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Earlier this week we brought you news that hit PlayStation game The Last of Us, about the survivors of a fungal infection that has turned most humans into zombielike creatures, was putting together a live stage reading of some of its more dramatic scenes, which we said was the next best thing to a movie. Well, surprise surprise, now a The Last of Us movie is definitely happening. Rumblings of a big-screen version has been brewing since the game came out last year (this happens anytime a big, new game is a hit), but today at Comic-Con it was revealed that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is on board to produce the project over at Sony's Screen Gems. And if you think this is just a case of the studio churning out a quick cash-in on a fan-favorite game, you should rest easy...
- Peter Hall
Sam Raimi announced at San Diego Comic-Con that he is writing, along with his brother Ivan, a television show based on the “Evil Dead” series of movies. Even better, it purportedly involves Bruce Campbell, though it's unclear if he'll appear on-screen or behind-the-scenes. Also read: ‘Spider-Man’ Director Sam Raimi to Produce ‘The Last of Us’ Movie for Screen Gems The original film trilogy (“The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead II,” and “Army of Darkness”) ran from 1981 to 1992 and introduced the world to Campbell as Ash Williams. Cambell, most recently seen on “Burn Notice,” may be too old to play Ash these. »
- Jason Hughes
Raimi dropped the bombshell during the Screen Gems panel in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con, while discussing the film adaptation of the acclaimed video game The Last of Us. He didn’t offer any additional information about the show, where and when we may see it, or how it will connect to the films (if at all), but did say that he’s co-writing the series with his brother Ivan, who collaborated with him on Army of Darkness, Spider-Man 3, and Drag Me To Hell.
We’ll have more news on the Evil Dead TV series as it develops. In the meantime, let us know your reaction and predictions in the comments below! »
- James Garcia
During Screen Gems’ panel at the San Diego Comic-Con today, director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) took to the stage alongside The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann to discuss their plans for a movie based upon the hit PlayStation game (as well as debuting the teaser poster you see to your right).
Raimi is producing the adaptation, with Druckmann handling scripting duties, as well as having final say on the choice of director and casting. And as for who they want to star as lead character Ellie, the duo revealed that they’ve met with Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones.
“It’s gonna be a great character journey, a great love story, and great horror fiction,” said Raimi. “What’s unique is that Neil’s writing the script. I have a great deal of confidence we’re going to end up with a »
- Gary Collinson
The 39-year-old star is reported to be in tentative talks to play the neurosurgeon-turned-superhero in an upcoming movie based on the character, according to Variety.
Kevin Feige, who has frequently voiced his support for a big screen adaptation of the comic character, is thought to be producing the film.
Doctor Strange debuted in 1963's Strange Tales, before featuring in his own series of comics.
The comicbook follows a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear »
- Justin Kroll
"Evil Dead" will live again -- this time on TV. Sam Raimi revealed at Comic Con that the cult horror franchise is being resurrected -- again -- for an upcoming TV series. "I always love working on that series," he said. "My brother [Ivan Raimi] and I are writing the Evil Dead TV show right now. Weird, but true. With Bruce Campbell." The news was revealed during a surprise Sony panel for the video game adaptation "The Last of Us," which Raimi will produce. No more details about the potential series have been announced, and it's unclear if Campbell will appear in the series, or just serve behind the scenes. Raimi directed micro-budget horror hit "The Evil Dead" in 1981 and followed it up with two sequels -- 1987's "Evil Dead 2" and 1992's time traveling "Army of Darkness." Campbell starred as the bumbling hero Ash in all three films. Raimi and Campbell »
- Dave Lewis
One this year’s most critically acclaimed and eagerly-anticipated festival films, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has debuted its first trailer online, and you can see a glimpse below of what all the fuss has been about.
After its award-winning debut at this year’s Sundance, which then picked up more steam with some very good word of mouth at Cannes, Whiplash has been getting some of the best reviews of the year so far on its festival run.
Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Fantastic Four) and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Terminator) are the leads in the film, which tells the story of a young jazz drummer (Teller) who aspires to be the best, but finds himself pushed to the limit, both mentally and physically by his new teacher, played by Simmonds.
From the first look at the trailer, it certainly looks like a powerhouse of a film, with a double-whammy of performances from the two leads, »
- Scott Davis
'The Last Of Us' Movie
Raimi – who directed the the Evil Dead films and the three-film Spiderman franchise starring Toby Maguire – and Naughty Dog game author Neil Druckmann will be teaming up for The Last of Us feature film. Druckmann, who also served as the director of the video game, will serve as the film’s screenwriter, according to io9.
In order to agree to the film, Naughty Dog wanted to have final say on the director and the casting as well. "It's kind of on us not to make it suck," Druckmann said at Comic-Con. Raimi had said at one point that he worried that he’d have to protect the film from studio execs, »
Sony has confirmed that "Sinister Six", a "Spider-Man" spin-off feature, focusing on a group of 'Spider-Man' villains, will be released November 11, 2016, written/directed by Drew Goddard ("Cabin In The Woods"), based on classic Marvel Comics characters created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Steve Ditko:
The original incarnation of the group was organized by 'Doctor Octopus' and first appeared in "The Amazing Spider-Man Annual" #1 (January 1964).
"...'Doctor Octopus' contacts every known enemy of 'Spider-Man', but only 'Vulture', 'Electro', 'Kraven the Hunter', 'Mysterio' and 'Sandman' respond. Knowing he'd never be able to keep the team together, Doc Ock formulates a battle plan in which each individual member of the 'Sinister Six' would battle Spider-Man in a carefully chosen location.
