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It’s been nearly a year since we last heard anything about the big screen adaptation of popular video game franchise Metal Gear Solid when it was reported that Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) had been attached to the project. Well, now we have some more news.
According to Deadline, in-demand British writer Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has penned a deal with Sony Pictures to write a feature adaptation of Metal Gear Solid, which is set to be produced by Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man). Basu has also been attached to Universal to work on their expanded monsters universe with classic characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein.
Metal Gear Solid started out life on the MSX2 and Nintendo Famicon in 1987, titled simply Metal Gear. The game was ported for a non-Japanese audience on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988 and it spawned an official sequel in Japan, »
- Luke Owen
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next instalment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th, with a cast that includes stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bd Wong (Jurassic Park), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer »
- Gary Collinson
Sliming season is upon us again, as Nickelodeon presented the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Host Nick Jonas serenaded the crowd at the top of the show, which saw additional performances from Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson and teen sensation 5 Seconds of Summer. Top honors went to “Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone for “The Amazing Spiderman” and Angelina Jolie, who brought daughters Zahara and Shiloh, to claim Favorite Villain for “Maleficent.” Read the complete list of 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards Winners: Favorite Talent Competition Show* “America’s Got Talent” “American Idol” “America »
- Matt Donnelly
There’s always a weird disconnect with age in Hollywood. You hear actors often suggesting, “Oh, I’m getting too old for this part,” while actors routinely play parts where their character is much, much younger. Andrew Garfield was 28 when he started playing the teenage Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and yet when the “Spectacular Spider-Man” reboot was announced, much of the news was about how the character was going younger and going back to high school (he had barely left, Parker graduated in ‘”Amazing Spider-Man 2”). Robert Downey Jr. has said much the same, that he’s getting too old to play Tony Stark now that he’s going on 50 (next year). But 50 is the new 40, and Rdj has signed on for even more Marvel films, including a major role in “Captain America: Civil War,” so we’ll be seeing him as Iron Man until at least “Avengers: »
- Edward Davis
He will oversee marketing for the company, which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the United States along with Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert.
Gargotta stepped down in July as president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Creative Advertising in one of a long line of departures at the Culver City lot. During 13 years at Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for “The Da Vinci Code,” “Salt,” the “Jump Street” movies, “American Hustle” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, along with the ad materials for the last three James Bond titles — “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.”
He previously worked at Intralink Film Graphic Design and Trailer Park Inc.
- Dave McNary
You can add another comic-book-to-tv project to your watch list – dystopian sci-fi Lazarus from Greg Rucka and Michael Lark...
Legendary Television has picked up the TV rights to the still-ongoing comic book series Lazarus, it was announced yesterday, after an apparently competitive war of bidding.
The comic – created by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark – is a dystopian science-fiction tale. It’s set in a world where 16 wealthy families rule over all of society. There’s a bit of superpower-esque twist, too – each family has an immortal ‘Lazarus’ on their side.
These Lazarus characters (Lazari?) are genetically engineered to be un-killable in order to protect their families. Forever Carlyle, the series protagonist, is one of these characters.
