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X-Men: First Class gets Matthew Vaughn

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010

I hadn’t reported on this earlier as there had been lots of conflicting news about it. However, Fox has closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake) to direct X-Men: First Class and has set a release date of 3rd June 3 2011.

According to Heat Vision, Bryan Singer, who conceived the story for First Class and was to initially direct the movie before choosing to focus on Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, is producing along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Apparently he has also been doing some stealth casting for the film while casting for Jack the Giant Killer.

According to Fox, the film will “chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”

Now I love the X-Men comic, well the one from a few years ago. Been tricky to keep up with it and I initially enjoyed the X-Men movies. The third was the poorest, but recent rewatches of them all have shown that they haven’t really aged that well. Not sure what it is, but I think the stories used a really slight. I would have loved for Fox to lose the rights to the characters so they would revert to Marvel Studios and the X-Men could be thrown into the mix of Iron Man, Thor etc. That’s just me and looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon.

I wonder if Vaugn will bring along his buddies Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher for the film? Maybe Mark Strong could play Xavier, although he’d be great as Magneto.

Instead we have the X-Men early days. What characters do you want to see in the film and who should play them? Should they have Wolverine in it?

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Spaced – I knew the American remake was meant to be bad, but this bad!

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

They made a pilot for an American version of one of the best comedy shows in the World, Spaced. It sucked and here is your chance to see why Fox didn’t pick up on it.

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Torchwood – Fox developing US version and John Barrowman may star

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010

Not sure how I feel about the news that THR recently posted.

The project is from BBC Worldwide Prods., with original series creator Russell Davies writing the script.

A more straight-faced spinoff of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” is about a covert group that investigates and fights alien activity. Two series aired domestically on BBC America as well as last year’s well reviewed stand-alone miniseries, “Children of Earth,” which broke all ratings records for the network. (If you’re a fan of serious sci fi such as “Battlestar Galatica” and haven’t seen “Children of Earth,” rent it. You don’t need to know anything about the series. And I know the previews for “Torchwood” can look silly. Trust me, it’s terrific. Like “24” with aliens).

Unlike U.S. adaptations that have gone awry, “Torchwood” fans can take comfort that the original producing team is on board. In addition to Davies, exec producers include Davies’ producing partner Julie Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show’s first season) and Jane Tranter (another BBC vet, now exec VP programming and production at BBC Worldwide Prods. in the U.S.).

Also, some of the current cast — most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness — might star if Fox orders “Torchwood” to pilot.

As for the new show’s plot, the U.S. version will contain a global story line compared to the more localized sensibility of the first two BBC seasons.
Tranter might try to reboot “Doctor Who” for U.S. audiences while departing “Doctor Who” star David Tennant stars in NBC’s pilot “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.” “Torchwood” (which is an anagram of “Doctor Who”) debuted in 2006 on BBC 3 and set ratings records, then was moved to BBC 1. Russell also reinvented “Doctor Who” in 2003 and was writer-creator of the series “Queer as Folk.”

I am really hoping that this is not going to be a reboot of Torchwood, but instead be the next instalment of the Torchwood tale. After the devastatingly amazing Children of Earth it would be a shame if they just go back to the beginning. I am assuming it will be a follow on with a more global feel as having Barrowman back as Captain Jack and Russell T Davis writing it certainly seems that way. Imagine what they could do with a US sized TV budget.

However, one of the main character points of Captain Jack Harkness is his omnisexuality and that he will sleep with just about anything and anyone – in the UK version his main relationship was with a man, Ianto Jones. Would Fox be comfortable with keeping that aspect of the show?

As for the possible Americanised reboot of Doctor Who well I am just not sure about that at all. Maybe it is just me but I always feel as if Doctor Who is a very British kind of thing. The TARDIS is a very British police box and the Paul McGann Doctor was set in America for his one fateful visual outing and that wasn’t too hot. Is it just me? What do any American readers think about the news? If there was an American version of the Doctor who could play him / her? What on earth would the TARDIS be in that version?

How do you feel about Torchwood going global? Would you be okay with a totally new version or would you want it to carry on from the miniseries? How is it going to effect the UK version if Captain Jack is in the States?

Just imagine if Torchwood or the Doctor had cameos in Fringe, Lost, Flash Forward etc.

Check out the official BBC Torchwood site.

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Fantastic Four reboot is go

Posted by LiveFor on September 1, 2009

ffWhile Disney lays down a $4 billion bet on the future of Marvel’s superheroes, 20th Century Fox has already begun overhauling one of its big Marvel franchises, Fantastic Four, to take the property beyond the two films already made.

Akiva Goldsman has been hired to oversee the reboot as producer. Michael Green, the co-exec producer of TV’s “Heroes” who co-wrote “Green Lantern,” will write the script for the new “Fantastic Four.”

