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Masters Of The Universe reboot gets a ‘Marvel’ writer.
After the likes of Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) too a pass at a rewrite, Variety reports that Christopher Yost, best known for (Thor: The Dark World, upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) will have a crack at it.
Set on the planet of Eternia, the story follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the heroic He-Man. His nemesis is a villain named Skeletor who seeks to conquer a fortress known as Castle Grayskull in order to learn the secrets held within.
The film is set up at Sony Pictures, though currently hasn’t a director or star attached. We’re trying to think of someone other than »
- Paul Heath
We’ve been hearing about a Masters Of The Universe reboot for a long time. Numerous names including Terry Rossio (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Evan Daugherty (Snow White & The Huntsman) have taken pops at a screenplay, but nothing’s come to pass.
Things are starting to look a bit desperate for He-Man and Skeletor, and when the going gets tough, you gotta roll out the big-guns. Enter Thor: The Dark World screenwriter Christopher Yost, now the latest man to try and bring Eternia to life. Yost has been hired to pen a draft by Columbia, which proves if nothing else, that the studio still wants to try and make the dang thing.
If you’re a child of the ’80s there’s a good chance you remember Masters Of The Universe as a line of fantasy action figures or shonky Saturday morning cartoons. »
- Daniel Kelly
Christopher Yost, the screenwriter behind Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, is set to help Sony relise their long-gestating reboot of 80’s toyline/cartoon/film Masters of the Universe, reports Variety.
Sony and Escape Artists have been working for years trying to get the reboot off the ground, and have tapped Yost to rewrite the script for the film, for which Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) have previously written drafts. Given Yost’s work with Thor, which has many similarities to the Masters characters, it’s not surprising he has been sought out.
Set on the mystical planet of Eternia, the story follows Prince Adam, a warrior who is given the power to transform into hero He-Man, who must do battle against arch-nemesis Skeletor, a villain who wants control of the universe and the magical Castle Grayskull.
The toyline »
- Scott J. Davis
Sony Pictures continues to press ahead with a big screen Masters Of The Universe reboot. Thus far, the likes of Terry Rossio (Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) have lined up to take a pass at the script. Now we learn though that Christopher Yost, best known for Thor: The Dark World - and currently co-writing Thor: Ragnarok - has been hired for the project.
Yost is to rewrite the Masters Of The Universe movie, which will be set on the planet of Eternia. There's no word as of yet as to who's going to direct the film, and who the new He-Man is going to be. We'd bet hard cash that it won't be Dolph Lundgren this time around.
More on the revival of Masters Of The Universe as we hear it. »
Sony Pictures has brought on Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Christopher Yost to take a crack at the Masters of the Universe script, according to a new report at Variety. The project has been in development for years, but fans hoped that it may finally get off the ground earlier this year, when the studio released a new Masters of the Universe logo, and it was revealed that Jeff Wadlow's (Kick-Ass 2) script was complete. It seems the studio is going back to the drawing board with yet another writing coming on board.
The franchise is set on the planet Eternia, following a young man named Adam who has the power to turn himself into a mighty warrior named He-Man. Adam becomes the planet's last hope to defeat the evil Skeletor, who has devastated the entire planet on his quest to conquer castle Greyskull. It isn't known how much the plot »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
New crime drama Narcos portrays the rise and fall of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, there’s a second season of schlocky horror-thriller From Dusk Til Dawn, plus corruption-busting in pre-Batman Gotham, and films including Kick-Ass 2
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- Guardian TV
20th Century Fox essentially invented the modern superhero movie with 2000's X-Men, and is shaping up to increase its superhero output in the coming years.
The next major release in its X-Men series will be 2016's Apocalypse, sandwiched between two spinoff movies. And that's only the beginning of their plans.
X-Men: Apocalypse will hit UK cinemas on May 19, 2016 and May 27 in the Us.
