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Did you see this coming? Suddenly Sony‘s Venom movie looks promising as they grab Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) to direct and cast Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant) as Eddie Brock, who later becomes Venom, the villain with a bone to pick with Spider-Man. There’s even a release date of October 5th, 2018. The Marvel and Sony partnership movie Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters this July 7th to reboot the franchise with Tom Holland as Peter Parker. That means we’ll likely see Holland and Hardy go toe to toe on the big screen. (more…)

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Australian’s have churned out a couple of great horror movies in the past couple of years, with schlocky outback fare Wolf Creek (2005) & Wolf Creek 2 (2013), the demented masterpiece The Loved Ones (2010), and the critically acclaimed primitive horror The Babadook (2014). The country has been producing everything from low-budget exploitation flicks to some pretty neat high-end productions spanning all the way back to the 70s onwards. The latest export is a junkyard zombie flick titled Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead, and it’s been making the rounds at numerous film festivals garnering a nice reception from critics and fans respectively. Moreover, for those of you who are thinking, “Yawn, not another zombie flick,” keep reading as this looks like it’s going to be a bone-crushingly original, arterial splatter-fest. (more…)

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You probably thought it was all over for more Zombieland, after the horrifically failed attempt to bring the franchise to the small screen blew up messier than a shotgun blast to a ripened zombie skull. Don’t give Zombieland 2 that double tap to the head just yet though. Sony has breathed new life into the sequel’s rotting carcass by bringing Godzilla and Expendables script writer Dave Callaham on board to draft a Zombieland 2 script with the help of director Ruben Fleischer. What does this all mean? (more…)

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Weeks after Edgar Wright left the project, Marvel is still in damage control regarding Ant-Man. 

We all figured that they would announce a replacement director quickly after Wright departed. Hell, they said they would. But the search for a new film maker has taken longer than expected. It’s also been one hell of a mess. If this is how the major studio deals with all its drama then the road ahead is going to be very, very rough indeed.

Now news comes that yet another director has passed on Ant-Man. The details are still fluid and unclear but the fact remains: this movie is without a director and the clock is ticking, ticking, ticking away. (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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As the quest to bring Ghostbusters 3 into the realm of reality continues, the powers-that-be must decide on who is actually going to be in charge of the damned thing. Whether Bill Murray is taking part or not, the movie still needs a director of some sort. Now, it looks like the folks at Sony/Columbia have set their sights on one man in particular – Ruben Fleischer. (more…)

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The film world is still reeling from Edgar Wright‘s departure from Ant-Man but Marvel wants nothing more than to move on, quickly. Of course they have some pretty big shoes to fill now that Wright has said adios. Ever since his exit, many have wondered who would take his place. What sort of director does Marvel want to replace one of the greatest comedic and cinematic minds of our time?

Well, The Hollywood Reporter has an apparent shortlist of names in consideration and, I’ve gotta say, it isn’t too surprising.

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The positive hype about Man of Steel doesn’t seem to be going away. In fact, as we approach the June 14 release date for the film, it seems that the hype is only increasing on this latest cinematic take on Superman. Of course it’s an understatement to say that a lot’s riding on Man of Steel’s success, and not just the reputations of the actors and filmmakers behind it, but once again their are rumblings that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is on the short list, or at the top of the short list, to get behind the camera on Justice League.

Today’s source is another filmmaker, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. And while talking to Screen Crush on the occasion of the DVD release of his latest film, Gangster Squad, Fleischer was asked if he might be in the running for the Justice League, to which he replied, “[T]hat’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.”

Really? How does Fleischer know? Well, he is good friends with Snyder, and his Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall wrote that infamously terrible draft of the Justice League script. More to the point though, what does Fleischer mean by saying Snyder’s “going to wind up” making the film? Is it a done deal? Is he just supposing? Maybe he’s giving his two cents and putting a plug in for an old friend? Either way, if the positive buzz on Man of Steel is legit, then Warner Bros is going to definitely be taking a good, hard look at putting Snyder to work on Justice League.

What do you Bastards think? Snyder on Justice League: Yay or Nay?

Source: Screen Rant

Zombies are big business these days. AMC is forking over $4 million for a 30 second ad during the Superbowl for it’s hit show The Walking Dead. So it is surprising that such a successful Zombie movie like Ruben Fleischer‘s Zombieland doesn’t already have a sequel in the works.

The movie grossed over $100 million for a budget of just $23 million. One would think those kind of numbers would spark intense interest in studio executives. There was talk of a sequel shortly after its release, but development stalled quickly when word that not everyone was happy about the sequels script.

Collider recently talked with Fleischer about the possibility of a sequel:

“I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie.  There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim.  But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.”

When asked about the possibilities now that AMC‘s The Walking Dead was such a run away hit:

“Well I think that the studio would be very excited to make it.  It’s not that the studio is not excited, it’s that we took one shot at the script [and] it wasn’t something we all got excited to do.  And just on a personal level, I was really excited to, having made one movie, to make different movies, not just go back into that world again.  But now that I have some distance and I’ve done some other stuff, I would be more inclined to go back to Zombieland I guess you could say.  But at the time when the talk of the sequel was really—when it felt like it was possible—I was really kind of shying away from it just because I’ve only made one movie, I wanna make different movies with different people and learn different things, and so I was a little hesitant to just jump right back into the same thing.”

What would the sequel been about?

“Needless to say it was a continuation of the original story with the same characters.  I guess the only thing I could really say is that the threat to our heroes wasn’t only zombies, like they encounter other people that they’re all jockeying for positions.”

That’s too bad. I would have liked to see more of Tallahassee and Columbus’s adventures in Zombieland. There are probably a whole other set of rules for dealing with the other survivors.

 

Via: Collider

Well that’s a bold statement from Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer, recently minted director of the constantly in-development movie version of the video game Spy Hunter. Directors ranging in talent from John Woo to Paul W.S. Anderson have all had their turn, but Fleischer seems confident that he knows what to do to get this thing to the screen. Let’s go the quote from Coming Soon:

We’ll see what happens. If I can make any movie, it would be a James Bond movie. I’ve always loved the genre but I don’t think they’ll hire an American to direct a James Bond movie, I’ve been told, so for me, ‘Spy Hunter’ is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise. It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there’s no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there’s a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series. I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life.

He’s right about Americans not being hired to direct James Bond movies, which is one of the reasons why Steven Spielberg always called Indiana Jones his “James Bond.” But as for a straight up American James Bond, I think they tried that already and called it xXx starring Vin Diesel, and it sucked. Maybe Fleischer will have better luck though, we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Geek Tyrant