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“Gambit” Loses Director Rupert Wyatt

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes director bids adieu to the upcoming X-Men sideshow citing scheduling issues.

The problem with Star Wars and Marvel? They make multi project universes look simple to maintain. But that’s the only problem, I promise. For most studios, it’s not so straightforward. There’s been a lot of talk recently that Channing Tatum had plans to leave Gambit, the new spin off from Fox’s X-Men Universe. While there’s been no confirmation of Tatum’s move as yet, the project has a slightly different problem: turns out their director is leaving. Continue reading “Gambit” Loses Director Rupert Wyatt

Fox Obtains Rights for Carpenter Classic “Escape From New York”

For people who grew up in the 80’s, certain films that came out of that decade are untouchable. You can’t criticise them, you can’t not watch them when they’re on TV and you most certainly can’t remake them. It’ always action films with a heavy-hitting action star at the helm, and you either love it or you go home. I spite of that, there’s always been one film that received constant remake attention, and one that we’ve all been anticipating for good or ill. That film is Escape From New York. Well folks, after a few years of nothing happening, another chess piece has been moved and Fox has obtained the rights to the franchise.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the film, Escape from New York was a 1981 science fiction action film from John Carpenter. Set in 1997, the films follows Kurt Russell as former soldier Snake Plissken, who goes in search of the President after his plane crash landed in New York. The only problem is that New York is now a city-wide maximum security prison. How cool is that? Actually hang on a minute, I just-I gotta go watch Escape From New York  again.

The original poster for "Escape From New York", complete with Kurt Russell wearing the shit out of an eye-patch
The original poster for “Escape From New York”, complete with Kurt Russell wearing the shit out of an eye-patch

Ok I’m back. Man, what a great movie that was. The good news for remake doubters is that Carpenter will be coming back as an executive producer, and Carpenter’s all about protecting his intellectual property. So you can bet that the remake won’t completely ruin the original forever at least. Besides, he already made most of his mistakes with the 1996 sequel Escape From LA. There’s no word on casting or filming yet as the rights have only just been obtained, but hopefully we’ll start seeing some momentum and before you know it we’ll have a brand new Plissken on the big screen. Or maybe Kurt Russell will come back – how cool would that be? In any case, we’ll be on the look-out for even the faintest update.

Are you jonesing for some Plissken?


Ryan Reynolds is finalising “Deadpool” deal

Ryan Reynolds is currently closing a deal with Fox for the titular role in Deadpool, as reported by Deadline. This is definitely exciting news, despite the fact that it’s news that isn’t really news-news…news.

This will be Reynolds’ second portrayal of the “merc with a mouth” after his turn in the clown car of Marvel characters that was X-men Origins: Wolverine. Hopefully this feature will give Deadpool the attention he deserves, since he’ll be flying solo as far as we’re aware.

Reynolds' first portrayal as Deadpool. Ah, the memories, the horrible, poorly written memories.
Reynolds’ first portrayal as Deadpool in “X-men Origins: Wolverine”. Ah, the memories, the horrible, poorly written memories.

The project has been on the books for a while, and it’s already been given the highest level of confirmation with its appearance on the list of Marvel and DC films coming up in the 2015-2020 period. It was always assumed that Reynolds would take on the role, and teaser footage that was released of Reynolds doing a brief action scene in motion capture all but confirmed it. Now we have the confirmation more or less and it’s good news, since seeing any other actor don the red-and-black mask at this point would be just plain weird.

Tim Miller will be directing, after tinkering with this project for the last few years. A script has been put together by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will be producing the film.

Are you looking forward to Deadpool? Think Reynolds has the chops to pull it off for real?