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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ultimate Comic Book Movie Guide We catch the early scoop on the Thor and X-Men sequels.

Black Panther
Status: In development.

Many moons ago, Wesley Snipes was once linked to playing Black Panther in a live-action movie. (Simon Phoenix will now have to settle for headlining Black Panther fan-fic in prison). Instead, Snipes played Blade and Black Panther took up a corner office on the bottom floor of Development Hell. Now, Marvel is resurrecting the project and priming yet another character in their catalog for potential big-screen stardom.

Marvel has hired a writer named Mark Bailey to pen the script for the project. Who? Bailey "hails from the documentary film world," according to the site. But, hey, as long as he knows his Black Panther, that's all we need, right? Outside of a recent direct-to-DVD animated film, thing have been quiet on the BP front. Snipes' Panther project was originally set up at Sony/Columbia Pictures in the 1990s, and then at Artisan (remember them?), but the rights to the character reverted to Marvel in 2005. The movie has not been officially greenlit yet, but the fact that it is being scripted puts it on the path to one day, maybe, hitting a theater near you.

Black Widow
Status: In development, but on the back burner.

When Marvel cast ScarJo as SHIELD operative Black Widow in Iron Man 2, we thought the only way they could top that is if they give Mrs. Ryan Reynolds her own movie. And it looks like that's gonna happen. attended a press conference for Iron Man 2's Blu-ray and DVD release, where Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed a solo Black Widow movie is in the works.

"We've already started discussions with Scarlett about the idea of a solo movie and have begun putting together concepts," said Feige. "But The Avengers comes first." With Avengers currently getting ready to hit theatres Summer 2012, the soonest we can ideally ever expect to this movie first-hand is sometime late 2013 or 2014.

Feige reiterated this stance to Playlist right before Thor hit theaters. "There's no definitive plans, but we have started talking and talking with Scarlett about what a Widow movie could be." Widow's fellow SHIELD operative Hawkeye was also named as a potential focal point after Avengers.

No word yet on who is writing the movie – if anyone – at this stage. We assume the movie will be a different take than the one screenwriter and voice of Solid Snake, David Hayter, worked on years ago. In short: Hollywood plans to keep Cleavage Johansson fighting crime and wearing only tight things for quite some time. It's good to be a geek.

Blade Reboot

Release Date: TBD
Development Status: The best thing about Blade: Trinity is that you can't do much worse than that, making the Daywalker's return to better fare that much easier. While nothing is official from Marvel's camp regarding Blade's return, one can expect that reboot fever will soon touch one of Marvel's earliest success stories.

That return may come in the form of a Deacon Frost prequel, however. In July 2009, IGN reported that director Stephen Norrington is working on a prequel trilogy based in the same universe, and centered around Blade's main villain, played in the first film by Stephen Dorff. No word yet on how exactly the idea, which Dorff came up with, will dovetail into the first three films or what Blade's roll will be, if any.

Also, Norrington is not officially attached to this project, at least not on Marvel's dance card. So at this point, it sounds like some dumb muthaf@#!er's trying to ice skate uphill… whatever that means. This is rumor at best and direct-to-DVD at worst. The last story headlining Blade can't be that which Spike TV canceled after one season. So dust off the sunglasses, Wesley.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Release Date: July 22, 2011
Development Status: Post-production.

Check out an official look at Cap's costume, thanks to EW's geek squad. We dig the battle-damaged shield and Ultimates-inspired look. Click over here for a pair of official movies stills. Oh oh, and take a look at Cap's new poster - arguably the best one yet from Marvel's recent crop of superhero movies. And not to be outdone, check this first detailed image of an unmasked Red Skull.

Also signing up to be made into an eventual action figure is Stanley Tucci. The Oscar-nominated actor. Yep. He'll play Cap's dad. Fans of Star Trek: First Contact will be glad to see the ill-fated Lt. Hawk getting some work in the Marvel U. Actor Neal McDonough will play Dum Dum Dugan in the very crowded Captain America movie, opposite Evans.

McDonough's casting news comes on the heels of Tommy Lee Jones joining the cast as General Chest Phillips, the hard-nosed commander who oversees Steve Rogers' training and early missions as Captain America during Operation Reborn.

