Lauren Shuler Donner


Deadpool fans weren’t the only ones pleased that the Merc with the Mouth is finally going to get his own movie, Deadpool’s creator Rob Liefeld was too. Liefeld takes a lot of heat from fans for this drawing skills, particularly in the areas of proportionality and appendages, but he is responsible for co-creating a number of popular X-Men characters introduced in the early 90s, including much of X-Force. So with Deadpool now definitely maybe coming soon to a theater near you, Liefeld talked about his involvement with the project to fans at Stan Lee’s Comikaze in Los Angeles this past weekend. And guess what? He’s a little bit excited about it. (more…)

The Avengers was a huge hit, spawning a sequel in the near future.  X-Men did its own fair share of business and has been getting more attention since the release of First Class and its upcoming sequel.  So what’s the best way to both delight Marvel fans and make shit-tons of money?  Why, a cross-over, of course!

As much as we might like to see something like this happen, it’s not bloody likely.  The properties are in the hands of two different studios, with Disney owning Avengers and 20th Century Fox being in possession of X-Men.  The chances of them getting together and splitting the monies for a cross-over film are pretty slim.

However, it looks like some of the more important names in the comic book movie world are starting to voice their opinions that they’d like to go this route.  Lauren Shuler Donner, producer of all-things X-Men said she’d be on board.  Or, in her own words:

I would love it. I would love it. I personally have close ties to Marvel because of Kevin Feige, because Kevin worked for me. But to take our characters and mingle them in the way that they were written, yeah, absolutely.

Considering that many of the people becoming hot names in these franchises happen to be big geeks, the push for cross-studio interaction can only get stronger.  If the studios can concentrate more on what the fans want and less on their copyrights, we may have something to look forward to.  At they very least, they may be able to work something out so everyone makes buckets of cash.

What do ye olde Nerdreaders think?  Should it happen?  Or have the franchises gone in such different directions that it would be impossible to keep continuity in a cross-over?


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

With X-Men: First Class dropping this week on DVD and Blu-ray producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been making the rounds, press wise. While promoting First Class she’s also been taking questions on the progress of The Wolverine and what’s actually happening  with that Deadpool movie.

Turns out The Wolverine might be pushed back and won’t begin shooting till 2012. Bummer. Really it all hangs on Hugh Jackman‘s schedule, and I think we can all agree we don’t want a Wolverine flick without Jackman. Shuler says,

[We want] to distinguish it from the other one… It’s much more of a standalone [movie]… I’m not sure when we’ll start. Maybe summer 2012 we’ll start shooting. It’s based on Hugh’s schedule, frankly. When he’s available, we’ll film. …He’s doing ‘Les Miserables’, and then he has to come and train for us. So it’s all dependent on him.

Yes, please distinguish it from Wolverine: Origins. That movie was painful to watch. Jackman is brilliant as Wolverine, his short cameo in First Class was better than the entirety of Origins. Speaking of Wolverine: Origins, what did Shuler have to say about including Deadpool in that  piece of trash,

Yes he was treated totally wrong in the Wolverine film and yes we will redeem him.

Great! So this Deadpool movie will be true to the character and not the weird muted freak we saw at the end of Origins, right?

We’re working on getting it ready, and presenting some things to the studio, cause we’re gonna give it a little bit of a different look… It’s a different kind of movie. If you know ‘Deadpool’…it’s true to ‘Deadpool’. So you know, it’ll be violent, and outrageous, and funny, and all that.

We have a few more things to do. And then it’s up to the studio to decide whether we’re going to go forward or not… But I’m pretty excited. We have a good script and a good director [Tim Miller].

Yes! This, I believe, is what we fans needed to hear. Does this news about the progress on Deadpool relieve any of your fears? When do you think The Wolverine will finally show up in theatres? And will it be the ass-kickin’ Wolverine flick we’ve been craving?

Source: /Film

Disney has made some fantastic cartoons that we’ve all grown up watching, and the Gargoyles series was one of the best — hands down. Sadly, this isn’t about the wickedly sweet animated series.

Currently being produced by Lauren Shuler Donner of the X-Men franchise, the series is currently in the hands of G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra screenwriters David Elliot and Paul Lovett. They are rewriting the script that had previously been written by Zoe Green… and it should worry you. Not to ruffle any feathers or anything, but G.I. Joe sucked some major ass; it still baffles the mind that the studios okayed a sequel to that trash. Disney just screwed the pooch on this one.

The film centers on “a world in which the stony statues on buildings come to life. Elliot and Lovett would portray them as guardian angels for the cities in which they reside”. So, it’s not quite the animated series… but it practically is the animated series.

Hopefully the sun does come up on this feature — only so someone can smash it to tiny bits.

Via: Geek Tyrants

In an interview with Empire, producer Lauren Shuler Donner (who is preparing to release X-Men: First Class later this year) let loose a little news about the Deadpool film that’s been in the works for two years. Among the details: Ryan Reynolds is still on board, no director locked yet, but shooting will begin “in the next year or so,” and this version of the character will be closer to the comic book version, scars and all.

“I’m tellin’ ya, it’s true to the comic,”. “You’ll see all of them. You’ll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You’ll see Deadpool in his costume and you’ll see the cancer-scarred face.”

After the many disappointments of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Donner assures fans that this film will be a more faithful treatment of the Merc with a Mouth, and as an added bonus, gave some reassuring news about The Wolverine.

“It will have depth and a dramatic backbone,” she said. “And yet there’s more action in this one than in any one we’ve ever done. It’s such a good script. We have the great Christopher McQuarrie writing and it’s very true to the Japanese saga. This is Logan on his own…”

With such focus on the Marvel Universe’s A-list, shining heroes lately, it’s nice to know its grimmer, more brutal characters are getting some renewed attention.

source: Empire Online


If you don’t know who this lady is (to be honest, I didn’t know who she was either), Laren Shuler Donner was the producer for the four X-Men movie and will also be one for the up coming X-Men: First Class film. Apperently she specializes in the mainstream youth so all that kiddy fun stuff that happen in the Wolverine film (you know, The Blob fight), maybe she had a part on that. So why are we talking about her you ask? Well, she was interviewed and said some things about four projects.

For X-Men: First Class, she thinks Matthew Vaughn will be bringing the characters to life with his style and that the X-Men is Marvel, in which there are many stories to tell. She went on to say that they will only use CGI effect when they have to. She mentioned that Wolverine 2 will be when Wolverine was in Japan and will closely follow the comics. As for Deadpool, she says that Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool and that hopefully the project starts going next year. Lastly, she says how there is a lot of history in the Magneto character but it seems that discussion for the film has stopped.

There you have it folks, did anything that Donner say peak your interest or do you not care since this is FOX and they will find some way to screw it all up? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment after the jump.

Source: ComicBookMovie