X-Men Origins: Wolverine
It’s been a little over a year since the last time the silver screen was graced with the likes of Professor X, Jean Grey, and Cyclops, but we won’t have to wait (too) long for another foray into Fox‘s X-Men Universe because the next big picture: X-Men: New Mutants. The X-Men spinoff will introduce a number of new characters into the X-Universe, and although the plot has yet to be detailed. We know when it’s premiering, but until today, we didn’t have any idea when production would actually begin. According to a recent Tweet, the movie begins filming tomorrow!
Plenty of things have been said about Fox’s first X-Men spin-off movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the least among them is that it was a good movie. So bad was the movie that it shot down a planned series of origin movies featuring some of our favorite X characters. Director Gavin Hood has held his tongue about the publicly troubled production, and now that Fox’s own Deadpool decided to take a pot-shot at the movie, Hood has finally broken his silence.
There’s a two person race in Hollywood to see which actor can play their comic book character in the most number of movies. An unofficial race, mind you, but a race just the same. Robert Downey Jr. has appeared as Tony Stark/Iron Man in six movies so far, but his seventh, Captain America: Civil War, will be released next year. That will tie him with Hugh Jackman, who’s appeared as Logan/Wolverine in five X-Men movies and two Wolverine spin-off films. So the ball is in Jackman’s court to up the ante, and while he doesn’t have as many options as Downey does, he does have options. For example, he could appear in the upcoming Deadpool movie, and if the actor playing the Merc with the Mouth is to be believed, it may actually happen. (more…)
While we wait for Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller to finally bring us the Deadpool movie we’ve always longed for, it looks like the character Deadpool had a few things to work out amongst him-selves before his big return to the big screen. If you’ve ever wondered how the real Deadpool would match up with the Deadpool we never speak of from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, then today is your lucky day. (more…)
Twitter has become the preferred source to release big movie news for a lot of actors and directors. There are pros and cons in using this particular media; on the one hand it’s direct and immediate, but on the other hand social platforms can turn into wretched hives of scum and villainy so quickly that you regret the day you ever heard the word tweet (even in a bird context). But the following looks like news that will definitely get fans of a certain persuasion excited. To put it this way, if you’re one of those people that was pissed that the Deadpool you saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine bore no physical resemblance to the Deadpool you know and love from the comics, prepare to flip your lid. (more…)
We can look forward to a lot of updates from Ryan Reynolds about the upcoming Deadpool movie. He’s certainly not shied away from keeping fans informed and pumped up to see the Merc-with-a-Mouth on the big screen, tweeting pictures of the costume production and commenting on the script and others working on the project. This time around Reynolds once again addresses those hard-core, die-hard Deadpool fans. (more…)
We know that development in Hollywood can be a delirious process of ups and downs, but in the annals of the movie business even Deadpool has got to be setting some kind of record for most jerks of the chain, and Ryan Reynolds knows it. The actor played the so-called “Merc with the Mouth” in the 2009 flick X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the presumption was that solo film featuring the character would quickly follow, but that’s not been the case.
In a recent interview with Total Film, Reynolds talked about the development of Deadpool and why it’s “the worst relationship I’ve ever had!”:
That movie is alive and kicking, and then it’s dead as a doornail. Then it’s alive and kicking and then it’s dead… it’s like the worst relationship I’ve ever had! The character knows he’s a comic-book character, he knows he’s in a film, he knows who the executives are at the studio making the movie. In the current iteration of the script, Deadpool is aware of the Wolverine movie. He doesn’t say anything disparaging about it but he does at one point play with the Deadpool action figure with some curiosity.
