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Movie world folks are increasingly migrating into high-end television drama, and many of the new series on offer at MipTV are the progeny of this cross-pollination.
“Babylon Berlin,” which is screening at the market, is produced by X Filme and creatively led by filmmaker Tom Tykwer. X Filme’s Stefan Arndt says the same production team that created the $100 million “Cloud Atlas” put together “Babylon Berlin,” and he’d be happy to screen it in theaters because the quality of the performances and the production values are as high as their films. At the end of the day, he adds, viewers don’t care whether it’s a movie or a TV show they are watching as long as they are entertained and “surprised.”
- Leo Barraclough
Life is tough right now for DC. The first three DC Extended Universe movies were critically panned, movies with characters like Batman can't crack $1 billion at the box office, and projects are falling apart left and right as directors and writers drop out, delaying them until who knows when. The Flash has lost several directors, Aquaman was recently delayed, and films that should be priorities like The Batman and Man of Steel 2 don't even have release dates. Several of the Justice League solo-films on DC's slate may have release dates, but not directors or writers!
And yet, DC keeps announcing new projects that seem like long-shots at this point, especially if they can't even get The Flash off the ground. We've heard about not only a Shazam movie, but also a spin-off for Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam. In addition to no brainers like Suicide Squad 2, DC has made »
- Nick Doll
Author: Scott Davis
Variety reported the news and in a statement on the site about the show, which is set over eight episodes and is set to air in over 50 countries, describes Strong playing Max Easton, “a man caught between two versions of himself, the past and the present… An ex-spy, Max is brought back into the game to avenge the death of his son, only to find himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war and a conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos throughout the Middle East.”
On the role, Strong said:
“The character I’m playing is completely morally conflicted – the type of role I find myself drawn to. He has to marry a secretive and »
- Scott Davis
"I'm so free now," said the 18-year old former child actress.
"I don’t know what happened, but when I turned 17, this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.
"I'm so open. I have a good time.
"I don’t worry about what people say about me.
"I know who I am, who I want to be, what I want to portray myself as and what I want people to think of me..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Chloë Grace Moretz as 'Hit-Girl'...
- Michael Stevens
Kingsman: The Secret Service was one hell of a movie! Based on the comic book series The Secret Service from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the movie was both a fun homage and semi-parody on the spy genre. A love letter to James Bond in every way, director Matthew Vaughn brought with him everything he learned from Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class and took it to the next level with incredible action scenes, dialogue, and cast including memorable performances by Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Taron Egerton.
The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, sees the return of Vaughn as director and cast members Egerton, Mark Strong, and Firth... somehow. Joining them is a completely bonkers cast including Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and even Elton John. And let's not forget that Pedro Pascal (Narcos, The Great Wall) is playing a character named "Jack Daniels." The film is in post-production, »
- Nick Doll
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at The Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, Justice League Dark, Man of Steel 2, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Black Lightning, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Logan, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Supernova, Legion, Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, Venom, Quantum and Woody and more…
If you thought all the of the drama surrounding The Batman was over once Warner Bros. enlisted Matt Reeves to take over directing duties from Ben Affleck, then think again. This week has brought news that the studio is looking to push back production on the Dark Knight solo movie to 2018 due to Reeves’ commitments to War for the Planet of the Apes, »
- Gary Collinson
“Moonlight,” this year’s Oscar winner for best picture, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video under an extension of the ecommerce giant’s pact with studio A24.
The multiyear deal, an extension of the 2013 pact between the two companies, will continue to make Amazon Prime Video the only premium subscription service for all upcoming A24 films. However, the content agreement covers only the U.S. — so Prime Video members elsewhere won’t have access to the movies as part of their subscription.
- Todd Spangler
17 years after the original X-Men made its debut, and the franchise is still going strong. There may have been more than a few bumps in the road, but after the well-deserved success of Logan this past week, the series appears to be set for many years to come.
Logan, the spectacular third solo outing for the character, marks Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the Wolverine. After 17 years, 9 appearances, and enough protein consumption to last a lifetime, Jackman is finally hanging up the claws. His departure marks a bittersweet conclusion for this era of the franchise, and leaves the long-running series with a fresh and uncharted future.
