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Next to True Detective, FX’s miniseries adaptation of Fargo was one of the year’s biggest surprises in the TV realm. The prospect of anyone touching the Coen brothers masterpiece was unthinkable, but Noah Hawley—who wrote all 10 episodes—crafted a unique take on the material that caught on with critics and audiences alike. While he’s no doubt very busy putting together the second season of the show (which will feature a new cast, story, and setting), Hawley has understandably caught the eye of Hollywood, and buried in a report on Sony optioning his novel Before the Fall is the news that Hawley is also scripting one of Universal’s upcoming monster movies. More after the jump. In a report over at Deadline is the news that Hawley is separately writing the script for an untitled project at Universal that will be a part of the studio’s interconnected monster movie universe. »
- Adam Chitwood
With super hero films on the rise, every studio is scrambling to see what genre-ready brands they can leverage in a similar way. Universal Pictures doesn't have the rights to DC or Marvel comic properties (it appears that Namor is not quite theirs either), so what does the studio own? The classic monster movies of the '30s and '40s, including Dracula, the Wolfman, The Mummy, were all released under Universal's imprimatur. So of course there’s a plan to to connect them all together in one cinematic universe a la Marvel (because no one in that town has any original ideas anymore and even Dan Aykroyd wants to do the same thing with “Ghostbusters”). Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," the “Amazing Spider-Man” series) and Chris Morgan ("Fast Five") have already been tapped to write, produce and get the Universal Monsters cinematic universe up and running. But where does that leave “Dracula Untold, »
- Edward Davis
Not much is known about Alex Kurtzman’s Venom film for Sony, apart from the fact that it will feature the famous Spider-Man villain in an anti-hero role. Kurtzman recently talked about how the character provides a darker entry point into the Spidey franchise, as “there are certain lines that Spider-Man won’t cross… Venom, in a weird way, is the representation of every line that will get crossed.” While some characters provide straight-forward adaptation possibilities, Venom is a bit of a different story, because there have been a handful of different versions over the years.
The Venom symbiote has been worn by several characters in Spider-Man lore throughout the years and in various forms of media, the most notable of which are Peter Parker, Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan a.k.a. The Scorpion, Flash Thompson, and Harry Osborn.
Making Eddie Brock the Venom of choice is perhaps the safest bet, »
- James Garcia
We already know Alex Kurtzman's upcoming "Spider-Man" spin-off feature "Venom" will be a darker entity than the web-slinging franchise that spawned it, but one bit of surprising news is that the Venom we see on screen may not be the one people are most familiar with.
"Yeah, before last Friday came out, we started kind of roughing out a story. Ed Solomon's going to be writing it very soon. I can't tell you too much, but I'm really excited about it."
Kurtzman quickly adds it hasn't been an easy choice regarding which incarnation of Venom we'll see:
- Garth Franklin
With Sony pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018, the studio has decided to concentrate on its spin-off features, starting with 2016’s The Sinister Six, followed by an as-yet-unrevealed female-led movie in 2017, as well as a Venom adaptation which is rumoured to be going by the title Venom Carnage.
Speaking to ComicBookResources, director Alex Kurtzman has offered a brief update on the Venom movie, which he is set to direct from a script by Ed Solomon: “Before last Friday came out, we started kind of roughing out a story. Ed Solomon’s going to be writing it very soon. I can’t tell you too much, but I’m really excited about it.”
