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In case you hadn't heard, Valiant Entertainment is gearing up to begin their own cinematic universe, and they're beginning with a five picture deal at Sony Pictures that will kick off with adaptations of their Bloodshot and Harbinger comics. The former will be the first to arrive, with an eye towards being released sometime in 2017, and THR reveals John Wick directing duo David Leitch & Chad Stahelski will be at the helm with a script from Kick-Ass 2 scribe Jeff Wadlow and The Thing remake writer Eric Heisserer. Even if you're not interested in Valiant comics, it's Leitch and Stahelski directing is great. For those who don't know, Bloodshot follows a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory, not unlike a fantastical version of The Bourne Identity or a less hellish version of Spawn. This project has »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in March comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment announced that it is set to bring its properties to the big screen with the “largest independent superhero universe” in the world, and now we have details of the first two movies in development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are set to direct Bloodshot for release in 2017, with Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) penning the script and Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: the Secret Service) executive producing. The film is based on the comic book of the same name, which tells the story of a soldier brought back from the dead as a weapon for a mysterious government agency.
Following Bloodshot will be an adaptation of Harbinger, which revolves around a group of super powered teen outcasts on the run from the Harbinger Foundation. Eric Heisserer will write the script, but as »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel and DC aren’t the only two comics companies churning out page-turning, pulpy action, and now they won’t be the only two studios duking it out for superiority on the big screen either.
Valiant Entertainment last month received a huge investment in their movie and TV development arm, and THR today reported that the comic publishing company has signed a five movie deal with Sony to bring two of their flagship titles, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big screen.
Bloodshot and Harbinger will each receive two films, with the first Bloodshot movie planned to arrive in 2017. The fifth film, Harbinger Wars, will bring the two properties together, effectively creating a Vcu to rival Marvel’s. This move was inspired by a 2013 crossover comic series of the same name.
This is an exciting move, as we’ve been interested in Valiant here at Sound on Sight for some time. »
- Brian Welk
As the power play between Marvel and DC Comics’ respective cinematic universes continues to vie for your attention, another competitor is about to enter the ring. Valiant Entertainment has struck a deal with Sony Pictures to create a new cinematic universe that’s set to be based on its own series of comic book titles, starting with Bloodshot in 2017 and ending with crossover title Harbinger Wars.
John Wick creative duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct Bloodshot from a script adapted by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (2011’s The Thing). And if that wasn’t impressive enough, you can also include producers Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass) and Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) in that veritable list of names.
- Gem Seddon
Things are coming up Valiant: After announcing an eight-figure equity investment from Chinese company Dmg Entertainment (which co-produced Iron Man 3), The Hollywood Reporter reports the recently reinvigorated Valiant Comics has announced a five-picture deal with Sony to bring two of its most popular titles, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to film, beginning in 2017. Eric Heisserer will write both titles, working with Kick-Ass 2's Jeff Wadlow on Bloodshot. John Wick's David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will helm Bloodshot, whereas a director hasn't been announced yet for Harbinger. Now the big question is whether Valiant can really break the Marvel-dc stranglehold and make this a three-party race. »
- E. Alex Jung
If, like me, you're unfamiliar with Valiant Comics then you would do well to read this primer from our very own Evan Valentine. Now that you're caught up you can start diving into today's news that they have teamed up with Sony Pictures and a nice array of talent to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as the first two installments of a five picture deal (McU, then Dcu, now Vcu). Per THR, it looks like Bloodshot will be the first of these films coming down the pike. John Wick (holy shit) directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will helm the film from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf, Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Bird Box). The movie, to be produced by Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari, is about "a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency, turned into an unstoppable »
- Evan Dickson
"John Wick" helmets David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct "Bloodshot" from a script by Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2") and Eric Heisserer ("The Thing" remake). Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will executive produce.
Heisserer will also pen "Harbinger" but no directors are attached at this point. Both the first "Bloodshot" and "Harbinger" are targeting a 2017 release. Dinesh Shamdasani, Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe will produce all five films.
