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His history of underperforming at the box office makes predicting a post-Marvel career tricky.
If the image of a bearded, flannel-clad Chris Evans playing a single uncle isn’t enough to lure throngs of women to the movies, I don’t know what will. In his latest film, Gifted, Evans plays Frank Adler, the aforementioned single uncle to a spunky six year-old gifted child, Mary (Mckenna Grace). Frank is caring for his niece after the unexpected death of his sister and he yearns for the child to have a normal and healthy life. After he sends Mary off on her first day of school, her teacher, Bonnie (Jenny Slate), notices the child’s remarkable abilities and alerts the school’s principal. Mary is offered a chance to attend a prestigious school for gifted children, which Frank promptly declines. This kicks off a custody battle between Frank and his estranged mother, Evelyn »
- Jamie Righetti
Back in January, Cult of Chucky, Universal 1440's highly-anticipated horror sequel, started production, with director Don Mancini and star Jennifer Tilly sharing the first set photos. Now that the film is in post-production, the wait for the first trailer begins. But before the first footage drops, writer-director Don Mancini descended upon the Monsterpalooza convention in Pasadena, California this weekend, where he shed some new light on this sequel. During his convention appearance, the director made quite the bold statement, revealing that this will be the goriest Chucky movie ever.
"The gore effects in this movie, this is definitly the goriest of all of the movies. [This] wasn't something [we] set out to do, it just sort of turned out that way."
Don Mancini was joined by Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif and animatronic effects supervisor Tony Gardner at the convention, with the director revealing that the story picks up directly after 2013's Curse of Chucky. »
Suicide Squad was a divisive film, to be sure, but most people can agree that it did show signs of promise. The villain may have been underdeveloped, along with a lot of Task Force X, and the script could have definitely used some more work, but it wasn’t a total failure. That, and the fact that it’s the Dceu’s most profitable movie to date makes it pretty easy to see why Warner Bros. is eager to put out a Suicide Squad 2 and as we already know, the project is currently in development.
So far, we haven’t heard a whole lot about it, but a recent report has now shed some light on both the director search as well as a new character. Before we proceed, it should be mentioned that this information comes from the Dceu Leaks section on Reddit, so take this all with the requisite pinch of salt. »
- Josh Wilding
Fresh off the success of Preacher, the Vertigo comic they adapted into a television series for AMC, THR is reporting that writers, producers, and directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End, The Interview) are heading back to the funny-book mine for their next big-screen project, and the vein they’re tapping is Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead.
See, though Kirkman is best known for his zombie drama, shortly before he started publishing Twd he released Invincible, about teenager Mark Grayson just trying to survive adolescence with two big asterisks attached: one, he’s superpowered, and two, so’s his pop, in fact he’s the most powerful being on the planet. Rogen and Goldberg will be writing, producing »
- H. Perry Horton
Simon Brew Apr 3, 2017
Why the writers credited on a movie are rarely the only ones who put the screenplay together....
The Wizard Of Oz, since its initial release in 1939, has richly deserved its long-cemented status as an all-time classic. A regular resident in the IMDb top 250 films of all time, and a part of many people’s DVD collection, it’s a film that I’d wager more and more people fall in love with each year. Long may that continue.
Lots of brilliant people were involved in bringing The Wizard Of Oz to the big screen. Some terrific writers, too, who came up with a quotable and cherished script. The film’s screenplay is credited to Noel Langley, »
Why Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi horror is very much worth your time.
You might already have a number of personally justified reasons to skip Daniel Espinosa’s outer space horror-thriller Life, written by the Deadpool and Zombieland scribe duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. For starters, the general lack of interest in it might be weighing down your own willingness (Forbes’ Scott Mendelson reports the movie only made a measly $12.2 million weekend debut.) Or its overall “meh” critical reception — with an underwhelming 66% score on Rotten Tomatoes (just 46% when you look at Top Critics only) — might be the deal-breaker for you. Or perhaps you have room for one and only one set-in-space horror per year inside of you, which you already reserved for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant.
Due respect, you will be missing out, and not just on its first-rate and diverse ensemble »
- Tomris Laffly
If you've been following your Marvel news, then you've surely heard that Sony is rushing to get a stand-alone film made about Spider-Man's greatest adversary, Venom. The movie will be separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is shooting for an R-Rating as a potential sci-fi/horror film, and already has a release date of October 5, 2018, with production beginning as soon as this fall. Sony is hoping to launch a Spider-Man universe of their own and possibly a whole "VenomVerse."
