Marvel Studios has officially hired a director to helm their Black Widow solo film. That director is Cate Shortland, who is an Australian director best known for the Nazi drama Lore and thriller Berlin Syndrome.
The only film that I've seen from the filmmaker is Berlin Syndrome which was a great movie! Her work on that give me confidence that she will deliver an intense action-packed Black Widow film.
There were a lot of directors in the running for this job and if Marvel Studios is confident in her abilities to tell this story, then why wouldn't I trust them. They constantly deliver great films that are made by talented filmmakers. According to THR, the studio met with over 70 directors for the job, mostly female.
The director runner-ups included Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom), Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don't Cry). Out of those choices, from what I know of their work, Shortland is the best choice.
Shortland doesn't even have agency representation, but Scarlett Johansson pushed hard for her to get the gig. According to the report the actress Shortland’s handling of the female lead in Lore.
Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for the film. Here are the trailers for Lore and Berlin Syndrome to give you a little taste of Shortland's style.
Alien 3 could have been so much better than what David Fincher ended up giving us. It wasn't completely his fault, though, because the movie had a terrible script. Had they used the original script written by William Gibson, fans might have a very different outlook on the film.
Gibson was hired by Fox in the late 80s to write the script for the film because they were probably hoping the sci-fi writer would bring his cyberpunk vision to the franchise. Unfortunately, the studio opted not to use his script, which would have given Ripley and the survivors aboard the Sulaco a very different story. In fact, the script they used for the film used nothing from his script.
Well, that script is now being adapted into a comic book series by Dark Horse Comics and it will be created by writer and artist Johnnie Christmas (Angel Catbird, Firebug, Sheltered). The synopsis for Gibson’s Alien 3 reveals that the story will evolve into one of the primary conflicts of the first two films, which is the struggle between personal welfare and corporate interests:
Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.
Why the studio opted not to tell this story, I have no idea. Bishop is also said to have a pivotal role in the story. In a statement to CBR, Gibson said:
"When your first contracted screenplay (or screenplay of any kind, in my case) isn’t produced, but the film is eventually made with a different screenplay, retaining nothing of yours but a barcode tattoo on the back of a character’s neck, the last thing you ever expect is to see yours beautifully adapted and realized, decades later, in a different medium, by an artist of Johnnie Christmas’ caliber. It’s a wonderful experience, and I have no doubt that Johnnie’s version, which adheres almost entirely to the script, delivers more of my material to the audience than any feature film would have been likely to do.
"As for my screenplay, I’d like to point out that I worked from a treatment provide by the film’s three producers, so it wasn’t my idea, at all, to jettison Ripley. Unhappy with that, as a fan of the previous two films, I went for a multiple helping of Bishop, my second favorite human character in the first film.”
William Gibson’s Alien 3 #1 goes on sale on November 7th and I can't wait to read it! Check out a. preview of the comic below.
Tite Kubo created Bleach, and now he’s giving us a one-shot manga called Burn the Witch. The new manga will be published in Japan on July 14 in Weekly Shonen Jump. Thankfully, those of us in the West won’t have to wait too long as VIZ Media has announced that they have licensed the manga to be released on July 16 as part of Weekly Shonen Jump. We still don’t know too much about the story, but I’m excited to read it all the same.
Announcement: Burn The Witch, from Bleach creator, Tite Kubo, premieres in Weekly Shonen Jump - Monday, July 16! pic.twitter.com/EnIn1BclHe
Moviepass has been in trouble for a long time, and there's a real question if every week is going to be the week we learn they're going under. The reason Moviepass is in trouble is simple, they're losing a solid chunk of money from footing the bill of people's movie habits for a considerable loss. Why do they continue to do this? How much money are they losing? Why haven't they gone under yet? Nerdwriter1 tackles all these questions in a very entertaining fashion, and by the end of this video you'll be a bonefied expert on Moviepass and it's various issues. Check it out below:
Often times when an actor is being considered for a role, people think long and hard about a number of factors. Does their scheduling work, do they look the part, are they a skilled actor, etc. Jane Levy has decided to make the decision as to who should play Barbara Gordon in the upcoming films. She sent out a tweet addressing fans who are saying she’s the right pick and here’s the comedic reason why Levy should be Batgirl.
