I am part of a select group of comic-book movie fans. I liked Marc Webb’s two Spider-Man movies (gasp!), and was interested in finding out where the storyline was heading. I thought Chris Cooper was primed to create an iconic Norman Osborn, and I thought the OsCorp storyline would have fed beautifully into Kraven the Hunter as a villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Alas, it’s not to be, but Andrew Garfield hinted at some of their process in a recent interview, hinting at what might have been. Garfield is busy promoting his upcoming drama 99 Homes, but of course has to address a number of Spider-Man questions with the press. (That’s what happens when you used to be Peter Parker, if even for a little while.) When asked by Uproxx about the doomed The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Garfield explained that Peter’s emotional state following »
Empire writes that Evans will lead the drama, about an underachiever named Frank Adler.
Frank is raising his young niece Mary in rural Florida, who is quickly labelled as gifted after she starts school. Frank soon finds himself locked in a custody battle, fighting the girl's mother Evelyn for the right to raise Mary - and he's prepared to sue.
Webb, who directed The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, will helm the film, which is being made by Fox Searchlight.
Tom Flynn, who wrote 1999's Highboys and Lowboys, will pen the screenplay for the movie, which is set to shoot this autumn.
Where are your favorite comic book movie actors going outside of their supehero cinematic universes? What brilliant actors are joining highly anticipated movie franchises? Find out in this casting roundup: Chris Evans Captain America is off to work with Spider-Man's former director, as Deadline reports that Chris Evans is set to star in the next movie by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man). Titled Gifted, the drama is about a man who sues for custody of his neice, who as you'd guess is gifted. But not with superpowers. This is a return to a smaller sort of movie for the filmmaker, who broke out with the indie rom-com (500) Days of Summer. Like that one, Gifted will be released by Fox Searchlight. Jeff...
- Christopher Campbell
Taking one step back from the bombastic superhero mayhem and hanging up the star-spangled suit that helped take to his career to the stratosphere, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Chris Evans has signed on to lead Marc Webb’s (The Amazing Spider-Man) family drama, Gifted.
In the works at Fox Searchlight, the report states that Evans will assume the role of a surrogate father, who is forced to raise the daughter of his late sister, a daughter who is said to be remarkably talented. Directing from a script by Tom Flynn (Highboys and Lowboy), Gifted will mark the return of Marc Webb to Fox Searchlight, after directing the beloved rom-com 500 Days of Summer in 2009. No word yet on who will be cast in the role of the daughter, though it’s understood that FilmNation is handling the international rights for Webb’s latest project.
Due to begin filming in the fall, »
- Michael Briers
Seeing as he doesn’t have any more commitments to Sony’s wall-crawler following the disappointing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Deadline is reporting that director Marc Webb is filling out his upcoming slate.
First for the filmmaker will be Gifted, which is set to start shooting this autumn with Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) set to star as a man who sues for custody of his gifted neice.
Webb plans to follow gifted with the Black List script The Only Living Boy In New York, which will see Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) as a college graduate who ends up in a love triangle with his father’s mistress. Jeff Bridges (R.I.P.D.) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) are in talks to round out the cast.
- Gary Collinson
Evans is set to star in Webb’s upcoming drama “Gifted” for Fox Searchlight.
