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In the comic books, Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals. Black Cat is burglar named Felicia Hardy, who briefly appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. While both characters exist in Marvel’s “Spider-Man” universe, the Yost-penned film will not be a crossover with the webslinger.
Sony is actively searching for a director for both this and the “Venom” spin-off. The studio recently »
- Justin Kroll
Rob Leane Mar 21, 2017
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a big place, and it's getting bigger all the time. You've got the solo movies that started with Iron Man, the cinematic team-ups that began with The Avengers, the TV shows that started with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Netflix series that kicked off with Daredevil.
Fans have long been hoping that these worlds could properly collide, with a crossover between the big screen Avengers, the small screen Defenders (Charlie Cox's Daredevil, Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones, Mike Colter's Luke Cage and Finn Jones' Iron Fist), and perhaps even some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, being a popular dream.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is already a massive place, full to the brim with characters, but ever since the news first broke that the studio would be collaborating with Netflix for a series of TV shows based on some of the brand’s street-level heroes, fans have hoped to see some kind of crossover take place. Unfortunately, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has repeatedly played down any plans for the likes of Daredevil or Luke Cage to one day suit up with The Avengers, and now, Anthony Mackie (Falcon) has also weighed in on the matter as well.
During a recent interview with Screen Geek, the actor was adamant that combining the characters from the big and small screens simply “wouldn’t work.”
Different universes, different worlds, different companies, different designs. Kevin Feige is very specific about how he wants the Marvel Universe to be seen in the film world. »
- Mark Cassidy
Evidently jealous of his friends in The Avengers who actually have superpowers, Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star in The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle, a reboot of the classic character created by author Hugh Lofting in the 1920s. Rex Harrison starred in a 1967 movie version of the story that won a couple Oscars, and Eddie Murphy starred in a reboot and its sequel in 1998 and 2001. And this new movie will, presumably, be another total reboot that’s designed to reintroduce the “guy who talks to animals” story to a new generation.
This news comes from Variety, which adds that Gold director Stephen Gaghan will direct from his own screenplay. Gaghan previously wrote both Traffic and Syriana, and he won an Emmy for his work on NYPD Blue, so this sounds like a weirdly prestigious lineup for a Doctor Doolittle movie, but that probably doesn’t ...
- Sam Barsanti
Author: Zehra Phelan
Last week the rumour mill went into overdrive with the news of a number of high-profile remakes. This included The Wachowski’s The Matrix now seemingly ripe for a revisiting. This news sent the film community into a meltdown, questioning should they or shouldn’t they pursue this idea after its sequels (many) failings.
An update has since emerged from the mouth, or shall we say the fingers, of X:Men The Last Stand and The Avengers writer Zak Penn, who acts as the new film’s writer. The news of a reboot isn’t exactly true, and Penn took to twitter to douse the rumour flames and said,
“Can’t comment yet except to say that the words ‘reboot’ and ‘remake’ were from an article. Let’s stop responding to the inaccurate news. If I were going to recast Keanu Reeves, I would cast Keanu Reeves. Do »
- Zehra Phelan
While Kevin Feige once stated it was “inevitable” that Marvel movies and TV shows would crossover, that comment is a rare deviation from his standard explanation, which usually sees him diplomatically point to the vastly different development schedules between the small and big screen as a big factor why Daredevil won’t ever rumble alongside the Avengers at the multiplex. Essentially, the TV shows are pretty far behind in the timeline, with even the latest “Iron Fist” referring to “the incident” from “The Avengers.” But beyond that, Kevin Feige’s movies and Jeph Loeb‘s TV shows are being made in completely different spheres; basically, don’t hold your breath for a crossover.
- Kevin Jagernauth
I remember 2012. It was a quainter time in the current age of big blockbusters. Yes, we had our fair share of superhero films and tentpole films, but they were nothing compared to the landscape in which we currently live. I lined up at the local AMC Burbank 16 for the marathon of all marathons. Over the course of a day, we would be watching all five Marvel Studios films that had been released over the past several years, and the capper would be the premiere of The Avengers.
For years, Marvel Studios had been tantalizing audiences with the prospect of seeing our favorite superheroes join forces on the big screen, and The Avengers would be the culmination of the first five films. When it succeeded big time at the box office, we officially entered a new era of filmmaking.
