Matt Tolmach


Although Disney is the home court for Marvel properties, there are certain exclusions to the game.  Fox has dibs on the X-men characters, thus the recent home run for the studio with Deadpool, and Sony still has partial ownership of Spider-man and characters associated with his comic.  It was assumed that the shared rights might kill any new movies in the Spider-man franchise, but it seems that may not be the case!  Sure, Sony killed the Amazing Spider-man 3 reboot that was planned with then web-slinger, Andrew Garfield, but they’ve announced a new untitled reboot set to appear in theaters sometime next year.  And with that under their belt, the powers that be have their eyes on another project, a certain villain turned anti-hero known as Venom.

Zach Helm Penning ‘Jumanji’ Reboot

Nope. No one at Sony has yet said that maybe remaking a movie that holds up and is barely 18 years old is using up precious resources that could best be directed elsewhere. So in the spirit of “if it ain’t broke, fix it,” Heat Vision is reporting that the studio has signed writer Zach Helm to pen the new screenplay for the new Jumanji.

Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg (who also wrote the books Zathura and The Polar Express were based on), Jumanji is the story of a boy who gets sucked into a jungle-themed board game for decades only to be freed when two other kids move into his old house and pick up where he left off years later. The film made over $250 million worldwide at the box office, and was a major hit for eventual Captain America filmmaker Joe Johnston. It was also considered, at the time, to be the next great leap in the development of CG after Jurassic Park.

Helm’s previously writing experience includes screenplays for Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, two movies I happened to enjoy a lot, so hopefully he’ll be able to find a new way to break the story. It’s worth noting that the movie version and the original book version are very different, so maybe that’s easier said than done. Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Bill Teitler are producing.

Source: Coming Soon

Well, the numbers are in and regardless of the mixed reviews (our very own Sarah has her’s here), it looks like Marc Webb‘s Spider-Man reboot is a success for Sony Pictures. Add up the revenue from the midnight screenings, the IMAX showing and first day box office, The Amazing Spider-Man took in $35 Million for its opening Tuesday, beating out the previous recored set be Michael Bay‘s Transformers from 5 years ago. It’s a safe bet the movie will carry on into the weekend ringing cash registers and making all the execs at Sony very happy.

Speaking of  movie execs, some shocking revelations have been found on the films official Facebook page. I will warn you, they are spoilerish, so we’ll continue after the jump.


If it were up to you who would you have chosen to be the big bad in The Amazing Spider-Man? Green Goblin? Doc Ock? Venom? Carnage? Morbius, the living vampire? Did anyone say the Lizard? He may not be everyone’s favorite or even Spidey’s most famous villain but producer Matt Tolmach recently spoke to SFX Magazine about why the Lizard is integral to Amazing Spider-Man‘s plot.

We made a real concerted effort to tell a different story. And this is a villain that serves the story we’re telling about ‘Who am I? Where did I come from?’ There are thematic reasons why Curt Connors (the Lizard’s alter ego) is the right villain for this movie. Sometimes a movie is made or broken by its villain, and a great villain is somebody who is as inextricably tied into the story as the lead. They are often the personification of the thing that the lead is trying to overcome. And that’s what this is.

Sounds if you were fearful the Lizard was only about bringing some muscle for Spidey to tangle with, feel relieved. The Lizard will be packing as much of a psychological punch as a physical one. The trailers have made this apparent, setting up important interactions between not only Spider-Man and the Lizard but Peter Parker and Dr. Connors, too.

Tolmach continues,

The cool thing about Spider-Man villains is that they’re not just villains—they usually play a bigger dramatic role. In this case Peter has a very powerful relationship with Connors. There’s a connection between Connors and Peter’s past. There’s something there that you’ve never seen before, and there’s also a sense in which there are two paths you can go down—the path of the hero or the path of the weaker man.

The more I read this, the more excited I am to see Andrew Garfield and Rhys Ifans hash this out. I think we’re in for a real treat this summer, maybe the best Spider-Man/villian interaction since Alfred Molina and Tobey Maguire. What do you think?

And finally, are you one of those fans who can’t believe they would ditch the Lizard’s signature lab coat? Well, get over yourself.

Look, this is the big-screen interpretation of it. You have to think about it—on the one hand we’re making a decision to tell a story that lives very much in the real world. That was a big part of the conversation—to ground it in our world, a world where there’s gravity, where the laws of physics apply. There’s a tangible explanation for how things are done.

And in that world there has to be a Lizard. So how do you do that? You have to make the Lizard something that could come from this world. And that’s where you depart—literally—from the pages of the comic book. That said, I think purists will be very very happy about how we depict the Lizard.

I think The Amazing Spider-Man is going to rock. I know I was skeptical when I heard they were thinking of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise so quickly after that abomination, Spider-Man 3, but I’ve got high hopes for this reboot.

How do you guys feel about Amazing Spider-Man, and in particular choosing the Lizard for the villain?

Source: Blastr

Yeah, I know this isn’t much of surprise. Anyone who saw the first teaser trailer released for The Amazing Spider-Man could hear it screaming, “IMAX! 3D! Costly ticket prices!” But only today did we get the official word from IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment shared in the same obvious observation,

I was blown away after getting a sneak peek at some early footage for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and this latest installment in the iconic franchise is a perfect DNA match for IMAX. The film is an important addition to our 2012 film slate and we’re excited to be working with Marc Webb, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and the team at Sony Pictures Entertainment to take IMAX and Spider-Man fans around the globe on this next adventure in IMAX 3D.

What do you say, stoked to experience spidey-parkour in IMAX 3D? I totally am, costly tickets prices be damned!

For the press release in it’s entirety, click the jump.

source: GeekTyrant