DC COMICS FILMS
Oddly, this piece of DC Comics news doesn’t come from anybody actually involved with the DC Comics films. During its multipart interview with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, Collider asked if there was any advice he’d give to those looking to launch a “Justice League” film.
“I don’t know. I’m sure they have smart people over there who have a plan and know what they’re doing,” Feige told Collider. “‘Man of Steel’ looks like it’s going to be awesome and obviously ‘Dark Knight’ is awesome. I don’t know. It’s what I say all the time and have said over the years, which is, have confidence in the characters, believe in the source material, don’t be afraid to stay true to all of the elements of the characters no matter how seemingly silly or crazy they are. I don’t know, I think the Marvel characters have a bit of a leg up for all the reasons that Marvel fans are aware of in terms of the emotional complexity of the characters and the flawed nature of the characters. Those are obviously the elements we want to accentuate amongst all the action.”
MTV spoke with “Amazing Spider-Man 2” screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci about the process of selecting Spidey’s villains for the sequel.
“I think you have to go into it and say, ‘is this character essential to the story or are you just throwing him in for no reason whatsoever’,” Kurtzman told MTV.
Opens May 2, 2014
THE WALKING DEAD
“The Walking Dead” executive producer Greg Nicotero details what it takes to be a zombie in the critically acclaimed drama in this new clip released by AMC in anticipation of season four.
Airs Sundays on AMC
Collider spoke with “Star Wars” producer Bryan Burk about “Star Wars Episode VII” with an update on when they hope to begin production on the new trilogy.
“We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues,” Burk told Collider. “As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and ‘Star Wars’ will be no different.”
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
IGN reports that “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” co-writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett have filed a copyright infringement suit against Paramount, MGM, Hasbro and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, claiming the sequel was stolen from their ideas. According to IGN, the lawsuit states, “Even the most cursory review of the Joe Retaliation Movie and the Plaintiffs’ Work reveals they are substantially similar in every material way.” The suit seeks $20 million in damages and a minimum of $3 million in compensatory damages.
Now in theaters
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5
According to Deadline, Tom Cruise has signed a deal to star and produce another “Mission: Impossible” movie, the fifth in the franchise. While Paramount and Skydance Productions haven’t commented on who’s directing or writing the sequel, Deadline theorizes it’ll be “Jack Reacher” director Christopher McQuarrie.
IRON MAN 3
Vulture interviewed “Happy Endings” star Adam Pally about his minor role as Gary the local reporter/Tony Stark fanboy in “Iron Man 3.”
“A lot of it [was improvised],” Pally told Vulture. “Although a lot of it was written, too, because Drew Pearce, the writer, is amazing. His dialogue was really good, and Shane Black [co-wrote it], and there’s not much you need to do to improve on Shane Black’s dialogue. It was awesome, it was like reading Lethal Weapon scenes. Shane was really cool about my improv background, and he gave me some amazing notes, and we’d do one regular take and one take where Robert would start improvising. All I had to do was keep up with him to come out looking good.”
Now in theaters
SuperHeroHype spoke with actor Luke Evans about his recently-revealed leading role in the remake of “The Crow,” and what audiences can expect from the new take on the concept.
“[The Crow] was a very poignant film from my childhood, which I remember vividly,” Evans told SHH. “The soundtrack, also. It was such a solid performance that Brandon Lee gave. It was a very tragic end for somebody that probably would have had a very promising career… I’m Eric Draven. I’m the same character. Obviously, he’s been refreshed and brought up to date. We’re reimagining it to a certain extent, but the story and the plot is mostly the same.”