Although Evans has made a name for himself as Captain America in the Marvel universe, the actor has been drawn to more dramatic roles lately. He recently starred and made his directorial debut in the Sundance drama “Before We Go” opposite Alice Eve. Evans also appeared in the critically-raved sci-fi action pic “Snowpiercer.” He can be seen next reprising his role of »
- Justin Kroll
Marc Webb is taking things down a notch after directing the Amazing Spider-man flicks, as his follow-up will focus on a more intimate story. As The Hollywood Reporter states, his next picture, Gifted, will follow a man who tries to raise the brilliant young daughter of his dead sister, but has to battle with the child's mother over custody. Unless the twist is that she's a zombie mom,... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Having left behind one Marvel superhero, The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is preparing to team up with another. Captain America star Chris Evans is set for Webb’s new movie Gifted, a Black List drama set up at Fox Searchlight. Meanwhile, Webb’s other upcoming project The Only Living Boy in New York is also making some progress. […]
- Angie Han
That project, also setup at Fox Searchlight, is moving to Fox 2000. Teller is attached to play a recent college grad who learns that his overbearing father is having an affair. When he tries to stop it, he becomes involved with the woman as well. »
- Garth Franklin
As we noted in our feature 12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets, not every filmmaker who makes the leap has the kind of "Jurassic World" success that Colin Trevorrow experienced this summer. Marc Webb had a rough time with critics and audiences with two "The Amazing Spider-Man" films, ultimately failing to launch a new franchise for Sony. The filmmaker, who broke out with "(500) Days Of Summer," is going back to the studio that first put him on the map for a new project, while reviving a new one at another division. Webb will helm "Gifted" for Fox Searchlight with Captain America himself Chris Evans putting down the shield to star in the movie. Tom Flynn ("Watch It") has penned the script for that will find Evans playing a man battling for custody of his dead sister's brilliant daughter. Read More: Marc Webb Reacts To The New 'Spider-Man' For The First Time Meanwhile, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While he saw his time as the director handling the Spider-Man franchise come to an unexpectedly sudden end following the Sony/Marvel deal that is changing the character’s focus, Marc Webb is throwing himself into other work. He now has two films inching closer to production, with the first, Gifted, scoring Chris Evans to star.Evans, of course, is no stranger to superheroic tales and has recently been back working as Steve Rogers for Captain America: Civil War. But Gifted, written by Tom Flynn, isn’t actually about people with extraordinary strength or the ability to fly. It’s a much more down to earth drama about Frank Adler, a deliberate underachiever, who is raising his niece Mary, in rural Florida. When he enrols her in school for the first time, she is labelled as gifted. All Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing »
Exclusive: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 helmer Marc Webb has locked as his next film Gifted at Fox Searchlight. Chris Evans has been set to star in the Tom Flynn-scripted drama, which focuses on a man who sues for custody of his gifted niece. While that film will come first, with production to begin in the fall, there is also movement on The Only Living Boy In New York, the Allan Loeb-scripted film. Loeb’s script made the Black List. Evans is currently shooting Captain America… »
This is Andrew Garfield, taking the high road. After signing on to play Spider-Man for a rejuvenated series of web-slinging movies at Sony, Garfield likely expected to play Peter Parker and his alter ego for more than two movies. And yet, that.s not how things worked out. Despite his movies making money, Garfield and his director, Marc Webb, were replaced in favor of a new set of voices, and the actor.s finally speaking out about how he feels in the wake of his post-Spidey career. Andrew Garfield was walking a red carpet at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.s Annual Grants Banquet when he was asked by Et how he feels to be done with Spider-Man . a hero he adored . after two films. Instead of lashing out, Garfield replied with the diplomatic statement: I.m just really excited to just be a fan again, as opposed to bearing »
Hollywood has become fond of up-jumping single-credit indie filmmakers (Gareth Edwards, Josh Trank, Marc Webb, Jon Watts) into gargantuan projects (Godzilla, Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Whatever The Next Spider-Man Reboot Will Be Called). Like everything else Hollywood-related in the past decade or more, it erases the middle from the picture, probably because there are no more middle-sized movies to make. The days when the director of a successful $5 million movie might be granted stewardship of a couple of $45 million movies before moving on to a $100+ million tentpole are behind us. Now, a kid who makes a superhero film on his camcorder (and quite splendidly at that) can be handed the reigns to a $120 million blockbuster reboot franchise-maker without any of...
