Neil Marshall Black widow

There’s no shortage of fans who want to see a Black Widow movie, and now we know of at least one qualified person who wants to make one. Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall declares that he’d “love to do a Black Widow movie,” describing the Marvel heroine as “fascinating.” Hit the jump for more of his comments.

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Constantine no smoking

John Constantine is sad; all he wants is a smoke. The rain, however, is not preventing him from lighting up. Restraint comes from the standards & practices department at NBC, which is more powerful than any nicotine patch when it comes to killing off a nicotine habit.

The character, a DC Comics mainstay since his creation by Alan Moore in the mid-’80s, is coming to television via David Goyer and NBC. And despite the fact that Constantine is a serious smoker (such a dedicated smoker, in fact, that lung cancer became a major plot point in his overall story) the network has said “no smoking” to the producers of Constantine. Maybe he can vape?

After the break, pilot director Neil Marshall explains some of the no smoking reasoning. (Note: possible gross spoilers for Hannibal are below, in the form of thumbnail images.) Read More »

Constantine TV trailer

Here’s the first trailer for NBC’s new incarnation of DC’s magician John Constantine, and it looks… pretty good! Scoring Neil Marshall (The Descent, various Game of Thrones episodes) to direct the pilot was a good move, and Matt Ryan looks properly selfish and capable as Constantine. See, while the Keanu Reeves movie directed by Francis Lawrence has its charm, and captured great facets of the DC character, it was still a pretty far cry from the stories that made Hellblazer a must-read series, once upon a time. Will this show do better? Tough to tell at this point, but it definitely gets a few points in its favor. Check out the Constantine TV trailer below. Read More »

John Constantine

Marvel may be running circles around DC in the big-screen franchise department, but the latter is doing quite well for itself on the small screen. One of several DC-based shows in the works right now is Constantine, and it’s moving quickly. The drama got a pilot order from NBC earlier this month, and has now picked up Neil Marshall (The Descent) to helm. More details after the jump.

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kong-king-skull-island

Over eighty years after its debut on the big screen, the original King Kong may get a sequel. In 2004 an illustrated sequel novel, Kong: King of Skull Island, was published. The story is set a quarter-century after King Kong, and which finds Carl Denham and Jack Driscoll on a trip back to Skull Island, where they find out a lot more about both their one-time charge and the environment that gave birth to him.

Now Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is rumored to be attached to direct a film based on the book. But, as great as that idea is, based on a statement from his writer/director Axelle Carolyn, who also happens to be married to Marshall, you might not want to get your hopes up yet. Read More »

Black Sails

The trailers for The Lone Ranger have drawn more than a few comparisons to Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp’s last team-up, Pirates of the Caribbean. But Tonto’s untamed West is a world away from Captain Jack Sparrow’s high seas, and if waterlogged adventure is more your speed Starz has just the thing for you.

Executive produced by Michael Bay, Black Sails follows the fearsome pirate captain Flint (Toby Stephens), his new crew member John Silver (Luke Arnold), and the rest of their as they go up against the British Royal Navy. Neil Marshall, who directed the climactic Game of Thrones Season 2 episode “Blackwater,” helmed the pilot. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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There may not be a whole lot to watch on TV right now, but there’s plenty to watch in TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Neil Marshall will direct Michael Bay‘s pirate drama Black Sails
  • John Boyd and Dileep Rao join Kiefer Sutherland in Touch
  • The Walking Dead will kill off another series regular in Season 3
  • Charlie Sheen‘s Anger Management gets 90 more eps. Sigh
  • Watch Showtime’s animated prequel mini-web-series for Dexter
  • NBC’s The New Normal hits the web a couple weeks early
  • Fox unveils more teasers for Fringe‘s fifth and final season
  • American Horror Story spills plot details; watch more teasers

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For years — almost a decade — the script The Last Voyage of the Demeter has been a revolving door of directors who could never quite get the film made. Robert Schwentke (Red), Marcus Nispel (Conan the Barbarian), Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters),and David Slade (Hard Candy) have all tried to film the script by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch).

The story explores in detail the sea voyage that brings Dracula from Transylvania to England. Ruzowitzky even had a cast lined up, with Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley attached, but his version never happened, and even when Slade came on board over a year ago, the ship didn’t sail.

Now Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday, Centurion) is attached to direct for Millennium Films. Read More »

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