We also have an actor set to play Bucky: Sebastian Stan. And Hugo Weaving is Red Skull, which so far is the best casting news surrounding this project. In more casting news, Howard Stark, the father of Tony, will be front and center in the movie as well, albeit a much younger version than the one we saw in Iron Man 2. Actor Dominic Cooper will play Iron Man's dad during the WWII-centric film.

And actress Hayley Atwell, recently seen in The Prisoner on AMC, will play Cap's love interest Peggy Carter. Rounding out the main cast so far is Toby Jones (Infamous) as robotic zombie villain Arnim Zola.

Nick Fury and Cap recently shot a end-credits scene for the film in NYC, a scene picturing Fury presenting Cap with a deal to, most likely, join the Avengers.

The last major Marvel movie prior to the ensemble Avengers film will feature the first Avenger himself. First Avenger: Captain America will focus on the early days of Steve Rogers and his transformation into Captain America. The movie will take place mostly in WWII, with present-day bookends. The movie will also show us how Cap's costume and shield will evolve. Marvel bigwig Kevin Feige recently chatted up the movie at an Iron Man 2 press event, and revealed that Chris Evans' costume tests "are pretty amazing."

Director Joe Johnston also recently talked about when the story will take place.

"[It will begin] in 1942, 1943... The stuff in the '60s and '70s [comic books] we're sort of avoiding," the director said. "We're going back to the '40s, and then forward to what they're doing with Captain America now."

Oh, and The Howling Commandos will make an appearance. Also rumored to make an appearance is former Harvey Dent, Tommy Lee Jones. UGO claims that Jones is up for an unspecified role in the Marvel movie, which is set primarily during World War II. IGN contacted Jones' camp at CAA, who said they'd never heard the rumor before and thus had no comment on it.

Johnston recently hinted as to story connections between Captain America and other Marvel Studios films, saying fans should expect elements of the Cap movie to pay off down the road. "We have several subtle references to certain elements in Thor, but since Captain America is a period picture taking place in the '40s, there are fewer opportunities for contemporary links to the rest of the Marvel universe. We can, however, create events in our story that will be paid off in Avengers and other Marvel pictures."

The Captain America cast and crew were at SDCC 2010, and even showed off some early footage to the audience. The footage was culled from the first eight days of shooting and included a brief glimpse of Evans in costume. You can click here to read our impressions of the footage.

Scoring the film will be Alan Silvestri, who did the music for such films as Back to the Future, Contact and Cast Away.

Captain America 2
Development Status: Pre-production.

Captain America: The First Avenger doesn't open until July 22, and Marvel has locked down writers for its sequel. reports that First Avenger's scribes, Stephen McFeely & Christopher Markus, have been hired to write a sequel. The writing duo scripted the first film and Joss Whedon was brought in to do a polish on their draft.

Chris Evans will reprise his role in the film, as he is signed for six movies. The story, according to Marvel's Kevin Feige, will be set in modern time.

We know that First Avenger is bookended with scenes set in present day, with the end of the movie rumored to involve Cap being frozen in ice. It's possible a sequel could pick up from this point and unfold in present day, the same time period as Whedon's Avengers movie.

Daredevil Reboot

Release Date: TBD
Development Status: Those of you still dealing with the semi-bitter taste of Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil movie - you know, the one with the meh CG battle on organ pipes starring da bomb from Phantoms - will be happy to know that Fox is fast-tracking a Matt Murdock reboot.

And Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade will helm the movie. The untitled reunion tour with Matt Murdock will be a continuation of the superhero pic, and will not contain material from the Ben Affleck-toplined version released by Fox in 2003. (Which is confusing. Basically, expect Fox to do with Daredevil what Universal did with Ed Norton's Incredible Hulk.)

What's the story? According to reports, Slade's pitch is "said to be a 'close cousin' of some of the other superhero movies out there in the market place (We believe he's referring to films like Thor and Captain America which are bright, boisterous blockbuster types that skip on the gloom and go straight to the boom!) – which shouldn't surprise anyone. 'It's a bit Batman Begins. The bad guy will learn who Daredevil really is and tries to destroy him – but not via the usual methods.'"

And just to stir the fanboy pot even more, the site claims there's "some kind of talk" about Slade's Twilight: Eclipse leading man, Robert Pattinson, being up for the title role.

No word if writer David Scarpa is still onboard.


