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“King Kong v Godzilla” Will End Monster Trilogy

Sources are saying that the gargantuan grudge match will serve as a crescendo to both franchises.

Ok guys, it looks like it might actually be happening.

Since the mysterious move of Legendary’s Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros, there was heated talk about plans to align the Godzilla and King Kong franchises. But that’s just silly right? Wrong! Unless it all falls through, then you’re right. Continue reading “King Kong v Godzilla” Will End Monster Trilogy

It’s Official: James Wan Will Direct “Aquaman”

Now that James Wan has finished up melting critics’ brain stems with the unstoppable success of Fast and Furious 7, he’ll be back to treading some old familiar ground with his return to also incredibly successful Conjuring franchise with Conjuring 2: Enfield Poltergeist. But that’s not the only thing we know is on Wan’s horizon. There were rumours, you might say insinuations, that Wan would taking hold of the trident for DC’s Aquaman and adding his own stamp to the ever expanding (hasn’t quite expanded yet) DC universe. Ridiculous right? Wrong, read the headline idiot! Empire is reporting that Wan has officially made a deal to direct the project and bring DC’s dampest hero to life.

We already know that Aquaman will be played by Jason Mamoa and will make his first appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. With the casting of Mamoa there was definitely a good chance that Aquaman would be very different to the orange-suited fish-dude everyone loves to make fun of. For one with the actor’s background we could definitely expect a more action packed depiction of the Lord of Atlantic and his regal straddling of the land lubbers and the sea folk. Now with Wan in board, it looks like they could be right. That’s not to say that Wan is a two dimensional director, but he’s got strengths that could definitely make Aquaman into something special.

Aquaman won’t be hitting cinemas until 2018, but the Atlantean will be making appearances in the Justice League movies as well. So if we’re not careful the DC universe will be… Wait for it… Saturated with Aquaman………..Thank you.

Warner Bros. is Taking a Run at Robin Hood

You only have to look at the Marvel DC movie timetable for the next few years to see that WB likes a challenge, especially when it’s a close knit competition. So that might explain why the studio has thrown it’s hat into a a completely different ring, where the ring is made of trees and arrow heads and the hat is pointy and green and has a feather in it. That’s right, Warner Bros has set it’s sights on The Little Mermaid! No I’m kidding, it’s Robin Hood of course.

Empire is reporting on the Studio’s recent purchase of a script based on the legendary archer and his band of merry men. There’s not a lot of info on the project as yet, except that writer Will Beall and producers Dan Lin and John Zaozirny are attached.

Robin Hood is an extremely valuable property at the moment, if for no other reason than every year the studio is interested in it. As well as WB you’ve got Disney working on Hood and Nottingham which is apparently being curtailed into a large scale action caper to rival Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as Sony’s Hood, pitched by Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott, which promises to be more stunt and straight action based, in the vein of Mission: Impossible. Finally we have Lionsgate and Robin Hood: Origins, which has been put together by King Arthur (Guy Ritchie) scribe Joby Harold. Lionsgate will reportedly go with a straight laced boy to man tale, portraying Hood as a young freedom fighter.

It’s unclear at this point how many of these films will actually get made in the end or how they will be staggered release-wise, but with the law of averages such as it is we’re definitely more likely to get a decent Robin Hood film with this many studios fighting it out.

Michelle MacLaren and WB Split Over “Wonder Woman” Creative Differences

It’s more of an old joke than an in-joke these days that DC has followed Marvel’s template when it comes to constructing a cinematic universe. From teamups to superteam origins, from pacing to publicity, there are a lot of similarities. But now it looks as though DC has taken it too far. Copying the Edgar Wright Marvel split that seems so long ago, Slashfilm is reporting that DC and WB have had a creative split with Wonder Women director Michelle MacLaren. Honestly DC, get your own hobby!

I’m kidding of course, it’s no joke really. MacLaren was undoubtedly a huge get for the studio. A big name in blockbuster TV drama, MacLaren has made her name working in the likes of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. But it looks as though director and studio once again found themselves separated by irreconcilable differences. The statement from WB is unsurprisingly nondescript, but we’ll include it anyway:

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together”

In a way this was an inevitable result that nobody wanted to admit. MacLaren has made her name with groundbreaking genre work, so there was no way that she wouldn’t make a huge impression on the direction of the story. This is especially true since her contract did not stipulate that she not be involved with story development. Like Wright before her, MacLaren undoubtedly had a unique vision for the character and the film style that wasn’t as up for debate as WB and DC would like. Either that, or it was the other way round and it was the studio that wouldn’t bend. Either way, these kind of differences don’t go away in a filmmaking process, and if they do they don’t go away quietly.

