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Avi Arad Plans "Genghis Khan" Franchise

27 August 2014 1:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Spider-Man" film series producer Avi Arad is teaming with Chinese media entrepreneur Bruno Wu to produce the 3D adventure epic "Genghis Khan's Treasure".

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

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Avi Arad & Bruno Wu Using Genghis Khan To Invade China

26 August 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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Donald Glover To Voice Miles Morales In Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors

26 August 2014 10:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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.

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- James Garcia

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More Than 190 Hollywood Notables Sign Pro-Israel Statement Criticizing Hamas

23 August 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- THR Staff

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What lies ahead for the Spider-Man franchise?

21 August 2014 1:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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

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- ryanlambie

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Rumor Patrol: ‘Call of Duty’ Publisher Activision Forming Movie Studio

20 August 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

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

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Marvelous DA7E 59: Inhumans, Aquaman, Tmnt and ASM2 Plot Insanity

13 August 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

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.

This Week: Inhumans and Aquaman both look to be in our future. That plus: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Amazing Spider-Man 2 reveal the degree to which they are a mess. 

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. »

- Da7e

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Spider-Girl, Black Cat, Silver Sable: 5 female heroes ready to lead at Sony

13 August 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(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

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Sony To Merge "Eternal" And "Apollo Rising"

8 August 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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.

Both will be blended together for a new project which Arad, Lee, Michael Costigan, Pouya Shabazian, J.C. Spink and Jake Weiner will produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Spider-Man To Get Female-Centric Spinoff

7 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

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.

Scripting the female superhero feature for Sony is Westworld writer Lisa Joy. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing.

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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Stan Lee's 'Apollo Rising' Will Merge with Greek God Project 'Eternal'

7 August 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony is merging two different stories for its upcoming Untitled Greek God Project, which brings the Greek Gods to earth. Apollo Rising, which is based on an idea by legendary Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee and was developed with Stan Lee and Spider-Man producer Avi Arad at the studio, will be brought together with Eternal, a spec script written by Red Queen author Victoria Aveyard. It was purchased by Sony last year. Both projects are said to be very similar.

Eternal is a modern day take on the Greek Gods arriving on earth, and features minotaurs. Apollo Rising is about the Greek Gods living amongst humans on earth in hidden forms.

Avi Arad and Stan Lee are staying on the project as producers, alongside Michael Costigan, Divergent producer Pouya Shabazian, and Benderspink's J.C. Spink and Jake Weiner.

When Sony purchased the rights to Eternal last year, there was talk »

- MovieWeb

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Near Myth: Stan Lee’s ‘Apollo Rising’ To Meld With ‘Eternal’ For Greek God Project

7 August 2014 5:39 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Two projects, very similar in subject matter about Greek Gods on Earth, are being melded together into one project at Sony. Apollo Rising — which is based on an original idea by the legendary comic book creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man) and developed between Lee and Avi Arad is merging with Eternal, which was a spec script from Red Queen author Victoria Aveyard purchased earlier this year. Eternal is said to be a modern interpretation of the story about Greek Gods coming to Earth, complete with minotaurs. Apollo Rising is said to be about Greek Gods which have been living among […] »

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The Amazing Spider-man 2 "Secrets" Preview Confirms Felicity Jones Played 'Black Cat'

6 August 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Felicty Jones' appearance as "Felicia" in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was handled in a way which could have led to her returning in a larger capacity as Felica Hardy somewhere down the line or the role being recast and someone else hired to play Black Cat while no one really gave Harry Osborn's assistant much thought. However, the officially released trailer for the digital release of the sequel confirms that she was indeed playing Felicia Hardy in the movie. Director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach played coy on this subject when quizzed during interviews for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so could this mean that we see Jones suit up as Black Cat in that planned female-led spin-off? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts and theories below! »

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Spider-Man spinoff with female lead planned for 2017

4 August 2014 9:49 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sony is reportedly planning to make a Spider-Man spinoff with a female superhero for 2017.

It is not clear which Marvel Comics heroine will take the lead, although Silver Sable, Black Cat, Stunner, Firestar, Spider-Woman and Spider-Girl are possible contenders.

According to Deadline, Lisa Joy (Westworld, Reminiscence) is writing the script for the film, alongside Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach as producers.

The development comes days after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said that he hoped to have a female-centric movie out "sooner rather than later".

"I think it comes down to timing, which is what I've sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it," he told Cbr.