The idea for a Venom film has been floating around Hollywood since the 2007 release of Spider-Man 3, the first and only live-action film to feature the character. Most recently, a Venom movie was thought to be a part The Amazing Spider-Man Universe which also included canceled projects such as The Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 & 4, all of which came crashing down after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a lackluster box »
- Nick Doll
Mike Cecchini Mar 29, 2017
The world will finally get to know the superhero buddy comic Archer & Armstrong on the big screen.
It might be time to get used to the words 'Valiant Cinematic Universe'. Following word that Sony is developing Bloodshot and Harbinger movies, and with the Russo Brothers working on a Quantum & Woody TV series, now Valiant's Archer & Armstrong are also coming to the big screen.
The big news is that Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is likely to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Terry Rossio is writing the Archer & Armstrong screenplay and Fleischer, Jason Brown, Sean Daniel, and Dinsesh Shamdasani will produce.
Archer & Armstrong is an ongoing series about a drunken, disillusioned immortal and his adventures with an idealistic (which is putting it mildly) young man. The characters have been around since the early '90s, but the current incarnation of the series from the resurgent Valiant Entertainment has been an absolute blast. »
Dumbo: Colin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks, above) is in negotiations to star in Disney's new version of Dumbo. Tim Burton will direct; if things work out, Farrell will play a widowed father with two children, joining Eva Green as a trapeze artist and Danny DeVito as the owner of a small circus in the live-action movie. [Deadline] Wingmen: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Night Before, above) is in early negotiations to direct a musical comedy. He is already set to star alongside Channing Tatum in the movie, which has been provisionally titled Wingmen and follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas and then sing cover versions of popular songs "with a touch of adult humor." [Variety] Archer & Armstrong: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, above) will...
- Peter Martin
Valiant Entertainment has tapped Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer to direct an adaptation of its comic book series Archer & Armstrong, with Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) penning the script.
The series, created by Jim Shooter, Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton, launched in 1992 and “centers around the unlikely friendship between Armstrong, an immortal warrior who has become a drunken self-styled philosopher throughout the centuries, and Archer, a teenage prodigy who has been trained since childhood to murder him.”
Valiant is in the process of mining its various comic book properties for both feature and TV adaptations. The publisher has a five-film deal with Sony to launch a shared cinematic universe around Bloodshot and Harbinger, and also has small screen versions of Dr. Mirage and Quantum and Woody in development.
Source: THR »
- Gary Collinson
DC. Marvel. Industry giants, yet not the only names in comics. Not by a long shot.
Valiant is one such company that has been around for quite a while, founded in 1989 by former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and Steven Massarsky. Like the two industry leaders, we have the Valiant Universe including such titles as X-o Manowar, Harbinger, and Shadowman. Valiant already has a five-picture deal with Sony to bring the Valiant Universe to life, including movie versions of Bloodshot and Harbinger, leading to an Avengers style event in Harbinger Wars.
Heat Vision has learned that now that Valiant is developing Archer & Armstrong in house before being shopped around to studios. The project certainly won't be a hard sell, considering the talent that just joined the film.
- Nick Doll
You know the old saying “curiosity killed the cat?” Well, Daniel Espinosa’s Life proves that curiosity can certainly kill the astronaut, too, as a crew aboard a space station discover the hard way that some questions shouldn’t be answered… or probed with an electric wand.
A small team of astronauts, one alien, and one isolated setting where no one can hear them scream. Yes, the setup for Life, penned by Zombieland and Deadpool co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, may sound familiar, and although it never strays far from the story beats many sci-fi horror fans will be expecting, it does execute them (and its characters) with efficient, even ruthless, precision.
Despite its title, death is omnipresent throughout Life, and when characters do die, the emotional toll it takes on the surviving characters is painfully palpable. From its first brutal, unexpected kill scene, you know that Life treats »
- Derek Anderson
The Zombieland 2 script is in place, all of the core cast members “love it,” and all that’s missing now is the green light from Sony.
At least, that’s according to writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who spoke with ComicBook.com in anticipation of Sony’s star-studded sci-fi pic, Life. First off, the latter confirmed that Zombieland 2 is still very much in active development, and both writers are currently in the process of sussing out the logistics – actor contracts, the allocated budget…you name it – before receiving the green light from the studio. Here’s the latest word on the Zombieland sequel, courtesy of Paul Wernick:
“It is [in active development]. We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Ruben [Fleischer] is signed on. It’s just a matter of making our cast deals and making it for a budget number. »
- Michael Briers
Hollywood writing duos are a long-standing tradition that’s continued through the years and there have been even more recently, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have created a particularly creative knack for tackling genre and franchise.
