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Ambitious filmmaker Tarsem Singh has a big name on his radar for the lead in his next feature, The Panopticon, as The Wrap reports that Keanu Reeves is in the crosshairs. Set up at Good Universe, the film looks set to continue the helmer’s reputation for brain-busting sci-fi spectacles. The report offers a brief synopsis of the flick, which “follows a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.”
As it stands, the negotiations are at a “sensitive stage,” which we’ll take to mean that Reeves has yet to sign on officially. Possibly because after a post-Matrix lull, he’s in demand once more. The actor has been making a much-needed comeback of late. »
- Gem Seddon
There’s been a lot going on with Universal’s Classic Monsters lately, now that the studio has brought together a team of veteran producers and writers to spearhead a new chapter of Universal Monsters that will reintroduce iconic characters to modern audiences. Recently, we heard that Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley and Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski had been brought into the fold to pen entries in the new cinematic universe, and now we have another name to add to that growing lineup: Now You See Me and Men in Black screenwriter Ed Solomon.
Hawley, Guzikowski and Solomon will form a sort of brain trust with producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, both well-respected scribes in their own right. All of them will work on one another’s movies and help out where needed to ensure that the new Universal Monsters installments feature the kind of serialized storytelling that the studio is looking for. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.
Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.
Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").
Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »
- Garth Franklin
Marvel has set the standard for connecting characters in the same universe and with their newly revealed massive movie slate, DC is attempting to capture that intertwined magic and Universal also looks to create their own shared universe by relaunching their popular monsters. The Mummy reboot is already scheduled to come out in 2016 and it’s now been revealed that a new The Wolf Man movie is in the works.
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has set their sights on Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) to pen the script for The Wolf Man reboot. The latest take on the werewolf would fit into the shared universe of relaunched Universal Monsters, an undertaking that’s overseen by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and Chris Moran (Fast & Furious series).
- Derek Anderson
We’ve known for some time that Universal is trying to breathe new life into its catalogue of classic movie monsters, with Dracula Untold introducing a new bloodsucker in the form of Luke Evans, and a new Mummy on the way that will find Alex Kurtzman (executive producer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) directing from a script by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange). Now, a new rumor has surfaced claiming that the studio wants Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski to write a new take on The Wolf Man, one of its most treasured monsters.
News of Guzikowski’s involvement was embedded in a Deadline report on Universal’s plans for new Fast & Furious movies earlier today. Nothing else has yet come out about The Wolf Man, but the report indicates that the studio is doing its best to expedite the resurgence of its Universal Monsters franchise. Guzikowski, whose work on Prisoners was roundly »
- Isaac Feldberg
Now that we know Doctor Strange will be released November 2016, fans are chomping at the bit for any plot details they can find. We reported in August that, unlike most new Marvel adventures, Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, showing fans a Dr. Stephen Strange that is already established as a superhero. Earlier this week, director Scott Derrickson posted a unique piece of comic book art on his Twitter page, which hints at where the story is heading.
The image in question comes from the graphic novel Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa by J.M. DeMatteis and Dan Green, which was first published in 1986. If this is the material from which Scott Derrickson and writer Jon Spaihts are adapting the movie from, it would essentially confirm the August report, since this story takes place 21 years after Dr. Stephen Strange was taught the magical arts. The plot centers on a »
Briefly: After Dracula Untold was release this year, with word that it had ties to Universal Pictures' forthcoming reboot of the studio's classic Universal Monsters series, the next installment in the line-up has been given a release date. Universal has just set The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, for release on June 24th, 2016. In addition, the studio has also staked out April 21st, 2017 for an unknown Universal Monsters film. It could be Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, or maybe even a Van Helsing movie (that's been developing for awhile). As of now, we're not sure, but clearly Universal is starting to get their ducks in a row. Stay tuned for more. »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal has announced a release date for the second film in their upcoming cinematic “Monsterverse.” The as-yet unknown title will arrive in cinemas on Friday April 17th, 2017; a date that’s thus far only snagged by the mystery monster pic.
It was back in July of this year that Universal revealed their plans for a cinematic universe. Their intentions are to revive the studio’s era-defining monster properties via a stream of individual features which will all interconnect. This type of move is obviously influenced by the all-powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner and DC’s almost-as-impressive ‘verse and Sony’s… well, let’s not even mention that. Despite facing stiff competition, the studio have a powerful duo at the controls, with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan overseeing the entire rebooted franchise.
The first official entry, The Mummy, will arrive on June 24th, 2016. Fans of the bandaged romantic will recall that »
- Gem Seddon
Yesterday, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had entered final negotiations to play Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel Phase Three adventure. Today, from the heart of Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater, Marvel did not confirmed the actor, but they did announced a July 8, 2016 release date for the upcoming standalone adventure along with the official logo.
Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange from a script by Jon Spaihts. The story follows a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.The character was originally created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Marvel's Kevin Feige will produce.
It is not yet known how, why or if Benedict Cumberbatch's participation will expand into The Avengers 3 to be part of the new team roster teased earlier in the week by Kevin Feige. As Captain America 3, which arrives a year earlier, »
Hollywood - The El Capitan Theater is packed with press and fans alike for a special Marvel media event. No one's exactly sure why we've been called here this morning, but there's been plenty of speculation. Will they announce Doctor Strange officially? Will they confirm the title of "Captain America 3"? Are we going to see more footage from "Age Of Ultron"? Whatever the case, I'm here to live-blog it for you as long as the El Capitan's wifi holds out, and we'll be digging deeper into this morning's announcements as the day progresses. If you've never been to the El Capitan in Hollywood, it's Disney's flagship theater, ornate, restored to resemble a classic movie palace, complete with live organist. He's been playing since we started arriving at 10:00 this morning, and he's still cooking along now with not just Disney music but all sorts of classic movie themes. He »
- Drew McWeeny
According to reports, actor Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock Holmes") will play Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" in the new "Doctor Strange"Marvel Studios feature, to be directed by Scott Derrickson from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts:
Pre-production is now underway @ the UK's Pinewood-Shepperton with principal photography scheduled for May 2015.
