Live for Films

I've moved to www.liveforfilms.com

Posts Tagged ‘Will Smith’

Captain Jack as Captain America

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

The Avengers film draws ever closer and we have our Iron Man, Thor, Nick Fury, and a few others. However, there is still no news on who will play Captain America.

Worryingly Will Smith’s name keeps getting bandied about. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of Big Willy stylee (hmm a dodgy sentence if ever there was one!) but they should stick with the Steve Rogers set out in the comic. However, another actor, who would agree with the sentiments of my previous sentence but in a whole different way, has said they’d like to give it a go.

During the BBC “Torchwood: Children of Earth” mini-series panel at Comic-Con last weekend, actor John Barrowman revealed that he would like the chance play Captain America in The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers films.

“You know what I want to play? Captain America,” he said to the wildly receptive crowd, before adding that it “so won’t happen.”

Barrowman plays the fixed point in time, Captain Jack Harkness and is pretty good at it.

The question is would he make a good Cap? To be honest I think he would. He’s got the looks (my wife and mother love him as do many other men and women), he’s a bit of an unknown for the mainstream audience (only fans of TV sci-fi, musical theatre and 1980’s Saturday Morning Kids TV would know him) which would make them buy into him as the character rather than as a big name playing a part. Although Kevin Feige has said they are looking for a star with international appeal.

Of course, there would be none of the shenanigans that Captain Jack gets up to if he took on the role of Steve Rogers.

I seriously doubt that this will come to pass or that he will even make it to an audition, just one of those things that the Comic Con throws up once in a while. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there are people working away on making vids and pics of Barrowman as Captain America right now.

Would Barrowman be a good Captain America?

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Karate Kid…Kung Fu Kid – It’s filming, it will suck

Posted by LiveFor on July 14, 2009

The Will Smith-produced remake of the 1984 family hit The Karate Kid has scored the official title of Kung Fu Kid according to The Associated Press.

Filming kicked off on Saturday in Beijing on the co-production between the state-run China Film Group and Columbia Pictures.

‘Kid’ stars Jaden Smith as the titular student and Jackie Chan as the wise kung-fu master. Harald Zwart (“Pink Panther 2″) directs.

Producer Ken Stovitz confirmed the story will be set in modern-day Beijing and filming will continue for three months.

Posting this was as painful as having to read it. It’s going to be so bad isn’t it. Directed by the man who brought us Pink Panther 2.

Source: Dark Horizons

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Will Smith to board The City that Sailed

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and star Will Smith are to join forces again for the fantasy drama The City That Sailed at 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.

Andrew Niccol’s script follows a New York City street magician whose daughter, because of family circumstances, lives in England.

In exploring a lighthouse one day, the girl discovers a room with magic candles and wishes to be reunited with her father, causing the island of Manhattan to break away and drift across the Pond.

It sounds a bit like James and the Giant Peach, but in reverse. Could have some good imagery, but I want to know a little more about the adventures they could possibly have on an ocean going Manhattan. This could be the second film set on the sea that Will Smith stars in. The first being McG’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Will Smith to board The City that Sailed

Posted by LiveFor on July 9, 2009

Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and star Will Smith are to join forces again for the fantasy drama The City That Sailed at 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.

Andrew Niccol’s script follows a New York City street magician whose daughter, because of family circumstances, lives in England.

In exploring a lighthouse one day, the girl discovers a room with magic candles and wishes to be reunited with her father, causing the island of Manhattan to break away and drift across the Pond.

It sounds a bit like James and the Giant Peach, but in reverse. Could have some good imagery, but I want to know a little more about the adventures they could possibly have on an ocean going Manhattan. This could be the second film set on the sea that Will Smith stars in. The first being McG’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Captain Nemo’s adventures face another rewrite

Posted by LiveFor on July 8, 2009

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake is heading through stormy waters at the moment. After the middling response to Terminator Salvation this new McG may not go as smoothly as planned. It has already had a rewrite – Justin Marks (Masters of the Universe, Super Max) was hired in February to rewrite Bill Marsilli’s (Deja Vu) but looks like another one is in the works. The original script sounded terrible.

“A fugitive whaler teams up with a naturalist, a mysterious woman and a captain of a futuristic submarine, to search for a lost underwater civilization that holds libraries of vast knowledge and a weapon with the power to destroy mankind.”

Randall Wallace (Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers, and The Rookie) has been hired to rewrite Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.