The "Bloodshot" comic follow a super soldier created through the use of nanites. They allow him to heal from injuries quickly, interface with technology, and shape shift his mass. »
- Garth Franklin
Gary Collinson on the 2015 superhero box office showdown…
Revisiting Last Year’S Predictions
Before we turn our attention to this year’s line-up of superhero movies, we’ll start as always by casting our eye back twelve months to last year’s predictions, as Marvel continued the build to Avengers: Age of Ultron with Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as launching the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, Fox brought together its two X-Men timelines for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sony killed the Spider-Man franchise (again) with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Last Year’s Prediction - “As for the biggest earner of the year, I can’t look past The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I expect the sequel to pull in around $700 million, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past with around $550 – $600 million apiece (if »
- Gary Collinson
The 2008 movie Wanted was a good, solid hit for Universal Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov. So much so that pretty much ever since, there's been chatter about a possible sequel. A sequel that, you've probably noticed, hasn't materialised.
In truth, we'd assumed that Wanted 2 was a dead project. The last we heard on it was a couple of years ago, and it just seemed like the film had missed its moment. Yet director Bekmambetov is still keen to move things forward.
In a new chat with Collider, he revealed that "for my part, I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I've seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there »
Not so much a movie as a mismatched mix of dick jokes and rampant homophobia. I’m kidding: There aren’t any actual jokes here. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s not so much a movie as a collection of dick jokes and — and this is mildly interesting, in a way psychologically revealing of the creators — rampant homophobia, as if what we’re intended to hear is “Hey! You! Look at my penis! Unless you’re a dude, that would be gross.” Or maybe it’s “My penis is awesome! But not in a gay way!” Wait, I lie: There aren’t any actual jokes in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Scenes sort of ramble on for long, humor-free minutes, getting nowhere near a joke, or even near the setup for a potential punchline. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) at the helm, the cast includes Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo, Drive), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, The Bridge) John Leguizamo (Chef, Kick-ass 2, John Wick), Benjamin Bratt (Love In The Time Of Cholera, Traffic), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias) , Juliet Aubrey (The Constant Gardener, The White Queen) and Academy Award and Tony Award nominated Amy Ryan (Birdman, Gone Baby Gone).
- Michelle McCue
Sneak Peek a new image of 'Battle Cat' from Columbia's developing "Masters Of The Universe 3D" motion picture reboot, currently shopping a fresh screenplay by Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2") to interested directors:
"New chairman at Sony, gotta get in sync with the studio. As soon as I know I’ll report back..."
'He-Man' was originally conceived as a series of Mattel action figures, starting production in 1981 and marketed in 1982.
The toys spun-off into a 130-episode syndicated cartoon series.
In related news, take another look @ 'Skeletor' pitching the 'Honda Cr-v' auto during their "Happy Honda Days Sale Event".
"...remember that sheer exultation you »
- Michael Stevens
The planned reboot of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe franchise has hit many stumbling blocks since it was announced way back in 2007. Originally having John Woo attached, development on the project seems to have stalled, and directors and script writers have come on gone over the years, but the movie still seems to be alive and well. Last we heard, Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was signed as script writer, and now we might have our first look at the project, with producer Devon Franklin (who also shared the above logo a few weeks back) posting what seems to be concept art from the movie to Twitter. For the uninitiated, this is Battle-Cat, He-Man's steed who was completely missing from the 1987 original starring Dolph Lundgren, and I have to admit, he is looking bad-ass. We're still pretty much in the dark about the status of the project, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It looks like we have some Battle Cat concept art for the Masters Of The Universe movie. The latest on the film here...
When it comes to Sony's Masters Of The Universe movie, our first, best, and sometimes only source is DeVon Franklin, the senior vice president of production for Columbia. Mr Franklin has been pretty generous with fans on social media, occasionally responding to queries about the status of the He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe live-action movie with updates and images. The latest one is the most exciting yet.
After being told by a fan that if Guardians Of The Galaxy could hit $700 million at the worldwide box-office, then a new He-Man movie should have no problem raking in the bucks. Mr. Franklin responded in the affirmative, and then dropped what appears to be some Battle Cat concept art on us...
