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Our latest Avengers 2 round-up: trailer news, the many effects shots, and Marvel making fewer films in the UK?
Just a couple of bits and bobs surrounding Joss Whedon's eagerly-awaited Avengers: Age Of Ultron, comfortably one of our most anticipated films of 2015. And we'll start with what's in the headline at the top of the page.
There had been rumours that the maiden trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron would arrive ahead of screenings of Interstellar in early November. As it turns out, it's now arriving next week. In a move that no doubt will do the ratings of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two no harm whatsoever, Marvel has announced that the first Avengers 2 trailer will land in a commercial break during next week's episode of the show.
The Age of Ultron is nearly upon us. Tonight's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured an announcement that the first glimpse of the Avengers sequel will come during next Tuesday's broadcast. The film itself isn't due in theaters until May 1 of next year, so this preview will likely be just a tease of things to come from the metal madman who tries to save the world by wiping it free of human life. EW has already revealed some details from the Joss Whedon written and directed film, including that the origin story for Ultron (performed via motion capture by »
- Anthony Breznican
Tank on the Antman set. Too cool A photo posted by @jamesdandrea87 on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:30pm Pdt #antman is filming near us! This is the Pym Technologies building.. #atlanta #movies #hollywoodofthesouth A photo posted by ajayinthea (@ajayinthea) on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:41am Pdt Ant-man - Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Marvel's "Ant-Man" hits theaters July 17, 2015. It is being directed by Peyton Reed from a script by Adam McKay and Edgar Wright. The cast: Evangeline Lilly will play Hope Pym, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Corey Stoll will play Darren Cross, »
We are still a few weeks away from the November 4 opening of Christopher Nolan.s interplanetary exploration drama, Interstellar. But with a press junket on tap for this coming weekend, and a few additional screenings in the pipeline, the movie is starting to show for select groups. and word on the film.s impact is starting to leak across the Web. The NY Post reports that Paramount President Brad Grey held a private screening of Christopher Nolan.s Interstellar for a diverse group that included directors Ang Lee and Steve McQueen, actors Chris Rock and Jake Gyllenhaal, billionaire Ronald Perelman, and noted genius Neil DeGrasse Tyson. While they haven.t Tweeted reaction to the film just yet, former Ant-Man helmer Edgar Wright asked the social media-sphere: Am I allowed to say that 'Interstellar' is incredible yet?. edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 13, 2014 That was a while ago. Apparently there were more »
Following his Oscar-winning score last year for Gravity, acclaimed British film and television composer Steven Price scores Fury, director David Ayer’s gritty WWII epic starring Brad Pitt as a battle-hardened sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew on a perilous mission behind enemy lines. Ayer’s dedication to the accuracy of the film’s portrayal of war as the Allies make their final push into the European Theater inspired Price to give the film’s score a raw, guttural feel using mechanized rhythms within emotional moments to convey the intense action and character themes. In an exclusive interview, Price talked about his collaboration with Ayer, his used of cellos and choirs to portray the war-torn solders and actual Ww II weaponry to create percussion sounds that echo the bombast of tank warfare, how he layered the sounds of a huge orchestra with those of intimate instrumental »
- Sheila Roberts
The legacy of the Marvel Studios adaptation that is Ant-Man has been one of mixed blessings, particularly after Edgar Wright left the project earlier this year. After a search of a couple weeks worth of contenders, Peyton Reed was settled on as the director and Adam McKay was brought in to re-work Wright's script into something more in line with Marvel Studios' vision of the project. Thanks to a recent interview, we have some word on just what's changed and just what's stayed the same. Collider spoke with McKay at a junket for his current project, We The Economy, and among the wealth of information he gave to their reporter was some notes on how he got involved with Ant-Man in the first place, as well as what the fate of Edgar Wright's original draft was. Judging from the statement below, it looks like Wright's fingerprints will still »
