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Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
One of the first major tentpole films in development that this site covered way back in the late 1990s may finally see the light of day.
After directing both the successful "Batman Forever" and the widely derided "Batman & Robin," filmmaker Joel Schumacher was originally slated to helm a third film entitled "Batman: Triumphant" based on a script by Mark Protosevich.
Schumacher has previously stated that following Tim Burton's two films, the studio pushed him to make Batman more family and merchandise friendly - especially in regards to "Batman and Robin". Schumacher want to go darker though, and after the widespread rejection towards "Batman & Robin" the hope was 'Triumphant' would allow him to do that. Unfortunately the project never made it out of development.
At the time it was rumored The Scarecrow would serve as the villain, with his fear toxin allowing for Batman to have visions of The Joker. »
- Garth Franklin
Less then 10 years after Tim Burton brought The Dark Knight to the big screen in 1989's Batman, the franchise was essentially killed off by the 1997 critical and commercial disaster Batman & Robin. It lay dormant until Christopher Nolan breathed new life into the popular character with his hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy. Joel Schumacher directed both the 1995 hit Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and he was slated to make a third film entitled Batman: Triumphant, which was written by Mark Protosevich. But it was killed after Batman & Robin tanked. Today, Bleeding Cool reports that Joel Schumacher is revisiting the Batman franchise with a 12-issue comic book that outlines his original vision for all three films, including the one that never saw the light of day.
If you’re a Batman fan, then chances are you shudder when you hear the words “Joel Schumacher”. Having delivered the then-most successful Batman film with 1995’s Batman Forever, the director brought the franchise to its knees two years later with 1997’s Batman & Robin, forcing Warner Bros. to pull the plug on his planned sequel, which was going by the title of Batman Triumphant.
Well, if you’re a glutton for punishment and curious as to where Schumacher might have taken the series next, you may be interested in a report from Bleeding Cool, who has apparently heard that Schumacher is penning a twelve-issue Batman comic book series drawn by artist Dustin Nguyen, which will “revisit his intentions for the three films [and tell] one story”, giving us “his original vision for the movies.”
- Gary Collinson
While director Joel Schumacher ("The Lost Boys") was shooting 1997's ill-fated Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. looked at the dailies and were positive they had another hit on their hands so they began planning a third Batman film with Schumacher at the helm. Its tentative title was Batman: Triumphant and it was written by screenwriter Mark Protosevich. The plot: "The Joker would return as a hallucination in Batman's mind caused by the Scarecrow's fear toxin. Harley Quinn appeared as a supporting character, written as the Joker's daughter trying to get revenge on Batman for the Joker's death." - batman.wikia When Batman & Robin failed to beat the previous Batman films at the box office Warner Bros. cancelled those plans, and the franchise would later be rebooted by Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins"). Now it appears that Schumacher would like to tell his true vision of Batman and will do so via comic books. »
Digital Spy presents a timeline of Marvel's long-in-development project below...
"We wrote this treatment revolving around the Scott Lang character, who was a burglar, so he could have gone slightly in the Elmore Leonard route, and they came back saying, 'Oh, we wanted to do something that was like a family thing'," Wright explained. "I don't think it ever got sent to Marvel."
Nothing comes of the meeting and Wright goes on to direct Shaun of the Dead.
Oldboy is a movie that has a huge question hanging over it. It’s a shame really that the question has nothing to do with the plot, but rather the issue of just why was it needed? Are we too lazy to read subtitles or do we just feel the original movie could have been done better? The answer was probably that it was a way to just make more money. You may find that answer cynical but after watching Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy you’ll realise it is true, but also have a strange feeling that it was actually a good movie.
Joe Doucett (Brolin) is an ass, a drunken ass at that. When he finally annoys the wrong person he ends up »
- Paul Metcalf
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Josh Brolin stars as a troubled advertising executive who finds himself kidnapped and held in an inescapable room in the thriller Oldboy, available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD UltraViolet on March 4th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Fans can explore the making of the film in two behind-the-scenes featurettes on the Blu-ray and DVD, »
- Uncle Creepy
Update: Jurassic World has its villain! Vincent D'Onfrio, who was unforgettable as the exterminator turned alien in the first Men in Black, will go bad again for the next movie in the Jurassic Park series. Also joining the cast is Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) , although his role was undisclosed.
Oct. 18, 2013 - : The world of Jurassic World is filling up. Josh Brolin (Men in Black III) is under consideration for a lead role. The rest of the cast (who have definitely signed on) are Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight movies), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson ("Melissa & Joey"). Good reason for Brolin to sign on: it films in Hawaii early next year.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Sept. 20, 2013 - Jurassic Park 4 is back on the schedule, one year later than originally planned. The »
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Spike Lee's Oldboy (review) has had a really tough time of it on the road to home video, but the flick has made it through relatively unscathed. If you missed it in theatres, now's your chance to play catch-up!
From the Press Release
Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008) stars as a troubled advertising executive who finds himself kidnapped and held in an inescapable room in the thriller Oldboy, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet™ March 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
In this gritty tale of vengeance from critically-acclaimed director Spike Lee (Inside Man), Joe Doucette (Brolin) is abruptly kidnapped and framed for the murder of his wife. After being held hostage in solitary confinement for 20 years, Doucette is released without explanation and struggles to reacclimate himself until he crosses paths with a caring social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and sets out to find out who imprisoned him. »
- Uncle Creepy
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