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…)
For whatever reason, I often get Corey Stoll and Paul Scheer mixed up. It’s probably because they’ve both tall, white and bald. Also because I’m a racist. Regardless, only one of them is in talks for a role in Edgar Wright’s upcoming adaptation of Marvel’s Ant-Man. Hint hint: it’s the one with the better teeth.
According to Variety‘s recent report on the recruitment of writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to assist Roberto Orci in penning the latest entry in the “Nu-Trek” franchise, director Joe Cornish is no longer at the top of Paramount‘s short-list of filmmakers to take over the series from JJ Abrams. (more…)
We know that J.J. Abrams is out as director of Star Trek 3, apparently he’s got something better to do, so that begs the question as to who Paramount Pictures might turn to in order to make the next mission of the Enterprise a reality. According to the latest from the Hollywood rumor mill, it seems that the studio is circling around Attack the Block filmmaker Joe Cornish to continue the adventures of everyone’s favorite Starfleet crew. (more…)
With Star Trek Into Darkness now out in theaters, J.J. Abrams now turns his attention to his next film, Star Wars Episode VII, but what of Star Trek 3 (or 13 depending on your numbering)? Well, Abrams hasn’t ruled it out, but let’s face facts: making a Star Wars movie is probably going to eat up the filmmakers’ life for the next couple of years.
Now it’s possible that Paramount, the studio behind the Trek franchise might wait for Abrams to be freed from his Star Wars commitments, but considering that the soonest the Abrams could get to work on it is summer 2015 (if Episode VII itself isn’t delayed, and it may be) does Paramount want to wait that long for him? Especially seeing as how 2016 will be Star Trek’s 50th birthday?
Well if you’re thinking what Paramount’s thinking, then you’re thinking it might be time for a contingency plan, and someone has told as much to Latino Review’s El Mayimbe.
“I guess y’all wanna know about who might be directing STAR TREK 3 if it ever goes. Heard Joe Cornish BUT also heard he’s on a list of names. I’m NOT saying Joe Cornish is the guy, but what I am saying is the he is definitely one of NUMEROUS contenders.” – @elmayimbe
Fascinating. Cornish, as you may know, is the director of the cult hit Attack the Block, and he co-wrote the screenplays for The Adventures of Tintin and the upcoming Ant Man, so he’d be a pretty interesting pick to helm a new Star Trek movie. However, it’s important to point out right now that he’s not the only pick. Similar to the case of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which Cornish was also on the short list for, it appears that there are a number of names being considered. Still, it’s all dependent on J.J. right now, and why not considering that he’s now made two very successful Trek movies.
How about it Bastards, who would you rather seen direct the next Trek: J.J. Abrams or Joe Cornish?
Source: Screen Rant
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige can’t stop talking, and that’s a good thing because we’ve got a lot of mega-pixels of space to fill. But joking aside, Feige’s just doing his job and chatting up the press on the occasion of the release of Iron Man 3 today.
There are some pretty big questions out there, and first and foremost is whether or not there will be a future for Tony Stark post-IM3, and whether or not Robert Downy, Jr will be involved. In a new interview with Superhero Hype, that’s the first thing that Feige addressed:
Currently, as you may imagine, Iron Man is a big part of “Avengers 2” and that’s what we’re focusing on and what Joss (Whedon) is focusing on. So where we go after that remains to be seen, but certainly, “Avengers 2” being the next appearance, the next storyline for Iron Man. Do I think there will be another Iron Man movie? Of course I do. Who will be in that movie and who will be a part of that movie? Who knows? And how far down the line will it be? Will it be right after “Avengers 2,” will it be a few years after “Avengers 2”? Who knows? For as advanced as we are in terms of the advanced planning that we do, we’re already looking out to 2015, 2016 and that’s further than most people look out. Beyond that, we’re still not sure.”
Next, Feige talked about why he’s so driven to give Ant Man his big screen debut:
“Well, it’s for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is because I met a very talented filmmaker who was about my age almost ten years ago, we got along very well. He had a movie called “Shaun of the Dead” which hadn’t come out yet and he said he really wanted to meet to talk about “Ant-Man”… and this was even before we were on the studio. This was just at the dawn of us even discussing becoming our own studio. But we met with him, he had a cool idea and when we became our own studio, we hired him and Joe Cornish, who as you know, went on to do “Attack the Block” and become a very talented filmmaker in his own right. At the time he hadn’t done much at all but we really believed in him and we believed in Edgar [Wright] and they delivered a draft that was sort of unlike anything we’d done before that was sort of wholly Edgar and wholly Marvel and a very fun spin on the Ant-Man mythology. And if you’ve seen the in-progress test we showed at Comic-Con last year and there’s been some clips of it we’ve released. People go like, “Ant-Man, is that a joke? What happens? He talks to ants?” And Edgar and his team put together this test of basically just Ant-Man going down the hallway and it is so kick-ass and so bad-ass, people instantly go, “Oh, I get it! Now we see what it can be.” And that of course is only 1% of what the movie is, but it’s certainly enough to get people to realize, ‘Oh, that’s why you’ve been thinking about this for so long.'”
And finally, somewhat off topic, Feige responded to a question about whether or not the development of new Star Wars at Disney is going to impact Marvel’s production slate:
“Well, we’ll see. We’re definitely doing our own thing and that’s what’s been so great about the relationship with Disney. As they said, ‘We’re purchasing Marvel because we like what you’re doing.’ Keep doing it. And that’s been three years now and that’s certainly what they’ve allowed us to do, so I hope that means I can get into an advanced screening of a new ‘Star Wars‘ movie, that’d be fun (laughs) but I don’t know how much more it will effect us than that.”