There have  been some suggestions that the planned 1920s setting for the film was causing some contention, although it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get a straight answer about what caused the bad blood.
So now WB need to find themselves a new director if they want to stay on track with their universe wide to-do list. It’s unclear as yet whether former potential female directors like Kathryn Bigelow are still in the running for the gig, but considering the rumours that the gig is considered a poisoned chalice of sorts for any female director who might consider it. I mean, so far they’re kind of right.

Other than the crippling loss of a director, casting is still on track and there are no suggestions that the film will be delayed in any way. The question becomes, who’s going to fill MacLaren’s shoes?

There seems to be a glitch as director leaves “Minecraft” adaptation

Minecraft? A sprawling, non-stop game with no particular plot or goal system being turned into a movie? No, I don’t see why there should be a problem with that. Oh, wait, I see what you mean: every part of that is a problem. Say what you will, at least a game of battleships has a beginning and end, the quality of the film Battleship not withstanding.

Anyway, we’re two months into Minecraft mania now and there’s been a bump in the road, in the shape of an absentee director. The Wall Street Journal (seriously? WSJ? Ok, whatever) has reported that director Shawn Levy, who signed onto the project two months ago has now parted ways, and the word is it’s more or less permanent. If you’re wondering what Levy’s worked on in the past, you can thank him for Real Steel, Date Night and every Night At The Museum movie. His reasons for leaving? Glad you asked: Levy explains himself in an interview. Here’s what he said:

What happened simply is, Warners asked me to develop kind of how might this ever be a story for a movie, because it’s not a narrative game. We came up with an approach that felt good to us and I discussed it with Mojang, the game makers who make Minecraft, and they were like, that doesn’t sound like what we want if we’re gonna see a movie get made. We don’t know what we want, but that doesn’t feel right. 

So in a nutshell, Levy had an idea for how the movie should play out and the makers of Minecraft shot it down, with seemingly no notes or improvements or anything constructive. It’s hard to think of a more frustrating response to an original idea than “it’s good, but it’s not right. I don’t know what is right, but I know it’s not that”. It’s hard to fight with that logic, but to his credit Levy was pretty respectful about the whole thing: “…You know what it’s not my game, they know what they’re doing. And the truth is there is a long history of trying to make great movies out of games, and they’re rarely done well. I think Mojang is still figuring out what they want.”

Wow, what a stand-up guy. The next project he’s connected with will be the luckiest project in the whole world. It looks like there’s no clear direction when it comes to a Minecraft movie. But unless you hated The Lego Movie, I think you’ll agree that a lack of a straight line in an adaptation can lead to some pretty awesome stuff on screen.

Sorry to see you go Levy, and to whomever replaces you, God speed. You’ll need it.

The speed I mean.

I’ll shut up now.

Batman V Superman: That’s a wrap!

March 25, 2016: The date that DC and Warner Bros. says is going to blow my mind! Judging from the set photos, the plot rumours and the umpteen films that are going to follow Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I think they might be right.

It may seem like a long long way away, and that’s because it is. But we have good news in the interim because production has officially wrapped on the film. The film’s cinematographer, Larry Fong, was sweet enough to let everyone know by posting on his Instagram. have a look at the image, it’s as intriguing as it is sort of baffling.

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman...what are they all staring at?
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman…what are they all staring at?

Dawn of Justice is going to see Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck lock horns as the two greatest superheroes of the DC universe, provided you don’t ask Green lantern: he’s still a bit surly since his movie flopped and his reboot’s not for a few years…hopefully he sobers up by then. Sorry, went off on a tangent there. This will be the first time we see the two on screen together. The closest we’vecome on the big screen was in Batman & Robin with Goerge Clooney’s off the cuff remark “This is why superman works alone”. Cute, right?

Now that production is done we can hopefully expect a trailer or at least a teaser to dropping early next year, or maybe earlier depending on what other movie release it’s attached to (there’s a rumour circling The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies so keep your eyes peeled).

This movie’s going to be the ground floor of a very tall building, so it’s gonna be a real thrill to see some more tidbits emerge from this project.

Who do you think’s gonna win?