New mutants for old
Bryan Singer is returning to the franchise for his fourth X-Men outing, which has been billed as the concluding chapter in a trilogy that began in X-Men: First Class and continued through Days of Future Past - although Singer has also called it "the true birth of the X-Men".
Contrary to some of the rumours flying around, as far as we know, the original cast members from back in the 2000s (Patrick Stewart, »
Stopping the apocalypse never looked so good. Season 2 of Fox's Sleepy Hollow arrives on Blu-ray in September. Also featured in this round-up: Tony Todd's live performance of Tales from Beyond the Pale at Fantasia has been announced and a trailer for Lost After Dark.
"Nothing is as it seems as the second exhilarating season of the witty, addictive series begins! After Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) risks his life to rescue Police Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) from Purgatory, the two face even greater danger as sinister forces in Sleepy Hollow gain momentum. With Katrina held captive by the Headless Horseman, and Frank Irving mysteriously back from the dead, Ichabod and Abbie must rely on instinct to know who to trust in their quest to permanently »
- Tamika Jones
Almost two years ago to the day, it was announced that Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) had signed on to write the script for an X-Men spinoff movie based around the team of X-Force. Since that time, Fox has pressed ahead with two other spinoffs in Deadpool and Gambit, as well as hiring Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) to develop a New Mutants movie, leaving X-Force somewhat up in the air.
However, while the status of the movie is unclear, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is hoping he gets the opportunity to return as the Merc with a Mouth as part of the ensemble, with the actor telling Comic Book that:
“I always see Deadpool running against the grain for everything he does. He can’t possibly conform to any sort of leadership role. He always has to be the wild card. So you’d have to have someone like »
- Gary Collinson
Hugh Jackman is expected to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse and there have been rumblings that he Might show up in Deadpool. However, 2017 will mark the last time the Australian actor plays the fan-favourite mutant, so the chances of a team-up with the Merc with the Mouth are looking slim. Ryan Reynolds however remains optimistic. "I mean who wouldn’t want to spend more time with Wolverine? Hugh and I have such history together. I can’t imagine it’d ever happen in a stand-alone film, but if there was the right place and right time - wouldn’t it be great?" It would indeed, as would seeing Deadpool show up in X-Force. When we last heard about that movie, Kick-Ass 2 writer and director Jeff Wadlow was writing the script, but there's been silence for a long time now, and it almost seems like it's died a death. After expressing »
In a video interview with Yahoo! Movies, Matthew Vaughn finally (thankfully) shed light on what the heck is happening with the Kick-Ass franchise. A fan asked via Twitter if the filmmaker was done with the saga, to which he replied: "We would like to dip our toe back into it. ... We're working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy." Vaughn is hoping that if his team pulls the prequel off, they'll regain the trust of fans who disliked Kick-Ass 2 and be able to then make a Kick-Ass 3. Sounds like a solid plan. Here's the full vid: »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Matthew Vaughn is already working away on a screenplay for Kingsman: The Secret Service 2, admitting he'll make the film if he can get the script to a place he's happy with. But it turns out that he's also involved in a third potential Kick-Ass movie.
Vaughn directed the first Kick-Ass, although opted to make X-Men: First Class rather than Kick-Ass 2 (which was taken on by Jeff Wadlow). The more muted response to the second film seemed to have brought the cinematic series to a close, but it still proved to be profitable, not least in part down to its economic budget.
Chatting to Yahoo!, Vaughn has now confirmed that "we're working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit-Girl and Big Daddy become Hit-Girl and Bid Daddy". "If we can make that, »
If you were disappointed by Kick-Ass 2, the future of the franchise is answering to your interests. That is, if your interests include origin stories and going backwards and then later moving forwards again. Any questions? Yes? Okay, we'll try to answer as best we can: Will there be a Kick-Ass 3? While promoting the home video release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, original Kick-Ass writer/director and sequel producer Matthew Vaughn told Yahoo! Movies that he's "not happily done with the franchise" and would like to continue. But before he can do Kick-Ass 3, he has to do a prequel, "to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass." But who wants to see a movie about Kick-Ass before he became Kick-Ass? The prequel wouldn't focus on...