This is meant to be an origin story for the mysterious Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus. McG wants Will Smith as Nemo.

Nothing I have heard about this project fills me with any hope for what should be an amazing adaption of a wonderful piece of work.

Source: /film

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Could Tyrese Gibson be in the Captain America film?

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

Busy promoting Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and his new comic book, Mayhem, Tyrese Gibson mentioned a few interesting things.

“The energy from Comic-Con really did something to me,” Gibson told MTV News of what prompted him to try his hand at comics. “Instead of me sitting back and waiting on ‘Luke Cage’ to finally happen — which I’m still looking forward to doing once they get the script together — and instead of me waiting on ‘Captain America,’ which they were talking about me for, I’m going to create my own. And that’s what I did.”

Now what could Tyrese be in talks about Captain America for? There was the rumour that Will Smith could be playing Steve Rogers, but nothing more has been said. Smith as the First Avenger is a bit of a stretch, but he would bring in a wide audience (I don’t think it will happen though), however Gibson as Cap would never work. He’s just not that big a name to pull in the punters.

There are a couple of characters that spring to mind for Tyrese.

First there is the role of Sam Wilson aka The Falcon. Sam debuted nearly three years before Luke Cage so is one of the first African American characters (Black Panther is from Africa).

The Falcon, as the name suggests, had the ability to fly via a high tech winged suits. He was also a top spy kind of character and had many an adventure with Steve Rogers.

Maybe Tyrese is in talks to play Sam, maybe not. As The First Avenger film is supposedly going to be set for the most part in World War II then it seems unlikely that The Falcon will feature in the film. However, he is a cool character and it would be great to see him on screen.

The other, more likely, option is Isaiah Bradley who featured in the Truth: Red, White & Black mini series.

Project: Rebirth began as a collaboration between US, British and German eugenicists led by Dr. “Josef Reinstein” (real name Dr. Wilfred Nagel), and Dr. Koch. When WW II began, Koch took over the German program and Josef Reinstein took over the American program. Each was attempting to recreate the super soldier serum which had previously turned Steve Rogers into Captain America a year prior to Pearl Harbor. Reinstein’s early attempts to refine the formula were tested on African-Americans. Three hundred of these soldiers were taken from Camp Cathcart and subjected to potentially fatal experiments at an undisclosed location in an attempt to re-create the Super Soldier formula, as seen in Truth: Red, White & Black. Only five subjects survived the original trials. In the name of secrecy, US soldiers executed the camp’s commander and hundreds of black soldiers left behind at Camp Cathcart. The government told the families of the three hundred subjects that their loved ones had died in battle.

The sole survivor of his test group, Bradley stole a spare costume intended for Captain America before he engaged in a suicide mission to destroy the Super-Soldier efforts of the Nazis at the Schwarzebitte concentration camp. There, he was also able to assassinate Koch. The mission ended when the Germans captured Bradley. Nazi interest in the American supersoldier was high; he was even brought before the Führer himself. Bradley was later rescued, only to be court-martialed and imprisoned at Leavenworth around 1943. In 1960, Bradley was pardoned by President Eisenhower and released.

This is all supposition on my part based on the few words mentioned by Tyrese. Isaiah Bradley seems the role most suited for the film.

What do you think Tyrese Gibson was talking about in relation to Captain America?

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Kevin Feige talks Avengers, Captain America and Thor

Posted by LiveFor on June 5, 2009

There is a great interview ove on Ugo with Marvel Films President Kevin Feige about the new films coming out over the next few years. He talks about the Hulk with the Avengers, Will Smith as a possible Captain America (which I think is a big mistake although he could fit into that universe as Isaiah Bradley that I’ve previously mentioned), Thor on Earth, the return of Blade and more. Here are some of the highlights.

Are you planning on putting The Hulk in The Avengers?

Feige: I think it’d be cool. I’d like to see The Hulk again. It will have been a number of years, four years since he was in a movie by that point, by 2012. So I’d like to see him in it. I’m not being coy. We’re just starting the story. I was on the phone with Zak Penn this morning. He’s coming in next week and he’s going to work on the outline this summer, but because it’s so intertwined with what we’re doing before – I almost wanted to get done with production on Iron Man 2 [and] the scripts to Thor and Captain America well underway before we even started Avengers.

Is there any possibility of having SHIELD show up in a Spider-Man movie? Is that something you guys would like to do and is there a possibility of bringing these disparate properties back into the fold?

Feige: If we were talking about this four years ago and you asked if there was a chance to do an Avengers movie and a Marvel Cinematic Universe under one roof, I would’ve said that anything was possible, but that it’s a long shot and I’m not sure. Now we’re doing it. I’ll kind of give you the same answer to that now. Anything is possible. Right now they’re certainly different. What’s at Fox is at Fox. What’s at Sony is what’s at Sony and what’s at Marvel is what’s at Marvel. When I say the MCU that’s a goofy internal thing, but that’s [how] we’re referring to it.

You’ve got a lot now, but what other characters would you like to see make it onscreen?

Feige: Ant-Man. I want to make Ant-Man one of these days. I think that’ll be surprising and a funny thing. I love that what Edgar [Wright] likes about it is that when he says he’s doing Ant-Man people go, “Ant-Man? What the hell is that?” I think that’s fun. I think Dr. Strange would kick ass. I think we’ve done very well at the superhero genre, if you will, this street level superhero aspect of the Marvel Universe. I think with Thor you’ll see us cracking into the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe in a very good way that’s never been done before in our movies and I’d love to get into that supernatural element. I think that Dr. Strange could be a good way of being the lynchpin to that universe with Werewolf By Night, with Blade again someday – that side of the Marvel Universe.

Recently it’s been announced that more of the Thor story will take place on Earth. Is it a contemporary earth or Viking times?

Feige: It’ll be contemporary.

How are you going to deal with the fish out of water aspect of it? Are you concerned at all about Thor dealing with the wacky modern day aspects of his life, being on a cell phone or something like that?

I am concerned about that and that’s why we’re not going to do that. We always think about, not in terms of “Thor,” but if you talk about fish out of water; if a character is goofy at any time he’ll be goofy. If you bring in an idiot from the past he’s going to come into the future and go [holding a recorder up to his face] “What is this? Hello?” That stuff is not funny and it’s overdone. If Indiana Jones came to the future he’s going to be cool. He’s not going to be an idiot bumbling with things. There might be some fun humor out of him just getting something wrong for a minute, but he’s going to play it cool and just not come off like an idiot. I think that Thor…if you look at [Jack] Kirby’s Asgard, if you look at Walt Simonson’s Asgard; they are technologically superior to us by far. They’re not going to come and be flummoxed by much on Earth. There might be cultural differences that could be amusing or endearing, but he’s not going to be talking to a lamppost for five minutes.

Is Donald Blake going to be in Thor and is he still going to be handicapped?

Feige: No.

Will Thor still be recognizable as a what we understand to be a superhero movie or is it going to be closer to fantasy?

I think it’s going to be very much a Marvel superhero movie, but I think to the movie audience it’s going to expand that definition more and more. Again, we’ve got a forty four year old guy who’s going to be a superhero in a movie and he puts on an armored suit. That didn’t necessarily mean superhero to people. In that same way, I think, someone who’s got superpowers coming to Earth and dealing with other character from his realm will come off very much as a big ass superhero movie. But it’s going to expand that definition, I hope, in a way.

QCan you talk about the casting of Chris Hemsworth and what it was ultimately about this guy after looking at all these other actors?

Feige: You couldn’t take your eyes off of him. When he did his auditioned he worked for it. He put himself on tape. He put himself on tape again and then did it again and then came in and sat with Branagh and then worked again with Branagh and then ultimately did a very late in the process screen test and there was no question. It was very much like going back to 1999 when Dougray Scott got injured on Mission Impossible 2 and we had to go back to the videotapes and suddenly we saw Hugh Jackman who came in and did a screen test and it was like, “There’s no question that this is our guy.” In this case it was actually even cleaner with Chris because with Hugh he was like two feet taller than the character was supposed to be which was nerve racking, but Chris is six four and looks exactly Thor.

Are you going to get a big name for “Captain” or are you looking to get another unknown?

Feige: We’ll see. I do think that’s something that we’ll take into account, international appeal. There are only a handful of stars that mean anything here much less overseas. But I do think that will be a factor in it. As long as we have the freedom to do so at Marvel….to just cast the best actor for the part whether it’s an actor who’s been a great actor, but hasn’t starred in marquee action movies before like Downey or somebody that came out of Australia that they’ve never heard of.

There’s been some talk of going with a Will Smith and using the “Truth” storyline of Captain America.

Feige: I love the “Truth” storyline. I think that’s very cool. I wouldn’t do that as a first Captain America movie though. I think Will Smith is probably one of those handful of international stars. But I think that [arc] came about four or five hundred issues in to the “Cap” run. I don’t see launching with that comic.

