09-14-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
You have just read that headline and said, “Who gives a bibble?” Well, the bibble is that Nathan Fillion is a regular contributor of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, starring in Gunn’s Slither and cameoing in his follow-up, Super. So it’s only natural to suspect that Fillion, whose breakthrough roll was in Avengers director Joss Whedon‘s Firefly, might be on the shortlist for a part in Guardians.
Fillion says he might be too busy with his day job as the lead on ABC’s hit Castle to star in a major film like Guardians. While promoting Whedon’s indie adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing at the Toronto International Film Festival, Fillion offered the following to MTV when they asked about him playing a part in Guardians.
“I’m very busy right now with a job that I’m grateful for. I’ve made a commitment [to ‘Castle’] and I have to see it through. And I’m really happy to.”
That’s a shame because Castle is an utterly vanilla police procedural that would have been cancelled in its first season had it not been for Fillion’s chemistry with co-star Stana Katic and all the lonely people that became invested in their coupling.
Still, there is some hope. First of all, Fillion’s name has long been associated with the title roll in Ant Man, so maybe he’s still in the running there. Second, if Guardians is to make its summer of 2014 release date it will probably have to start shooting next summer at the latest, just in time for Fillion to be on hiatus from Castle. And finally, both Guardians and Castle come from the same place: Disney studios, and if there’s anyway they can cross-pollinate their franchises and get the star of one into an other, they’ll find a way to make it happen.
08-18-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Progress moves forward on the Guardians of the Galaxymovie penciled in for a 2014 release date. Reports are now coming in that Marvel is close to securing a director for the project in the form of James Gunn.
Fans will surely be familiar with Gunn’s work, he co-wrote Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake and directed the cult-favorite genre satires Slither and Super. But if he were to sign on as director of Guardians, it would be his biggest, most-mainstream film yet. Gunn would be the latest in a line of unusual director choices, the most recent of which was the selection of Anthony and Joe Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Heat Vision broke the story saying that Marvel was attracted to Gunn’s ability to mix comedy with action and horror. I might also suggest they were attracted to Gunn’s experience directing his own scripts, perhaps witnessing the benefit after Joss Whedon did the same on The Avengers. The Guardians script is currently being rewritten by Nicole Perlman, from a previous draft by Chris McCoy. Both are first time filmmakers whose worked may be edited or expanded upon by a screenwriter with experience like Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy will follow a “U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” Guardians will be out in theaters on August 1, 2014.
Take equal parts ‘real life superhero’ (think Kick-Ass or Rainn Wilson in “Super”) and pyscho creepy mastermind killer such as Jigsaw from the SAW line of torture porn, what do you get? Jason Trost‘s “Vs.”, hitting the (relatively) big screen in a few weeks at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. In it, there is this ‘totally not Jigsaw so please don’t sue us’ psycho killer named Rick Shaw (see? mostly different letters) played by Dexter’s dad James Remar.
Rick Shaw really hates generic cosplayers and wants to kill them. He also wants to kill random civilians. He makes elaborate traps and impossible to win games. Lucas Till (Havok from X-MEN FIRST CLASS) stars as one of the cosplayers.
It looks… interesting? My gut tells me it’s either completely awesome or eye gougingly bad. Anyone want to road trip it to Toronto and see it sometime between October 20th and 27th? I have snacks and a new mix tape.
We’re you a fan of Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass? The answer better be yes, or you can flock yourself with a spiked dildo. Well, in the style of “average joe becomes a vigilante” comes James Gunn‘s (Slither) Super. The film stars Rainn Wilson as a man who decides to become a super hero after a series of events which include his wife (played by Liv Tyler) leaving him for Kevin Bacon, literally being touched by the finger of God in a dream, and seeing a morally-preachy superhero named the Holy Avenger (played by Nathan Fillion) on catholic television. Rounding out the cast is Ellen Page, who plays Wilson know-nothing, immature, vulgar sidekick.
From what we hear, based on early reviews, Super is like what would happen if Kick-Ass was a Troma film (low budget, cult films from humor-gore director Lloyd Kaufman). It’s a film about a weirdo who smacks people in the head with a wrench in the name of justice. It’s slapstick humor, that tips into the realm of dark comedy. Eh, I guess all you really need to know is that it features a potty-mouthed Ellen Page in a superhero costume (HAWT) and stars that guy from The Office.
To get a better idea if this is a movie you should put on your watch list, then check out the clip below. It highlights the real-world effects of fighting evil (NSFW Language).
Super screened at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and was very well received. No word on when it will be released theatrically, but IFC films bought it and hopes to market it to the cultfilm fan base (straight to DVD, presumably).
James Gunn’s upcoming movie Super has a veritable assload of weird and hilarious actors who will ensure comedy orgasm when the film is released… whenever it’s released. The latest? Nathan Fucking Fillion. Boom cha. (more…)