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From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
The film is based on the Japanese Manga comics created by Masamune Shirow and follows a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission focused on fighting technological crime.
Margot Robbie's role is currently undecided. The actress most recently starring in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. She will next be seen in the Warner Bros. drama Focus and Craig Zobel's sci-fi project Z for Zachariah. She is currently shooting Tarzan in which she stars as Jane opposite Alexander Skarsgård.
Early this year, we learned that Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders would be at the helm of a live-action adaptation of the iconic Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell. There's already been anime films, a TV series, video games and more overseas, so of course an American film must now be made. Now The Wrap has learned that The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie is in early talks to take the lead role of a female member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Robbie seems to be poised to become a female action star. William Wheeler (of The Hoax and "The Cape") wrote the script for the film which is still situated at DreamWorks (it's a bit of a passion project for Steven Spielberg, who once tried to make the film himself), with »
- Ethan Anderton
Margot Robbie has signed on for upcoming DreamWorks film Ghost in the Shell.
The story focuses on a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission who specialises in combating technology-related crime.
British director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsmen) will oversee the film.
DreamWorks has been developing a live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation for several years. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) signed on to direct in January. The Wrap reports Margot Robbie is now in early talks to star. The report does not specify the role, but the lead protagonist in the original manga by Masamune Shirow is Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists. Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.” After a couple notable supporting roles in About Time and The Wolf on Wall Street, studio executives clearly believe Robbie can carry a big production. In addition to the Ghost in the Shell possibility, Robbie stars opposite Will Smith in Focus (February 27, 2015) and is currently shooting Tarzan (July 1, 2016). William Wheeler (The Cape) scripted the adaptation. Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance »
- Brendan Bettinger
The story follows a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is in early talks to star in Ghost In The Shell, the Rupert Sanders-directed adaptation of the Japanese comic book for DreamWorks. Bill Wheeler wrote the script and Avi Arad, Steven Paul, and Mark Sourian are producing.
The story follows a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Robbie’s next films include Focus opposite Will Smith and Z For Zachariah. She’s repped by CAA, Management 360, Aran Michael Management in Australia,and attorney Jeff Bernstein.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Margot Robbie is in early talks to star in “Ghost in the Shell,” which Rupert Sanders is directing for DreamWorks, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap. A live-action film based on the popular Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow, the story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Also read: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Star Margot Robbie in Talks for ‘Tarzan’ – She's Jane (Exclusive) Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the Bill Wheeler-scripted film, which has been a passion project for DreamWorks principal Steven. »
- Jeff Sneider
In a summer packed to the gills with superhero blockbusters, one that landed with less grace than a rampaging man in a rhino suit was The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Critics tore into the flick, deriding it for a muddled story, inconsistent character development and, most pressingly, too many damn villains.
And you know what? All of those complaints are reasonable. The movie isn’t perfect – it definitely isn’t amazing. However, after watching it, I have to say, all the Spidey hate seems a little bit overkill. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t up there with The Dark Knight as one of the great superhero sequels, but it’s also not trying to be. This installment is all about setting up the Spider-Man universe for future adventures and setting Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) on a path towards becoming the hero he’s destined to be. And in that respect, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Isaac Feldberg
While we await the live-action version which is (apparently) in the works with Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders at the helm, we can make do with the 25th anniversary re-release of Mamoru Oshii's Ghost In The Shell; which will return to theatres on Sep 27th, followed a week later by its sequel. Empire have debuted a new one-sheet for the movie, which you can see below. The original Ghost In The Shell Manga was written by Masamune Shirow, and the subsequent film adaptation is up there with Akira as a benchmark Anime on which all that followed would be judged against. The story follows a member of an agency known as Section 9 named Motoko Kusanagi, as she searches for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. The live action film will be produced by Avi Arad, and Steven Paul. »
Mongolian filmmaker Lisi Mai is attached to direct the English-language film which is designed to be a "worldwide tentpole and global franchise" for Seven Stars Entertainment.
The film will explore the legendary conqueror's life and is described as an "intellectual historical account of him that’s unbeknownst to a lot of people". Sequels, which would continue the story, are also being mapped out.
Casting has yet to get underway, but the film will seek Chinese and American actors. Cfg will release in China and Arad says it will have a Hollywood studio partner.
The project is the first of several the pair are planning including live-action tentpoles, animated TV series, merchandising, digital platforms, and mobile apps which will be released under their Dragon Entertainment banner.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
In late 2011, Chinese media entrepreneur Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Entertainment announced a joint venture with producer Avi Arad. The aim was wide-ranging: to develop superhero franchise properties across live-action tentpoles, animated TV series, merchandising, digital platforms, and mobile apps. All of the stories were to be inspired by Chinese history and mythology. In 2013 the venture morphed into a more formal agreement that created Dragon Entertainment.
It’s often said about China that the bigger the announcement, the less real the deal. Feeding that theory, there’s been no public-facing fruit from the Wu-Arad hookup since the jv was first unveiled. But a new project with an important stamp of approval from the China Film Group could change that.