Well I hope if there’s one perk being one of Disney’s top producers, it’s free Star Wars tickets…
Source: Comic Book Movie
Iron Man 1 & 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, was a tour de force in silver screen superiority by Marvel/Disney. As a sign of rinse, lather and repeat, Marvel is doing it all over again with it’s next phase of films.
Their cinematic excellence, in super hero films, will be tested in Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2. If all goes as planned, and it very well should, Marvel will then implement it’s 3rd phase.
Phase 3: Let’s get weird…
Marvel’s talking head Kevin Feige (pronounced “fayGAY”) spoke with MTV News about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Little big man and something strange in the neighborhood…
Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three. Like Iron Man 3, it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie. […] It’s very much an Ant-Man origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.
While Phase One culminated in the formation of the Avengers, and Phase Two will lead up to the Avengers sequel, Phase Three seems to be, well, a little stranger.
So much of the stories we’re telling [right now] is about the core Avengers characters we’ve now met, and they’ll be evolving in big, surprising ways, in Cap’s next movie and Thor’s next movie and of course in Iron Man 3, as we get them all into the next Avengers film. Beyond that… Ant-Man is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop.
And that, Feige confirmed, includes Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange, which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited.
This is all well and good. But, honestly Marvel, I’m surprised at you. Doctor Strange is getting a movie before Black Panther? I’m not trying to pull a race card or anything, but I guess white guys with epic mustachios will always come before a brother, right?
Although, I must say, I’m far more excited about the sorcerer supreme than poor wittle Ant-Man. I, for one, don’t see the appeal in a microscopic sized dude running through air ducts and shit. On the other hand, Disney’s take on wife beating should be… interesting.
Source: MTV News
Following up on his breakthrough hoodlums vs aliens flick Attack the Block, not to mention his co-scripting duties on The Adventures of Tintin, it seems that Joe Cornish is looking to adapting the graphic novel Rust: Visitor in the Field for his next project. The novel by Royden Lepp, who will script the film with Aline Brosh McKenna, is about a family who encounters a boy in a jetpack who crashes into their barn while being chased by a giant robot; think E.T. mixed with the The Rocketeer and an evil Iron Giant.
Here’s the plot description of the novel:
Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.
Doesn’t that sound awesome! It’s been far too long since we’ve seen a movie with jetpacks in the local multiplex, and Cornish has my confidence since I’ve seen Attack the Block, which is easily the best alien invasion movie to come out in the past couple of years.
Finally, Nerdreaders, some news that doesn’t concern a reboot! It looks like Hollywood will be pillaging ideas in their traditional fashion by adapting an award-winning novel. This time around it’s going to be Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and Joe Cornish is set to both write and direct.
Joe Cornish is perhaps best known for writing and directing Attack the Block, an alien-filled comedy/horror film released last year. Though I have never seen it myself, people seem to have good things to say about the flick, so I’ll put my doubts on hold for now. This movie put Cornish on the Hollywood radar and it looks like he’s taking advantage of his newfound fame in choosing Snow Crash as his next project.
Stephenson’s novel is a cyberpunk classic of a satirical and philosophical bent. It spans the genre from virtual reality to linguistic magics and incorporates some entertaining if unrealistic premises to get the job done. The two main characters consist of a mafia-employed pizza delivery guy/hacker by the name of Hiro Protagonist and his sidekick, a skateboard courier who goes by Y.T. Together they battle the evils of corporations, terrorists and religious fanatics in an effort to save the world from a mindless, obedient future.
Visually speaking, an adaptation of Snow Crash would be beautiful to watch on the big screen. The themes of the novel, however, may be too much to translate. It deals with some rather obscure topics and spells out a great deal of it expositionally – both of which traditionally have problems making the switch from word to film.
What about you, my well-educated and culturally adept readers? Is there anyone out there who has both read the book and seen Cornish’s work that can make a guess about whether he’s the right guy for the job? Can they really capture all the satirical and cerebral content of the novel or will it end up a mish-mosh of visual masturbation?
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.
I’ve whored out Attack the Block quite a few times here on NB. And why not? It’s a fresh, original flick about foul mouthed teens kickin’ alien butt. I enjoyed it and I’ll give it a rub and a tug every chance I get. Suffice to say, it’s in my “go-to” movie pile and on high in the totem pole of flicks I suggest to friends. Now, where do I stand on an American remake, sequel or possible TV series? Well, I’ll give any remake the goatsie, no question there. I am however, all for a further telling of the story by whatever means.
During an interview with IFC at New York Comic Con director Joe Cornish talk about these possibilities.
Here shared what ideas Attack the Block star John Boyega had to for the sequel:
“[He] keeps coming up with amazing ideas. He has this image of a bigger alien attack on London, as if the attack we saw in ‘Attack the Block’ was just the [first] wave and there’s another wave of bigger creatures. And he described to me this image of Moses leading a whole army of hood kids across the Thames, next to the houses of Parliament.”
“No, his image was even better,” Cornish continued. “He had an image of Moses on a police horse. You know the police in London who have those horses they use in riots…somehow Moses has got onto one of those horses. So he’s on a horse leading this army of South London kids across the river to take on this bigger wave of aliens. So yeah it’s really fun to think of stuff like that and what we could do.”
Cornish went on to say what a sequel would look like and talked about the possibility of other adaptations:
“We’ve had approaches for a remake and a sequel. We’ve had approaches for a TV show to spin off it. But it’s very early days, you know. So it’s not out of the question but very early days, and I’d certainly like to do something different for my next thing if I get a chance to do a next thing.”
Here is the video from NYCC to watch for yourself: