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Is Deadpool going to Zombieland?

Posted by LiveFor on December 8, 2009

The Deadpool movie is something I am really looking forward to. One of my fave characters and Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is down to play him – in previous interviews he’s said that Deadpool will be breaking the fourth wall which is very much in keeping with the character.

While nothing is official just yet, it looks like Fox could be hiring Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of Zombieland, to script the adventures of the Merc With A Mouth. CHUD had the rumour and we are all still waiting for confirmation of this.

I think this is excellent news as Zombieland was a great film that had me laughing throughout it. It had the anarchic kind of craziness that would fit Deadpool very well. Of course there probably won’t be any zombies in the Deadpool film if they write it, although there has been a Zombie Deadpool head from another dimension in the comic book series.

As Deadpool or rather Wade Wilson was wasted in X-Men Origins: Wolverine I really hope they get his solo outing spot on. Reese and Wernick could be the ones to do it.

How would you feel about the Zombieland writers scripting the Merc with the Mouth?

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Venom – Gary Ross to write and maybe direct

Posted by LiveFor on October 8, 2009

venomGary Ross is writing Venom, this Spider-Man villain who was seriously miscast and wasted in Spider-Man 3. I mean Topher Grace? Sure he can act but as the psychotic Eddie Brock he was just all kinds of wrong. Ross is already writing Spider-Man 4 for the studio.

In the comics, Venom was an alien parasite that bonds with Peter Parker and later his newsroom rival, Eddie Brock and then the Scorpion, Mac Gargan who has become a cannibalistic kind of creature.

According to Heat Vision the studio had no comment on Topher Grace’s involvement nor on Ross writing the project.

Avi Arad and Marvel are producing the movie. Ross would also produce.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote Zombieland, previously worked on the script, as did Jacob Estes.

Ross, repped by CAA, hasn’t directed a movie since 2003’s Seabiscuit. He also made Pleasantville

Read those last few bits again. They had a script written by the Zombieland people, but have not gone with that. Gary Ross directed Seabiscuit. There you go. He made a lovely film about a racehorse so he is bound to get the right feel for a film about a human alien composite psycho revenge driven creature out for blood just right! Anyone else feel the sarcasm burning from the screen?

Okay, joking aside. He has a good rep, but will he make a good Venom film? Which version of Venom do you want to see and who should play him? More importantly do you want to see Spidey cameo in the film?

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Venom edging closer to the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on September 26, 2009

Venom_Mac_GarganIt has been a mighty long time since there was any movement on the symbiote movie front but, according to Sci-Fi Wire, Sony is going forward with a Venom spinoff movie.

Venom wise I am a fan of his appearance’s in the comic. He was great as Eddie Brock yet has been so much cooler linked to Mac Gargan (originally the Scorpion) as a cannibal killer kind of character. Not that being a cannibal killer is cool, it was just the way he was written.

However, like many of you good folk, I thought his appearance in Spider-Man 3 was lazy plotting and poor characterization – the symbiote just lands from space? The face keeps pealing back to show Brock? Nah, that was a waste of Venom in my opinion.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers behind Zombieland, are the ones who are working on a script that may give us the official Venom movie.

Wernick confirmed that the project is still moving forward and the writing team has turned the script in to Sony. “We’ve written two drafts of Venom, and the studio has it, and they’re pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward,”

Spider-Man 4 may be shooting in early 2010, but it is not clear when Venom will start filming or whether there will be any crossover between the two.

Wernick had this to say about the two films, “We can’t really talk about that, unfortunately,” the writer said before adding, “Basically, the studio and Marvel and the Arads are taking our drafts and going beyond and figuring out what’s the next step.”

Do you want a Venom film? Which version of Venom do you want to see and who should play him? Should Spidey show up in the spin-off or how about a bit of Deadpool?

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Patrick Swayze could have been in Zombieland

Posted by LiveFor on September 19, 2009

patrick-swayze-at-lakers-game-thumbRhett Reese and Paul Wernick are the guys who wrote Zombieland. When they started it they wanted someone famous to appear in it as a Zombie. There first choice was Patrick Swayze who sadly passed away recently. Speaking to STYD this is what they had to say about it.

“That was many years ago, before he got sick,” explains Reese. The script got its start as a television pilot before it was groomed for the big screen and found its stars Jesse Eisenberg (as Columbus) and Woody Harrelson (as Tallahassee). “It was [going to be] a Patrick Swayze zombie. They got attacked by him zombified and we had these wonderful moments where they found a potter’s wheel and there’s Columbus on the wheel and these other hands come up behind him and it’s Patrick Swayze the zombie. Ultimately, they fight and Patrick bull rushes Tallahassee who grabs him and lifts him into the air, a la Jennifer Grey, and smashes him into a pillar.”

When Swayze unfortunately had to bow out, Reese and Wernick set their sights on a number of other actors including Sylvester Stallone, Joe Pesci, Mark Hammill, The Rock, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Matthew McConaughey. But none of them worked out.

However, they did manage to get someone famous to cameo as a zombie but we have to wait until 2nd October to find out.

Will it be Bill Murray as a Zombie Ghostbuster?

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Venom has got his own movie.

Posted by LiveFor on April 9, 2009

Some interesting news regarding the symbiote suit known as Venom over on SciFi Wire. It look as if Sony have given the official go ahead for the Spider-Man spinoff movie and has hired Zombieland writing team Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to pen the script, the writers told a group of reporters.

“We had a really great relationship with Sony on [Zombieland], and so that was a nice in for us there,” Reese said in a group interview. “It gave us a leg up.”

The duo is already working on the script, but they are sworn to secrecy on the details. “We’re under strict orders on Venom,” Wernick said. “We can’t talk about it. It’s just super secret.”

Unlike Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, who has admitted that he wasn’t a Venom fan before directing Spider-Man 3, Wernick and Reese said they are big fans of the comic character and have recently been doing their research to ensure that they do justice to him. “We read [Venom] growing up, but we were not experts,” Reese said. “We certainly know the mythology of Venom, but went back and learned more when it became clear that we could actually get this job.”

Ultimately, the writing team has fan interest at heart, they said. Even as they are just getting started on the script, they admit fan scrutiny is on their minds. “Absolutely. I’m terrified,” Reese said with a nervous laugh. “It’s source material that everybody knows and everybody’s familiar with and everybody loves. There’s a burden on you to meet the expectations of people. A lot of people are curious about Venom.”

Personally, I really enjoy the character of Venom in the comic book. As Eddie Brock he was great, but as Mac Gargan he is a true beast. However, the Venom in Spider-Man 3 was a big waste of time.

Hopefully this spinoff film will have a whole bucket load of black clad nastiness.

What version of Venom would you like to see? Should Carnage show up? Who would you like to play Brock or Gargan?

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Zombieland – Buddy zombie comedy starring Woody Harrelson

Posted by LiveFor on October 6, 2008

This from First Showing.
Taking its cue from Shaun of the Dead, another buddy zombie comedy is in the works, titled Zombieland. This one will star Woody Harrelson and little known actor Jesse Eisenberg (who just finished Adventureland for Greg Mottola) as a pair of mismatched survivors who find friendship and redemption in a world overrun by zombies. Eisenberg is in negotiations to play Flagstaff, a terrified shut-in whose cowardice makes him an expert at surviving the zombies but who is forced out of his shell to join the band of survivors. First-time feature filmmaker Ruben Fleischer is directing a script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (creators of “The Joe Schmo Show”) for Columbia Pictures to distribute.

Sounds pretty good and Woody Harrelson is a good bloke to have in a movie. The title, to me, suggests that it could be set in a theme park. Anyone else got any info on this?


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