“Ant-Man” Directorial Contenders Meet With Marvel Studios

Marvel is definitely not slacking on their promise to find a new director for the film so that the July 17, 2015 release date is not pushed back.

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The studio met with a group of potential directors, which includes Adam McKay (Anchorman), Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), to look into filling the gap left by Edgar Wright earlier this week. Wright, a favourite in the Marvel community, left the project due to creative differences with the studio.

Ant-Man fans, who do you hope gets the job? Is there someone that you think Marvel should consider?

Casting News: Three New Villains Cast in Disney’s “Descendants”

Disney recently cast Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent in their upcoming TV movie Descendants, and has just added three more actors to the roster.

Jafar will be played by comedian Maz Jobrani, whose son Jay is played by X-Men alum Booboo Stewart; Kathy Najimy has been cast as The Evil Queen with Sofia Carson playing daughter Evie; and, lastly, Cruella De Vil will be portrayed by Wendy Raquel Robinson. Cruella has a son named Carlos, who will be played by Cameron Boyce.

The film, directed by High School Musical‘s Kenny Ortega, is expected to air on Disney Channel in 2015. Here’s the original press release that gives a detailed explanation of what we can expect from the film:

“In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants.

The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy Award and WGA Award nominees for their writing on The Starter Wife, also writers of Runaway Bride and on Desperate Housewives). The production design will be by Mark Hofeling (Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical). The wardrobe design will be by Kara Saun (Project Runway, America’s Best Dance Crew).

Casting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters—notably its most evil villains–to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts. Disney’s Descendants is scheduled to begin production next spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A. (High School Musical TV movies and film, Camp Rock).

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves. The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

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Are you excited to see what these actors will bring to the iconic roles?

Lupita Nyong’o Options Film Rights for “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The author of the novel Americanah announced that the book’s film rights have been optioned by Nyong’o on Thursday.

Left: author of the novel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Center: Cover of Americanah; Right: Actress Lupita Nyong'o
Left: author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Center: cover of Americanah; Right: actress Lupita Nyong’o

The announcement was made via twitter: “@StylistMagazine: Lupita Nyong’o has optioned rights for the film version of Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confirms #stylistbookclub”

The Root gives a great synopsis of the best-seller: “Americanah is a love story that centers on a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. The book was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review and it won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction).”

This is the second book by Adichie to hit the big screen; the film adaptation of her book Half of a Yellow Sun is currently playing, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

This is the first major film announcement concerning Nyong’o since her Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave.

 

“Agent Carter” Confirmed for Eight Episodes

Marvel’s Agent Carter was confirmed to have eight episodes by Hayley Atwell, the actress who plays the title character.

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The order for fewer episodes could be a fantastic development, as it allows for tighter story telling and the series won’t suffer from over extension like other shows stretched to 22 episodes. Carter will run during the mid-season hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which provides fans with constant new material.

Watch Hayley Atwell’s interview discussing her hopes for the series below:

Are you looking forward to the new Marvel production? 

Marvel and Edgar Wright Part Ways on “Ant-Man”

Edgar Wright has stepped down as director of the film, citing “creative differences” with Marvel as the reason for his departure, and despite being attached to the project since 2006.

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Marvel’s statement says that the split was amicable, and will not have an impact on the expected July 17, 2015 release, and that “a new director will be announced shortly.”

Ant-Man will star Paul Rudd in the title role, along with Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, and Corey Stole.

Who do you think Marvel should appoint as the new director? Are you sad to see Wright go?

 

Movies – Warner Brothers Reveals Official Title and New Logo for “Batman v. Superman”

In a recent press release, Warner Brothers Pictures revealed the official title and logo for Zack Snyder’s anticipated Man of Steel sequel. As this film is the prequel to the upcoming Justice League film, the title Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice makes sense.

The new logo is also quite interesting because it incorporates both of the iconic Batman and Superman symbols.

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Details about production and shooting locations were also revealed in the press release:

“Principal photography is underway in Metro Detroit, Michigan

BURBANK, CA, May 21, 2014 – Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.

Set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.”

What do you think of the title and the stylized logo? Are you looking forward to getting more details about this film as production continues? Sound off in the comments!

Movies – First Look Images from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

Yesterday, Lionsgate released some amazing new exclusives that finally gives us our first look at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1! Among these great new exclusives, they shared new stills from the film and two behind-the-scenes images from the set!

The set of stills gives us our first look at Julianne Moore as President Coin and a look at the new roles that Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beetee Lantier (Jeffrey Wright), and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) have taken on in the revolution. In the first behind-the-scenes image, we see director Francis Lawrence talking with Mahershala Ali (who is portraying Boggs). Finally, there is a behind-the-scenes image in which Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson, and screenwriter Peter Craig.

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Mockingjay has an incredible and extensive cast that also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Willow Shields, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, and Donald Sutherland.

What do you think of these new stills? Are you patiently waiting for the first official trailer? Why do you think Lionsgate is waiting so long to release the trailer?

Source: thehungergamesexclusive.com