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In the wake of the tragic death of leading man Paul Walker late last year, THR bring word that director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and Universal Pictures will tweak the ‘Fast & Furious 7′ script and add scenes so footage of Walker’s Brian O’Conner character can still be used – but the franchise can continue. Sources tell THR that Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, will not be killed off in the film, which is now set for release on April 10th, 2015.
Instead, the plan is to “retire” the character in a way that Universal Pictures hopes will satisfy fans of the franchise and make use of the existing footage of Walker, who died about halfway through the ‘Fast & Furious 7′ shoot. In the weeks after the tragedy, director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Universal’s lead executive on the films, pored over the footage Wan had shot. The trio then devised a plan to tweak the existing script so that Walker would remain a part of the story but could be written out, allowing the franchise to continue without him. The changes will require some additional scenes to be written and shot, but the eight-month delay of release provides plenty of time.
It was only a matter of time, but it has just been officially announced that the Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new ‘Star Wars’ adventures to readers across the galaxy. Marvel have been granted exclusive rights to create and publish ‘Star Wars’ comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.
The agreement marks a homecoming for the ‘Star Wars’ comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, ‘Star Wars #1,’ in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its ‘Star Wars’ series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan-favorite titles like ‘Dark Empire’ and ‘Star Wars: Legacy.’ Last year, Dark Horse released ‘The Star Wars #1,’ an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling ‘Star Wars’ comics of all time.
The first images from Kyle Newman’s (Fanboys) upcoming action comedy ‘Barely Lethal’ have landed online, courtesy of EW. ‘Barely Lethal’ centres on Megan (Hailee Steinfeld), a 16-year-old international assassin yearning for “normal” adolescence who fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. When her former-employer (Samuel L. Jackson) comes calling, it becomes more extracurriculars than any teenager can handle. Opening later this year, ’Barely Lethal’ also stars Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Sophie Turner, Rob Huebel, Thomas Mann, Gabriel Basso, and Rachael Harris.
Hi-Res Looks At ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Feature Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford…
Marvel has set loose, in high resolution, these previously released images from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ sees Steve Rogers trying to embrace his role in the modern world as he teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, DC. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ features a top-notch supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell.
On the promotional campaign for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ Idris Elba spoke to Kate Garraway on ‘Lorraine’ about the long planned ‘Luther’ movie: “That is definitely on the cards, we’ve been really lucky that Luther is [so popular]… it’s a small show, we did four episodes and we got such a massive following worldwide, so Neil Cross [creator of Luther] and I are aiming to do the film. I’m speaking to him as we speak… and we’re trying to pull it together. It’s an ambitious project because it’s a television show but we suspect that it’s going to be as successful on TV and on film as well.”
Idris Elba also told the show that there’s ”no truth” in rumors that say he will succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond in the iconic film series. Elba added, “I’ve always detested the phrase ‘Black Bond’, I just don’t understand it. We don’t say ‘White Bond’, we just say ‘Bond’, so it suddenly becomes a black man and he’s a ‘Black Bond’. So I hate that phrase – and it’s a rumour that’s gotten out of control, basically – but that’s all it is. There’s no truth in it whatsoever.”
Inquisitr have revealed some new details about the Michigan portion of the filming of Warner Bros, DC Entertainment and Zack Snyder’s eagerly awaited ‘Man of Steel’ sequel/’Batman vs. Superman’ film. Michigan Motion Picture Studios will play a key role in what’s considered the biggest movie shoot ever to land in the state. The studio complex is serving as home to production offices for the project. When filming starts in the next few weeks, all seven of the soundstages will be used. The still-untitled Superman-Batman movie is expected to occupy the complex through August.
The outlet write: The shoot will take place in several locations, including the state-of-the-art Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac. Michelle Grinnell, public relations manager for the Michigan Film Office, says this is exciting for the state’s film industry to have the likes of Henry Cavill come to work here: “It’s the film where Batman and Superman meet for the first time on the Big Screen.”