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It’s that time of the year when the blockbusters are starting to dry up – we’ve had new X-Men, Captain America and the first installment of Guardians of the Galaxy to satiate our appetite for comic book adaptations – all of which have been far more impressive than perhaps we were expecting (low expectations often yield more promising results) – and a few more pleasant surprises besides, not least Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
While we still have a few more big releases to look forward to this year – Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the final Hobbit installment will certainly draw in the crowds – 2015 is where a lot of eyes are now turning for the next epic blockbuster fix. Whether it’s more comic book fun with Ant-Man and the reboot of Fantastic Four, the return of favourite franchises from Jurassic World to Terminator: Genisys »
- Andrew Dilks
As Stacey Snider gets closer to leaving DreamWorks to take a senior position under 20th Century Fox Film chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos, questions have been rampant about the role for Tcf production president Emma Watts, who led the studio to its most killer summer in a long time. Gianopulos has answered some of those questions by staking Watts to a new three year deal.
“Emma is a proven and extremely talented production executive who has consistently led her division to great success, most recently through her stellar contributions to our remarkable summer slate,” Gianopulos said. “We look forward to her continuing contributions to our creative achievements in the years ahead.”
Last month, Fox became the first studio to pass $1 billion in domestic box office – and $3 billion worldwide – fueled by The Other Woman, the $730 million global grosser X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
To promote the Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a short featurette has arrived online entitled ‘Setting Up The Sinister Six’, which features director Marc Webb and Marvel legend Stan Lee talking about the team of supervillains, who will of course be getting their own spin-off movie in November 2016 courtesy of Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). Check it out here…
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out on DVD and Blu-ray in the States on August 19th and in the UK on September 1st, and features returning stars Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Sally Field (Aunt May), Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson), Campbell Scott (Richard Parker), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker) and Denis Leary (George Stacy) alongside new additions Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Electro, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti (12 Years a Slave) as The Rhino, Chris Cooper (American Beauty) as Norman Osborn, »
- Gary Collinson
It is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. We are finally getting ours dream of a sequel trilogy featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. The casting announcements at the end of April have given us hope that we won’t have to endure more dodgy scripts and wooden acting from its cast. Here at Whatculture we’ve already speculated what roles these new actors might play.
Not only are we getting episodes VII, VIII and IX, there will be a series of spin off movies too, not to mention a new animated series Star Wars Rebels. Of course, for any Star Wars fan worth his salt, this is old news.
Chronicle director Josh Trank is directing one Star Wars movie, rumoured – but not confirmed – to be a Han Solo film that charts his days pre-Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Fresh from the Godzilla remake, »
- Baz Greenland
Gavin Logan looks at which directors could be in line for a Star Wars movie….
It’s now been almost two years since Disney officially acquired LucasFilm and with it the rights to the Star Wars universe. George Lucas said in his statement that he always believed that Star Wars could live beyond him and that the time was right for the torch to be passed to a new generation of filmmakers. First up was J.J. Abrams, fresh off his successful reboot of Star Trek. Abrams, while not exactly young and new to the industry, has a certain Spielberg-esque quality about the way he makes movies and seemed like the perfect fit for relaunching the Star Wars franchise. Once Abrams was nailed down and he and Lawrence Kasdan began reworking Michael Arndt’s script, little or no other details were announced despite incessant rumours flying around the internet. Earlier this »
- Gavin Logan
The force will be with D.C. Barns, a lifelong Star Wars fan who won a walk-on role in Episode VII in the franchise's Force for Change charity contest. Barns was surprised with the news while recording a donor video for Omaze — the fundraising platform that helped run the contest — in which he talked about seeing the first Star Wars when he was just five: "It really split my head open," he recalled. "There's movies that I love, and then there's Star Wars."
