Scarlett Johansson has already conquered the world of superheroes, and now she might be taking on anime. She's been offered the lead role in Ghost in the Shell, a popular manga series that DreamWorks is adapting into a live-action movie. The futuristic series follows public security officers who make up the police force in mid-21st-century Japan. The heroine, Major Motoko Kusanagi, is part human and part cyborg, making her a target to enemies. Johansson already knows how to kick butt thanks to The Avengers and Lucy, so this should be interesting . . . Source: Kodansha Comics, Getty / Gregg DeGuire »
It was previously reported that The Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie was in talks to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of influential Japanese anime Ghost In The Shell. Deadline has now reported that Robbie is no longer up for the role as she is being lined up for Suicide Squad and that Dreamworks has offered Us$ 10 million for Lucy and The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson to play the lead in the film. Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) will be directing and the script is written by William Wheeler (The Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Plans are to shoot the film in 3D....
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Though The Wolf of Wall Street and About Time star Margot Robbie was previously reported to be in talks to lead Ghost in the Shell, a live-action adaptation f the iconic Japanese manga of the same name set up at DreamWorks, those talks haven't worked out, and she's no longer linked to the project. However, in a report from Deadline about the actress closing in on a deal to star in Suicide Squad, with Ryan Gosling, Will Smith and Tom Hardy also circling, it's noted that Lucy and The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson now has an offer for $10 million to take the lead role instead. And that sounds like perfect casting. More below! The only downside is that the role feels a little familiar considering her action work as Black Widow in the Marvel cinematic universe. For those who don't know, Ghost in the Shell follows a female member of »
- Ethan Anderton
A little while back, we brought you the news that The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie was eyeing the lead role in DreamWorks’ live-action rendition of popular manga series, Ghost in the Shell. However, now that the actress has entered talks to star in the recently-announced Suicide Squad film — along with Tom Hardy & Will Smith — the role has reportedly been offered to a certain Ms. Romanoff.
That’s right, according to Deadline, DreamWorks has turned its attention towards Scarlett Johansson, with the studio offering an alleged $10 million to secure the actress’ place in the long-gestating manga. Though the jury is still out on whether the Lucy star will sign on for the project, we assume she’ll step into the shoes of one Motoko Kusanagi.
For the uninitiated, Ghost in the Shell is best described as post-cyberpunk anime that follows Kusanagi — a cybernetic human that leads a law »
- Michael Briers
If the rumours are to be believed, Captain America 3 will be based around Marvel Comics' crossover event Civil War, with Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark/Iron Man expected to join Chris Evans in Joe and Anthony Russo's sequel.
For comics readers, the details of Civil War and its aftermath are well known, but for the uninitiated, here is what you need to know about the storyline and the way it could be brought to the big screen:
1. Marvel's mightiest event
While not the first of its kind, the 2006-07 line-wide crossover with its core series and tie-in miniseries and one-shots set the standard for the way such stories would be handled by Marvel (and DC) Comics for years to come.
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's seven-issue Civil War series still dominates the list of bestselling comics of the 21st century. It launched a pattern of yearly »
Rupert Sanders is apparently targeting Scarlett Johansson for the lead role in Ghost In The Shell. It was earlier reported that Margot Robbie, of The Wolf Of Wall Street fame, was up for the part, but perhaps due to the success of Lucy and The Avengers, Johansson is the action star of choice. Although Robbie is still aiming for the DC adaptation of Suicide Squad which is looking to acquire Will Smith and Tom Hardy for the DC adaptation centred on super villains carrying out black op missions for the government.
Plans for a live action Hollywood version of manga/anime Ghost In The Shell have been in the pipeline for a very long time. First released in 1989, the film focuses on a division of police investigating cyber crimes. From the mind of Masamune Shirow, it was certainly before its time and went on to influence works such as The Matrix. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
With Robert Downey Jr.'s The Judge opening last week, which was surely a result of the career road he built with his massive success as Iron Man, we are giving you the gist of the film that signifies the height of his stardom as the character, The Avengers, in a new Movie CliffsNotes. The film sits happily as the 3rd highest grossing film of all time, which ain't too shabby for someone who was once arrested with three bags of cocaine and a wonder woman outfit. The rest of the »
- Paul Shirey
Although Margot Robbie was said to be up for the role earlier this year, Deadline is now reporting that Lucy and Marvel's The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson has been offered the leading role in DreamWorks' live-action adaptation of the popular manga Ghost in the Shell. Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will helm the feature from a script by William Wheeler, based on the series by Masamune Shirow. »
Gavin Logan on whether anyone really cares about Iron Man 4…
I love Robert Downey Jr., I really do and hand on heart I don’t think anybody could’ve pulled off Tony Stark to anywhere near the degree of perfection that he did. Rdj’s suave, obnoxious and extremely funny portrayal made Iron Man one of the most popular superheroes around. Without Rdj and Iron Man who knows where the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be right now. The possibility of a fourth solo outing has been rumoured pretty much ever since the third one hit theatres worldwide with both Kevin Feige and Rdj giving little away. One minute it’s on, the next it’s off and then it’s back on again. Then just a few short days ago Rdj publicly admitted that Iron Man 4 is not happening, contradicting previous comments he made the day before on The Ellen Degeneres Show. »
- Gavin Logan
Watch the first trailer for Ron Howard’s action adventure In The Heart Of The Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. The film is scheduled to open on March 13, 2015 in theatres and IMAX.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.
