Hot on the heels of the Eddie Brock viral post, Sony Pictures has officially announced films based on Spider-Man properties ‘Venom,’ which will be directed by Alex Kurtzman, and ‘The Sinister Six,’ which Drew Goddard will write, with an eye to direct. Check out the full press release below. Exciting times ahead!
In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
These first two stills have arrived online from Summit Entertainment’s Soviet thriller ‘Child 44.‘ Featuring a stellar cast of Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel and Fares Fares, the film is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House).
An adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith bestseller, ‘Child 44′ focuses on a member of the Soviet military police (Tom Hardy) who investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. His biggest impediment is a government that refuses to acknowledge a serial killer is in their midst. Expect to see ‘Child 44′ on the big screen sometime in 2014. The synopsis for the novel is as follows. Source: The Playlist.
Summit Entertainment has revealed this latest trailer for ‘The Legend of Hercules,’ which opens in 3D and 2D on January 10th, 2014 in the US. Directed by Renny Harlin, the film stars Kellan Lutz as Hercules, the mythical Greek hero, demigod and son of Zeus. Betrayed by his King and sold into slavery, Hercules must use his formidable strength to fight for his freedom and return to his true love, Hebe, the Princess of Crete (played by Gaia Weiss). The supporting cast includes Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee and Rade Serbedzija.
‘The Legend of Hercules’ is one of two high-profile Hercules movies being made by Hollywood studios, the second being an MGM/Paramount co-production to be directed by Brett Ratner. Dwayne Johnson is playing the titular hero in the rival project. The Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules movie is slated for release in August 2014.
Heat Vision are reporting that up-and-coming Australian actress Courtney Eaton has nabbed the female lead in Summit’s epic fantasy ‘Gods of Egypt.’ Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites and Geoffrey Rush also star. The film is set in ancient Egypt against the legendary world of great pyramids and sphinxes. Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones,’ is set to play Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief (Thwaites) and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris. Butler would play Set, the Egpyptian God of the desert, storms, and foreigners. The story is set in motion when Set kills Osiris. Rush will play the sun god Ra, the father of Set and Osiris who is also Set’s ultimate target. Eaton will play a slave girl whom the thief falls for.
Courtney Eaton’s fellow Australian Alex Proyas is directing the project. Proyas wrote the script with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Eaton only has one acting credit so far: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ a movie that isn’t due to be released until May 2015. Eaton was discovered by a local modeling scout in her hometown of Perth. When Fury Road began casting a wide net for actresses, producers reached out to modeling agencies in the country. Eaton had no acting experience but the tape she made got her an audition with director George Miller. Following several screen tests to win over studio execs, she nabbed a role opposite Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
Centering on the film’s title characters, Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed this final poster for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ The film continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.
The rather awesome ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ viral website, The Daily Bugle, has been updated with a new post “written” by Eddie Brock (aka Venom), that features a few references to Spider-Man lore, including naming the three founding members of “The Enforcers” as well as the Manfredi crime family. Check it out after the jump.
The recently released ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ trailer reveals and hints a lot if you’re familiar with the Spider-Man universe – in particular with the Sinister Six and the dealings/ulterior motives of OsCorp. One of the most interesting things about the trailer for me was the shot of Vulture’s wings and Doctor Octopus’ tentacles (it has long been speculated that Colm Feore would be playing Vulture, although there’s no confirmation at this moment in time). That shot could of course be an easter egg for further ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ installments.