Kurtzman then went on to touch upon the thought process that is going in to deciding whcih incarnation of Venom they’ll be using in the movie: “I would not say it’s an easy choice. »
- Gary Collinson
As great a character as Spider-Man is, his villains are often just as interesting. That’s one of the many reasons Sony is moving ahead with a Sinister Six film before they get back to The Amazing Spider-Man 3. They’re also moving forward with a solo film for one of Spidey’s most popular villains, Venom. That […]
- Germain Lussier
(Cbr) As one of Hollywood’s most bankable writer/producers, Alex Kurtzman has certainly heard the term “genius” thrown around, but on his new CBS drama "Scorpion," he’s getting a taste of the actual world of bona fide giants of intellect. Loosely based on the on the life of Walter O’Brien, an eccentric genius with the world’s fourth-highest Iq who created a company of brilliant misfits who use their mental muscle to defend the world against complex high-tech threats (think "The Big Bang Theory" meets "Mission: Impossible"). Spinoff spoke with Kurtzman about adapting the actual, but little explored, stories for television, and his upcoming directorial effort, Sony Pictures’ "Venom" film. Spinoff Online: Since you got the show off the ground, what’s been the fun learning curve episode to episode? Alex Kurtzman at Comic-Con International Alex Kurtzman: It’s interesting, actually, because we just watched the fourth episode. »
- Scott Huver, Comic Book Resources
Sony is trying to differentiate itself in the shared superhero universe game by leaving its flagship superhero (Spider-Man) alone for a bit, in favor of exploring the darker side of things via two villain-centric movies, Venom and Sinister Six.
While everyone is curious as to how a blockbuster villain team-up film is going to play with audiences, the character of Venom actually got a live-action movie adaption in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 - to almost universal disappointment amongst fans. That being the case, the Venom movie is under a ton of scrutiny, as fans wait to see how director Alex Kurtzman (co-screenwriter of Star Trek Into Darkness) and writer Ed Solomon (Now You See Me, Men in Black) are ...
- Kofi Outlaw
Last week, director Alex Kurtzman revealed that the Spider-Man spin-off Venom will be much darker than The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. One question that fans have been pondering is which comic book character will be stepping into the alien symbiote, since several have turned into Venom in the past, including Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson, Mac Garigan and even Spider-Man himself, Peter Parker.
"I would not say it's an easy choice. I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting. Venom had several different iterations, and there are several things that are very unique, interesting and specific. And so I think we all want to make sure that we're »
Kurtzman was out and about taking up his new TV show, CBS' Scorpion, when he was asked about the status of the Amazing Spider-Man spinoff.
Here's what transpired:
Where are you now on Venom? Have you got your story broken?Kurtzman: Yeah, before last Friday came out, we started kind of roughing out a story. Ed Solomon’s going to be writing it very soon. I can’t tell you too much, but I’m really excited about it.Did you have an easy choice as to which incarnation of Venom, which guy under the symbiote skin, you want to go with?Kurtzman: I would not say it’s an easy choice. I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting. »
- Philip Sticco
With The Amazing Spider-man franchise on hiatus while Sony explores their super-villain spin-offs Venom and The Sinister Six, the question remains whether these movies can survive without a superhero at their core. Alex Kurtzman, who has been integral to the development of The Amazing Spider-man films, will be directing Venom and will be working with Ed Solomon to script the film. Expectations are high as fans have been waiting for the symbiote-clad villain to be properly portrayed on the »
- Alex Maidy
A number of characters (including Peter Parker) have worn the Venom symbiote over the years, though the main three contenders for the lead role in the upcoming movie are undoubtedly Eddie Brock, Mac Gargan and Flash Thompson. As of right now, we have no clue as to who it's going to be and in a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, director Alex Kurtzman had this to say about choosing who to make the lead in the spin-off. "I would not say it’s an easy choice," he revealed. "I would say that there are quite a few things about Venom that are interesting. Venom had several different iterations, and there are several things that are very unique, interesting and specific. And so I think we all want to make sure that we’re making the right choices for a character that’s so beloved." So, no real clues there, »
Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick and SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Gotham (8 pm Est, Fox)
Premieres Sept. 22nd, 2014
One of the fall’s most buzzed about new series (the TCA dubbed it the most promising new fall show), Gotham’s pilot succeeds not because of its procedural trappings or comic shoutouts, but because of its smart casting. Ben McKenzie is coming off of a strong run on Southland, one of the more underrated series of the past several years, and he is very comfortable in the shoes of the newly minted Detective Gordon. Partnered with »
- Kate Kulzick
Alex Kurtzman is a busy man. As well as his television commitments (Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion), he's directing Universal's reboot of The Mummy, and he's also overseeing the studio's horror movie universe.
