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Sony is moving full-speed ahead on their Spider-Man spinoff, Venom. Last month, Tom Hardy signed on to star with Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) on board to direct with a release date set for October 5, 2018. For those who are unfamiliar with the character, Venom’s original incarnation is photographer Eddie Brock, a rival at the Daily Bugle to Peter Parker. After Peter Parker ditches the alien symbiote that gave him the black suit but also amplified his darker impulses, the symbiote comes across Brock and merges with him to become Venom. Venom basically has all of Spider-… »
- Matt Goldberg
Author: Scott Davis
In what is perhaps one of the most surprising but equally exciting announcements of the year, Sony Pictures (via their official Twitter) have this weekend made a huge step forward in their long-mooted Venom film with the news that a star and director have been found for the project.
Tom Hardy has been signed to star as the titular character, aka Eddie Brock, and returns to the world of comic-book villainy after his role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as the equally-bulky bad guy Bane. Hardy, who was also set to play Rick Flagg in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad before he had to pull out due to schedule conflicts with The Revenant, had been looking to re-enter the world of superheroes for a while now.
- Scott Davis
Simon Brew May 22, 2017
Sony is wasting little time now with its first Spider-Man spin-off movie, Venom. And just before the weekend, it revealed some key personnel who are involved in the picture.
The one that immediately got people’s eyebrows hoisted north was Tom Hardy, returning to the land of comic book movies following The Dark Knight Rises. He was reported to be in final negotiations to take on the lead role on Venom in the movie, but his casting has subsequently been confirmed by a Tweet from Sony. Furthermore, we’ve also learned that Zombieland and Gangster Squad helmer Ruben Fleischer is set to direct.
The Mummy, War for the Planet of the Apes, a new Venom movie, and more make our weekly movie news!The Mummy, War for the Planet of the Apes, a new Venom movie, and more make our weekly movie news!Zachary Dent5/19/2017 4:36:00 Pm
We've got trailers on trailers coming at you in this week's movie news! We would also like to tell you (if you haven't already heard) that Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception) will be playing comic book villain Venom in a stand alone film. We are absolutely pumped by this casting news!
Venom is a villain commonly seen in the Spider-Man comics. Although, whether or not Spider-Man will be appearing in this film is unconfirmed. The last time we saw Venom on the big screen he was played by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.
- Zachary Dent
Welcome back to the world of comic book movies, Tom Hardy! Variety has reported that the Dunkirk actor has signed on to star as the titular anti-hero/villain in Sony’s Venom, a standalone film built around the character. Additionally, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will helm the project, marking his first feature-length directorial gig since 2013’s Gangster Squad.
Soon after reports began surfacing, Sony confirmed the news by taking to Twitter and posting a picture of Hardy rocking a Venom T-shirt. The tweet announced a fall 2017 production start date and that the film will, in fact, be a part of Sony’s Marvel Universe, which includes a catalog of over 900 characters and exists separately from Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check it out here…
- Justin Cook
After setting an October 5th, 2018 release date for a new Venom movie back in March, Sony is picking up a lot of momentum on the movie about the Spider-Man villain, as they've now announced that Tom Hardy is set to play the lead role, with Ruben Fleischer lined up as the director.
Multiple outlets, including THR, reveal the big news regarding Venom, which is expected to be the first film in an interconnected cinematic universe featuring other Marvel characters from the Spider-Man comic books.
Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal on board as producers. Production on the film is slated to kick off this fall. »
- Derek Anderson
Even though we’re distracted by the Cannes Film Festival, the latest news on Sony‘s “Venom” is still knocking us back on our heels a bit, as a creative team comes together for the first film of what the studio hopes will be yet another cinematic universe.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Deadline is reporting that Tom Hardy will suit up as Venom in Sony’s new film, with Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer set to helm. Production on the pic is expected to get underway this fall, with an October 5th, 2018 release date being eyed. From what we understand, the project is a top priority for the studio and the rest of the cast is expected to fill out shortly.
Given that Marvel won’t be involved in Venom, don’t expect to see Tom Holland’s web-slinger show up here. However, with Sony also developing a spinoff for Black Cat and Silver Sable, those two characters will likely be involved in some capacity – probably via a quick cameo to lay the groundwork for their film. As for who else could feature, that’s anyone’s guess, but the studio is clearly building their own little shared universe and you can »
- Mark Cassidy
Courtenay Valenti has been promoted to production and development president at Warner Bros. with Kevin McCormick returning to the studio as executive vice president of production and a senior adviser. Word of the hires leaked last week, with Variety breaking the Valenti news, but Warner Bros. officially confirmed the executive moves on Monday.
It’s a sign that Toby Emmerich is beginning to put his imprint on the studio after he was given the top job last winter. McCormick is an old friend of Emmerich’s.
Valenti has been at Warner Bros. for 28 years. In her new job, she will oversee the studio’s development team and budget and will work with Emmerich on creating a slate of films. Valenti has been heavily involved in the studio’s animation division, working on its Lego franchise. She also worked on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Mad Max: Fury Road. »
- Brent Lang
The hire comes as newly installed Warner Bros. Pictures President Toby Emmerich is assembling his team. Emmerich also recently tapped Kevin McCormick to join the studio as executive vice president of production.
Valenti is a longtime Warner Bros. executive, having been with the studio for nearly three decades. She currently serves as executive vice president of development and production.
A deal has yet to be formally announced, but multiple sources say the promotion is imminent. McCormick’s deal also hasn’t been made official.
