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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. »
Big moves late on Tuesday as Marvel Studios and Sony finally get some traction in genre fan projects with - Hey! Genre directors too, neat!
First up, Dr. Strange, a movie marvel hasn't announced yet, but a movie we were all expecting long before we were expecting Ant-Man has found it's director in Los Angeles' Scott Derrickson who directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister, horror fans. He also directed the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, but that's probably more evidence that he can handle a crew that size rather than cred towards a Dr. Strange movie.
Marvel didn't comment, Derrickson did. I thought they'd hold this until Comic Con, but I guess they've been reading how everyone thinks Ant-Man's director is some sort of crisis situation.
Variety got their "exclusive" up first here, so claps to them.
My next movie will be Strange: pic.twitter. »
After directing the indie favorite Kings of Summer and returning to Sundance earlier this year with the stand-up comedy feature Nick Offerman: American Ham, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is heading into studio film territory next. Following in the footsteps of indie directors turned blockbuster filmmakers like Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), Deadline reports Vogt-Roberts has just been tapped to direct Metal Gear Solid, based on the long-running video game franchise of the same name following a special forces operative named Solid Snake, who was first assigned to find the titular superweapon, a bipedal walking tank which has the ability to launch nuclear weapons. It's an interesting move for the director who hasn't really directed any action, but the same can be said for the aforementioned indie directors who made the big jump to blockbusters. Funnily enough, The Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad is behind the project »
- Ethan Anderton
After languishing for years in development, Sony Pictures is finally moving forward with their Metal Gear Solid video game adaptation, which has Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) in talks to direct.
The video game, which first launched on the original Playstation in 1998, follows a retired soldier named Solid Snake, who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to thwart a terrorist attack by a renegade special forces unit known as Foxhound. Solid Snake must also rescue two hostages, the head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and the president of a major arms company, before stopping the nuclear attack.
Back in January 2010, producer Michael De Luca revealed that project wasn't moving forward anymore, but that all changed in September 2012 when producer Avi Arad and Sony Pictures stepped in to revive the video game adaptation. The project has been in development since 2008, with David Hayter writing the script, although it isn't »
Produced by The Amazing Spider-Man 2′s Avi Arad, Metal Gear Solid is being prioritised by production president Michael De Luca and has been in development for several years now, mostly due to the fact that the studio and game creators have been going back and fore on how best to adapt the franchise.
Of course, like Halo and Bioshock before it, there’s every chance that Metal Gear Solid will simply never happen, but the fact that The Kings of Summer (an independent coming-of-age comedy-drama) director is now in early talks is at least a sign that it’s finally getting somewhere close to becoming a reality.
The series was created by Hideo Kojima, and the original focused on Solid Snake, »
- Josh Wilding
Sony is reportedly in talks with Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm their Metal Gear Solid adaptation. Quite the interesting choice considering Vogt-Roberts has spent most of his short career in television, and tends to focus entirely on comedy projects. Metal Gear Solid is a real departure from Vogt-Roberts' previous work, so Sony must have seen something they like in his work to bring him in for talks; either that, or they have a very odd take on veteran soldier, Solid Snake. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Sony is in talks with Vogt-Roberts as director of their Metal Gear Solid feature film (and likely franchise). The adaptation has been in the works for a while, with producers Avi Arad and production president Michael De Luca steering its development. Originally released for the Sony Playstation in 1998 and created by Hideo Kojima, the game centers on Snake, »
- Dave Trumbore
Deadline is reporting, Sony is eyeing Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct their video game-to-film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. Jordan is best known for directing The Kings of Summer, which was a crticis-darling at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Talks between Jordan and Sony are said to be in the early stages. Former Marvel executive Avi Arad, who produced the Spider-Man films for Sony, will be producing this film as well. This isn't the first time a Metal Gear Solid film has been in the works. 2008, there was talk of a movie, but that fell through when Hollywood and Konami could not come to an agreement on the size of the budget. It would've been produced by Boogie Nights' Michael De Luca. During a training mission in February 2005 on Shadow Moses Island, a remote island off the coast of Alaska containing a nuclear weapons facility, Foxhound and the Next-Generation Special Forces rebelled »
The first in the series of stealth-based games, which began back in 1998, follows an attempt to take back a secret military base from genetically enhanced soldiers who have hostages in tow and a dangerous next-generation nuclear weapon.
Since then the series has spawned numerous sequels and a highly complex mythology and lore all its own with the games jumping to various different eras in the 20th century to further unfold its tale.
Avi Arad and Michael De Luca are producing the project which Sony has been developing an adaptation of for nearly a decade. Part of the reason for such a long birth is that it has taken time for the game creators and the studio to come to an agreement »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Sony is finally getting it in gear on Metal Gear Solid, the live-action feature based on the top-selling video game. The studio is in early talks with Jordan Vogt-Roberts to come aboard and direct the film. Vogt-Roberts helmed The Kings Of Summer. The project is produced by Avi Arad, and it’s being steered by production president Michael De Luca. This is a long-gestating project because it just took so long for the game creators and the studio to find themselves on the same page in how to tell the story of protagonist Solid Snake. Created by Hideo Kojima, the game has been around on PlayStation since 1998. Snake is a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit. Snake must liberate two hostages — one the president of a major arms manufacturer — confront the terrorists, and stop them from launching a nuclear strike. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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