Michael Keaton is riding on a wave of strong awards-season buzz for his turn in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman; where he pulls off an amazing performance portraying a washed-up actor who is perpetually tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton having somewhat of an acting renaissance, finally gaining recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions and a starring role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton might be heading off to Skull Island to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. (more…)
Yesterday came the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards was cashing out his cache and buying a rocket ship to that galaxy far, far away to make the first Star Wars spin-off film in time for a December 16th, 2016 release date. The immediate thought was “awesome!” but the second thought was “what about the next Godzilla movie?” Obviously, much of Godzilla’s success comes from what Edwards brought to the film in terms of its tone and style, so they’d have to be crazy not to find a way to bring him back for a part 2. So to prove they’re not crazy, the folks at Legendary Pictures today have confirmed that Edwards will by back for Godzilla 2. And maybe 3 and 4. (more…)
Considering the level of attention that Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim received back in summer of 2013, one might think that the production company that backed him, Legendary Pictures, would be eager to rush onto the next installment in what will inevitably become a major-dollar franchise for them. Alas, it appears as if that is not the case. For Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has come forward to say that Pacific Rim 2 is still a ways off as far as production goes. (more…)
It’s been nearly a year since the release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. And though the movie didn’t perform quite as well as people were hoping, it did rake in some cash and give rise to the idea of turning the singular Kaiju flick into a fully-fledged franchise. Del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham have been enthusiastic about a chance to do Pacific Rim 2 and now it looks like the CEO of Legendary Pictures might be on board as well. (more…)
At this point, Hellboy 3 has been nothing but smoke. Director Guillermo del Toro is interested, stars Ron Perlman and Doug Jones are interested; but without an interested studio ready to take on the significant financial backing – Del Toro estimated the film would cost something like $140 million! – Hellboy 3 simply ain’t gonna happen. Enter Legendary Pictures.
Recently split from Warner Bros., the company is keen too keep a healthy relationship with Del Toro, who only just finished up Pacific Rim for Legendary. While promoting Pacific Rim on a press tour, Del Toro had dinner with Ron Perlman and Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures. And as Del Toro revealed to Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop, the possibility of Hellboy 3 was discussed,
I hate giving pieces about it, but last night, we were at dinner and Ron said, ‘I would be very happy to do Hellboy again, when are we doing Hellboy 3?’ Thomas [Tull] said, ‘I would love to see Hellboy 3.’ He didn’t say he would love to do it he just said he’d like to see it, but today, I’ll ask him.
Someone’s clearly testing the waters. Perlman later added when he spoke with Shock this morning,
Not just anybody can make this movie. I loved working for Legendary and I know for Guillermo working on Pacific Rim was one of his greatest experiences. The reason I loved working for them is because Guillermo was so happy. I came in six months into the shoot and he seemed as fresh as a daisy, simply because he was working for someone who appreciated and supported his outlandish visions of what he wanted to put on the screen. My immediate, silent wish was, wouldn’t it be great if these guys came in and helped resolve the Hellboy series.
Hmm. Is Legenday Pictures fishing for another summer tentpole film with Hellboy 3? They’re obviously pleased with Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and if that flick scores as big at the box office as expected, Tull, Del Toro, and Perlman may be having more dinner meetings to discuss the future of the big, red guy.
Would you love for the Hellboy film franchise to get the trilogy treatment? Could be the beginning of Hellboy 3?
We’re paraphrasing in the title, but Thomas Tull would like to tell you what he thinks about Man of Steel, the Superman movie that his company — the humbly named Legendary Pictures — produced.
Before we get to that though, I just want to say that this is the best article that you are going to read about this all day. Really, this is the article that I’ve always wanted to write. I think the job that I did, along with my editor Luke — I think people are going to be very, very excited about the results. It’s a privilege to be a part of and Nerd Bastards does a phenomenal job of bringing these things to life.
I can tell you that you are going to enjoy this article very, very much and I can’t imagine that you’d doubt my high opinion of this thing I did just because my past articles about Superman Returns and Jonah Hex failed to live up to the hype and ultimately wound up being tremendous failures.
Anyway, here’s Tull in an interview with Collider:
“It’s the Superman movie I’ve always wanted to see. I think the job that Zack Snyder did along with Chris Nolan- I think that people are going to be very, very excited about the results. The acting, on top of all the incredible action- Kevin Costner playing Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, just the cast, and I think the job Henry Cavill did, people are going to really be excited about it. It was a privilege to be a part of and Warner Brothers does a phenomenal job of bringing these things to life, Batman and Superman, and it really is a privilege for us to be a part of.”
Man of Steel premieres on June 14th.
This past summer, a two minute teaser made them cheer in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con, and surprisingly that clip was from another American remake of Godzilla. Director Gareth Edwards, so far best known for making the low budget Monsters, seemed to convince the fans that not only was his Godzilla going to faithful, but it was going to be awesome.
Getting fandom excited about an American-made Godzilla film again is no small feat, but Edwards says that it was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.
“I’ve always been interested in Godzilla and the ideas around him,” the director said in an interview with Total Film. “I really wanted to see another Godzilla film and jumped at the opportunity. My main idea was to imagine ‘If this really happened, what would it be like?’ I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film.”
And given the reaction in Hall H, Edwards feels particularly vindicated given how much he’s put into the still developing project so far.
“I’ve never worked this hard, this long and been this emotionally involved in something that’s lasted only a few seconds since the time I lost my virginity! But the reaction has been amazing and I can’t wait for the fans to see our final product.”
Currently, screenwriter Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is re-writing the drafts by David Callahan (The Expendables), David S. Goyer (the Blade and Dark Knight trilogies), and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). And in the meantime, Edwards was quick to assuage any fears that he’s going to be put through the Hollywood meat grinder on this, his first big budget Hollywood film.
“Everyone warns you about working for Hollywood and how you can get treated in a certain way but my experience has been the polar opposite. Thomas Tull (founder of Godzilla production company Legendary Pictures) has been very supportive.”
I guess we’ll find out for certain when Godzilla is released in theaters on May 16th, 2014.
Source: Screen Rant