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Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
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- Gary Collinson
When Zack Snyder cast Henry Cavill as the lead in Man of Steel, it wasn't the British actor's first brush with Superman. Back in 2004, Cavill was cast as the iconic superhero in Superman: Flyby, a planned reboot from director McG (Charlie's Angels) and screenwriter J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness), which ultimately fell apart when Bryan Singer came on board and cast Brandon Routh in 2006's Superman Returns. And, thanks to ThinkMcFlyThink, we have a glimpse of Cavill in the red-and-blue from his 2004 screen test for Flyby...
Superman: Flyby was intended as an origin tale that would have radically altered the traditional Superman story, with Kal-El being sent to Earth as an infant during a Civil War on Krypton and eventually coming to battle his evil cousin Ty-Zor and his three Kryptonian cronies, but only after being killed in action and subsequently resurrected. Other actors said to have been considered »
- Gary Collinson
In 2004, before Henry Cavill was Zack Snyder's Superman in Man of Steel, Cavill was cast by McG ("Charlie's Angels") to play Superman/Clark Kent in his unproduced Superman film, Superman: Flyby. A film that was written by J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek Into Darkness"), and would've also starred Robert Downey Jr. as Lex Luthor. That's why you see him in the banner above. Keep in mind, this took place two years before Bryan Singer's super-dull, Superman Returns. So what killed McG's Superman: Flyby? Well, the director revealed that it was his fear of flying that grounded the production. Warner Bros. wanted the film to shoot in Australia for cost-savings, while McG wanted it to be shot entirely in North America so that he never had to get on a plane. Even though Cavill would have to wait nearly a decade to suit up as the Man of Steel, »
In looking increasingly more likely that the forthcoming Terminator film is going to go the reboot route as opposed to a forth sequel. Perhaps part of that is to do with the surprising failure of the impressively cast Terminator: Salvation. I mean who could f*ck something like that up? Oh yea, that silly named McG twit. Something not helped by Jonathan Mostow’s poor Rise Of The MacHines either.
Well, after previously bringing you a new a number of names up for the lead female role of Sarah Connor (which included The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie and Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany), we’re now hearing the casting process is coming to a close with Dom Hemingway’s Emilia Clarke and 21 Jump Street’s Brie Larson the only two remaining.
- Craig Hunter
McG (Chuck, Charlie's Angels) is behind the show, which stars Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) as Nick Green, a high school slacker who's actually a highly trained government assassin. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also star.
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- Michael Schneider
Concept Art by Victor James Martinez Click Here To See More Terminator: Salvation Concept Art In the aftermath of Judgment Day and the machine takeover, resistance leader John Connor must counter Skynet’s plan to terminate mankind. Rallying his underground street fighters for a last, desperate battle, he realizes that to save the future he must rescue his own father Kyle Reese. But the most shocking discovery comes with the arrival of Marcus Wright, a mysterious loner from the past who challenges Connor with an impossible choice and leads them both on a brutal journey into the heart of the enemy. Terminator Salvation (2009) was directed by McG, from a screenplay written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. The cast included: Christian Bale as John Connor, Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright, Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor, Common as Barnes, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Serena »
Christian Bale has an intensity that seeps into performances which leave fans awestruck. His passion for his craft, however, does not include self-promotion. With a pair of compelling perfs to tubthump, the excruciatingly private star now has to do his least favorite thing: face the media.
Christian Bale is the reluctant movie star.
Despite being regarded as one of the best actors of his generation, the enigmatic 39-year-old Brit has no interest in fame. His dashing, tall, dark and handsome looks are often concealed by the unattractive physical appearances and appurtenances of the characters he portrays. In an era when many of his contemporaries take to social media to connect with fans, he chooses to fly beneath the radar, straining to keep details of his personal life private and relying strictly on gut rather than a career strategy when picking roles. He is notoriously press shy, which has no doubt »
- Jenelle Riley
The American Film Market was hardly a hive of activity for Australian distributors but a reasonable number of deals were signed or are about to close.