@danmillerNY @TheOneHansen @Guardians I totally agree! »
Last month, DeVon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, teased the long-gestating Masters of the Universe movie by posting the official logo for the film, and now he’s taken to Twitter once more, this time teasing what we can only presume to be the character of Battle Cat…
Masters of the Universe is currently without a director, and has most recently been written by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), who reworked previous drafts from Alex Litvak & Mik Finch, Richard Wenk and Terry Rossio. As yet, there’s no word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you updated with news as it comes in…
- Gary Collinson
It's been awhile since we last heard anything about Columbia Pictures' planned reboot of the Masters of the Universe franchise, which is getting a new live action movie following the original 1987 release based on the classic 80s cartoon series. Today, DeVon Franklin, senior vice president of Columbia and the driving force behind this new iteration of the fantasy adventure series, unveiled the official title card and logo for the impending release. He also teases that more news is coming soon.
Way back in early January, just as the New Year was kicking off, DeVon Franklin revealed that Jeff Wadlow had completed a fresh draft of the screenplay. No director has been announced yet, but its speculated that this news may be revealed before the end of the week. Jon M. Chu was at one time supposed to direct, but left the project to take on another action figure toy »
Sony’s Masters Of The Universe remake has been simmering away for years now on the back burner, forgotten in favor of flashier contemporary material (22 Jump Street, we’re talking about you.) The last month, however, has seen practically a typhoon of information arrive online about the project courtesy of Columbia Pictures Senior Vice President of Production, DeVon Franklin.
After a good badgering on Twitter, the Svp responded back on Christmas Eve with a photo snapshot of the script title sheet. Then, just this past weekend, fans prodded Franklin for further information, which prompted the following response:
@ThomasCastle75 @BigTyDIESEL @newhemanmovie @DCnew52He_man @danmillerNY @SonyPictures we’ll know more next week pic.twitter.com/6bAvcTfJQo
— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) February 14, 2015
In case you’re wondering “what’s the big kerfuffle?”, then bear with us. The above image is in fact a brand new logo, presumably designed specifically for the in-development movie. »
- Gem Seddon
If there’s one film you need to see this weekend, it’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. It’s funny, it’s fast-paced and it’s one insane, entertaining experience. Catch this one in the theater and with a crowd!
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Composers Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Matthew Margeson score the spy action adventure comedy. This is the second collaboration between Jackman and Margeson, who had worked previously on Kick Ass 2. The duo supplied the soundtrack for the star-studded Kingsman with Oscar winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine, Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, and newcomer Taron Egerton. »
- Michelle McCue
With the release of the "Kick-Ass" sequel not faring particularly well with either critics or at the box-office, it looked like that franchise died a quick death - something that actress Chloe Moretz seemingly confirmed last year in interviews.
Now though it appears Moretz could slip back into the Hit-Girl outfit - in a prequel. Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first film and this week's "Kingsman: The Secret Service," says that he thinks the franchise still has plenty of life left in it and one suggestion would be a Hit-Girl prequel movie ahead of a third "Kick-Ass". Vaughn tells Joblo:
"Do you know what's going to be next if I do it... we've finished plotting it. What we have to do is, we've got to do the 'X-Men: First Class' to the Kick-Ass world. We lost a few fans on Kick-Ass 2. It wasn't as loved as one would've hoped. »
- Garth Franklin
"Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" creator Mark Millar has again confirmed there will be a third "Kick-Ass" movie to complete the trilogy, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as ''Mindy' aka 'Hit-Girl':
The first "Kick-Ass" feature released in 2010 on a budget of $30 million, earned $100 million world-wide, then sold over 1 million DVDs, scoring an additional $24 million. "Kick-Ass 2" on a budget of $28 million, released in 2013, earned $63 million world-wide plus an additional $15 million in DVD sales.
"I'd always planned it as three books and three movies," said Millar about "Kick-Ass 3".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Chloë Grace Moretz as 'Hit-Girl'...
- Michael Stevens
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