On top of that? He's down to write and direct the Spider-Man spin-off, Venom. So what's the appeal of bringing him into his own movie? "The idea is that you can do things with Venom that you can't do with Spider-Man", Kurtzman told MTV.
"Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed", he added. "He's a much darker character",
There's no release date yet in place for Venom, and we'd imagine it has to take its place behind The Mummy at least on Kurtzman's slate. 2019 would be a decent guess, given that Sony appears to have other Spider-Man universe films planned from 2016 to 2018 already. »
Star Trek co-writer Alex Kurtzman is currently developing a Venom movie for Sony Pictures that he will direct. Venom is a crazy and cool character and one of my favorites in Spider-Man's universe. I like his dark personality and what he brings to the stories that he's in. Kurtzman discusses this stuff in a recent interview with MTV, and talks about why he wanted to work with the character.
"Well, Venom is sort of the flip side in that there are certain lines that Spider-Man won’t cross because he’s Peter Parker and Peter Parker will only do certain things and Venom is an entirely different character. Venom, in a weird way, is the representation of every line that will get crossed. He’s a much darker character. I wouldn’t even really say more complicated because I think they’re both very complicated characters, but I think »
- Joey Paur
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Andrew Garfield admits he was surprised by the mixed critical reaction to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He says he "loved" the script by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but noted that portions of the story were cut from the film: "Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies." Garfield also said that he loves "constructive criticism" and wants to consider further "if we missed anything." [The Daily Beast] Untitled Richard Jewell Movie: We heard a while back that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill would be reteaming for a movie about Richard Jewell, a security guard who went from hero to falsely accused suspect in the 1996 Atlanta...
- Peter Martin
Alex Kurtzman Hints on Direction of Venom. Alex Kurtzman dropped some hints on what kind of direction the Venom film will take once he’s on the director’s chair. When MTV News spoke with Alex, he said that he is still attached to make Venom. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer/writer [...]
- Mufsin Mahbub
(Cbr) "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" has its share of critics — even among fans of Sony Pictures’ 2012 franchise reboot — who frequently point to its overabundance of characters (namely, villains) and an unfocused narrative. However, star Andrew Garfield insists the blame doesn’t lie with the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but rather with the studio. Telling The Daily Beast he “genuinely loved” the script, Garfield explains, “There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it [...] and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
The sooner Star Trek 3 happens, the better. Why? Because we need another one of these blooper reels. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and co. get pretty serious in the film, but on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness there’s jokes, line flubs and even some pretty impressive dance moves. The blooper reel is actually part of Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray box set that comes with the original two-disc Star Trek Blu-ray, the two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray special edition and loads of extras (click here to order it on Amazon). Hit the jump to check out that Star Trek Into Darkness blooper reel as well as a full list of bonus features for Star Trek: The Compendium. Via Cheezburger (via /Film). Star Trek: The Compendium is available now for $39.99. Here’s what you’ll get if you decide to »
- Perri Nemiroff
Andrew Garfield has addressed the criticism of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and lays the blame for its failings squarely on the shoulders of Sony. He reveals that the studio had “problems with certain parts of it” and made changes. He also speaks about appearing (maybe) in the Sinister Six.
There’s been a lot of debate over what went wrong with the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Why was it the lowest grossing Spider-Man film ever? Why were the reviews so mediocre? Why have internet fans been so vocal about their criticisms of the film? Andrew Garfield has finally addressed these criticisms.
While at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a real estate drama in which he co-stars with Michael Shannon, Garfield sat down for an interview with the Daily Beast and when Amazing Spider-Man 2 was mentioned, he took the opportunity to give his opinions on the sequel.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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