In a short list that features James Cameron and David Fincher, Deadline Hollywood reports Marc Webb may emerge as the new director of the Spider-Man franchise. Webb made the indie hit “(500) Days of Summer ” last year. “What has SonyÂ execs excited is the fact that ‘(500) Days of Summer’ introduced a director with a grasp of how to depict the way young people think and feel. This is critical becauseÂ the Jamie Vanderbilt script covers the formative years of a high school-aged Peter Parker, and that POV is as important as the action sequences,” writes Deadline Hollywood. Personally, I found “(500) Days of Summer” to have a number of problems, but it may suit Sony’s purposes to nurture a greener talent and get a movie more in the direction they’d like than trust it to a more season — and demanding — talent. Meanwhile, “Weeds” actor Hunter Parish tells MTV News he wants to be Spider-Man.
Release date: 2012
IESB has a first look at “The Spectre” short film to be released with “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.” The short is the first in a series called “DC Showcase” which will appear on subsequent DC Universe Animated releases.
Release date: February 23rd, 2010
COWBOYS & ALIENS
According to Collider (and later confirmed by Variety), actor Daniel Craig is in talks to star in the film, taking over the role previously held by Robert Downey Jr. “While it is still early days and Craig has not officially accepted the role,” writes Variety. Collider elaborates, “What it means is that they’re trying to work out a deal for him to star, but sometimes things don’t work out.Â Maybe the schedule for Bond 23 moves up or he decides to do a different project.” As for Downey, Screenhead reveals the role would have come with a three-picture deal, which would have over-extended the actor with work for many years to come. Downey already has a further “Iron Man” film, “The Avengers,” and presumed sequels to “Sherlock Holmes” lined up.
Release date: 2011
THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA
In an interview with boxoffice.com, director Joe Johnston discusses, amongst other things, his take on the character: “The great thing about Captain America is he’s a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can’t fly, he can’t see through walls, he can’t do any of that stuff. He’s an every man who’s been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen-the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically? He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he’s transformed instantly into this Adonis. You’d think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn’t get everything he wanted.”
Release date: July 22nd, 2011
Star Mark Valley explains to MTV News how his version of Christopher Chance departs from the comic book. In the book, Chance mimics his client so complete that he loses his identity. In the series, Chance is more of a body guard. “This way, it really keeps the spirit of the character, in that he does create a character – he creates someone who comes between [the killer] and the target,” says Valley.
Premieres: January 17th, 2010
Superhero Hype has an interview with director Matthew Vaughn and creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. “I hope this is American. I don’t know, but I tried to make an American movie,” says Vaughn. Millar reveals the movie and book sync up. “Oh, exactly where it ends. It starts and ends with the exact shots, the exact locations. Johnny’s art is almost the storyboards for the movie, but the thing I quite like about it is that it’s quite subtle the way that’s done.”
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
Director Pierre Morel tells MTV News a little bit more about his plans to reinvision the property. “We know from the book that there’s no more computers, no thinking machines. So a lot of the technology is going to be different. We’ll be working with design concepts, futurists and scientists who will give us a vision of how technology may evolve with certain conditions. That might lead us to another vision of the future – it’s not David Lynch’s vision, it’s not ours either, but in-between.”
Release date: TBA
The earthquake in Haiti has hit home for one of the series’ performers. Jimmy Jean-Louis, known as “The Haitian” on the show, tells CNN he has been searching for his parents since first hearing about the quake. “I have heard that they are OK, but I do not know what is going on around them,” says Jean-Louis. “I don’t think people have any idea how terrible this is because of the circumstances on the ground in Haiti and the lack of the infrastructure. There are no roads, and it is going to be extremely difficult for help to reach people,” the actor explained. Jean-Louis said money is the most important aid at the moment as donations of goods would be difficulty to distribute because of the lack of infrastructure. If you would like to donate, we suggest sending your donations to the Red Cross. They’ve even made it simple enough as sending a text that will automatically donate $10 to disaster relief. Just text “Haiti” to 90999 or hit up the link for more information.
Why, yes, I’m still getting over that cold. Thanks for asking. At least I got to hunker down with a few choice Blu-Ray titles and some herbal tea. I should be back to full power just in time for the Sinestro announcement, should it come this week. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, just plain weird, or spot Mysterio up to his usual hijinks, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of a doctor’s visit.