So what did Adam McKay and "Ant-Man" star Paul Rudd change about the script for the Marvel project after Edgar Wright left over "creative differences"? McKay himself has opened up about the process in a new interview “We added some new action beats," the writer/director told Collider in a recent interview. "I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in me was in heaven that I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie; I was so excited. So we did, we added some cool new action. There’s a lot that’s already in there from what Edgar did, there’s a lot of dialogue and character still in there." Describing the split between McKay/Rudd-scripted action scenes and Wright-scripted action scenes in the final script as "half and half," McKay noted a few other goals he and Rudd had in reshaping the film: "We just tried to streamline it, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Adam McKay is certainly one of the most talented people working in the comedy genre today, with a career that goes back to his days as head writer on SNL and includes writing and directing evergreen comedies like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. Recently, though, McKay has shown an ambitiousness that sees him branching out into different avenues. He tackled his first sequel with the absurdly funny Anchorman 2, he worked with collaborator Paul Rudd to rewrite Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero film Ant-Man, and his next film may seem him taking on dramatic material. Steve recently sat down with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation he provided updates on a number of upcoming projects. He revealed that his Uptown Saturday Night remake is not going forward, but said »
- Adam Chitwood
Last week, when Warner Bros. announced its entire DC Comics slate through 2020, perhaps the biggest point of intrigue for me was the announcement of Suicide Squad, about a team of incarcerated supervillains taking on high-risk black ops missions for the U.S. government in exchange for reduced prison sentences. In addition to announcing the movie, Warners also mentioned David Ayer would helm the A-Team-esque actioner. Suicide Squad is a property I know nothing about, save for the quick premise above, but it certainly sounds promising and it seems to fit well within its director's wheelhouse. Ultimately I think it could turn out pretty well, especially if Ayer is able to make good on what he recently told Empire regarding what audiences can expect for the film: "I can say that it's a Dirty Dozen with super-villains. Then I can ask the question, 'Does a movie really need good guysc'" Further, »
- Jordan Benesh
Right now Marvel Studios is in production on what could be their first shaky release with the Phase Three title Ant-Man. The film was once slated to be directed by Edgar Wright, but some creative disagreements behind the scenes saw him depart the project just weeks before shooting, forcing Marvel to hire Peyton Reed (Yes Man) as a replacement. But before Reed came on board, Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay was courted for the director's chair, and while he didn't end up taking the job, he was hired to rewrite the script. And now he's opened up about what changes he made to the Marvel script. More below! Speaking with Collider, McKay called his work on the script a "giant rewrite" but still says that Wright's original script was "really good." We're not sure why it would require a big rewrite if that was the case, but that's »
- Ethan Anderton
While Marvel is now in full swing on "Ant-Man," with a summer 2015 release date plugged in and ready to go, Edgar Wright's long developed but ultimately scrapped version will forever be a big "what if?" in the cinematic comic book canon. And while Wright has been largely mum on the whole situation, what is becoming increasingly clear is his vision didn't quite fit the broad, four quadrant needs of Marvel. And since "Anchorman" helmer Adam McKay —courted to direct after Wright exited the project, and ultimately assisting with a rewrite— doesn't come right out and say it, his comments about the work he did on the comic book movie are pretty telling. Describing the "giant rewrite" he did on Wright's script (which he calls "really good") with Paul Rudd, McKay said to Collider, "we added some new action beats. I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The pair worked together for "six to eight weeks" and "built on an already strong script from Edgar Wright and sort of just enhanced some stuff".
"We added some new action beats," he continued. "I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in me was in heaven that I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie - I was so excited.
"So we did, we added some cool new action. »
Adam McKay was hired to rewrite the script for Ant-man right around the same time director Peyton Reed joined the project, and in an interview with Collider, McKay talked a little about the changes he made to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's original script for the Marvel movie. First, Adam McKay says star Paul Rudd contacted him after Edgar Wright exited Ant-man, and explains why he decided not to direct the film. [Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project »
- Jesse Giroux
Production has been underway for some time now on Marvel's second 2015 movie release, Ant-Man. You probably know the story so far on it all too well, too. Edgar Wright had been developing the film for the best part of a decade, yet he departed over 'creative differences' on the eve of production, with all of the key cast - including Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas - in place.
