Recently, we learned that around about a decade ago, 20th Century Fox was developing a movie that would have featured high-profile superheroes like the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and Daredevil (before that character’s rights reverted back to Marvel Studios). X-Men: First Class writer Zack Stentz, who was hired to write this ambitious superhero movie, teased the project’s existence but wouldn’t reveal what the film would have been about.
Now some actual plot details about that abandoned project have emerged, whisking us into a fascinating alternate timeline in which Fox could have beaten Marvel Studios to the full-scale crossover concept before The Avengers hit theaters. And this scrapped superhero movie would have been an X-Men vs Fantastic Four film, pitting two groups of heroes against each other in their own Civil War.
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Millennium Films has found a screenwriter for their big screen take on comic book character Red Sonja. Ashley Edward Miller, who wrote X-Men: First Class, will pen the script for the sword and sorcery epic. More on the Red Sonja movie below.
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Briefly: Few men can fill the shoes of Lee Majors but one who comes close is Dwayne Johnson. The actor formerly known has The Rock is in talks to star in a remake of the Eighties TV show The Fall Guy, with McG (Charlie’s Angels) behind the camera.
Majors starred in the original TV show which followed a Hollywood stuntman who used what he did in the movies to be a bounty hunter. It’s a project that’s been kicking around Hollywood for several years and is now being shopped around by Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE Studios. Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller wrote the latest draft, which breathed new life into the franchise. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Rumors and speculation continue to swirl about what’s going on in both “Star” universes. On the Star Trek side, Badass Digest is reporting Bad Robot could go out to Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz for help on the script for Star Trek 3. They’re the team who had a hand in writing Thor, X-Men: First Class and Fringe. If it happens, they’d work closely with the co-writers and producers of the first two films, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
That, of course, begs the question of who is going to direct? J.J. Abrams is well into pre-production for Star Wars Episode VII, which means he’d be unavailable, but now rumors have begun to rise that he’s considering leaving that project. Read More »
So should Paul Verhoeven take this as an insult or a compliment? Two of his best known movies, Total Recall and Robocop, are currently at different stages of being remade and now one of his lesser known but – in my opinion – most fun films, Starship Troopers is next. Vulture reports Fast and Furious producer Neil Moritz has hired Thor and X-Men First Class screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to write a new adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein.
The original film, released in 1997, was a moderate theatrical success but lives on in the hearts of its fans (myself included) and in numerous direct to DVD sequels. A new animated film, Starship Troopers Invasion, from the acclaimed director of Appleseed Shinji Aramaki, will be released next year.
That’s all well and good, but what exactly will this reboot consist of? We ask those questions after the jump.
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This past awards season, The Hollywood Reporter posted full hour long roundtable interviews with the directors, screenwriters, animators and actors of the award season contenders. It seems like that was so successful that they have done the same thing for their Summer 2011 movie preview.
After the jump you can watch a 58-minute roundtable interview with Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu Panda 2); Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern); Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon); Christopher Markus (Captain America: The First Avenger); Ashley Edward Miller (Thor) and Roberto Orci (Cowboys & Aliens). I always love hearing Hollywood screenwriters talk about their craft. I especially like hearing from writers behind Hollywood blockbusters, because that arena is such an interesting mix (or some would say compromise) between art, spectacle and commerce, all at a big budget level.
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When Matthew Vaughn was announced as director of X-Men: First Class, you wouldn’t have been errant in guessing that this news would quickly follow. Vaughn and Jane Goldman worked closely together on Stardust and Kick-Ass, so it was logical to guess that she might contribute to First Class as well. Indeed, we’re now hearing that Goldman will work on the script for the X-Men prequel. Read More »