch of his life and later tortured and almost murdered by a horde of mafia goons who kill Big Daddy, a former cop turned vigilante and loving, yet terrible father.
The stakes are real, there are consequences to playing make-pretend superheroes — this is the message, but then all of that is undercut when Dave aids Big Daddy’s daughter, Hit Girl, in her quest for revenge. In the end, the pair soars high above New York City, on their way toward a “normal” life after killing the bad guy with a bazooka.
It’s an ending that is basted in cliche, but it fits as a cap to a fun and empty collection of over the top action scenes that are tied together by the thin thread of a paint by numbers script.
Kick-Ass didn’t light the world on fire with its box office receipts, bringing in just $48 million at the US box office and about the same through international markets, but it was well received and studios seemingly love to be in the comic book movie business, hence, a sequel was born.
‘Kick-Ass 2’: Director Reacts to Carrey’s Change of Heart; Moretz’s Character Re-Written to be Less “Male Centered”
[EDITORS NOTE: This story was written by Nerd Bastards newbie Brent Cook, who is earning his publishing wings.]
So, a few months back, Jim Carrey took to Twitter to say that he “could not support the level of violence” in Kick-Ass 2, which was filmed prior to the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Since his sudden change of heart, Carrey’s Kick-Ass 2 co-stars (namely John Leguizamo and Chloë Moretz) have defended the movie against Carrey’s statements, and now, we have writer/director Jeff Wadlow giving his take on the situation.
Here’s my take on it; he is entitled to have his own opinion, and he’s entitled to change his opinion. Ultimately, I really believe his performance speaks for itself
Writer-director Jeff Wadlow has been out doing the rounds, promoting the coming of Kick-Ass 2. For those that don’t know, Wadlow also happens to be the guy that’s been hired to take on the script for FOX’s plans at an X-Force movie. When talking to Bleeding Cool in a recent interview, Wadlow took the time to answer a few questions about what we can expect from the X-Force film (without giving away too many details, of course). Check out the juicy bits below:
I’m very deep into it. I can’t really say much as Fox has asked me not to but, again, it’s not a reboot or reimagining of the X cinematic universe. Tonally it will fit in, quite well with all the other movies… but then I think the other movies cover a wide range of tones. It’s certainly not going to be tonally similar to Kick-Ass.
I hope it will have what fans of X-Force will expect. I think it will be a little edgier, I think you’ll see some characters with different takes on what it means to be a mutant. There will be some grey areas that the movies haven’t yet been explored. It won’t be as “overt.” This movie is more about the grey areas in between.
I’m going to take some big ideas from the X-universe and flip them, I think in an interesting way. It’s hard to talk about that, though, without being specific. I probably shouldn’t have even talked about that at all because I can’t get into the specifics but I will say it’s similar to Kick-Ass 2 in that it wasn’t an open assignment, it wasn’t “We’re going to make an X-Force movie, who’s interested? Here’s what the movie’s going to be.
When Mark [Millar] got the job with Fox I said “The first movie you guys should make is an X-Force movie and here’s how you should do it.” And that got him excited, and that got the studio excited and that’s the movie I’m writing.
It’s good to hear something about it at least, even if we don’t yet get to learn what the team make-up is going to be. Unfortunately, Wadlow hasn’t really proven himself to be a great writer yet, with little under his belt and most of that rather un-noteworthy. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what he brings to the table with X-Force.
What do you folks think? Faith in Wadlow or no?
Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the goodness.
With Jeff Wadlow‘s Kick-Ass 2 hitting theaters in just under a month, Universal has released four new TV spots to remind people just how there they are. And and all the others are all there, that’s for sure.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots.