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The Guardians of Peace, the organization that has taken responsibility for the Sony Hack, have remained relatively quiet ever since Sony officially announced that The Interview will screen in over 300 Independent theaters starting Christmas Day. While the leak of Sony emails has seemed to cease, there are still stacks and stacks of documents various media outlets are sifting through. Most of the more damaging stuff has already been revealed to the public. But a few new pieces of news in interest to genre fans is still coming though. And today, we get a look at what Drew Goddard has planned for his Spider-Man spinoff The Sinister Six, which includes a skyscraper-sized Sandman who, at one time, may have been played by Tom Hardy.
Before he signed on to play Rick Flag in Warner Bros.’ DC movie Suicide Squad, British actor Tom Hardy was linked to another supervillain ensemble in Sony’s The Sinister Six, and now a leaked email from writer-director Drew Goddard to Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal has been uncovered, during which Goddard reveals his plans for Hardy’s Flint Marko, a.k.a. Sandman. Check it out below…
I’m gonna write [Tom] up a note this weekend. But, off the top of my head, some possible talking points are:
- We’re doing something different – it’s time to celebrate the bad guys for once.
-We’re inspired by the classic team/mission of movies: Dirty Dozen, Magnificent Seven, Guns of Navarone. We want that spirit, that Swagger.
– If the Spider-Man franchise is the Beatles, then we’re the Sex Pistols.
-Flint Marco is gonna steal the show.
-The character is »
- Gary Collinson
In a email with the subject line "[Deadline.com] Marvel Starts Doctor Strange Search: Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch Early Wish Listers" from back in June, Drew Goddard pens an email to Amy Pascal in which he appears to talk about writing up a note to Tom Hardy about why he should choose Sinister Six over Doctor Strange (he would of course end up picking DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad over both). Here the ridiculous sounding email from Goddard it is in its entirety: I'm gonna write him up a note this weekend. But, off the top of my head, some possible talking points are: - We're doing something different - it's time to celebrate the bad guys for once. -We're inspired by the classic team/mission of movies: Dirty Dozen, Magnificent Seven, Guns of Navarone. We want that spirit, that Swagger. - If the Spider-Man franchiseis the Beatles, then we're the Sex Pistols. »
We have some additional news to share with you about Sony Pictures' plans for a Spider-Man universe. There’s some really interesting stuff here, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the Marvel deal. This is intel on casting for several villains for the Sinister Six and Venom films that are currently in development at the studio.
The following details come from Cbm, who have come across some additional emails that they received from a source. According to them, Sinister Six was moving along nicely before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released. After that and all of the fan hate that came along with it, Sony was looking to switch things up with the possibility of including Spider-Man, Venom, and Carnage in the spin-off.
Sinister Six has most likely gone through a ton of changes and drafts since then. There’s no word on whether the movie is »
- Joey Paur
Sony continues to be the front headline of every news web since the brutal hack that revealed thousands of private e-mails and information. Many of these have been about Spider-man and the future of the franchise, one that seems bleak after the disaster that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was. Shortly after that film was released, Sony announced plans for a Sinister Six movie directed by Drew Goddard and in a new set of leaked e-mails, Comic Book Movie has revealed a “wishlist” of possible actors to take on the roles.
The article reveals that Pascal and other Sony executives have discussed possible candidates for the film including Channing Tatum as Venom (something that might not happen since he is now set to play Gambit in the upcoming X-Men film, Apocalypse), Emily Blunt as Scorpia, Sean Penn as Doctor Octopus and Colin Firth as The Vulture. However, bear in mind that »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Contrary to previous reports that stated the talks had been shelved, Comic Book Movie is telling us that there is still a possibility of Sony and Marvel reaching a deal that would have Spider-Man appear in not only Captain America: Civil War, but also the studio’s grandstand ensemble piece, Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1, in 2018 as well.
And though it almost screams idyllic fan fiction from the off, Cbm’s report doesn’t go unsubstantiated, with the outlet claiming to have gained access to leaked documents that revealed the specifics of the deal in question. If Spidey were to appear in Civil War in 2016, Sony would handle 25% of the sequel’s budget while Marvel would return the favor by offering to finance 25% of the webcrawler’s next solo outing while also leasing two of the studio’s characters to Sony for the sake of continuity.
