Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” is set to hit next week and the internet continues to be aflame with the lights of many promotional initiatives — including this sweet featurette from MTV on Andrew Garfield’s mad skateboarding skills.
Director Marc Webb spoke with The Huffington Post about a myriad of topics, including whether he plans to come back for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
“Well, it’s a long — people ask about the sequel and I’m like, ‘Well, you know, I don’t know if I want to do that, but I love the process,'” Webb told the Huffington Post. “I love Andrew [Garfield] and Emma [Stone]. But it’s like asking someone who has just given birth, ‘Do you want to get pregnant again?'”
Webb further told the news outlet that he wants to “finish this up and go to a beach and and think about the future” following the release of the film.
Opens July 3
DARK KNIGHT RISES
More viral material from “The Dark Knight Rises,” this time in the form of a handwritten letter from Lucius Fox to Bruce Wayne. The transcript of the handwritten note comes courtesy of The NolanFans forums.
I hope this letter finds you well. Although I would have liked to have had this conversation with you personally, Alfred tells you I am better off writing as you are not having any visitors at the moment. That being the case, I’ll detail what I feel is becoming a situation within the company.
It’s a given that in the current economic environment our investors have become increasingly concerned about how their money is being spent. As such, profitability is being judged and analyzed, particularly by the board itself, in the past we haven’t given them any reason to worry as both our earnings and spending have been consistent. This allowed me the autonomy to dedicate resources to the Wayne Foundation philanthropic programs as well as R+D endeavors. But over the past five quarters our earnings have been on a downtrend. Meanwhile, our R+D spending has been on an astronomical uptrend. And the black grows fainter around the entire company, I am being put into a position where I have to answer some questions, particularly about your energy project.
No one is going to dispute the fact that innovation is key to our growth and success, it’s a mainstay of our business, which is the main reason why the board have begun to scrutinize our R+D budget, and set their sights on your machine. Since they don’t know exactly what you are up to, all they understand is a vast amount of capital.
The last time we spoke, you expressed your reluctance to move the project forward and initiate the next phase of trials. I understood your argument as to why. But if you want the company to continue to fund your efforts, I think it is time we give the board more than just the overview you have, enlightening them on what their project will mean to Gotham if you are successful. On a personal note, I would also like to let them know that with age, Bruce Wayne has decided to fill his father’s shoes, using Wayne Enterprises and all its resources to readily and reliably support our city.
Nothing bad can come from this, Bruce. But if you decide not to address this issue at hand, I am not sure how long I can hold the board at bay. Making matters more difficult in your absence, I am assuming you have your reasons for it and not my job to question those, but I fear that if you are going to drop off the radar for an extended period of time, we may risk another Bill Earle situation. I can see a couple board members already maneuvering to build influence around the table, most notably John Daggett, who I feel is the last person we want to engage in a power struggle.
When I argued the table on their role I know full well what the job and our arrangement entailed. I am also well aware of your preferred way of handling all matters relating to Wayne Enterprises, however I must tell you we are quickly approaching a set of circumstances that will unfortunately call for a change if we do not address the board. Change in most instances is not a bad thing, but in this regard I am worried.
I’m sure you consider my pessimism to be just another part of my charisma. That may be the case, but let’s remember: you didn’t hire me for my charm. I look forward to hearing from you. With luck it will be in person.
Opens July 20
THE WALKING DEAD
According to Digital Spy, actor Lennie James, who played Morgan James in the very first episode of “The Walking Dead,” has previously been in talks to return to the AMC show. Unfortunately, his schedule has made it difficult for a return appearance.
“It remains a possibility I could return. The character I played is away for a long time, so it’s kind of up to them whether I stay away or if I come back,” James told Digital Spy. “There have been a few back and forth conversations and they check up on me every now and then. I had a fantastic time working on the pilot with Andy Lincoln and especially Frank Darabont. He’s somebody that I’d directorially always wanted to work with and I’m glad I got the opportunity. Shooting the Walking Dead pilot was like making a movie. For a large part of it there was just me, Andy and Adrian, who played my son. We got Frank all to ourselves, which was fantastic. … There’s a possibility I might go back. It just depends on timing-wise if I’m free. At least one of the times they contacted me about it, I was busy doing something else, which I think was actually ‘Line of Duty.'”
Season three premieres October on AMC.
This is a rumor that’s completely blown up since it hit the Internet, but it’s so far unconfirmed. Showbiz 411 reports that actress Sigourney Weaver confirmed that James Cameron plans to shoot “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3” and “Avatar 4” all at the same time with shooting to begin this fall. More details as they arise.
MTV reports that “Samurai Jack” and “Dexter’s Laboratory” creator Genndy Tartakovsky has signed on to direct a 3D-animated version of “Popeye” for Sony Pictures Animation. If “Popeye” is anything like his other work, it should be quite a bit of fun. The script will be written by David Ronn and Jay Scherick.
Interesting developments from The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex, which interviewed original “Robocop” star Peter Weller. The interview is pretty lengthy — about 17 minutes — but around the eight minute mark, Weller expresses his opinion on the upcoming reboot.
“I could give a shit,” Weller said when the new film was mentioned. “You know, they’ve been trying to make another Robocop, man, for what, 30 years? I said , ‘God bless ’em, man, go make another ‘Robocop.” I’ll tell you this, when I sat down in Dallas three weeks ago and watched this thing, I don’t know. Can they throw a lot of CGI at it and so forth? The morality that’s endemic to the [original ‘Robocop’], it’s hard to replicate. … It makes you laugh and cry and it moves you, it’s hysterical and all those unbelievable things at once. Well, good luck to them. They’ll never do it, but good luck.”
Opens August 9, 2013
THE AVENGERS SINKS BATTLESHIP
MTV spoke with Peter Berg about the lack of domestic box office success for “Battleship,” which the director attributed mostly to the success of “The Avengers.”
“The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when ‘Avengers’ refused to go away,” he told MTV News. ” ‘The Avengers’ outperformed everything. It was impossible for ‘Battleship’ to get any oxygen. … I would have loved to have come out three weeks before ‘The Avengers’ domestically, like we did internationally,” he said. “We did OK, but in hindsight — which my grandmother used to say is worth about a bucket of spit — we would have [released the movie] ahead of ‘The Avengers,’ not realizing it would have become, I think, the second biggest film in history behind ‘Avatar.'”