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Over the course of Phase One and Phase Two, Marvel has told several origin stories. Back in August 2014, a rumor surfaced that one of Marvel's most highly-anticipated movies, Doctor Strange, was going to shake things up a bit, discarding the origin story from the comics and starting with Dr. Stephen Strange already established as a superhero. With production now set to begin in November, Kevin Feige debunked that previous report, revealing that they are sticking with the origin story from the Doctor Strange comics, while teasing that they may have a different way to tell it.
"For some reason people sometimes talked about how we're not doing an origin story, we're bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they've seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, »
In some respects, the transition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into its next phase puts audiences at something of a crossroads. It could be argued that the ‘old’ titles, such as Captain America and Avengers, are now more heavily reliant on brand loyalty – having so successfully built that brand with previous movies – while the ground is being prepared for the arrival of ‘new’ titles, such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Ant Man was one of the first of those ‘new’ titles, and was well received earlier this year, but with that movie checked off the list, all eyes are now on Doctor Strange, which is set to begin production in November 2015.
Little has been revealed about the film, beyond the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Rachel McAdams as an undisclosed character. We also know »
- Sarah Myles
Earlier this month, a rumor surfaced that Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim 2 is delayed, with Warner Bros. pushing the production start from this fall to early 2016. Just a few weeks later, another unconfirmed report claimed the studio may be delaying this sequel indefinitely. Today, Universal Pictures has released an official statement confirming Pacific Rim 2 has been pushed out of its August 4, 2017 release date. But the studio is still moving forward with the project. Take a look at the studio's full statement below.
"Legendary's Pacific Rim 2, originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2017, will be redated at a later time. The filmmakers, Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim, which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves. To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of Pacific Rim »
Details might be scarce at the moment, but consider this your one-stop shop (which will be updated as new info arrives) for cast, plot rumours and potential spoilers on the new Alien movie.
Ridley Scott is back in the director's chair for more (a lot more)
Despite arriving to a mixed reception from critics in 2012, Prometheus banked a hefty $400 million at the worldwide box office to all but guarantee a sequel.
Scott, who kick-started the Alien franchise way back in 1979, will be directing Paradise Lost now that he's done with The Martian. Prometheus marked Scott's first sci-fi since 1983's Blade Runner - now he can't get enough of the genre.
"I thought I'd left science fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. »
If Ridley Scott is to be believed, Lv-223 and its galactic neighborhood could be one of the busiest star systems in the business in the not-do-distant future, with the director teasing ideas for another three Prometheus films.
Building off of the foundations laid during the 2012 sci-fi blockbuster, the filmmaker once suggested that his adjacent universe could eventually tie in with that of Alien, having seeded the creation of the Xenomorphs and the Space Jockeys. How and ever, such a merging of universes isn’t likely to occur until Prometheus 3 or Prometheus 4. Go big or go home, right?
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Scott dropped the nugget of information whilst speaking to German website FilmFutter (via Bloody-Digusting), the esteemed filmmaker touches bad on the possibility of aligning the two entities, and why he always considered the Xenomorph to be a biological weapon of mass destruction.
“It won’t be in the next one. »
- Michael Briers
We've all heard plenty about Captain America: Civil War, which will kick off Phase Three, but what of the movie that will follow in its sizable footsteps?
Below, Digital Spy rounds up everything we know so far about Doctor Strange.
When's it out?
Doctor Strange is scheduled for release on October 28, 2016 in the UK, and a week later in the Us on November 4. Principal photography is due to start in November in London.
The release date has already been pushed back from the previously-announced July slot, presumably to accommodate the star's notoriously packed schedule.
What's it about?
After months of rumors and speculation, actress Rachel McAdams confirmed to The Wrap that she has signed on to star in Marvel's Doctor Strange. We reported back in July that the actress was offered the female lead in Doctor Strange, and while the actress has admitted that negotiations were taking place, this is the first we've heard that her deal has been finalized. It isn't known yet who she is playing, but there have already been rumors about her character.
A few weeks after the initial Rachel McAdams rumor surfaced, another report claimed that she might actually be playing the Night Nurse. Marvel's Daredevil showrunner revealed that they had originally cast Rosario Dawson as Linda Carter, a.k.a. Night Nurse, but they changed her character to Claire Temple, stating that the Marvel Cinematic Universe had "plans for her (Night Nurse) down the road." While Doctor Strange wasn't specifically revealed »
Mikkelsen's role is unknown but sources say he will be another antagonist to Strange. The most other notable villain from the comics is the powerful mystical being Dormammu who has been rumored for the film before.
Jon Spaihts penned the script and Kevin Feige will produce the film which begins production towards year's end ahead of a November 4th 2016 release. If he joins, it will be Mikkelsen's second big film of the period as he's »
- Garth Franklin
Captain America: Civil War officially wrapped this past weekend. That means Marvel is ready to begin work on Doctor Strange. An exact production start date has yet to be announced. But the main cast is almost complete. Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title character. He is joined by Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who boarded the project earlier this year. Now we have word that another mysterious being is being added to the cosmic line-up.
Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen seems to be ditching his cannibal ways for Disney. It was reported earlier this month, during the studio's big D23 presentation, that the actor had joined the Rebel Alliance for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now comes word that he is taking on a role in Doctor Strange. While Mads Mikkelsen has confirmed the unexpected, that he will actually be playing a hero in Rogue One, it seems that he'll »
“Hannibal” star Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the villains in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, Variety has learned exclusively. While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly. Marvel had no comment on Mikkelsen’s involvement.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics artist Steve Ditko created the character in 1963. Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, The Ancient One, while Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studies magic under The Ancient One in the comic books, before becoming Doctor Strange’s nemesis.
Mikkelsen’s exact role remains under wraps, »
- Justin Kroll
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Sony just released a slew of opening dates for upcoming films and one that stands out is January 13, 2017, when the first film adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” will actually be happening. After covering news of this on-again off-again project, this confirmation that Sony is committed to the project is pretty darn rad.
Billed as a big-budget pic that blends romance with science-fiction, the film is being scripted by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, and chronicles an interstellar commute gone awry. In the lead role is Pratt, who is rudely awoken 90 years ahead of schedule when a technical malfunction forces him out of cryosleep. Alone aboard a space transport vessel housing thousands of dormant humans, he then makes the rather unconventional choice of waking up a fellow member of the crew: Jennifer Lawrence.
Given that Passengers is primarily a tragic love story between the two leads, it’s unclear which role Fishburne will be filling. Will he step into the shoes of another deep-space commuter? Or will his role be a minor, introductory role prior to the »
- Michael Briers
With production winding down over the next few months on Captain America: Civil War, the next Marvel adventure, Doctor Strange, is gearing up to start production this November. There still isn't much we know about the project, except that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Doctor Strange, with a supporting cast that includes Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo), so far. Screen Daily attended a BAFTA Masterclass in London last night, where Doctor Strange cinematographer Ben Davis compared the movie to Disney's Fantasia.
"It has a very psychedelic grounding, and it's not your typical Marvel action movie. Most of the work within it is about other dimensions. And I described it, I think, when I was talking to Marvel as Marvel's Fantasia, in a way, because it's so sort of out there and different to everything else that they've done. There's a lot of previsualisation, and there's a »
Fishburne, whose role in the film is unknown, will be acting alongside Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), two of Hollywood’s biggest stars. They are set to play the roles of Aurora and Jim Preston, while actor Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), who also recently came on board the project, will play a robot.
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, »
- Justin Cook
With its renewed momentum, sci-fi project Passengers is coming together properly under the aegis of director Morten Tyldum. He’s now looking to add Laurence Fishburne to the mix.The script, written by Prometheus' Jon Spaihts, chronicles a ship en route to a distant colony with all of its crew in cryosleep. A malfunction causes one man (Chris Pratt) to be rudely awakened 90 years before anyone else. Unable to fix the situation and seemingly doomed to spend his time dying alone, he decides to take the unusual and controversial step of waking up a fellow passenger (Jennifer Lawrence). Quite what Fishburne will be up to, even if he does make a deal, has yet to be announced. Will he be another passenger? Will he just be seeing the ship off? Is he destined only to appear on view screens? We do at least know what one other cast member is doing in the film, »
Laurence Fisburne is on board for “Passengers,” the Sony Pictures space romance that will unite megawatt stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts (“Doctor Strange”). Pratt plays a space traveler who awakes early from a cryogenic sleep and decides to wake up a female passenger, played by Lawrence. The two begin to fall for each other, though his decision has dire consequences. Fishburne’s role is currently unknown. Also Read: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence Recruit 'Masters of Sex' Star for Space Romance. »
- Matt Donnelly
Jon Spaihts penned the film which is set on a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant planet. As a result of a malfunction, a single passenger is awakened decades early. Not wanting to be alone, he wakes up a second passenger.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like Marvel wants Rachel McAdams for “Doctor Strange.” Sources tell Variety that McAdams is the choice to land the female lead opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” although it’s currently unknown if an offer is in hand.
Heroic Hollywood first reported the news earlier this month, and McAdams confirmed to the L.A. Times that she was talking to the studio about the role. “It’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all,” she said.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics vets Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-created the character in 1963.
- Justin Kroll
After a long time floating in development limbo, much-praised sci-fi script Passengers is finally gathering the people it needs to make its voyage, with Morten Tyldum in the director’s chair and Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Michael Sheen will now be joining the actors in front of the camera.The script, written by Prometheus' Jon Spaihts, chronicles a ship en route to a distant colony with all of its crew in cryposleep. A malfunction causes one man (Pratt) to be rudely awakened 90 years before anyone else. Unable to fix the situation and seemingly doomed to spend his time dying alone, he decides to take the unusual and controversial step of waking up a fellow passenger (Lawrence). As we now learn from Variety’s report on Sheen’s casting, the pair won’t be completely alone on the ship, as he’s playing a robot along for the ride. »
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