8 items from 2013
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There's been an absolute tonne of superhero goodness this past week, but we'll start things off with the big story - the arrival of the third trailer for Zack Snyder's eagerly-awaited Superman reboot Man of Steel. Things got underway on Monday with a viral video featuring Michael Shannon's General Zod demanding that Henry Cavill's Kal-El surrender to him, before the three-minute long trailer finally hit on Tuesday evening, sending »
- Flickering Myth
Michael France, the scribe who penned “Cliffhanger,” “GoldenEye” and a slew of Marvel adaptations which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, died April 12 in his St. Pete Beach, Fla., home after an extended illness. He was 51.
France first found fame with his 1991 spec sale for “Cliffhanger,” which was shot within the year and became a worldwide hit for thesp Sylvester Stallone and helmer Renny Harlin. Another whammo hit came in 1995, when France revived the then-dormant James Bond franchise with his script for “GoldenEye.” In the early 2000s a string of Marvel adaptations followed, beginning with U’s “Hulk” (2003) and then Lionsgate’s “The Punisher” (2004) and 20th’s “Fantastic Four” (2005).
Born in 1962 in St. Petersburg, Fla., France graduated from the U. of Florida in the early ’80s and later attended Columbia U.’s School of the Arts. Following his breakthrough as a screenwriter, he moved to St. Pete Beach, where in 2007 he bought the Beach Theater, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Cinema Retro was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of screenwriter Michael France at the age of 51. He died from complications from diabetes. France's big break was writing the screenplay for Sylvester Stallone's 1993 blockbuster Cliffhanger, which he did "on spec", meaning he pitched his idea to the studio and was not commissioned to write it. France also wrote story lines for the 1995 James Bond smash GoldenEye, though he was not credited with the actual screenplay, which was a source of a strained relationship with the Bond producers. Some of his ideas that were developed for GoldenEye were utilized in the 1999 Bond hit The World is Not Enough. In the 1970s, he published the short-lived 007 fan magazine Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. France was a major comic book fan and wrote the screenplays for Ang Lee's 2003 version of The Hulk as well as the super hero flick The Punisher. »
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Michael France, who wrote the story for the James Bond film "Goldeneye" and the screenplay for Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk," died Friday at age 51. He was suffering from a longtime diabetes-related illness, his sister revealed. France made his way into the industry with the screenplay for Renny Harlin's 1993 thriller "Cliffhanger," which starred Sylvester Stallone. He went on to write the screenplays for several big-budget Marvel superhero adaptations, including "Hulk," John Travolta's "The Punisher," and "The Fantastic Four." He stopped working in 2005 after "The Fantastic Four." In 2007, he purchased a movie theater St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he resided. Suzanne France, the sister of Michael, told the Tampa Bay Times that although the theater closed last year, "he wanted to re-open the theater, wanted to start writing again." »
Screenwriter Michael France has died, aged 51.
France, who was entasked with writing the screenplays for several Marvel adaptations, passed away on Friday (April 12) due to complications from diabetes, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
His passion for film also led to him buying Tampa Bay cinema Beach Theatre in 2007 for $800,000, although the venue closed in November 2012 due to declining audiences.
He is survived by wife Elizabeth and their three children, his mother and father and sister Suzanne. »
Michael France, the screenwriter behind several Marvel superhero adaptations, died Friday in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 51. He died of complications from diabetes, his sister told the Tampa Bay Times. France wrote the screenplays for Ang Lee's "Hulk" in 2003; "The Punisher," starring John Travolta, in 2004; and "The Fantastic Four" in 2005. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2013 He got his big break in 1993, when he wrote the screenplay for Renny Harlin's thriller "Cliffhanger," which starred Sylvester Stallone. He followed that two years later with a story credit for »
- Todd Cunningham
According to Deadline and several other outlets, Michael France has passed away after battling diabetes-related health issues. His writing credits included Cliffhanger, Goldeneye and comic book movies such as Hulk, The Punisher and Fantastic Four. His sister, Suzanne France, discovered her brother on Friday morning in his home in St. Pete Beach, Florida. "[Thursday night] he was sitting up, he had good color, he was making jokes. Just sitting there on the couch with his dog", she said. Goldeneye is widely considered to be one of the best James Bond films of all-time. »
In the past, visual effects guru, Steven Johnson and his Xfx studio, made a pitch to 20th Century Fox to be the special effects team for a Fantastic Four film. This was before the Tim Story film was made, and at that time Nicolas Cage was penciled in to play the role of the main villain, Doctor Victor Von Doom. Steve has now released has put these images up for sale on EBay. You can see Constantine Sekeris' designs for Dr. Doom and The Thing below, or click here to see even more concept art and a bizarre mechanical arm conceived for the ruthless ruler of Latveria. Click Images to Enlarge If you're a fan of Constantine's brilliant artwork I would suggest picking up a copy of his book, MetamorFX: Art of Constantine Sekeris. Fantastic Four (2005) was directed by Tim Story, from a screenplay written by Michael France and Mark Frost. »
8 items from 2013
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