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Skrulls Are Owned By Both Marvel Studios & Fox Says James Gunn

Just in case you didn’t know, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says the Skrulls are co-owned by both Marvel Studios and Fox Studios (similar to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver).

Gunn took to Twitter to answer a fan’s question about the Skrulls where he also reveals certain members of the shape-changing alien reptilian race are specificially owned by Fox.

“Some specific Skrulls are at Fox. But the Skrulls as a whole are co-owned,” Gunn said.

While James Gunn didn’t mention the specific Skrulls, we can probably assume those Skrulls with names are owned by Fox, such as the Super-Skrull Kl’rt.

Whether or not Marvel ever uses the Skrulls in a movie is probaby doubtful as Marvel used the Ultimate Comics version of the Skrulls in The Avengers with the Chitauri.

It’s also probably a safe bet Marvel Studios won’t be adapting the Marvel Comics “Secret Invasion” storyline any time soon as it was written by Brian Bendis, a member of the Marvel Comics creative committee that Kevin Feige recently booted from having any involvement in the Marvel movies. Bendis also took the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book away from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning when word of the movie getting green lit became known.

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Marvel and Fox Talks Rumored Again (Avengers & X-Men)

Once again it’s being said that Marvel and Fox could potentially come to an understanding.

It’s been rumored that an Avengers and X-Men movie is in the works for quite a while now.

Even the X-Men execs have stated they are interested in working with Marvel.

Now the latest comes from a producer on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Matt Key.

Matt Key doesn’t go so far as to make claims that an Avengers and X-Men movie is happening, but he does at least say there has been talk at Fox about hooking up with Marvel.

“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel…”

If Spider-Man: Homecoming happens to be a billion dollar success, that may give Fox further incentive to work with Marvel.

As noted, if it ever does happen, it looks to be years off.

However, the Avengers and X-Men movie rumor did state 2020, so that’s at least four years away.

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Rumor: Original Star Wars Trilogy Re-Release Coming From Disney & Fox

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If good friend to George Lucas John Landis’ words are anything to go by, Disney and Fox will be re-releasing the original movie versions of Star Wars, which means, yes, Han shot first.

As many Star Wars fans are aware of (and annoyed about), George Lucas re-mastered the original trilogy to enhance digital effects and change scenes.

The original version of the trilogy can only be found on old VHS tapes and laser disk, but that may change if Landis’ words hold true.

Empire Magazine tweeted out that Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Spies Like Us) stated Disney is going to finally re-release the original Star Wars trilogy.

Now there seems to be some question regarding the truth to Landis’ comments as it’s known Fox Studios owns the distribution rights to the first 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope film; however, we can point to the fact that Landis is friends with Lucas as being evidence enough, and also the following tidibt.

In a report by the Wall Street Journal, it’s mentioned Disney and Fox have come to a deal with Tencent Holdings to release the six Star Wars movies online in China. Obviously this isn’t direct proof, but at the least it does show Star Wars is getting re-released (albeit not in its original form), and we can also beg the question if Disney does want an original re-release, why wouldn’t Fox hop on board as obviously they would benefit as well?

Disney aquired the rights to the five Star Wars films when it purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion back in 2012 from George Lucas. and has also recently licensed out their five Star Wars movies to Netflix in Latin America, with Fox not yet committing. Disney is also rumored to be releasing Star Wars in the U.S. on Netflix, but sources have stated Disney is withholding from doing so because the online and VOD versions have been lucarative. 

In releasing Star Wars on Netflix for Latin America and China, the WSJ report mentions Disney is attempting to build brand recognition in preparation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; it’s possible an original re-release some time down the road could be a part of that plan as well.

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New Release Dates For Planet of the Apes 3 & Poltergeist Reboot Announced

Fox Studios has announced the release dates for the third as-of-yet untitled Planet of the Apes movie as well as the Poltergeist reboot.

The third Planet of the Apes movie will be released on July 29, 2016. It was previously mentioned that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves will be back to both direct and write the third installment. Dawn hits July 11th.

Regarding the Poltergeist reboot, it’s slated for February 13, 2015. Gil Genan (Monster House) is the director with Sam Raimi as the producer. The movie stars Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett and Kennedi Clements. Originally, Poltergeist was set for a November 14th release this year.