There are currently quite a few X-related projects in the works, including Deadpool 2, X-Force, New Mutants, Gambit and X-Men: Supernova. But, before we’re quite ready to move into the next wave of films, check out 10 extremely interesting facts you didn’t know about the X-Men franchise! »
- Ben Read
Man of Steel 2: Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is basically a Man of Steel sequel, Warner Bros. is moving ahead on a presumably Batman-free follow-up centered solely on Superman. And they might be looking at Kingsman: The Secret Service helmer Matthew Vaughn to direct. He'd be the second X-Men franchise director to tackle the DC hero (he did First Class, while main X-movie helmer Bryan Singer directed the unrelated Superman Returns), and it would be his fifth comic book adaptation after First Class, Kick-Ass, Kingsman and its upcoming sequel. Reportedly, if he doesn't do Man of Steel 2, he will likely do some other DC Extended Universe installment. [Collider] Gladiator...
- Christopher Campbell
“X-Men” and “Kick-Ass” veteran Matthew Vaughn is being eyed to direct DC Films “Man of Steel 2.” The filmmaker is Warner Bros.’ top choice to direct the next Superman standalone film and has had preliminary conversations, a person with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap after the news was first reported by Collider. Vaughn’s foray into the X-Men series was the stylish “X-Men: First Class.”
There is no deal yet. If Vaughn doesn’t direct “Man of Steel 2,” Warner Bros. wants him to direct another superhero project for DC Films, the person said. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Man of Steel 2 just got a whole lot more interesting. If Warner Bros. wasn't serious about making the DC Extended Universe work before, they most certainly appear to be now. Not only are they shifting around and adding projects to their lineup, they are going after some serious top-notch talent to make that happen. Case in point, it looks like the studio wants Matthew Vaughn to direct Man of Steel 2.
Collider is reporting that Matthew Vaughn is Warner Bros.' top choice to direct Man of Steel 2 and that preliminary discussions are already taking place. The report notes that they aren't "yet in the deal-making stage," but talks are on-going. What is most interesting about this report is that sources say even if Matthew Vaughn doesn't wind up directing Man of Steel 2 the studio still wants him to do another superhero movie in the Dceu at some point. So they »
Although it’s no where to be found on the already announced released, and Warner Bros. are obviously more concerned with uniting the Justice League, Man of Steel 2 is on the studio’s radar, and some baby steps have been taken with the the still in development sequel, with Collider reporting that Kick-Ass and X--Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is being courted to take the helm. The site cites sources that say that negotiations are in the very early stages at the moment, but Vaughn is Warner Bros.’ top choice for the job, and if there is some reason Vaughn passes on it, they do want him to direct a movie in the Dceu. No surprise, really. Considering his track record with super hero movies, why would you not on board for your super hero universe. This isn’t the first time Vaughn’s name has been associated with Superman, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Rounding up yesterday’s big news stories…
Man Of Steel 2 Finds A Director?
We’ve known for a while that Warner Bros. has been developing a sequel to Man of Steel, and if rumours are to be believed, the studio may have found a director. According to reports, comic book movie regular Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is in talks to direct Henry Cavill’s second solo movie; read our report here.
The New Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Sony has officially announced that it is set to reboot the Millennium movie series, with Fede Alvarez on board to direct The Girl in the Spider’s Web for release in October 2018. The studio will be recasting the lead role of Lisbeth Salander – played by Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – and a search is now underway to find an actress ahead of a September production start date. »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Brew Mar 14, 2017
Now this is promising. It’s still very much in the rumour stage, but Warner Bros is reportedly targeting Kingsman, Stardust, X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn to steer its upcoming standalone Superman sequel, Man Of Steel 2.
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The film, that’s expected to be Superman’s next big screen outing following Justice League, will see Henry Cavill reprise the role of the Man Of Steel. And Collider has broken the news that preliminary conversations have taken place with Vaughn about helming the movie.
