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Franchise Compromise Sucks: Neill Blomkamp On Why He Wouldn't Do 'Star Trek' Or Any Other Franchise

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 5, 2013 2:31 PM
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Franchises and "edgy" visions just don't mix. See Darren Aronofsky's takes on "The Wolverine" or "Batman: Year One" (pre-Christopher Nolan takes), Joe Carnahan and "Daredevil," Joss Whedon's "Wonder Woman," etc. Studios are generally looking for something within the comfort zone of a property. You can be dark -- see Nolan's 'Dark Knight' films -- but you can't be too crazy. This is a tentpole after all and they're designed to reach the maximum number of people. Which is probably why you sadly can't do anything too adventurous with the upcoming "Star Wars" movies. Speaking of that series, that'll obviously be multiple films that will need various directors, when asked about it, "District 9" filmmaker Neill Blomkamp took himself immediately out of the running.

John C. Reilly Confirmed For Role In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Joe Cornish Reportedly Shortlisted For 'Star Trek 3' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 28, 2013 10:22 AM
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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is over a year away from its planned release date and filming is set to get underway very soon. So far, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond and Lee Pace are all planned to appear in the Marvel film, but it’s this latest piece of casting information that has really perked our interest. Marvel has apparently made an offer for John C. Reilly to play the part of Rhomann Dey, a character that has been described as being the Agent Coulson of the 'Guardians' world. His character would be serving as the “go-between,” keeping the Guardians in line while reporting their activities back to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Guess Again? J.J. Abrams Now Suggests 'Star Wars' May Force Him To Drop 'Star Trek 3'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 3, 2013 6:44 PM
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Traversing fanboy culture can be treacherous. Say the wrong the thing (or anything really) and it can be taken under a microscope of scrutiny, speculation and potentially ill will. Worry and concern are always something that trouble the culture when something leans in the wrong direction, and studios have generally come around to being wise to this, often offering the safe answer when the reality is up in the air. When it was announced that relentless multitasking filmmaker J.J. Abrams had ultimately decided to direct Disney's "Star Wars: Episode VII," fans rejoiced (though maybe some will rejoice less if they feel the same way our reviewer did about "Star Trek: Into Darkness"), although much of the audience -- including the "Star Trek" creative team writer/producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof -- all wondered aloud what this meant for their franchise.

J.J. Abrams Will Produce 'Star Trek 3,' Develop New 'Mission: Impossible' Movie; Pilot With Alfonso Cuarón Ordered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 9:55 AM
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Happy New Year, J.J. Abrams! As January winds to a close, the events of the past week have basically suggested that Abrams is essentially the new Steven Spielberg. Last night, Disney officially confirmed the news that J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" (see press release below). But of course the big question is what becomes of Abrams' relationship with Paramount?

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