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X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four Movie Said To Be In Development

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It’s being reported that Fox Studios is developing an X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four movie.

Fox Studios currently owns the rights to Marvel’s X-Men properties as well as Fantastic Four.

Bryan Singer has X-Men: Days Of Future Past coming out next year with X-Men: Apocalypse out in 2016.

Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is set for 2015 as well.

Now a new report from the investor’s website Motley Fool states Fox is developing an X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four movie.

While the pairing might at first sound a bit strange, the two have battled previously in the Marvel comic books back in 1987, which is said to be basis for the movie surrounding the Fantastic Four’s origin and Kitty Pryde.

It’s said the X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four movie would be “an Avengers-style movie that could pay off huge for shareholders.”

Update: Looks like this all might be nothing but hype as the writer of the MF article amended his original to state he relied on a different site’s article that was full of speculation and misquotes.

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Fantastic Four Movie, Secret Service & Assassin’s Creed Get New Release Dates

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Fox Studios has announced a change in release dates for the new Fantastic Four movie as well as Secret Service and Assassin’s Creed.

Matthew Vaughn’s Secret Service gets moved from November 14, 2014 to March 6, 2015 and is currently filming.

Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot now has a June 19, 2015 debut from an original March 6th release.

And the Assassin’s Creed movie set to star Michael Fassbender has an August 7, 2015 release date from a June 19th initial premiere.

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Ben Affleck’s “Runner, Runner” Bombs At The Box Office; Gravity Takes Top Spot

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Ben Affleck’s new movie also starring Justin Timberlake, Runner, Runner, under performed at the box office on Friday bringing in only $2.8 million, which sets up the movie to have an $8 million weekend gross, well under the 10-12 mil Fox was hoping for.

Affleck, who will be paired up with Henry Cavill in Batman Vs. Superman, stars in Runner, Runner as a gambling tycoon with Justin Timberlake a college student who things he’s been swindled.

The big news this weekend is that Alfonso Cuarón’s science-fiction thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, Gravity, is doing better than expected. Friday saw Gravity bring in $17.5 million leading to an estimated $47 million weekend gross, which is above the initial $40 mil predicted. This also puts Gravity within the top five October openings on record (via Variety).

Cosmic Book News movie reviewer Lawrence Napoli had good things to say about Gravity as well with: “You probably won’t see a prettier movie all year. Regretting not seeing it in IMAX 3D. It takes a mundane idea and turns it into more. Not best picture worthy, but best effects and sound; you betcha.”

Look for Lawrence’s full review up later on CBN.

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No Plans For Marvel Studios, Fox, Sony Comic Book Movie Crossover Says Joss Whedon

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With the slate of popular Marvel characters currently spread across three film studios, fans can’t help but wonder if the Avengers, Spider-Man and the X-Men will ever be together on the big screen in one gigantic crossover comic book movie.

Well, it isn’t going to happen anytime soon, says Joss Whedon.

While Whedon, in an interview with Total Film Magazine, says it would be cool, the billion dollar director behind The Avengers argues it would just be too much.

“That’s not the plan,” Whedon replied when asked if there were plans for a multi-studio superhero movie. “It would be cool, but I think right now I already have a ton of very talented actors in my movie playing a ton of characters, and I’m about to add a few more. So I’m not like, ‘How can we get more licensed characters because I want to kill myself and make a nine-hour movie.’”

While fans will not get to see all their favorites assemble together, what they are getting is each studio offering their own version of The Avengers.

Currently, Bryan Singer is filming X-Men: Days Of Future Past for Fox Studios which brings the cast of the first X-Men movie, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and Ian McKellan, together with the most recent, featuring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

The Sony side of things sees Marc Webb looking to build to possibly something big as well with Amazing Spider-Man 3 and/or 4 possibly featuring the Sinister Six as well as whatever heroes Spidey can muster on his side, thought to include Black Cat.

Marvel Studios will also be forming the Earth’s Mightiest once again to take on Ultron in The Avengers 2, with Robert Downey Jr. already confirmed for part 3.

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X-Men Writer Chris Claremont Hoped For More From The Wolverine; Also Didn’t Get A Movie Credit

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Who better to ask about The Wolverine than the man behind the comic book with Chris Claremont.

