Joss Whedon Talks ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron': “The Model I’m Always Trying To Build From, Or My Guiding Star, Is ‘The Godfather: Part II’…”
The good people over at CBM have caught wind of a new interview with Josh Whedon for AlloCiné.fr. When AlloCiné asked if the events of this summer’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ have an effect on his ‘The Avengers’ sequel, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Whedon explained: “The events of Captain America [The Winter Soldier] will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can’t assume that everybody went to see Thor [The Dark World], Captain America, and Iron Man 3 in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what’s happened [in the previous movies], but not be slavish to it. […] The model I’m always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II where a ton has happened in-between and it’s a very different movie [from Part I], but you don’t need any information. It’s there in the film about what’s happened since, what’s different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker. It’s all there, you’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that’s what will happen with my movie. Obviously I’m talking about one of the greatest films ever made (The Godfather: Part II)… I hope mine will be good, but that is my guiding star.”
THR bring word that Justin Lin has acquired narrative remake rights to the documentary ‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball,’ one of the most well-received documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Lin apparently beat several pursuers for remake rights including Columbia Pictures, Fox Searchlight and DreamWorks. He will self-finance via his Perfect Storm banner.
The original film by Chapman Way and Maclain Way chronicles the story of the late Bing Russell (a Hollywood veteran best known for playing Deputy Clem on ‘Bonanza’), who in 1973 created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball.
Variety are reporting that John Boyega will portray Jesse Owens in the biopic ‘Race,’ with shooting set to start in May in Berlin and Montreal. Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) will direct from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. Boyega stars in Malik Vitthal’s inner-city drama ‘Imperial Dreams,’ which recently premiered at Sundance. He first caught people’s attention with his magnetic lead performance in Joe Cornish’s ‘Attack the Block.’ He also stars in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ opposite Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, which is due out later this year
‘Race’ will focus on how Jesse Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Owens’ victories are considered among the greatest athletic feats of all time. Hitler had insisted Jews and Blacks not be allowed to participate in the games, but relented when threatened with a boycott. He shook hands only with the German victors on the first day of competition and then skipped all further medal presentations.
Lena Headey has announced for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures that there will be a special ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ preview day that will showcase 13-minutes of footage from the upcoming sequel. Attendees will also receive the above Mondo poster for the film. “Hello, my friends, Lena Headey here,” reads the actress’ official statement, “I was thrilled to return to the role of Queen Gorgo in ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’ and I’m excited to announce this incredible opportunity for you to catch 13 minutes of never-before-seen footage from the upcoming film, followed by a special fan screening of the original 300 movie. We’ll also be giving away the exclusive Mondo poster to everyone who attends the 300 fan event. Stay tuned for more info on specific locations, timing and how to score tickets to join the battle.” Stay tuned to facebook.com/300Movie for more info.
Long linked to the film, Warner Bros. Pictures has today confirmed that Hugh Jackman will play the villain, the pirate Blackbeard, in Joe Wright’s upcoming Untitled Peter Pan film. Jackman will portray the villainous Blackbeard in an all-new tale about author J.M. Barrie’s beloved character Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up. Wright will direct the as-yet-untitled adventure from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. The film is set for a worldwide release on July 17th, 2015, opening opposite Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man.’ Wright previously directed ‘Pride & Prejudice,’ ‘Atonement,’ ‘The Soloist,’ ‘Hanna’ and ‘Anna Karenina.’
“Undead” & “Secrets” TV Spots For ‘Vampire Academy’ – Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry & Olga Kurylenko
E1 has debuted these two new TV spots for Mark Waters’ (Mean Girls) ‘Vampire Academy.’ Based on the best selling Young Adult book series by Richelle Mead, ‘Vampire Academy’ stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Olga Kurylenko, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles. Opening on February 7th in the US and April 23rd in the UK, the synopsis for ‘Vampire Academy’ is as follows.
‘Vampire Academy’ tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa – a royal vampire Princess – have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest, Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa’s guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.