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We haven’t heard much about the Fables movie since it was announced almost two years ago. Fans of Bill Willingham‘s Vertigo series were ecstatic, and we were too, but then it seemed to just fade away. Just like some of your favorite fairy tale memories fade with time. Well we might be hearing more soon because the project is finally moving forward with an additional screen writer assigned to turn Willingham’s comic book masterpiece into a workable big screen script. Who’s been tagged with the writing chore? We’ve given you a hint in the title… (more…)

Word is that the whispered rumors about Tim Burton’s Pinocchio movie might be bearing fruit. Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class), is in talks to tackle the rewrite of Bryan Fuller‘s first draft of Pinocchio, and she will be incorporating RDJ‘s script notes. Although not signed to contract, Robert Downey Jr. has been attached to the project in early stages to star as Geppetto, and has submitted script notes of his desired changes.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Goldman’s joining the Warner Bros. project. THR says that no deals are in place, but many believe that the addition of Goldman to the team and the inclusion of RDJ‘s script requests will help lock in contracts for Burton as director and Downy as the lead character.

The story is described:

Downey would play Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates the puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy and whose nose grows when he tells a lie. When Pinocchio goes missing, Geppetto embarks on a quest to reunite with his marionette.

Of course the focus will be more on Geppetto with an actor of RDJ’s stature in the role. There are sure to be adventures for the puppet maker as he tracks down his wayward creation.

Does this mean that Johnny Depp might take on the Pinocchio role? When is the last movie Burton has directed without Depp? What do you think about the project?

Via: THR

That’s the rumor brewing out of Russia, or at least the Russian website Stark Industries which is reporting Film Business Today has revealed the title to X-Men: First Class‘ sequel. They’re claiming the next film will be titled X-Men: Days of Future Past, and that seems to match up with Geek Tyrant’s earlier report 20th Century Fox registered that title with the MPAA Tital Registration Bureau. So, maybe? Likely? I guess we’ll see.

Unfamiliar with Days of Future Past? Here’s a quick synopsis of that comic book story arc,

The storyline alternates between present day, in which the X-Men fight Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and a future timeline caused by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly. In this future universe, Sentinels rule the United States, and mutants live in internment camps. The present-day X-Men are forewarned of the possible future by a future version of their teammate Kitty Pryde, whose mind traveled back in time and possessed her younger self to warn the X-Men. She succeeds in her mission and returns to the future, but despite her success, the future timeline still exists as an alternative timeline rather than as the actual future.

It’ll be interesting to see them tackle future timelines and alternate timelines in a movie, think they can do it justice?

X-Men: Days of Future Past, if that is indeed the official title, is set to begin shooting in January of next year, with a release date of July 18th, 2014. Currently Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn are working on a script with Jane Goldman, and Bryan Singer is attached to return as producer.

What d’ya think? Do you think this a good direction for First Class‘ sequel to take?

Source: Geek Tyrant

X-Men: First Class completely reinvigorated the the mutant franchise and we’re all eagerly awaiting its sequel. It’s supposedly scheduled to begin shooting in the fall, which is why Jennifer Lawrence’s summer schedule is going to be tight, and we’ve heard the sequel is going to explore Magneto’s development even more thoroughly. But with all these snippets we still don’t really know what to expect from X-Men: First Class 2.

At last night’s Empire Awards, Red Carpet News caught up with both Magneto and Xavier, I mean, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy to see what they could squeeze out of the two about First Class 2.

In their chat with Fassbender they discussed a variety of topics: who are his heroes?, is he interested in writing?, what’s it like working with Steve McQueen? But what we’re most interested in is what he has to say about First Class 2. Jump to about 1:00 minute mark for some X-Men talk,

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Matthew Vaughn has had to eat his words now that there will be a Kick-Ass 2.  And while we know that neither Matthew Vaughn or Jane Goldman will be directing it, we don’t actually know who will be making Kick-Ass 2 happen.

What we do know, though, is that shooting for the film adaptations of Mark Millar‘s works, Kick-Ass 2 and American Jesus, will start this coming summer.  No release dates have been mentioned, but it’s safe to assume that they will be released near the end of 2013 or early 2014.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing an official press release sometime soon with regards to all the information we don’t currently have about the Kick-Ass sequel.