While Fox Studios never ended up giving Claremont a credit for the movie though he wrote the comic book the movie is based on and helped out with a draft of the script (stay classy Fox), the writer didn’t hold that against them as he offered his thoughts on The Wolverine.

Below you can check out some of the more interesting things that Claremont had to say from an interview with Vulture.

Overall thoughts:

The first two acts were kick-ass, and they set this up to be a really exceptional, different movie. It was like the film took this giant step forward. I liked that it focuses on the essence of who Wolverine is and what he does. Hugh Jackman is eloquent, and he owns the character at this point. It’s a surprisingly multidimensional performance. The third act wasn’t bad, per se, but it was a different tone. That moment he starts motorcycling up the 400 kilometers … he was almost riding into a different movie. It would be interesting to talk to Mangold and ask why they felt they had to go in that direction.

Original script was different; Claremont was on board helping out, but when Darren Aronofsky bailed the script changed. 

Christopher McQuarrie’s draft was different in certain elements from the story that Frank and I did, but it was essentially that story. When it evolved through the production process, the hope I had, especially since Darren’s office was based in Brooklyn at the time, that I could help. The fact that they asked me in to read the first draft and do meetings down the road was a step in the right direction. But then Black Swan won Oscars, made a huge amount of money, and he decided to take some time off and work on other projects. I think once everything shifted out to the West Cast, that was that. It would have been fun to see, but that’s another dimension, so c’est la vie.

On X-Men: The Last Stand:

I wish the “Dark Phoenix” saga had been done more effectively than it was, but that was out of my hands. That, unfortunately, was a clusterfuck from the get-go.

On Mariko and The Viper:

The end sort of turned into stuff we’ve all seen before. It just started throwing superhero tropes against the wall: the Yakuza against Wolverine, the Viper imprisoning Wolverine, the Silver Samurai cutting off Wolverine’s claws. The point is not how many artful ways can he cut someone to shish kebab. There was no moment of emotional punch to match, say, Tony Stark watching what he thinks is Pepper Potts’s death in the third Iron Man. That’s a moment. There should have been one in this, but everybody was on the sidelines. There should have been more direct involvement with Mariko. The problem with that superhero silliness, I’m sitting there thinking, What’s Viper there for? And what exactly does her venom do? People go all bubbly and collapse? I wanted a moment of choice for the characters in that scene in the castle. That sort of got lost in all the running and jumping and hitting.

On Shingen and Wolverine, and the new script added Silver Samurai and The Viper:

In the comic, the Silver Samurai is the bastard son of Mariko’s father. And her father, Shingen, was the actual villain, the master of the clan. And in the movie, the Shingen character is basically separated into two people — now there’s a father and a grandfather. The original story spun on the father-daughter relationship. In the film, having the grandfather be the ruler renders the father irrelevant. In the beginning of the comic, Shingen challenges Logan to a kendoduel, to demonstrate to Logan that he’s not as hot as he thinks he is, and to Mariko that Logan is not worthy of her. Wolverine says, “Okay, bub,” and — over three brilliant Frank Miller pages of the two of them going at it — the old man beats the shit out of him. That kendo match is the seminal moment of the story, because it reveals Wolverine as vulnerable, even with his claws and his healing power. It sets up the final fight, in which Wolverine kills Shingen, the father of the woman he loves, and Mariko does something unexpected, which is that she forgives him. She loves him anyway.

Wolverine should have been able to speak Japanese:

In this movie, I kept waiting for Logan to start spouting perfect Japanese. He’s been to Japan before, and he’s a warrior. The first thing you do is learn the landscape and the language. In the comic, he spoke Japanese like a native — it had nothing to do with him being brilliant, but with him blending in. It also would have taken him another step away from the traditional superhero.