This would then make way for a new, »
- Michael Briers
While the fate of Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise is very much up in the air right now, we do know that at one point, the studio was ready to move forward with both a Sinister Six and Venom spinoff. It’s unclear if they still plan to do so, what with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being a bit of a bomb for them, but the projects are likely still being considered.
So far, no official casting has been confirmed, but the studio obviously has a wishlist of who they’d like to see bring these comic book characters to life. Now, thanks to some leaked Sony emails, we know who they have their eye on.
Drew Goddard, who is set to be behind the camera for Sinister Six, wanted Tom Hardy for Sandman and Emily Blunt for Scorpia. Meanwhile, studio head Amy Pascal liked Emilia Clarke and Elizabeth Olsen for Scorpia, »
- Matt Joseph
Some possible new details have surfaced regarding Marvel’s deal with Sony Pictures regarding Spider-Man. The news comes from Cbm, and it both contradicts and confirms some of what we’ve heard so far. They say the information comes from additional leaked e-mails that they’ve seen, but they offer no direct quotes from them.
One of the most interesting things about the information is that it doesn’t sound like Sony and Marvel are trying to make a deal. It sounds more like they are collaborating on how to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel cinematic universe.
In regards to Spidey’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War, which is said to be dead at this point, the report explains that Sony will co-finance 25% of the movie. In return, Marvel will co-finance 25% of Spider-Man's next solo film, which is scheduled to be released in July 2017. The deal also “allows »
- Joey Paur
According to leaked Sony Pictures emails from May, there were a lot of talks about the studio's "Sinister Six" film, which will be directed by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) and focus on Spider-Man villains. Goddard mentioned that he wanted Tom Hardy to play Sandman, but there were also talks of making the villain the movie's comic relief, which is why actors like Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Chris O'Dowd, Michael Pena, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, and Sharlto Copley were also on the list. Goddard wanted Emily Blunt as Scorpia, but Sony Pictures chairman Amy Pascal suggested Emilia Clarke and Rose Byrne. Sean Penn and Woody Harrelson were wanted for Doctor Octopus (the team's leader), while Colin Firth for The Vulture and Channing Tatum for Venom. Other actors like Denzel Washington, George Clooney and Daniel Craig were all considered for various roles. »
While the Sony hack appears to be over for the time being, more information is still coming forward that was leaked from various emails and documents from deep within the studio. By this point, everyone knows that Marvel was working hard to make a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War. That deal never happened, but more details on exactly what was to take place have emerged, and they shed some light on the proposed The Amazing Spider-Man reboot that would have seen Marvel and Sony working close together. It is believed that Sony is still ready to reboot the franchise without Andrew Garfield in the lead.
Some of this new information both confirms and contradicts what we've heard in the recent past. It is speculated by Cbm that some of the past information was made up by foreign bloggers looking to cash in on the »
In perhaps the coolest, nerdiest spot of interstellar marketing, the front page of The Martian‘s script made its way onto a Nasa spacecraft earlier this month. Per Empire, the title page from Drew Goddard’s screenplay was included in a capsule for the maiden trek of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv). The mission, which took off on December 5th, saw the craft shoot up 5600 miles above Earth for its four-and-a-half hour journey.
The film’s executive producer, Aditya Sood, revealed why exactly the page was involved:
“Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of The Martian script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was »
- Gem Seddon
While Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings is still in theaters, the hype machine has already been started for the director's next film The Martian, and it's literally out of this world. Empire reports that the December 5th launch of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv), conducted as a 4-hour test flight 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface, had a capsule full of personal objects important to people involved in the project. What's cool is that one of the objects was the cover page of the screenplay for The Martian, written by Cabin in the Woods scribe/director Drew Goddard, with a drawing by Scott himself. Here's the script page with the drawing that ended up flying above the surface of the Earth: For those who haven't kept up, the film follows an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, »
- Ethan Anderton
In what may seem like an odd story, director Ridley Scott has sent the screenplay title page of his latest project The Martian into space. The page was taken for a ride on the maiden voyage of Nasa's Orion Spacecraft, and included a drawing from the director himself depicting star Matt Damon as the title character. The page was taken from the original draft by Drew Goddard.
