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Marvel Studios President Updates On Thanos, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Potential Guardians Of The Galaxy Sequels…
Speaking today at Barcelona’s CineEurope, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige provided a number of updates about Marvel’s upcoming slate of movies. With “Phase 2″ of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe wrapping up with this summer’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and 2015′s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ expect a number of “Phase 3″ announcements at Comic-Con next month. “Phase 3″ will kick off with ‘Ant-Man’ on July 17th, 2015. Additionally, ‘Captain America 3′ is currently in development and eyeing a May 6th, 2016 bow. One additional, untitled film is set for release in 2016 (‘Doctor Strange’?), with two more slated for 2017.
On the potential of a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise, Kevin Feige said, “Every time we make a movie, we focus on the single movie, the importance of doing the best version we can to introduce a new audience to the characters. So we don’t have, necessarily, two or three or four movies planned because if we have a good idea – a fun idea for a scene or a cool character – we put it in this movie because we know if the first movie doesn’t work, there won’t be any movies after that.”
After writing a draft of the screenplay for ‘Moneyball,’ Academy and Emmy-award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is said to be in negotiations to adapt another Michael Lewis book, ‘Flash Boys,’ the bestseller that deals with the practice of high-frequency trading on Wall Street and how it became a way to rig the system. Lewis’ book revolves around a group of men on Wall Street including Sergey Aleynikov, a one-time programmer for Goldman Sachs, and Brad Katsuyama, the founder of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange.
Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film. Rudin, who has his first-look deal at Sony, executive produced ‘Moneyball’ and is a frequent collaborator with Aaron Sorkin, having worked together on ‘The Social Network’ and the HBO series ‘The Newsroom.’ They also have an untitled Steve Jobs project in the works at the studio that Danny Boyle is directing. The official synopsis for the ‘Flash Boys’ book is as follows:
‘Short Term 12′ and ‘Selma’ star Keith Stanfield has joined the cast of Don Cheadle’s long planned ‘Miles Ahead,’ the story of a few dangerous days in the life of Miles Davis (Cheadle), the virtuoso, fighter and genius, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to steal back his music. Cheadle will also make his feature directorial debut from a script co-written with Steven Baigelman, while Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper will be scoring ‘Miles Ahead.’ Stanfield will play Junior, an edgy but impressionable trumpet player involved in the theft.
US Trailer, Poster & New Images For ‘Frank’ – Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal…
While ‘Frank’ opened in the UK and Ireland last month, the film – which is fantastic I might add – opens in the US on August 15th. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and penned by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, ‘Frank’ stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant papier–mache head at all times.
Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gylenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
Alright, I REALLY hope this is true. According to Deadline, Lucasfilm is making a deal with ‘Brick’ and ‘Looper’ writer-director Rian Johnson to both write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’ If this report is indeed true, that means that the intention is for Johnson to take the baton from J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote and is currently hard at work directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’
For me Rian Johnson is without a doubt one of cinemas brightest talents, and this report follows Lucasfilm’s announcements that their first two Star Wars spinoff films are being directed by Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards, two other filmmakers on the rise. Hopefully we got an update on this story soon. Aside from Johnson’s feature film work on ‘Brick,’ ‘The Brothers Bloom’ and ‘Looper,’ he also directed three of the most acclaimed episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ – “Fly”, “Fifty-One”, and “Ozymandias”. ‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan stated that “Ozymandias” is the best episode of the entire series. UPDATE #1: Johnson just tweeted the following video as his first response to the news being public. UPDATE #2: THR are reporting that Johnson will only direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII,’ but he is writing a treatment for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today send word that Ava DuVernay’s (Middle of Nowhere) ‘Selma’ will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day 2015 and will open wide on January 9th, 2015 (making its presence known as an Oscar contender). ‘Selma’ is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. ‘Selma’ is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.