When it comes to comic book movie misfires, they don’t come much bigger than 2011’s Green Lantern. Sure, Batman V. Superman was considered a disappointment, but it did make nearly $900 million worldwide, and that ain’t small potatoes; Green Lantern, by comparison, tapped out before reaching $220 million. So perhaps its best to avoid comparisons to that particular Ryan Reynolds superhero movie right? That’s the thinking of Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman who, in a recent interview, said that in adapting the Captain for the big screen she’s looking to avoid the roughly analogous origins between the characters. (more…)
Understandably so, fans of 1986’s Labyrinth were a bit taken aback (and pissed, frankly) after hearing that TriStar and The Jim Henson Company would be working together to produce another film based on the cult classic. Besides the fact that they didn’t want a perfectly good property being messed around with, it seemed to be a bit insensitive timing-wise, being that legendary rocker David Bowie, who played Jareth the Goblin King, had just passed away a mere two weeks prior. Nicole Perlman, screenwriter for Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel, noticed the discontent and took to Twitter in an effort to ease fans’ fears. (more…)
When Marvel unveiled their plans for Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe, they knew what they were doing. In fact, ever since the House of Ideas started making their own movies, they have either had a game plan in mind or have done a hell of a job faking it. Phase 3 will be the true test of the power of Marvel, as most of the films involved will feature characters that are new to the MCU, and the fact that millions of people who have never heard of the new characters are chomping at the bit for the release of those movies truly bodes well for the movie house. Well, two pieces of information (one confirmed, one rumored) have surfaced that may make you love Marvel even harder, if that’s possible. (more…)
While there’s no Captain Marvel Easter Egg or Cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron, there is some news on the Captain Marvel movie front. Marvel has narrowed their choices on who will be writing the Captain Marvel script to two: Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside-Out). The thing is, it’s not a choice between the two, Marvel wants them both. (more…)
Progress moves forward on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie penciled in for a 2014 release date. Reports are now coming in that Marvel is close to securing a director for the project in the form of James Gunn.
Fans will surely be familiar with Gunn’s work, he co-wrote Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake and directed the cult-favorite genre satires Slither and Super. But if he were to sign on as director of Guardians, it would be his biggest, most-mainstream film yet. Gunn would be the latest in a line of unusual director choices, the most recent of which was the selection of Anthony and Joe Russo for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Heat Vision broke the story saying that Marvel was attracted to Gunn’s ability to mix comedy with action and horror. I might also suggest they were attracted to Gunn’s experience directing his own scripts, perhaps witnessing the benefit after Joss Whedon did the same on The Avengers. The Guardians script is currently being rewritten by Nicole Perlman, from a previous draft by Chris McCoy. Both are first time filmmakers whose worked may be edited or expanded upon by a screenwriter with experience like Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy will follow a “U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.” Guardians will be out in theaters on August 1, 2014.
As we ease down from the surprise that yes indeed, there will be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming up in just two years time, we get news that a new writer will be taking a crack at the script. But what’s especially interesting is that the person writing the script anew is Chris McCoy, an accomplished, though unproduced, screenwriter.
So who is Chris McCoy? (Dammit Jim, he’s a screenwriter, not a miracle worker! Ha!) McCoy has had no less than three scripts on the so-called “Black List,” an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. You know, all the scripts Hollywood doesn’t produce so they can make Battleship and Total Recall.
McCoy’s scripts, Get Back, Good Looking, and Good Kids are each known for their “quirky comedic bent,” so perhaps McCoy is being brought in to add some character to the unique cast of Guardians which includes a talking tree and bad ass raccoon. McCoy will be replacing Nicole Perlman, who wrote the initial draft of the Guardians screenplay. Perlman came up in Marvels’ writer’s program, and has previously penned two real-life space films about Neil Armstrong and the Space Shuttle Challenger. So I guess Marvel’s trying to marry real space with quirky space.
The Guardians of the Galaxy film will feature a superhero team of alien heroes including Star Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Gamora as they battle Thanos (the villain at the end of The Avengers) to stop him from taking over the universe. The film is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014.