In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, »
- Michelle McCue
After salvaging a summer full of box office flops, Marvel's Phase Two adventure Guardians of the Galaxy has passed the $700 million milestone at the global box office to become the true winner of the season.
Guardians of the Galaxy opened with a record debut in China last weekend, taking in an October-best $29.3 million, which helped put the superhero ensemble at $705.1 million worldwide ($326.7 million domestic, $378.4 million international). The opening weekend tally in China was the third biggest ever in the country, following Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Guardians of the Galaxy is just the fourth Marvel movie to crack $700 million worldwide, following this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Marvel's The Avengers. It is also the first Marvel adventure to crack that milestone as the first movie in a series, which doesn't feature previously-established characters.
Guardians of the Galaxy has earned the most internationally in the U. »
In the Heart of the Sea (based on a book of the same name) tells the true story of a shipping voyage that would go on to inspire the classical tale of Moby Dick, and today brings the first trailer and poster for Ron Howard's upcoming adaptation. Come inside to check them out!
Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth are back together, this time in a period piece out on the high seas. I wasn't sure what to think about this story when I first hear about it, but having seen this trailer, I'm definitely excited to know more. While the human drama elements will most surely be at the forefront, it's pretty obvious that at it's core, In the Heart of the Sea is a disaster flick. I love these kinds of films and Ron Howard does a great job with them (look at Apollo 13), by combining engaging »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer and photos from Ron Howard's upcoming action adventure “In the Heart of the Sea,” based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.
“In the Heart of the Sea” stars Chris Hemsworth (“The Avengers,” “Rush”) as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
Tom Holland (“The Impossible”) also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson (“Edge ofTomorrow”) as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollá (“Riddick”) is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
- Kellvin Chavez
Marvel’s The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble as it’s clunkily known as in the UK) was a massive box office hit, quickly becoming the third-highest grossing film ever. A sequel was inevitable, and Joss Whedon has returned to helm the much-anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron, due for release next year.
As seems to generally be the case for Marvel superhero films, Age of Ultron is looking to take a much darker direction than the original film. Early posters have shown our band of heroes getting overwhelmed by Ultron’s forces, and the “self-absorbed” robot is looking to be the most fearsome foe the Avengers have faced yet. Of course, that’s not to say the whole spectacle won’t be lightened up by Whedon’s snappy writing.
We’ve put together 21 on-set photos from the production of Avengers: Age of Ultron, that show off the cast and crew in action. »
- Tom Butler
The fourth trailer for the film Foxcatcher, the biographical drama exploring the relationship between wrestler Mark Schultz and billionaire benefactor John Du Pont has been released. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
Flattered by the attention and »
- Thomas Roach
Marvel has so many moving pieces at the moment. The Avengers are trying to figure out how to stop Ultron. Civil War is on the horizon. And Paul Rudd is shrinking down for Ant-Man. But one lingering mystery swirls constantly around the possible casting of Dr. Stephen Strange for a solo, standalone movie that Marvel has been meaning to mount for a while now. The character was name-dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Kevin Feige has been shopping around for the right lead, getting close to some (like Joaquin Phoenix) and missing on others (like Keanu Reeves). On the heels of the rumor that Ewan McGregor might be up for the part, Variety laid out six surprising names that reportedly are on the studio.s short list to play Doctor Strange. Are they legit? Could this happen? Let.s run through the latest options. Jared Leto Why he would »
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
Captain America 3 is set to kick off the Marvel Civil War on the big screen. But what is it, and what does it mean for the McU?
One section of this article discusses heavy spoilers for the Civil War comic. We've marked that section, but we discuss storylines throughout the piece.
It was one year back that we took a look a look at why Marvel's 2007 comic book arc, Civil War, was ripe for the big screen treatment. You can find the original piece here. Now, with the news breaking yesterday that Tony Stark would be suiting up alongside/against Steve Rogers in Captain America 3, it seems Kevin Feige has, er, had the same idea over at Marvel Studios HQ. Clearly that was down »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has big plans for the future, whether it.s introducing new superheroes like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange or expanding the adventures of heroes already introduced. Yesterday, it was revealed that Robert Downey Jr. is in final negotiations to play Tony Stark in Captain America 3, which will be an adaptation of the 2006 crossover event Civil War. This story will evidently set up future Marvel movies, with Stark.s actions allegedly factoring into an Avengers 4. While the ramifications of this Civil War adaptation are huge and could be discussed for hours, there.s still one nagging question regarding the McU: what about Thanos? Ever since we saw the purple alien smirk to the camera in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers, fans have been wondering when the showdown between Earth.s Mightiest Heroes and the Mad Titan will occur. After The Avengers, many assumed Thanos would be the »
Last night, Marvel Studios dropped a bombshell, with the news that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to return as Tony Stark in Captain America 3, a movie that will adapt the Civil War comic book story line and forever change the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New details have emerged today that reveal Iron Man may be joined by a number of other Avengers, along with details on the possible title. There will be potential spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron below, so read on at your own risk.
Earlier this month, we reported that The Avengers 3 will feature a whole new team of superheroes, which was thought to stem from the main stars' contracts running out, and the desire to save their biggest stars for another huge movie. It's looking more and more like Captain America 3 will be that movie, which Badass Digest is calling "Avengers 2.5."
At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
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