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Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)

Logan Can’t Protect His Women

A Film Review of The Wolverine

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

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So this was the Wolverine movie we were all waiting to see?  Oh I get it: a Wolverine movie where there’s a high body count, gore, dismemberment, lots of action, intrigue, a final one-on-one grudge match against a marquee villain and a last minute tie-in to the ever evolving X-franchise?  No, only having one of these elements doesn’t count.  Director James Mangold and writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank attempt to wipe away the visual stain that is X-Men Origins: Wolverine by taking the character back to basics: no X-affiliation, no team dynamics, just a simple re-origin tale where the most iconic X-Man finally deals with his inner demons amidst a rather pedestrian conflict.  Although anyone in the audience can still follow the general plot of The Wolverine, in order to appreciate all the references as well as key character cameos, familiarity with the original X-trilogy is a necessity.  As a result, this film cannot fully stand on its own considering the ultimate conflict of X-Men: The Last Stand is the key “demon” I previously mentioned that continues to dog Logan in this film. Perhaps this fact is what holds The Wolverine back, or perhaps it was the PG-13 rating because the Wolverine movie we’re all (still) waiting for is rated R.

The script represents a mixed bag in that the major plot points leave much to be desired when compared to other comic book adaptations, but the individual scenes deliver the best moment to moment depictions of Wolverine in a realistic world to date.  Bomback and Frank did their homework by examining dialogue sequences from the original trilogy that cuts to the very core of Logan’s roguish personality and applied them here.  Not one single line uttered by Wolverine sounds like forced exposition or contrived plot advancement.  He is every bit the loner and every bit the wounded soul we all know and love him to be, and for the most part, his interactions with everyone are spot on.  However, I found the plot points that lead Logan to Japan from his general state of self loathing to the details that keep him there for the duration of the film to be weak.  Wolverine is known for having a very unique sense of justice that usually crosses the line to vengeance, and appealing to that aspect would be a practical way to snap him back to reality.  The problem is that the messenger has to be someone more important to Logan than a vague voice from the distant past or someone he’s never met before.  When the story evolves after he lands in Tokyo, few things would keep the Wolverine around when he has no reason to stay and everyone’s trying to kill him.  Love would be a great reason, that is, if it was for someone he knew for more than a couple days.  There are just too many points in this film where I thought Wolverine would have simply walked away because a good reason to stay never manifested.  He hung around in the original trilogy mostly for his attraction to Jean and his protection of Rogue.  The connections he makes in this film to produce an artificial “need” in his character feel circumstantial at best.

The other major disappointment I felt The Wolverine laid out for the viewer was the curious approach to the action and combat throughout.  Mind you, this isn’t a criticism of the look of these sequences as they are all shot profoundly well.  There are plenty of wide shots to keep the audience oriented and blurry camera tricks to purposely obscure problematic angles are never used.  I’m specifically calling out the content of the action.  Most of the opposition Logan faces throughout comes in the form of a number of Yakuza thugs, security guards and ninjas.  A convenient plot device is used to level the playing field which makes these kinds of antagonists a viable threat to our hero, but that goes away at some point, yet he is still somehow kept in check by these non super-powered villains.  The ninja village sequence embodies this kind of disappointment perfectly because the audience is clearly being setup for an incessantly violent moment where the infamous “berserker rage” is about to erupt; only it never does and the entire confrontation fizzles.  The same criticism holds true for the climactic battle with the big bad of this film.  It doesn’t come off as big of a surprise, as I’m sure the writers originally banked on, and it displays the smallest window of Logan’s repertoire as a pugilist in any conflict we’ve seen on screen thus far.  If this is the Wolverine that will be a part of Days of Future Past, then I seriously question his worth as a combatant because he simply isn’t the best at what he does anymore.

The one thing I did respect about this production is the fact that this film approached the story from a more dramatic angle.  As such, certain performances that took full advantage of very small pockets of screen time truly shined and gave the movie an emotional anchor that not every X-film can claim to have.  One of the standouts was Hiroyuki Sanada’s enraged and embittered Shingen, the son of Yashida (the rich meyser who invites Logan to Japan in the first place).  Although his character is given virtually no importance to the story, no other antagonist matches this actor’s intensity on the screen at ANY point.  Rila Fukushima did an amazing job as Logan’s mutant sidekick/Japanese escort, Yukio, considering this woman is acting in her second movie ever.  She isn’t stereotypically gorgeous, but her playful mannerisms and emotive facial expressions make her character the most charismatic by far.  I’d also like to point out that Famke Janssen’s performance as the ghost of Jean Grey in this film is the best she’s ever performed as this character.  I never particularly agreed with her casting in the first place, but her contributions here redeem her . . . somewhat.

