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The Electric Church can give you eternal life….for a price

Posted by LiveFor on January 21, 2010

Sony Pictures has picked up the movie rights to a series of sci-fi novels by Jeff Somers, tapping Trevor Sands to adapt the first book, titled “The Electric Church.”

Jimmy Miller is producing the adaptation, which is working under the moniker of the “The Avery Cates Project,” named after the book’s main character.

Somers has so far written three books, all set in a near future where Earth is run by a federation of nations and governed by a council. Cates is a bodyguard-assassin who, in “Church,” is forced by the governing police force to kill the founder of a church that converts people by transplanting their brains into pliant robotic bodies.

Sands got the job after impressing the studio and producer with “Redemption Falls,” a Western spec that went out last year.

The scribe recently adapted the science fiction book series “Hyperion” for Warner Bros. and GK Films, to which director Scott Derrickson is attached.

The project marks a change of pace from the usual fare for which Miller is known. The producer made a name for himself in comedies and has Jay Baruchel’s “She’s Out of My League” coming out in March. He also is developing the comedy “Bad Teacher” for Sony, with Cameron Diaz attached.

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Source: THR

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Spider-Man 4 scrapped. Raimi and Maguire gone. Reboot in 2011.

Posted by LiveFor on January 12, 2010

There had been big disagreements between Sam Raimi and Sony about how to go ahead with the fourth Spidey film. Mainly over which villain to use. Instead of coming to an agreement Sony have scrapped Raimi and Maguire and decided to do a reboot aiming for 2011 or 2012.

Here is the press release via Deadline.

Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.

The new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.

“A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three Spider-Man films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise. Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We’re very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter’s roots and we look forward to working once again with Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin on this new beginning,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job,” said Sam Raimi.

“We have had a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration and friendship with Sam and Tobey and they have given us their best for the better part of the last decade.This is a bittersweet moment for us because while it is hard to imagine Spider-Man in anyone else’s hands, I know that this was a day that was inevitable,” said Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, who has served as the studio’s chief production executive since the beginning of the franchise. “Now everything begins anew, and that’s got us all tremendously excited about what comes next. Under the continuing supervision of Avi and Laura, we have a clear vision for the future of Spider-Man and can’t wait to share this exciting new direction with audiences in 2012.”

“Spider-Man will always be an important franchise for Sony Pictures and a fresh start like this is a responsibility that we all take very seriously,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. “We have always believed that story comes first and story guides the direction of these films and as we move onto the next chapter, we will stay true to that principle and will do so with the highest respect for the source material and the fans and moviegoers who deserve nothing but the best when it comes to bringing these stories and characters to life on the big screen.”

The studio will have more news about Spider-Man in 2012 in the coming weeks as it prepares for production of the film.

It all seems very sudden and a bit crazy to go the whole reboot thing. However, it is a good idea to spend some more time with the Peter Parker school years as I always felt that they skipped through them awfully quick in the first film. However, it is a shame that Raimi is gone as I do feel he was revitalised after Drag Me To Hell and many of the problems with the third film were down to the studio pushing for Venom.

What are your thoughts on the news? Who should direct the reboot? Who should star as Peter Parker and what other characters do you want to see in it?

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Spider-Man 4 delayed due to arguments over the villain

Posted by LiveFor on January 6, 2010

There was mention a while back that John Malkovich could be down to play the Vulture in Sam Raimi’s next installment of your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

According to THR Sony and Sam Raimi are at loggerheads over which direction to go with the villains for the latest installment. An impasse which has prompted the studio to delay its scheduled spring production start and potentially to bump the film from its 11th May 2011 release slot.

Raimi wants to have the Vulture act as the primary antagonist in the film while the studio, which dislikes the idea of the winged wrongdoer, is pushing for a romantic sub-plot involving a burglar named the Black Cat in addition to another villain. At the very least this seems to have got rid of the dreadfully named Vulturess.

This argument goes back to the awful Spider-Man 3 when Raimi wanted to use the Vulture, but the studio pushed for Venom and that was a waste of a good character.

