As you’re no doubt aware, there was a major movie awards ceremony this weekend and Fantastic Four, one of the most talked about genre flicks from last year, won and won big, picking up a slew of trophies including the (not) coveted main prize. A more deserving winner we can’t think of. Also, we had the Oscars. (more…)
When the news broke the other day of Josh Trank‘s selection to direct one of the stand alone Star Wars movies, some die-hard Trank fans were pumping their fists and inserting their comments and the below video into the conversation. (more…)
Josh Trank, the director of both Chronicle and FOX’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, has been selected to direct one of the Star Wars stand alone films, though at this point, we don’t know what said movie will be about, so a Lando and Boba Fett buddy space cop film is ostensibly still a possibility. Trank joins Godzilla director Gareth Edwards (and of course, JJ Abrams) in the Star Wars stable, indicating that the Disney owned franchise totes has a type — directors who are on the rise but who also have some experience working on large scale projects. (more…)
Chronicle writer Max Landis has some issues with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel and he’s taken to the You-Tube airwaves to get his point across. It’s a well thought out argument, delivered with a passion that other comic book fans can at least appreciate, if not agree with. Max’s rant is well worth a listen, check it out and met me on the other side to discuss.
What did you think? Has Max got a point? Has the need to have bigger and bigger effects and destruction gotten in the way of delivering real characterization in super hero movies? Chronicle was a fantastic story and turned out to be a fine film. Landis’ street cred is good with me.
What I’d really like to see is Landis and Quentin Tarantino sit down for a dinner and discussion about super hero movies and stories. Hell, I’d buy a theater ticket to see that.
The word rocketing across the Internet today is that FOX‘s Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank (Chronicle) is considering casting Michael B. Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. Are FOX and Trank testing the water with this rumored casting leak?
You might remember Donald Glover making a pitch to play Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Fan reaction to that idea was mixed, but after years of Hollywood ignoring character race in casting Caucasians, color blind casting is a relatively new thing in Hollywood. Two examples in the super hero movie category include Clarke Duncan as The Kingpin in Daredevil and Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-man 2, both villains. Perhaps it’s time for a hero to receive the same treatment on screen.
How would this work out in the Fantastic Four though? Sue Storm is Johnny’s sister and with the reported news of Allison Williams consideration for the role of Sue Storm, would they still be brother and sister? Adopted siblings, or same mother different fathers or vice-versa?
I’ve really enjoyed Jordan’s work in Chronicle, Friday Night Lights, and from what I hear Fruitvale is fantastic in no small part to his talented acting. He would handle the role well, but is world ready for him in that role?
What do you think, not just about Jordan as the Torch, but the state of race in casting in Hollywood today?
We like to think that it’s a nerds’ world at the movies, and certainly there’s been a lot of press in the last few years to back that up, but in 2012 it seemed especially true.
Developing a Top 10 List of the best of the nerdiest films this year was no easy feat, even with high-profile disappointments like Prometheus, John Carter, and The Amazing Spider-Man, but we were still able to do it. Some of these titles maybe obvious, but they all have one thing in common, they prove that in the genres of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and action, the year 2012 was far from the end of the world. Cinematically speaking, at least.
Here’s the Top 10 Nerdy Films of 2012. (more…)
So Chronicle was quite the hit for 20th Century Fox earlier this year, so it would be little wonder that they’d want a sequel and in a manner equivalent to post haste. So what’s the hold up? According to Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis‘ dad, the legendary filmmaker John Landis, the studio is unsatisfied with the sequel’s recently completed script.
The scene was an AMPAS screening of the Landis classic An American Werewolf in London, and in the follow-on Q&A, Landis didn’t just dish about his own business, he also talked about his son’s. Courtesy of The Playlist, here’s what Landis Sr. had to say:
He wrote a sequel [to Chronicle], and it’s amazing, and the studio read it and said, ‘We want Chronicle again!’ And he said, ‘No, this is the sequel, it’s the evolution, and they said ‘No, we want that movie again!’ So it’s difficult, we’re dealing with a difficult business.
