I don’t actually believe this for a second, but it’s a slow day so far, and any M.O.D.O.K. news is great news. So here you go: Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America 2 co-writer Christopher Markus is thinking of a way to make the Cap sequel very interesting. Namely, he’s talking up the idea of casting Peter Dinklage as wacky Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K., aka the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. Read More »

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Over the weekend I got the chance to sit down and talk with Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus and talk about the process of collaborating with Marvel, adapting Captain America to the big screen, the importance of the period story, the absence of Hitler, having Joss Whedon come in and polish their screenplay, working on Captain America 2 and if plot threads will be continued/concluded in The Avengers or the sequel, working with Michael Bay on Pain & Gain which they call “Michael Bay’s Fargo“, and much more. Hit the jump to read the interview.
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This past awards season, The Hollywood Reporter posted full hour long roundtable interviews with the directors, screenwriters, animators and actors of the award season contenders. It seems like that was so successful that they have done the same thing for their Summer 2011 movie preview.

After the jump you can watch a 58-minute roundtable interview with Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu Panda 2); Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern); Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon); Christopher Markus (Captain America: The First Avenger); Ashley Edward Miller (Thor) and Roberto Orci (Cowboys & Aliens). I always love hearing Hollywood screenwriters talk about their craft. I especially like hearing from writers behind Hollywood blockbusters, because that arena is such an interesting mix (or some would say compromise) between art, spectacle and commerce, all at a big budget level.

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Even before movie audiences get see Steve Rogers injected with a super serum and become Captain America, Marvel Studios  already has writers working on his next adventure. Stephen McFeely & Christopher Markus, who wrote the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger, are currently working on a script to a sequel that will take place after audiences have seen Thor, The First Avenger, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. However, according to a recent interview, that doesn’t necessarily mean the story will take place in modern times. It could take place during World War II. Read the quotes after the break. Read More »

Once upon a time, studios would wait for the opening of a film before throwing money at a sequel. But things happen a lot faster now. Rapturous reception for a trailer to one film might be enough to kick-start real development on a sequel, for example. That may be the case for Captain America: The First Avenger. The film did well at Comic Con, where one costume test and one sequence were shown. But the general public didn’t get a look at footage until this past Sunday. And the response was quite good. Read More »

michael bay pain and gain

Last week Michael Bay said that he has a small Pulp Fiction-type of movie before returning for Transformers 3. Guess what? We received a tip over to the weekend revealing everything. Want to know what Bay’s small movie project will be about? Full details after the jump.

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The Chronicles of Narnia scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are in negotiations to write the screenplay for Marvel Studios’ The First Avenger: Captain America. Last week the company announced that Joe Johnston had been brought aboard the project to direct. Markus and McFeely’s pitch must have been good, because none of their previous writing credits indicate that they are fitting for a World War II superhero film.

The First Avenger: Captain America is set to hit theaters on May 6th 2011, just two months before Marvel’s superhero team-up film The Avengers (July 15th 2011). Considering the films will be interconnected, this means Johnson will need to cast his Steve Rogers / Captain America as soon as a script is completed. A previously leaked plot synopsis follows:

“Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the “Super-Soldier Serum” and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.”

source: THR

Narnia 2

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has begun filming. Check out the full press release after the jump.
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