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With a movie like Black Panther, Marvel obviously wants to make sure that they “get it right.”  The film is expected to be a major tentpole for the overall plot arch of Phase 3 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and just as importantly, this is a key opportunity for the company to show their dedicated interest to diversity in their major characters.  It’s no surprise, then, that we’ve heard several names bandied about to direct the film; the latest rumor is that Marvel has now officially landed on their man.

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I was just saying to myself last week, “Self – it’s been far, far too long since Uwe Boll has done something bat-crap crazy.” Well, now I can rest easy, because everyone’s favorite B-list Hollywood maniac is at it again. After famously challenging movie critics to a boxing match – and actually going through with some of them – almost a decade ago, Boll posted multiple videos to YouTube over the weekend, blasting his fans, the Kickstarter staff, the crowdfunding model in general, Hollywood “elitists,” and even his potential future investors.  (more…)

Gal as Wonder Woman

You may recall that just a few days ago, filmmaker Michelle MacLaren walked away from the director’s chair on the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Entertainment live-action film version of Wonder Woman. Citing the ambiguous rationale of “creative differences,” which is about as old an excuse as it is mysterious, MacLaren’s departure from the project could be viewed as a black eye for a production slate of DC Comics-based films that has been struggling for years to come to fruition. With a 2017 release date etched in stone, the studios had to move quickly, and they have. Now, Wonder Woman has a new director, and she is also no stranger to trying to make comic book movies work despite “creative differences.” (more…)

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Sigh. Here we go again… Rumblings about the long in the works sequel Ghostbusters 3 are beginning again as rumors suggest that Sony has a new, number one pick to helm the film, BridesmaidsPaul Feig. Adding fuel to this rumor’s fire though is that Feig is actually interested in taking this on as a project, which is once again stoking the Jim-Jim the Circus Boy-like fervor that this thing is actually, ever going to get made. (more…)

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It was a provocative tweet to say the least. Sure, any director can say “My next movie will be strange,” but usually that’s just a statement of quality. In this case, Scott Derrickson means Strange, Doctor Strange. As the upset of Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant Man has more or less died down, this news is surely designed to get people excited about Marvel movies again, especially after the Sorcerer Supreme was name dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But is this news legit, or another oddly specific rumor testing the waters? (more…)

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Over the weekend, there was a bit of hubbub regarding who would be taking over the director’s chair for Edgar Wright on Marvel’s upcoming (and seemingly doomed) Ant-Man movie. First, Jeremy Smith over at AICN had the EXCLUSIVE! that Adam McKay was the lead out of the three names on a short list (which also included We’re the Millers director Rawson Thurber and Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer). McKay had apparently entered “in earnest” talks with Marvel in hopes of closing out a deal ASAP. But then McKay dropped the project, seemingly out of nowhere and leading the Internet Prognosticators to start shelling out their trademarked nonsese. Did Marvel lowball McKay? Was this simply the Studio using the media to reduce the true frontrunner’s fee? Did McKay demand a role for Will Ferrell? Were the talks even broached at all? Taking to Twitter, McKay cleared the air himself, citing a rather standard (and understandable) reason why he couldn’t take the job. (more…)

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Though it seemed as if there might be a glimmer of hope for Prisoner of Azkaban fans that Alfonso Cuaron would return to the director’s chair for the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, the filmmaker himself dashed those rumors today. Unfortunately it appears Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is going to have to find another visionary director to take the helm, though I doubt the producers are going to be scrambling to find someone suitable who wants the gig.

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Remember when we earnestly rejoicing when it sounded like Joe Cornish might be behind the lens for the third Star Trek movie? Ah, the good ol’ days of…two months ago?

Then, just a few weeks ago, it was reported that writer/producer Roberto Orci was lobbying for the director’s chair for the as-of-yet untitled, Abrams-less installment. Today, Deadline is reporting that Orci has entered negotiations with Skydance Productions and Paramount to helm the film and is the frontrunner for the position.

Quoth Gary ‘Jonesy’ Jones: “I’m filing this in the “Who Gives A Shit” section of my Memory Warehouse.”

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Andy Serkis Directing WB Jungle Book

In the case of the dueling Jungle Books, the Warner Bros version has taken another step forward with the hiring of director Andy Serkis. No, there aren’t two Andy Serkises, the director in question is also the man famous for his motion capture performances as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, and the titular character in King Kong. But on The Jungle Book, Serkis will now be calling the shots, filling the director’s chair recently vacated by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams). (more…)

STAR TREK

We know that J.J. Abrams is out as director of Star Trek 3, apparently he’s got something better to do, so that begs the question as to who Paramount Pictures might turn to in order to make the next mission of the Enterprise a reality. According to the latest from the Hollywood rumor mill, it seems that the studio is circling around Attack the Block filmmaker Joe Cornish to continue the adventures of everyone’s favorite Starfleet crew. (more…)