There were also some severe misses.  I didn’t care one bit for Hal Yamanouchi’s old Yashida, and my criticism is twofold for the character and his performance.  When your character has severely restricted body language, the performance must compensate in other areas (such as vocal intonation) to stand out.  Yamanouchi, perhaps, does too good of a job playing a man that is seconds away from death’s icy grasp and as such, Yashida is no more important than a standard crusty old rich man with nefarious ends.  The other villain that was an absolute waste of time was the mutant Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova.  I understand that she was going for a femme fatale, but she was not particularly sexy, wasn’t very maniacal, and never seemed threatening on the screen.  I don’t know what else a performance can do to screw up the presentation of a villain, but at least she was thorough at it.

Like Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark – Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine.  His dedication to physical conditioning and the seriousness and preparation he approaches this character with is the essence of what it means to be a truly professional actor, and he is a credit to his calling.  

The Wolverine is not as awful as some make it out to be, but it is also nowhere close to being the definitive visual presentation of a story that fully embraces this character as the mainstream media has determined it to be.  I repeat: this is NOT the Wolverine movie we were all waiting for, but that’s not to take anything away from Hugh Jackman who still gave his all, but that same effort could not save Wolverine’s first solo outing.  This film cost slightly less than Origins to make, but it has also come up a tad short on its initial weekend at the box office despite opening at number one.  The Wolverine is yet another summer “blockbuster” that loses its luster for not having that “IT” factor that makes it a must see.  It is a good movie, but doesn’t feature the best action in the world, nor does it tote the best use of its licensed property; which is why people go to see comic book adaptations in the first place.  Chalk this one up to another that fell short of the hype despite being filled with potential.  

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5-10 X-Men Franchises Coming From Fox Says Mark Millar: Building Something Big

Mark Millar gives an update on the status of his deal with Fox Studios in being the Marvel comic book movie consultant.

While not giving any specifics, the creator behind the likes of Kick-Ass tells Collider that he believes there are around 5-10 franchises that can come out of the X-Men universe.

Millar also talks about his job at Fox, and says it’s not necessarily just ideas being thrown around and whether they are “cool” or “not cool,” but says while there is that to a degree, he is involved working with the studios execs and more in a broader sense. He uses the X-Force movie as an example stating he brought Jeff Wadlow in before any of the other studies could nab him.

With that being said, Millar then says, without trying to give anything away, that Fox is building to something big (which sounds like Fantastic Four may be a part of down the road).

You can check out the entire video below for more with Millar.

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Speaking of the possible 5-10 X-Men franchises Fox may end up doing, here is our list:

X-Men (ongoing)

Wolverine (ongoing)

X-Force (Kick-Ass 2’s Jeff Wadlow is currently writing with an eye to direct)

Cable

New Mutants

Magneto (been talked about for years)

Deadpool (Fox seems hesitant to green light an R rated superhero movie)

X-Factor

Star Jammers/Shi’ar/Imperial Guard (X-Men Cosmic movie?)

Age Of Apocalypse

Namor (could be a shared character similar to Quick Silver and Scarlet Witch)

Xavier School For Gifted Mutants

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Possibilities for Fantastic Four:

Fantastic Four

Silver Surfer/Galactus

FF

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The Wolverine Opens Huge Internationally: U.S. Not So Much

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The international vibe of The Wolverine seems to have paid off for Fox Studios and James Mangold as the movie has opened huge internationally with $86 million.

However, where it falls flat is at home, as with a movie weekend with no competition, similar to Wolverine losing his healing factor in the movie, the flick loses it’s snikt-worthiness with U.S. audiences as it opens to a dismal $54-55 million (Update: Actually it’s less, coming in at $53,113,752).

That’s the least of all the Wolverine and X-Men sequels, including X-Men: First Class.

Various reasons are cited for the less than stellar U.S. opening with Fox Studios citing “audience fatigue” as The Wolverine opened at the end of Summer and not at the beginning.

Of course it couldn’t have to do with bad word-of-mouth as The Wolverine opened strong Thursday and Friday which led optimistic Hollywood insiders to estimate the movie having a $65-70 million opening, but by Saturday the numbers started to decline leading to the $55 million opener.

