Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute

Horror director Wes Craven, the man responsible for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, among many other films, passed away over the weekend, succumbing to a battle with brain cancer. It’s a loss felt by many horror fans and cinephiles, who are taking stock of Craven’s significant influence on the movie landscape.

In case you need any more evidence that Wes Craven was a filmmaker who inspired many directors working today, Edgar Wright has chimed in on his own personal blog with a fond remembrance of Craven and what his work meant to the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Read some of the Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute below! Read More »


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Edgar Wright is currently prepping Baby Driver, described as “the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film,” but one of his next directorial efforts is taking a step forward in the meantime. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) has just been tapped to do a rewrite on Collider, a Paramount project produced by J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot. More on the Edgar Wright Collider rewrite after the jump.  Read More »

uncharted movie release date

Sony dated two Bad Boys sequels today, but those flags weren’t the only ones planted by the studio. There’s also the Dark Tower release plan, and a date for a new Jumanji movie, too. And that isn’t all.

Sony has set 2016 dates for Passengers, Underworld 5, and The Magnificent 7, and also set up spots in 2017 for Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, and the new Resident Evil movie, along with a new Uncharted movie release date. Check out the whole upcoming Sony films calendar below. Read More »

Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview

A couple weeks ago I got a chance to sit down with director Peyton Reed and talk about his new film Ant-Man. I’ve been a fan of Reed for a while now, from his fun 2000 comedy Bring It On (which was basically Pitch Perfect with Cheerleading) to his work within the Back to the Future franchise (he was involved in the Universal Studios ride, the animated series, and even directed the behind the scenes documentaries for the sequels). Here are some of the things I talked to Peyton Reed about:

  • His first attempt trying to direct a Marvel film in 2003 with a Fantastic Four adaptation that never happened
  • Ant-Man looks like it has the most VFX shots out of any of the Marvel films, But it does’t
  • How they made the microscopic scenes so photorealistic
  • What he believes he brought to the movie that wasn’t in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish‘s draft
  • Why other Marvel characters were added to the story (possible spoiler warning, although its shown in tv commercials and trailers)
  • How Peyton ended up doing voice work on episodes of Beavis and Butthead
  • Will he be involved in any of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary festivities
  • How Did Marty McFly influence Ant-Man

You can read about all of that and much more in my Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview, after the jump.

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ant-man photos

Replacing Edgar Wright on Ant-Man was never going to be an easy task. As director Peyton Reed recalls it, even he found himself wondering, “Who is the poor sap who is going to take over that movie?” — not realizing, of course, that he himself would get the job a few weeks later.

Fortunately, early word on Reed’s Ant-Man has been strong. Among other things, critics have noted approvingly that Wright’s influence can still be felt in the finished product. Now Reed has gotten more specific about which parts of Ant-Man came from him and Adam McKay, and which parts originated with Wright and Joe Cornish. Read the Peyton Reed Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump.  Read More »

Ant-Man set visit

On October 9 2014 I visited my first Marvel set. The film was Ant-Man, Marvel Studios’ latest gamble and the final film in Phase Two of the company’s influential and uber-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mention it was my first Marvel set visit because, like me, Ant-Man represents many firsts for Marvel. It’s the first time they’ve hired a director, Peyton Reed, just weeks before shooting. It’s the first time their central hero, Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), has a family. It’s the first time we’ll see a man shrink down to ride on ant. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.

Below, read 65 things we learned over two days — days 37 and 38 of the 74-day shoot — on the Atlanta set of Ant-Man. There’s also info from a day spent at ILM on June 15, 2015. Read More »

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Edgar Wright has picked up another promising young talent for his next film. Lily James will join Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver, a thriller previously described as “the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film.” And with her casting comes some juicy new plot details on the movie. Get all the latest news about Baby Driver after the jump.  Read More »

ant-man writing credit

When a movie goes through as much public turmoil as Marvel’s Ant-Man, it’s always mysterious how the credits are going to end up. Originally, when Edgar Wright was going to direct, the screenplay was by Wright and Joe Cornish. But when Wright left and Peyton Reed came on to direct, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd – also the film’s star – took over scripting duties.

Now, with the film a mere few months from release, all that legal stuff has been handled and all four men are going to get credit. Read the full Ant-Man writing credits below. Read More »

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Nothing against Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man, but there are always going to be some fans wondering what Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man could have been. His abrupt last-minute departure after years of development signaled irreconcilable creative differences, with many speculating that Wright’s unique sensibility just didn’t fit into the Marvel mold.

But Avengers director Joss Whedon suggests Wright’s Ant-Man (which he co-wrote with Joe Cornish) actually would have been perfect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to him, it was the best and the “most Marvel” script the studio ever had. Read the Joss Whedon Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump.  Read More »