In the five years since that time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has evolved exponentially. »
- Joseph Medina
Two days ago, we reported that Warner Bros. brought Zak Penn (The Avengers) in to write a treatment for a new Matrix movie, with the studio eyeing Michael B. Jordan to star. Very little is known about the direction the studio is taking, but Penn recently hit Twitter to dispell the notion that this is a reboot or a remake. What isn't clear is if this will be a prequel or a sequel, or where the story may fit in the franchise timeline.
Zak Penn went on Twitter last night saying the notion that his project is either a reboot or a remake is "inaccurate." While the writer didn't offer any official plot details, or comment on the reports that the studio is eyeing Michael B. Jordan and setting up a writers room for the franchise, he made it abundantly clear that no one should reboot or remake The Matrix, »
Rounding up yesterday’s big news stories…
The Matrix Rebooted
The big story from yesterday is a report that Warner Bros. is in early development on a reboot of The Matrix, having tapped Zak Penn (X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers) for a new take on the material, which could potentially star Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic Four). Matrix creators the Wachowskis are not on board the relaunch – not yet, anyway – but it’s said that the studio will be looking to at least secure their blessing. Read more here.
The Batman Delayed
It looks like Warner Bros. won’t be going into production on The Batman this year after all, with new director Matt Reeves’ commitments to War for the Planet of the Apes said to leave a 2018 start date as the most likely scenario. The report also suggested that Reeves won’t be meeting with any actors until the summer, »
- Gary Collinson
CinemaBlend has reported that Samuel L. Jackson has possibly dropped a hint at the whereabouts of Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The last we saw Nick Fury, he helped The Avengers set up a new base in New York after battling Ultron in The Avenger's: Age of Ultron. Since then we've had Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Doctor Strange with no sign of Nick Fury. Where could he be?
According to an interview on the New York radio station Hot 97, Samuel L. Jackson stated...
"You didn't see me in Civil War. You know, I'm still trying to figure out what, you know, the skull is doing..."
That is an interesting comment if you think about it. What did he mean by skull? Could he have meant Johann Schmidt, The Red Skull, who we last saw in Captain America: The First Avenger? At the end of that movie, »
- Tim Jousma
Many fans are still reeling from the news that Warner Bros. is exploring a Matrix reboot, with the studio bringing on Zak Penn (The Avengers) to write a treatment. The project is still in the very early stages of development, although sources claim that Michael B. Jordan is being eyed for the project, with another report stating that Warner Bros. is planning a writers room to come up with ideas for a cinematic universe. But that hasn't been confirmed by the studio. If this does come to fruition, The Matrix 4 will become the latest in a growing group of franchises to use this writers room format.
Deadline broke the news of this potential writers room being utilized, but it isn't clear how Zak Penn will fit into this process. As of now, the initial report only revealed that he's writing the treatment and not the full screenplay yet, but perhaps »
It’s hardly a surprise given the way studios look to exploit their intellectual property and keep their money-making catalogues running, but a reboot of “The Matrix” is in the cards and the Internet is a tweet storm current of pushback right now. Don’t touch the sacred cow is the thinking and apparently some in Warner Bros. feel the same way, but the consensus within the studio has voted and a script is moving forward (Zak Penn who wrote early drafts of “The Avengers” and “X-Men” films is penning the treatment).
Continue reading 10 Filmmakers Who Could Direct ‘The Matrix’ Reboot at The Playlist. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Last year’s Captain America: Civil War was a big stepping stone for Marvel Studios. For around a dozen films, they had been building up to this point of our heroes coming to blows. After seeing these men and women fight side by side for a few movies, we’d witness an event that would threaten to tear apart the very idea of The Avengers. However, fans knew that not every single Avengers would make their way into the movie.
