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UPDATED: The Avengers – Joss Whedon is hours away from directing it

Posted by LiveFor on April 13, 2010

Great news for fans of Joss Whedon (oh Firefly!) but a rumour from a few weeks ago that said he was in the running to direct The Avengers for Marvel Studios could well be true.

Deadline (who are usually spot on with these things) have the news that Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct The Avengers.

That means he would be in control of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as well as SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and whoever else they decide to include – possibly the Hulk, the Wasp, Hawkeye.

After Iron Man 2, Marvel has three pictures left on a distribution deal with Paramount before it moves to Disney, and the studio has been churning them out. Iron Man 2 gets released in May, Captain America will begin shooting this summer in Europe, Thor is in production, and Marvel Studios just set Pete Sollett to direct Runaways, based on the comic book series created by Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan. Whedon also wrote for that last one along with Astonishing X-Men so he knows how these things work.

True, Serenity is his only feature film, but all of his shows involve an ensemble cast of people with various abilities so his transition to directing the team of Avengers should work quite well.

I really think he is an excellent choice for the film although it is still not set in stone. Do you agree that Whedon is the one to direct the Avengers or is it a terrible choice? Who else should they have on the team?

The Avengers is due out in May 2012.

UPDATE: Variety have picked up on the news that Whedon is in final negotiations to direct and if it does go ahead he will also rework the screenplay by screenwriter Zak Penn.

It will be nice if this all happens. Now another question – if he could bring in some of his crew what characters would you like to see the following play?

Nathan Fillion – Neil Patrick Harris – Charisma Carpenter – Felicia Day – Summer Glau

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The Argonauts – Jason to set sail again in another sword and sandal epic

Posted by LiveFor on August 12, 2008

It appears that Jason and his fearless crew of the Argo are going to set sail on the big screen once more and Zak Penn (X-Men, Incredible Hulk, The Avengers) is the man to write it. Fox have hired him to write the screenplay for Jason’s journey to Colchis.

The original Jason and the Argonauts is one of my all time favourites and I’ve spent many a Sunday afternoon watching it and waiting for one of the best action sequences in any movie. Ray Harryhausen’s splendid Skeleton battle. Abso-bloody-brilliant. Pardon the tmisis! Took him four months to make and was a grand total of three minutes screen time.

So with this, the remake of Clash of the Titans, War of the Gods and the two Hercules movies in production we have a veritable Sword and Sandal epic-demic (pardon the dreadful pun) on the horizon.

Discuss in the forum.

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