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Over 50 screenplays for Sony films have leaked online just three days after studio chief Michael Lynton‘s email inbox was uploaded to file sharing sites, according to media reports.
Also Read: Sony Hack: Hollywood Studios Rebuff MPAA Request to Publicly Support Sony
Reps for Sony have not yet returned TheWrap’s request for comment.
Read the full list of leaked scripts:
“Hotel Transylvania 2″ [Third draft]
“The Black Phantom”
- Matt Donnelly
By their very nature, comic book movies are a little bit silly. They involve masked, costumed vigilantes – often with superpowers – going around fighting ninjas, monsters, gods and aliens. The more you think about it, the sillier it actually sounds, but the fact is some absolutely fantastic cinematic works have been produced using such material.
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, X-Men, X-Men 2, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy are just a few examples of comic book movies that have not only proven to be huge financial successes at the box office, but also big hits with critics – something that you’d never believe if the only comic book movies you’d seen were offerings like Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, Howard The Duck, Batman And Robin, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex and Green Lantern.
With all that having been said, »
- K.J. Stewart
Over the last few months, there's been an awful lot of chatter about Marvel having conversations with Sony about finding a way to sneak their version of Spider-Man into their cinematic universe. For as long as Marvel Studios has been a thing, fans have clamored for the studio to "get back" all of its properties- which were scattered around at rival studios before Marvel got its act together. For some characters, like Daredevil and Ghost Rider, that happened. For others, like Spider-Man and The X-Men, it clearly hasn't.
But this latest flare-up of rumors just won't die. So how far have these talks gone? What was discussed? Well, thanks to Stan Lee and a couple of hackers, here's the latest...
Moviepilot is reporting that Lee, Marvel's iconic writer and mascot, has given the world an answer to the question of a crossover that reveals it's far from a dead issue: »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Exclusive: Through his work on the Dark Knight, Blade and Ghost Rider series, David S. Goyer has spent more than his share of time in the superhero trenches. At a time when studios are betting bigger than ever on spandex, Goyer is evolving his film and TV production company Phantom Four in the direction they are avoiding. He’s hired as president Kevin Turen, whose background has been with indie films like A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, Arbitrage, the Robert Redford-starrer All Is Lost and most recently the Toronto film 99 Homes. While Goyer’s got plenty of mainstream projects through his film deal with Warner Bros and TV deal with Universal Television, he wants to devote his resources to empowering makers of the kind of films that are being honored tonight at the Gotham Awards. That includes raising a fund.
“Everybody talks about how it seems like studios »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Comic Book Movie
Picture a world where Hugh Jackman was never cast as Wolverine. Worst yet, picture a world where Robert Downey Jr. was never cast as Iron Man. Is the panicky fanboy inside of you hyperventilating yet? Now, picture a world where Nicolas Cage was never cast as Ghost Rider. Okay, bad example, but you get the point.
There are a lot of “what ifs” in the movie business and Marvel is chock-full of them – hundreds of actors almost starred in some of the most beloved (and not so beloved) comic book movies of all time. And that’s the topic at hand today.
They say that directing is 90 percent casting. Having the right actors can make your movie. Having the wrong ones can essentially doom it. The reason why these actors didn’t land these roles vary greatly from person to person. Sometimes the actor simply wasn’t chosen over another actor. »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Sneak Peek new images, plus footage from the next episode of AMC's ultra-violent dramatic horror series "The Walking Dead", titled "Crossed", written by Seth Hoffman (screenwriter of "Ghost Rider: Spirit of engeance") and directed by Billy Gierhart, airing November 23, 2014:
"...some members hold down the church...
"...while the others go on a rescue mission..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Walking Dead: Crossed"...
- Michael Stevens
Artist James Bousema created this awesome set of art that features a few superheroes with some crazy badass facial hair. We’ve got Wolverine, Ghost Rider and and Dr. Manhattan. This is just the start of a new project that the artist is working on that revolves around the theme of superheroes with beards. Be sure to check his site later for more of these illustrations.