.There were quite a few pre-buy projects but not a lot to get intensely enthusiastic about,. Transmission Films co-founder Andrew Mackie told If.
Mackie did get out his cheque book for Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama about a young immigrant who struggles to leave behind her tranquil existence in Ireland for life in New York, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Jim Broadbent.
.Brooklyn was a real find for us - a brilliant script by Nick Hornby. Beyond that there was very little in our sweet spot,. Mackie said. Hornby.s screenplay is adapted from Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel. The director is John Crowley, whose credits include Boy A, Is Anybody There? and the Eric Bana thriller Closed Circuit, which Bana and Rob Connolly.s »
- Don Groves
Update! Tim Burton Jp (Facebook Page/Tumblr Page), has posted an image of a Superman maquette that they believed was from Nicolas Cage and Tim Burton's Superman Lives, but based on past images posted on Superman Homage, we can see producer, Jon Peters, posing with the maquette and it is identified as being from the Superman: Flyby production. As for the maquette itself, it is a model (usually made from clay) that is sculpted by a member of the art department, to give producers a 3D representation of a character from the film. For those of you that aren't familiar with Superman: Flyby. It was a Superman film that was written by J.J. Abrams ("Super 8") in the early 2000's. Originally Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour") was attached to direct, but he was later replaced with music video savant, McG ("We Are Marshall"). You can read a brief breakdown the script below, »
A name and a talent that’s always bugged me is filmmaker Joseph McGinty – or rather the ridiculously monikered McG. Anyone that insists on calling himself that comes across as a bit of a tit in my eyes. He may as well have the word Bellend on any poster or credit in place of his silly nickname. Admittedly, I’m looking extremely forward to his forthcoming action-thriller Three Days To Kill as it features great Kevin Costner looking at an action-man reinvention of Liam Neeson-like proportions!
Three Days To Kill sees Costner as Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner, a veteran who decides to retire and spend more time with his estranged family after learning he doesn’t have long to live. When he’s offered the chance to take an experimental drug that will prolong his life – providing he takes on one last mission – he struggles keep the promise »
- Craig Hunter
We've got some new images from the following films: Maps to the Stars - Director David Cronenberg's new film following a Hollywood dynasty family and starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon. Kill Me Three Times - Kriv Stenders directs Simon Pegg, Luke Hemsworth, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey and Teresa Palmer in a multi-tiered thriller that incorporates blackmail, assassins, and a small-town Lady Macbeth. Three Days to Kill - McG's hitman thriller starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen. The film is slated to open February 21, 2014. Madame Bovary - Sophie Barthes directs this adaptation of the Gustave Flaubert novel starring Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Logan Marshall-Green, Olivier Gourmet and Laura Carmichael. Brick Mansions - Camille Delamarre's remake of District 13, with Paul Walker, RZA and David Belle. »
- Dave Trumbore
With the Afm currently on in California, a whole lot of first look photos are ending up online for a bunch of different projects. Amongst them are:
The first photo of Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone on the set of Cameron Crowe's untitled new Hawaii-set comedy. Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray and John Krasinski also star.
Cooper plays a military contract on a secret assignment in Hawaii who teams with an Air Force pilot (Stone) to scuttle a major military launch.
The first three photos are »
- Garth Franklin
Hailee Steinfeld has been poised to be the “next big thing” ever since she stole the show from veterans Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit. The young actress has a virtually unending list of upcoming projects: the Tommy Lee Jones directed The Homesman, the Luc Besson/McG collaboration Three Days To Kill, the Civil War drama The Keeping Room… This weekend, the rise of Steinfeld begins with the big budgeted children-versus-aliens Ender’s Game. Steinfeld co-stars as Petra, an ally and confidant to lead protagonist Ender (Asa Butterfield). Asa and she have an easy-going chemistry, never quite blossoming into romance but teetering on the brink. It’s a difficult relationship to get just right – and it’s a credit to Steinfeld and Butterfield that they’re able to suggest such depths with relatively little material. In the following interview with Steinfeld, she discusses the challenges »
- Tommy Cook
The Fedak project revolves around people from different walks of life who receive a organ donation that turns out to be from “Earth’s mightiest hero.”
