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Matt Damon had a rough ride up in space in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar last year, so you’d think the last thing he’d want to do is suit up and blast off again. However that’s exactly what he’s done, heading to the Red Planet under the direction of another cinematic visionary – Ridley Scott.
People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have released a capsule full of snaps from the upcoming adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian, following astronaut/nut Mark Watney. He becomes trapped on Mars after a storm, and a Robinson Crusoe-esque tale unfolds as Earth unites behind an audacious attempt to bring him back. Check out the sandy goodness below…
If you’re going to go to one of the harshest environments in the galaxy, it may as well be with Scott, who certainly knows how to line a lens!
Here Damon is understandably depressed. »
- Steve Palace
Sneak Peek new images from director Ridley Scott's upcoming 3D science-fiction feature, "The Martian", written by Drew Goddard, based on the novel of the same name by author Andy Weir, opening November 25, 2015:
"...during a manned mission to Mars, 'Astronaut Mark Watney' is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived, finding himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.
"With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
"He knows, however, that even if his survival was somehow made known, there is no conceivable prospect for a rescue..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek fan-made trailers supporting "The Martian"...
- Michael Stevens
Based on a best-selling novel by Andy Weir, and helmed by director Ridley Scott, the cast includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
The film will be released in 3D on November 25, 2015.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, »
- Michelle McCue
"Any survival story is fascinating. I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe,” Ridley Scott tells Empire about his upcoming "The Martian." But frankly, putting this cast in any kind of movie would have our attention. Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott make up the ensemble of this one, and following the first look over the weekend, another batch has arrived. The latest go at sci-fi from Scott is based on the book by Andy Weir, with a script penned by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”). The story follows an astronaut who is left stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive, while back on Earth, Nasa tries to mount a rescue mission. It seems Damon has trouble being left alone on distant planets in sci-fi movies these days. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last night, the first image from 20th Century Fox’s The Martian landed online, giving us our first look at Matt Damon in director Ridley Scott’s upcoming thriller. Now, an official version of that photo plus a few other images from the film have been released online. Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel of the same name, the movie revolves around an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after he is injured and presumed dead by his team. With limited resources and a finite amount of time before his oxygen runs out, Mark Watney (Damon) must use the power of science to keep himself alive on the red planet. Speaking with Empire, Scott says he thinks of The Martian as “a 21st century Robinson Crusoe." Indeed, comparisons to Crusoe and the more recent Cast Away are inevitable, but Scott has filled out the film with a stellar »
- Adam Chitwood
It might seem odd for Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain to star in almost back-to-back sci-fi films that are kind of similar — Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” — but evidently the resemblances weren’t enough to scare off either actor, or the prospects of working with these directors and their great casts were too good to pass up. Written by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”) as a project he was originally going to direct, “The Martian” centers on an astronaut (Damon) who has just become one of the first people to walk on Mars. But after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking he's dead, he finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Even if he can get word out, his supplies will be gone long before a rescue could arrive, »
- Edward Davis
Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott also star in the film about an astronaut (Damon) stranded alone on Mars who has to figure out how to survive.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
Created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, "Daredevil" is set in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' ('McU'), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a "Defenders" crossover miniseries.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Daredevil" ...
"Daredevil" Fine Art Statue
- Michael Stevens
The folks at Latino-Review.com are reporting Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game) has been cast as the new Spider-Man for Sony Pictures and will have his first appearance as the webslinger in next year's Captain America: Civil War followed by a new Spider-Man feature in July 2017. Butterfield was reported as the front-runner back at the end of April and other than a brief report saying Tom Holland ("Wolf Hall," The Impossible) was still in the mix that never changed. Word is the new Spider-Man will keep Peter Parker a lot younger, a lot longer, focusing on his high school years and word is they plan to go with a tone matching that of a John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Other names that were once on the short list of contenders for the Spidey role included Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars), Timothee Chalamet »
- Brad Brevet
With Marvel Studios seemingly taking over the entire Film industry in a post-avengers Hollywood, many believed that the bar had been set far too high for Netflix’s new Daredevil series. Thankfully, Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight have crafted a brilliantly entertaining crime-thriller that finally gives audiences the Matt Murdock we have been waiting for. Not only has the series managed to successfully reintroduce the character after Ben Affleck’s 2003 film adaptation, but it has also opened up an even darker corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, the success of the show is largely due to the impressive performance of leading man Charlie Cox. We were lucky enough to sit in on an insightful, revealing round-table interview with the man himself – Check out what Marvel’s newest hero had to say below!
- Ben Read
Most of the talk around Spider-Man at the moment concerns who’s going to be playing the web-slinger, first set to appear in Captain America: Civil War, but there’s also the matter of who’ll be directing him in his own currently-untitled movie, due for release in 2017.
Drew Goddard was thought to be in pole position of the role, as he was set to direct The Sinister Six before Marvel and Sony decided to team up, but according to Deadline there are now five names in the running.
One thing all of those names have in common is experience in comedy films, which suggests that Marvel/Sony will be looking for a lighter tone to their new Spidey film, which »
- James Hunt
After Sony made a deal to bring Spider-Man into Marvel's cinematic world, it was revealed that the superhero will next appear in "Captain America 3: Civil War," which hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. Spider-Man will then be rebooted on July 28th, 2017. It was previously reported that the reboot will be directed by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), but Deadline is now reporting that Sony has no interest in him. Instead, the studio is considering Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). The plan is to skip the origin story and start with Peter Parker in high school. At this point, Marvel and Sony are still searching for the right actor to play the superhero. Stay tuned. »
A potential shortlist of new Spider-Man directors has been revealed.