- Joey Paur
Sneak Peek footage from the next episode of AMC's ultra-violent dramatic horror series "The Walking Dead", titled "Crossed", written by Seth Hoffman (screenwriter of "Ghost Rider: Spirit of engeance") and directed by Billy Gierhart, airing November 23, 2014:
"...some members hold down the church while the others are on a rescue mission..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Walking Dead: Crossed"...
- Michael Stevens
Donal Logue has shot to the defense of the critically mauled 2007 comic-book adaptation Ghost Rider. Well, actually, he hasn.t really defended the attempted blockbuster. Instead, he has declared that anyone who tried to analyze the film needs to get their priorities straight. Donal Logue, who has recently made a name for himself by starring as Harvey Bullock in the Batman prequel, Gotham, pretty much insinuated that Ghost Rider was a tepid comic-book adaptation by declaring "it was whatever it was." However rather than proceeding with any further criticism of the film, Donal Logue instead decided to tell Rolling Stone that it was just "goofy" and fans probably shouldn.t waste their time looking into it. I was in Ghost Rider, which was, well it was whatever it as, but it was fun as shit. Someone was grilling me at ComicCon about not being true to the comic book. I »
What major Batman life event is about to be shot on the set of Batman v Superman? Did Joaquin Phoenix fess up to almost playing Doctor Strange? Are there going to be a lot of deaths in Thor: Ragnarok? Want to see some more videos from the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray? Is that Aunt […]
- Germain Lussier
Wes Bentley, star of American Beauty and The Hunger Games, is suddenly everywhere. Over the weekend, he appeared in two new movies: Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and A.J. Edwards's The Better Angels, an ethereal, black-and-white drama that explores Abraham Lincoln's childhood. In the latter, Bentley plays a soft-spoken school teacher who enters our future 16th president's life and nudges him towards greatness. It's a role in stark contrast to another appearance playing concurrently on the small screen: American Horror Story: Freak Show's Edward Mordrake. Seriously, Bentley is everywhere. Vulture sat down with the actor to touch on each of his spinning plates, plus the everlasting effect of The Hunger Games and an unlikely fandom surrounding Ghost Rider.The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards is a close collaborator of Terrence Malick, a filmmaker known for shooting ideas on the fly and finding the story as he goes. But this »
- Matt Patches
When filmmakers Abis Rizvi and Kamal Sadanah embarked on the journey to make Roar: Tigers Of The Sundarbans, their objective was to give the audience a taste of action, drama and thrill of the amazing Sundarbans and the majestic tigers in the best possible way. For this, they roped in Anibrain, one of Asia's leading VFX agencies, famous for their work in Hollywood films like The Amazing Spiderman, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Ghost Rider and Resident Evil among others.
The journey has been long and arduous. From using dogs for the initial test shoots to testing scenes with CG (Computer generated) tigers, Roar brings world-class techniques to the Indian audience for the first time. Says producer Abis Rizvi, "When the CGI tiger was created, we wanted to ensure that it was as close to reality as possible. We have replicated every aspect of the Sundarbans tiger, right down »
The Sundarbans region of West Bengal is one of the most deadly albeit breathtakingly gorgeous places in the world. Because of the unstable terrain and dangers in the form of lethal reptiles and of course, the majestic Bengal tigers, this area remains secluded in mystery and very few people get to experience the visual splendor that this place has to offer. When film-makers Abis Rizvi and Kamal Sadanah embarked on the journey to make Roar: Tigers Of The Sundarbans, their objective was to give the audience a taste of action, drama and thrill of the amazing Sundarbans and the majestic tigers in the best possible way.
For this, they roped in Anibrain, one of Asia’s leading VFX agencies, famous for their work in Hollywood films like The Amazing Spiderman, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Ghost Rider and Resident Evil among others.
The journey has been long and arduous. »
- Stacey Yount
The Flickering Myth team react to the news that Marvel Studios is heading for a Civil War…
Well, this was some pretty big news for the Marvel Universe. After a few teases of Robert Downey Jr. suiting up for Iron Man 4, it was announced yesterday (by Variety, not Marvel) that Downey Jr. had signed on to feature in Captain America 3, which will adapt the Civil War storyline.
Pretty big news, but what did the Flickering Myth writing and editorial staff think?
