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Flash Gordon has been an iconic sci-fi character since he was created by cartoonist Alex Raymond in 1934. Eight decades later, the space-faring hero gets a gift for his 80th birthday in the form of a new film.
Flash Gordon--who saved the world from Ming the Merciless, with help from Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov-- is taking another trip. This time, he’s coming back to the big screen. Twentieth Century Fox has closed a deal that gives them the screen rights to the iconic space hero. As part of the whole package, the same guys who are working on the Star Trek 3 script--J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay—along with John Davis as producer, will be putting the screenplay together. Davis spent over a year securing the rights from the Hearst Corporation.
The success of the comic strip in the 30s led to the popular trilogy of movie »
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We pretty much expected this anyway, but writer and producer Simon Kinberg – who is busy scripting one of Disney’s Star Wars spin-off movies – has seemingly confirmed that the Mouse House will be ditching the Expanded Universe when it comes to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII and subsequent big screen adventures in a galaxy far, far away.
“You know, [the EU] is not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring,” Kinberg tells IGN. “I’m working on an animated show for Lucasfilm as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere. But I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”
So, by the sounds of it, we can forget about seeing the likes of Ben Skywalker and Jacen, Anakin and Jaina Solo when Episode VII rolls around.
And in other Star Wars news, Disney chief Alan Horn has »
- Gary Collinson
Must..resist…doing…classic Queen “Aaa-aaaahhhh”. 20th Century Fox has secured the rights to the classic comic-strip character who made his name back in 1934, a mighty 80 years ago. Many serials would follow, starting in 1936 with Buster Crabbe in the lead, and a 1980 film famous for its Queen soundtrack tried, but failed, to cash0in on the popularity of Sci-fi due to Star Wars. The tale of Flash Gordon sees the titular polo player travel to Mongo and battle the evil ruler, Ming the Merciless.
Writers of the next Star Trek film, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, are coming up with a first draft for the proposed reboot, with suggestions that George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureu) may direct as he has stipulated the outline of the film. That’s quite an interesting group to tackle such old material, so let’s hope they update it accordingly.
The 1980 Mike Hodges film, Flash Gordon, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
I never played the original version of Final Fantasy Xiv that launched back in 2010, but I am well aware of the heavy criticism that Square Enix’s second Mmorpg in the iconic series received when it first launched. In fact, it got so bad that the developer infamously shut the game down and rebuilt it from the ground up. Thankfully, this decision seems to have been the right one in the long run, as this revamp, Final Fantasy Xiv: A Realm Reborn, has seen a good amount of success since its launch last year on the PS3 and PC.
Now, Square Enix has brought the title to a newer and stronger home console in the form of a PlayStation 4 port. While I will admit that I don’t have prior experience with either of the other two versions, this port is basically still the exact same game, especially since cross-platform »
- John Fleury
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With Star Wars heading back to theaters, it’s only natural that Flash Gordon follow suit. Ironically, it was the 1930s Flash Gordon serial that was a big influence on George Lucas, whose Star Wars movies then seemed to have an influence on the release of the campy Flash Gordon feature in 1980. This time, though, another adaptation of Alex Raymond’s sci-fi comic strip will be more tied to the Star Trek franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, hot »
- Christopher Campbell
Last Week, FilmDivider reported that Flash Gordon, which had been stuck in development hell for years, was moving forward with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Today, THR confirms 20th Century Fox has finalized a deal to pick up the screen rights, with both writers attached.
John Davis will produce this sci-fi reboot, after the studio spent more than a year trying to lock down the rights from the Hearst Corporation. The veteran producer worked on Chronicle for Fox, and is behind The Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot. He used his own discretionary fund to secure the rights.