"Now what is the definition of ‘supernatural’? It varies...based in physics and based in quantum mechanics...an explanation of how sorcerers do what they do..."
"I wanted it really bad," said Derrickson. "More than any other project that I've gone after, I felt compelled to do everything »
- Michael Stevens
After numerous names being lobbed for the part of Doctor Stephen Strange, the rumors appear to have circled back around to the beginning.
The “Sherlock” star was one of the first to be rumored for the role but whose name seemed to be overtaken by others, including Joaquin Phoenix whom was in talks for some time before ultimately dropping out.
- Garth Franklin
Everyone, calm down. It’s finally happened. Maybe. Probably. Oh, you know how these things go. Earlier this month, we reflected on the long, strange trip that had brought us to this crucial juncture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: a Doctor Strange movie without, well, a Doctor Strange. Those days may now be over. Deadline reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is “the studio’s choice for the superhero pic, and negotiations are about to begin.” Again, no formal offers have been made, Cumberbatch has not accepted anything and nothing has been officially announced. Still, it’s no surprise that Marvel has acted relatively quickly to line up a new Sorcerer Supreme after their long-gestating chats with Joaquin Phoenix proved fruitless. The outlet doesn’t dispute rumors that other names were “in the mix,” including Jared Leto and Tom Hardy, but it should come as little shock that Cumberbatch has apparently come out on top. He »
- Kate Erbland
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created the character in the early ’60s. The Doctor is neurosurgeon who loses the ability to practise surgery due to an accident. Instead he turns to magic, becoming Sorcerer Supreme to protect us from mystical threats.
The project will be another movie for the ever expanding Marvel film universe – and Benedict Cumberbatch will no doubt be a welcome addition.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Well folks, speculation on the Doctor Strange casting has been fast and furious since Joaquin Phoenix passed on the spot, and now, from the latest shortlist, it looks like Benedict Cumberbatch will be our Sorcerer Supreme!
Deadline is reporting on information that Benedict Cumberbatch (who's been on the shortlist of actors for the role in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie) is in final talks to play the titular lead role for Marvel Studios. We've know for a while now that a Doctor Strange movie is happening, with Scott Derrickson official on board to direct a script from Jon Spaihts, but other than that we've heard very little about the film.
Derrickson was officially hired well before Sdcc this year, and many (myself included) expected to hear an official Doctor Strange movie announcement/release date during Marvel's panel...It didn't happen, and an seemingly endeless train of actors were reportedly up for the role. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Deadline reports Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to become Marvel’s Doctor Strange. This comes after the studio failed to lock down Joaquin Phoenix for the role. As we’ve explained, Strange is known for such mystical acts as uttering spells, reading forbidden manuscripts, and levitating while surrounded by candles. Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil) is directing, and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is writing the solo movie about a neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme. For Cumberbatch, this is another in a streak of iconic figures, following Sherlock, Smaug, Khan, and, of course, Mr. Burns in the X-Files episode of The Simpsons. »
- Jesse David Fox
The news comes just weeks after publicists confirmed Joaquin Phoenix had walked away from the project. A number of names have been mentioned in regards to the role as Marvel went looking for its next best choice. These names included Colin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy and Ethan Hawke.
The last report coming from inside the Marvel camp, yet never confirmed, was that Benedict Cumberbatch was the number one choice on the short list of actors vying for the part, but his shooting schedule on the popular BBC series Sherlock was standing in the way. It seems those issues have now been worked out.
Everything you need to know about Doctor Strange
As first reported by Deadline, negotiations are about to begin between the two parties.
Cumberbatch - an early contender for the part - was thought to be out of the running due to his theatre commitments. However, the Marvel project is said to be going into production later than expected.
Joaquin Phoenix was previously in talks to play the titular character, but the actor's representative recently confirmed that talks were mutually brought to an end.
Doctor Strange focuses on an ex-neurosurgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme to defend Earth from magical and mystical threats.
It will be directed »
Here’s a turn up for the (magic) books… Months after he was originally rumoured for the role, and after various potential contenders have come and gone, it appears Benedict Cumberbatch is indeed Marvel’s choice to be Doctor Strange.According to Deadline, the once and future Sherlock is in negotiations for the role, but with no formal confirmation from Marvel yet, this one will have to linger on the margins of the rumoursphere for a little longer. We'll have to wait and see if the deal closes, although Cumberbatch may already be being measured for capes and such by director Scott Derrickson. With a Marvel announcement due this morning, confirmation may arrive very soon.The Sinister overseer, working from a script by Jon Spaihts, will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He started as a selfish New York surgeon (named Stephen Strange »
After being in the running for the role of Doctor Strange this past summer, and then falling away for a few months, "Sherlock" and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks with Marvel to take the lead role in their Phase Three film. Previously, Joaquin Phoenix was the top pick, but a deal wasn't finalized. Marvel has been considering various names since then, and right now they're just trying to figure out if they can work around Cumberbatch's schedule in order to get him in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That's some positively great news! Ewan McGregor was the most recent name to be tied to the role, but there were other actors in the running as well like Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke. In addition, Cumberbatch was said to be back in the running too, »
- Ethan Anderton
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