"I very much believe that it's unfair to say, 'People don't want to see movies with female heroes,' then list five movies that were not very good, »

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Sony Planning Superheroine Movie For 2017

4 August 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though the progress of its rebooted and ever-expanding Spider-Man universe isn’t moving forward as it might like, with road bumps such as having to move The Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 into 2018, Sony appears ready to head off in interesting directions. Deadline is reporting that the studio is figuring out a film featuring a female lead superhero for 2017.No details have been announced about who might be the focus of such a story, only that Burn Notice veteran Lisa Joy, who is working on the new Westworld HBO series with husband Jonathan Nolan, has been hired to write a script by producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.Speculation will naturally gear up now as to which of the Spider-Universe’s characters will get her shot at a solo film, with possibilities including Silver Sable and Spider-Woman. Then, of course, there’s Black Cat, Aka Felicia Hardy, who was nodded to »

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Sony Will Add Female Superhero to Spider-Man Universe

4 August 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Executives at Sony have seen renderings for a female-driven superhero film that takes place in the Spider-Man universe — which several have called a passion project for co-chairman Amy Pascal.

Although the script, penned by Lisa Joy, has yet to reveal which female character the film will center on, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have already signed on to produce. The film, which could focus on Black Cat, Silver Sabler or Dazzler, to name a few possibilities, has not yet been dated.

A 2017 release date makes sense, considering “The Sinister Six,” directed by Drew Goddard and focusing on some of the villains in Peter Parker’s world, is in 2016 and “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” directed by Marc Webb, was pushed to 2018.

Female-driven superhero films are having a moment in Hollywood, with Marvel announcing a female Thor, and “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson, besting “Hercules” at the box office.

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- Alexandra Cheney

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Sony Planning Female Superhero 'Spider-Man' Spin-Off Movie

4 August 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Sony has denied that they are doing a complete revamp of their most important franchise after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to live up to expectations this summer, it seems that may not be the case. Deadline claims the studio is doing a top-to-bottom revamp, and are planning a female led superhero movie set within the The Amazing Spider-Man universe for release in 2017.

The Sinister Six will be the next movie Sony releases in their ongoing The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, a spin-off that will focus on six main villains who come together for a common cause. It will be in theaters November 16, 2016. Drew Goddard is set to write and direct that spin-off, with Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach producing. It hasn't been confirmed which villains will appear in the spin-off, but Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman were teased during The Amazing Spider-Man 2's end credits scene, »

- MovieWeb

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Spider-Man Eyeing A Female Superhero Spinoff Film For 2017

4 August 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The balls on Sony... here they go, changing the blockbuster paradigm once again. During the weekend, it was rumored they were pursuing an all-female Ghostbusters. And now, it looks like they're giving Spider-Man a rest for the time being, with 2016's The Sinister Six helping to fill that void on the villains' side. But on the hero side? Spidey's going to give way to a lady. Deadline reports that 2017 is being eyed for the date in which Sony will unveil a female-centric superhero within the Spider-Man universe. Who this hero is, they won't say. But New York City will need new defenders with the Sinister Six running around, and with Spider-Man apparently on ice for the time being, a female presence will rise up. Currently, Lisa Joy Nolan (HBO's upcoming Westworld) is the writer in charge of this project. The producers are the usual web-heads, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, »

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Sony Planning Female Superhero Movie for Spider-Man Universe

4 August 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After dating The Sinister Six for 2016 and pushing back The Amazing Spider-Man 3 by two years, Sony is turning its sights on creating a female superhero movie to add to its Spider-Man universe.  Lisa Joy has been hired to work on the script for the female-centered story. While we don't know exactly which crime-fighter Sony plans to center on, a few that come to mind are Black Cat, Silver Sable and Spider-Woman. Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing. The news of Sony's interest

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Sony Planning Female Superhero Pic As Part Of Amazing Spider-Man Universe

4 August 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In extremely surprising news, it appears that Sony is primed to beat competitors Marvel and Warner Bros. out of the gate by launching a female-led superhero film for release in 2017, as part of its plan to expand the comic-book universe established in its Amazing Spider-Man franchise.

No word yet on which female hero will be the subject of this upcoming tentpole, which will arrive after Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six film in 2016, but Lisa Joy Nolan (Westworld) has been hired to pen the script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing. There are several strong possibilities for which character the film will follow, including Black Cat/Felicia Hardy (played by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Spider-Woman, Silver Sable, Firestarter and Stunner, but Sony is still mum on the details.

Drew Goddard will be writing and helming 2016′s Sinister Six, which Deadline reports will focus on “all the villains »

- Isaac Feldberg

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