X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Fox Creative Consultant Mark Millar spoke with SciFiNow, saying that part of the key to making “X-Men: Days of Future Past” a success is to keep the cast relatively small — a challenge, considering the massive library of characters in the X-Men universe.
“I remember when I was writing ‘Ultimate X-Men’ and people were saying ‘I want to see Gambit, I want to see Rogue, I want to see…’ Everybody has a list, and at first you think ‘I’m going to please everyone’ and then you realize you’re pleasing no-one by just throwing in ten second cameos,” Millar told SciFiNow. “I think that was the major problem with that first ‘Wolverine’ movie and ‘X-Men 3.’ Bryan Singer did such an incredible job with that original movie — it’s quite like ‘Star Wars’ in that there’s Episodes IV, V and VI, and we’ve got the Matthew Vaughn prequels, and I love that — I love the fact that it simplifies so well. X-Men in the Nineties was so convoluted in comic-book terms, and Bryan drove a knife through it and make it work and simplified the whole thing. I’d like to have that same approach and if we are bringing in a character then it shouldn’t just be for a trailer or to get a picture up online, get people excited, it should actually have a point in the story. The trick with that is to try and keep the cast relatively small so that you actually care about them.”
Opens July 18, 2014
GAME OF THRONES
The third season premiere of “Game of Thrones” is quickly approaching, and HBO has posted a new behind-the-scenes video blog highlighting the challenges of bringing the book to television.
Premieres March 31 on HBO
“Arrow” producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke with CBR’s own Kiel Phegley about the future direction of the series in anticipation of yesterday’s midseason premiere.
“We always looked at the first nine episodes as putting the pieces on the board,” said Kreisberg. “With episode ten, we get to really play, now. Every episode will still have its own contained story. In episode ten, he’s up against our version of the Batman villain Firefly. In eleven, Ben Browder will play Ted Gaynor who is a figure from Dig’s past. We have an episode coming up with Count Vertigo. But in all those episodes, the Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer conspiracy involving Moira continues to push into the Arrow stories. There’s an evolution from just crossing names off the list to the Arrow himself being drawn into the greater crime of the city, and there’s also this looming threat of Malcolm and Moira that’s threatening to overtake the city.”
Airs Wednesdays on the CW
For those excited about the recent watershed of remakes, Vulture reports Warner Bros. is currently in negotiations with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to reboot “Gremlins,” the 1984 horror comedy. Vulture notes that negotiations have started and stopped a number of times over the years, but according to sources this particular deal has a chance of closing.
SuperHeroHype has posted the release date and official synopsis for Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” starring Dwane Johnson and based on the Radical Comic of the same name. The film has a target date of August 8, 2014.
Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death. These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys’ motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece – or even Olympus itself?!
Opens August 8, 2014
Spinoff Online reports Rob Liefeld’s “Godyssey” is currently in development for a film with producers Todd Garner and Brooklyn Weaver heading the charge. Liefeld’s Maximum Studio comic series was originally a one-shot crossover between his characters Avengelyne and Glory, who teamed up to stop Zeus from attacking God.