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Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman named Hollywood's top comic writer

23 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman has topped a list of the five most powerful comic writers in Hollywood.

Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar and Chris Claremont also feature on The Hollywood Reporter's list.

In addition to AMC's hit adaptation of Kirkman's bestselling zombie series The Walking Dead, he also has a zombie spinoff in the works, as well as adaptations of his Outcast and Thief of Thieves comics.

DC Comics' chief creative officer Johns has been involved in both its film and television adaptations, including Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and iZombie, as well as films.

Television series based on Bendis's Jessica Jones comic Alias and Powers series are both in development.

Millar's projects have been adapted into films including Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service. His Civil War event miniseries will form the basis of the third Captain America film, and he has been »

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'X-Men' Writer Chris Claremont on the Past and Future of Fox's Superhero Franchise

25 November 2014 6:32 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's difficult to overstate the importance of Chris Claremont, one of The Hollywood Reporter's most powerful comic writers, to the X-Men — or, for that matter, to modern superhero comics. For almost two decades, he was the sole writer of Marvel's Uncanny X-Men series, the best-selling comic of its day and something that shaped everything that followed even more than creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's original takes on the concept. His version on the characters remains at the core of Fox's X-Men movie franchise today, with the last two installments directly adapting two of his

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- Graeme McMillan

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Marvelous DA7E 71: Aunt May Redux, Inhumans Make TV

12 November 2014 3:06 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome To Issue 71!

If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. Dr. Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks I'm a F*cktard. Sony probably isn't too psyched with me either right now. 

This Week: Let's elaborate more on that Aunt May thing. Then, Did You See Attilan On TV Last Night?!?!?!

I guess the best place to start would be with this week’s Aunt May story, namely that Sony is developing an Aunt May solo movie, or that’s what I said. Because Comic Book Resources reached out to their source and got a denial:

When reached by Cbr News, a source within Sony stated that the report of a Spider-Man spinoff starring a young Aunt May is a “silly rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.”

Now, it’s a battle of the unnamed sources, although »

- Da7e

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Mike Gold: They Aren’t So Fantastic…

12 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

There has been a debate amongst comics wags that the rumor about Marvel cancelling their flagship title, Fantastic Four, during their 75th anniversary celebration was just that – a rumor. Marvel/Disney couldn’t possibly be that petty. Bleeding Cool.com‘s Rich Johnson, who carried the story, steadfastly stood behind his sources. Good for him.

Evidently, Marvel wasn’t happy with how 20th Century Fox was treating the property in the forthcoming movie reboot, they didn’t want to support it and so were cancelling the comic book. Ok, but would they cancel all those X-Men titles if they didn’t like the way Fox handled their latest X-movie? Of course not. Nor did Marvel cancel the Spider-Man titles despite the atrocious way Columbia handled the Spidey flicks of late – and they’ve got release dates for three or four more.

To be fair, compared to the profits of the »

- Mike Gold

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'Big Hero 6' strays far from its source material -- and that's great

10 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Big Hero 6 is the first Disney film based on a Marvel comic, but the marketing campaign isn't making a big deal out of it. That's by design—the studio intentionally sought out an obscure property so they could make it their own, free of any sort of expectation from audiences. This strategy shows in the final product: While the film's characters do have comic book counterparts, they are very, very different from their predecessors. And the film is so much better for it. The super-team known as Big Hero 6 only ever appeared in its own comic book series »

- Joshua Rivera

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​DC vs. Marvel: Who's Winning the Comics War on TV?

7 November 2014 5:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At the multiplex, the age-old battle between DC Comics and Marvel Comics -- between the House of Superman and Batman and the House of Spider-Man and Iron Man -- there's no question that Marvel has been winning decisively for nearly two decades. But what about the battle between the two superhero universes on TV?

On the small screen, DC seems to be on top, as it has since virtually the dawn of television. Just in terms of sheer numbers, DC has four current primetime series ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Gotham," and "Constantine"), compared to just one for Marvel ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").

A recent article at Salon pointed out this discrepancy, which naturally got the author in trouble with the Marvel faithful. Marvel defenders will tell you that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is much improved in its second season over its first, and that the DC characters, storylines, and even visuals seem thin by comparison. »

- Gary Susman

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13 People You Didn’t Know Were In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

7 November 2014 1:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Cinematic Universe

When Iron Man was released in 2008, few could’ve predicted that it would be the catalyst for one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history – the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Despite lacking the film rights to some of their most iconic characters, including Spider-Man and the X-Men, Marvel Studio’s writers and directors, many of whom were somewhat left-field choices for their roles, have succeeded in creating a shared universe that continues to wow audiences with each subsequent entry. The series is already the second highest-grossing film franchise of all time, and needs just to make an additional $600 million at the box office to take the top spot from Harry Potter, which it will surely do when Avengers: Age Of Ultron (the trailer for which was recently showcased) is released on the May the 15th next year.