While trying to remember his favorite Star Wars moment, »
After attempting to wreak havoc in space as the villain Ronan the Accuser in Marvel's latest hit Guardians of the Galaxy, actor Lee Pace is sticking with sci-fi for his next major role. Deadline reports the star of AMC's series "Halt & Catch Fire" and The Hobbit trilogy is taking a lead role in Prisoner of War, a new sci-fi thriller from music video director Joe Miale. Pace is replacing Chronicle star Alex Russell in the film which will pair the actor with Skyfall vixen Bérénice Marlohe in the story of an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who team up in Africa amidst humankind’s last stand against an alien invasion. Pace seems to be on the rise, though maybe not as quickly as his Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Chris Pratt. This winter he'll be back on the big screen as Elf King Thranduil in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »
- Ethan Anderton
The story follows an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who team up in Africa amid humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Filming begins in September in South Africa. [Source: Deadline]
Peter Pan Live
Tony-winning actor Christian Borle is in talks to play both Smee and Mr. Darling in NBC's live production of "Peter Pan" this Fall.
Traditionally in some productions, the actor who plays Captain Hook also plays Mr. Darling, but Christopher Walken is only doing Hook this time - leaving Borle to take on the double duty role. [Source: EW]
- Garth Franklin
• Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the title role in The Black Phantom, replacing Jamie Foxx, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Jackson would join Kevin Hart in Screen Gems’ action comedy, which is being directed by Tim Story. The film follows a hit man (Hart) who strikes an unlikely partnership with the hit man hired to kill him, The Black Phantom. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script. Will Packer and Will Gluck will produce. [Deadline]
- C. Molly Smith
Lee Pace is currently on our screens as the vengeful, face-painted fundamentalist Ronan The Accuser in Guardians Of The Galaxy. But for Prisoner Of War, he’ll have to face off against aliens as a human warrior instead. Pace replaces Chronicle’s Alex Russell in the film, which sees him as an American soldier alongside a French foreign aid worker (Skyfall’s Bérénice Marlohe) who are sent to Africa. It sounds like a crusading drama, but factor in that humanity is in the middle of a last stand against a devastating alien invasion. And you have to figure that given the title, it’s not going to go well for either.Joe Miale, who has plied his trade on music videos, game tie-ins, straight-to-dvd efforts and shorts, is making the jump to feature films with this one, writing the script with Rowan Athale. Pace will next show up in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies »
Exclusive: While he’s currently on screens everywhere as the face of intergalactic evil in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Lee Pace has lined up sci-fi thriller Prisoner Of War as his next leading role. It’s a departure from his snarling Guardians villain Ronan the Accuser: Pace joins Skyfall‘s Bérénice Marlohe in the story of an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who team up in Africa amid humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Pace replaces Chronicle‘s Alex Russell in Prisoner, his first new project following a recent tear of huge blockbuster franchises. He next hits the […] »
With the home-entertainment release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just around the corner, a deleted scene from the Spidey sequel featuring Peter Parker and Harry Osborn has turned up online, as well as an alternate ending which shows Peter’s dad Richard Parker popping up – alive – to deliver the famous “with great power…” line; take a look below…
We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It’s great to be Spider-Man.
For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. »
- Gary Collinson
He last appeared in a short-lived BBC Four series starring comic actor Stephen Mangan. Now Douglas Adams’ literary anti-hero Dirk Gently is to cross the pond for a second stab at small screen success courtesy of an adaptation by Chronicle writer Max Landis (pictured). Following the adventures of a detective who utilizes the principles of quantum mechanics in order to solve the unfathomable, the UK version featured original scripts by Howard Overman (Misfits). It is unclear whether the Us effort will be a straight (in as much as Adams can be seen as straight) take on the books or if the concept is being fleshed out for potential pick-up. The novels were also realized on radio by another Dirk (as in Maggs), who cast Harry Enfield in the title role.
A clear fan, Landis has enthused about the prospect of bringing Gently to the grindstone of a bigger marketplace:
- Steve Palace
The character was created in 1991 by Douglas Adams in his graphic novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. The story revolves around a holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural.
Landis most recently wrote films such as Frankenstein with with Daniel Radcliffe and American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. This will be the second time that Dirk Gently has been adapted for TV. It was also brought to life as a British TV series on BBC Four from 2010-12. The photos used in this post are from that series.