Warning: The below conversation contains spoilers of the Civil War comic storyline, which may more may not contain spoilers for Captain America 3.
Ben Rayner: I personally think its a bad idea, it’ll end up being quite watered down and brief I would imagine, especially considering the X-men, Spider-Man and Fantastic 4 all play a big part in the comics…
Sam Thorne: I think it’ll be a huge, »
- Luke Owen
Forget Doctor Strange.
Ghost Rider? A greying poster on the wall behind some movie theater’s back alley.
The Macabre Man-Thing is just an unpleasant memory in the collective consciousness of Marvel movie-goers, as is the various Punisher movies or Blade’s daywalking campaigns against the legions of bloodsucking vampires that stalk the Earth. When you consider the wealth of characters the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) has at its disposal, some can be discarded with very little damage to the film continuum.
Of course, it’s the film continuum that is the issue here. There are great characters in Marvel comics that don’t necessarily translate well to film. There are others though who not only make the transition very well, but also determine the success of the continuum. This is a new universe; one that definitely is based on the comic universe, but one that runs parallel and separate. »
- John K Kirk
Comic book movies have seen a lot of character concepts dramatically changed from those in the comics – often resulting in anger from fans of the original material.
Galactus was depicted as a giant cloud in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as was Parallax in Green Lantern, while the Juggernaut was depicted as a mutant in X-Men: The Last Stand and the Phoenix was presented as a mere alter-ego of Jean Grey in the same movie, the Mandarin was completely re-imagined as a fictional concept to act as a decoy for Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 and Blackheart was less monstrous demon and more emo teenager in Ghost Rider, just for a few examples.
However, the final versions of comic book movie characters, in a lot of cases, could have been very different had some of the pre-production ideas come in to fruition.
That’s right, not all »
- K.J. Stewart
Ghost Rider was never a comic book character I got into, and his movies were not that amazing. But I've always liked his design. A flaming head, leather jacket, chains, going at breakneck speed on a motorcycle looks, to steal a term from GeekTyrant editor Joey Paur, "Epically Badass."
These covers by Arthur Suydam are weighted a bit to the bottom to leave room for the header text and logo. Now that Marvel has the rights to Ghost Rider back, I wonder what, if anything, they will do to bring him to the big screen.
- Free Reyes
It's time to go green. And red. And blue. Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. — the superhero studio's other TV show about a band of do-gooders with an aggressively punctuated title — returns Sunday for Season 2 on Disney Xd. The multi-hued gamma-radiated gang gets things started with the two-part episode "Planet Hulk" (airing Oct. 12 at 8 a.m./9c). Upcoming episodes this season will feature a pantheon of Marvel heavyweights, including the Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, the Avengers and Ghost Rider.
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- Rich Sands
After the huge news that dropped yesterday about Spider-Man possibly joining The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a new report surfaced today that claims Sony may be recasting Spider-Man for The Sinister Six spin-off. Now we have yet another report that says early talks between Sony and Marvel are under way, but cautions that Peter Parker joining the McU is still a long ways off.
Entertainment Weekly's sources from both Marvel and Sony have confirmed that "delicate preliminary conversations" are under way, but those sources also say that Spider-Man joining forces with The Avengers will not happen in the near future, although it could possibly happen in "a few years from now." This, of course, has not been confirmed by any 'official' representatives from Marvel or Sony.
Sony has to make a new Spider-Man movie every three years, or the rights revert back to Marvel, which is how Marvel »
In response to the latest widely-spread rumor that Sony Pictures is negotiating with Marvel/Disney for Spider-Man to somehow join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Entertainment Weekly reached out to sources from within both camps to confirm if the crossover could actually happen in the near future, but got a solid "No." However, "official reps for both studios both declined to comment." However, EW's "well-placed" sources reckon that Spider-Man could indeed link up with the likes of Iron Man or Captain America "in a few years from now," and that's not all. The site drops some other "facts," or case scenarios, about how the crossover could occur, again according to its "several" sources. First up, the site notes that "Sony isn’t interested in sharing its Spider-Man," especially since the studio has already lost both Ghost Rider's and Daredevil's character rights to the Disney-owned Marvel. And while the Andrew Garfield »
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