Television is the ideal medium to bring comic book stories to life, especially for an intricately-plotted series like the X-Men, but there was always the problem of budgeting that kept an X-Men TV show from being feasible. Until recently, there was no way to bring a team of super-powered mutants to television without having the costumes and effects look cheap and/or ridiculous. The big screen, meanwhile, allows for big budgets, but films take years to put together, undercutting the serialized appeal of the X-Men comics.
Now, it still isn’t easy, but a TV show can be done, especially as television has become a place for extended serialized stories rather than a big collection of standalone tales. As shows like Arrow build in popularity and Marvel plans to solidify its television approach with a set of “street-level” New York heroes such as Daredevil, a live-action X-Men show — or a New Mutants or X-Force spin-off — seems like something Fox could really play with.
Indeed, big-screen X-Men screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg says the studio is figuring things out. Read More »
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As little as we’ve heard about Star Wars Episode VII, we’ve heard even less about what’s coming next. The plan was originally for a Star Wars spin-off/origin film to hit in 2016, followed by Star Wars Episode VIII in 2017, another spin off/origin in 2018, and then Episode IX in 2019. And while we don’t know that’s not still the plan, everyone involved has gotten awfully quiet about it.
Which brings us to Thursday. Several Star Wars websites reported Disney that Lucasfilm executives had an ultra-secret breakfast to discuss the franchise. Whether or not this meeting actually happened is already in question, which should paint this rumor in even a dimmer light. But one site is reporting much of the conversation centered on everyone’s favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Fett is potentially one of the characters either Simon Kinberg or Lawrence Kasdan are writing a spin-off movie for but that may have run into some difficulties because of Fett’s allegiances. Read More »
There’s a galaxy of Star Wars news out there, so let’s dive into today’s Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- The Star Wars film canon is limited to the films.
- Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch jokes about Star Wars Episode VII return.
- Behind the Scenes stage hosts for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim revealed.
- A secret, high level Star Wars meeting might be taking place this week.
- Watch a full panel about writing for the Star Wars expanded universe.
- Four new kids books will bridge the gap to Episode VII.
- Are the Star Wars films coming to 3D Blu-ray?
- William Friedken talks about Star Wars legacy and turning down the film.
- Actor Anthony Ingruber hints he’s in Episode VII.
- Super 7 will release limited edition Star Wars screen printed posters.
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It’s been fun trying to guess what director Josh Trank and the rest of the team at Fox have planned for the Fantastic Four reboot. With Simon Kinberg on board as a writer/producer on both the Fantastic Four movie and the X-Men series, it seems inevitable, for example, that the films will connect in some way, at least eventually.
And while we know that this new Fantastic Four film will jump off from the Ultimate series, we don’t know much about how the backtory will weave together elements of the Ultimate and classic story lines. WonderCon wasn’t a place for answers, but in a few interviews Kinberg did give many new hints about the film. Read More »
WonderCon 2014 brought a bunch of news regarding this fall’s highly anticipated TV show, Star Wars Rebels. Paramount among this is an action-packed new clip released from the show, but also a bunch of excellent new Star Wars Rebels concept art, the news Star Wars: The Clone Wars composer Kevin Kiner will return to score the show, new merchandise and the news Rebels could include characters or influence from the Expanded Universe. Check it all out below. Read More »
Until X-Men: Days of Future Past opens, we won’t know who survives and what shape they’re in. But there’s no question that Fox will be making more X-Men movies to follow it, starting with X-Men: Apocalypse. But what about the classic cast — is this year’s film their swan song, with the exception of Hugh Jackman? That’s seemed likely, given past statements from Singer such as “[Apocalypse will] introduce familiar characters in a younger time,” and the general sense that Apocalypse is a sequel to First Class.
Simon Kinberg is writing both films, and at WonderCon this past weekend he explained a few things about the intersection of X-Men: Apocalypse and the “classic cast” led by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. That is, there probably won’t be any.
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Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t open for another few weeks, and its sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, isn’t coming for another two years. Nevertheless, inquiring minds already want to know what Bryan Singer has planned for us in 2016, and the director is more than happy to deliver.
In a new interview, Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg revealed some new details about the film, including its relationship to the source material, its connection to X-Men: Days of Future Past, and which other mutants we might see. (Hint: Mystique won’t be the only blue one around these parts anymore). Hit the jump for more info.
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Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
In a world where every studio is trying to build its own comic book mega-franchise, simple sequels and prequels aren’t enough anymore. To really keep the brand running, you need spinoffs. And that’s where Fox’s X-Men series could be headed next.
So far, Wolverine is the only mutant who’s had the opportunity to break out on his own, but in a recent chat producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg suggested that Gambit, Deadpool, and Mystique could get their own movies as well. Hit the jump to read their comments.
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