While Marvel Studios would have almost everyone under the sun, there are two major players who had no dog in this fight: Thor and Hulk. When last we saw Hulk, he was flying off in a jet, heading to an unknown future, and when we last saw Thor, he went in search of a mysterious force that was tampering with the minds of the group. But while it seemed to »
- Joseph Medina
Dear Warner Bros.,
Look, we see where you’re coming from. All the cool kids are doing it — reviving their IP to create new franchises for new generations. And yes, if a woman was nine months pregnant when she watched the seminal sci-fi action film written and directed by the Wachowskis, her kid would now be graduating from high school. So it’s not exactly shocking that, almost exactly 18 years after the first film’s release, reports emerge that you’re laying the groundwork to relaunch “The Matrix.”
The Wachowskis aren’t currently involved. It’s unclear if they will be. But if you’re planning to revive “The Matrix” without the Wachowskis — well, that’s completely insane.
We know that in the current cultural landscape, those who believe old titles and premises should be left alone are increasingly viewed as Luddites. We know it looks so, so tempting — the franchise grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
“The Avengers” scribe Zak Penn is in talks to write the treatment, with murmurings of Michael B. Jordan to potentially star. The Wachowski sisters, who wrote and directed the first film as well as its two sequels, are not on board as of now. Joel Silver, who produced the original trilogy, is reported to have approached the studio with the idea of mining the film for a new project, but is not confirmed either. Apparently, Silver and the Wachowskis have a tense relationship, and the studio would likely have to choose one or the other.
Read More: ‘Eastern Promises’ Sequel Set to Film in Spring
- Jude Dry
The Hollywood Reporter has broken word that Warner Bros. is going ahead with plans to reboot what is arguably the most influential action movie of the 90s (and one of the best of all time), The Matrix.
It is being reported that Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station) is wanted for this new take on the franchise and that the studio has plans to bring to life an entire universe based on the world. Zak Penn (X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers) is in talks to write a treatment, and while Matrix creators the Wachowskis are not involved at this point in time, it’s said that the studio would want their blessing for the project.
The Matrix follows a computer hacker who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. Despite two sequels that were met »
- Robert Kojder
If we’ve learned anything from Hollywood — especially in this century — it’s that no popular property shall be left alone. The latest victim of the blockbuster reboot machine is The Matrix, which is in the early stages of getting a franchise relaunch, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Zak Penn, who helped Joss Whedon with the story for The Avengers and co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi tentpole Ready Player One, is currently in talks with Warner Bros. to write the treatment for a new film. The Wachowskis are not involved at this stage, nor is producer Joel Silver, although he did approach the studio with this idea. As for a potential lead, Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) is being eyed, but it’s far too early for any decisions regarding its ensemble.
Of course, the studio is looking to create not just one film, but a Star Wars »
- Jordan Raup
When we last saw Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, he was providing some much-needed assistance to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Conspicuous by his absence in Captain America: Civil War, the hero looks set to make his presence felt in Avengers: Infinity War, but will he be joined by a fan-favourite villain?
During a recent interview to promote the release of Kong: Skull Island, Jackson reiterated the fact that he won’t be making an appearance in Black Panther, but when he alluded to what the former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director has been up to since we last saw him, he revealed:
“You didn’t see me in [Captain America:] Civil War. I’m still out there trying to figure out what The Skull is going to…”
Unfortunately, he trailed off after that, but as you might expect, speculation is now running rampant that »
- Josh Wilding
British actors have been creeping their way into Hollywood ever since the early days of Hollywood. Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor all had British roots, and yet they are still known as some of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time. So, why not celebrate the Brits that made their home in Hollywood? Hollywood should be a place of diversity and British actors have helped to make Hollywood what it is today. Actors from all over the world are making their way to Hollywood to find success and when you can find international freight forwarding at such great prices, why shouldn’t they? So, if you haven’t forgotten where they came from, here is a short list of the English actors making it big in Hollywood:
Danielle Radcliffe has come a long way since his first appearance in the Harry Potter film series »
- David Agnew
When it comes to anticipated comic book movies, Thor: Ragnarok probably isn’t highest on everyone’s list right now. Not that it won’t be a spectacle. In fact it’ll probably wind up being better than everything that’s being hyped so much. The thing is, when you’re talking about Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, The Avengers, Logan, Aquaman, a solo Batman movie, and another Suicide Squad, it gets extremely overwhelming. But let us not forget that Chris Hemsworth is highly regarded as one of the best comic book character actors out there. His Thor is a crowd favorite plus
- Nat Berman
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