Fox wouldn’t comment on its plans, but the moves are evidence that Marvel franchises do have enduring lifespans.

The 2005 “Fantastic Four” and 2007 sequel “Rise of the Silver Surfer” were directed by Tim Story and starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. Since the deals for the reboot are just getting made, it is unclear if any of them will return.

Though Marvel Entertainment owns and finances properties like “Iron Man” and “Thor,” Fox controls “Fantastic Four” in perpetuity — as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties “X-Men,” “Daredevil” and “Silver Surfer.” Marvel is a producer and financial participant through a licensing agreement.

Though the related Silver Surfer character (played by Doug Jones) soared in the “Fantastic Four” sequel, that iconic personality has remained a priority project for his own film at the studio.

Fox has so far done one “X-Men” spinoff in “Wolverine.” The studio is working on a sequel to that film and has scripts for “X-Men Origins: First Class,” and “X-Men Origins: Magneto.” Potential spinoffs for the Gambit and Deadpool characters have also been discussed.

As producer, Goldsman is involved with several DC Comics transfers, including “Jonah Hex,” “The Losers” and “Teen Titans.” He was also producer of the Will Smith-Charlize Theron superhero film “Hancock,” for which a sequel is being developed.

Is this a knee jerk reaction to the Disney Marvel team-up? Looks as if they’ll keep churning out the films so they can keep the name. The Teen Titans as a live action film? First I have heard of that one.

Source: Variety

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Holy Imaginary White Rabbit – Spielberg to direct a remake of Harvey

Posted by LiveFor on August 2, 2009

harveyI never saw this one coming. Steven Spielberg was last busy at work shooting the 3D motion capture animated version of Tintin with Peter Jackson.

Now, according to /film, Spielberg’s next film will be an adaption of Mary Chase’s play Harvey for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks.

If the name sounds familiar that is because it was originally made into the classic film starring James Stewart as the friendly drunk who’s best friend is a six foot three and one half inch tall rabbit who may or may not be imaginary.

It is a classic film and one of the ones I remember watching a good few times as I was growing up (along with It’s A Wonderful Life, The Thief of Baghdad, The Italian Job and many more).

Spielberg released the following statement in a press release:

“I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through ‘Minority Report,’ and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with,” said Spielberg. “DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with Twentieth Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together.”

Jonathan Tropper (The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How to Talk to a Widower) has written the new adaptation. No actors have been officially cast, but pre-production will begin immediately, with Speilberg, Dreamworks, and Fox hoping to begin shooting very early 2010.

As I said at the beginning I never saw this one coming and I do find the news surprising. Don’t get me wrong I love the original film, but I just never saw it being remade.

The question is who could they cast to take the role best played by James Stewart? Tom Hanks seems the likeliest but I think it maybe someone you wouldn’t expect.

How do you feel about the news and who should star in the remake?

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The Predators have a leader

Posted by LiveFor on July 2, 2009

Robert Rodriguez is producing the new Predators sequel/reboot. News was he had seven directors in mind including Neil Marshall (Doomsday, Dog Soldiers, Descent), but most recently we had the news that Nimród Antal was the favourite for the job.

Turns out that the favourite is the winner. Rodriguez spoke to AICN and confirmed that Antal will be directing Predators. This is what Rodriguez had to say about him.

First of all, on a personal level I found him to be an outstanding presence, a great communicator full of ideas, and upon meeting him you can immediately understand how he is able to wrangle cast and crew and get the best out of everyone. I always loved Kontroll, where he proved himself to be a very resourceful and original filmmaker. When I saw Armored, I could tell he’s also great with action and has a keen eye for casting. He reminded me of Quentin with how he was able to work with a group of very strong, singular actor talents and make it look effortless. I know he’ll be able to get the most out of what we want to be an outstanding cast. We really want to go with a character driven action movie, because that’s what we all remember about the original Predator, and we want to take it even further with this.

He also gave us an idea as to what we can expect to see in the film.

I can’t go too much into the story right now, because we’re still writing. But it still involves a very intense group of people stranded on a Predator planet discovering unspeakable horrors (that are not always from outside their group). So like the original movie, the title does have a double meaning.

Aliens was a different take on the Alien idea, and an original movie in it’s own right, and that’s what we want to do with this.

As to how this movie will be viewed, one of the guys at Fox told me “No one is ever going to talk about AVP again after this film, I will stake my life on it.”

And he’s a really nice guy, so I don’t want to see him dead. Now that lives are at stake, it’s no longer a job it’s a mission.

Failure is not an option.


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Nightbreed – Do you want a director’s cut?

Posted by LiveFor on June 2, 2009

Do you remember Clive Barker’s Nightbreed? It was a great film. It had quite a few faults but it had a cool story and some creepy character designs. Plus David Cronenberg was in it as a serial killing psychiatrist.