Deadline reports that a decision could be made by the end of next week.
It is also rumoured that the rebooted "coming of age" series will span three to four movies, with each picture covering a year of Peter Parker's time at high school.
Levine both wrote and directed 50/50 and zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, while Melfi is the writer and director behind St Vincent.
Napoleon Dynamite writer and director Hess completes the potential shortlist.
It was previously expected that Drew Goddard would direct the new solo-movie.
With Spider-Man expected to make his first appearance in the Marvel cinematic universe in next year's Captain America: Civil War, one of the immediate priorities for the studio is to cast the role. But then there's the search for the person to direct the next standalone Spider-Man movie, which is due in July 2017.
We'd thought that Drew Goddard may have a shot at this, given that he was attached to direct the once-planned Sinister Six film. Yet whilst his ideas may yet be being incorporated into the new Spider-Man movie (we hope), he's not on the shortlist of directors that Marvel is apparently looking at.
There is a terrifically unkind way to report today's story, and a quick scan of Twitter should give you some idea of just how strong a reaction some people are having to the short list of directors that Deadline claims are in the mix to direct Sony's upcoming reboot of "Spider-Man." First thought: Miller and Lord are making the wrong movie for the studio. Second thought: why is this so difficult for Sony? After all, the original "Spider-Man" was a huge milestone in terms of how superheroes were treated on film. Sam Raimi got the tone so right it was ridiculous, and no matter what choices he made in the film, he proved that Spider-Man could work, and that he could bring the colorful world of Marvel Comics to the screen in a way that the whole world could enjoy. Was that really just 13 years ago? I can still remember »
- Drew McWeeny
A couple months ago, news began springing up online saying that Marvel Studios had selected Drew Goddard as the director of their upcoming Spider-Man movie. This made a degree of sense, given that Goddard had previously worked with Marvel on the Daredevil Netflix series, and even had some connections to Spider-Man thanks to his development of Sinister Six with Sony. If new reports are to be believed, however, the race to find a Spider-Man director is still on . and apparently Drew Goddard is no longer in the running. Deadline has published what they claim to be a shortlist of directors who are currently being considered by Marvel for the Spider-Man gig, and it.s definitely an interesting group. You can read about all five of the possible choices below: Jonathan Levine Writer/director Jonathan Levine made his first big box office success with Warm Bodies back in 2013, but the truth »
A couple of months ago, it was rumored that Drew Goddard had been tasked to write and direct "Spider-Man: The New Avenger." It was a nice rebound for the director who left "Daredevil" to helm "Sinister Six," only to see Sony's Spider-Man franchise implode. But with a new deal struck with Marvel earlier this year, it looked like Goddard was still in the ranks. Perhaps not. Deadline reports that a new brace of directors are up for the gig: Jonathan Levine ("50/50," "Warm Bodies"), Ted Melfi ("St. Vincent"), Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect"), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein ("Vacation"), and Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite," "Nacho Libre"). While these names might seem like oddball choices for 'Spider-Man,' remember that Kevin Feige has described this new incarnation "a non-stop wit" and these choices all know comedy very, very well. Not only »
- Kevin Jagernauth
So, who’s going to follow Sam Raimi and Marc Webb as the director of the next Spider-Man film? With production underway on Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures deep in the hunt for the actor who will portray Spider-Man (first popping up in Civil War before leading his own film), the contest to direct the new Spider-Man movie is also heating up. A previous report from March claimed that Drew Goddard, the filmmaker behind The Cabin in the Woods and Sony’s aborted Sinister Six, was in talks to write and direct the new Spidey pic. Goddard was a solid and sensible choice, having had experience with Sony on Sinister Six and with Marvel creating Daredevil. But a new report leaves Goddard’s name out of the picture entirely and instead reveals a familiar-feeling list of directors who are being considered to helm the new Spider-Man film instead. »
- Adam Chitwood
We heard some time ago that Sony wanted Marvel to allow Drew Goddard to move from writing and directing Sinister Six to their Spider-Man reboot, but it appears as if they're still not happy about the way he left Daredevil, as a new shortlist has now emerged via Deadline. It's an interesting list of filmmakers, and one which makes a lot of sense given the fact that they're planning a reboot which will be a "coming of age tale" with a tone similar to "John Hughes humor and emotion." Those in the mix include Jonathan Levine (50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). It sounds like a decision could be made as soon as by the end of next week. The site also reveals that Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are possibly plotting a series of three or four movies, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Silver Surfer, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and more…
Having been out in several international markets including the UK for over a week (enjoying an international opening weekend of $201 million and setting a record for the biggest ever opening for a superhero movie on these shores), Avengers: Age of Ultron finally made its way into U.S. theaters on Thursday night, with the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster pulling in a whopping $27.6 million from midnight screenings – almost $10 million more than its predecessor in 2012. Reports are suggesting that Age of Ultron claimed the highest opening day in history yesterday with between $94 and $97 million, and »
- Gary Collinson
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