Marvel has Joss Whedon, Warner Bros. has David Goyer and now Fox has a similar creative force. Though Mark Millar was hired last year to oversee some of Fox’s comic book properties, they’ve just signed Simon Kinberg to a three year first look deal he promises will include Marvel-like expansions of the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes. Read More »
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Those who’ve read the original issues that make up the Days of Future Past storyline know that, among the many apparent differences between the comic and film tellings of the tale, there’s one huge change that fundamentally changes the story.
In the comic version, it is the young Kitty Pryde who goes back in time in an attempt to prevent the development of a dystopian future in which mutants are savagely hunted. In the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, it is Wolverine who acts as the time-jumping lynchpin. Why the change?
There’s an obvious answer to the question (“duh, Wolverine is the star of these movies”) but there’s also a narrative explanation. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg explains below. Read More »
Early in the development of the film that became X-Men: Days of Future Past, there was talk that the movie could deal with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That talk went by the wayside as the film’s reliance on the comic storyline ‘Days of Future Past’ was revealed. But now we know that there was something to that talk after all.
In a move timed to hit just days after the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, we’ve got a “documentary” video explaining just what a mutant may have had to do with the event. Check it out below. Read More »
What’s the story with Fox’s new Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle? Jeremy Slater scripted, and while there have been some small polishes done on that draft here and there, recently we heard that Simon Kinberg (Fox’s current go-to guy with respect to comic book adaptations) was hired to do work on the script.
We don’t know what that rewrite is going to achieve, and until it is done we’re not likely to hear about any real casting decisions. But in the meantime Fox and the film’s producers are still working on lists of choices for the main roles in the movie, and several names have been leaked to the public. Read More »
Considering the film has a March 2015 release date, things on the Fantastic Four front have been quiet. Apparently, a bit too quiet. 20th Century Fox has brought on Simon Kinberg to “substantially overhaul” the script on the Marvel adaptation, which will be directed by Josh Trank.
Kinberg has been part of Fox’s Marvel Universe for a while. He wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, co-wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and produced X-Men First Class. On those last two films, Kinberg also worked extensively with Matthew Vaughn, who is producing Fantastic Four. Outside of Fox, he’s a co-producer on Star Wars Episode VII and is writing a Star Wars spinoff. Read More »
Fans have spent so much time focusing on what’s going to happen with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, we’ve all but ignored the 2016 Star Wars film. Not Episode VIII mind you — that’ll likely be in 2017. In 2016, we’ll get a Star Wars spinoff movie, written and produced by either Lawrence Kasdan or Simon Kinberg. Each writer is working on a film that’ll focus on a specific Star Wars character; we’ve known these spin-off movies are meant to be released between episodes of the new trilogy. Possible characters rumored for these films are Yoda, Han Solo or Boba Fett.
If that’s true though, which stories will we see on screen? At a recent Disney investor conference, chief financial officer Jay Rasulo referred to those movies not as “spin-offs,” but as “origin story films.” Read More »
Drew Goddard, who wrote Cloverfield and directed The Cabin in the Woods, has almost locked down a new directorial project. He is now in talks to make The Martian, based on an e-book by Andy Weir. The film revolves around an astronaut stranded on Mars, who must find a way to survive and return home.
Goddard will write the film as well, which is set up at Fox, with Simon Kinberg producing. A few more details are below. Read More »
Some of the principals behind Star Wars Episode VII have been discussing the film recently, plus the resurgence has brought out a few new pieces of pop culture ephemera. Below, read about all this and more:
- Mark Hamill spoke about Star Wars Episode VII this weekend, confirming he’s had one creative meeting.
- Episode VII producer and spin-off writer Simon Kinberg talked about his film.
- Check out a gallery of 1138 behind the scenes photos from the Star Wars films.
- The BBC talked to J.J. Abrams about Episode VII.
- Watch videos of Abrams and his Star Trek Into Darkness cast talking about the new Star Wars film.
- Some of Timothy Zahn‘s Star Wars novels are becoming audio books.
- A black series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.
- One fan built the Mos Eisley Cantina.
- Tons of stars such as Nicolas Cage and Sir Ben Kingsley give their thoughts on new Star Wars movies.
- J.J’s Place is a comic book blending Star Trek and Star Wars.
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