The lack of development on Deadpool is perplexing, especially since all the major pieces are in place: a star, a script by the Zombieland duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director Tim Miller (who worked on visual effects for Scott Pilgrim and created the title designs for the U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), are all attached. Will we ever see a Deadpool movie? Hopefully they’ll get going before Reynolds is too old to do all those stunts.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Comic writer Mark Millar has talked a lot about his new gig as the creative consultant, and with Empire Online’s podcast he’s talking about it again. This time though, he’s suggesting there’s a multi-year plan in effect so that he can help 20th Century Fox best take advantage of the Marvel properties they still own. Here’s what Millar had to say:
“Fox are thinking, ‘We’re sitting on some really awesome things here. There is another side of the Marvel Universe. Let’s try and get some cohesiveness going.’ So they brought me in to oversee that really. To meet with the writers and directors to suggest new ways we could take this stuff and new properties that could spin out of it.”
“The X-Men feels like a universe by itself; there’s so many characters and so many great potential spin-off characters. They asked me to come in and work out a plan, so unfortunately at this point I can’t get too specific. I DO have a three to four year plan of where things could go, but you know, I’ll be working with guys like Matthew and Josh Trank (the new director of ‘Fantastic Four’) and just figuring out how everything can work together and not contradict each other.”
“But I also don’t want to make it too much of a mess either, with everyone showing up in everyone else’s films. What my dream is, as a fan, is that when you go and see any Marvel movie that it feels as if they’re all taking place in the one universe like in the comics.”
Sounds like a plan. My biggest problem with X-Men Origins: Wolverine was that it seemed like a smorgasbord of random X-Men characters in a single movie. As long as Millar helps Fox avoid that kind of crap, he’ll be golden.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Actor Sir Patrick Stewart is most recognized for playing the best captain in Star Trek (he is the best, don’t try to argue) and teaching mutants how to behave accordingly as Professor X in X-Men. In regards to the latter, it was thought that X-Men The Last Stand was the last time we’d see him play the telepathic mutant; considering the characters unfortunate demise in the middle of the film.
Well, a news report from Newsarama is saying he will return to the wheelchair once again in a future X-Men movie.
At this year’s Montreal Comic Convention, a fan asked Stewart about his chances of returning to the film franchise to which he replied, “I think there is every possibility,” and then began to say the names of his female co-stars, “Halle Berry! Famke Janssen! Rebecca Stamos! Anna Paquin!” All these leading ladies have returned to reprise their roles in the X-men film franchise, Stewart went on to say, “Yes, I’ll be reprising…”
There’s no word yet on whether or not Stewart was making an official announcement or he had just gotten away with the best fan trolling of the year. It may have been his way of saying he’ll make a return in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that’ll have to wait until some kind of official statement is released.
Source: Coming Soon
Marvel Studios introduced us to Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, and despite its lackluster box-office ticket sales it spotlighted new characters that would later make their way to film i.e: Emma Frost, Magneto, and Xavier. Recently there have been hushed whispers of a possible Deadpool film, but it has been taking longer than usual to give a concrete affirmation that it will start filming in the near future. Ryan Reynolds, while promoting his upcoming film Safe House, was asked about the possibility of a sequel to The Green Lantern or a Deadpool feature film.
Here is what he had to say on both subjects:
“The script, I think, is fantastic. It has been developed even further in the last three months or so. The filmhas to be rated R, and it has to be done a certain way, it has to do all these things that I am sure can worrisome for the guys cutting the checks for it. So if it’s going to be done, it needs to be done right. It will actually have no connection to the one that was in Wolverine.”
On Green Lantern:
“I have no idea (On the chances of a second Green Lantern). Those movies have huge scale budgets and those kinds of thing. Working in budget world like that is not fun, because you have a lot of investment and outcome. But if we end up doing a Deadpool movie that could be a lot of fun. Having the opportunity to do it rated R would be the budget would have to be down enough where you can afford to take big risks and do most things that superhero movies can’t do yet.”
Ryan Reynolds has a point, when it comes to Deadpool, if that film has any chance of hitting the big screen it has to be an R-rated film. If for any reason it is spun with a family-friendly theme, the film will have a bigger group of nerds pissed off compared to Green Lantern fans. We can all agree that after the first Green Lantern film there is no way they can salvage and rebuild the fandom they lost, but there is a possibility that Deadpool could bring in adult fans/readers to the series by making it into a blockbuster film.