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Warner-based producer Bill Gerber is hopeful that “Grudge Match” will offer a parallel box office success story to the 2008 hit “Grand Torino,” which starred Clint Eastwood and went on to gross $270 million worldwide. Warner Bros. opened “Gran Torino” in limited release in mid-December and expanded it in January as the drama caught on to become Eastwood’s highest grossing film by far.
- Dave McNary
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's acclaimed comic book series Preacher might finally be making it to the screen, with rumours from Badass Digest suggesting that This Is the End duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are developing a pilot for AMC. According to the report AMC is hopeful that Preacher could help to fill the hole left in its schedule following the conclusion of Breaking Bad and the soon-to-be-ending Mad Men, although a rep for the cable network has refused to confirm whether there's any truth to the story.
Published between 1995 and 2000, Preacher centres on Jesse Custer, a small-town reverend who becomes possessed by an entity called Genesis, sending him on a quest to find God in order to confront Him for abandoning his creation. Various screen adaptations of the sprawling tale have been in the works over the years, with Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl) first set to direct »
- Gary Collinson
Despite Disturbia director DJ Caruso talking as recently as August about how the cinematic adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s seminal graphic novel Preacher is going, it would appear that the character may instead end up on television. AMC, the Us cable channel behind the likes of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, has commissioned a pilot for a series based on the controversial character.Preacher has bounced between both big and small screens in deveopment limbo for years, with Ennis writing a script that Kevin Smith wanted to direct and other filmmakers such as Sam Mendes and Rachel Talaly attached at different points. Then there was Daredevil’s Mark Steven Johnson, who was looking to get the idea on to the small screen via HBO. But despite nearly 15 years of attempts, nothing has come of it all.Part of that is down to the problematic plot. Preacher is »
Will AMC dare to adapt that which HBO once shied away from?
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Looks like about seven of years of hard work are about to pay off. I may get to bring »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
"Preacher," Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's epic comic book mash-up of Westerns, Southern Gothics, black comedy, metaphysics and good old-fashioned horror, has been trapped in Hollywood development hell since the late '90s. Every few years, a new white knight turns up to rescue it: first Kevin Smith (to produce a movie version that might have starred James Marsden in the title role), then Mark Steven Johnson (who wrote an aborted series version at HBO), and more recently Sam Mendes and D.J. Caruso (each briefly attached to an attempt to make a "Preacher" movie). Now, two new saviors have appeared, and they »
- Alan Sepinwall
Marvel is in talks with Drew Goddard, the director of "Cabin in the Woods" and the writer of "Cloverfield," to write the script for the upcoming "Daredevil" series that will be available on Netflix. .Daredevil. follows blind superhero Matt Murdock, who was previously portrayed by Ben Affleck in a 2003 movie directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The new series will begin next year. "You're talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his wall while growing up," Goddard said of his love for the character. "Even when I was 18, I still had the blood red door with the, 'I have shown him that a man without hope is a man without fear.'" »
Disney and Netflix have found their man for Daredevil.
Representatives for Goddard, Netflix and Marvel declined comment.
Netflix has committed to four 13-episode series based on Marvel Comics characters including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Daredevil is the first series and it's expected to begin streaming in 2015 before all four shows lead into a miniseries based on the Defenders.
Story: Netflix Orders Four Original Marvel Series
- Lesley Goldberg
Check out these 3 new images from Peter Segal's Grudge Match, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal, Nicole Andrews, Han Soto, Paul Ben-Victor and Griff Furst. The Warner Bros. Pictures comedy hits theaters on November 25th, 2013 and is scripted by Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman and Doug Ellin. Bill Gerber, Mark Steven Johnson, Ravi D. Mehta and Peter Segal produce. In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their »
I.d love to go back in time ten years, when Ben Affleck underwhelmed in the one-two gutter punch of Martin Brest.s Gigli and Mark Steven Johnson.s Daredevil, just to troll everyone.s lives by telling them that not only would Affleck jump comic companies to star as Batman, but that he would also direct a geopolitical Best Picture winner. I.m pretty sure no one would let me come back to the present. Warner Bros. is interested in getting Affleck back into awards conversations, as they have hired screenwriter Will Staples to pen an untitled large-scale geopolitical thriller for Affleck to direct and star in, with Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd.s Pearl Street Films producing. Deadline reports the film will be set in Africa, and is based on a group of mercenaries who are hired to assassinate a brutal warlord guilty of victimizing his own citizens. »
By Charles Webb
Even if the films based on Daredevil and Punisher haven't exactly set box office on fire, Marvel seems intent at giving the characters another go at the big screen. Speaking with Marvel's President of Production, Kevin Feige, Bleeding Cool was able to nab this quote over the weekend:
We’re trying to figure out what to do with Daredevil now. Punisher could show up at one point. You know, once we get characters back into the Marvel fold we don’t want to do something right away, we want to do the smart thing at the smart time.
