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Most of the talk around Spider-Man at the moment concerns who’s going to be playing the web-slinger, first set to appear in Captain America: Civil War, but there’s also the matter of who’ll be directing him in his own currently-untitled movie, due for release in 2017.
Drew Goddard was thought to be in pole position of the role, as he was set to direct The Sinister Six before Marvel and Sony decided to team up, but according to Deadline there are now five names in the running.
One thing all of those names have in common is experience in comedy films, which suggests that Marvel/Sony will be looking for a lighter tone to their new Spidey film, which »
- James Hunt
After Sony made a deal to bring Spider-Man into Marvel's cinematic world, it was revealed that the superhero will next appear in "Captain America 3: Civil War," which hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. Spider-Man will then be rebooted on July 28th, 2017. It was previously reported that the reboot will be directed by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), but Deadline is now reporting that Sony has no interest in him. Instead, the studio is considering Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). The plan is to skip the origin story and start with Peter Parker in high school. At this point, Marvel and Sony are still searching for the right actor to play the superhero. Stay tuned. »
We’ve heard quite bit about Spider-Man in the weeks following the groundbreaking new that Sony and Marvel Studios would be sharing the character to bring him into the McU, from the fact that it wouldn’t be yet another origin story to the shortlist of young actors being circled to bring this new version of the ol’ web head to life. Now, another shortlist has come our way, with Deadline revealing the directors being eyed to take on 2017’s as yet unnamed Spider-Man movie. As the outlet lay out, Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the upcoming Vacation reboot), and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) are on the shortlist, with a decision expected to be made by the end of the week. It’s an interesting list to say the least, but it does tie into Marvel »
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Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies"), Ted Melfi ("St. Vincent"), Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect"), John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein ("Vacation"), and Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") are all reportedly in contention to direct the upcoming Marvel-approved restart of the "Spider-Man" franchise at Sony Pictures says Deadline.
The film is reportedly a coming of age tone that is targeting a John Hughes-style blend of emotion and humour alongside all its superhero action. There's also said to be plans to tell the story over several films with each covering a year of high school for Peter Parker who was already bitten by a radioactive spider.
According to the site, things are moving fast enough that the studio could a decision by the end of next week with Tom Rothman having the final say. The separate simultaneous search is ongoing on for a new young actor to play Peter Parker, a role that is »
- Garth Franklin
A potential shortlist of new Spider-Man directors has been revealed.
Deadline reports that a decision could be made by the end of next week.
It is also rumoured that the rebooted "coming of age" series will span three to four movies, with each picture covering a year of Peter Parker's time at high school.
Levine both wrote and directed 50/50 and zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, while Melfi is the writer and director behind St Vincent.
Napoleon Dynamite writer and director Hess completes the potential shortlist.
It was previously expected that Drew Goddard would direct the new solo-movie.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron raking in the cash across the globe and preparations continuing for the start of production on Captain America: Civil War, Marvel and Sony have reportedly zeroed in on a list of potential directors for their upcoming Spider-Man reboot.
With Spidey set to appear in Civil War, news on the casting of the web-slinger is due very soon and now it seems that the talent behind the camera is set to follow. According to Deadline, Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) are in the running for the directing gig, with a decision set to be announced by the end of next week.
An intriguing list of potential candidates there – who would you like to see behind the camera? Leave us your thoughts as ever in the comments section below. »
- Scott J. Davis
Sony and Marvel have narrowed directing duties for their new Spider-Man saga down to five possibilities, Deadline reports. The tone they're apparently looking for is something superhero-y, but with the emotion and humor of a Ferris Bueller's Day Off (or something comparable, John Hughes–wise). With that in mind ... Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are looking at Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley plus Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) to direct Peter Parker through the grueling halls of high school. As Deadline points out, we'll probably hear about a lead-actor decision before a director one, but let these soak in in the meantime. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
With Spider-Man expected to make his first appearance in the Marvel cinematic universe in next year's Captain America: Civil War, one of the immediate priorities for the studio is to cast the role. But then there's the search for the person to direct the next standalone Spider-Man movie, which is due in July 2017.
