Marvel Studios has been catering to their international audiences which has been very smart on their part. Iron Man 2 got a lot of press in Russia when Mickey Rourke visited a prison there to do some research for Vanko. Captain America was shot in England helping the early promotion of the film overseas. Avengers had scenes shot in Germany and India, Marvel doing their best to promote the brand in India. They developed India’s own Comic-Con and already have an Avengers music video playing on TV there from an Indian rock band.
There is now word that Iron Man 3 will be co-financing with a Chinese company and will be shooting scenes in China during the summer. Marvel/Disney are really set on making the Marvel Universe accessible to the global markets. The bulk of the box office profits for these films come from international audiences. So it makes sense to see their respected countries represented in the films. It also gets the film into Chinese theaters as the country limits the amount of foreign films allowed into the country per year.
This news fuels previous talk of the Mandarin being the main villain of the third installment. I think this could be more about Stark Industries doing business with the growing Chinese market. There could also be a Stark Industries plant in the country as well which leads to the nanbot-technology being developed. Marvel has become smart when keeping their projects somewhat secretive so it’s anyone’s guess.
ShowBlitz reports that British actress Emily Blunt is now in talks to join Doug Liman’s (Bourne Identity) adaptation of the manga All You Need Is Kill which stars Tom Cruise. Blunt is quickly becoming the go-to leading lady starring in dramatic, comedies and now sci-fi actioners. She has the comedy Five-Year Engagement later this month with action sci-fi thriller Looper coming in September. Warner Bros. who is making this film had wanted Blunt for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. before Guy Ritchie came on as the producer and was put on hold.
It’s interesting to see how Emily is placing herself into action roles since she eventually missed on out the Black Widow role. I still think that if any actress working today deserves her own action franchise it’s Blunt who is equally comedic, witty and charming. Here’s hoping that Marvel ends up knocking on her door again.
TrackingBoard reports that actress Jennifer Connelly (Requiem For A Dream, Little Children) is now in talks to take the female lead in Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) Noah which stars Russell Crowe. Prevouisly Jennifer played the wife of Russell Crowe’s character in A Beautiful Mind which earned her an Oscar for best supporting actress. They also report that Paramount wants Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna) to take a role as well, which is assumed to be the one of the wives of Noah’s three sons. The studio has set a release date of March 28th 2014 for the biblical epic.
SlashFilm spoke to Chris Hemsworth about Thor 2 and Asgard might be getting a major facelift from Marvel/Taylor. One problem I had with Asgard is that it didn’t look large/realistic enough. It was completely CGI and looked too small to have other kingdoms roaming behind the hills. Even a few of the sets (Odin’s Vault) looked like apartment lobbies and beyond too contemporary for a fantasy film based on Norse mythology. From what I gather from this statement Marvel is aiming to make Asgard look a little less science fiction and more grounded fantasy. “Organic” and “Norse” gives me thoughts of large brick towers, rolling grassy hills, natural waterfalls, lush forests and more of a magical environment we attribute to the Lord of Rings franchise.
“I have read a script and we start shooting in August. I met with Alan Taylor a couple of months ago and Natalie Portman and I and Alan and a couple of Marvel guys and it was hugely exciting. Ken [Branagh] did such a wonderful job and, with scheduling or what have you, he didn’t end up doing this one, but I’m a big fan of the GAME OF THRONES series, which is Alan’s latest work, and I think that is what’s exciting about the second one: making it sort of more tangible and having a more organic feel to Asgard and that world. I think the science fiction element to THOR… the danger is it falls a little bit into the world of it’s “tough to throw a light to.” I think of big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from. Having that in Asgard is going to make it all the more special and that’s what Alan wants to bring to it. I think that would be the new aspect to this one. “
I get the impression that Hemsworth and Marvel have been influenced by both fantasy projects Snow White And The Huntsman and Game of Thrones which have grounded sets in a large fantasy world.
It’s hard to argue that Alan Taylor is going to infuse a lot of gravitas to Thor 2 as it’s new director. Taylor is best known for his television work that includes directing episodes of Game of Thrones, The Wire, Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. One sure thing is that he can handle large casts giving while having a deeply serious brooding tone to his direction. His recent work on Game of Thrones is beyond impressive the first two episodes of season two helmed by Taylor have been the highest rated episodes so far. The greatest aspect is that he’s been able to give the right amount of time to each character when there is so many characters in one series. Even more so this season where we get a new character in every scene. If anyone can expand Asgard and it’s population it’s going to be Taylor.
We haven’t seen much in the way of set pictures or official photos compared to what we got with Inglourious Basterds during it’s production. However, with this synopsis and the recently revealed teaser poster there is enough to keep us excited about Django Unchained. While I refrained from reading the script this synopsis has enough information about Django Unchained that will get you hooked. The official website has already launched which can only mean that a teaser trailer could be on it’s way the near future. Currently the film is on it’s second half of the production but in true Tarantino fashion is giving out just the right amount of material to fans.
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, “Django Unchained” stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED is produced by Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone and Reginald Hudlin. The executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Shannon McIntosh, and James Skotchdopole. DJANGO UNCHAINED will be released in the U.S. on December 25, 2012, and internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
In yet another tidbit of information dropped by Kevin Feige during his informative interview with Collider he revealed a key plot point of Iron Man 3. Tony won’t have any of his Avenger pals or even SHIELD to help him out. He’ll have to use his wits to get himself out of trouble this time. I’m curious to see what this means for both War Machine and Black Widow since they’re still involved in the film. It looks like Marvel’s response to the overall mismanagement of Iron Man 2, which was more about everyone else getting screentime while Tony spent half the film doing shit-all. This isn’t Avengers 2 excluding a massive amount of new heroes for the sake of Easter Eggs and setting up new films. They honestly sound like they’re aiming for a solid action film. Bringing back some of the elements of the first film which included the tension of a powerless Stark in a life-threatening situation surviving only by his charm and engineering skills. There also wasn’t much “risk” in the second film which seems like will also be remedied in this movie as well. I hope to see the action set pieces amped up a bit considering the scale was lacking in both final battle scenes.
“Iron Man 3 is a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie—and I’ll tell you because you’re a good guy—is very much inspired by the first half of Iron Man 1. Metaphorically, we’re not going back to the cave there’s nothing like that, but we’ve always said let’s get Tony back to the cave, which is he’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall, and he’s gotta use his intelligence to get out of it. He can’t call Thor, he can’t call Cap, he can’t call Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.”