I’m with Raimi on this one. A single villain would be great as, with many comic book movies, having more than one bad guy dilutes their menace and time to develop them. If we can’t have the Lizard then I am happy to see a cool take on the Vulture and they could just set up the basics for Black Cat for a future film.

Do you want one bad guy in the next Spidey 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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Spider-Man 5 and 6 are being written

Posted by LiveFor on August 17, 2009

Variety reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment is having screenwriter James Vanderbilt begin preliminary work on Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6. The studio is currently working on Spider-Man 4.

Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of Spider-Man 4 but that didn’t stop director Sam Raimi from bringing in David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite him.

Currently, rewriting the Spider-Man 4 script is Gary Ross. Sony wants to have it production in early 2010 with a release slated for May 2011.

Even though Raimi brought in another writer, executives at Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios like what Vanderbilt has brought to the table. Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6 have a connected storyline, so it make sense to have one person write the scripts (at least initially).

Apparently, that was the plan when Vanderbilt came on to write Spider-Man 4, but the idea of shooting a fourth and fifth film back to back with the original cast was eventually jettisoned.

It isn’t currently clear whether Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will be back after Spider-Man 4. Should they not return, “Vanderbilt’s script would be the blueprint for a franchise reboot.”

Some are wondering why Vanderbilt would be doing any work on Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6 when it isn’t clear who is even going to be in the movies. It seems that Sony wants to release Spider-Man films more often. There was a two year lapse from Spider-Man to Spider-Man 2. And it took three years for Spider-Man 3 to come out.

When Spider-Man 4 debuts, four years will have passed.

If they did go the reboot path for 5 and 6 who would you want to see direct it? Who could take over the role of Peter Parker?

Source: MovieWeb

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Ghost Rider 2 – Cage shares his thoughts

Posted by LiveFor on July 15, 2009

The first Ghost Rider film was pretty bad. I so wanted it to be good as I always loved the comic. Yet the film was just a mess of bad effects, poor story and wonky acting.

With regards to Ghost Rider 2 Sony and Nicolas Cage were still looking for a writer and director to helm the sequel.

Now the actor told MTV News that he’s looking less toward “sequel” and more toward “reboot” for the next film.

“I would like to do a reconceive,” Cage told MTV News. “I would like to go in a whole other direction, and I think that’s what they’re talking about.”

According to Cage, he’s still leaning toward a Ghost Rider movie that brings the skull-faced Marvel Comics hero to Europe for a team-up with Catholic Church.

“I would make it much less of a Western and more of an international story,” said Cage of the direction he’d take the character for the next film.

They should definitely try and use some of the storylines from recent issues of the comic as they have been superb.

What do you want to see in a Ghost Rider sequel? Should Cage still be in it? How could they make it better? Should it be a sequel or a reboot?


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UPDATED: Deadpool to kick Captain America in the nuts according to Ryan Reynolds

Posted by LiveFor on June 1, 2009

Ryan Reynolds has been chatting about the Deadpool film that is spinning off from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

They are still looking for a finished script, but Reynolds says he is involved. However, it looks as if the tone for the film could be just right going by what Reynolds had to say.

Look, I’m into any role in which I get to kick Captain America in the nuts,…Yeah, it’s in the works. That’s about all I can really say. They’re actively hashing [it] out. I’m meeting with them all the time. We’re in constant contact, and it’s just a matter of breaking the spine of the story and figuring out what it is and who’s the villain.

UPDATE: Here’s a little more from the interview:

REYNOLDS: We’re just trying to get it right. There’s so many variables to play. It’s tough because when you have a character like Deadpool, to the greatest extent of your power, you want to bring as much authenticity to that character as possible. And by “authenticity,” I don’t mean that you’d want to make him somebody that you’d have a Starbucks coffee with, I mean that you want to make him as close to the comics as possible. And there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do to make sure that ends up on film, but sometimes things are out of your control, things that you can’t change. But I’m really happy, in these early talks, that the studio is as obsessed with making it as close to the comic book source material as possible. And that’s all I really needed to hear. Cuz I will husk-f*@k a herd of cattle to bring Wade Wilson to life as the real deal.