The movie centers around Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a young man plagued by dreams of a city called Midian, populated by bizarre creatures and deviants of all types who refer to themselves as the “Nightbreed”. Aaron is framed for several murders by his psychopathic therapist, subsequently killed by police and resurrected by the magic of Midian. Boone joins forces with the other monsters to defend themselves from the true monsters of the story: humankind.

For many years there has been talk of a director’s cut, rumors that the version of Nightbreed that hit theaters wasn’t Barker’s preferred vision. Rumors of 25 minutes of deleted scenes. However, rumours also went round saying that all extra footage had been deleted.

Now, according to CHUD a fan named Mark Miller made some phone calls to some people and got some interesting new info. This is what he found out.

“One fan set out in search of the truth, armed only with a few phone
numbers and the power of a name…

“On one call I was transferred to a production executive. You already
know what I told him, so let me tell you what he told me: He Can Access The Lost
Nightbreed Footage At Any Time.

“My jaw dropped. Struggling to remember my already limited vocabulary,
I asked what had to happen in order for the footage to see the light of day. He
explained to me that someone, namely one of the higher ups, had to have a good
reason to pull it out of storage. I, having that good reason, nodded and thanked
him. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy.

“Excited, I pictured myself walking through large dusty warehouses
filled from floor to ceiling with ancient reels of arcane footage. I’m sorry to
report, that’s not what happened.

“Shortly after, one of said higher ups was gracious enough to give me a
moment of his time. I was shocked when he told me there wasn’t a big enough
audience for the film and that the answer to my request must be no.’Not even
worth the cost to upgrade to Blu-ray,’ he said.


It does seem a bit odd that the studio are acting like this (although it is Fox so it’s not that odd).

Truly awful films are being released on Blu-Ray, yet here is a true cult classic sitting there with previously unseen footage. They could really push the fact it has material that had long thought to have been deleted.

However, you can make a difference. If you want to see a director’s cut of Nightbreed on wonderful Blu-Ray then e-mail here or speak to the them on Twitter – @philandsarah).

Tell them Live for Films sent you.

Spread the word people. The monsters are getting restless.

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Deadpool movie is good to go

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2009

Fantastic news about fans of the Merc with a Mouth – that includes me (the image above is via Geek Tyrant).

Twentieth Century Fox has begun development on Deadpool, an “X-Men” spinoff that will be crafted as a star vehicle for Ryan Reynolds, who played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The character is one of the most popular in Marvel Comics’ X-Men universe. Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a mercenary who, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X genetic alteration experiment and emerges as an indestructible semi-sane anti-hero.

Reynolds seemed destined to play the character. In one reference in the Marvel Comics, Deadpool is described as a mix between “a Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds.”

In one of the “Easter egg” endings of “Wolverine,” Deadpool is seen rising from the rubble and whispering “Shhh” to audiences. The Deadpool we saw in the film is not quite like the one we saw at the end of the Wolvie film.

The film will be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel.

According to a source close to Fox, the Deadpool spin-off film “a complete exploration of this unique character.”

Fox is also in the formative stages of a “Wolverine” sequel that will encompass the samurai storyline that was hinted at as Wolverine sat in a bar in Japan as the film concluded.

Separately, Fox is developing Magneto, a film about the X-Men villain with a script by Shelton Turner, and X-Men: First Class, which Josh Schwartz is penning.

Great news about the Deadpool film (Check out my review of the Wolverine movie). I really hope they keep it close to the comic book character. I want to see him break the fourth wall and know he is just a comic book movie character. What do you want to see in a Deadpool film?

Which Marvel Mutant do you want to see next in their own film?(answers)

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Source: Variety

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In the Blacklight everything is clear….Kill ’em all!

Posted by LiveFor on March 17, 2009

Fox Atomic has acquired the rights to turn Zombie Studio’s original action property Blacklight into a feature film, comic book series and video game.

It is described as “a covert military action epic set twenty-five years in the future.” Both the game and movie will be written by Jason Dean Hall (Spread)

This concept art should help you get a feel of the kind of thing they are going for.

According to the official press release, everything will be intertwined. The movie, , video game, and comics will feature “the same characters and high caliber military action, but with unique, intersecting storylines that complement each other.”

I like the idea of this being connected through all the different media, but it just seems like a generic shoot ’em up at the moment. What’s the betting that the Blacklight is either the name of the military unit you fight with or something that turns people into zombie monster creatures when it shines upon them. I think we need to hear a little more of the plot before excitement can commence.

Source: /film

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Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool – New Photo

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2009

20th Century Fox has provided Superhero Hype! with an exclusive new photo of Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, opening in theaters on 1st May.

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