I personally met the duo on the set of their 2009 movie Zombieland many years ago, and watched them taking on other big genre movies including G.I. Joe: Retaliation, before working with Ryan Reynolds to develop a Deadpool movie that was hugely popular with superhero fans.
Their new movie Life is an outer space thriller also starring their Deadpool collaborator Ryan Reynolds, along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson as half the crew of the International Space Station, who have recovered a sample of life from the surface of Mars. It’s a single cell organism that’s been frozen, but when they try to revive it, it starts growing, becoming stronger and more violent towards its would-be captors. »
- Edward Douglas
What we have here is junky Alien clone disguised as, well, something better. But there's no life in Life, just leftovers, and a set-up comes pretty close to being a parody of the 1979 Ridley Scott classic. We're squeezed into a claustrophobic , $200 billion international space station, which is charged with care of a probe that has returned from Mars with soil samples. And what do you know, when you put one of those samples in a petri dish, something emerges. And it's alive! At first, the one-cell organism looks like a floating plant tendril, »
When Zombieland initially landed back in 2009, it almost felt like a guarantee that there would be a sequel on the way. And while the follow up has been in play for what feels like forever, nothing has yet come to pass.
Confirming that the movie is in active development, and that the cast have indeed seen the screenplay, the two said the following in a recent interview with ComicBook.com:
“It is [in active development]. We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Ruben Fleischer is signed on. It’s just a matter of making our cast deals and making it for a budget number. All the cast have become superstars now so, »
- Samuel Brace
‘Life’ Finds a Way to Deliver a Fun Thrill Ride Despite the Generic SetupA compelling cast, an intelligent enemy, and slick thrills make for an entertaining slice of sci-fi/horror.
As much as films like Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures want us to believe otherwise, space-set horror films have shown us again and again that astronauts really aren’t all that bright. How else to explain the endless display of scientists and space explorers who encounter a previously unknown alien life-form and against all common sense decide it’s probably something they should touch?
That’s the immediate hurdle the new film Life needs to overcome even before the the first frame appears, and while the moment in question is a definite stumbling block the movie still succeeds in becoming a highly entertaining and often suspenseful ride into darkness.
A six-person crew aboard the International Space Station have just brought an interplanetary sample aboard, and »
- Rob Hunter
Simon Brew Mar 23, 2017
Zombieland 2 has personnel in place, and a screenplay ready. It just needs the greenlight from Sony...
With their latest project, Life, arriving in UK cinemas tomorrow, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been on the interview trail for the movie. And in a chat with Comicbook.com, the duo have confirmed that Zombieland 2 – another project they’ve been trying to get off the ground – is very much at the forefront of their minds.
They confirmed that the film is in active development, adding that “we’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it”.
“Ruben [Fleischer, the director of the original] is signed on. It’s just a matter of making our cast deals »
Get ready for your semi-annual update on the status of Zombieland 2. Though, admittedly, this update does sound realistic and encouraging. Plus, it is coming directly from two of the guys most involved in the project. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the duo behind Deadpool, have revealed that the movie is still in development and that the original cast is still on board to come back for the sequel.
The writers recently spoke with Comicbook.com while promoting their latest movie Life. The pair were asked about the status of Zombieland 2 and whether or not the movie was still in development. According to them, it is and they are actively trying to get the thing going, but there are some hurdles in the way. Here is what they had to say about it.
"It is [in active development]. We're trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. »
It seems like there are a lot of complaints these days about a lack of original ideas in movies. More so, it seems as though that complaint is often lobbed in the general direction of reboots and sequels. With director Daniel Espinosa's new movie Life, an interesting line is walked. Is this movie technically original? Yes. In that, it is not an actual remake or a reboot. However, it is so heavily influenced by a couple of movies (one in particular) that it sort of blurs the line a bit. That said, a blurry line can't stop this movie from being very entertaining and enjoyable, assuming you like aliens and attractive astronauts in peril.
Sony Pictures' new sci-fi/thriller Life centers on a group of astronauts aboard the international space station who have a very interesting and important mission at hand. A capsule, containing samples from Mars, has malfunctioned »
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