Following last month’s brief (very brief) confusion over whether Channing Tatum was fully committed to the Gambit solo movie comes news of an actual shakeup behind the scenes. Director Rupert Wyatt has exited the project, leaving the director’s chair vacant and 20th Century Fox in need of a quick replacement if they hope to make their fall 2016 release date.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built out of spare parts. With heavy-hitters like Spider-Man and the X-Men owned by different studios, Marvel Studios bet big on less popular characters and emerged victorious. Suddenly, Iron Man and Captain America became a big deal for ordinary, non-nerd people. Marvel no longer needs their big guns to matter. And now, they’re showcasing their clout by ruthlessly removing the X-Men from the comic book landscape using the characters they intend to replace them with – the Inhumans.
With the X-Men timeline effectively reset following the events in Days of Future Past, and with Gambit and Deadpool movies on the way, 20th Century Fox’s version of the MCU is now open to more interesting possibilities. Writer and producer Simon Kinberg has previously hinted at crossover possibilities within the mutant cinematic universe, but his latest statements suggest that the idea has moved from hypothetical to legitimate plan.
A live action remake of the beloved 1988 anime Akira, based on Katsuhiro Otomo's hugely popular manga of the same name, has been floating around Hollywood for over a decade, attracting and dropping actors and directors at a shocking rate (at one point, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart were set to star). For whatever reason, this film doesn’t want to get made. But Warner Bros. isn’t giving up on this project and if a new rumor is to be believed, they’ve officially reached out to one of the most powerful and popular filmmakers in their regular employ to make it happen. So, how do you feel about not one, but three Akira films produced by Christopher Nolan?
Before Fantastic Four opened to dismal box office and even more dismal reviews, 20th Century Fox attempted to combat the bad buzz surrounding the film by greenlighting a sequel. It was a vote of confidence – they were prepared to stick with this cast moving forward. Then everyone saw the final trainwreck and the internet proceeded to pick over the film’s fascinating corpse in a desperate attempt to figure out what happened with this production. We all assumed that announced sequel was dead and buried. We were wrong.
It’s been over a year since Guardians of the Galaxy was released and by now, with countless viewings under their belt, you’d think the hardcore Marvel fans would’ve caught every single easter egg that writer/director James Gunn snuck into the film. It turns out, you’d actually be wrong. Gunn said that not only are there still a few undiscovered easter eggs in the film, he says the biggest one of all has yet to be found.
Joe Kelly’s critically acclaimed graphic novel I Kill Giants is being developed into a movie by producer Chris Columbus, and it’s just attracted a star from another major comic book adaptation — Guardians of the Galaxy’s Zoe Saldana has signed on to play a leading role in the film from director Anders Walter, who won an Oscar in 2014 for his short film Helium.
Suicide Squad is a movie based on the concept of a super-group of villains recruited by a government agent to defeat an even bigger threat, with the idea being that if they join forces, their collective villainy will outweigh the evil of one mega-villain. But who have they been recruited to defeat, exactly? That’s one thing we don’t know, although it is a little easy to suss it out from the footage we saw over the summer.
As Wonder Woman prepares to head into production this fall, we’re going to start hearing a whole lot more about DC and Warner Bros.’ first woman-fronted solo superhero effort, and the latest casting rumor is quite interesting. WB is reportedly eyeing Sean Bean and Eva Green (aka Green Bean — I just made that up) to play Wonder Woman’s antagonists in the film — yes, antagonists plural.
We’re still a little less than two years out from the release of Wonder Woman, DC and WB’s first solo female superhero film, but production is already set to begin this fall with director Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine — which means it’s only a matter of months before set photos begin trickling out to the delight of the entire internet.