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What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
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It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
Beleaguered Studio chief Amy Pascal countered the negative press about her revolving executive suite--global distribution and marketing chief Jeff Blake announced his departure Tuesday--by doing some spinning of her own. It is not coincidental that the studio revealed their "Spider-Man" plans for the next few years. Plainly, they need to remind skeptics that their biggest franchise (some $4 billion to date worldwide) is proceeding apace. Columbia Pictures' release strategy for the "Spider-Man" franchise: the next film in the series will be a villain spin-off from writer-director Drew Goddard, "Sinister Six," which is "the first of several planned character and story expansions." Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the movie will hit theaters on November 11, 2016. Columbia is pushing back the release of the next installment, "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" by two years, from June 10 2016 to 2018. Clearly »
- Anne Thompson
After Sony Pictures announced earlier today that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was being pushed to 2018, the studio gave Uncharted the superhero sequel's old release date on June 10, 2016. Uncharted currently has the date to itself, falling between another Sony project, the animated comedy Sausage Party on June 3 and Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory on June 17.
Here's what Sony Pictures President Doug Belgrad had to say about Uncharted's new release date.
"June 10 is a great date for Uncharted. It's just the right place for this exciting action-adventure film."
Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) revealed last week that production on Uncharted will begin in early 2015. This action-adventure is based on the successful video game series that follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, who goes on a quest to find the lost city of El Dorado. Mark Wahlberg was once attached to play Drake, but he is no longer involved. »
Last week I saw some rumors about Sony Pictures' Sinister Six film being cancelled. I never posted the rumors because it sounded like pure speculation, and it was. The studio has announced that they will release the villainous Spider-Man spin-off film on November 11th, 2016. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will follow a couple years later and is going to be released in 2018. It was supposed to be June 10th, 2016, but Sony moved their Uncharted film adaptation into that spot.
The supervillains first appeared in 1964, and they included Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, and the Vulture. I assume Spider-Man is also going to be a main character in this film. I don't see how they could make a movie without him. Both »
- Joey Paur
Heading into Comic-Con the studio announced the next film from the world of Spider-Man will open on November 11, 2016.
The man charged with bringing to life the story of the supervillain alliance is writer-director Drew Goddard.
The studio has also set video game adaptation Uncharted for June 10, 2016 – the slot previously occupied by The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Looking to broaden its Spider-Man franchise, Sony has dated spin-off “Sinister Six” for Nov. 11, 2016 as the next tentpole in its key property — while moving back “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ two years to 2018.
After modest box office results for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the studio thinks “Sinister Six” will expand the Spider-Man universe by bringing in villains, making Sony a stronger competitor against the likes of Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers” and WB’s Justice League superheroes in the coming years.
The studio has also slated “Uncharted” for June 10, 2016 — which had previously been the release schedule previously held by “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.”
Sony made the announcements Wednesday on the opening day of Comic-Con. The studio first revealed the “Sinister Six” and “Venom” spinoff projects in December, »
- Dave McNary
Columbia Pictures has announced its updated release strategy for its blockbuster Spider-Man franchise, which will continue next in 2016 with Drew Goddard‘s villain-centric movie “Sinister Six” before “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” swings into theaters in 2018. The first of several planned character and story expansions, “Sinister Six” will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, and hit theaters on Nov. 11, 2016. It will mark the first time a movie in the franchise will be released outside of summer. Columbia Pictures will then release “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” in 2018. “With ‘Sinister Six’ in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel »
- Jeff Sneider
Columbia Pictures today announced its updated release strategy for the nearly $4 billion Spider-Man franchise. The next film in the series will be Sinister Six, writer-director Drew Goddard.s highly anticipated villain team-up, which is the first of several planned character and story expansions. The film, which will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, will hit theaters on November 11, 2016. »
On Monday, screenwriter Robert Orci revealed he was no longer involved with the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and frankly, that raised some eyebrows. Granted, Orci has enough on his plate as he will be making his directorial debut with "Star Trek 3," but the "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriter was supposed to be part of a "brain trust" to guide the Spidey franchise at Sony Pictures. And the question has to be asked: has Sony changed its plans after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" After promising to improve upon the tepidly received 2012 reboot, "Asm 2" received worse reviews, earned less than its predecessor domestically (by over $60 million to date) and barely earned $200 million after a $91.6 million opening (think about that for a second). Moreover, while most franchises' overseas grosses are growing as markets such as China and Russia explode, "ASM2" has barely surpassed the first Marc Webb film outside the U.S. And again, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley
Had all gone perfectly to plan, then Sony would have announced its plans for the future of the Spider-Man movie series by now. Yet in spite of a $704m worldwide take for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, there's a general feeling that Sony's webslinger masterplan - which includes spin-off movies for Sinister Six and Venom - is in need of some fine tuning.
And now we learn that it won't be getting it from Roberto Orci. The screenwriter, who's in line to direct the next Star Trek film, has confirmed that he's parted company with The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Furthermore, he's made some comments which suggest that Sony may be reconsidering its options.
"I am not officially involved in it", he told IGN of The Amazing Spider-Man 3. "I don't »
"The trailer is full of symbolism and philosophy that we come to expect from Mr. Kojima.
