The critical and commercial success of X-Men: Days of Future Past proved that there’s still a lot of life in the X-Men as a film franchise. But while we’ve heard a lot about Sony Pictures specific plans to franchise random Spider-Man characters, even in spite of the lackluster returns of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s been mostly quiet over at Twentieth Century Fox aside from one announcement that the next X-Men film, Apocalypse, was in development. Although there’s occasionally talk of another spin-off film aside from the next Wolverine solo adventure, such as Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force project, there’s mostly been long periods of silence between small bits of news about process.
And then something weird happened. Either by accident or on purpose, test footage for a Deadpool film hit the internet last weekend as San Diego Comic Con, and its drought of genuine movie news, came to a close. Although fans were uncertain of the degree of legitimacy the nearly two-minute clip actually had, it was soon revealed by the production company that made it, the Culver City-based Blur Studios, that this was indeed commissioned by 20th Century Fox to do a proof of concept for an ultra-violent, hard-R-rated Deadpool movie. Now the question for the many Deadpool fans around the world is, would such a movie be allowed to come to fruition from a major Hollywood studio? And the answer, despite Blur’s instantaneous success in capturing the character on film, is no. (more…)
Tim Miller of Blur Studios has been creating visually-stunning special effects for some time now. In addition to his well-known intro sequence to the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he had his creative hands involved in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, the X-Men films, Daredevil and Tim Burton’s version of Planet of the Apes. Though Miller has proven himself time-and-again to know his FX magic, he is set to make a directorial debut in bringing legendary writer Warren Ellis’s ‘Gravel’ comic to the big screen.
For those that don’t know Warren Ellis, he is the genius behind such titles as Transmetropolitan, The Authority and a vast number of other titles. His writing credits read like an encyclopedia of some of the most popular comics in the world.
The creation in question, ‘Gravel’, is a horror comic that follows the adventures of Sgt. Major William Gravel, a soldier in the British S.A.S. Being skilled in the dark arts of magic, Gravel decides to make a few extra pounds (that’s Brit-money) by hiring himself out to fight crazy supernatural monsters.
Unfortunately, Ellis will not be putting the screenplay together, as he has quite the busy schedule. Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell have that pleasure, though Ellis has expressed that he’s not upset about it and is happy with whom the studio has chosen to helm this project.
Miller was also set to direct the much talked about X-Men Origins: Deadpool film, though no one seems to have heard anything more about that since last year. Looks like another one bites the dust.
The adaptation of ‘Gravel’ is being produced by Legendary Pictures and Rick Alexander. Legendary is known for being the production company behind 300, which means Miller may have free reign to go ape-shit wild with the effects on Gravel. If the screenwriters can keep the story strong, movie-viewers may have some serious awesome waiting for them just around the corner.
Thanks to ComingSoon.net and Spinoff Online for giving us the heads-up on this one.