The last time a US company made a movie based on Super Mario Bros., things did not go so well. The terrible production, awful film and disappointing results pretty much soured Nintendo on making live-action movies of their characters, period. Still, the popular video game company did continue to make some animated films, mostly based on Pokemon. It seems they were more open to that idea with their iconic roster of characters.
Now, revealed in the mountain of leaked e-mails coming from Sony was the revelation that producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man) was in the process of securing the rights for Sony to make an animated Super Mario Bros movie. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Comic book movies are hotter than ever these days, and one of the people we have to thank for that fact is producer Avi Arad. As the founder of Marvel Studios, he got the ball rolling with films like X-Men and Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man. And while he’s no longer at Marvel Studios, he’s still riding the trend he helped start with films like the new Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Of course, he’s not doing it alone. His partner on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Matt Tolmach. Unlike Arad, Tolmach is relatively new to the comic book movie game; his only previous superhero movie is the last Amazing Spider-Man. But the results speak for themselves, in a financial means at least. That film was a hit, and the new one is poised to become one too.
At a recent press event, I got the opportunity to talk to the two producers about comic book movie diversity, whether non-Spidey heroes might show up in the Spidey universe, and why comic books still resonate.
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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 currently in theaters, there’s lots of Spidey in this edition of Superhero Bits. Want to see some new concept art? How will the current film tie into Sinister Six? Which villain hasn’t been seen on screen that Marc Webb wants to portray? How did the film get joked about on Saturday Night Live?
On the non Spider-Man side, want to watch Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen talk Avengers: Age of Ultron? Which major superhero film just started filming? Has casting for Black Panther started? And who is mad at claims made about Kevin Feige? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
UPDATE: The producers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have commented on this story, read their thoughts below.
Sony Pictures is invested in Spider-Man for the long term. They see the webslinger as their own Marvel cash cow and are planning a huge universe around the character. That continues with this weekend’s big sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The new movie will be followed by a third film, spinoffs featuring the Sinister Six and Venom, and potentially a fourth film in the series.
But what will they do after that? Reboot yet again? Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield, thinks the answer is already in the comics. He believes his character could, and should, pass the torch to the multi-racial character Miles Morales. Read More »
At one point, the idea of characters crossing over between Marvel and DC Comics titles seemed like an impossibility. But it happened, just as fans of the cinematic versions of those characters think such a thing will happen on movie screens eventually — even if there are more companies involved now, all of which are bigger, more complex corporate entities. Still, it’s not going to happen soon, and original Marvel Studios co-founder and Spider-Man film producer Avi Arad isn’t even able to be straight about the reason why. Arad says Spider-Man won’t end up in a film with the X-Men or Avengers until “we’ve run out of ideas.”
Read Arad’s quotes, and watch a video of the interview, below. Read More »
Briefly: Very little is know right now but Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers and so many others, is making a secret movie with Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. The project, currently set up at Sony and on the search for producers and a writer, is being kept under wraps so there’s no clue if it’s a superhero film or not. All Arad would say on the topic is “Some titles give away too much.” This is one we’ll definitely keep an eye on. [The Hollywood Reporter]
A ton of major video games are currently being developed in Hollywood. Just recently, Watch Dogs got started, we saw test footage from Warcraft and heard about Gran Turismo coming to life. Looking back further, games based on Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect have been bubbling for several years. However, despite a few close calls, it doesn’t feel like any of them are closer to coming to the big screen.
That’s not the case, says producer Avi Arad. The man best known for producing the Spider-Man movies also has a big hand in producing those last three franchises. In a new interview, he offered up significant updates on them all. He says Uncharted will probably come first and that Metal Gear Solid is probably three years away. Though he’s had the Mass Effect rights since 2008, that one would likely come after the first two. Read More »
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Okay, now they’re just screwing with us. For months, director Marc Webb has been teasing fans about what’s going to happen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 via his Twitter feed. Then he brought some very cool footage to Comic-Con and hinted at other heroes joining Spider-Man and maybe even the formation of the Sinister Six, a super-team of Spider-Man’s greatest foes.
The first of three Spider-sequels doesn’t hit theaters until May 2014 but a few new photos have surfaced online. Most are things we’ve seen before but one of feels like Sony is trolling some fans. You’ll see what we mean below. Read More »