Here’s an unusual story for a Friday night, perhaps even more unusual given the already strange turn of events that have followed the development of the Terminator franchise. What started as a time travel slasher movie in 1984 became one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, and despite numerous attempts to keep the gravy train going – Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator: Genisys – Hollywood just can’t seem to make Terminator work, at least not without its creator. Perhaps that why there’s news tonight that James Cameron is plotting a Terminator comeback, and he’s bring a special new friend along with him. (more…)
It was a shock a couple of months ago when director Tim Miller left Deadpool 2, the sequel to the movie that was arguably the best superhero flick of 2016. The immediate news, and the narrative that has since been developed, was that Miller was super ambitious with the sequel and wanted bigger action, bigger set pieces, and award-winning character actor Kyle Chandler as Cable, the mutant solider from a post-Apocalyptic future. Even though Deadpool 2 is moving forward now with John Wick co-director David Leitch, Miller has remained fairly silent on what the real story was that forced him to leave Deadpool 2… Until now! (more…)
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the director of Deadpool, Tim Miller, would not be returning to the sequel. This was due to creative differences not with the studio but with Deadpool start Ryan Reynolds. The two were apparently at odds over how big and stylized they wanted to go with the sequel, with Ryan Reynolds wanting to keep things smaller and kitschy, and Miller wanting to go far grander. The split was amicable. Ryan Reynolds and FOX are fine in finding a replacement director – Deadpool 2 will carry on. It is Tim Miller, however, who’s career trajectory is far more interesting to watch out for. Here’s a middle-aged guy who, prior to Deadpool, was known solely for directing video game trailers. Tim’s directing projects include Warner Bros. Batman: Arkham City, Sony’s DC Universe Online, and Dante’s Inferno. He made his first motion picture debut with Deadpool. And as history goes, it became the highest grossing Rated R movie of all time. He proved himself and then some. He’s earned the right to make whatever the hell he wants and be given an almost blank check.
So what does Tim Miller want to do, what’s next on his list? Well, Sonic The Hedgehog, of course! (more…)
There was a time when FOX never wanted to bring Marvel’s Merc with The Mouth to the big screen. After sitting on the shelf for a few years, some “leaked” test footage of a CGI Deadpool voiced by Ryan Reynolds beating up some dudes in a car, made its way to onto the web. The Internet, as Legend would have it, went nuts for it. Thusly, forcing the Studio to say “Alright, we don’t understand it, but give these guys some money and let’s get this movie made”. A year or so later, Deadpool: The Movie hit cineplexes and delighted audiences with its quick-witted humor, charming romance, and sweet ass action scenes. Deadpool exceeded the Studios expectations, netting $500-mill in its first 2 weeks, a massive amount of money given it only cost a mere $58-mil to make. Deadpool went onto the earn the coveted spot as the “Highest Grossing Rated-R Movie Of All Time”. All this, thanks to the vision and perseverance of star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller, both of whom, spent years campaigning and downright harassing the studio in an attempt to get this movie made. They delivered, big time! Now, of course, the Studio and the film’s talent are sitting on a big pile a money, with everyone now in a rush to get a sequel made.
However, there is trouble brewing. Deadpool 2 has lost a key player/supporter… they’re without a director. Oh, noes! (more…)
Deadpool was not only a great, incredibly fun flick that finally vindicated poor Ryan Reynolds in a superhero movie after the disasters that were Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Green Lantern, it also shattered records for an R-rated release, causing Hollywood to rethink its strategy regarding the content of blockbusters. The man largely credited with this success is the director of the film, Tim Miller, who was able to deftly balance brutal violence with meta humor, while still managing to make the mostly despicable characters sympathetic. Now, some are beginning to worry that Fox Studios may be falling into that old Hollywood trap of unnecessary studio interference of a high-stakes project as the studio and Miller reportedly disagree on the casting of beloved comic book character Cable.
Deadpool 2 is choo-choo training its way towards a sequel, with all of the original creative team for the film on board. While everyone is excited to see what ways they’ll keep the franchise “fresh”, one of the most talked about reveals for the sequel (that was confirmed in the film’s second end credits tag), is the inclusion of Cable in the film.
Just because a studio hires a director, that doesn’t mean the Studio won’t have their nose all up in that director’s business. In fact, in most cases, the studio can go overboard in making suggestions and changes, the dreaded Studio Notes. Just look at The Fantastic Four and director Josh Trank‘s experience, you can see how quickly things went off the rails. What’s frightening is that the same Studio, 20th Century Fox also had Deadpool. Imagine if Fox had taken over director Tim Miller‘s movie and sent him a bunch of Studio notes. Wait a minute, it looks like Fox did send Studio notes to Miller and one note made him wish he’s worn his brown pants that day. (more…)
Far from a new idea, a film of The Goon comic series was first launched on Kickstarter in 2012. It was planned to be a feature length animated production based on Eric Powell‘s fifty comic series. It seemed to have a fair amount of steam behind it, too, with over 7,500 fans raising almost $450,000 to put towards it. The project even attracted the attention of big names including David Fincher of House of Cards.
While everyone was enjoying all the new toys at Toy Fair 2016, tucked away in some 20th Century Fox promotional material was quietly dropping a huge Hugh Jackman style bomb. James Mangold‘s Wolverine 3 would be “R” rated. This material was printed before Tim Miller‘s Deadpool crushed everyone’s Box Office Predictions and perhaps changed the landscape of “R” rated superhero movies forever. Let’s take a look at that promotional material and discuss what it means for Wolverine 3 after the jump. (more…)
Few can argue that the theatrical version of Deadpool needs much, if any revision. And apparently director Tim Miller agrees. The film that is reshaping how comic book movies can be made, is apparently getting no director’s cut, says Miller in an interview moderated by Collider. That probably makes some sense, since the film is already rated R and both a commercial and critical success. But that doesn’t mean the fans don’t want more. One of the biggest critiques of the film is that, coming in at around an hour and forty-eight minutes, it wasn’t long enough. However, just because there won’t be a director’s cut, doesn’t mean the Blu-ray won’t hold some deleted scenes, and hopefully a gag reel. (more…)