Source: Bleeding Cool

So, let’s pretend for a moment that a sequel to the under performing Kick-Ass from 2010 might actually happen. Yes, I know Mark Millar is still really keen on it happening but there is still no real indication the movie will ever really happen. Oh sure, there is the comic book sequel (which is really great, btw) but will the movie ever happen?

F*ck’d if I know, but we now know this. Matthew Vaughn won’t be coming back to direct. Apparently Mister “I directed the very successful X-Men First Class” has closed the door on any chance for his return, at least that’s what co-screenwriter Jane Goldman says:

“I think the only thing that is fairly sure is that right now, Matthew doesn’t have any plans to direct it. He and I are not currently talking about writing it either. It may well be that Matthew oversees [‘Kick-Ass 2’] in a producer role, and I may also be involved in that capacity. I know that there is somebody that Matthew has been talking to who would be interested in writing and directing that. That would be cool.”

So, neither will write, but might produce this movie that know one is actually thinking of making? Don’t get me wrong, I’d go see it, and apparently Goldman is keen on it too.

“[Going back] is very tempting We had such a wonderful time making it. It’s such a great bunch of people, people we’d all be incredibly keen to work with again. If we could repeat the experience we had that would be wonderful. I think for whatever reason Matthew feels that he isn’t going to be directing that one.”

Well, that’s all nice, but damn it… Will this movie ever be made?

“My own feeling is that I love Mark Millar’s follow-up to the comic. I love the second volume of the comic, but whether the movie itself needs a sequel, I’m a little on the fence about that.”

Damn it Jane, get off that fence. Be the driving force that makes it happen. Yes, the second volume of the comic is great but who wouldn’t want to see it hit the big screen? Just, don’t repeat the mistakes from the first one. The gatling gun/jet pack ending was bad, very bad. As for this mystery person that Vaughn is talking to, any idea who it could be? Nerds, you may begin speculation now.

Source: /Film


Never has a title been so true, so hilarious and so simple as that of Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass. It’s an irreverent, juvenile, over-the-top, outrageously violent, love letter to comic books and superheroes. Suffice to say, it was well received in the nerd community. Eh, give us nerds some chaos and cartoonish gimmicks and we’re a happy bunch. Anyway, since the release of the movie based on the comic of the same name, there has been sequel talk. However, indifference between actors and creatives (Director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman are working on other projects) has led to it not being bloody likely. A spin-off however, may be in the works…

Hit-Girl, the 11-year-old that massacred a room full of baddies to the tune of The Banana Splits Theme, may get her own flick. Mind you, there is no official news on this, it’s pure speculation. Here’s why:

Mark Millar, the writer of the comic from which the film was adapted, has been teasing a “huge announcement” that will make Kick Ass 2 fans “very happy”. Which is strange, because the only Kick-Ass 2 we know of is the upcoming comic book series.

Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Moretz suggested (via an interview with MTV news) that regarding Kick Ass 2 there was news…”Something, something we’ve got up our sleeves.”

Are they hinting at a now-planned Hit Girl movie? Goodness knows Kick-Ass was best as a movie whenever Hit Girl was on the screen. I think Mark Millar has perhaps realized that fans would much rather watch a Hit Girl movie rather than Kick-Ass 2. In fact, Millar has been publicly pointing out the preponderence of people dressing up as Hit Girl in Cosplay as of late. Not that that means anything, but it does sorta feed into the suspicion. Furthermore, there was a  Hit Girl mini series meant to launch in September, set between Kick Ass and Kick Ass 2 to fill the gaps in delayed shipping, but it got dropped. It’s rumored this material was going rewritten as to be a sequel to Kick Ass 2 – with Hit-Girl being a lot older. So… maybe this unused work is instead being cherry picked for a stand alone movie?

Again, we’re being speculative bastards. This “huge announcement” could be anything. It might even be an Kick-Ass 2 announcement – with a new writer and director. Will see.

Via: Bleeding Cool

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Are you excited for X-Men: First Class? While I, like the rest of you, have no faith that FOX can produce a quality super hero movie. The studio fuckheads seem to make it a mission to squeeze a gooey shit all over our beloved comic book characters. However, First Class is helmed by Kick-Ass (pun intended) director Matthew Vaughn and is written by his Kick-Ass cohort Jane Goldman (I badly want to have sex with her). The duo can do no wrong. Well, they can, but lets assume they can’t. The recently released trailer certainly put a pause to most speculated negativity. The foreboding music score and quick cuts of mutants, mayhem and January Jones as Emma Frost personally tickled my nerd fancy. Regardless of the alternative telling of the formation of the X-men, the trailer made it seem the essence is well captured.

