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The movie of the videogame Uncharted remains set for 2016, as the writer of Zero Dark Thirty jumps aboard...
The planned movie of Sony's videogame series Uncharted remains on the schedule for 2016, although there's not been much in the way of obvious progress on it. At least not much anybody's been talking about. However, there is a bit of news on the film now, and first up, it seems that Chris Pratt - riding high this year off the back of The Lego Movie and Guardians Of The Galaxy (with Jurassic World scheduled for 2016) - has turned down the role of Nathan Drake.
Obviously the role of Nathan Drake should go to Nathan Fillion, but nobody seems to be getting our memos on the matter.
Welcome To Issue 71!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony probably isn't too psyched with me either right now.
This Week: Let's elaborate more on that Aunt May thing. Then, Did You See Attilan On TV Last Night?!?!?!
I guess the best place to start would be with this week’s Aunt May story, namely that Sony is developing an Aunt May solo movie, or that’s what I said. Because Comic Book Resources reached out to their source and got a denial:
When reached by Cbr News, a source within Sony stated that the report of a Spider-Man spinoff starring a young Aunt May is a “silly rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.”
Now, it’s a battle of the unnamed sources, although »
Here comes Trouble, and I might mean that literally.
It’s been obvious from the various and absolutely crazy rumors about upcoming Spider-Man movies that Sony is struggling to find a direction for the franchise and the crazier the rumors get the more it seems like they’d rather milk the property from every single angle rather than give the main character back to Marvel. What started as rumors of villain-centric series, The Sinister Six and Venom, has been transformed by the increasing chorus of disappointed sighs from Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Venom: Carnage and “a female lead Spider-Man movie” that might be a crazy movie codenamed Glass Ceiling that features female Spider-Man Universe characters that have never been team-up before in history, let alone on screen.
Now, it’s my solemn duty to put another wild Sony thrashing Spider-Movie on the pile of rumored Spider-Man movies. I was »
According to Da7e Gonzales of Latino-Review, film producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach plan to milk the Spider-Man universe for all its worth by creating a feature-lenth spy-thriler based on a young pre-Aunt May. Yes, an Aunt May movie. A movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was shouldered with the responsibility of raising Peter Parker. The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying “classier Agent Carter” without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series. We know May Reilly Parker-Jameson as Aunt May, the sweet elderly woman that took care of Peter Parker after the death of her brother-in-law Richard Parker and his wife Mary. In 2003, Mark Miller wrote Marvel Comics' Trouble, which was a five-issue mini-series that presented an alternate past for May, Mary, Ben and Richard. The big twist, Richard »
At the multiplex, the age-old battle between DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- between the House of Superman and Batman and the House of Spider-Man and Iron Man -- there's no question that Marvel has been winning decisively for nearly two decades. But what about the battle between the two superhero universes on TV?
On the small screen, DC seems to be on top, as it has since virtually the dawn of television. Just in terms of sheer numbers, DC has four current primetime series ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," and "Constantine"), compared to just one for Marvel ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").
A recent article at Salon pointed out this discrepancy, which naturally got the author in trouble with the Marvel faithful. Marvel defenders will tell you that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is much improved in its second season over its first, and that the DC characters, storylines, and even visuals seem thin by comparison. »
- Gary Susman
Rumours continue to fly about regarding Sony's plans for the Spider-Man movie universe. Last week, one such rumour was that the studio was considering a team-up movie headlined by female characters from the Spider-Man world. And that would put a character such as Black Cat in pole position for such a project.
Black Cat has already been teased on screen, too. The character Felicia was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the producers of the film admitted that bringing certain faces into that movie was no coincidence. Felicity Jones played Felicia, and Felicia is presumed to be Felicia Hardy. Also know as Black Cat.
As 0megaDaGod so wonderfully quoted at the end of his editorial last week: “It’s a very exciting time” in the world of superhero movies and television. There are no less than 5 comic-book shows on network TV right now, while Age Of Ultron, Batman Vs Superman and How Avi Arad Ruined The Spider-Man Franchise 3 are just a few of the big name films hitting cinemas over the next few years. Thanks to the recent DC/WB reveal, there are so many properties floating around right now – and it’s easy to lose track of a few, I know I have! It was only this morning that I remembered The Fantastic Four reboot was still a thing. So I got to wondering, why should the ‘mainstream movies’ grab all of the attention? Why don’t I try and be the first Cbm hipster? Cause everybody loves hipsters… right?! Oh. Okay. All jokes aside, »
"The Wolf of Wall Street" actress Margot Robbie was reportedly in talks last month to star in the adaptation of Masamune Shirow's manga title which spawned numerous anime adaptations including the beloved 1995 "Ghost In The Shell" anime film.