Aside from the second Avengers outing, there are ten »

- Alex Antliff

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42 upcoming comic book movies - and when to expect them

5 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.

Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.

Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.

Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »

- rleane

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TV Review: ‘Marvel, 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!’

4 November 2014 6:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For anyone who has seen more than one Marvel movie but would shrug perplexedly at the mention of Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko, “Marvel, 75 Years: From Pulp To Pop!” — an ABC special, giving “Agents of Shield” the week off — should probably be required viewing. Fun, fast-paced and encompassing many of the company’s highlights along with a few lowlights, it’s a solid primer on Marvel’s history, while weaving in inevitable self-promotion and synergistic plugs. Frankly, an hour doesn’t do the topic justice, but it’s still a timely recognition of the outfit that started out 75 years ago as, yes, Timely Comics.

Hosted by Emily VanCamp — who not only stars in ABC’s “Revenge” and appeared in the last “Captain America” movie, but also looks like a stereotypical comicbook fan’s imaginary girlfriend — the special races through those early years, when editor Martin Goodman began churning out superhero »

- Brian Lowry

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5 X-Men Characters Who Need To Be Included In Channing Tatum's Gambit Movie

3 November 2014 4:04 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Last week, it was made official that Gambit would get his own movie within in the X-Men film franchise. Starring Channing Tatum as the card-throwing mutant, the solo film will be written by Robocop reboot writer Josh Zetumer and based off a treatment from Gambit creator Chris Claremont. This will be his first appearance since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, although there have been rumors of the character appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse. While this movie likely won.t feature Gambit saving the world or anything as heavy as that, it will be good to see the Ragin. Cajun get another shot at the big screen, no matter what the adventure is. While Gambit hasn.t had as many solo stories as Wolverine, who is the only Marvel mutant to get his own movie thus far (Deadpool is coming!), there are still plenty of material to draw from his past, whether it.s »

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RoboCop writer will pen Gambit solo movie

2 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Some new details have emerged concerning the forthcoming X-Men spin-off, Gambit, which has appointed a new screenwriter in the form of Josh Zetumer. According to Deadline, Zetumer will pen the script for the Cajun mutant’s first solo outing, having made his major picture debut earlier this year with the RoboCop remake. However, Zetumer will have some existing material to work with, as a treatment has already been written by regular Marvel Comics writer, Chris Claremont. Plot details remain undisclosed at present, although star...

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Channing Tatum Will Star As Gambit in X-Men Spinoff

1 November 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Earlier this year, producers announced they were indeed casting Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau, better known by his X-Man moniker Gambit. Back then, it wasn't clear whether he would be appearing in X-Men: Apocalypse or if he would get his own, stand-alone movie. It now looks like the latter: Deadline reports that RoboCop screenwriter Josh Zetumer is penning the script, which is based off of X-Men writer Chris Claremont's 1990 treatment of the character. Tatum will also be producing the movie along with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, with whom he's currently producing Magic Mike Xxl. Somewhere, Taylor Kitsch is wishing for a better timeline. »

- E. Alex Jung

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Channing Tatum's X-Men 'Gambit' Spinoff Film Officially Moving Forward

1 November 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

For quite some time Channing Tatum has been attached to play the card-savvy protagonist character “Gambit” and now it is official. According to Deadline, Tatum has signed on to star in his own spinoff movie based off the X-Men character.

20th Century Fox has hired Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer to write the screenplay. Legendary Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont penned the treatment, which he along with Jim Lee created the character for Marvel in 1990. Story details are being kept confidential.

Gambit, which also goes by the name Remy LeBeau can mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy to his every whim and desire. He is also incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a bō.

Taylor Kitsch played Gambit in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

No release date has been set, but it will probably be sometime after "X-Men: Apocalypse," which Tatum himself said he »

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Channing Tatum's Gambit movie officially confirmed by Fox

1 November 2014 2:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A Gambit spinoff movie starring Channing Tatum has been officially greenlit by Fox.

The movie project will be based on a treatment by veteran X-Men writer Chris Claremont, reports Deadline.

Robocop's Josh Zetumer is said to be writing the screenplay for the upcoming movie.

Tatum will also produce the film with Free Association partner Reid Carolin, as well as Lauren Shuler Donner and Genre Films' Simon Kinberg.

Claremont and Jim Lee created Gambit in 1990 during the writer's 16-year run on X-Men.

Taylor Kitsch previously portrayed the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Tatum has promised a "fresh" take on the character, who is expected to feature in Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. »

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"Robocop" Scribe To Pen X-Men's "Gambit"

1 November 2014 1:37 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Channing Tatum is officially signed on to star in and produce, while "RoboCop" writer Joshua Zetumer is set to pen the screenplay for the upcoming "X-Men" spin-off feature about everyone's favorite Cajun mutant Gambit.