Valenti has deep entertainment industry ties and is the daughter of the late MPAA president Jack Valenti. At Warner Bros., Valenti was intimately involved in the Harry Potter franchise, including the recent “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” She »
- Brent Lang
The Expendables 4: Sylvester Stallone has decided to retire from The Expendables action movie series (above). We heard last December that he would be joining Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the planned fourth installment, but the actor and filmmaker reportedly had creative differences on the selection of a director, the script and other issues with producer Avi Lerner, though Lerner says: "In my opinion, it's not dead." [Deadline] Creature From the Black Lagoon: Based on his own idea, Will Beall (Gangster Squad, Aquaman) will write the script for a new version of Creature From the Black Lagoon. The 1954 original (above) followed a group of scientists seeking to capture a prehistoric beast living in the Amazonian jungle. The project has been...
- Peter Martin
Simon Brew Apr 3, 2017
Universal finally launches its classic monsters movie universe in earnest this summer with its latest reboot of The Mummy. That film arrives in June, headlined by Tom Cruise, and it’s the first in a whole host of big screen remakes/reboots of some of Universal’s classic horror properties.
Taking its place in the queue is a new take on Creature From The Black Lagoon, and there’s been a bit of progress on this one. Specifically, a new writer has been hired to help bring the new take on the 1954 original to the screen.
Universal is getting ready to officially kick off their shared monster movie universe this summer with Tom Cruise's new take on The Mummy. The studio, despite the fact that the movie hasn't even been released yet, seems to have a lot of confidence in this idea and is already moving ahead with several other projects. One such project is a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake and they have just hired Will Beall to pen the script.
According to Deadline, the former police officer turned screenwriter has been hired by Universal to write this new take on The Creature From the Black Lagoon. His most recent credit includes James Wan's Aquaman, which is set to hit theaters next December as part of Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe. His other credits include Gangster Squad and The Legend of Conan. He also served as a producer on the CBS drama Training Day, »
Nailing down his rep as Hollywood’s go-to guy for the damp action genre, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall is making his way over to Universal’s The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Beall—who also penned Gangster Squad and the TV version of Training Day, although there’s no fish parallels there, so whatevs—will write the reboot of the classic monster film, just the latest in the studio’s ongoing efforts to turn its old monster properties into a cinematic universe of its very own. Other potential entries in the franchise include Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, all of which would follow in the shambling footsteps of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy, which has a new trailer arriving this Sunday.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]
- William Hughes
Screenwriter Will Beall recently spent time writing adventures set in the high seas for James Wan's new Aquaman movie, and now he's heading back underwater, as THR reports that Universal Pictures has tapped the writer to pen the new Creature from the Black Lagoon movie for their shared cinematic universe of Universal Monsters.
Creature from the Black Lagoon will be produced by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who are overseeing the new version of the shared Universal Monsters world, which will kick off with the theatrical release of The Mummy (directed by Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise) on June 9th.
In addition to Aquaman, Beall wrote the big screen adaptation of Paul Lieberman's novel Gangster Squad, developed the Training Day TV series, and has also been working on The Legend of Conan film (produced by Morgan) for Warner Bros.
Other new Universal Monsters movies that are in the »
- Derek Anderson
Ryan Gosling knows he has hit the jackpot.
The La La Land star may not have found a literal hidden treasure, but if his captivating onscreen chemistry with costar Emma Stone is anything to go by, it could win him a gold statue at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
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“It’s so much fun working with her, »
- Alexia Fernandez
Barring anything else crazy happening by the end of Friday, this week’s winner in the category of “Wtf News” belongs to yesterday’s reports that Mel Gibson is in early talks to direct “Suicide Squad 2.” It’s not a done deal and there are other contenders in the mix — Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House,” the upcoming sci-fi “Life“), Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland,” “Gangster Squad“), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies,” “50/50“) — but that Gibson is even at the table is surprising.
Continue reading Mel Gibson Confirms Talks For ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ Plus 3 Times He Dissed Superhero Movies at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Leading Actress nominee Emma Stone has arrived! #EEBAFTAs https://t.co/a4rTicLznl
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 12, 2017
“They have incredible chemistry because they are phenomenal actors and they also like each other in real life and help each other in real life,” La La Land director Damien Chazelle told Zoe Ball on the BAFTA Awards red carpet Sunday.
The musical is nominated in 11 categories at the award show, including best actor nods for Stone and Gosling, and »
- Mike Miller
In her 23-year career in costume design, Mary Zophres has worked for the biggest directors in the business, outfitting all manner of stars on their films. Having garnered her second Oscar nomination for her work on “La La Land,” Zophres spoke with Variety about inspirations for the film, her long-term collaboration with the Coen brothers, and George Clooney messing around with his outfit on the “Hail, Caesar!” set.
“La La Land” was inspired by old Hollywood and French musicals; did you apply similar techniques that they used back then to your costume design for the movie?
I wasn’t around in the heyday of Hollywood, but I’m sure they had conversations like the ones we had [when they were making] movies like “Young Girls of Rochefort,” because the synchronicity of the shots and the dance numbers and the color, it doesn’t happen accidentally. But we had the advantage of modern technology because »
- Will Thorne
In her 23-year career in costume design, Mary Zophres has designed for the biggest stars and directors in the business, from George Clooney, to Scarlett Johansson, to the Coen brothers. Having garnered her second Oscar nomination for her work on “La La Land,” Zophres spoke with Variety about working with Damien Chazelle, her long-term collaboration with the Coen brothers, and George Clooney messing around with his dress on the “Hail, Caesar!” set.
“La La Land” seems like it was an incredibly fun movie to make, what was your experience like working on it?
I have to say [Damien Chazelle] was very inspiring and he was our greatest advocate, and cheerleader, and brainstormer, it was like an unstoppable ship. We went over the script page by page, which I had never done before as a costume designer, and after the first meeting I was like, “On your marks, get set, let’s go! »
- Will Thorne
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