There's no real urgency to running the news-ish information revealed by Alan Horn during his appearance at the Bloomberg and Tribeca Film Festival Business Of Entertainment Breakfast (or the Btffboeb, as the kids call it), because it's basically all information that's already been released or that can be inferred. He confirmed that the recent shoot in Abu Dhabi was a second-unit for "Star Wars: Episode VII," which Jj Abrams is directing. Horn said that casting is almost complete, but it's obvious that he's learning that anything he says about "Star Wars" at all is going to become headline news around the world. Even if he says nothing, that becomes a story. "If I say 'there are no skateboards in Star Wars,' that gets headlines." Whenever they do decide to make their full casting announcement, it's going to be a nuclear-scale event on film blogs everywhere. I'm curious to see »
- Drew McWeeny
Disney chairman Alan Horn, to his credit, is dropping little tidbits into the mouths of us starved Star Wars fans for the last few weeks now. While speaking at the Bloomsberg and Tribeca Film Festival Business of Entertainment Breakfast (Christ, what a name) he said “We have to give that the ‘Star Wars’-ian look, if I can use that as an adjective — we need to go to these places.” That was in reference to recent second unit work in Abu Dhabi. When it comes to announcing the starring roles, Horn said “I’ve learned to be very careful about ‘Star Wars,’” Horn said. “If I say, ‘There will be no skateboards in ‘Star Wars’… that gets headlines.” While the budget for Star Wars Episode VII has not been finalised, in will be in the rang of $175 million to $200 million. “We need to give the audience … essentially a full meal »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Disney CEO Alan Horn has been hinting at bits and pieces of information about "Star Wars: Episode VII" for months, and while fans still don't have much to cling to -- including cast and plot details -- Horn promises that there will be some revelations soon.
One of the few things that Horn would say about "Episode VII" is that there will be some casting announcements soon. Speaking with Bloomberg News, Horn said that casting is "almost complete," and would be made public "very shortly." Of course, for diehard "Wars" fans, "soon" and "shortly" have probably lost all meaning, since they've been waiting for news about the project since it was first announced way back in October 2012.
Horn also briefly discussed the beginning of photography on the picture, which is currently taking place at Pinewood Studios in London and in Abu Dhabi, though he cautioned that what was being filmed »
- Katie Roberts
One question buzzing round the heads of attendees to WonderCon this year is probably: How is the new Fantastic Four movie going to turn out?‘
Whether this question takes the form of a quick ponder or a rambling inner-monologue, it’s a matter worth considering as the cinematic history of the biologically-enhanced quartet is patchy at best. The 1994 movie, made for contractual reasons and showcasing a Thing that at best looked like an angry ape’s lower appendage, has passed into legend for all the wrong reasons.
The characters were given a polish for two high profile outings in the Noughties, but these films were critically-derided and best remembered for having a Welshman as Mr Fantastic, an overly-distracting Sue Storm and a future Captain America as The Human Torch. Even Michael Chiklis, struggling to get his lines out through layers of rubber, couldn’t lend any gravitas to the project. »
- Steve Palace
For the last decade or so, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's writing partnership has been one of the most lucrative in Hollywood, with a track record that includes two Transformers movies, both Star Trek movies, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Variety reports they are amicably going their separate ways as writers, so they can individually pursue directing projects. According to Variety, Kurtzman is working on a deal to oversee Universal's classic monster movies and Orci is pushing hard for Star Trek 3 (a.k.a. Star Tr3k), now that J.J. Abrams has moved on to Star Wars. Orci even has Abrams's vote for the gig, but Paramount is being cautious. Orci is already attached to the Spider-Man spinoff Venom, so if things work out, in a few years, he'll be able to compete with Abrams for the title of King of the Nerds. »
- Jesse David Fox
Pretty much all Star Was: Episode VII news as of late has come via Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn as of late and the same continues today as he discusses the anticipated sequel with Bloomberg. First off, some paparazzi shots from Abu Dhabi showed some second unit photography on the film had already begun, which Horn confirmed saying, "We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places, because we have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that Star-Warsian look." Principal photography, however, has yet to commence. As for the casting, Horn says, "It's almost complete. We're not prepared to announce it yet, but we will be very shortly," which continues to lead me to believe we'll have an announcement on May 4th... You know, "Star Wars Day". When it comes to the budget number in the headline, that's straight »
- Brad Brevet
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Ghostbusters activity sheet Five Favorite […]
- Peter Sciretta
"The Nest," which stars Fey and Poehler as sisters whose parents are selling their childhood home, is set to open on December 18, 2015. If that date sounds familiar, it's because you've most likely heard it a bunch of times before; it's the same date as "Star Wars: Episode VII" is hitting theaters.
