One of the most entertaining, page-turning books I’ve read in the past few years is Ernie Cline‘s Ready Player One. Before it was even published, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the video-game influenced story, which plays like a high-tech blend of The Social Network, Willy Wonka, and Ender’s Game.
That was 2010 and since then, the only update was about a script rewrite in 2012. Two and a half years later, one more writer is coming onboard. His name is Zak Penn, better known as the original writer of The Avengers and X2. His job is to shape up the script so Warner Bros. can sign a director this fall. Read the latest on the Ready Player One movie below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull has said that he’s in no big hurry to make Pacific Rim 2, but make no mistake: Guillermo del Toro is working on it. Only now, he’s working in it with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand) rather than original writer Travis Beacham.
So where has Beacham gone? Find out after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
For a while there, it looked like Len Wiseman was going to follow up his unasked-for Total Recall remake with an unasked-for The Mummy reboot. But then he had second thoughts, and dropped out to focus instead on his TV series Sleepy Hollow. And now that he’s ready to return to big-screen directing, he’s got his eye on a new original project.
Wiseman is reportedly set to direct the FBI sci-fi Black Chapter, based on an idea he had with Zak Penn. If Penn’s history has you wondering if Black Chapter might be a superhero film of some sort, you’d be right. More or less. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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Two of the major studios set up brand new sci-fi projects on Wednesday. First up, Paramount bought the rights to Clark Baker‘s short film Vessel with the aim to turn it into a feature. We covered it in June and it’s about a flight that goes frighteningly wrong. Stephen Susco (The Grudge, Red, Texas Chainsaw 3D) has been tapped to write the adaptation with Baker directing.
Then, over at Universal, they’ve just bought a still-untitled pitch from Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men The Last Stand) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Wanted) which is reportedly in the vein of Chronicle. Read more about both projects below.
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Want to see a sensual image of Catwoman from The Dark Knight Rises? How about a behind the scenes featurette on The Avengers? Which character did Joss Whedon force himself to cut from the film? What does Beyonce look like dressed as Spider-Man? Have props from Man of Steel revealed one of the film’s story lines? Does Brad Bird think The Incredibles can exist in the Marvel universe? How does one of the Man of Steel actors describe the film’s tone? Is Donald Glover happy about the influence he’s had on The Amazing Spider-Man? Read about all of this and more in today’s huge Superhero Bits. Read More »
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As a huge fan of the original Karate Kid, I die a little bit inside anytime I see the three words “The Karate Kid” on my TV guide only to find it’s the 2010 remake with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Apparently, though, I’m in the minority. The film was an absolute smash hit for Sony, grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally. Of course, a sequel was immediately set into motion with screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif hired to craft a story. That was about a year and a half ago.
Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, has now been tapped to do a rewrite on The Karate Kid 2. Read more after the jump. Read More »
As the next phase of Marvel’s movie master plan begins to unspool at theaters worldwide – with Thor on May 6 followed by Captain America: The First Avenger on July 22 – attention will quickly turn towards Joss Whedon‘s superhero crossover film The Avengers. And if we’re talking Avengers, screenwriter Zak Penn is a man in the know. Penn, who had a hand in writing X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Elektra, The Incredible Hulk and even Last Action Hero, wrote the initial screenplay for The Avengers even before Whedon came on board. It’s been rumored that, once he did come on board, Whedon did a bunch of his own work on that script, but Penn still has a better idea than most about what we can expect from the film come May 4, 2012.
Several blogs tried to extract some of that Avengers knowledge from Penn as he was promoting a new SyFy series he created called Alphas and they were semi-successful. As is the case with huge movies like this, Penn has signed a non-disclosure agreement and can’t say much, but he did talk about his excitement over Whedon, writing the script and more. Read his quotes after the break. Read More »
It has been assumed for a while now that Marvel’s upcoming superhero team-up film The Avengers would follow the continuity of the original comic books run, and involve a plot where Loki would unleash the Hulk. Here is more information on that comic storyline from Wikipedia:
“Loki’s schemes eventually came to include Earth itself and these schemes often drew some of Earth’s superhuman heroes to defend Earth and, often, Asgard itself. He first battled Thor on Earth in modern times after escaping from the tree by making Heimdall shed a tear. Loki was then able to manipulate the Hulk into wreaking havoc in an attempt to lure Thor to Asgard, which inadvertently led to the formation of the Avengers. Thor was one of the founding members of this superhuman team, and Loki often found his goals frustrated by them, even when they appeared close to success.”
However, a new rumor claims that the shape-changing alien race known the Skrulls are being used as the main antagonists for The Avengers. Could this be true?
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Briefly: Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada has confirmed on Twitter that screenwriter Zak Penn has turned in a first draft of the big screen adaptation of The Avengers. The film currently has a release date scheduled for May 4th 2012.