However, there’s a little more to the comic than that short summary can do justice to, it’s a cunning deconstruction of the class system which provides food for thought as well as fights and stuff, »
An antitrust lawsuit filed by a Georgia-based movie theater chain has gotten a big boost thanks to a federal judge's decision to allow it to move forward. In January 2014, Cobb Theaters targeted exhibition giant AMC Entertainment for allegedly using its worldwide market power to coerce film distributors to deprive competitors of access to studio films. According to the complaint, AMC's head film buyer sent a letter to studios demanding preferential or exclusive licensing treatment. Cobb says that afterward, Sony Pictures deprived its CineBistro outlets of hit films like The Amazing Spider-Man, This Is the End and Zero
- Eriq Gardner
I thought it had been determined the new Spider-Man, which will allegedly be making his debut in Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War, was going to be of the Miles Morales variety, a version of the comic book character of African American and Puerto Rican descent. However, a new rumor from Badass Digest reports Mateus Ward, a 16-year-old white actor currently starring on TNT's "Murder in the First", auditioned for the role would suggest otherwise. Of course, they may just have a blanket request out for any actors of a certain age without any kind of race requirements, but the other aspect of this report people are concerned with is the actor's age as this would give fans a genuine teenager in the role rather than the 25-year-old Tobey Maguire when the first Spider-Man was released or the 29-year-old Andrew Garfield when the first The Amazing Spider-Man was released. »
- Brad Brevet
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Heroes Reborn, Powers, The Crow and more…
There’s less than five weeks to go before Marvel kicks off the 2015 superhero season with the UK release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and to whet our appetites even further the studio has debuted a couple of TV spots this week which offer up some brand new footage from the hotly-anticipated sequel, including the first dialogue from Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver [watch them here]. Meanwhile, the titular villain also got his own character poster (which you can see to the right), Joss Whedon spoke about the new roster additions to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes including Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and »
- Gary Collinson
In one of the most interesting pieces of casting news to land this week, THR reports that Charlotte Gainsbourg has entered talks to appear in sci-fi sequel Independence Day 2. The actress is known for her aggressively method performances in Lars Von Trier’s back catalogue of works including Nymphomaniac, Antichrist and Melancholia, so stepping away from character-driven pieces and into the realm of blockbuster fare is certainly an unexpected move for Gainsbourg.
The long-gestating follow-up to Roland Emmerich’s 1996 box office behemoth has hit headlines in recent weeks due to an influx of new cast members. In addition to today’s news, Emmerich – who’s back at the helm – took to Twitter not long ago to announce Jeff Goldblum’s return as scientist David Levinson. Along with original star Will Smith (who won’t be reprising his role), Goldblum knocked out the alien threat by administering a digital virus »
- Gem Seddon
It’s a record for a Sony movie, 50% above the previous mark of 22 million streams for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Sandler plays a former arcade gaming champ tasked in the slapstick-laden trailer with saving Earth from an invasion of aliens portrayed as giant versions of classic videogame characters, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.
The film also stars Kevin James as the president of the United States along with Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan. Chris Columbus directed from a script by Tim Dowling and Tim Herlihy, based on the short film by Patrick Jean.
- Dave McNary
The trailer for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Pixels, the highly anticipated action-comedy event film slated for release on July 24, 2015, generated 34.3 million views worldwide in its first 24 hours online, making it the studio’s #1 trailer launch of all time. This debut bests the studio’s previous record of 22 million streams in 24 hours for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
To reach the record, the studio utilized the enormous digital footprint that Sony commands worldwide and the remarkable social media reach of its cast including Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Ashley Benson. The studio leveraged official channels as well as social pages for Sony, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures international markets, Sony Electronics, and Sony Rewards, as well as the Xperia Lounge on Sony Mobile and Sony’s Times Square Billboard. Worldwide viewership of the trailer continues to grow as support extends to PlayStation, Crackle, Sony Retail Stores and Sony International Television.
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- Michelle McCue
Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that the upcoming action-comedy Pixels has set a new studio record for trailer views, with over 34 million worldwide views in its first 24 hours of release online.
Released across the globe via various Sony platforms including their electronic, retail, online (including Sony PlayStation networks) and television avenues, Pixels beat the previous record holder, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with 22 million views, to become the studio’s number one trailer launch.
In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler (The Wedding Singer), Michelle Monaghan (Playing it Cool), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Sean Bean (Jupiter Ascending), Josh Gad (Frozen) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity).
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- Scott J. Davis
The trailer for Sony Pictures Entertainment's Pixels, the highly anticipated action-comedy event film slated for release on July 24, 2015, generated 34.3 million views worldwide in its first 24 hours online, making it the studio's #1 trailer launch of all time. This debut bests the studio's previous record of 22 million streams in 24 hours for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In case you missed the trailer on Tuesday, check it out below.