Rosenblum hit the ground running, putting a slew of projects in development, largely in the cable realm. But the Fedak-nbc drama is the first to surface with a network pact.
Fedak also has a drama project percolating at TNT. “The Last Cop,” about a police officer who wakes up in the »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak is returning to NBC with another hourlong project about ordinary people acquiring extraordinary abilities. The untitled drama hails from Legendary TV, the recently launched TV arm of Legendary Entertainment, marking the first major sale for the company run by Bruce Rosenblum. It reunites Fedak with Rosenblum and Legendary TV Evp Scripted Development Peter Johnson. Rosenblum previously oversaw Warner Bros TV, the studio that produced Chuck, while Johnson was president of McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision, which co-produced the spy dramedy. The untitled Chris Fedak project revolves around four “broken” people from different walks of life who all have one thing in common — a new chance at a normal life thanks to an anonymous organ donor whose body is used to cure them of their ills. But the ordinary becomes extraordinary when they learn that the mysterious donor was Earth’s mightiest hero, and now each literally »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Wonderland Sound and Vision’s McG and Mary Viola will produce with Evans, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin, Mark Kassen and Bill Immerman. Wonderland is fully financing in the company’s first project to go into production since its multi-year funding deal in June, under which it can independently develop, produce and finance its own slate of film, TV and digital projects.
Evans came on board the two months ago.
See Also: Chris Evans Takes on First Directing Job With ’1:30 Train’
- Dave McNary
Legendary Pictures just signed Simon Crane to direct its upcoming "Hot Wheels" movie, based on the popular Mattel toy line. Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, The Good German) is on board to do a rewrite of the script. The story centers on a washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars. "Hot Wheels" has been in development for years with such directors as McG (Terminator Salvation) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), and writers Cormac Wibberly (National Treasure) and John Gatins (Flight). The movie will be Crane's directorial debut, but he's considered one of the best second-unit directors, having worked on such films as "World War Z," "Men in Black 3," "Salt" and "X-Men: The Last Stand." »
Millennium Entertainment, the sales division of Nu Image/Millennium Films that is run by Bill Lee, has been up for grabs since April. Lerner hired Salem Partners in the run up to Cannes to start shopping the company.
Lerner’s Nu Image currently owns 60% of the company, while Exclusive Media and hedge fund Prentice Capital owns 20% each.
“We’re not yet ready to walk the altar with Millennium Entertainment: We’re still in early negotiations and it’s not the only U.S. company we’re interested in,” Lambert told Variety. “We’ve been looking to forge an alliance with a U.S. company to keep a better handle on the distribution of our films in the States.”
Added Lambert, “Millennium Entertainment could be a »
- Elsa Keslassy
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a photo from the set of his 2014 summer blockbuster “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” to his Facebook page on Friday. “Honored to have these magnificent Friesians lead my chariot into battle daily. Amazing to experience their power & beauty. They work hard & eat a lot.. my kind of animals. ,” he wrote next to the photo himself with four horses, his back to the camera. Also read: Dwayne Johnson, McG to Team on Big-Screen Version of ‘The Fall Guy’ In an earlier Fb post, Johnson posted a few photos of himself with his calorie-laden “cheat” »
- Sara Morrison
Bryce Dallas Howard in ‘Jurassic World’? Howard possibly the next female star in ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise Bryce Dallas Howard, Rush director Ron Howard’s daughter perhaps best known for playing the Vengeful Vampire Victoria in David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is "in talks" to star in Jurassic World aka Jurassic Park 4, to be directed by Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow. At this stage, it’s unclear what exactly Howard would be doing in Jurassic World — well, except that her (potential) character will somehow become entangled with dinosaurs and that there’ll be lots of green screens on the set. (See also: “‘Jurassic World’ director Colin Trevorrow. Why Him?“) (Photo: Bryce Dallas Howard.) According to various online reports, Universal had sets its sights on Bryce Dallas Howard a while back, but production was halted after Trevorrow took a pass on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s Jurassic World draft. »
- Zac Gille
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