- Christopher Campbell
Matthew Vaughn Developing a Kick-Ass Prequel on Hit-Girl. Despite the box office failure of Kick-Ass 2, director Matthew Vaughn claims that he isn’t finished with the franchise yet. The Kick-Ass director revealed that he is currently working on a prequel focused on Hit-Girl.
Talking with Yahoo, Vaughn knew about the negative fan reactions on Kick-Ass 2, stating that he was “not happily done with the franchise.” However, Vaughn says that he is developing an idea for an origin story on Hit-Girl. “We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit-Girl and Big Daddy become Hit-Girl and Big Daddy,” he said. “If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like Kick-Ass 2 and then we can go off and make Kick-Ass 3. I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass. »
- Mufsin Mahbub
Back at the end of May, comic book writer Mark Millar revealed that he still held ambitions of bringing his proposed Hit Girl movie to the screen, and now Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has confirmed that development is underway on a solo spinoff for the young assassin, which he hopes will then pave the way for Kick-Ass 3.
“[I’m] not happily done with the franchise,” Vaughn told Yahoo during a promotional interview for the home-entertainment release of his latest Millar adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service. “We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like Kick-Ass 2 and then we can go off and make Kick-Ass 3. I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass. »
- Gary Collinson
Hearing wrong turned out to be oh so right! Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb named their precious baby girl Wilder — and now we know why! The Exes star revealed to Us Weekly that the parents were inspired by none other than Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Faison, 40, told Us that a huge misunderstanding is actually what led to choosing the unique name. "I was in London shooting Kick-Ass 2 and [my costar] Aaron Taylor-Johnson and his wife, [...] »
Although you might imagine (and right now you'd be right) that Matthew Vaughn’s focus is on crafting a Kingsman sequel, he hasn’t totally forgotten the Kick-Ass universe, and has pretty big plans for what he wants to do with it.From the sounds of it, Vaughn was in agreement with those who felt like Jeff Wadlow’s 2013’s follow-up didn’t quite recapture the ribald magic of Vaughn’s first Kick-Ass. And he’s looking to take the series back in time before it can move forward. “We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy,” he tells Yahoo UK. “If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like Kick-Ass 2 and then we can go off and make Kick-Ass 3. I think we’ve got to »
"Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame has not only confirmed there will be a "Kick-Ass 3" with actress Chloë Grace Moretz reprising her role as female vigilante 'Hit-Girl', but there will also be a "Hit-Girl" prequel he will also direct:
"We’re working on an idea for a prequel, of how did 'Hit-Girl' and 'Big Daddy' become Hit-Girl and Big Daddy," said Vaughn.
"...hopefully that will be for the people that didn’t like 'Kick-Ass 2' ...
"...and then we can go off and make 'Kick-Ass 3'.
"I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass..."
"Because it's kind of insane. Would the world accept this? »
- Michael Stevens
Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s action-comedy Kick-Ass is a wonderfully subversive, thrilling spin on the superhero genre. Director Jeff Wadlow’s sequel, Kick-Ass 2, is an ugly, mean-spirited bore of a film. The anticipated follow-up was a flop with both audiences and critics when it hit theaters—even one of its stars refused to promote it. Vaughn was busy with X-Men/Kingsman at the time, which is why he didn’t return to direct, but it appears that there’s hope yet for a franchise turnaround in the future. Speaking with Yahoo! UK, Vaughn revealed that he’s still eager to dive back into the Kick-Ass universe: “I’m not happily done with the franchise, for sure. Kick-Ass is a really important film to me and I’m very proud of it, and we would like to dip our toe back into it—when I say ‘we’ I mean Mark [Millar] and I and the team. »
- Adam Chitwood
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