While looking back at the decade that was for Marvel, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige looks to the future with “Thor.” He writes, “We’ve done some costume tests and watching the Asgardians walk onto the sound stage takes me back to that first time I saw the X-Men on the set all together in Toronto. Only it was unlike anything we’ve ever put on film before! It’s great to be starting the next decade in such an exciting way just as we did last decade. We’re really redefining the comic book genre and what a Marvel movie can be. It’s going to be great.”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date May 20th, 2011
MTV News points out a script written by Swamp Thing creator Len Wein is available at MyPDFScripts. While they look for insights into producer Joel Silver’s propsed 3D flick based on the characters, I think it is an interesting artifact, like the Kevin Smith script for “Superman Lives.” The script could still give clues to what sort of film Silver is looking to make, but considering it was written in 2003, Silver has probably commissioned several drafts since.
Release date: TBA
Jeremy Renner tells Movieline his discussion with Marvel concerning Hawkeye has been blown out of proportion. “That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I’m a big fan of them … I happen to know Zak Penn, who’s writing ‘The Avengers.’ So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The only reason it came out this early, because ‘Avengers’ is two years away, is that they’re thinking OK, we may throw him in ‘Thor,’ we may not, as a cameo. You know what I mean? So there’s truth that we talked about it, but there’s no truth to me doing it.” Of course, he could just be referring to the “Thor” cameo or, perhaps, his talk with Marvel did not yield his casting as Hawkeye.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., relase date May 4th, 2012
THE BOOK OF ELI
Collider has an interview with Denzel Washington while on the set of the film earlier in the year. Asked what general audiences will respond to in the film, Washington replies, “I think that we all at some point are in search of something – a higher power, whatever you want to call it, the meaning of life. I know I was, especially at even my son’s age in my 20s, and dabbling in Eastern philosophies and yoga and Buddhism and Christianity and Islam. I kind of touched them all, you know, just trying to figure out the meaning of life or if nothing else, figure myself out.”
Directed by the Hughes Brothers, release date: January 15th, 2010
I wasn’t sure what to post this under, but MTV News asked Tim Roth about returning as the Abomination. According to Roth, “When you do your deal, you sign up for three [films]. So, I’ve done the one … and basically, I don’t know what they have planned, but they can bring me back.” Earlier in the year, there was some scuttle that Blonsky/The Abomination might appear in “The Avengers.” Either way, Roth says he enjoyed making the first film. “I had the best time ever with that one — more fun on set than anybody.”
Release date: TBA, if ever
THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT
Growing up, “2010: The Year We Make Contact” played regularly on KTLA in Los Angeles. Back then, that far-flung time in the future seemed unreal, but “2010” was, oddly, one of the least speculative films to look at the 21st Century from the mid-80s perspective. It still gets plenty wrong. We don’t have a manned mission to Jupiter and no one would’ve believed the Soviet Union could be shattered, but the over-all look of the film isn’t so alien. The austerity of “2001: a space odyssey” is replaced by an earthiness that includes the intense beards a man would have after waking up from months of induced sleep. I only bring this up because it is quite odd just how much the actual 2010 will look like the mid-80s. So, here’s a toast to the decade that was. Yes, I’m counting from the double-ought. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird this New Year’s Weekend, 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 the decade to come.