So Fox wants a carbon copy of Chronicle for Chronicle 2? Disappointing, but not surprising. Clearly, the same idea worked for The Hangover 2, but would anyone argue that Hangover 2 was artistically rewarding? (Or does anybody even consider Hangover 1 artistically rewarding?)
And yes, Papa John’s talking points got back to Max, and as the embarrassed son he now is, Max Landis had this to say on Twitter:
Source: Bleeding Cool
In wake of the success of Chronicle, ($12 million to produce and rakes in $105 million domestically) Fox has hired the film’s screenwriter Max Landis to get a sequel started.
The first film that starred Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan, who played three high school friends that accidentally obtained telekinetic superpowers. Their lives start going out of control on a downward spiral as their friendship is tested and one begins to explore the darker side of his powers and takes his anger out on innocent people. His friends are forced to stop him.
The end of the film was left wide open for a sequel, so there is plenty of room for Landis to work with. The first film was entertaining, and with Landis writing the sequel should be just as fun. Let’s hope that they ditch the found footage camera style the second time around.
What are your thoughts on Landis taking on Chronicle 2? Are you looking forward to seeing a sequel?
Sony tried going the Venom route once before. At the time, Hunger Games director Gary Ross was set to direct it. Suffice to say, it never panned out. But with the new Amazing Spider-Man on the horizon and a new director shopping around for more superhero film cred, our gooey-fluid antihero may just ooze his way into theaters in the future.
The Los Angeles Times reports Sony is in negotiations with Chronicle director Josh Trank to helm a new Venom movie.
According to the LA Times article, Sony refused to comment but their anonymous source said the script would not be the same one Ross was developing several years back.
After years of being a fair-weather fan of Spider-Man, I was in rapture to find out long before the release of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 that one of the nemeses in the film would be none other than my hulking black love (aka Venom). Suffice to say, I was massively disappointed. I mean, come on, Topher Grace’s Venom was terrible – a tiny dude with a retracting ooze mask and pussy persona? Suck my farts, that wasn’t Venom.
Well, now I can rejoice in that fact that our tyrant – known in the SM series for his deep hissing voice desiring to eat Spidey’s brain – will get another shot.
And if we can kick Topher to the curb and get us a monstrous, good spinoff of Venom struggling against his evil impulses while ultimately remaining a drooling, hissing, demon-turned good-guy… Maybe the fans won’t take to the streets and burn the town down.
In regards to this Josh Trank fellow? Well, lets just say I have my “not bad” face on. The dude impressed me with his film Chronicle. It had more superhero action than most big name comic book movies with much larger budgets. So, I’d say he’s more than competent to take on Venom.
Lastly, who do you think should play Eddie Brock/Venom? While his acting has never been tested outside a wrestling arena, I always thought Brock Lesnar looked the part. What say you?
Source: LA Times
Superhero Round Up: FX Nabs TV Rights To Ghost Rider & Others, Avengers and General Zod Dialogue, Plus An Old Time Avengers Trailer To Boot!
It’s safe to say the superhero movie season for 2012 is upon us. Yes, we kicked it all off with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. (hey, nowhere to go but up, right?) It’s probably time we checked in how the long list of cape and tights movies are coming along. It’s time for a Superhero Round-Up
Guess what, The Avengers is only is only 65 sleeps away! Yes, that means we are going a little heavy this week on Joss Whedon‘s Iron Man and friends movie, including a classy recut of the trailer, some clips of dialogue and even a huge spoiler of a reveal on who the big bad not Skrull alien army is. Speaking of dialogue, even though Man of Steel is part of next years rush of superhero movies, Michael Shannon (the new General Zod) has gave us a hint of the many Zodly things he will say.
Oh yeah, as for Ghost Rider, well, someone thought it was good enough to snatch up the TV airing rights for it quick with a pile of other movies.
Find out who after the jump (or… in the title of the post… damn it)