Thor‘s been the red-headed stepchild of Avengers movies for a while now. Iron Man broke the box office, and fan excitement pushed the next Captain America movie into earlier than expected development, but ask if anyone wants more Thor and you get a less than enthusiastic, “Meh,” to the idea. Hence the nearly four year wait between The Dark World and Ragnarok. The phrase “shake things up” seems apropos to Ragnarok’s development. Marvel hired Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) to direct, Mark Ruffalo has been brought in to give the God of Thunder a fellow Avenger to play off of, and now a new screenwriter has been hired to rework what’s been done so far. (more…)
Many nerd news sites on the internet this week (including this one) reported a glimpse of what was supposed to be the Spider-Man costume to be worn by Tom Holland when he appears as the Amazing Spider-Man in next summer’s Captain America: Civil War. No matter how intriguing the Twit-Pics were, they were less glimpses than they were frauds, so we went back to our lives wondering if we’ll ever get a look at the new Marvel Cinematic Universe sponsored Spider-Man. Well, for anyone staking out the Civil War set for Holland, you can put your cameras away. It seems that Spidey has been and gone so far as his part in the next Marvel Studios movie is concerned. (more…)
“Risky.” That’s how James Gunn‘s story treatment for the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy was described by Marvel Studios insiders “in the know.” Hardly surprising since the original Guardians was itself a gamble for Marvel, one that paid off beautifully despite initial concerns from fans and critics (oddly enough, the same concerns people now have about Ant-Man). So Gunn was given some leeway in crafting his story for Guardians 2, the script for which he’s just finished the first draft of. But expect no spoilers, or hints, or even a look at the full title on the script’s cover page, which makes us all wonder, Just how nuts is Gunn going to get with Guardians of the Galaxy 2? (more…)
Was it only a few months ago that the future of Star Trek was riding on one Roberto Orci? After co-writing two volumes of “Nu Trek,” Orci got the call to direct the third after J.J. Abrams left the series make some small independent feature at a tiny production company. That’s a lot of faith in a guy that’s not got a lot of good will banked in the fan community, especially after Star Trek Into Darkness, and it seemed as though that someone at Paramount eventually agreed. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has been hired to stake over the directing duties for Star Trek 3, and despite reports to the contrary, it seems as though the director’s chair isn’t the only one that Orci’s lost in the reshuffling. (more…)
If you grew up in the 90s, you are probably well acquainted with the works of R.L. Stine, but if you’re not he has a written output that makes Stephen King and John Grisham look like slackers. Basically, many of Stine’s novels fill a void between the Great Pumpkin and Freddy Krueger, perfectly inoffensive spine-tinglers for tweens, a kind of Twilight Zone meets Are You Afraid of the Dark? kind of thing. But while Goosebumps‘ popularity may have waned in the wake of the likes of Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games, it’s still got that magical name cache that studios love. So let’s take it to the movies!
Director? How about Rob Letterman? The man behind the animated hit Monsters Vs. Aliens is in negotiations with Sony to take over the project. Last year it was reported that screenwriter Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) was hired to do a page one rewrite after attempts made to bring the book series to the big screen in 2008 and 2010 by Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and Carl Ellsworth (The Last House on the Left), respectively.
So is Letterman the one to make this happen? Good chance. His directing has leaned to the side of youth material that also might appeal to adult moviegoers. Aside from Monsters Vs Aliens, he also directed the animated Sharktale and the live-action Gulliver’s Travels. I would say that he definitely knows how to walk the fine line between kid-friendly and broad appeal, which might produce a focus group proof take on the concept that could get Sony to pony up a production budget. Time will tell.
Goosebumps was previously brought to the screen, be it the small screen, in the mid-90s as a series produced by Canadian cable network YTV. Like the books, it was an anthology series and feature a host of young Canadian talent, some of whom went on to have a career after Goosebumps like Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V), Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil) and Hayden Christensen (the Star Wars prequels). Adam “Batman” West, also guest starred on a couple of episodes.
More news as it develops.