Release Date: 2011
Development Status: Robert Rodriguez is, sigh, not directing the Deadpool movie. Who is? A VFX artist by the name of Tim Miller. (Cue groans)

Rodriguez's commitment to directing *shakes head* Spy Kids 4 may have factored into him not being able to take the gig. Little-known Swedish music director Adam Berg was also a name circling the project. The the writers of Zombieland wrote the script, which is beyond packed with action and signature Deadpool banter. Actor Ryan Renyolds is very happy with their work, according to a recent interview.

"Tonally, they got it," said Reynolds in a recent interview. "They just [understood Deadpool] right off the bat. They're fans of the character and they were so excited. We couldn't have done any better [than Reese and Wernick]."

Reynolds later elaborated on the tone of the script in an interview with Hero Complex. "It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes," he said. "It's a nasty piece of work. It's just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It's like Barfly if it were a superhero movie. It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral… It's so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that."

Reynolds will sport Hal Jordan's ring before he will reprise his role as Deadpool in this X-Men Origins: Wolverine spin-off. Recently, long-time X-Men producer Lauren Shuler-Donner revealed that the character's depiction in Wolverine will get – all together now – the reboot treatment, seeing as how the last time we saw Deadpool his head was spiraling away from his body in free fall, while firing Cyclops' optic blasts. But, the solo movie will somehow address Deadpool-as-Weapon-11 in the story. (Could be wrong, but that sounds like a threat to us.)

20th Century Fox, home to the X-Men movies, will release the movie, and put one of Xavier's mutants in it. The rumor is that Colossus will have a role (reportedly more than a cameo) in the new movie. Also joining Deadpool are: Wade Wilson's love interest Vanessa Carlysle (said to be a major plot element), his pal Blind Al, contact Patch, and Weapon X teammates Sluggo, Wyre, Ajax and Garrison Kane.

Also, expect that mouth of his to get a serious workout, with the character breaking the fourth wall on occasion. And yes, we will learn how he got those scars.

Doctor Strange

This movie has been in development almost as long as we have been breathing, and it looks like Marvel is putting it a bit farther along in its development queue.

The movie will likely be Marvel Studios' first film under their new parent company, Disney, once Marvel's obligations to Paramount expire after the release of Iron Man 3. And just who will be responsible for adapting Dr. Stephen Strange's live-action exploits? Writers Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. They previously worked on, ahem, Sahara (*open palm slap to forehead*) and A Sound of Thunder (*explodes*).

Let's hope their work on Sony's adaptation of videogame Uncharted was good enough to warrant this Marvel mainstay being put in their hands. He's been looking for a movie for quite some time, it would be a shame that when he finally gets one it's Sahara'd.

One old rumor gaining traction again is that Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is lobbying Marvel for the right to don the Cloak of Levitation. Will fans accept this romantic comedy regular as a magical superhero?

Fantastic Four Reboot

Release Date: Summer 2012 (rumored)
Development Status: The new adventures of ol' Reed Richards was rumored to be titled F4: Reborn, but now according to, that title is out and actors Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are rumored for the role of Mr. Fantastic. And former Emma Frost candidate, Alive Eve, is rumored to be up for the role of Sue Storm in the reboot.

The Human Torch and Doctor Doom also have rumored contenders in the running for those respective roles. True Blood's Stephen Moyer, who plays vampire Bill Compton on the HBO series, is up for the role of Latverian despot Victor Von Doom. The site claims an "offer is currently out" to the actor, and that "Doom will be showcased as the ruler of Latveria and a master of the mystic arts" in the film. Model-turned-90210 actor Kevin Pennington is the front runner to play Johnny Storm.

Bruce Willis and Kiefer Sutherland are rumored to be on the short-list to voice the all-CG version of The Thing.

Who does Fox want to direct the film? At the top of their wish list are: Joe Carnahan, Harry Potter's David Yates and James McTeigue. This F4 movie is the first salvo to come in the wake of Disney-Marvel came from 20th Century Fox, as the studio confirmed rumors from earlier this year that Marvel's First Family will get exposed to hopefully beneficial reboot rays. Who will spearhead the project? Oscar-winning scribe and Fringe writer and executive producer Akiva Goldsman. You might remember him from such nipplefests as Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

Variety reports that Fox has also set Heroes and Green Lantern scribe Michael Green to pen the screenplay.

1 comment:

  1. This definitely helps movie surfers decide which movie to try and see on screen. It's indeed a great movie guide.


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