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“Vacation” Writers Confirm “Spiderman” Gig

If you were anywhere near an Ant-Man screening over the last week or two (check out our review here), then you’ll most likely have gotten a little giggly at the reference to Spiderman in the final few minutes – a two second hint that got arguably as much attention as the post-credits sequence. And who could blame you. The latest MCU newcomer is the talk of the town, and with actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts nailed down for the project, the Ant-Man nod was a nice reminder of what we’ve got to look forward to in 2017 with Spiderman‘s release. What more could we really ask for this early in the game? Well confirmation that of who’s writing the screenplay would be nice. Oh wait we totally have that! Continue reading “Vacation” Writers Confirm “Spiderman” Gig

“Spiderman” Could Get a New Villain and the John Hughes Treatment

Right then, Spiderman has been cast, his appearances have been scheduled, and we’ve got a release date for his first solo adventure. Now with all this solid information at our disposal, why don’t we throw it out the window and get into some good old fashioned speculation?

Well we’re in luck, because since young actor Tom Holland was cast as the web-slinger and directors or Jon Watts was reported as taking the helm, Marvel mogul Kevin Feige has taken to the interview circuit.

Screen Rant is reporting that Feige has been speaking not only on the subject of Spiderman, but also plans for the style of the film. A year or so ago this wouldn’t have been much to shout about since Marvel films tended to follow a pretty consistent style and structure. But since the reveal of Ant-Man showed that they’re playing with heist movie elements, the sky is potentially the limit for what we can expect stylistically. Feige seems to agree, according to an interview with Birth Movie Death:

“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”

I’m pretty certain no one could have called John Hughes as a possible influence for Spiderman. But is it really so unbelievable? Hughes cut his teeth and sharpened them to razor sharpness on the 80s teen movie, making himself synonymous with youthful emotional indulgence and some pretty serious pouting. And what is the basis for Spiderman if not pubescence in superhuman flux?

While there’s definitely some scope for emotional exploration, we’ve also got some news on villain choices for the new franchise. I say news,  it’s really just Feige saying this:

“Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before.”

This is a solid move for the studio. With familiar franchises where the audience is already well versed in all the characters, the tried and tested technique is focus on the hero in the first film and use a simpler, less adored villain to test the hero. Batman Begins used Rhas Al Ghul, Iron Man had the Iron Monger, even Star Trek used a Romulan time traveller no one had ever heard of! Then when you know the franchise is solid and safe, use movie number two to introduce some tasty villains.

Well it looks as though Feige is confident in Spiderman‘s chances. How about you?http://screenrant.com/spider-man-reboot-2017-new-villain-john-hughes/

Tom Holland is Marvel’s “Spiderman” – Jon Watts to Direct

We had a list of hopefuls, and now we have one new Spiderman. After having their pick of the up-and-coming litter for this latest incarnation of the web-slinger, Marvel has landed on fresh-faced Tom Holland to don the mask and take to the crime filled streets of New York City.

Deadline is reporting that the actor best know for his roles in The Impossible and How I Live Now won out from a wishlist including Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. There were suggestions that Butterfield would take the role given his experience with science fiction and action in Ender’s Game, but Marvel gave opted for someone with what you might call a more versatile, dramatic background. Translation: not scifi.

Holland is also starring in this year’s In the Heart of the Sea from director Ron Howard, where he’ll be taking up with fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth. With any luck Hemsworth will become increasingly facial company if the rumours about Spidey’s involvement in other Marvel projects are to be believed.
But that’s not all: we also have a director in the form of Jon Watts. The decision to bring in Watts is dangerously close to Sony’s decision to enlist Marc Webb for The Amazing Spiderman. Webb had just made his mark at Sundance with 500 Days of Summer when he was recruited for the gig. It so happens that Watts has just had his own nugget of success at Sundance with Cop Car, a sharp little midnight movie if ever there was one.

Granted, Watts’ experience with using humour in his movies is a little more substantial than Webb’s. As well as Cop Car he’s directed several episodes of The Onion News Network. When you throw the vicious Clown  into the mix, it’s clear that Watts has a more acerbic humour that could suit a wisecracking Spiderman.
A solo Spiderman feature is still pencilled in for July 28th 2017,with a lot of time in between for Holland to turn up in other potential Marvel projects like Civil War.

You’d be forgiven for taking all this news with a pinch of salt – we’ve all been here before with Spiderman reboots. Hopefully we’ll have something a little more concrete to be excited about for this latest instalment.

Second “In the Heart of the Sea” Trailer Sees More of the Shipwreck

I’ve always been in love with and terrified by the idea of a Moby Dick film. For one, the book is the ultimate tale of pride and revenge and sea monsters, three of my favourite things. But I always trembled at the idea of a CG-heavy Hollywood getting their hands on the white whale. Could it even work? Could a well-animated whale be anywhere near as terrifying as the one on the page? Well my, fears have now been more or less squashed with the release of the second trailer for Ron Howard‘s In the Heart of the Sea. Not only do we get a better look at the whale himself, but also a lot more shots of the subsequent shipwreck on a mysterious island. Screenrant posted the trailer today, so have a good ol’ gander below:

As you can see, we’re really getting a closer look at what makes up the bulk of the inspiration for Howard’s film, Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 non-fiction book titled “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”. While the encounter with the monstrous sperm whale is important, more of the tragic tale takes place on a deserted island, which wasn’t really shown much in the original teaser for this film. Fortunately it looks to be a big part of Howard’s film. The screenplay was written by Oscar-nominated Blood Diamond writer Charles Levitt along with Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Originally I was excited for this film; now, I have a little bit of wee coming out of me. This looks to be a thrilling enough story to get the best out of Howard’s expansive, inquisitive directing.

Chris Hemsworth stars alongside Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. The film will be hitting U.S. cinemas on March 13th, 2015.

So be honest, how not-bothered are you by sharks right now?