The title page features Matt Damon's stranded astronaut declaring: "I'll science the shit out of this planet." Which is an actual line from the book upon which the movie is based. The script page took flight on December 5, and embarked on a four and a half hour orbit 5600 miles above the Earth's surface. About the event, producer Aditya Sood stated:
"Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people »
Sneak Peek more new images of Brit actor Charlie Cox as Marvel Comics' blind lawyer 'Matt Murdock' and as costumed superhero crime-fighter 'Daredevil' from the upcoming Marvel/Netflix live-action TV series:
"...Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed writer, director and producer Steven S. DeKnight ("Spartacus") has joined 'Marvel's Daredevil' as Executive Producer & Showrunner...
"...on the all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015.
"Drew Goddard, who also wrote the first two episodes, will continue to serve as Executive Producer on 'Marvel's Daredevil' as he writes and preps 'The Amazing Spider-Man' spin-off film, 'The Sinister Six'..."
"...living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, 'Matt Murdock' is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle.
"While he no longer can see, the »
- Michael Stevens
Nasa's Orion spacecraft was designed to shuttle astronauts to Mars some day. When it made its first successful test flight on Dec. 5 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, the 11-foot-long capsule didn’t blast anyone to the red planet, but it did keep with the theme, completing two orbits of Earth while carrying the front page of the script for The Martian (above). Directed by Ridley Scott with a screenplay by Drew Goddard, the film is based on the novel by Andy Weir that tells the story of an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded on Mars. It was the production’s Nasa »
- Sara Vilkomerson
If you're itching to see director Ridley Scott return to the realm of Science-Fiction, you're not going to have to wait very long. His latest project in development, The Martian, is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir with a screenplay by Drew Goddard (World War Z, The Cabin In The Woods). The story revolves around astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) as he's left for dead on the surface of Mars. Not content with giving up on life just yet, the scientist »
- Sean Wist
Taking his commitment to realistic sci-fi very seriously indeed, Ridley Scott sent a page from The Martian into space for real this month, hitching a ride for it on the maiden voyage of Nasa’s Orion spacecraft. The first page of Drew Goddard's original draft, the sheet bears Scott’s drawing of Matt Damon’s stranded astronaut declaring that he’ll “science the shit out of this planet,” – a line from the book upon which the film is based.Taking off on December 5, the Orion embarked on a four-and-a-half hour orbital flight that took it 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface with Scott’s page in tow. “Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us,” explains executive producer Aditya Sood. “In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on »
More insider information has leaked out in the midst of the 'Sony Hack', and this time it revolves around notoriously picky actor Ryan Gosling. While he was said to previously be up for a role in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad movie and the lead in Marvel's Doctor Strange, it has now come to light that he may have been holding out so that he could appear in one, if not both, of Sony's biggest franchise movies going at the moment.
Ryan Gosling has been a hard actor for studios to lock into a genre movie, as he prefers more serious cinematic storytelling. It has also been rumored that he doesn't want to get locked into a longterm contract, which is said to have kept him away from Doctor Strange. But the actor reportedly wants the lead role in the Ghostbusters reboot. He is rumored to be keen to work »
Over the past week, much has come to light about Marvel's plans to include Spider-Man in their upcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War. The studio tried to work out a deal with Sony that included a new trilogy, with Sony retaining creative control while Marvel fronted a majority of the bill. It wasn't known exactly why the deal fell apart. But the group behind the Sony hack, which is slowly releasing information in bits and pieces, has leaked more info on the matter, and it has been revealed that Sony wanted to use Captain America: Civil War in setting up their The Amazing Spider-Man spin-off The Sinister Six.
In a series of emails, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal raised a number of questions about how the Spider-Man character will be handled in a Marvel Studios crossover, and mentions quite a few stipulations on how to move forward, and how it would »
This article contains a big spoiler for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
It's pretty well known now that Sony's Spider-Man movie franchise is in a state of flux. Had all gone to plan, then a month or two after the release of last summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, then the studio would have outlined its full plans for a Spider-Man movie universe. As it stands, over half a year later, not a single new Spider-Man movie has been announced.
The problem is that The Amazing Spider-Man 2, whilst hardly a flop, did a good $100-150m less at the box office than had been expected. Furthermore, takings were down on The Amazing Spider-Man, in spite of the sequel generally being regarded as an improvement.
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