There be rumblings again that another sequel to TRON is getting underway at Disney with the hiring of a new screenwriter.
Now sure, the reception to TRON Legacy wasn’t exactly glowing, but the film did end up making $400 million worldwide, and new Disney hefe Alan Horn is apparently a fan, so you know that that means: some random screenwriter with a couple of unproduced credits to his name gets the nod!
The writer’s name is Jesse Wigutow, and he has about four produced screenplays to his credit: two shorts, a TV movie and the 2003 feature/Douglas family vanity project It Runs in the Family. He’s also written the Summit Entertainment reboot of the Crow along with the adaptation of the Peter Pan origin novel Peter and the Starcatchers and the script for Parallel, both of which are being supervised by TRON: Legacy co-producer Justin Springer.
Wigutow will be taking a stab at re-writing a draft penned by David DiGilio author of the script for the Paul Walker “comedy” Eight Below, and the conspiracy series Traveler. Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is still expected to direct a third TRON.
So if you’re a TRON fan this is progress, right? On the other hand, in order to beat the length of time between the last two TRON films, all they have to do is deliver sometime in the next quarter century. Plenty of time to get the script right.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After playing their part to successfully relaunch the Planet of the Apes franchise with last year’s hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are now coming aboard the perpetually caught in suspended animation Jurassic Park IV.
To me, this is good news. For if Jaffa and Silver can get a decent script through Fox’s horrible track record with its franchise pictures, it should be relatively simple working with Senor Steven Spielberg in getting a new Jurassic Park to theaters. This morning, Drew McWeeny on HitFix recounted a Jurassic Park IV draft by John Sayles and William Monahan that was about a soldier for hire leading a group of super-intelligent dinosaurs against Jurassic Park escapees, which would have been too awesome to be believed, but was sadly nixed by the studio.
Last year, Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich was recruited by Spielberg to pen a new draft, so presumably Jaffa and Silver will be taking a new stab at the story developed by Protosevich and Spielberg. Spielberg said last year that he hopes to get a new Jurassic Park going in the next two or three years, and director Joe Johnston, director of Jurassic Park III and last year’s hit Captain America, has said he’d like to get behind the camera on the project.
Sounds like progress, but how many times have we gotten new screenwriters on this thing since 2001? Time will tell if the production moves forward or not.
I never thought I’d say this, but it seems that there’s movement on development of the sequel to Blade Runner. You’ll recall that recently, Sir Ridley Scott recruited one of the original screenwriters on Blade Runner, Hampton Fancher, to write the script for the proposed sequel. And now that Fancher is at work on the script, Scott is talking about what role Harrison Ford might play in the sequel.
“I don’t think it’ll be Harrison [starring]. But I’ve got to have him in it somewhere. That’d be amusing,” Scott told The Independent while promoting Prometheus. Scott has already said that Ford’s character Deckard won’t be the main focus, instead the protagonist will be a new female character.
As for timetable to production, Scott will be following up Prometheus with the drug trafficking movie The Counselor starring Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. If the script comes together, Blade Runner part 2 might be his next movie, which could put it on track for a 2014 release date., which is really weird to think about.
Prometheus, meanwhile, will be released on June 8.
Source: Comic Book Movie
The folks at io9 helpfully point us to Crave Online’s take on the first-draft script of “The Empire Strikes Back” by Leigh Brackett that is floating through the tubes of the Interwebs.
Keep in mind that as a first draft, stuff will eventually get dropped, changed, or moved around. But still, there was a lot of stuff in there that would’ve been awesome.
How badass would a fight between Chewbacca and a wampa be? That was in there. Luke also had a twin sister, and it wasn’t Leia. Had that stayed in there, Empire wouldn’t have that creepy incest vibe we try not to notice.
This first draft was written in 1978 by science-fiction author and screenwriter Leigh Brackett, who sadly died not long after completing the first draft. Subsequent drafts were done by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan.
In the Crave Online write-up, they outline some things from the script that ended up in the prequels. It’s really interesting to see what might have been.