Dragon Entertainment has entered into a multi-year co-development and co-production agreement with China Film Co, the distribution and production arm of the state-run Cfg, which essentially controls distribution in China and »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Back when The Amazing Spider-Man was still in development, one of the biggest names tossed around for the part of Peter Parker was Community actor Donald Glover. Glover himself campaigned hard for the role, but his race was an issue with some people and he was never seriously considered for it. As we know, the role of Spider-Man ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, who has done a pretty good job in an otherwise contentious franchise reboot.
The desire to see Glover suit up as Spidey never died down though, especially when the actor showed up in Spider-Man pajamas on Community. Fan reactions were so strong that they caught the attention of comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, who were inspired by Glover’s campaign and created a new Spider-Man, the half-black half-Latino Miles Morales who first appeared in Ultimate Spider-Man.
We’ve heard several times that »
- James Garcia
A pro-Israel activist organization is circulating a list of at least 190 names of high-profile Hollywood industry figures — studio heads, directors, producers, actors and managers — who have signed a statement criticizing the actions of Hamas. Actors Kelsey Grammer, Sarah Silverman, Minnie Driver, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seth Rogen, Josh Charles and Tony Goldwyn; showrunners Aaron Sorkin, Diane English, Mayim Bialik, Doug Ellin and Greg Berlanti; directors Ivan Reitman and William Friedkin; producers Avi Arad, Scooter Braun, Jerry Weintraub, Avi Lerner; execs Ryan Kavaunagh, Sherry Lansing and Amy Pascal and mogul Haim Saban are just a few of the names
- THR Staff
Sony clearly has big plans for its Spider-Man franchise, but how will it pan out? Seb looks at what we know, what might happen, and more...
Now that the dust has begun to settle on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s about time to look forwards once more to what Sony’s Spider-franchise might have in store for us. With ambition far beyond simply producing solo Spider-Man films one after the other, the studio is apparently determined to build an entire franchise out of one set of character rights – it’s a bold stance, but one that will clearly require some creative lateral thinking when it comes to who they manage to make a hero out of.
Let’s take a look, then, at what we know about the future Spidey tie-ins, and for good measure what we can speculate about endlessly...
What’s definitely happening
A few months ago, »
After consulting the tea leaves and peering into Hollywood’s crystal ball, some higher-ups in the film industry - including Marvel producer Avi Arad – have predicted that the next big mainstream trend to follow comic book movies will be video game adaptations. We’re not completely convinced just yet, but video game developer and publisher Ubisoft is leading the charge with a new movie production company, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and several film projects based on successful Ubisoft franchises already in development.
The big test for the potential future success of video game movies will be Ump’s Assassin’s Creed, based on the franchise of the same name in which a modern day bartender relives the memories of his improbably good-looking ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Welcome To Issue 59!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers.
Yesterday, we got some rumblings about two new properties on the super franchise scene, one for the McU in Inhumans and one for DC/WB in the really horrible Aquaman scripting process they have going.
It was weird yesterday to see Variety drudge up a report from June that was basically saying: Yes, Jason Momoa is Aquaman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. It got picked up a lot, because when the trades pull from something that distant there’s usually a reason. »
(Cbr) Bet you didn't see that one coming! With all the attention lately focused squarely on Marvel Studios' and Warner Bros.' lack of a scheduled super hero movie with a female lead, dark horse Sony Pictures has stolen their thunder. Earlier this month is was reported that the film studio is considering a female-led movie set in their "Amazing Spider-Man" universe for 2017. They already have a screenwriter, Lisa Joy Nolan, and producers, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, attached. This announcement comes as a surprise following Comic-Con International in San Diego, where many fans had their fingers crossed for one of the Big Two to announce a film starring Black Widow or Wonder Woman. Instead, the con came to a close with only one new Marvel film announced ("Guardians of the Galaxy 2") and merely a picture of Gal Gadot in her Wondrous costume released by Warner Bros. While Sony »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Sony Pictures is set to meld two different projects about the ancient Greek Gods appearing on contemporary Earth.
The first is "Apollo Rising," based on an original idea by Stan Lee which Lee and "Spider-Man" producer Avi Arad have developed. The second is the spec script "Eternal" by "Red Queen" author Victoria Aveyard.
"Eternal" is a modern interpretation of the story about Greek Gods and the various legendary monsters from Greek mythology coming to modern day Earth. "Apollo Rising" sees the Greek Gods living among humans on Earth in various hidden forms.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The Spider-Man franchise will be adding a female-led spinoff into the mix that could hit theaters as early as 2017.
Female-Driven Spider-Man Spinoff
Sony plans to release a Spider-Man spinoff with female leads in between a Sinister Six film and the third Amazing Spider-Man movie, reported Deadline. Among the possible characters that could be developed for the film are Silver Sable, Black Cat, Stunner, Firestar and Spider-Woman.
Aram and Tolmach are also producing Sinister Six, which is slated to premiere Nov. 11, 2016. The expansion of the Spider-Man universe will include the notorious villains in the Spider-Man comic books. Those summoned by Dr. Octopus stand to include Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman. Drew Goodard (The Cabin in the Woods, World War Z) is penning the screenplay and will be directing.
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