The late replacement for him? That'd be Peyton Reed, who's now directing the film. But for a while, Anchorman helmer Adam McKay was linked with the job. Instead though, McKay oversaw a rewrite of the screenplay, and he's now been chatting to Collider about just what changed on the film.
McKay worked on the screenplay along with Paul Rudd for the best part of two months. »
Adam McKay isn't directing Ant-Man, but he has definitely left his mark. McKay, director of Anchorman and The Other Guys, told Collider that the film's star, Paul Rudd, asked him to help rewrite the potential tentpole. The two then spent six to eight weeks working on the script that director Edgar Wright left behind after exiting the project in May. "We just shaped the whole thing. We just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places — we just basically did a rewrite," McKay said.
- Ryan Gajewski
Adam McKay has been discussing rewriting Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man script in a new interview with Collider, and has suggested that his version will be more action-heavy. “[Paul Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on,” says McKay. “I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was.” “And then when I kind of heard what happened, that Edgar had parted ways, and then I saw their materials… I was like, ‘God...
- George Wales
Victoria Alonso, Vice President of Special Effects, Post and an Executive Producer for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, said she anticipates Avengers: AoU topping 3,000 VFX shots, which would make it Marvel's largest VFX shot count to date. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, maxed out at 2,500 shots, and Guardians on the Galaxy, reached 2,750 special effects shots. She told The Hollywood Reporter the Avengers sequel would likely involve seven to 12 VFX vendors in five to seven different countries. Alonso said working in multiple countries can benefit that process, as those in other countries "sometimes have ideas that we don't have. That’s what we gain by being global." When talking about working with others in the VFX industry, she said to "fill the gap; don’t let your ego get in the way. [The Marvel process] is mostly that we forget who we are and focus on the story. Go track, go rig, the »
McKay talked to Collider about the new “Ant-Man” screenplay, which he teamed up with star Rudd to rewrite after director and co-writer (along with Joe Cornish) Edgar Wright abruptly left the project due to creative differences with Marvel. McKay ultimately decided against stepping in as director, leaving that chair for Peyton Reed to fill, but did sign on as co-screenwriter.
According to McKay, he and Rudd, whom he directed in “Anchorman” and its sequel, “holed up in hotel rooms” and “did a giant rewrite of the script” in six to eight weeks.
“We just shaped the whole thing,” McKay told Collider. “We just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places.”
McKay also said the duo added action sequences, which »
- Maane Khatchatourian
After the shock departure of Edgar Wright following years of development on Ant-Man, Marvel Studios brought in Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) as his replacement in the director’s chair, while Adam McKay (Anchorman) also signed on to rework the script by Wright and his writing partner Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Filming on the Phase Three movie is now of course well underway, and Collider has caught up with McKay, who has spoken about his work on the film, as well as how much of Wright’s original script has made it through to the final product. Here’s what he had to say:
“[Paul Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was, and »
- Gary Collinson
Early this year, Marvel’s Ant-Man hit a massive roadblock when Edgar Wright, who had been attached to the project for nearly a decade, suddenly left. His departure caused a massive and heavily publicized rift in the fan community, and led to a long search for a new director. Eventually, Bring it On and Down with Love helmer Peyton Reed took the reigns, but he wasn’t the first one approached for the gig.
Step Brothers and Anchorman director Adam McKay went so far as to enter negotiations with Marvel for the director’s chair, but eventually passed and decided to stick around to help rewrite Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original script instead.
McKay recently opened up to Collider about his involvement with Ant-Man, what the writing process was like, and how much of Wright’s original work remains intact. On how he even became involved in the first place, »
- James Garcia
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