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Fox Sets ‘Daredevil’ Reboot Writer To Pen The Next ‘Wolverine’ Film

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 23, 2014 11:06 AM
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Wolverine
More and more, film studios are pulling a Babe Ruth: pointing at the upper deck and signaling where their would-be home run is going to fly once the bat connects (always assume the bat will connect of course). While it’s bold flag-staking, this approach is in many ways anti-development and horse before the cart. And of course, it’s all business driven. Instead of the old days: “lets develop a sequel and when it’s ready, plan a release around it,” the new game plan is: “ok, we’ve given ourselves two years, the clock is ticking go.”

Fox Sets Dates Thru 2018 For Mystery Marvel Project, Next 'Wolverine,' 'Fantastic Four 2,' New Ridley Scott & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 21, 2014 8:00 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Wolverine
You better grab a drink and take a seat — Fox just set a batch of dates for the 2017/18 calendar, and they've got a very tentpole heavy future laid out. And while this is the part where we lament the state of the industry, frankly, it is what it is so let's just break down what they've got coming.

Simon Kinberg Creating A Shared Comic Book Movie Universe For Fox's Marvel Characters

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 6, 2013 9:05 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past,
With extensive work on Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” and also the upcoming “Star Wars” films as a writer, producer Simon Kinberg has locked in recently on the sci-fi/fantasy front, but those aren’t enough—comic book adaptations have found his focus as well. Next summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the Josh Trank-directed “Fantastic Four” remake both bear his name as writer/producer, but in a new development over at 20th Century Fox, which owns both franchises, he stands to have even more of a corner on the market.

‘Die Hard 6’ May Take John McClane Back To Basics In Japan Where The Franchise Will Hopefully Die By Fiery Death

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 20, 2013 6:06 PM
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Why, why, why? Quick, can you name a franchise that has been driven into the ground worse than the “Die Hard”/John McClane series? You can’t say “Alien” because, as mediocre as “Prometheus” was, it’s still a zillion times better than any of the “AVP” series movies. Jack Ryan sure wasn’t looking healthy last time anyone checked, but that’s why there’s a reboot (scheduled for dumping ground season in January). The “Indiana Jones” series only has one outright disaster (‘Kingdom of Crystal Skulls’) and while there was two terrible “Terminator” films in a row, there were two great ones, and a reboot is on the way. And then you have “Die Hard.” Many will argue two and three were good, and for the sake of argument, let’s agree, but how do you go from the pitiful “Live Free And Die Hard” (PG-13 rating) to the even more intolerable, “A Good Day to Die Hard” (rated R) – easily one of the worst films of 2013? Well, only 20th Century Fox and the producers of those films can help you out there.

'Choose Your Own Adventure' Book Series To Become A Movie Franchise, Missing The Point Completely

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 4:44 PM
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If you are of a certain age, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series likely played a part in your childhood. The books have a clever conceit, presenting a variety of already wild genre and adventure tales, in which the readers (usually 10 to 14 year olds) decided for themselves the path the narrative takes. Every few pages readers are presented with a few choices of where to take the protagonist next, with a page number to jump to depending on which option you decided on. It's pretty fun stuff if you're a kid, with books taking you forward and back, and eventually to an ending...sometimes a happy one or an unfortunate one, but it was never dull. The best ones had you reading again to see where the different options took the story. Somehow... this is becoming a tentpole.

Fox Wants Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt For Their 'Guys And Dolls' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 3:55 PM
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Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring in a remake of the classic musical "Guys And Dolls"?. It's not the worst idea we've ever heard...

Diplo Producing A Movie That's A Cross Between '8 Mile' & 'Project X'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 12, 2013 10:36 AM
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While it took them a few years, Hollywood has recently discovered all that dubstep has to offer -- every third trailer from last year had a bass drop. Though it’s taken a bit longer for the powers to be to recognize EDM, or electronic dance music, 20th Century Fox has bought the rights and is twiddling the knobs on an untitled EDM-themed film built around one of its biggest stars.

Do You Have An Idea For 'Prometheus 2'? A "Freaking Out" Fox Probably Wants To Hear It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2013 4:38 PM
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If there is one (potenital) franchise that continues to be a muddle of confused ideas, it's "Prometheus." We'll spare you the blow-by-blow (again), but generally speaking, Jon Spaihts wrote a script that was a (more) direct prequel to "Alien" (including facehuggers) like had been initially planned, and then Damon Lindelof was brought it and it became the movie you saw last summer (you can read about some of the differences here). But for all the supposed mystery of "Prometheus," Ridley Scott wasted no opportunity to explain away everything and even toss in a loose tie to "Blade Runner" because why the fuck not. So needless to say, the waters have become a bit muddied, and Fox is reportedly none too pleased.

Ridley Scott To Produce Comic Adaptation 'Mind MGMT' For Fox

  • By India Ross
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  • January 30, 2013 10:36 AM
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Fanboys have been doing awfully well out of the cinema of late. With the franchising boom, and the concomitant reclassification of Comic-Con from geek speakeasy to non-ironic cultural staple, they are enjoying an unprecedented day in the sun (or its filament-based equivalent). While major studios have milked the mass-appeal comic for all it is worth (the resurrection of the Spiderman enterprise with the addition of a single superlative was a stroke of marketing genius), yesterday’s announcement that Twentieth Century Fox has landed the film rights to Matt Kindt’s "Mind MGMT" suggests a move deeper into the source material of the comic underworld.

'The Wolverine' Scribe Christopher McQuarrie Pitched Fox On Curating Their X-Men Universe

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 19, 2012 9:05 AM
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Given Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's duties on “The Wolverine” -- a gig that stuck even after Darren Aronofsky's departure from the director's chair last year -- it would make sense that in 20th Century Fox's aims toward building a consistent franchise, discussions between McQuarrie and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” director Bryan Singer would occur. And according to the director, that's exactly what transpired, with some surprising additional results.

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