Will there be any real effort to make it fit within the continuity of Wolverine? Or will you just allow it to be its own thing? (This clip shows how Deadpool ended up in the alternate ending of X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

REYNOLDS: Without saying too much, I can’t imagine that there’s gonna be any tie-in to the Wolverine movie at all.

You’ve said previously, the Deadpool we glimpse in Wolverine isn’t necessarily the character you’d want to play. You’ve spoken about doing the more self-aware

REYNOLDS: Absolutely! That’s the reason to do it…There’s nothing else like that in movies, or comic books, for that matter. I would like to make him self-aware; I’d like to have a bit of a pop-culture air going on throughout the film. I mean, the greatest villain in a Deadpool comic is Deadpool. There’s a lot you can do there, but you’ve gotta ask, “Who’s the boss? Who’s the guy he’s going up against?” But it’s breaking the fourth wall; it’s including all those things in a way that works, but it’s not nearly as hard as it sounds. It can really be done. And people tend to overlook the greatest resource we have, which is the comic book. If it can be done in the comic, it can be done on film in a way that’s just as much fun to watch for people who know nothing about the character than for people who are obsessed with the character.

Not to belabor the point, but Deadpool is really the character where, if you’re casting Deadpool, you’re a smart choice for that. It works with much of what you’ve done already – the comedy, the drama.

REYNOLDS: Yeah, all those things. And I have ideas for it that I think are right in tune with the tone of that character. I’m dying to see them on film. Literally, dying. So many of the outlets that follow this character are curious what the elements will be, afraid that you won’t be disfigured, that you won’t wear the mask, and I laugh because there’s no way to do this without having the scarring, having the mask, having it all. And it can be done. It’s a no-brainer in that sense. You gotta have the character of Deadpool. You don’t want to just invent something new and call it Deadpool.

Wouldn’t it be great if they could tie Deadpool into the intermingling world of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and the Avengers over at Marvel Studios. Unfortunately as it is being made by Fox this may not happen. What characters to do you want to see in the Deadpool film?

Source: Filmstalker

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Danny Graves’ Man Cave

Posted by LiveFor on April 17, 2009

Sony Pictures has purchased the original comedy screenplay “Danny Graves’ Man Cave,” written by Jacob Isser and Paul Lutz.

Joe Roth, who most recently produced “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” will produce through his Roth Films banner.

The story line follows a suburban husband and father going through a midlife crisis who discovers a mysterious man-cave in his basement. The fantasy world provides his version of the perfect life, which ultimately gets called into question.

Sounds to me like a more grown up version of Coraline mixed in with Being John Malkovich.

Source: THR

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Men in Black 3 is moving forward

Posted by LiveFor on April 2, 2009

The ShoWest annual convention was kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday and a big bit of news has come forward from the convention floor today. Collider is reporting that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a third Men In Black film.

The announcement was made at the Sony presentation by Rory Bruer, president of Sony Worldwide Distribution, who also mentioned the studio was currently working on Ghostbusters 3 and Spider-Man 4 right now.

It was said that Bruer did mention the year 2011 in regards to the film, but it wasn’t clear if that was when they were targeting these three films for release or not.

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Red Sands – 9 minutes of horror in the desert

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2009

Dead Birds helmer Alex Turner is back with a new horror film called Red Sands and STYD had an exclusive nine-minute sneak peek courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Brendan Miller, Shane West and Aldis Hodge are part a unit of U.S. soldiers dispatched to seize and control a strategic road that runs past an abandoned stone house. En route, the soldiers discover an ancient stone statue hidden deep within an ancient ravine. Using the relic for target practice, they destroy it, unwittingly releasing a vengeful supernatural force that is about to wage a horrifying war on them.

Red Sands hits DVD on February 24th.

Source: STYD

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