Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Josh Hutcherson is trading the Hunger Games for video games. He’s just been set as the lead of Future Man, a half-hour comedy pilot for Hulu from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The story centers on an unassuming nobody whose one skill is playing a certain video game. To his shock, he discovers that this apparently useless talent makes him uniquely qualified to save humanity.
Although maybe he shouldn’t be that surprised, really, seeing as this is also more or less the premise of The Last Starfighter. And Ernest Cline’s Armada. And Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Really, it just seems like common knowledge at this point that video games are secretly manuals for saving the world. Read More »
The big hit of CD-ROM gaming from 1993 is coming back to computer screens, but not via a game sequel. Myst, the title which became one of the runaway hits of the early CD-ROM scene and spawned several sequels and many ports, is in development as a TV series from Legendary TV. Now the Myst TV series has a home at Hulu, and we know that Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) is producing with Evan Daugherty (Divergent) writing the script. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Yet another comic book series is being adapted for television, but this one isn’t the typical superhero fare. Legendary Television has picked up the rights to Lazarus, Image Comics’ dystopian sci-fi series by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.
Get all the details on the Lazarus TV series after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
After spending most of the past decade putting out one fantastical big-scale spectacle after another, Sam Raimi is going for something a little more grounded with his next project. He’s now in talks to direct Love May Fail, an adaptation of a novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick. Hit the jump for more on the Sam Raimi Love May Fail movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Comic book movies are hotter than ever these days, and one of the people we have to thank for that fact is producer Avi Arad. As the founder of Marvel Studios, he got the ball rolling with films like X-Men and Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man. And while he’s no longer at Marvel Studios, he’s still riding the trend he helped start with films like the new Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Of course, he’s not doing it alone. His partner on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Matt Tolmach. Unlike Arad, Tolmach is relatively new to the comic book movie game; his only previous superhero movie is the last Amazing Spider-Man. But the results speak for themselves, in a financial means at least. That film was a hit, and the new one is poised to become one too.
At a recent press event, I got the opportunity to talk to the two producers about comic book movie diversity, whether non-Spidey heroes might show up in the Spidey universe, and why comic books still resonate.
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UPDATE: The producers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have commented on this story, read their thoughts below.
Sony Pictures is invested in Spider-Man for the long term. They see the webslinger as their own Marvel cash cow and are planning a huge universe around the character. That continues with this weekend’s big sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The new movie will be followed by a third film, spinoffs featuring the Sinister Six and Venom, and potentially a fourth film in the series.
But what will they do after that? Reboot yet again? Peter Parker himself, Andrew Garfield, thinks the answer is already in the comics. He believes his character could, and should, pass the torch to the multi-racial character Miles Morales. Read More »
Most film fans know that before Marvel Studios began producing their own movies, they sold the rights to several major characters to other studios. For example, 20th Century Fox got the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil while Sony got Ghost Rider and the crown jewel, Spider-Man. At the time, it made perfect sense and begat several great movies. Now that Marvel movies are the biggest thing ever, though, the studio regrets letting those characters go because it completely kills an opportunity for more cross overs. Rival corporations would never help out one another, would they?
In the comics, Spider-Man has at times been a major member of The Avengers and though there was talk of Andrew Garfield, the star of the new Amazing Spider-Man, appearing in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, it was nothing more than a rumor. However, it turns out the studios did agree on one crossover between the films, the timing just didn’t work out. After the jump, read about how the world of the new Amazing Spider-Man almost crossed over with The Avengers. Read More »
THR published a recent article about how producer Avi Arad believes that “Hollywood will do for video games what it has done for comic-book superheroes”. Honestly, the article is almost totally pointless. Arad also believes that a big screen adaptation of the Robosapian toy is a great idea. But hidden in the article is a nice quote from Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach talking about Marc Webb‘s upcoming 3D Spider-Man reboot.
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