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Jennifer Carpenter is a mom! The former Dexter actress recently welcomed her first child with her fiancé, Seth Avett, she confirmed at CBS's Television Critics Association event on Monday. Jennifer, who made the postbaby appearance to promote her show Limitless, which is based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper film of the same name, admitted on stage that her on-set wardrobe needed some adjusting. "We have an incredible costume designer," Jennifer said. "He worked miracles. I'm actually wearing something in the second episode that we tried to wear in the first around my pregnant belly. I don't know if he's a magician or what, but it's Marc Webb's camera angles, people crossing at the right time." The actress's rep confirmed to Us Weekly back in February that she was expecting and engaged. She and Seth, a member of the Avett Brothers band, began dating in June 2013. Jennifer was previously married to »
The 2011 movie Limitless starring Bradley Cooper has inspired a TV spinoff that's coming this Fall, and though Cooper isn't the star, he is a guest star and an executive producer, and he had a hand in choosing the new male lead for the series, Jake McDorman. Cooper personally choosing McDorman was so unbelievable that the young actor didn't believe it at first. At the show's panel at the Summer TCA, McDorman shared the story with us, saying that when he first heard about the show, he got the script from his agents with a note saying, "'We'd like to meet with you - apparently Bradley thinks you'd be great for the lead.' And I totally didn't believe them at all. I was like, that sounds like something agents say to get you to go to a meeting." After agreeing to meet with writer Craig Sweeny and producers Marc Webb and Alex Kurtzman, »
Now that Tom Holland’s role as Marvel’s friendly, wet-behind-the-ears neighbourhood Spider-Man has been confirmed, not to mention Jon Watts’ place behind the camera, fans have been busy sifting through the barrage of conflicting reports relating to the hero’s brand new suit. It’s a redesign that will reportedly blow us away, and if there’s one thing that is crystal clear it’s that the studio certainly has a lot of confidence in Watt’s new spin on Peter Parker.
Keeping the hype train chugging along is a new rumor picked up by ComicBook.com, which states that Holland’s new appearance will be very “Avengers-friendly.” But which side will he enlist under when Civil War kicks off in earnest?
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Here’s what the latest speculative tidbit has to offer on the star spangled disguise.
“[It’s] an Avengers-friendly version of the traditional Spider-suit, »
- Michael Briers
Why can't Hollywood seem to get the "Fantastic Four" right?
The reboot endured months of bad press, culminating in director Josh Trank's disavowal (later hastily retracted) of his own film on the eve of its release on Friday. Even so, the familiarity of Marvel's First Family -- and the new, grounded take on the characters -- was expected to carry the feature to a $45 million opening weekend.
Instead, "Fantastic Four" debuted with an estimated $26.2 million, failing to unseat week-old "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation" from the top spot. (The Tom Cruise thriller fell 47 percent from last weekend and still came in first with an estimated $29.4 million.) "F4" is the the first comic book movie based on Marvel characters since 2011's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" not to open at number one.
There's already lots of speculation over whose fault this is, and what it means for the Marvel brand. Are »
- Gary Susman
Expectations can be a real drag sometimes.
Take director Jon Watts for example. Earlier this year, the up and coming filmmaker not only saw his debut film make waves at the Sundance Film Festival, but also, much like filmmakers like Josh Trank and Colin Trevorrow, earned his ticket to the franchise film big leagues by being attached to the pending reboot of the Spider-Man series. Being attached to one of cinema’s biggest film franchises before your debut film even hits the public eye? What type of debut are we dealing with here?
A mighty fine one, actually.
Watts marks his debut with Cop Car, a fantastically titled blend of B-movie premise that, in practice, blends Spielbergian youth and optimism with a hard boiled twist. Introducing us to two young boys who have recently run away, Cop Car stars Hays Wellford and James Freedson-Jackson and puts them through the ringer. »
- Joshua Brunsting
From the director of the brilliant, inventive Chronicle, the producers of X-Men and Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service), on board as creative consultant, comes Fantastic Four, a reboot of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby‘s comic book series that started all of the way back in 1961. With that amount of creative talent on board, we’re in for something quite special… right? Unfortunately not.
I’ve heard the words ‘best super-hero movie of the year,’ and some other really quite positive things said about Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four over the past few days. I’ve also heard some quite negative stuff said about his movie, one which the distributors failed to show international critics until the last-minute on its week »
- Paul Heath
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