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Ghostbusters 2 is one of the most maligned sequels in the history of film, but is it possible there’s a version of the film that the fickle winds of fandom might enjoy? A filmmaker by the name of Bradley Bjornstad is banking on it by launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 to not only make a documentary about the road not taken, but for a re-edit of Ghostbusters 2 to suit the original vision for the project a la the Richard Donner edit of Superman II.

The story goes that there was one version of Ghostbusters 2 that got everyone to the set, and then another version that Columbia Pictures mandated, the version that made it to screens in the summer of 1989, the version that skirted just a little too close to how the first Ghostbusters film unfolded. I understand why that ticks people off, but really, is Ghostbusters 2 honestly that bad?

Still, Bjornstad’s experiment is at least interesting, so why not let him sell it to you. The Kickstarter video for Ghostbusters 2: The Original Vision is below:

Sounds pretty ambitious for a director that nobody, not even his mom, has ever heard of, right? While I think Bjornstad could probably achieve the documentary part of his Kickstarter, I somehow doubt that Sony is going to give him footage from Ghostbusters 2 to re-edit and release on his own. And considering that Bjornstad has raised a little over two per cent of his $100,000 goal with 16 days till deadline, I think there maybe a lot of other doubters out there too.

How about it, Bastards, what to see the original vision of Ghostbusters 2? Would you pay to help get it made? Sound off below.

Source: Cinema Blend

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Principle photography for Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues to roll  in New York City.  Recently, onlookers saw their first look at Jamie Foxx‘s Max Dillon and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man sharing their first publicly filmed scene. Naturally, everyone started getting pictures and video on their cell phones.

While the film crew continued to work with Andrew and Jamie in front of the Hearst Building, filling in as the fictional Oscorp Industries, those around them were busy posting everything they saw to social media. By the look of the flipped car and setting, it looks Spidey saves Max (pre-transformation to Electro) from getting hit by a car.

Meanwhile the people over at celebuzz were able to get a bit closer to the Columbia Pictures set, getting the finer details of Andrew and Jamie rehearsing and shooting their scene together. They nabbed  a better look at the new and improved Spider-Man costume. Which, sticks closer to the comic book iteration we all know, and honestly the best representation of the suit seen so far. Jamie Foxx on the other hand, well, I’m getting a Jim Carrey as Edward Nigma from Batman Forever vibe. Not good. Anyway, check out the image gallery below:
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As filming continues on Marc Webb‘s Amazing Spider-man 2, the first official images from filming have made their way out from Columbia Pictures. With people having already seen Jamie Foxx‘s Electro, with his blue skin and bald head, Webb decided it was time to show off the powerless scientist Max Dillon with the caption “Day 52. My name is Max.” A far cry from the Navi-skinned person we saw previously, Foxx is much more nerd than Peter Parker ever looked.

Check out the first look after the jump.

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A lot of people have been disapproving of Foxx’s look, but they must realize this is a movie and there are make-up departments that specialize in making someone look different. Jamie himself has described Max as a “nobody” so it fits his character has to look the part. You can’t expect him to be all groomed and professional like Harry Osborn, after all. Speaking of which, not long after Webb tweeted his picture Dane DeHaan released a first look at this franchise’s Harry and thankfully he’s no James Franco.

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Dane certainly looks like someone who’s the successor of Oscorp and if you’ve seen Chronicle you know how evil he can be on screen. He might finally be the Harry Osborn we’ve wanted for a long time. Now we just need to see Paul Giamatti and we’re all set.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Chris Cooper, Sally Field, and Felicity Jones is slated for theaters May 2nd, 2014.

Source: Coming Soon

Ghostbusters-3-animatedThe troubled saga of the Ghostbusters franchise continues. It’s been a little quiet on the GB threequel front since the last time actor/vodka salesman Dan Aykroyd talked about the project moving forward without Bill Murray. Now? Apparently Sony/Columbia Pictures is considering going the animated route for a third crack at busting a few ghosts. That’s what Bloody Disgusting is saying an unnamed source (that I want to believe is Ernie Hudson) told them. Also, this is not the first time the idea has been optioned. Back in 2007 Sony exes looked into firing up the proton packs for an animated feature that eventually evolved into the 2009 video game.

Sadly this nameless source didn’t have much else to say on the project, so let me fill in the end part here myself. Apparently this project refuses to die. It should have long ago, but damn it if you (Sony) are so damn dead set on wringing the last little bit of life out Ghostbusters, make the damn cartoon then. To be honest a CGI Pixar-ish Ghostbusters movie is probably the lesser of all evils. I would rather see Stanz with that annoying Dreamworks face for 90 minutes than a reboot, but I’ll still go on record that Bill Murray‘s involvement is key. No Venkman, no Ghostbusters. Murray has done a CGI cartoon (Garfield) or two (Kitties, tale of) in the past, maybe he’d come on board for this? Voice works pays out well and requires a lot less involvement…

… somewhere an alleged paper shredder just fired up.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

 

The Boys had become The Lost Boys when Columbia Pictures decided to drop the film adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic series.  Adam McKay had been signed to direct the “$100 million, rated-R, anti-superhero movie” and was left high and dry when the studio passed it up.

However!  It seems that The Lost Boys have been saved.  McKay, who starts shooting Anchorman: The Legend Continues in February, let it slip on Twitter that The Boys is still a thing.  Turns out Paramount picked it up and it’s in the works.  He ended up deleting the Tweet, but smart people took screen caps and now we have the proof in the pudding.  (Mmm, pudding…)

Looking forward to finally seeing this superhero satire hit the big screen!