Fan response to The Wolverine seems to be really mixed as it is getting the “love-hate” response. Some fans outright loved the movie, while some really despised it.

Of course it could also have to do with Wolverine: X-Men Origins, which did really well in its opening weekend, but caught audiences with their pants down as the movie was not received favorably at all. So it’s possible that the failure of the last Wolverine movie could have influenced this one.

Regardless, the $141 million is already enough to cover the cost of the movie for Fox Studios which is said to have a $120 million budget.

The Wolverine is currently in theaters, and Hugh Jackman can next be seen reprising Logan for Bryan Singer and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

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Hugh Jackman Optimistic About Shared Movie Universe With Marvel Studios, Fox & Sony

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Back in late May, Hugh Jackman made mention how he wanted to kick Iron Man and Robert Downey’s ass on the big screen.

Now Jackman is back at it again, promoting a shared movie universe.

Hugh Jackman recently spoke to Collider and stated he asked a Marvel liaison between the three studios about that every question. 

Mate, I ask the same question.  I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise.  I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.’  But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.

While the liaison seemed not as sure, Hugh Jackman seemed much more optimistic.

(smiling) I don’t see the impediment!  I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together!  I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.

Hugh Jackman stars in The Wolverine out July 26th and X-Men: Days of Future Past out May 23rd, 2014.

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X-Force Movie In Development At Fox Studios

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It’s being said that the X-Force movie is just in the initial planning stages, which means they aren’t in production, but more or less just in talks.

An X-Men fan site, XMenFilms.com, discovered that the website domain, X-ForceMovie.com, has been registered by Fox Studios.

X-Force creator Rob Liefield confirmed the news on his Twitter.

“Yup. Was informed in March,” Liefeld tweeted.

Liefeld went on to state that the X-Force movie is in planning stages, but went on to note the same has been said for the Magneto film that has been mentioned for the past few years.

“And by informed, I mean told that an X-Force film was in the planning stages. Much different than shooting a film,” Liefeld continued. “When they cast an X-Force film then its reason to celebrate. They have a Magneto film in ‘development’ as well. Proceed with caution.”

Liefeld then stated it’s still good news.

“Cross your fingers and hope for good things for X-Force. Being ON the radar is much better than not!”

Currently, Fox Studios has two X-Men movies coming out with The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Regarding the latter, director Bryan Singer has already included a plethora of mutant characters; why not one more with Cable.

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WB & Legendary Part Ways; Robinov’s Successors Named

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As expected, Thomas Tull, and his Legendary Entertainment, have parted ways with Warner Bros. and is currently in talks with Sony, Fox Studios and Universal for a new distribution and co-financing deal.

The news isn’t that surprising as there has been mention of a rocky relationship between the two for the past few months, as well as the fact that Tull hired former Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum, who joined Legendary as president of TV and digital media.

Current WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara is said to be responsible for Rosenblum’s departure.

Variety cites the reason for Legendary leaving is DC Entertainment, specifically the movies, as Warner Bros. wants to retain control of the future DC movies.

Tull’s Legendary Entertainment shared in the success of Nolan’s Batman franchise as well as the Man of Steel, as Tull co-financed the productions.

It’s said WB wants to retain the profits, something similar it has done with other tentpoles like Harry Potter.

Regarding the future of Legendary Entertainment, it’s being reported that Universal looks to be the best option as Universal has more of what Tull wants, which is a studio that has access to more than just films, with TV shows, digital content and comic books as well.

A deal with Universal could give Tull and his future productions access to the likes of Universal Studios Theme Parks as well as NBC.

While it hasn’t been stated that outgoing WB film president Jeff Robinov’s departure was a part of the reason, Robinov backed projects that Legendary co-financed with WB including the Nolan films as well as The Hangover. Nolan’s latest big-budget film, Interstellar, is now at Paramount, with WB only partially involved.

Warners recently announced Robinov’s replacement, which is a “new leadership team” that will directly report to Tsujihara; see below for more.

