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As Sony prepares to unleash The Amazing Spider-Man 2, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad are busy plotting the expansion of the studio's Marvel franchise with spin-off movies for The Sinister Six and Venom, and during a chat with SFX the duo have revealed a little about their plans to develop a fully-fledged Spidey movie universe.
"It’s a challenge in every sense," said Tolmach with regards to The Sinister Six. "Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. At the same time it’s an awesome challenge, because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they’re good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, »
- Gary Collinson
As Marvel Studios continues to set the benchmark for building a shared cinematic universe capable of finding critical and commercial success, Fox (who hold the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four) and Sony (the owners of Spider-Man’s big screen adventures) continue to try to follow in their footsteps.
In Sony’s case, that involves building franchises around Spider-Man’s rogues gallery.
However, fans are still scratching their heads over how exactly a m0vie focusing on The Sinister Six – which is set to be written and directed by Drew Goddard – will work, especially as they’re a team made of villains who only ever came together in order to kill Spider-Man! However, that’s not something which is lost on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Matt Tolmach, who explains:
“It’s a challenge in every sense. Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. »
- Josh Wilding
In December, Sony surprised everyone when it issued a press release announcing that Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, Drew Goddard and Marc Webb were all putting their heads together in order to expand the Spider-Man live-action film universe with Sinister Six and Venom spin-off films. Sony Pictures hired Kurtzman, Orci and Solomon to pen the Venom script, with Kurtzman on board to direct it. While The Sinister Six project will be written and directed by Cabin In The Woods helmer, Drew Goddard. After the news was announced most people were surprised by the Sinister Six film, as they see it as quite a challenge making a film that centers around numerous villains. Producer Matt Tolmach addressed this concern with SFX. “It’s a challenge in every sense. Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. At the same time it’s an awesome challenge, »
It’s a great time to be a Marvel fan, as we have an ever-expanding slew of films to look forward to, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, to name just those with official release dates. On the TV side of things, Marvel already has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, and will soon be jumping into the streaming world as well, with a 52-episode deal over at Netflix.
The plan is to have four individual, 13-episode series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist), that will all lead into the eight-episode team-up miniseries, The Defenders. It was just announced that Marvel will be turning New York City into Hell’s Kitchen for the shows, with The Cabin in the Woods writer/director Drew Goddard working on Daredevil, and Dexter co-executive producer Melissa Rosenberg behind Jessica Jones. With production expected to get underway very soon, »
- James Garcia
If you're a Marvel fan, this is an exciting time. We've got Captain America: The Winter Solider about to hit theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy arriving this summer, and production about to begin in New York City on the first of five planned Netflix shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. In case you didn't know, Marvel and Netflix have teamed up to produce 52 one-hour episodes based on the Marvel characters, encompassing the four individual series (13 episodes each) and one four to eight-episode mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series, which is likely the first to go into production, and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones. Details on the other shows, though, are forthcoming. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Analysis: Even though the Robert Wise original musical West Side Story is about as sacred a cow movie as you are going to find, Fox has unlocked that movie title for a remake specifically because Steven Spielberg is interested in making it. No writer has been set yet and Spielberg hasn’t done anything more than register his interest, which traditionally has always been enough to get a studio hot and bothered. Between this project and the Fox/DreamWorks team-up Robopocalypse, the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel that has a Drew Goddard script and which Spielberg has said he will direct even though he stepped away to make Lincoln, it would be easy to see Spielberg directing movies at Fox for the next several years if in fact Stacey Snider makes a move to that studio after her contract expires at year’s end. That’s just part of why »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The comic book movie world was changed forever when Marvel Studios released The Avengers in 2012. While studios had spent decades thinking that self-contained franchises for single superheroes was the best course of action, The Avengers box office proved that strategy isn.t enough anymore and that audiences want to see massive, multi-picture interlocking series up on the big screen. This has changed things a great deal in the industry, and few franchises have been more affected by the change than The Amazing Spider-Man. Back in December, Sony Pictures announced that in addition to making a third Amazing Spider-Man movie, they had also begun work on both Sinister Six and Venom features. The two new titles will be used to expand the breadth of franchise, and it has already been announced that Drew Goddard will be writing and possibly directing Sinister Six while Alex Kurtzman has been tapped to helm Venom. »
Marvel’s upcoming Netflix miniseries are heading to New York City. The Hell’s Kitchen-set shows of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will be shot entirely in New York, the largest production commitment in the history of New York State.
Each episode will be an hour long with an impressive 60 episodes committed, costing $200 million. Each superhero will have a 13 episode series with The Defenders miniseries bringing them together. Drew Goddard, director of The Cabin in the Woods is to write and produce Daredevil with Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) fronting Jessica Jones. Here's a description from the official press release...
