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'Fantastic Four 2' has been cancelled by Fox. The film corporation company has silently dropped the sequel, which was scheduled for release in 2017, following the reboot's disappointing box office figures earlier this year. However, it's not yet known if the film will eventually make it on to the big screen or whether plans to create the sequel in the near future have been axed permanently. The abrupt news will no doubt come as a surprise to fans as producer Simon Kinberg seemed to be overly excited about the prospects of another movie during an interview this year. He said prior to the »
Major questions have loomed over the status of 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four sequel ever since the early box office reports started tumbling in, though the studio has now all but cancelled the mooted follow-up, after effectively removing the June 9, 2017 release date.
While the initial due date was tentative at best, Box Office Mojo has revealed that Fox has altered the posting to Tbd – to be determined, that is, but does the really spell the death knell for Marvel’s First Family? Despite a meagre box office return, not to mention those damning reviews, for a time it seemed as though Fox was ready to push ahead with a potential Fantastic Four 2 regardless, with writer-producer Simon Kinberg keen to reunite the principal actors for another bout of superhero chaos.
Alas, any progress has now appeared to have halted, and the best possible scenario would be that Fox has simply »
- Michael Briers
Although a couple of months Fantastic Four co-writer and producer Simon Kinberg said he was "really focused" on the sequel, it looks like Fox has pulled the planned film from its release schedule. The follow-up was originally set to hit theaters on June 9, 2017, however it was recently changed to "Tbd" over at Box Office Mojo. World War Z 2 is now the only movie currently scheduled to open on... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
It was always an ambitious move, setting a release date for Fantastic Four 2 prior to the release of the first movie, and given the abysmal box office performance and reception for the Josh Trank-directed reboot, it’s one that has truly backfired on 20th Century Fox.
Despite talk from Simon Kinberg that Fox is “figuring out” how to proceed with the franchise, it will come as no surprise to anyone that the studio has now quietly removed the sequel from its upcoming slate, with Box Office Mojo noting that the film’s planned release date of June 9th 2017 has disappeared.
Constantin Film – the rights holders to the Fantastic Four – has a deal with Marvel that stipulates they continue to make movies based around the foursome to avoid the rights to the characters reverting back to Marvel, although they do have until 2022 to get another movie into production.
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- Gary Collinson
This summer, 20th Century Fox's Deadpool presentation at San Diego Comic Con was one of the most talked-about panels, as fans finally got to see the first trailer. As we get closer and closer to the February 12 release, star Ryan Reynolds announced in a new video, courtesy of Comic Book Resources, that he will be putting in an appearance at the Sao Paulo Comic Con, with the 20th Century Fox panel happening on Friday, December 4. It isn't known what 20th Century Fox plans on displaying at the panel, but it certainly may be a new trailer, especially considering what producer Simon Kinberg revealed earlier this month.
While he didn't give a specific date, Simon Kinberg confirmed that the new Deadpool trailer will be arriving in December, and since Ryan Reynolds has announced his presence at Sao Paulo Comic Con, it's certainly possible the trailer may debut here first, before arriving online. »
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Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Deadpool is set for release on February 5th 2016 in the UK and February 12th 2016 in the States. »
- Gary Collinson
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- Oli Davis
The director will produce alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon and is said to be talking on the role of Detective Hercule Poirot, who gets tangled up in a murder mystery aboard the titular train during a snowstorm. Michael Green, who is currently penning Blade Runner 2, will write the script, and Steve Asbell will oversee the project, which itself is a remake of the classic 1974 film.
Though he’s most well known for his Shakespeare work, Branagh is a talented director who’s shown that he has a style all to his own, as he’s given us impressive work in recent years with efforts like Thor and Cinderella. His Jack Ryan reboot may have fallen a bit short, »
- Josh Wilding
Anghus Houvouras with this week’s disappointments from the entertainment world…
“Peter Jackson admits ‘I didn’t know what the hell I was doing’ on the Hobbit”
You know, I have to give Peter Jackson some props. Last year when I included The Hobbit films amongst ‘the most disappointing films of all time’, I got so much grief from fans who told me I was crazy. When I called them ‘half assed circle jerks’, people said I was being harsh. Now the guy who produced and directed these garish bores steps up and readily admits that he was just ‘winging it’. To hear someone readily admit their failings is so refreshing. I wish more filmmakers were capable of being honest and recognizing when something doesn’t work and not just live in a constant state of denial over the quality of their output. Speaking of…
“George Lucas: ‘I’m »
- Anghus Houvouras
Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will direct for 20th Century Fox a new feature film adaptation of Agatha Christies’ acclaimed mystery Murder on the Orient Express, it was announced today by Tcf president Emma Watts.
