Masters of the Universe: Jeff Wadlow

Sony and Escape Artists are reviving He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, after the toy and cartoon property spent years in development hell. At one point recently, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) was going to direct a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger). Now Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow has been hired to re-write the film, and there is supposition that he could direct as well.   Read More »

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Jon C. Chu’s recent departure from the latest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe left Sony without a director. New screenwriter Terry Rossio has now had a few months to work on the script and finally, by the power of Grayskull, three names have emerged as front runners. They are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie) and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Read More »

Kick-Ass 2 Showdown

The two major things missing from Kick-Ass 2 constitute the two major problems with an otherwise decent sequel. Those things are Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Vaughn, who directed Kick-Ass in 2010, is an incredibly talented director. Goldman, who wrote the first film, is a fantastic screenwriter. They both return as producers this time around, but their respective duties have taken over by Jeff Wadlow, the director of Cry_Wolf and Never Back Down. Wadlow has an obvious passion for this material and does an admirable job at times. Without Vaughn directing Goldman’s words, however, Kick-Ass 2 never comes close to the energy and smarts of the first movie.

That said, fans of the original will enjoy all the new characters, the many tense/violent situations, and the uptempo, fun pacing. Kick-Ass 2 doesn’t reach the dizzying heights of the first movie, but in the realm of flawed sequels, it’s pretty entertaining. Read More »

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While Kick-Ass and Red Mist haven’t really changed a lot between Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl is like a whole new person. In the first film, she’s a foul-mouthed killing machine who loves nothing more than her father and justice. In Kick-Ass 2, she’s forced to bury that spirit to assimilate to the social life of high school. Instead of fighting crime, she deals with sleepovers, dating, makeup and more. In the end, the film features a more feminine version of Mindy Macready.

That character change is by design. In an interview with Digital Spy, Chloë Grace Moretz revealed screenwriters Chad Gomez Creasey and Dara Resnik Creasey were brought in to specifically work on her character, making her less masculine. Read More »

‘Kick-Ass 2′ Red Band Featurette

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There was a time when it looked like Kick-Ass 2 might never happen, but now the film opens in just over a week. We’ve seen quite a few trailers, some clips, and a behind the scenes look or two. But if you want one more glimpse at the film before it opens, check out this red-band featurette. There’s some new footage here for your enjoyment, as well as a bit of gore and (of course) plenty of cussin’. Read More »

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If there was one upside to the first Kick-Ass 2 trailer being a bit underwhelming, it’s that the marketing has had nowhere to go but up. The film’s looked better and better with each successive trailer, and the one that hit at Comic-Con was the most badass (or kick-ass, if you want to go there) yet.

Today, we have yet another new look at the film, in the form of 10 minutes of B-roll from the Jeff Wadlow-directed sequel. The reels feature quite a few moments we haven’t seen in any of the previous promos, including some smaller character moments and some better looks at the new heroes and villains in action. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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When I sat down to do my Kick-Ass 2 interview at Comic-Con, I was only expecting to talk to director Jeff Wadlow. But when I looked up from hitting the record button on my recorder, I was surprised to see Kick-Ass creator/writer Mark Millar also sitting at the table.

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X-Force

While at Comic Con, I got a chance to chat with Kick-Ass 2 writer/director Jeff Wadlow about his upcoming announced adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s comic book series X-Force and the just announced action thriller ‘Go Fast‘ which he is making at Sony. Learn more details on these two projects, after the jump. My full interview with Wadlow (and Mark Millar who drops in at one point in the transcript below) will hit later this week.

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