This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event. Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, »
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) Director Marc Webb will return for 2016's "Amazing Spider-Man 3," as reported by Variety. Following the success of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in 2012, reports surfaced that Webb might be prevented from returning as director due to an an obligation to Fox. Yet that ultimately did not stop him from taking on this year's sequel, and he's apparently clear for the third, scheduled for just two years later. Accompanying the Webb news is a bold proclamation from Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal on their already ambitious Spider-Man strategy: "We are expanding the 'Spider-Man' universe into 'The Sinister Six' and 'Venom,' so that we have 'Spider-Man' movies every year." While it's been known that "Sinister Six" and "Venom" films were in development, announcing plans for a Spidey movie every year further confirms the studio's commitment to the franchise. "Amazing Spider-Man 3" has a scheduled release date of June 10, 2016; but before that, »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
In Variety’s report, Spe co-chairman Amy Pascal says that The Spider-Man universe will be expanding on the big screen even more after The Amazing Spider-Man 3. The studio plans to have a fourth film, set for release on May 4, 2018, along with two spin-off films including Venom, to be written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, »
- Laura Frances
Though we still don’t have a firm release date for Marvel’s upcoming slate of Netflix series, we do know where they will be filmed. It was announced today that the Hell’s Kitchen-set shows for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will be shot entirely in New York City, marking the biggest production commitment in New York State history. The project will produce 60 one-hour episodes, encompassing four individual series (of 13 episodes each) and one mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones, but we don’t have any further details on the other shows just yet. Production on the series will begin this summer with the first show, »
- Adam Chitwood
Marvel, in a joint press conference with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that their Netflix series — starting with "Daredevil," and continuing with "Luke Cage," "Jessica Jones" and "Iron Fist" before ending with a "Defenders" team-up event — will all film on the streets of New York City for the next few years. Not a ton is known as of yet about the four series. "Cabin in the Woods" director Drew Goddard ...
By Alex Zalben »
Late last year, Disney/Marvel and Netflix struck a pact to produce four linked 13-part superhero series around the characters Daredevil (which had recently reverted to Marvel), Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Aka The Defenders. Today the New York Governor’s office announced that instead of trying to fake grimy corners of the Big Apple in Los Angeles or Canada, the shows will be shot in and around the city thanks to a tax deal.The ambitious series, which features Cabin In The Woods man Drew Goddard writing and overseeing Daredevil and Twilight veteran Melissa Rosenberg tapped to guide the Jessica Jones series so far, plans to show the four heroes’ stories across their separate 13-episode runs before combining them for an eight-episode miniseries crossover, making it 60 episodes in total.“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further »
The Walt Disney Company and the State of New York have announced that Marvel Entertainment will film all of its Netflix original series in New York, beginning with Drew Goddard's Daredevil . Read the full press release below to learn all the details! Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today announced that Marvel’s landmark live-action television series, which will bring Marvel’s ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ characters to Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will principally film in New York State. Produced by Marvel Television, in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking series is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Hollywood studio that owns rights to Marvel character has ambitious plans to create multi-character universe along lines of The Avengers
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The head of Hollywood studio Sony has revealed ambitious plans to release a new Spider-Man film in cinemas every year.
Co-chairman Amy Pascal confirmed the proposal would be implemented by expanding the world of the iconic masked vigilante to include other linked characters the studio owns the rights to. "We are expanding the Spider-Man universe into the Sinister Six and Venom, so that we have Spider-Man movies every year," Pascal told Variety.
- Ben Child
Sony Pictures had a disappointing year in 2013 due to such big-budget failures as "After Earth" and "White House Down." But thanks to the "Spider-Man" franchise, the studio is confident is consistently be profitable. "The Amazing Spider-Man" was released in 2012 and went on to gross over $750 million worldwide. Sony feels it can do even better, which is why it spend a whopping $200 million on the sequel, which is due out this May. After that, the studio is planning to expand the franchise. "We are expanding the 'Spider-Man' universe into 'The Sinister Six' and 'Venom,' so that we have 'Spider-Man' movies every year," said Sony. The expansion will start with "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," which will once again be directed by Marc Webb and is set to hit theaters in June of 2016. "Venom" will be directed by Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek" and "Transformers" writer), while Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods »
Lacking some of the major tentpoles of other studios, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal confirms the company is doubling down on its "Spider-Man" franchise. The aim? An annual Spidey-related release.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
With virtually every studio trying to replicate Marvel’s model for The Avengers, it’s a remarkably bleak outlook for Hollywood’s tentpole slate. The latest victim to this creative curse is Sony, who announced today that they plan to have Spider-Man films every year in the very near future. With Alex Kurtzman‘s Venom and Drew Goddard‘s The Sinister [...] »
- Jordan Raup
After rebooting the franchise to great success back in 2012, bringing Marc Webb back to the helm for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the next logical step, and now Sony have confirmed that he’ll be back to complete the trilogy in two years’ time, taking to the helm once more for The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
In a report on Sony’s current activities, focusing on the studio’s difficulties in setting up the lucrative new franchises that so many of its rivals boast, Variety report that Webb will be back in the director’s chair for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, hitting cinemas in 2016.
At the tail-end of last year, »
- Kenji Lloyd
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