First off, we should translate that quote: what Feige means is, "Maybe, once the Phase 3 movies are out the door and we've figured out this whole packaged TV deal, a Punisher or Daredevil movie might make sense. Maybe."
Marvel only recently reacquired the rights to Daredevil once they reverted from Fox, »
- Splash Page Team
Feature writer-director Mark Steven Johnson is venturing into TV with Generation Next, a drama project at CBS from CBS TV Studios and studio-based The Tannenbaum Co. It is one of two new sales for Eric and Kim Tannenbaum’s company, along with a comedy starring comedian Bert Kreischer, which has landed at NBC with a script commitment plus penalty. Johnson’s Generation Next is set a year after a deadly outbreak caused ordinary citizens to fly into a mindless rage. After a cure is discovered, these “Carriers” are finally allowed to return to society, and to solve crimes committed by or against the infected, the Infectious Crimes Department is formed. This marks a rare foray into television for Johnson, who created the Grumpy Old Man franchise and wrote and directed Ghost Rider and Daredevil. He is repped by Resolution, Gotham Group and Hirsch Wallerstein. The Bert Kreischner project centers on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
By day, blind attorney Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) toils for justice in Hell's Kitchen. By night, he's Daredevil, The Man Without Fear - a powerful, masked vigilante stalking the dark streets with an uncanny radar sense that allows him to "see" with superhuman capabilities. But when the love of his life, fiery Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner), is targeted by New York City's ruthless kingpin of crime (Michael Clarke Duncan) and his deadly assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell), Daredevil may be about to meet his match. Daredevil (2003) was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The cast included: Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios, Colin Farrell as Bullseye, Michael Clarke Duncan as Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin, Jon Favreau as Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson, Scott Terra as Young Matt, Ellen Pompeo as Karen Page and Joe Pantoliano as Ben Urich. The film earned $179 million at the worldwide »
The G.I. Joe threequel already has a director in Retaliation's returning Jon M. Chu, but there was the trifling matter of not having a screenplay. That's been sorted, however, with the announcement that Snow White And The Huntsman's Evan Daugherty has been brought in to whip up Cobra's next dastardly scheme.Daugherty wrote Snow White as a spec script, and has since ensconced himself on Paramount's good side with his overhaul of the next Ninja Turtles movie, produced by Michael Bay and currently shooting with Megan Fox, William Fichtner and Will Arnett.There are no hints as to Daugherty's plans for Joe 3 yet, but rumblings from Comic-Con and elsewhere suggest that returning characters will include Scarlett and The Baroness (played in Rise Of The Cobra by Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller respectively), Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock and Ray Park's Snake Eyes. Chu has also hinted at the »
Marvel has reached a settlement agreement in a long-running lawsuit filed by Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich over ownership of the character. While the settlement hasn't been fully executed, both sides, "have amicably agreed to resolve all claims." The terms of the settlement agreement were not made public at this time, with Marvel retaining the right to use the character in future projects.