We'd thought that Drew Goddard may have a shot at this, given that he was attached to direct the once-planned Sinister Six film. Yet whilst his ideas may yet be being incorporated into the new Spider-Man movie (we hope), he's not on the shortlist of directors that Marvel is apparently looking at.
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night on late night, Letterman talked about retirement with President Obama, Conan sat down with Avengers’ Jeremy Renner and Silicon Valley‘s T.J Miller, Fallon made an 80s music video with Jack Black, James Corden did a 5 minute “best scene” green screen of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies with him, Kimmel talked about being Manny Pacquiao’s very own “Justin Bieber”, and at The Daily Show, producer Brian Grazer shared his thoughts on his book and career.
Late Show with Dave Letterman
“Hoping for a pardon”, “Down to the bitter end” With his time at CBS almost up, Dave is doing some pretty fun things, like sitting down with Obama and joking about playing dominos in retirement. »
- Max Wood
While reportedly two candidates remain in Marvel and Sony's casting search for the new Spider-Man (Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland), the studios are also narrowing down their directorial candidates as well. While it isn't known who the front runner is, the contenders include Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation remake) and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). It isn't known if the studios have hired screenwriters for this Spider-Man reboot as of yet.
Producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are reportedly planning a three or four movie arc for the new Spidey, with each movie covering one year in high school. While the reboot does bring the character back to high school, Peter will have already been bitten by the radioactive spider, and there will be no need to re-tell his origin story once again. The producers are reportedly »
As of now it's being reported Asa Butterfield is the frontrunner to takeover as Spider-Man as the character is looking to be cast for a cameo appearance in Captain America: Civil War followed by an all new Spider-Man project set for a July 18, 2017 release. Badass Digest recently said Tom Holland is still a possible contender, but Buttefield is the first name on most everyone's lips and now we have a shortlist of directors Sony is looking out to lead the new Spider-Man charge. Deadline reports the list of possible contenders as Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein who are directing the upcoming Vacation reboot at Warner Bros. Deadline adds an interesting note to their reporting saying Sony is looking to go with a tone matching that of a John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, »
- Brad Brevet
Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has landed safely in theaters, it’s time to look ahead toward Phase Three. One of the biggest developments coming our way is the introduction of a new Spider-Man, who already has a solo film set for 2017. And it seems Marvel and Sony are just about ready to step […]
- Angie Han
A couple of months ago, it was rumored that Drew Goddard had been tasked to write and direct "Spider-Man: The New Avenger." It was a nice rebound for the director who left "Daredevil" to helm "Sinister Six," only to see Sony's Spider-Man franchise implode. But with a new deal struck with Marvel earlier this year, it looked like Goddard was still in the ranks. Perhaps not. Deadline reports that a new brace of directors are up for the gig: Jonathan Levine ("50/50," "Warm Bodies"), Ted Melfi ("St. Vincent"), Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect"), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein ("Vacation"), and Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite," "Nacho Libre"). While these names might seem like oddball choices for 'Spider-Man,' remember that Kevin Feige has described this new incarnation "a non-stop wit" and these choices all know comedy very, very well. Not only »
- Kevin Jagernauth
So, who’s going to follow Sam Raimi and Marc Webb as the director of the next Spider-Man film? With production underway on Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures deep in the hunt for the actor who will portray Spider-Man (first popping up in Civil War before leading his own film), the contest to direct the new Spider-Man movie is also heating up. A previous report from March claimed that Drew Goddard, the filmmaker behind The Cabin in the Woods and Sony’s aborted Sinister Six, was in talks to write and direct the new Spidey pic. Goddard was a solid and sensible choice, having had experience with Sony on Sinister Six and with Marvel creating Daredevil. But a new report leaves Goddard’s name out of the picture entirely and instead reveals a familiar-feeling list of directors who are being considered to helm the new Spider-Man film instead. »
- Adam Chitwood
Deadline is reporting on a shortlist of directors that Marvel and Sony are currently eyeing for the highly-anticipated Spider-Man reboot.
