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Comic-Con: Whedon Confirms Avengers, Inception Passes $ 100 Million, Warner Bros. Does Dan Dare

Thompson on Hollywood By Cameron Carlson | Thompson on Hollywood July 23, 2010 at 3:17AM

Joss Whedon has confirmed that he is directing The Avengers. The beloved sci-fi writer-director revealed this nugget of info--which everyone already knew--at a Comic-Con EW interview with colleague J. J. Abrams. The two men joked about their nerd tendencies before Whedon said, "That is not an official thing because I think Marvel couldn't afford a press release. So can I just make that an official thing? I'm directing The Avengers." He also claimed, "It's just a gig."
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Joss Whedon has confirmed that he is directing The Avengers. The beloved sci-fi writer-director revealed this nugget of info--which everyone already knew--at a Comic-Con EW interview with colleague J. J. Abrams. The two men joked about their nerd tendencies before Whedon said, "That is not an official thing because I think Marvel couldn't afford a press release. So can I just make that an official thing? I'm directing The Avengers." He also claimed, "It's just a gig."

Whedon boasts a devoted fan base (ever argued about Serenity with a Whedonian?), and resists compromise--which has lead to early cancellations of such TV series as the aforementioned Firefly and his more recent Dollhouse. Whedon confessed that he is an ardent fan of The Avengers comic-book and will do his best to bring the comics together with all the established film universes in one consistent movie.

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According to Box Office Mojo's early estimates, Inception has cleared the $100 million mark. Last week puts the movie at an expected $100.1 million. It also makes opening weekend stories anticipating a "sleeper hit" seem bizarre. Nolan directing an innovative sci-fi spy thriller with DiCaprio was never going to be a "sleeper." Inception, along with Despicable Me ($133 million), confirm that Hollywood can still produce original material and make money.

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Warner Bros. has confirmed the development of a film adaptation of Dan Dare, a 1950's British comic book. Sam Worthington will play Dare, the leader of the Interplanet Space Fleet, and what Variety calls "the British equivalent of Buck Rogers." Colin Frewin will executive produce the picture after acquiring rights from Dan Dare Inc. Clash of the Titans producer, Basil Iwanyk is producing the space adventure with Thunder Road. Let's hope he puts together a higher quality production this time.

[Joss Whedon photo courtesy of AP Images Denis Poroy. Sam Worthington photo courtesy of Buzzine.com]

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Daily Read, Joss Whedon, