A few weeks ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased an upcoming project he was working on. He mentioned he was reading an outline for a “cool movie” that will see him partnering with director Shane Black next year. It didn’t take fans long to ascertain which films Black would be working on in the near future. The director is signed on to direct “The Predator,” a sequel to the it 1987 sci-fi film “Predator,” and to “Doc Savage.” Given Johnson’s acting ability and his physical stature, either film could certainly be a possibility for him to star.
Well, the actor has taken to social media and officially made the announcement that he will be taking on the titular role of Doc Savage. In his announcement, made on his Instagram page, Dwayne posted a photo from this weekend of himself joined with Shane Black, writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, and producer Hiram Garcia. Here’s what the actor revealed on Instagram… (more…)
This time last year, a controversy started erupting about Disney, toys, and Marvel Studios‘ then-latest hit Avengers: Age of Ultron. A LEGO set was released, based on a prominent action scene in the film, but one of the players in that scene was conspicuous by *her* absence. From there, a #WheresNatasha campaign was launched as mothers and fathers of young girls asked hopelessly for toys featuring the sole female Avenger. Did Disney still labor under the opinion that a) girls don’t like action figures and b) that boys won’t play with girl action figures? Apparently that was the opinion of Disney execs, or at least it was circa 2013. (more…)
There’s a headline that’s probably going to be well-received on its own. Let’s look at it another way, aside from the first movie, has Predator been particularly well serviced in his Hollywood career? Maybe if we gave him a personal renovation, we might wash away the terrible odor of Predator 2, Alien Vs Predator, Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem, and Predators. (Okay, Predator 2 and Predators have their good points, but you can’t take back the damage done by the crossover movies.) Still, nerds hate change when it comes to their beloved properties, but Shane Black wants you to know that it’s going to come, if it comes, from a place of storytelling. (more…)
Back in 2014, Iron Man 3/Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black signed on to write and direct a new Predator movie. According to producer John Davis, Black’s Predator film is supposedly going to reinvent the franchise. For those of you already rolling your eyes at the thought of another Hollywood reboot, not to worry. Shane Black has insisted that his Predator film is NOT a reboot. Instead, Black is making sequel that will follow the mythology of the series (most likely alienating the subpar Alien Vs. Predator films). While the script was completed back in December, the exact details of the plot are still under wraps. However, after years of waiting, we finally have what appears to be a first look at Shane Black’s take on the ugly motherf****r himself.
Screenwriter Fred Dekker took to Facebook recently to confirm that the script for a new Predatormovie had been turned into the studio. He also included some concept art by 7 year old Angus Herndon in his post. This will be the fourth movie in the series (not counting the Alien vs Predator movies; no one counts them. In fact, forget we mentioned them). After setting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the jungle and Danny Glover in the city, the last movie we got was an effort produced by Robert Rodriguez, which took the Aliens approach by giving us multiple creatures and adding an ‘s’ to the title. Predators starred Adrien Brody, who consumed so many protein shakes for the role that he added an entire other Pianist to his body. While the eclectic history of the franchise may not give many clues as to what we’re in for with Predator 4, we do know a few things.
The hunt is on for Channing Tatum and 20th Century Fox. After director Rupert Wyatt left the Gambit scene due to creative differences, potential names have been popping up, all to hopefully take over the vacant position. As of a few days ago, the latest rumored candidate was Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow director, but it seems that two new names have been added to the wish list since then. Heroic Hollywood reported the details on the latest possibilities. (more…)
It appears that fate has heard you, Bastards. When our own Mark Poynter posted last night that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and his Monster Squad writing partner Fred Dekker were working on a reboot of Predator, some of you questioned the logic of rebooting a perfectly viable franchise that’s already laid a tremendous amount of ground work. Black, as it turns out, agrees. One website reached out to Black who refined yesterday’s announcement to declare that his Predator film will be an “inventive sequel” rather than a pointless reboot. (more…)
If you’re looking for a hero that rivals even Superman in his ability to take on all challenges, look no further than Doc Savage. This pulp hero of the early 20th century is looking to make a comeback via comic book movie writer Shane Black. While no release date has been set as of yet, it is known that Black shall both write and direct Doc Savage and that it’s high on his priority list. And furthermore, he may be looking toward Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, to play the title role. (more…)
08-26-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Of course, films rarely go from script to screen with absolutely no changes to plot, or character, or dialogue, and Iron Man 3 is no exception. In advance of the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film, several alternative takes of the film’s grand finale at the docks have been posted online. The work by storyboard artist Federico D’Alessandro shows some subtle differences between what was planned and what the finished film turned out to be.
Amongst the changes, an all-new, all-different ending for The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. Now I know what Shane Black did with The Mandarin in the film was, uh, contentious to say the least. I was fine with it, but the “new ending” for The Mandarin seems kind of silly to me, which is maybe why it was cut. Anyway, there may be spoilers in the video clips below if you haven’t yet seen Iron Man 3, so you’ve been warned appropriately.