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Netflix Chief Says 'Defenders' Could Meet Up With Marvel's Big Screen Heroes; Shows Will Follow 'Avengers' Template

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 26, 2014 11:40 AM
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When Marvel's Netflix shows were first announced last year, it was quickly became clear what their model would be. The shows would focus on smaller scale heroes —Daredevil, Powerman, Iron Fist, etc.— before culminating with a Defenders team-up mini-series. If that plan sounded a lot like the template Marvel used to get marquee characters into "The Avengers" film, that's because it was meant to. If you had any doubts that Marvel wouldn't fix what wasn't broke, an interview with Netflix honcho Ted Sarandos in Empire (via Latino Review),confirmed that his company's plan will follow the mould of the feature films.

Duncan Jones Says He May Try To Make His Passion Project ‘Mute’ After ‘Warcraft’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 16, 2014 5:17 PM
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Kubrick had his “Napoleon” opus, Jodorowsky couldn’t conquer "Dune," Orson Welles couldn’t venture into “Heart of Darkness” and Terry Gilliam is still tilting at windmills in his hopes to mount “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” (which he may or may not make next year). Almost every filmmaker of repute has a passion project he couldn’t get off the ground (here’s a recent feature The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made).

Neil Marshall To Helm 'Constantine' Pilot, Marc Forster Directs Amazon Studio's 'Hand Of God' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 9:17 AM
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As comic book movies are proving to be a big deal at the box office, it's no surprise that the television world is hoping to lure the same audience. Developing steadily over the past few months, Deadline reports that NBC has now found a director for their "Constantine" pilot: Neil Marshall.

This Is What A Michael Bay Pirate Show Looks Like: Watch The First Episode Of 'Black Sails' In Full

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 21, 2014 11:42 AM
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Not content to blowing things up on the big screen, Michael Bay has his eyes set on our television sets. First unveiled last year, “Black Sails” is set to finally premiere this Saturday on Starz but since you might have better things to do that night, you can catch the entire first episode for free at your leisure.

5 Michael Fassbender Films You May Not Have Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 22, 2013 2:03 PM
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5 Michael Fassbender Films You May Not Have Seen
Michael Fassbender has had a good run of it these past few years. It's a hot streak (one which saw him the recipient of the "staggering honor" that was Playlist Man of the Year 2011) that looks set to continue with the Irish/German actor moving between critically adored arthouse films and broad-appeal tentpoles with ease, often for directors who he's impressed before. Obviously, right now he can be seen reuniting with "Hunger" and "Shame" director Steve McQueen on the Oscar-tipped "12 Years A Slave," while this week also seems him back with "Prometheus" helmer Ridley Scott in the Cormac McCarthy-penned "The Counselor." Next year will again see him do the indie/tentpole one-two: in Lenny Abrahamson's "Frank" (the director previously cast Fassbender in a Mastercard commercial before either had made the real leap to features), before he returns as Magneto in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Neil Marshall Reportedly Set To Direct King Kong Movie 'Skull Island: Blood Of The King'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 1:04 PM
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It's hard to believe that Neil Marshall hasn't done a monster movie yet, even though it seems right up this alley. The filmmaker has found horror in the unlikeliest places in films like "Dog Soldiers" and "The Descent," while he's shown an ample handling of blood and guts with his efforts behind camera in "Centurion" and episodes of "Game of Thrones." But it looks like he'll finally get his shot.

Neil Marshall To Direct 'Troll Hunter' Remake, Nancy Meyers Exits Latest Project & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 1:58 PM
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Norway's monster horror "Troll Hunter" made somewhat of a splash in genre circles when it was released stateside a couple of years back, so naturally, a remake is in order. And taking on writing and directing duties is "The Descent," "Centurion" and "Game Of Thrones" helmer Neil Marshall, who will redo the André Øvredal original.

Neil Marshall To Direct Pilot Of Michael Bay's Pirate Show 'Black Sails'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 29, 2012 4:25 PM
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Thanks to Johnny Depp, pirates successfully staged a comeback on the big screen during the course of the last decade. Not content with that, they now look set to conquer the small screen too. NBC are busy prepping their pirates series “Crossbones,” Fox are working on a couple of projects, and back in May Starz announced that they has issued a straight-to-series order for a new pirate adventure drama called “Black Sails” with Michael Bay exec producing. Who wouldn’t want to see a pirate show from Michael Bay, right?

Neil Marshall Takes On Vampire Tale 'Last Voyage Of Demeter,' Film Starting Over From Scratch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2012 6:42 PM
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Yep, it's one of those projects. You know, the kind of that spend years in development with a variety of filmmakers (in this case Robert Schewentke and Marcus Nispel) coming and going, but with no actual movement happening. Such is the case of "The Last Voyage Of Demeter" that most recently had David Slade set to direct with Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley in the lead roles. Not bad right? But even as far back as a year ago, Rapace was casting doubt on whether or not she would be in it and word pretty much went quiet. Alas, it's back to the drawing board.

Neil Marshall To Direct Horror Flick 'Hellfest'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 9, 2011 9:43 AM
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For some of us, including many of The Playlist’s own writing staff, “The Descent” director Neil Marshall is a purely hype-fueled helmer that never quite delivers on the promise of the former film or his chilling debut werewolf picture “Dog Soldiers.” For others, he’s a talent who has made two great genre pictures in the previously mentioned titles, then decided to step outside his comfort zone with the unofficial “Mad Max” homage “Doomsday,” along with the Michael Fassbender-starring Roman war flick “Centurion,” with both achieving varying degrees of success. Regardless of which camp you fall into, Marshall’s name has been floating around a handful of projects, from the Sam Raimi-produced 3D body horror film “Burst” to an ambitious foodie genre flick.

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