Studio Universal is probably banking on "The Nest" as enticing counter-programming for non-"Star Wars" fans, though if Fey's own affection for "Wars" is any indication, the two groups may have more overlap than Universal realizes. Still, this is the first time Fey and Poehler are appearing in a movie together since 2008's "Baby Mama," and the duo have legions of loyal followers, so "The Nest" is sure to gain a lot of attention no matter how many Jedis it's facing. »
- Katie Roberts
A couple of weeks ago, Sideshow Collectibles unveiled their life-size statue of Han Solo in Carbonite. Like me, most of you probably drooled over it at first glance but shuddered when you saw its $7,000 price tag. If you’re looking for something in a more reasonable price range, or just want something that won’t take up half of your living room, perhaps these rugs from Think Geek will do the trick. These Han Solo rugs come in either 71”x31” for $49.99, or 90.5” x 39” for $69.99. They are a perfect way to show your love for the Star Wars character… by stepping all over his frozen face.
If you don’t want a frozen Han Solo as the centerpiece of your home, but still want to show your Star Wars pride elsewhere in your house or on your person, check out the Han Solo in Carbonite door decal, light-switch, and iPhone case. »
- Eli Reyes
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn was speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival today in New York and had much to say about the new upcoming Star Wars trilogy.
Check out the video courtesy of Bloomberg TV
Interesting. For those at work who can’t watch the video Alan Horn said the following:
In terms of casting, Horn says they’re almost completly cast, yet not ready to announce. Good. Gives us more time to hunt casting scoops!
“We’re not prepared to announce it yet but we will be very shortly announcing what we’re doing….We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places, because we have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that “Star Warsian,” if I can use that as an adjective, look. So we needed to go to different places that give us the right »
- El Mayimbe
Release dates have been announced for two very promising projects. First up, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s new drama Foxcatcher will finally arrive in theaters on November 14th of this year. The pic was originally slated for release last fall, before Sony Pictures Classics pushed it to 2014 in order to get out of the incredibly competitive awards season pile-up. The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). Based on the incredible first trailer, this looks to be a serious awards contender, and its November release date puts it in prime position to take advantage of the buzz. The pic will square off against Dumb and Dumber To and the WWII actioner Fury on its date, but again, this is all about riding the buzz through the December awards voting period. »
- Adam Chitwood
Variety reports that Orci is actively pursuing the directing gig on the new movie and has the full backing of Bad Robot, however the studio and financial backers Paramount Pictures are not entirely sold on the idea of handing out the job to someone with no directorial credits to his name.
Orci was of course a massive part of the creative team for the rebooted Trek franchise. He co-wrote the scripts with his long-time partner Alex Kurtzman, a duo also responsible for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Mission Impossible III and two of the Transformers films. With Kurtzman already set to direct Sony’s Venom spin-off, Orci looks to have now caught the bug of wanting »
- Matt Holmes
Universal announced Tuesday the release date for “The Nest,” its comedy starring Golden Globes co-hosts Fey and Poehler as sisters. Disney has already dated “Star Wars: Episode VII,” with J.J. Abrams directing, for the same slot along with Sony’s “Inferno.”
“Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore is helming “The Nest.” The script is based on an original idea by “Saturday Night Live” writer Paula Pell, who wrote her debut screenplay about about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates.
- Dave McNary
The Tina Fey-Amy Poehler sister comedy “The Nest” will open on Friday, Dec. 18, Universal Pictures said Tuesday. That's the same day that Disney will open “Star Wars: Episode 7,” so the studio is clearly making a counter-programming play against the latest installment in the classic sci-fi series. Sony is rolling out the thriller “Inferno” that day as well. Also read: ‘Star Wars’ Announcement Is Coming: Disney Chairman Alan Horn Teases Cast Is ‘Almost Complete’ (Video) Fey and Jay Roach are producing “The Nest,” which will be directed by Jason Moore (“Pitch Perfect”) from a script by Paula Pell (“30 Rock”). Poehler is. »
- Todd Cunningham
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