To reach the record, the studio utilized the enormous digital footprint that Sony commands worldwide and the remarkable social media reach of its cast including Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Ashley Benson. The studio leveraged official channels as well as social pages for Sony, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures international markets, Sony Electronics, and Sony Rewards, as well as the Xperia Lounge on Sony Mobile and Sony's Times Square Billboard. Worldwide viewership of the trailer continues to grow as support extends to PlayStation, Crackle, »
Pim Razenberg on the future of franchising…
Around the start of the new millennium a change occurred in Hollywood; a change that had been brewing for a while. The production of cinematic sequels to popular movies proved to warrant a strong outcome at the box office and studios were looking for ways to exploit their sequels in a more effective manner.
Without further warning, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring broke all box office conventions. Due to their immense success, the concept of “media franchises” dawned on the world, giving new meaning to the business term “franchise”. Hollywood’s adaptation of the term – their substitution for the then more common term “(film) series” – indicated a fusion between media and merchandise aimed for longevity. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings proved that producing movies and sequels »
- Gary Collinson
In one of the more bizarre rumours last year, it was speculated that Sony were planning on doing a spin-off movie in their Spider-Man franchise that would focus on Sally Field’s Aunt May. It was quickly debunked and nothing further was ever said of it, but with the news of Spider-Man getting another reboot treatment and joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is no completely out of the question.
“It was fun because it was just a great group”, she said, adding that Andrew Garfield was the “most perfect fellow to work with, so I will miss him, but I’ll find him.”
The Huffington Post on the other hand asked her about the spin-off rumours, which she dismisses quite emphatically. “Aunt May spin off? »
- Luke Owen
Before Marvel agreed to help Sony reboot the Spider-Man franchise, there were rumors that Sony was planning to make a spin-off focusing on Aunt May, who is Peter Parker's aunt last played by Sally Field in "The Amazing Spider-Man" films. In a new interview with Field, the actress was asked about the rumor. "Aunt May spin-off? And make her the lead? What would you do with her?," she asked. "She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home." Whether the rumor was true or not, now that Marvel is involved, any potential plans will be thrown out. Instead, fans will be introduced to a new Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War," which is set to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. »
One of the stranger rumors that cropped up last year was that Sony Pictures was looking at developing a "Spider-Man" spinoff based on Sally Field's Aunt May character in her younger days. With the Marvel/Sony deal having gone forward though, the various spin-off films were scrapped including, presumably, said Aunt May film.
It turns out actress Sally Field, who played Aunt May in the two "The Amazing Spider-Man" films, wasn't aware of the project. In a new interview with The Huffington Post during SXSW, she was asked about the project. She said:
"Aunt May spinoff? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home. I think they did that: It was called The Donna Reed Show."
Field also confirmed to E! News that she doesn't know if she will return for the reboot, »
- Garth Franklin
The Spider-Man reboot means it's farewell to Sally Field's Aunt May. Not that she thought the spin-off movie was going to happen either
One of the oddest rumours to spring up last year was that of a proposed spin-off for the Aunt May character. As part of Sony's then-planned Spider-Man universe, we were told, we were getting Aunt May: Origins (or whatever it would have been called).
The rumour was debunked in about the time it took for most of us to stop chuckling at it, but then the story was indicative of where the Spider-Man movie series had ended up towards the end of 2014. A little bit lost, with any rumour feeling plausible.
Since then, of course, Marvel and Sony have got together to chart a firmer course for the Spider-Man movies. Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel cinematic universe, is expected to appear in next year's Captain America: Civil War, »
Way back in November, a report surfaced that Sony Pictures was developing a Spider-Man spinoff based on Sally Field's Aunt May character from The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The project was never confirmed by Sony, but even if it were, Sony decided just a few months later to scrap all of its Spider-Man projects (including The Sinister Six and Venom) to reboot Spidey once again. The new Spider-Man will first appear in an unspecified Marvel movie, most likely Captain America: Civil War, before a new Spider-Man saga hits theaters in 2017. As it turns out, not even Sally Field was aware of the Aunt May spinoff, as she revealed during an interview at SXSW with The Huffington Post.
"Aunt May spinoff? And make her the lead? What would you do with her? She has no special powers whatsoever. She was a housewife waiting for the kids to come home. »
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