If one of the movies doesn’t do well in this run, how will that effect The Avengers? It’s the riskiest one of the bunch because you’re relying on people wanting to come and see Thor again and Cap again.

Feige: I think Avengers is going to have it’s own vibe. I think Avengers will feel very much like…it’ll have a different tone than the other Marvel movies. I’m not talking budget level here, but it’ll have a much more massive global feel to it. Our movies aren’t about saving the world. Iron Man doesn’t save the world. Hulk doesn’t save the world. Captain America, a little bit. But it’s not about these comic bookey “I will save the world” things. The Avengers is about saving the world because there’s no other reason for characters that powerful to band together. So I think the scope and the scale will feel like a much bigger thing. So whatever you had seen – whether Starscream was your favorite character or Megatron is your favorite character or Soundwave is your favorite character – you’re going to see the experience of that epic thing together. I think it’ll be the same thing. Clearly I hope it’ll all work. I hope that people will, like they’ve done with the comics for years and years, argue about who their favorite is and who would win in a fight and all of that fun stuff.

For Avengers,will the threat to them come from outside the Earth?

Feige: It’ll be big. It’ll be something that no single hero can handle.

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Rock may be Captain of the Nautilus

Posted by LiveFor on May 3, 2009

News of McG directing the Jules Verne classic came out in January.

Production Weekly made the announcement today about the McG helmed adventure along with a short synopsis of the film.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: CAPTAIN NEMO

STATUS – Active Development LOCATION – Australia

PRODUCER: Sean Bailey – Jeanne Allgood WRITER: Justin Marks – Bill Marsilli

DIRECTOR: McG LP: Brent O’Connor CAST: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

A fugitive whaler teams up with a naturalist, a mysterious woman and a captain of a futuristic submarine, to search for a lost underwater civilization that holds libraries of vast knowledge and a weapon with the power to destroy mankind.

Will Smith was originally rumoured to be attached to this film as Captain Nemo. It’s not clear whether Dwayne Johnson will be playing the mysterious Captain or another character.

Would he be a good Nemo? Well the script review I posted a while back shows a film geared towards the action side of things, so maybe The Rock is what the studio think is the perfect fit. I don’t really see it myself, but then I’m an old school James Mason as Nemo fan. However, I am looking forward to Dwayne playing Black Adam in the Captain Marvel film.

It looks as if this is getting further and further from the Jules Verne novel.

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? I’d love to know what you think of this piece of casting news – would Dwayne make a good Nemo or do you think he is playing another character? Who would be the perfect Nemo?

Source: IESB

Leave a comment on this post below.

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

POLL: What Will Smith film is your favourite?

Posted by LiveFor on April 22, 2009

The Fresh Prince, one time partner to Jazzy Jeff, owner of a fine pair of ears, seems to be a really nice bloke and a major movie star. He has starred in many a movie – some good, some not so good – yet which one is your favourite?

Leave a comment on this post below.

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

John Cena talks about the Captain America rumour

Posted by LiveFor on March 30, 2009

There have been many rumours as to who will be playing Steve Rogers, The First Avenger – Captain America. Names such as Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Will Smith, Aaron Eckhart and one that I posted a while back, Neal McDonough. However, one name that has cropped up recently is WWE Superstar, John Cena.

MTV caught up with the big guy to ask him. “Strictly a rumor,” said Cena but added with a smile, “If you guys are listening over at Marvel, that is a pretty cool rumor. I’m extremely patriotic, I was a captain of the football team once, so I think it works out. I think I’m your man.”

“To kill the rumor, I was never contacted by anyone,” admitted Cena. “Usually when those rumors start it’s because someone in that community thinks that I would be okay for a role. I’m flattered that they think I could play Captain America and I would be up for it.”

Yet, for an athlete known to give 250 pound bruisers the occasional “Attitude Adjustment” when necessary, could “The Champ” take himself seriously clad in a spandex jumpsuit?

“Hmm…could I take myself seriously in spandex…have you seen my other job?” joked Cena. “I think I could be alright. I think it’s a great fit.”

I personally hope that they don’t go with Cena for Captain America. I’d rather they went for a big name actor or a total unknown first (although Cena has done a bit of action before).

Who do you want to see throw Captain America’s mighty shield? Would Cena be a good choice?

Leave a comment on this post below.

HOME

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 65 other followers