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…)
Word has just broke that Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) has been tagged to write and direct the reboot of 20th Century Fox’s Predator franchise. (more…)
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.
Here’s the alternative ending for The Mandarin:
Expanded Rhodey Role in Finale:
Final Fight, Tony Vs Killian:
Overall I enjoyed Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, overall… until the big reveal about Ben Kingsley‘s character the Mandarin. If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet and don’t want to know more, then for pete’s sake stop reading and go figure out why you haven’t seen this movie yet. Seriously, you should get whatever stopped you from going to the theater straightened out before it prevents you from seeing Avengers 2, on the big screen.
The funny folks at How It Should Have Ended have done the impossible. They’ve made Iron Man 3 watchable! Damn if it’s the 5th most successful movie of all time, it was a shit show through and through. Plot holes, fire breathers, misuse of The Mandarin, the head turning ending; it all culminated in IM3 being a massive disappointment. I shake my head to this swan song of Tony Stark. Anyway…
HISHE makes several very funny points about Shane Black‘s Marvel blockbuster. They give us their humorous vision of how of how IM3 should have ended.
WARNING: If you haven’t seen the film (it’s been out for 5 weeks already, what’s wrong with you?), the video below contains massive spoilers.
This just covers everything I was thinking when I watched the film, except The Incredibles thing. The comparison is really changing my opinion on how unoriginal this movie might actually be.
Anyone who’s seen Iron Man 3 falls into one of two camps on the subject of the twist involving main villain, The Mandarin: they either love it or they hate it. Writer/director Shane Black had to know that when he developed the story, but he still pulled the proverbial trigger anyway. So how about Shane, why piss off half the nerd world with this development? Total Film asked him the question, and the answer, obviously, was spoilerish implications. Stop reading now if you want to see Iron Man 3 and not be spoiled. (But really, why haven’t you seen Iron Man 3 already?!)
Here’s what Black had to say:
“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened.
They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it. I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”
Sounds reasonable. I, frankly, don’t know what all the fuss is about considering that The Mandarin is as much an Asian stereotype as Ming the Merciless, Charlie Chan and Mr. Yunioshi, but I’ll leave it to the Bastard nation to decide: does Black’s explanation satisfy you, or are you still pissed?
There’s lots of news in the wake of Marvel‘s release of Iron Man 3. Will Robert Downey Jr. be back for more, will there be an Iron Man 4, what other Marvel Superheroes will get a big screen treatment? Marvel’s President of Production, Kevin Feige, recently put a couple of those rumored about which heroes might get a stand alone movie to rest.
When asked by Collider if anyone at Marvel is currently developing or writing a Falcon of War Machine spinoff, Feige simply said:
Now that just means that currently there are no plans for those two heroes, but perhaps as Marvel proceeds through Phase Two and into Phase Three some decisions could be made to bring those two characters to the big screen in their own rights.
Recently, Ms. Marvel, Blade, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther, and The Runaways have script development projects in the works at Marvel Studios. There’s no production dates for these yet, but scripts are being written (Runaways was already scripted by Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce), and concept art is in the works.
These would most likely come after the third Avengers movie, and until there is a release date or green-light announcement, keep your expectations grounded. These things have a way of getting side tracked until the real money starts getting pumped into the project.
Which of these would you like to see the most?
It’s good to be the director of the film with the second biggest opening in cinema history.
For example, major studios suddenly become excited about projects you were forced to mothball 3 years ago, as is the case with Shane Black’s Doc Savage. The director was set to begin production on a film adaptation of the iconic pre-superhero age pulp character in 2009 for Sony and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. He had a draft of a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.
Unfortunately, the project stalled, and Black went to work for Marvel in 2011.
Just in case you’re not all that familiar with the character, Doc Savage was a mainstay of the “Pulp Fiction” (as in dime novels printed on cheap paper, not as in Quentin Tarantino) era. Think of him as the “Model T” of the nearly superhuman, alpha-male adventurer/scientist/crime fighter/genius/detective/explorer archetype.
Shades of Doc Savage can be seen in fictional characters and franchises from Batman to Indiana Jones to The Venture Bros. to Buckaroo Banzai.
Anyhoo, the film’s back on again, with Black directing from the same script he wrote with Bagarozzi and Mondry. The Wrap reported on the finalization of the deal, and Sony offered this press release:
WRITER/DIRECTOR SHANE BLACK
TO MAKE DOC SAVAGE
FOR SONY PICTURES AND ORIGINAL FILM
CULVER CITY, Calif., May 7, 2013 –Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed its deal with Shane Black to co-write and direct Doc Savage, and Black is eyeing it as his next film, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Black co-wrote the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, based on the hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books. Neal H. Moritz is producing the project with Ori Marmur through his Original Film banner. Michael Usland will also serve as a producer on the film.
Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be building a franchise from the ground up with Shane and this team. Shane and Neal have a fantastic understanding of the character and a great take on the material and we can’t wait to get this production up and running.”
One of the most popular characters of the pulps of the 1930s and 40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and television. He is a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. He has been trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, with outstanding strength, a photographic memory, and vast knowledge and intelligence. He uses his skills and powers to punish evil wherever in the world he finds it.
Black most recently co-wrote and directed Iron Man 3 which has grossed more than $700 million since opening a little more than one week ago. He previously wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams are overseeing the title for Columbia Pictures along with Minghella. Black is represented by David Greenblatt, WME and his attorney Alan Hergott.
No information is as yet available regarding shooting schedules or release dates, NerdBastards will, of course, bring you further updates as they become available.