Back in June, Gary Friedrich won an appeal over Marvel, overturning the comic book studio's victory and set up a trial slated to begin in November, before the settlement came through. Gary Friedrich worked as a freelancer for Marvel in the 1970s, creating the Ghost Rider character who first appeared in 1972's Marvel's Spotlight #5. The primary issue of the case was whether Friedrich contributed the character as a "work for hire," which would mean that Marvel retains all ownership rights and Friedrich would have no entitlement to the copyright renewal term. »
With the news that Ben Affleck will be the new Batman in the upcoming “Superman/Batman” film, I thought it a good time to go back and look at Affleck’s first foray into the superhero genre with Fox’s “Daredevil.” Now before you all start groaning and clicking back to the front page, I’m reviewing the “Director’s Cut” of the movie, which is actually an almost completely different film, and is better for it. Before I start, I want to say that I own both versions, and I actually am one of the few fans that thought Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 take on the character wasn’t bad at all. Better than Ang Lee’s “Hulk”, which was all over the place. “Daredevil” had some issues with floaty CGI characters and an eye-rolling playground fight between Affleck’s Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) and wife-to-be Jennifer Garner’s Elektra Natchios, »
- Brian Daniel
Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and two-time Oscar nominee John Travolta appear together onscreen for the first time in a bathetic mano-a-mano action thriller from Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider, When in Rome), as the big-budget director continues his losing streak. Only a month after its release in a handful of contractually obligated theaters which came off the heels of a chance Karlovy Vary Int. Film Festival showing, Killing Season is now, for better or likely worse, available for the curious few.
Career soldier Benjamin Ford (De Niro) has retired to the Appalachian mountains and spends his days reading Hemingway and listening to Johnny Cash. Ford also dabbles in nature photography because living with horrific memories of war has spoiled the fun of hunting, but his isolated rustic cabin thankfully came pre-furnished with mounted deer heads. One day, the weathered man experiences car trouble and is helped by Kovac, »
- Caitlin Coder
Ben Affleck will be a great Batman.
Ben Affleck will be a horrible Batman.
Ben Affleck will be an okay Batman.
Ben Affleck will be a meh Batman.
After 48 hours since the news broke that Ben Affleck is the new Batman, people are still debating over this controversial move by Warner Brothers.
So far, the instant reaction is mostly negative on Twitter and Reddit just a tad more receptive. Even on Latino-Review, the writing staff can’t even agree on whether this is a good move or not.
Our own El Mayimbe went on Schmoes Know’s Thursday night podcast to discuss Affleck being chosen as Batman. And yours truly, I went on a television show in Fresno to review the latest weekend movies, but the host wanted to talk about Ben Affleck instead.
So comic book fans or non-comic book fans, it’s kind of a big deal.
- Gig Patta
You either woke up to a big surprise this morning (Ben Affleck is the new Batman!) or lost some sleep last night (will Ben Affleck suck as Batman? How can he not suck, or at least be super weird? Is Warner Bros. crazy? Actually, how crazy is Warner Bros.? Can the end result be any less fun than Man of Steel? Can it maybe be more fun?). Now the dust is settling and we must consider this new information. While we have no way of knowing how Affleck will play the Dark Knight — though we wouldn't be surprised if it came close to his dour portrayal of Argo's Tony Mendez, given how grim the Christopher Nolan DC universe has become — we do know one thing: Affleck already did the superhero thing a decade ago. In case you don't have access to 2003's Mark Steven Johnson joint Daredevil and/or don't want to access it, »
- Zach Dionne
Sometimes a film can have all the right things in the right place, only to ruin it with one really bad creative choice; for Killing Season that choice was John Travolta trying to do a Serbian accent, and Director Mark Steven Johnson letting it happen. I don’t claim to be an expert on Serbian accents, but unless every Serbian who speaks English sounds like Borat, then Travolta missed the mark. What’s worse? Even if he didn’t miss the mark and by some odd chance he wasn’t just make funny noises with his mouth, he still sounded ridiculous for 80% of the film. It’s only when he crossed over into something that sounded more like an impersonation of Russian ne’er do well Boris from Rocky and Bullwinkle that John Travolta’s character could be taken seriously. It’s a shame, too, because the film is rather »
- Lex Walker
John Travolta discusses acting alongside Robert De Niro in our exclusive featurette for Killing Season. Mark Steven Johnson directs this thriller about a tourist (John Travolta) who gets into an intense showdown with a hardened veteran (Robert De Niro) in the Appalachian Mountains. Watch what the actor has to say about his character and working alongside a living legend in this thriller, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD August 20.
Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, a reclusive American military veteran (Robert De Niro) and a European tourist (John Travolta) strike up an unlikely friendship. But when the tourist's true intentions come to light, what follows is a tense battle across some of America's most forbidding landscape proving the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.
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