"Spider-Man himself had his own problems, as he had somehow lost his powers and prepared to return to normal life as a teenager.
"As Peter returned to his »
- Michael Stevens
After Sony’s announcement that it was postponing the productions of Spiderman 3 & 4, Marvel Studios immediately snatched up the vacant 2018 slot for one of its own projects. What movie will Marvel release?
Due to the declining performance of Spider-Man films at the box office since the time when Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 was such a success—Amazing Spider-Man 2 did a respectable $700 million but it is seen as having underperformed—Sony has decided not to clutter the playing field with too many Spider flicks in a short period, giving the franchise breathing room.
As a result, Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to sometime in 2018, and the planned Amazing Spider-Man 4 has been shuffled into limbo indefinitely. This move allows Sony’s other Spider-related project, the Sinister Six, to have the spider spotlight all to itself in 2016, rather than risking spider fatigue at the box office. The Sinister Six will »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Stan Lee won’t be making it to Comic-Con this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the otherwise healthy Lee is canceling his appearances after losing his voice due to a case of laryngitis.
Lee created many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters—including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—with help from legendary artists like Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with the comics industry.
As such, he’s become a staple both on the convention circuit and in superhero flicks—go see a movie with a Marvel character in it »
- Joshua Rivera
The comics legend’s reps say he was hit with a bout of laryngitis and isn’t making the trip to San Diego after all. Twitter was abuzz about Stan Lee‘s sudden pullout today, with folks speculating about the 91-year-old Spider-Man and X-Men co-creator’s health. But a spokesman tells Deadline that Lee simply lost his voice and otherwise is “well and healthy”. He was set for a meet-and-greet and DVD signing on Friday afternoon to promote his Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 franchise. It’s definitely a bummer, but on with the Con. »
Comic book legend Stan Lee has abruptly canceled his appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the 91-year-old co-creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, Avengers and X-Men was due to make appearances and signings on Friday and Saturday, but is bowing out due to losing his voice. "Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances," said his spokesperson, confirming the news. "Stan is otherwise well and in good
- Borys Kit
A decade ago he was the invincible king of the superhero franchises. Sam Raimi's first two "Spider-Man" films not only scored critical acclaim but around $400 million domestic and $400 million worldwide each in box-office revenue.
Today, things have changed. Since its reboot in 2012, the two Marc Webb-directed "Amazing Spider-Man" films have performed slightly better overseas, taking in around $500 million each. However, domestically they've slumped - the first nabbing $250 million and the recent second just $200 million. Reviews have also taken a dive - the first scoring a mixed/slightly positive and the second a mixed/negative reception.
In a recent interview with THR, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal says "I would have liked Amazing Spider-Man 2 to make a lot more money for us than it did, but it made a lot of money for us anyway". In fact their source says the film's final tally was $100 million below internal predictions, »
- Garth Franklin
Marvel’s Ant-man hits theaters next summer July 17, 2015 and as this is the week of Comic-Con, Marvel has unveiled the first poster for the film.
For more on the history of this super hero, read Here.
Although the character of Ant-Man is somewhat overshadowed by Spider-Man and the mutants of X-Men he predates all of them and is one of the cornerstones of the ever-expanding Marvel universe. A few months after the debut of the Fantastic Four, the forerunner of Marvel, Atlas comics, published “the Man in the Ant Hill” in Tales to Astonish number 27. The title was frequently the home of invading giant “beasties” and monstrous creatures, »
- Jim Batts
Why do simian superheroes seem more empathetic than the normal comicbook kind?
Let me backtrack a few paces before answering this.
All of us have heard the admonition in years past from our English teachers: “Write about what you know and who you know” — and have chosen to ignore it. Yet this precept has been paying off for filmmakers like Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow and their friends. Films like “22 Jump Street,” “This Is the End” and “This Is 40” all seem to have been written about themselves and their buds, seemingly for their own personal enjoyment.
“22 Jump Street,” like the others, is doing well overseas, which makes you wonder how Chinese or Russian teenagers decode jokes about gay shrinks and weirded-out fratboys.
- Peter Bart
Thanks Marc Webb and Sony, You Have Ruined Spider-Man Disclaimer: I am not biased against any movie studio, comic book origin, or production. I enjoy comic book movies for what they are, and always look for the best in any movie. First off by letting this be known that I originally had hope for this franchise. As well all know, Spider-Man is one of the most cherished characters of all time. Whether you were reading about him in his first comic book appearance in 1962, or singing the theme song to his hit 1967 animated television show, or even destroying a large tub of pop corn to the 2002 blockbuster movie, you cannot resist the appeal to the friendly neighborhood spiderman. Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, well at least the first two, set a brand new precedent to not only expect when watching a superhero movie, but for the action genre as a whole. »
Earlier today, Sony Pictures did what many were expecting them to do for months, shift The Amazing Spider-Man 3 into an undetermined 2018 release date slot, while moving The Sinister Six into 2016. Many wondered if this move suggested the studio was planning to scrap The Amazing Spider-Man 3 altogether, and reboot the franchise once again. However, at story from The Hollywood Reporter claims that, while the studio does want to "freshen" the brand, a reboot is not in play, with Marc Webb returning to complete his trilogy with The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
"Privately, Sony admits it is seeking to freshen the brand but has no major overhaul plans, with Webb expected to return to complete the trilogy (as Sam Raimi did with the first three films)."
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
Good non-Thanos Lord!
It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
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