Far from a done deal this one, though. It’s just early conversations that have taken place, and Vaughn has been rightfully picky about the films that he chooses to pursue. Warner Bros, should Vaughn pass on the Superman sequel, »
Apparently Man Of Steel 2 is still heading our way, and it looks like WB has their eyes set on a new director to join the fold!
Man Of Steel was the beginning of what we now call the Dceu, the DC Expanded Universe. With small easter eggs for fans hinting at a Batman and many more of the DC comicbook characters. The film was met with mixed to positive reviews for the most part. As the world expanded through the films sequels with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and now on the heels of Wonder Woman, it looks like WB is ready for the official sequel to the solo Superman film. With the prospect of a Man of Steel 2 they have already set their eyes on a new director to join the universe. None other then Kingsman: The Secret Service helmer, Matthew Vaughn.
Collider is reporting that »
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Last year it was reported that Warner Bros. was quietly developing a sequel to Man of Steel, and now according to Collider, the studio is in early talks with director Matthew Vaughn with a view to him tackling the second solo movie for Henry Cavill’s Superman.
The site suggests that even if Vaughn – whose previous movies include the comic book adaptations Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service – passes on Man of Steel 2, the studio is keen to die him down for another DC superhero movie.
At the time, Vaughn shared his thoughts on how he’d approach the Man of Steel, stating that: “I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, »
- Gary Collinson
Despite any misgivings any of us have had regarding all the films in the DC Extended Universe so far, and despite any drama going on with films like The Batman and The Flash, Warner Bros certainly seems committed to making this universe work. Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Aquaman are all either near-finished or underway; The Batman, The Flash, and Gotham City Sirens are still at the development stage; and on the list of numerous “eventuals” are Shazam, Black Adam, Suicide Squad 2, Green Lantern Corps, among others. The slate may be getting a bit messy, but they seem to actively be trying their best move forward.
Now, you can add one more film that may be taking steps forward in the near future: Man of Steel 2. That’s right, the long-awaited true sequel to Zack Snyder’s divisive Man of Steel. Collider is reporting that some of their sources »
- Joseph Medina
Man of Steel 2 is in active development, make no mistake about it. The sequel to Zack Snyder’s divisive franchise-starter has invariably slipped down the pecking order over at Warner Bros., who are still in the process of whipping their DC Extended Universe into shape after the back-to-back disappointments of Batman V Superman and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
Last we reported on the follow-up, Henry Cavill was seemingly lending a helping hand to the film’s development, while a more recent DC blowout claimed Man of Steel 2 was quietly being prepped for a late 2019 release. The jury’s still out on that one, but Collider is reporting today that Matthew Vaughn is in early talks to direct Cavill’s second solo outing as the bespectacled Clark Kent.
Negotiations are ongoing, according to the outlet, but it’s important to note that even if Vaughn chooses to pass on Man of Steel »
- Michael Briers
Let’s get one of thing out of the way: I know that “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” is the followup (sort of) to “Man Of Steel.” But “Man Of Steel 2” is more concise and easier to type than “The Second Superman Standalone Movie.” So, with that out of the way….
Read More: Metallo Would’ve Been The ‘Man Of Steel 2’ Villain
- Kevin Jagernauth
Photo Credit: Kat Hughes
Xander Berkeley currently stars in the global phenomena that is The Walking Dead. In the show he plays Gregory, the leader of the Hilltop community who has been butting heads with fan favourite Maggie (Lauren Cohan). It’s not the first time that we’ve seen Berkeley on our screens, he also featured on 24 as George Mason.
But he’s not just made his home on television, he also has a vast and varied film career. Over the years he’s appeared in Candyman, Kick-Ass, Heat, Apollo 13 and Terminator 2, working with the likes of James Cameron, Ron Howard and Michael Mann.
Berkeley was one of several key cast members of The Walking Dead to attend London’s Walker Stalker Con, and we were lucky enough to grab a few minutes with him. We seized the opportunity to find out all about his time on 24, Terminator »
- Kat Hughes
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