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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

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With a lot riding on the finished film, it should come as little surprise that Warner Bros doesn’t want to leave anything to chance when it comes to the Justice League film? Still, is the studio willing to throw out the script and start again from scratch with just two-and-a-half years till the release date? Well the latest rumor de jour answers that question with a possible maybe.

Badass Digest is reporting from its sources that initial reaction to Will Beall‘s script was surprise. Surprise that it was so terrible. Credit Beall’s inexperience (he has one season on Castle and the script for Gangster Squad as his sole credits), or the pounding studio pressure and what’s sure to be unhelpful develop process for a film this big, and you might be able to see how this project’s gone off track. Indeed, those same sources are saying that the nature of the script is what’s keeping the film from signing a director, and considering the movie in question is Justice League, that fact is doubling surprising.

So what’s going to happen? Two options are apparent, option one: the studio can start again from scratch immediately and try to keep the film on target for a 2015 release date with a possible miss; or option two: it can push ahead with the current script, hopefully get a good re-write in the next couple of months and stay the course for 2015. I guess they could always call the whole thing off until they get their ducks in a row (or more of a row), but that depends on how stubborn Warners wants to be in making sure Marvel doesn’t stay too far ahead of them. I doubt they’ll want to let The Avengers 2 come and go without having their own super-team in the bullpen. But all this may also be predicated on the success of Man of Steel. If that flick tanks, all bets are off.

Beall’s script will have seen Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash team-up to protect the Earth against Darkseid. No word on what, if anything, of Beall’s draft will survive.

More news as it develops.

Source: /Film

Well this is a little surprising, that news about the Justice League movie, you might have heard about it, turns out Variety was told to keep quiet about it almost a full year!* I know, right? Meaning they’ve been making serious plans about a Justice League movie even before The Avengers blew up the box office. And according to a mutual friend of both Justice League scribe, Will Beall and comic book writer, Mark Millar this movie is going to be “dark and mature.”

Here’s the blurb Millar shared on his forum, Millar World,

A pal of mine is good friends with the new Justice League screenwriter and said his take on the team is incredible. Very real-world and not at all what you might expect. WB has a chequered history with their superhero characters. They’re great with their boy wizards, but less consistent with their DC stable. But my chum said that this could be a thing of beauty and has been in the works for a little while now, not just an avengers knock-off. Best of luck to them. The tidbits I heard sound quite dark and mature, which isn’t what I expected. But word on Gangster Squad is great too so I feel this is in really good hands.

Who’d of thunk it? Sure, this in no way actually speaks to the quality of Beall’s script, and chances are whatever version their mutual friend saw wasn’t the final draft, but a gritty Justice League? Could it work? If handled properly then yes, and hell, if WB was able to keep a project of this magnitude under wraps for so long, anything is possible.

Correction: Warner Bros. and Beal kept the secret, not Variety and writer Jeff Sneider, as verified by Sneider on Twitter. The source got it wrong, and so did we.

Source: CBM

I wondered how long it would take Warner Bros. to come out and admit they’d like some of that Avengers-pie. I mean just look at it, The Avengers is basically bursting with money and Disney and Marvel are just rolling around in it and rubbing themselves provocatively. The ole WB is jealous, and because of this, the Justice League movie lives again!

On one hand, I’m surprised they jump started the project again so soon, but then I remember there are about a billion reasons WB would quickly begin the ball rolling on their own super hero team-up movie. Oh, did I say reasons? I meant dollars. A billion dollars.

Variety is reporting WB has tapped Will Beall, writer of Gangster Squad, to bring their Justice League movie to life. Otherwise, they’re keeping mum on the project.  And you know what that means, wild speculation time! We knew they were interested in rebooting Batman once the Nolan trilogy ended; that’s happening this summer, so would a Justice League movie introduce us to an all new Batman? Marvel spent a lot of time and care building their movie-verse and introducing  us to their characters, does it make sense to throw an audience in with a team of supers right away? I guess the X-Men movies had success with that formula, but the Justice League isn’t a team of teenagers. Unless they’re going to make this a team-up of youngtsers!? Oh god…this could be awful!

Okay, calm down, stop panicking. Gangster Squad looks excellent and I wouldn’t mind a Justice League movie from the guy behind it. Problem is, Gangster Squad looks excellent, I don’t know if it is excellent. When glancing as Beall’s IMDB page, it’s pretty bare. Quite a bit of work on Castle, a solid TV show, and he’s attached to Lethal Weapon 5 and the Logan’s Run remake. But maybe this is good news, with such a sparse resume Beall must have blown WB away with his pitch. Maybe this will be the most incredible super hero movie ever! Or maybe it will cause all of us to cry in to our pillows and hug our Justice League cartoon DVDs. It’s just hard to imagine, Avengers set the bar pretty fuckin’ high.

If you had to pick the lineup of the Justice League movie, who’s in? Would you go the classic route: Supes, Bats, Wondy, etc. Or, more unknown choices: Plastic Man, Booster Gold, Red Tornado, Vixen?

Source: /Film

‘Logan’s Run’ Hires a New Writer

Producer Joel Silver has been spending the last several years of his career pushing for a remake to 1976’s Logan’s Run, in which everyone lives in a hedonistic society where you live till the age of 30.  Bryan Singer , Carl Erik Rinsch and James McTeigue were names pegged to direct, but all three bailed. Bronson and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was eventually secured. He brought with him Drive star Ryan Gosling to play  Logan 5, the “Sandman” turned runner in the 23rd century.

Now there is a new writer on the film: Andrew Baldwin

Baldwin, who gained notoriety with 2008’s Black List (the top film screenplays that went un-produced) with The West is Dead and wrote the still-unproduced Red Asphalt for Lionsgate, has been hired to pen a new draft of the script. Veteran writer Alex Garland had originally completed a draft of Logan’s Run and Will Beall worked on a rewrite shortly after Refn became part of the project, but obviously the script must not have been up to snuff with Baldwin being brought in.

Andrew will have plenty of time to develop this new draft since Refn is busy with his next upcoming project, the Thailand-set Only God Forgives, which Gosling also stars.

The Hollywood Reporter has stated there is no clear date on just when Logan’s Run will begin production, but Refn has expressed interest in moving forward as soon as next spring.

The original Logan’s Run, based on a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, was released in 1976 and takes place in the future–2274, to be precise. At some point before the movie, there was a terrible disaster that forced the survivors of mankind to kick it biodome-style in Washington, D.C. In a clear case of taking the old adage, “Never trust anyone over 30,” the law states that when you turn 30, you get capped. And to keep you from lying about your age, at birth everyone is implanted with a little jewel-like nub in their palms. The Lifeclock, as it’s called, changes color as the person ages.

Those who don’t want to willingly take a dirt nap are called Runners, who are hunted down and terminated by the Sandmen. Logan is one of them. Anyhow, it’s a real uplifting flick. I can see this being an exception to anti-reboot movement. Especially with Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling attached.

Via: Slash Film