Anyway, to get the rest of you on the First Class bandwagon, Empire got their hands on this cool image (pictured above) of January Jones as Emma Frost and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw standing in the Hellfire Club’s “secret lair”. Hmm, I imagine Emma Frost must have said something along the lines of “Ice to see you”. Seriously, what are they in Superman’s fortress of solitude? Mr. Freeze wants his hideout back.  Jokes about the Hellfire pad aside, I think we’re all too enchanted my Emma Frost’s “Mom Pants”.

So aside from this snappy photo, Empire also had a few brief words from the actors themselves.

Kevin Bacon on Sebastian Shaw

“He’s not a mustache twirler. He’s a smooth talker and a manipulator. But he really believes that mutants are the master race and to get what he wants he will do whatever he has to do.

And what of his significantly different costume in this movie? The comics Shaw wears a faintly ridiculous 18th century get up..

“The movie’s grounded. We went through different sideburn lengths but to have him dressed as Benjamin Franklin would have been weird. I don’t have the legs for those tights anyway!”

January Jones plays Emma Frost, the infamously under dressed villain from the XMen comics. She tells Empire about being nervous when she heard about the character’s revealing outfits.

“Before I came here, I was frightened and curious. You can’t just paint on an outfit! I only do projects set in the ’60s with Men in the title! But I get to wear crazy outfits and fight and be telepathic. It’s a lovely change of pace.”

X-Men: First Class hits May 30th.

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Throughout 2010, the internet has been buzzing news about a sequel to Kick-Ass. We got a title name, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, Matthew Vaughn showing interest to return to direct the sequel, and Mark Miller saying that filming for the second film would start this spring. Well, it seems that Miller may have been just saying things as it was revealed recently that Kick-Ass 2 is currently not in the works.

Jane Goldman, who co-wrote Kick-Ass with Vaughn and doing the same with X-Men: First Class, had this to say about the recent reports about Kick-Ass 2 on Twitter:

“Saw a few erroneous reports today that I’m currently writing Kick Ass 2 script – sorry if anyone’s disappointed, but not true.”

Goldman later revealed that she is currently working on two projects, with one being Vaughn’s next project. While it may suck-ass that we’re not getting Kick-Ass 2 anytime soon, it may be worth the wait seeing how Vaughn is currently busy making sure fans will enjoy X-Men: First Class.

Via Screen Junkies

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OK. The X-Men: First Class casting has now officially reached the status of “too-many-godamn-characters-in-this-flick”. Lets see, we have James McAvoy as Professor X. Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Nicholas Hoult as Beast. Lucas Till as Havok. Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee. Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. Edi Gathegi as Darwin and Kevin Bacon as a yet to be named villain. Well, now we have another mutant to add to the mix. Onstage today at Movie-Con ((found on ComingSoon), Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Stardust) revealed he will play Azazel, biological father of Nightcrawler. Wow. Nightcrawler’s father, huh? Just how many more characters, that have no relation to Xavier’s first class of mutants can they cram into this flick? (X-Men: First Class is basically the formation of the X-Men. How they began and the relationship between young Xavier and Magneto)

Now, I have all the faith in the world for director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) and his writing partner Jane Goldman (Boob Alert check it out), but this is just getting ridiculous. I know I’m being presumptuous. I should wait till I hear more plot details before I get all ranty, but with this many characters how on earth can each of them get enough screen time for us to care about them? I understand this X-Men flick is trying to distinguish itself from previous installments and utilizing a rogues gallery of un-used characters is the best way to do that, but this has the X-Men Origins: Wolverine written all over it.

On a side note: Did anyone else notice the uncanny (pun intended) resemblance Jason Flemyng has to Patrick Swayze?

here’s more on Azazel, for anyone that cares.

The character first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men #428 in a storyline called “The Draco” where we finally learned that Kurt Wagner a.k.a Nightcrawler was the son of the lead of an ancient race of mutants, from biblical times no less, who looked like demons and who could teleport by opening portals into other dimensions. In the comics, Azazel had been banished to the “Brimstone dimension” by angels, but left that dimension to father children, one of them being Nightcrawler.