Ridley Scott (The Martian), Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) and Branagh will produce the film. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. In addition to directing the film, Branagh will star as detective Poirot.
Branagh’s directing credits include the Oscar®-nominated Henry V, »
- Kellvin Chavez
At Tfc today, 20th Century Fox announced it is bringing forth a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s definitive mystery novel, tapping Kenneth Branagh to direct and star as Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express. Branagh also will produce along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934 sees Christie’s detective Poirot stranded on the famous train during a… »
Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train and Belgian detective Poirot solving the case – in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.
Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project for a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
- Dave McNary
The story revolves around a murder onboard the famous train of a rather nasty American tycoon. Belgian detective Poirot must figure out who is responsible before the train, currently stuck in the snow, is freed and allows for the potential suspects to disembark. The answer, which ties back to a famous child abduction case, is more complicated than he could have ever thought.
A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast. The work was previous adapted onto a multiple Oscar-nominated film in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
It was adapted again in 2004 as part of the long-running David Suchet-led TV series. »
- Garth Franklin
Although we have to wait a few weeks before the teaser trailer drops with the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," director Bryan Singer took to Instagram and gave fans a new photo of Charles Xavier/Professor X played by James McAvoy in the upcoming teaser trailer for "X-Men: Apocalypse."
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy »
- Kellvin Chavez
Last week, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse will be attached to prints of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although it still isn't known if the footage will be released online before then. Earlier today, director Bryan Singer sent out a new photo from his Instagram page, offering a new look at James McAvoy's Professor X, while teasing that he has almost finished work on the trailer. The image features Professor X wearing the iconic Cerebro helmet, with an unidentified character standing behind him.
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened »
"X-Men" film series producer Simon Kinberg signed on to the proposed remake of the 1970s sci-fi classic "Logan's Run" earlier this year. In a new interview with Collider, he reveals that Warner Bros. Pictures sees the property as a potential franchise launcher should the first one prove a success:
"It's something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise that is about a younger audience for a younger audience with a big idea. Logan's Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and so many of these books and movies now/ So yeah, [the studio is] seeing it as a potentially really big franchise."
As the film could be a potential franchise, that had to be taken into consideration when penning the screenplay says Kinberg:
"There is some thought about what the future films would be and where you could take Logan in future movies, but the »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like the planned remake of Logan's Run is accelerating, with X-Men and Fantastic Four writer and producer Simon Kinberg overseeing the project. He's penned the story and treatment for the new film, which presumably will be adding further personnel shortly.
Chatting to Collider, Kinberg confirmed that "we are talking to directors for that movie", saying that the film is a priority for Warner Bros.
"It’s something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise that is about a younger audience for a younger audience with a big idea. And Logan’s Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and so many of these books and movies now. So yeah, they’re seeing it as a potentially really big franchise", he added. »
The one trend that threatens to overtake the remake in Hollywood's hierarchy is the cinematic franchise. However, when the two somehow collide in a perfect storm of synergy, it's a force to be reckoned with. Which means that the Logan's Run remake might be around for a while, as it's looking to branch off into multiple events. Simon Kinberg, the project's writer, said as much in a recent interview, stating that Warner Bros. has special plans for the remake of the 1976 sci-fi classic. Their reasoning is basically coming from the train of thought you'd expect, and Kinberg detailed the inspiration behind the decision in his comment below: It.s something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise that is about a younger audience for a younger audience with a big idea. And Logan.s Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and »
"Lord of the Rings" screenwriter Philippa Boyens will helm Disney's newest film franchise, "Merlin", based on the "Merlin Saga" from author T.A. Barron. Philippa Boyens is the perfect person to adapt this series, because she has spent the last 20 years of her life adapting two other wonderful book series for the big screen: "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings". Boyens even took home an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2004 for her work on "Return of the King", which she shares with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. This version of "Merlin" will focus on the wizard's early life, as written in T.A. Barron's book, "Merlin, The Lost Years"."The Lost Years" is book one in a 10-book series, which means if "Merlin" does well at the box office, it could launch an entire franchise of films. "The Merlin Saga" has experienced an interesting journey in its years on the Hollywood market. »
- Lauren Gallaway
Every so often there's talk of a remake of Logan's Run, but for whatever reason it's never been able to get off the ground. This summer the potential remake got a shot in the arm as Simon Kinberg (X-men: Apocalypse) was brought in to pen the script and develop the film. Kinberg revealed to Collider that Warner Bros. is already speaking with directors and that they consider the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
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