Marvel comics writer Chris Claremont, who co-created the character back in 1990, has penned a treatment upon which Zetumer will base the script. Story details are bing kept confidential.

In the comics, Gambit is also known as Remy LeBeau and is able to charge matter with an explosive kinetic energy - causing objects to explode on impact. Taylor Kitsch played the role in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".

The news comes almost half a year after producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed long-swirling rumors about "Magic Mike" actor Tatum playing the role. Reid Carolin and Simon Kinberg will also produce.

No word on a release date, but it will certainly be sometime after "X-Men: Apocalypse" which opens May 27th »

- Garth Franklin

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Channing Tatum Is Marvel's "Gambit"

31 October 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports, actor Channing Tatum will star as Marvel's "X-Men" mutant character 'Gambit' in his own spin-off feature, written by Josh Zetumer ("RoboCop"), produced by Tatum and Free Association partner Reid Carolin, The Donners Company’s Lauren Shuler Donner and Genre FilmsSimon Kinberg:

The mutant 'Gambit', originally a thief, was created for Marvel Comics by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Jim Lee, debuting in Marvel's "Uncanny X-Men Annual" #14 (1990), followed by "Uncanny X-Men" #266 (August 1990).

The character can mentally create, control and manipulate pure kinetic energy to his every whim and desire. 

He is also incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat and the use of a bō. He is fiercely proud of his Louisiana heritage, and speaks in a very thick Cajun accent.

Gambit did not appear in the first three "X-Men films", but appeared on screen in the 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine »

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Channing Tatum's Gambit Spinoff Is Happening, Here Are The Details

31 October 2014 4:32 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The X-Men film franchise has introduced many characters over the past 14 years, but aside from Wolverine, none have gotten the chance to shine in their own movie... until now. After months of rumors and speculation, the Gambit spinoff is officially happening, with Channing Tatum playing the card-throwing mutant. 20th Century Fox has hired Robocop (the reboot) writer Josh Zetumer to pen the script, and Tatum will be producing the movie with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Deadline broke the story, and revealed that the story will be based on a treatment by X-Men writer Chris Claremont, who created Gambit with artist Jim Lee. Gambit is the newest entry in the upcoming X-Men film slate, which includes Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse a third Wolverine film and X-Force. If you.re not familiar with the character, Gambit has been a prominent member of the X-Men since »

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'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit' Moves Forward; Channing Tatum Confirmed

31 October 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nearly six months after producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that Channing Tatum will play Gambit in a new X-Men spin-off movie, the project is officially moving forward with Channing Tatum officially signed to star and Joshua Zetumer (RoboCop) writing the screenplay.

The script will be based on a treatment written by Marvel comics writer Chris Claremont, who created the character alongside Jim Lee in 1990, with story details being kept under wraps. The mutant character, also known as Remy LeBeau, has the ability to charge matter with an explosive kinetic energy, causing objects to explode on impact. Gambit was previously seen on the big screen in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch.

Channing Tatum is also attached to produce Gambit with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, who wrote the script for and is producing Magic Mike Xxl, which is currently in production. Lauren Shuler Donner is also producing alongside Simon Kinberg. »

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Channing Tatum's Gambit Movie Moves Forward with Writer

31 October 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

20th Century Fox is officially moving forward with Channing Tatum's solo Gambit movie. Tatum is officially on board to star in it, and they've just hired RoboCop remake writer Josh Zetumer to to write the screenplay. 

According to Deadline, the story for the film will be based on a treatment that was written by legendary Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont, who co-created the character in 1990 with comic artist Jim Lee.

As of now, no plot details have been released, but fans have been waiting to see the badass character properly brought to life for the big screen. Taylor Kitsch played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but I think most X-Men fans would like to pretend that that movie never existed. 

I'm happy to see that this movie is moving forward. I've always liked the idea of Tatum playing the character. He's become quite a talented actor over the »

- Joey Paur

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Channing Tatum Attached to 'Gambit' Spin-Off from 'RoboCop' Writer

31 October 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this year, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner was talking about landing Channing Tatum to play the Cajun, kinetically charged mutant Gambit in his own spin-off film. Then the actor was confirmed to take the role in May, and we've just been waiting to see how it all plays out. Well, Deadline has more details with official word that Tatum is officially attached to the film at 20th Century Fox and the script will be written by RoboCop remake scribe Josh Zetumer, based on a treatment from Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont, the man who created the cool character with Jim Lee back in 1990. More below! No matter how excited we are that Tatum is leading this film, we can't help but groan at the thought of the writer of the RoboCop remake writing this film. Hopefully the treatment from Chris Claremont helps guide it to a good place. »

- Ethan Anderton

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