Y’all keep askin if I am gonna play batgirl and I think it’s probably a good idea because I can do A LOT of pushups
This is a great tweet and I hope we get more of the rumored actors explaining why they should get the role in a similar fashion. Barbara Gordon is said to make her debut in the upcoming Birds of Prey film, although it appears she won't be dressing up for it. She is also expected to get her own solo movie, which Christina Hodsonis writing.
Who would you like to see wear the cowl of Batgirl? I think as far as looks, Levy would be a perfect choice.
A teenager from New Orleans was tragically killed in a shooting last month. Now, the family decided to honor his life by posing him for the funeral just as he lived---with a PS4 controller on hand and a bag of Doritos nearby.
Renard Matthews was only eighteen years old when he was killed by a gunshot while walking his dog on June 25. Matthews' mother, Temeka Matthews talked to WGNO and said that Renard was a chill homebody, who is a massive fan of the Boston Celtics. So she and the family decided to honor his memory in a non-traditional way during his wake last Sunday.
Instead of laying his body in a casket, the family posed Matthews seated in a chair in front of a TV playing NBA2K. Matthews was dressed in a Kyrie Irving jersey complete with the matching socks and sunglasses. To his side were his favorite snack, a bag of Doritos and a bottle of root beer.
Although the wake of Renard Matthews was a vast departure from the norm. However, it clearly showed his family's loving tribute after his life was tragically cut short by the shooting incident. He is now laid to rest at Interment Providence Memorial Park.
We're a long way from Halloween, but that doesn't mean we mind the fact that The Simpsons is already teasing (via Bloody Disgusting) its upcoming Treehouse of Horror episode! This year looks to be a doozy, and apparently contains some reference to Jurassic World if the poster can be trusted. Check it out below and let us know if you still tune in for the special Halloween episodes!
A couple new photos have emerged for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. The first one above features a young Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) doing a little wizard training with Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). The second image shows Newt pointing his wand at something off camera in the midst of dealing with his luggage. Take a look:
Sure, it's not the sexiest picture to convince people the Fantastic Beasts franchise is worth showing up for again, but I have hopes. Really I'm hoping that Grindelwald, Dumbledore, and a few new locations will be enough to keep me entertained during this film because the first one was a bit of a snooze-fest for me. I imagine we'll get a new trailer for the film at comic-con next week.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald releases November 16th.
Many fans are expecting Dwayne Johnson to make at least a cameo in Shazam! next year. Johnson, who has been cast as Black Adam in the DCU, has told SYFY WIRE that he will not be in the film at all.
Black Adam is Shazam’s nemesis and while he may not be in Shazam!, he is still getting his own movie, and Johnson is confident that the two will eventually clash in the future. Here’s the real question, is he telling a little white lie to lead fans astray, or is he really not even making a mid-credits scene cameo?
I cannot wait to see Johnson's Black Adam and Zachary Levi's Shazam clash at some point on the big screen. In my head, it looks a little funny since I still picture Levi as Chuck Bartowski from Chuck and then you’ve got Johnson who is massive.
When do you think the epic battle between these two DC characters will happen?
It was recently announced that DC's Joker origin movie was officially moving forward with Joaquin Phoenix in the role of the classic villain. This news came after the actor himself denied rumors and played coy. Now in a recent interview with Collider, Phoenix opened up for the first time about why he is excited to take on the role and says that it scares the fucking shit out of him.
"I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most."
Phoenix is a hell of a great actor and he is very picky with the projects that he involves himself with, so this Joker origin film obviously impressed the hell out of him. I guess if he's going to be a part of any comic book movie, this would be the one. Marvel wanted him to play Doctor Strange at one point, but things ended up not working out with that. When previously talking about the Marvel films, Phoenix told Little White Lies:
"I think they make some great, fun movies. There’s nothing wrong… I’m not a fucking, like, cinephile. I’m not a snob and I’m totally fine with… I enjoy those movies sometimes, and I think they keep the fuckingindustry going in some ways, so I don’t have a problem with it at all. I think that everybody was, is… I’m trying to figure out how to say this most diplomatically, okay… I think everybody was really happy with how things turned out. All parties were satisfied."
The studio has described the story for the Joker film as being an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale." The film is also said to be going against the grain of most comic book movies and that it's "meant to be different from other comic book superhero movies."
It's great to hear that Phoenix is excited about playing the Joker. I can't wait to see how he'll end up portraying the character and how it will compare to all the other actors who have played him over the years.