"Although cleverly disguising the story and therefore making the trailer enticing, Mr. Kojima makes sure to include enough visuals to make us comfortable that we are in for a new Metal Gear experience."
Describing the trailer as amazing, del Toro writes: "Kojima-San »
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
Marvel began life as a small-time comic book publisher called Timely Publications and released their first comic book in October of 1939 featuring the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner. For over sixty years, they dealt with a rollercoaster of popularity and public interest, at times reveling in great success with properties such as Spider-Man and at other times barely making it by. In 1996, Marvel filed for bankruptcy when the industry slumped, but now, in 2014, Marvel is an absolute powerhouse and is leading not only the comics industry, but the film industry as well. Today we’ll look at the history of Marvel and the events that led them to a point where they could become a movie-making behemoth.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 1 of a four part special event as we explore where Marvel came from, how they rose to silver screen prominence, »
- email@example.com (Nick Vollmer)
According to Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, producers on Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, we won’t be seeing anyone don the red and blue spandex other than Peter Parker, despite there being several comic book characters who have taken on the moniker of Spider-Man over the years (as well as Andrew Garfield’s desire to “pass the torch” to someone like Miles Morales). This proclamation has been met with much chagrin from fans, especially considering Sony’s plans at creating a “shared” cinematic universe around the wall crawler. He’s the only superhero the studio owns the rights to, which is why we’re seeing villain-centric spin-offs like Sinister Six and Venom coming down the pipeline.
- James Garcia
It’s interesting that we should get video game adaptation news the week when the best video game movie not based on a video game should come out. Hopefully everyone working on such adaptations will be looking at Edge of Tomorrow, as it could be something of a game changer (or should that be movie changer?). I have a feeling that Sony’s Metal Gear Solid, which is reportedly now finally moving forward with a seemingly strange choice for director almost officially attached, is a good property to follow its lead. About a year ago, I suggested that Jordan Vogt-Roberts would be the next great comedy director. I wrote, in a post highlighting his short film work, that the Kings of Summer helmer had what it takes to be the next Judd Apatow or the next spoof master. But the deal in Hollywood lately is that fresh indie comedy voices are the go-to guys for huge tentpoles »
- Christopher Campbell
Sony has been trying to get a Metal Gear Solid movie made since 2012, but now the video game adaptation is closer than ever to getting off the ground, if recent reports are to be believed. We’re hearing today that the studio is hoping that The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will jump on board to helm the film. Talks are ongoing, but a deal is expected to be reached.
Vogt-Roberts became very in demand after the surprising success of his coming-of-age indie The Kings of Summer. Obviously, The Kings of Summer is very different from Metal Gear Solid, but Vogt-Roberts displayed a tremendous amount of talent behind the camera, and Sony was clearly impressed with what he accomplished on that film.
Initially released on Sony Playstation back in 1998, the video game Metal Gear Solid followed a soldier named Solid Snake, who infiltrated a weapons factory in order to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Looks like Sony is at long last getting serious about making the long-gestating Metal Gear Solid movie adaptation. We know they were working on it, with Avi Arad handling the producing duties, but aside from that information (given a while ago) there's not been much of an update. Now however, things are getting serious, as Sony is currently in talks with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) to helm the film.
Metal Gear Solid has remained my favorite video game franchise over the years. I've been a stalwart fan and have thoroughly enjoyed all the games released so far. One of the primary reasons I love those games so much, has to do with the storytelling present in them. While sometimes it's over the top, there's a dedication to the story present that many games simply don't offer.
The first game in particular (which supposedly is what the movie will be »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
After last night’s news that Scott Derrickson was hired by Marvel to helm their Doctor Strange movie, it looks like Sony has found its ideal man to take on the big-screen adaptation of popular video game series Metal Gear Solid. According to Deadline, the studio is looking to Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to tackle Solid Snake and his cohorts.
The movie will be produced by The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Avi Arad. The adaptation has been in development for a few years now as there have been problems between Sony and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima on getting the story correct.
Metal Gear Solid started out life on the MSX2 and Nintendo Famicon in 1987, titled simply Metal Gear. The game was ported for a non-Japanese audience on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988 and it spawned an official sequel in Japan, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, and an »
- Luke Owen
The Kings of Summer director is in line to helm Sony Pictures' video game adaptation, reports Deadline.
The film will star series protagonist Solid Snake, although details of the plot remain under wraps.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes - the latest instalment in Konami's long-running series - was released in March. »
One of the most impressive movies of last year, that flew under lots of peoples' radars, was Jordan Vogt-Roberts' terrific The Kings Of Summer. A Sundance hit, it was scheduled for a summer cinema release, and then never got quite the level of attention it deserved when it did finally hit cinemas.
Vogt-Roberts himself did get noticed though, and Deadline is now reporting that he's in "early talks" with Sony to take on the long-mooted movie of Metal Gear Solid.
There's been talk of a live action movie based around Konami's videogame series for some time, and earlier this year, producer Avi Arad told us that "believe it or not, after a decade, we are now literally starting to develop the script, the director. It took a long time to close this deal. »
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