Sony‘s latest run at making a decent Spider-man movie has released its latest trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to the Internet today. Prepare yourself for a ton of nerd rage about the whole Rhino suit. Not sure what I’m talking about? (more…)
Although no official announcement has been made, the internet speculation seems to be positing the idea that Sony is getting their ducks in a row to make an adaptation of the hit Playstation 3 game, The Last of Us. According to a website that tracks these things, the entertainment conglomerate has snatched up a couple of domain names that it would need if Sony is indeed planning on a movie based on the post-apocalyptic game of the same name. (more…)
If my last Amazing Spider-Man 2 post was any indication, I’m not a fan of director Marc Webb’s take on our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. I’ll save you my long winded diatribe and just say the last flick suffered sloppy writing, a severe lack of character development and featured a laughable one dimensional villain. I was not impressed, and will continue to shake a fist at that horrendous film.
Now, going into the second one. I’m discovering more and more reasons to prepare for the most epic of facepalms. As if Jamie Foxx’s Electro looking like a blue sour skittle wasn’t unsightly enough, a new poster featuring Green Goblin and Rhino has emerged to widen eyes.
It’s a renaissance for race car movies! Coming soon from Dreamworks is an adaptation of Need for Speed, Legendary Pictures is developing a movie based on Hot Wheels, and let’s not forget the Fast and Furious franchise (even though it’s less about car racing now), so it only makes sense that Sony is trying to put its own racing flick into development, an adaptation of the Gran Turismo. Interested? Well, it all begins with the script, and to tell the adventures of… cars… racing, Watchmen co-writer Alex Tse has been tasked with its development. (more…)
Do your best to act surprised – Sony plans to grow the Spider-Man movie universe and give some screen time to “new heroes and villains”.
At its Entertainment Investor Day event today, head of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal revealed that spin-offs are coming and they will be mining “Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters.” Will this go past the build-up to Sinister Six we’ve all been anticipating? Is it Sony’s way of preparing for a Spider-Man universe without Andrew Garfield? He is only under contract for three films after all.
The rumor mill concerning future Spider-Man films has included the possibility that the franchise is building up to a face off between everyone’s favorite Wall-Crawler and the super-villain team-up of the Sinister Six. But for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 it sounds like there maybe another kind of super team-up that producers are looking at, a musical super-team! (more…)
So, it looks like someone was able to manipulate a shower scene in the game Beyond: Two Souls to get more explicit version of the sequence, and the people over at Sony are not amused. (more…)
With the next-gen consoles we’ve been hearing so much about coming out so soon, it’s time to take a closer look at the Playstation 4 vs. the Xbox One. However, every time the two new gaming consoles are compared, people seem to come to the same conclusion: it’s a toss-up! The fact is, these devices have nearly identical specs and capabilities, and in terms of sales, they’ll probably break even according to loyalty. As in, those who are familiar with Xbox 360 will purchase Xbox One, and those who prefer PS3 will opt for the PS4. But here’s a quick overview of the specs and features. These are deets that are out there and most gamers have become familiar with. We felt, however, another run down couldn’t hurt. Ought to be helpful to those casual gamers who haven’t followed along with the rest of us. Especially with the holiday season upon us, you gotta start weighing in on what might be the better buy.
It’s common for actors to be recast in popular movies, be it when the actor chooses not to return for a sequel or when they’re not suited for the role. In the case of actress Shailene Woodley, cast as the new Mary Jane Watson in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, her role was cut after all her scenes were shot. A rare occurrence in multi-million dollar movies and something that hasn’t really sat well with some of Spidey’s fans.
In a recent interview with Crave Online the director opened up, explaining his decision to cut Woodley from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Simply put, she got in the way of the Gwen and Peter relationship, but for further explanation here’s Webb’s response from the interview:
It wasn’t [cut]… The character was just teased. It was a very minor inflection, and I felt it was important to really focus on Peter and Gwen’s storyline. It was hard, because I love Shai. I think she’s such a brilliant actor and such a lovely, wonderful warm person. That was hard, and having her presence in a movie is great, but I thought it was important to focus on Peter and Gwen. I’m excited to see Spectacular Now, though.
That last part seems a bit cryptic, but we could be making something out of nothing. At least it’s nice to see Marc didn’t want to cut her part, but thought it was best in the grand scheme of the sequel, maybe even allowing her to return to the part as long as her schedule lines up with the third Spidey film. With all the characters Marc has planned it’s easy to why the director has to make decision in the name of the plot and the sequel’s running time.
Speaking of characters, other actors involved in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have either inadvertently confirmed or accidentally let slip who they’re going to be in the Sony Pictures sequel. Actor Colm Feore was revealed to be playing Adrian Toombes, aka The Vulture and Felicity Jones is also rumored to be playing The Black Cat, both of which Webb has denied. Sitting down with Total Film the director admitted he has been “intentionally concealing” these secrets,
Hmmm… Well, how do I answer that? How about this? Anything you expect, you’ll be surprised. To be totally honest, I intentionally conceal these things because I want people to be engaged and surprised when they see the film and experience it for the first time. It’s not like Harry Potter or Twilight necessarily where you know the stories.
And we are constructing them from elements of the comics obviously, from the canon, and we pay homage and are very protective of certain elements of the canon, but we want people to experience it for the first time in the theatre and I think that’s an experience that it often robbed from the audience, so you’ll forgive me being coy.
So, it sounds like Webb could be going with a mixture of known elements, and with over 50 years of history to work with there’s plenty to pull from. That leaves plenty of surprises ahead audiences. What do you think though? Will it be something worth while, using a blend of characters to pull of something original or should they stick to what everyone already knows?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters everywhere May 2nd, 2014.
A few days ago we showed you the teaser trailer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, featuring Jamie Foxx in mid-transformation to Electro. That was only a part of what Sony had planned for Friday, giving fans in Hall H the first footage of Marc Webb‘s upcoming sequel. Lucky buggers.
What the studio essentially called a “reel” was the closest thing to a trailer anyone in that room has seen since filming began months ago. Covering brief character introductions, a bit of the trademark Spider-Man banter, and the troubles of keeping a “super” relationship, the footage was in rough shape. Incomplete effects, a couple of storyboards, but it was enough to convey the story to the audience in the room.
For a complete, more detailed description head over to /Film, they were in the room and do a fantastic job of telling you everything, here we’re delivering a slightly quicker version of what they saw. Let’s get to it, shall we.