Source: Spinoff Online

Looks like Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison Productions is at it again. We don’t mean that they’re making That’s My Boy 2 – that would be crazy – but we are referring to their acquisition and development of Daniel Brunet and Nicolas Douste‘s Bad Toys II.

Produced alongside Columbia PicturesBad Toys 2 is a weird mix of live-action, comic book panels and CG that would make your inner child sit on the edge of his/her seat. Sandler must really have a thing for the French because this isn’t his first time adapting a French short. Happy Madison is already in the process of working on Pixels, a short film where 8-bit video games characters invade the real world New York City.

Although when you have something described as “metal-crunching, tire-screeching, car-crashing levels seen in Bay’s own Bad Boys movies with two wise-cracking cops trying to catch a van of bad guys”, you have to give it a chance. Michael Bay did and look where that got him: straight into the arms of explosions and giant robots.

Want to see this “block” buster in action? Of course you do:

No wonder Sandler wants to see this made. It’s awesome, it’s funny and even if you can’t understand a lick of French you’re going to enjoy it anyway. No date has been set as to when this will reach theaters but when it does we’ll be sure to let you know.

Source: Geek Tyrant

It’s time for another edition of “Good Idea, Bad Idea.” Bad Idea: making a movie based on a board game (*cough*Battleship*cough*). Good Idea? Remaking a movie based on a book about a fake board game. Just ask Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad.

While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Belgrad talked about some of the projects on the books at his studio, including a potential remake of its 1995 adventure hit Jumanji. The original film starred Robin Williams as a guy who grew up trapped inside the titular jungle adventure game, and co-starred Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce as the kids who free him and release all manner or creature and animal on their small New England town.

“We’re going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present,” said Belgrad. The original Jumanji was directed by Captain America filmmaker Joe Johnston.

In other franchise news, Belgrad says he’s pleased with the $615.5 million worldwide haul of Men in Black 3 and is now looking at what might come next for the MiBs. “We’re very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We’re going to do [another one], but we don’t have clarity yet on how it should be done.

And speaking of buddy cop movies, look for more 21 Jump Street in the not too distant future. “Yes, we plan to start shooting in the fall,” Belgrad explained. “There are very few actors — I’m going to quote Amy — who can do romance, action and comedy. We’re in business with two of them, Channing Tatum and Will Smith.”

So in other words, get ready for more sequels and reboots coming soon to a theater near you. Whether you like it or not.

Source: Coming Soon

Super hero origins are scarred territory when it comes to the comic book genre — without an origin most heroes would be nothing more then crazed people wearing tight spandex.

So when two Hollywood studios decide to reboot two huge comic book franchises, the question must be asked: are they going to keep the origin stories pure? Nope. According to several sources, the post-Avengers films The Amazing Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and director Marc Webb, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures Superman reboot, Man of Steel, will be getting altered tales of their creation.

Since both studios are looking to reboot their respective money makers, I suppose was always a possibility, but is this the right move?

A small warning, the following is going to contain spoilers, so if your afraid of ruining the movie for yourself, get ready to skip the following.

Spider-Man’s origin is well known: a nerd gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gains all the powers of said spider, as well as the ability to attract smoking hot red-heads. That last part is more implied, but that’s Spider-Man in a nutshell. However, The Amazing Spider-Man is going the route of 2003’s Ang Lee directed Hulk, making his powers a result of a dormant mutation his father is responsible for giving him. The events at the beginning of the franchise, the iconic spider bite, is nothing more then a kick start to Peter’s puberty gene.

Previous reports suggest that this “untold story” matches up with plot points from early previews and expands upon information rarely touched on in the Sam Raimi original. It’s sounds absurd that the studio would make such a change, but at least the Superman camp is giving them a run for their money.

As Brian Singer’s Superman Returns showed, the DC hero never really had a great reboot to begin with, Brandon Routh practically turned the “Man of steel” into a whinny wuss for two hours. After striking that mis-step from their records the studio thought it best to revamp the legend of the boy from Krypton. Gone is the alien refugee who crash lands on Earth, make way for the full-fledged alien prince, destined to save our planet from destruction. Granted, it’s not as big of a change as the Amazing Spider-Man alteration, and in a way, it actually adds to the story of Kal-El written by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan. The pair helped bring Batman back into the fold as a solid Hollywood blockbuster, so if anyone can make this change creditable it’s the team of Goyer and Nolan.

What do you think? Are these changes really worth pissing off a percentage of the viewing audience or is it something we’re just going to have to deal with it like the grown adults that we are?

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters on July 3rd, 2012. The Man of Steel is tentatively scheduled for a June 14th, 2013 release.

Source: Screen Rant

 

 

No more teasers for Total Recall, we’ve got a full trailer from Columbia Pictures for director Len Wiseman’s Total Recall reboot. The movie hits theater screens on August 3rd, starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, John Cho and Bill Nighy.

 

Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

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There hasn’t been much news lately from the Total Recall production. Len Wiseman and Columbia Pictures have been keeping pretty much to themselves any goodies from their Total Recall remake.

We’ve only seen a few set stills from the movie which opens August 3, 2012. A Taiwanese 30-second promo for the film has hit the net. the Movie stars Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale, check out the Kate pics below.

Synopsis, which might be a spoiler if you never saw the first film:

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

All this secrecy might not be a bad idea, we already know the plot and story. Maybe keeping everything else under cover will get people thinking that the synopsis given is just a smoke screen. They can’t leave out those iconic images that made Total Recall a hit.

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