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Not content with just starring in a Star Wars film, Hannibal alumni Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks for a role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie. Mikkelsen will appear in Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One movie in 2016, and now will play an unnamed part in Marvel’s Phase 3 flick.
Variety are reporting the news that Mikkelsen will assume one of the villain roles in the movie, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch star as Stephen Strange.
Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was an unlikable and egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Paul Heath
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The new reboot of the Zorro films, Zorro Reborn, will see the next movie set in the near future.
Lantica Media and Sobini Films have between them picked up the rights to the planned Zorro movie reboot. It's been 17 years since Martin Campbell's excellent The Mask Of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas, and ten years since the not so impressive sequel, The Legend Of Zorro. 20th Century Fox had been overseeing a remake/reboot these past few years, and at one stage, it was a project interesting Bryan Singer. But now Zorro has a new home, it's speeding towards production. Singer is no longer involved, as you might expect given his X-Men commitments.
Zorro Reborn will be produced by Mark Amin, and it's set to shoot in the Dominican Republic starting in March 2016. The new film is being described as a "post-apocalyptic take on the myth of Zorro". It's set in the near future, »
'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic box office bombs. After earning a paltry $11.3 million on Friday – including Thursday evening shows – the Josh Trank-directed, Fox-meddled (and -muddled?) Marvel superhero flick will likely gross less than even the most modest, downgraded expectations. In fact, don't be too surprised if the Christopher McQuarrie-Tom Cruise actioner Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tops the North American box office chart this weekend (Aug. 7-9, '15). Fox's only hope is that Fantastic Four lives up to its name at the international box office – despite the fact that this latest superhero entry is in old-fashioned 2D, whereas audiences in several key overseas markets prefer their »
- Zac Gille
After a long and arduous wait, 20th Century Fox debuted two versions of the much-hyped Deadpool trailer earlier this week, sending the vying masses into a collective tailspin as fans picked apart every blood-red frame of Tim Miller’s impressive sizzle reel. Pulling no punches, the volatile mix of R-rated action and comedy went down a treat, and now Empire has debuted a play-by-play breakdown of that trailer that includes commentary from Miller himself.
Covering the appearance of Colossus, sequel ideas and those Green Lantern jibs, here the director adds context to the mayhem, and the first thing Miller touched upon was the possibility of Deadpool 2 including the villain Cable.
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- Michael Briers
One consequence of Warner Bros.’ decision to launch an inter-connected universe is the fact that the studio is primed to introduce a new take on DC’s Green Lantern property, effectively kicking Martin Campbell commercial dud to the kerb. For months now, we’ve heard that Star Trek Into Darkness’ Chris Pine is in contention for the role of Hal Jordan, but there have murmurings that the reboot will feature dual protagonists.
These rumors came to a head during Warner’s Comic-Con panel earlier this month, where it revealed that the 2020 release would be titled Green Lantern Corps, all but confirming that Halo Jordan won’t be the only Lantern to light up the screen in DC’s shared cinematic universe. With the tone and set-up now leaning towards that of a buddy cop movie, with fellow Lantern John Stewart likely to fill the other spot, Fast & Furious stalwart Tyrese Gibson »
- Michael Briers
In a clear statement of Stx’s global ambitions the executive, who arrives from Block Entertainment where he most recently served as evp of international sales and distribution, will assemble a team, build a slate based on Stx’s development and production pipeline and explore strategic partnerships.
The initial sales roster will include Mile 22, in which Peter Berg will direct Mark Wahlberg, and an untitled Jackie Chan action film that Martin Campbell will direct. It remained unclear at time of writing whether Stx would scout third-party titles.
The sales slate does not cover the first four films that Stx will release in the Us. Blumhouse International and Sierra/Affinity handed international sales on psychological thriller The Gift, which Stx is scheduled to open on August 7.
Im Global licensed territories on thriller »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Sam Mendes has declared now that he will not direct a third James Bond movie. I would like to declare that I don't believe a word of it. It was absolutely a career transition for Mendes when he took the job making "Skyfall," and he was a surprising choice in many ways. Before he ever broke through as the filmmaker behind "American Beauty," he was already acclaimed for his stage work, and he has continued to return to the theater between film jobs as often as possible. Normally, I'd say, "film is where the money is," but Mendes has been behind some genuinely massive stage successes, including the recent theatrical production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which is one of those shows that will play for the next 50 years in various touring productions, lining the pockets of Mendes as well as the Roald Dahl estate. I have no doubt »
- Drew McWeeny
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
British director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye), is in talks to direct Jackie Chan in a new thriller that was previously titled The Foreigner. The movie, from China-backed Stx Entertainment, revolves around “a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who is tracking down a group of Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his daughter.”
The movie did have actor/director Nick Cassavettes at the helm, but he doesn’t seem to be attached to the project at all now. The movie, which is being produced by China-based backers Stx Entertainment, is based on a book named The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, which was first published back in 2008. We found the full synopsis for it on Amazon.
The Chinaman understood death.
Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. »
- Paul Heath
Jackie Chan is once again going to try and hit it big in North America with a new film tentatively titled The Foreigner. Last we heard, The Foreigner was going to be directed by Nick Cassavetes who no longer appears to be attached to the project. Instead, Casino Royale and Goldeneye director Martin Campbell is in talks to helm the revenge thriller. The Stx Entertainment thriller has a very... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
The next project for Jackie Chan is now in the works, with a new director officially attached. Deadline is reporting that Stx Entertainment is finalizing a deal with director Martin Campbell, who will be at the helm of an adaptation starring Jackie Chan. The film will be titled The Foreigner, adapted from Stephen Leather's novel The Chinaman, first published in 2008. Campbell last made Green Lantern but has been stuck in "movie prison" ever since, and is also responsible for Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness and Vertical Limit. Word is that they're aiming to start production this fall, with deals being finalized with everyone now. Here's the plot description from the book's listing on Amazon: The Chinaman understood death. Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. »
- Alex Billington
Last month, it was reported that the producers behind new Jackie Chan action thriller The Foreigner were in talks with Nick Cassavetes to direct the film, based on Stephen Leather’s novel The Chinaman. The movie is now untitled and Cassavetes is no longer circling, but it appears Martin Campbell is ready to take on the job instead. This actually represents a full circle for the film, as Campbell was actually involved in its development before being lured away to tackle Relativity Media’s Hunter Killer. But with that company in financial dire straights, Hunter Killer is in limbo and Campbell is once again free to take on other projects.Chan will play a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who is devastated in an attack orchestrated by rogue Irish terrorists. When the justice system brings him no satisfaction, he decides to track down the people responsible himself. With David Marconi »
Exclusive: Martin Campbell is in talks to direct the now untitled film that will star Jackie Chan, with Stx Entertainment eyeing a fall production start. This is the one that had been called The Foreigner, based on the Stephen Leather novel The Chinaman. It will get a new title. While everyone is talking about the financial turmoil that has Relativity circling the drain, Campbell’s pending deal here was made possible by that company’s difficulties. Campbell early on had… »
Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale," "Goldeneye") is in talks to direct a now untitled Jackie Chan film, previously known as "The Foreigner," for Stx Entertainment. David Marconi and Peter Buchman penned the adaptation of the Stephen Leather novel.
Chan will play a humble restaurant owner in London's Chinatown who is forced to push his moral and physical boundaries to track down the group of rogue Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his beloved daughter after the justice system fails him.
Meanwhile, Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Red Riding Hood") is set to direct a film adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's bestselling 2000 young adult novel "Stargirl" for Gotham Group, Hahnscape Entertainment and Bcdf Productions.
The story follows a homeschooled teenager who enrolls in an Arizona high school, altering the ecosystem of the student body with her nonconformity. Kristin Hahn will adapt the script and produce with filming to begin this Fall.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Briefly: During the Warner Bros. panel at Comic Con in San Diego yesterday, we got to see some great new content, including a really long trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and a great new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. DC also brought an announcement to the show, and confirmed that a new Green Lantern movie would be heading for the screen in 2020. The planned movie will be called Green Lantern Corps, and will be based around an intergalactic police force that defends sectors of the known universe.
We’ll bring you more as we get it, but the film doesn’t have a release »
- Paul Heath
The title was revealed at today's (July 11) Comic-Con panel as part of a sizzle reel.
Chris Pine was recently linked to the lead role of Hal Jordan in the new movie, and a number of fans in San Diego's Hall H noted a likeness between the illustration in the video and Pine himself - although no official casting has yet been confirmed.
Reynolds recently said that he won't be doing another superhero movie after Deadpool.
"We all want to be Batman alone at home in our specifically-sewn Bat pajammies, but no, I have no desire to play any other superheroes after this," he said.
Green Lantern was not a huge success at the box office and received negative reviews by critics. »
Exclusive: The La-based graphic novel publisher has made its latest move in an aggressive push into film and TV, teaming on the eve of Comic-Con with multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Robert Silverberg.
The pact will see Humanoids adapt selected novels from the Silverberg oeuvre into comic books and live action content and follows separate deals announced earlier this year with Paris-based Full House and China’s Jetavana.
The first property to move forward under the Silverberg deal is Downward To The Earth (artwork pictured), which Humanoids will publish as a graphic novel in 2016 from writer Philippe Thirault (Miss: Better Live Through Crime) and artist Laura Zuccheri (The Swords Of Glass).
The company will attend Comic-Con in San Diego and is actively developing a live content version of the 1970 sci-fi novel, styled by fans as a transcendent tale about a former colonial officer who believes the native species from an off-world settlement may hold the key to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A new report suggests that Warner Bros is going for more than one Green Lantern hero in its upcoming reboot...
Warner Bros is set to take a very different approach to its second attempt to bring Green Lantern to the screen, it seems. Martin Campbell's 2011 movie centred on Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, but Collider is now reporting that the next standalone film - currently set for 2020 - is set to focus on more than one human Green Lantern.
This makes some sense. The comics set up a world where Green Lanterns are in existence across the universe, and whilst Hal Jordan is the best known, there's also the likes of John Stewart and Guy Gardner too. Collider reckons all three characters - but at least two of them - could end up headlining the Green Lantern reboot.
Subsequent Green Lantern movies will keep shifting the focus too, making »
For some reason, 2015 is the year of the spy spoof.
Earlier this year we got "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which turned out to be something of a surprise hit (especially given its brand new IP and R-rating) and on June 5th comes "Spy," the latest collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy (this is their third, after the hugely successful "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat").
"Spy" turns the espionage thriller on its head; instead of a slick male agent, we get McCarthy's bumbling office drone who's recruited after a Bond-ish spy (Jude Law) gets killed in the field. It could be dopey and crass, but Feig treats the material seriously and gets genuinely inspired performances out of a varied cast that includes Rose Byrne and, surprisingly enough, Jason Statham.
"Spy" premiered at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, where we sat down with Feig to discuss »
- Drew Taylor
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