Apparently, the studio is looking at 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine, Ted Melfi, who delivered the under-appreciated St. Vincent last year, Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, Napolean Dynamite‘s Jared Hess and the directing duo of John Francis Daley and Johnathan M. Goldstein, who are currently tackling the reboot of John Hughes’ Vacation.
There’s no word on who the frontrunner is just yet, but rumors point to the new reboot having an arc that will be spread over several films, with each one “covering a year of high school for Peter Parker, who’ll already have been bitten by the radioactive spider.” Furthermore, the tone of this new set of films is said be in the vein of “John Hughes humor and emotion,” which makes sense given some of the directors listed above. »
- James Garcia
We heard some time ago that Sony wanted Marvel to allow Drew Goddard to move from writing and directing Sinister Six to their Spider-Man reboot, but it appears as if they're still not happy about the way he left Daredevil, as a new shortlist has now emerged via Deadline. It's an interesting list of filmmakers, and one which makes a lot of sense given the fact that they're planning a reboot which will be a "coming of age tale" with a tone similar to "John Hughes humor and emotion." Those in the mix include Jonathan Levine (50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). It sounds like a decision could be made as soon as by the end of next week. The site also reveals that Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are possibly plotting a series of three or four movies, »
Personally, I think that anything that Anna Kendrick ever touches or stars in can do no wrong. But it turns out that the good folks over at Cinema Sins don.t share my same thoughts on the actress. work, because they.ve taken it upon themselves to rip apart Pitch Perfect ahead of the release of its sequel. Damn. Those rapscallions over at Cinema Sins have really done it this time. Not only have they managed to ruin Pitch Perfect, a film that I.ve always found clichéd but enjoyable any time I.ve stumbled upon it, but they.ve also somehow managed to reduced my adulation for Anna Kendrick too. So it turns out that Pitch Perfect is kind of littered with glaring errors. None more so than the fact that the Bellas are able to get so far, heck even to the acapella National Championships, with such »
Fifty Shades of Grey This Blu-ray arrived only a few hours ago and as I type this my wife took it and is currently giving it a rewatch, all despite the fact she didn't even like it. I don't know what to tell you, but such is the way of the world. Personally, I did not enjoy this movie one bit, but I will always recognize Dakota Johnson as she saved all kinds of face and gave a solid performance in a junk movie. However, I should note this one doesn't actually arrive until Friday, so you're going to have to hold out just a little longer. That is unless you want to just buy the streaming version and own it now.
- Brad Brevet
Pitch Perfect 2 valiantly tries to capture what made the first film work. Not successfully, though...
The first Pitch Perfect film got away with a lot of its glaring flaws simply because it was something a little bit different, or at least the same stuff served as part of a slightly different package. It had a primarily female cast, upbeat music and stuck it all in a rude comedy geared towards an audience who’d only rarely been targeted by the genre before.
But 2012 was a very different time, when musicals were still in the zeitgeist both on the big and small screen, and the question of whether an appetite for another Pitch Perfect really exists three years later tentatively hangs over this sequel. Based on the final product, the answer’s probably no, because it feels as if even those involved have fallen out of love with the concept. »
How does Anna Kendrick feel about joining the 30+ club? E! News recently caught up with the Pitch Perfect 2 star to get her thoughts on her upcoming 30th birthday in August. "I'm excited," she told us exclusively. "I have been saying I'm 30 for the past year so I'm psyched to be 30 so that when I say I'm 30 people don't go, 'Oh come on, you're 29.' I was like, 'Oh I didn't need to feel better about it but thanks. I'm 30.'" Kendrick has accomplished a lot in her 29 years. In just the last year, she's filmed hit movies like Into the Woods and the new Pitch Perfect sequel. She also performed at the 2015 Oscars and is getting »
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