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
Rupert Sanders is apparently targeting Scarlett Johansson for the lead role in Ghost In The Shell. It was earlier reported that Margot Robbie, of The Wolf Of Wall Street fame, was up for the part, but perhaps due to the success of Lucy and The Avengers, Johansson is the action star of choice. Although Robbie is still aiming for the DC adaptation of Suicide Squad which is looking to acquire Will Smith and Tom Hardy for the DC adaptation centred on super villains carrying out black op missions for the government.
Plans for a live action Hollywood version of manga/anime Ghost In The Shell have been in the pipeline for a very long time. First released in 1989, the film focuses on a division of police investigating cyber crimes. From the mind of Masamune Shirow, it was certainly before its time and went on to influence works such as The Matrix. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
DreamWorks has reportedly made a $10 million offer for actress Scarlett Johansson to star in their live-action Ghost in the Shell remake. There is no word yet on whether or not the actress plans on accepting the offer.
We reported last month that The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie was in talks to star in the adaptation of Masamune Shirow's Japanese Manga comics. However, those talks have fallen apart, and now Robbie is being eyed to star in Warner Bros.' recently announced Suicide Squad adventure.
Ghost in the Shell centers on members of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, who investigate technological crimes. The manga spawned a number of anime adaptations, including Ghost In The Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Ghost in the Shell: Individual Eleven, Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, Ghost in the Shell: Stand »
Exclusive: Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Love May Fail, a novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick that Mike White has adapted. Matt Tolmach is producing. Elizabeth Cantillon is the exec producer. The project veers from Raimi’s blockbuster path that led him to most recently direct Oz The Great And Powerful and three Spider-Man films. It reunites the director with Sony and Tolmach, who oversaw those Spider-Man films when he headed production at Sony with Doug Belgrad. Tolmach now produces the Amazing Spider-Man films with Avi Arad. In Quick’s novel, a woman who is coming off a demoralizing ending to her marriage to a cheating husband returns to her hometown determined to clear the name of her favorite English teacher, whose career was ended forcibly after a classroom scandal.
The book will be published in June by HarperCollins. Quick’s books have been catnip to »
- Mike Fleming Jr
There are a number of fans who have been begging and pleading for Spider-Man to line up alongside The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avi Arad claimed months ago that “Spider-Man will never be in the Avengers”, but of course that was before the box office receipts from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came in. The worst reviewed Spider-Man movie ever, and also the lowest grossing. Now it’s rumored that Sony is trying to make its character relevant again by striking a deal with Marvel Studios and having him show up in The Avengers. So, is this a good idea?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a pretty consistent tone throughout all of its movies with very few exceptions. Most of »
- Gary Collinson
While we've heard rumblings of this before, Bleeding Cool, the site that brought us the first news of a new Supergirl TV series being developed, now 'confirms' that Fox is moving forward on a live-action X-Men series.
The news comes from a source hiding within the ranks at Fox, who claim that an X-Men live-action TV series is in deep development. The studio is growing increasingly serious about bringing their lucrative Marvel franchise to the small screen, just as Marvel Studios and Disney have done with their own cinematic world on shows like ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter and Netflix's plan to have Marvel's Daredevil lead into The Defenders miniseries.
Of course, there are no details beyond the fact that the development process is heating up. Bleeding Cool hopes that more news will come forward now that it's out in the open, with an announcement to »
Netflix has announced a new CG animated series based on the legendary King Kong. The series will be called Kong - King of the Apes, and it will tell a very different story than what we are use too. According to EW the show is set in 2050. Here's a description of the story:
Kong becomes a wanted fugitive after wrecking havoc at Alcatraz Island’s Natural History and Marine Preserve. What most humans on the hunt for the formidable animal don’t realize, though, is that Kong was framed by an evil genius who plans to terrorize the world with an army of enormous robotic dinosaurs. As the only beast strong enough to save humanity from the mechanical dinos, Kong must rely on the help of three kids who know the truth about him.