 

 

Press Release

Warner Bros. Entertainment Announces New Leadership for Warner Bros. Pictures Group

 

(June 24, 2013 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced a new leadership team to run Warner Bros. Pictures Group, capitalizing on the proven strengths of a number of longtime Studio executives. Sue Kroll will now serve as President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; Greg Silverman will now serve as President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Toby Emmerich will continue as President and COO, New Line Cinema, while adding responsibility for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros., to whom all three executives will report.

Working closely with the management team, Dan Fellman, whose contract has been extended, will continue in his role as President, Domestic Distribution, reporting directly to Tsujihara. Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will continue as President, International Distribution, and ultimately assume responsibility for worldwide distribution, taking on the domestic distribution function upon the planned retirement of Fellman. Kwan Vandenberg will report to Kroll who, in addition to her marketing and distribution responsibilities, will continue to be involved in all aspects of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s releases.

“Warner Bros. is the world’s preeminent motion picture studio with one of the most talented executive benches in the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Collectively, this team has more than 100 years at the company and broad experience across the film business, which will ensure that Warner Bros. Pictures continues as a respected leader in production, marketing and global distribution. I have every confidence that we will continue to deliver the industry’s most compelling, popular and successful movies.”

“This marks an exciting new chapter in the storied history of Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman, Warner Bros. “We are in the midst of another terrific year, and our film division will continue to thrive well into the future under this realigned organization.”

Kroll was named President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures in January 2008 and has led enormously successful campaigns for a broad range of motion pictures, including most recently “Man of Steel,” “The Great Gatsby” and last year’s Academy Award Best Picture winner, “Argo.” Other prominent campaigns include the billion-dollar blockbusters “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” as well as “Inception” and the final installments of the Harry Potter series.

Silverman has been President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures since April 2011 and played a key role in recent box-office successes, including “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, “Argo” from director Ben Affleck and “The Dark Knight Rises,” directed by Christopher Nolan. As a creative executive, Silverman also shepherded the commercially successful and critically acclaimed “300,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Hangover” and the global phenomenon “Inception,” among other films.

As President and COO of New Line Cinema since March 2008, and President of Production for seven years prior to that, Emmerich has overseen such diverse features as the Academy Award-winning blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and 2005’s highest-grossing comedy, “Wedding Crashers,” as well as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Horrible Bosses,” the “Journey” franchise and the “Final Destination” films.

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Daredevil Movie Rights Revert Back To Marvel Studios & Disney

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7159:]]If you remember not too long ago Fox was attempting to get a new Daredevil movie off the ground floor in order to retain the rights to the character.

It was then said that Marvel Studios tried to trade away an extension of the rights to Daredevil in exchange for the rights to the Silver Surfer and Galactus, presumably to use in the upcoming James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The trade details all could have been rumor, but regardless, the movie rights to Daredevil have now reverted to Marvel Studios.

Newsarama flat out asked Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige if the rights had reverted back.

“To Daredevil? Yes,” he confirmed.

Nothing else is mentioned, but perhaps we’ll see Matt Murdock some time down the line. The Avengers 2?

It’s assumed Fox wanted to keep hold of the Silver Surfer and Galactus because of the upcoming Josh Trank Fantastic Four reboot.

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015..

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The Avengers 2 Rumors Include Spider-Man, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Vision, Deathlok

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6055:]]A batch of The Avengers 2 rumors have made their way on to the net suggesting that Disney might be pairing up with Fox Studios and Sony.

It’s mentioned that Agent Phil Coulson might be appearing as either the Vision or even Deathlok in The Avengers 2. How that fits is uncertain as we know Coulson is coming back in the S.H.I.E.L.D TV series this Fall. If true, more than likely the Vision than Deathlok, would be our guess.

Spider-Man is also said to be a part of The Avengers 2, which wouldn’t be unheard of as Sony and Disney have a mutual deal regarding the film and merchandising rights. In addition, Andrew Garfield has stated he wouldn’t mind appearing, and there was mention of Osborn’s building appearing in The Avengers movie.

The Fantastic Four, Wolverine and Storm are also said to be a part of The Avengers 2 as cameo roles.

It could very well be that all the Marvel movie studios are teaming up to help promote each other’s films.

(Via Big Shiny Robot)

Does make sense, and recently Kevin Feige mentioned a different team of Assemblers for The Avengers 2.

The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015..

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