There's a lot of comic book characters being adapted for the small screen these days, and this sounds like it could »
- Joey Paur
Sneak Peek your first look at a sculpt 'stand-in' of the CG motion-capture 'Thing' from the upcoming Fox feature film reboot of Marvel Comics' "The Fantastic Four", directed by Josh Trank ("Chronicle"):
The "Fantastic Four", created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, were initially different from all other superheroes, because they did not conceal their identities, leading the public to be both suspicious and in awe of them. They also frequently argued and disagreed with each other.
Described at the time as "heroes with hangups", the 'Thing' has a wicked temper, the spoiled 'Human Torch' resents being a teenager among adults, 'Mr. Fantastic' blames himself for the Thing's grotesque transformation, while 'Sue Storm', aka 'The Invisible Woman', is in love with 'Reed Richards', but also has liaisons with 'Namor the Sub-Mariner'.
- Michael Stevens
Cast also includes Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") as 'Johnny Storm'/'Human Torch', Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot") as 'Ben Grimm'/'The Thing', Miles Teller ("Divergent") as 'Reed Richards' /'Mr. Fantastic', Tim Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") as 'Harvey Elder'/'Mole Man' and Toby Kebbell as 'Dr. Doom'.
"'Harvey Elder' goes underground where he becomes to the ruler of the subterranean 'Moloids', attacking New York City..."
"It's a total reboot, that's for sure," said producer Matthew Vaughn about the new film. "It's got nothing to do with the other bloody ones."
"It's not stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it's made polystyrene. And its not a comedy."
Aiming for a more "...grounded superhero and sci-fi. »
- Michael Stevens
(Cbr) Idw Entertainment has hired "Chronicle" screenwriter Max Landis to adapt Douglas Adams’ 1987 novel "Dirk Genty’s Holistic Detective Agency" and its sequel "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" for television, The Live Feed reports. Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert on board to produce. "Dirk Gently" is described as a “thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic.” Adams died before completing the third "Dirk Gently" novel, "The Salmon of Doubt," which was published posthumously in its incomplete form. "Dirk Gently" has previously been adapted for other mediums, including for BBC Radio in 2007, and for television in the United Kingdom in 2010. The project is the latest in a series of announcements from Idw Entertainment, which launched in October. The division is also developing an adaptation of Jonathan Maberry’s "V-Wars" comic series. Idw Entertainment was also a partner with Xbox Entertainment on an adaptation of "Winter World," but following the massive layoffs at Xbox Entertainment, »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
Dirk Gently is a private eye with a psychic edge and a love for cats and pizza. He’s showcased in two novels from the late, legendary author Douglas Adams, and now Dirk will be visiting the small screen and the paneled page, with a new Dirk Gently television show and comic book series announced by Idw Entertainment and Ideate Media, with Max Landis (Chronicle) set to executive produce the series and pen the pilot.
Douglas Adams, perhaps best known for writing the popular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, wrote two Dirk Gently novels on which the show and comic books will be based upon: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988). Adams was working on a third Dirk Gently novel when he passed away in 2001.
In addition to being adapted for the stage and radio, Dirk Gently was portrayed »
- Derek Anderson
"Chronicle" scribe Max Landis is teaming with Idw for a TV series adaptation of Douglas Adams' 1991 "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" graphic novel and its sequel "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul".
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Adams created the story of the titular holistic detective who investigates cases involving the supernatural. Dave Alpert will produce the new series.
The property was already adapted for TV by the BBC with an hour-long pilot in 2010 followed by three episodes in 2012. That version starred Stephen Mangan as Gently, Darren Boyd as Macduff and Helen Baxendale as Susan.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Though he may not be quite as well known as the Hitchhikers gang, Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently remains a popular character and one who has been adapted several times in different formats, most recently for the BBC with Stephen Mangan in the title role. Now Chronicle writer and Twitter chatterbox Max Landis is taking on the first script for a new version.Comics publisher Idw is spearheading the new project under a TV deal it made back in October. There are few details about what the show will actually entail, but its concept will naturally be drawn from Adams’ 1987 tome Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and its 1988 follow-up The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul. Both books follow Dirk, a man who investigates cases based on what he calls the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things.” He often works routine jobs, but also specialises in more supernatural and time-twisting fare. »
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