- Joey Paur
The first artwork has been released from "Kong: King Of The Apes," an original CG-animated series being co-produced by Netflix and 41 Entertainment. The project starts out as a feature-length film which will be followed by twelve half-hour episodes reports EW, who also premiered the art.
The story follows the exploits of King Kong, but will be set in the future - 2050 to be precise. In this tale, the '8th Wonder of the World' is framed and hunted by an evil genius who plans to terrorize the world with an army of enormous robotic dinosaurs.
Avi Arad will produce. In an official statement, Netflix Cco Ted Sarandos says: "With 41 Entertainment as our partner on this, we continue to work with some of the finest animation studios around the world to create shows that will appeal to kids of all ages globally. I always loved King Kong. This is a unique »
- Garth Franklin
Netflix is wishing to grow their original content for kids, so they picked a very unusual character to do that with-King Kong. Yes, the gorilla that everyone loves and fears will be joining the world of animation for the streaming company. The series will be called Kong — King of the Apes and will take place in the future. He will quickly become their number 1 enemy on his home island of Alcatraz Island, but he quickly shows his good side by fighting off the true villains. The show will be CGI animated and will premier in 2016. Here is what executive producer Avi Arad had to say about his fun project.
I always loved King Kong. This is a unique opportunity to introduce him in brilliant CGI animation to kids worldwide with the power of Netflix
Netflix is clearly trying to set their offerings apart from others. We applaud them for that, »
- Sarah Peel
Legendary’s upcoming King Kong film Skull Island won’t be the only tale featuring the King of the Apes headed our way in 2016, as EW reports that Netflix has set their eyes on a King Kong animated series to debut the same year.
Titled Kong – King of the Apes, the series will be vastly different than any Kong stories we’ve seen before, as it takes place 35 years in the future. Here’s the full description:
Set in 2050, Kong becomes a wanted fugitive after wrecking havoc at Alcatraz Island’s Natural History and Marine Preserve. What most humans on the hunt for th eformidable animal don’t realize, though, is that Kong was framed by an evil genius who plans to terrorize the world with an army of enormous robotic dinosaurs. As the only beast strong enough to save humanity from the mechanical dinos, Kong must rely on the »
- James Garcia
Netflix Inc. and 41 Entertainment announced today, Kong - King of the Apes, an original animated TV series for kids from Executive Producer Avi Arad. Arad has been a producer of iconic superhero stories like Spider-Man franchise movies, the X-Men franchise movies, the Iron Man films, and The Incredible Hulk. He has also executive produced kids TV with the extremely popular Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures series which began in 2013.
Netflix members around the world will be introduced to Kong first through a full length feature film that will be followed by 12 half hour episodes beginning in 2016.
Set in 2050, this CGI animation is a fresh and modern take on the classic King Kong story. Even far in the future, Kong is still the strongest creature ever born with many human traits that make him the ultimate iconic hero. In Kong, the future looks bright for San Franciscos Alcatraz Island since its »
Netflix and 41 Entertainment today announced Kong - King of the Apes, an original animated TV series for kids from Executive Producer Avi Arad. Arad has been a producer of iconic superhero stories like "Spider-Man" franchise movies, the "X-Men" franchise movies, the "Iron-Man" films, and The Incredible Hulk. He has also executive produced kids TV with the popular Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures series which began in 2013. Netflix members around the world will be introduced to Kong first through a full length feature film that will be followed by 12 half hour episodes beginning in 2016. »
Kong - King Of The Apes will start out as a feature-length film that will be followed by 12 half-hour episodes. The story won't be a retread of the events of Skull Island, but instead be set in 2050, and deal with the "8th Wonder of the World" being framed and hunted by giant robotic dinosaurs (yes, this one's being aimed at the little 'uns folks). Avi Arad will produce the show. “We’re thrilled to be working with Avi who has made some of the most successful action and adventure franchises today and whose Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventure series has been very popular on Netflix around the world,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. “With 41 Entertainment as our partner on this, we continue to work with some of the finest animation studios around the world to create shows that will appeal to kids of all ages globally.” Arad »
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