Joe Carnahan (The Grey) tweets that he and his brother have started writing the script for Nemesis. The comic film based on the series from Mark Millar focuses on the premise of a psychotic villain who has the training and resources of Batman. This villain takes on the greatest cops in the world once a year which leaves a massive body count and a city in ruins. Liam Neeson had been rumored for the hotshot cop lead of Blake Morrow.
CMB has word that we’ll have our first look at The Wolverine trailer during the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This is yet another trailer going to be attached to the epic blockbuster. Other first look trailers for Star Trek: Into Darkness and Pacific Rim will be included as well. Man of Steel’s second trailer will be revealed too, possibly showing Superman in action.
The Wolverine is set after the events of X3 and will see Logan in his darkest hour. He is thrown into a modern Japan. It’s been said the film would be a standalone with Logan being mostly on his own. We’ll have to key an eye out for any pesky mutant cameos in the new trailer. Mark Millar has stated that the film will usher in Fox’s cohesive Marvel universe.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar was an excellent step in the right direction of the Planet of The Apes franchise one thing really bothered me about it. Mainly, my problem was that the apes didn’t pick up and use guns which they have for most of the series. It seems like director Matt Reeves is going to be rectifying this. As an image was posted on the film’s Facebook page via IGN featuring an ape holding a gun. This image of course is teasing the evolution of the apes and how they might become slightly more dangerous than the previous film. UPDATE: Apparently the image is fake.
Deadpool has been in development limbo for months even with a script and director in place. Fox is eager to put out a slew of new Marvel films including The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four it’s odd that Deadpool isn’t being fast-tracked. Last we heard, Fox was trying to figure out the best way to make the R-rated film with Mark Millar as the studio’s new creative consultant.
Tim Miller had been hired to direct after talks with Robert Rodriguez broke down. Miller last spoke about the project in October and seemed optimistic. However, Miller has since signed on to direct two big studio films Gravel and Seasons along with major involvement on the animated film The Goon. This gives the impression these other projects will likely force him to exit Deadpool.
“We’ve turned in an amazing script and done some early tests and visual development that — I’m confident — would get the fans stoked. And Ryan still loves the project. So it’s really up to Fox as to whether or not the film happens — all I can do is hope (and beg periodically) that it be allowed to move ahead.”
If Miller exits my bet would be on Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Narc) being contacted to direct. This is because of his connection to all parties involved. Joe worked with Ryan on Smokin’ Aces and is attached to direct Mark Millar’s Nemesis for Fox. He had been hired by the studio to put together a reboot of Daredevil which ultimately didn’t happen. It seemed the studio wasn’t confident in the material as the rights reverted back to Marvel. That doesn’t mean Joe wouldn’t be considered for future Marvel films. He had been talking with Fox about developing a Taskmaster film a while back. Besides Carnahan has Nemesis and a remake of Death Wish in development, neither have started pre-production.
Fox’s new creative consultant Mark Millar (for Marvel films) has talked to ComicBookResources about when his era of films will begin. Apparently, The Wolverine will be their Iron Man as the film will spark a slew of other films which will likely occupy the same world (ala The Avengers). Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have stated the film is darker and more serious in tone than previous X-Men films. It’s not hard to imagine with Mangold comparing it to a Japanese noir movie. The Wolverine, X-Men Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four and Deadpool could all have links to each other. Millar also talks about working with director Bryan Singer on Days of Future Past.
“I felt like ‘Iron Man’ was really the beginning of something for the Marvel Studios movies, and ‘The Wolverine’ will be a similar starting point to build a lot off of for the Fox movies,”
“When Matthew decided he wasn’t going to do the sequel, they just switched places with Matthew producing and Bryan coming on to direct. That’s got nothing to do with me, but I’m delighted that Bryan and I will get to work together over the next few years,”
Empire talked to Mark as well and he went into more detail about working with 20th Century Fox. Which for the most part sounds promising that they actually have someone who understands the characters in there making suggestions to the writers and directors.
“Fox are thinking, ‘We’re sitting on some really awesome things here. There is another side of the Marvel Universe. Let’s try and get some cohesiveness going.’ So they brought me in to oversee that really. To meet with the writers and directors to suggest new ways we could take this stuff and new properties that could spin out of it.”
“The X-Men feels like a universe by itself; there’s so many characters and so many great potential spin-off characters. They asked me to come in and work out a plan, so unfortunately at this point I can’t get too specific. I DO have a three to four year plan of where things could go, but you know, I’ll be working with guys like Matthew and Josh Trank (the new director of ‘Fantastic Four’) and just figuring out how everything can work together and not contradict each other.”
“But I also don’t want to make it too much of a mess either, with everyone showing up in everyone else’s films. What my dream is, as a fan, is that when you go and see any Marvel movie that it feels as if they’re all taking place in the one universe like in the comics.”
Mark Millar has confirmed via Twitter that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) will play himself in The Secret Service. The film is an adaptation of Millar and Dave Gibbon’s (Watchmen) comic which is setup at 20th Century Fox. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake, X-Men First Class) is rumored to have left X-Men: Days of Future Past to direct Service instead.
Deadline reports that X-Men and X-Men United director Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects) has signed on to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer had been originally wanted by 20th Century Fox to direct X3, X-Men First Class and The Wolverine but had conflicts stepping back to allow others to direct instead. Matthew Vaughn recently announced he was going to leave the First Class sequel to another director. Possibly focusing on an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbon’s comic The Secret Service which is also setup at 20th Century Fox. It will be interesting to see the direction of this sequel as there had been talk of it planting seeds for X-Men 4.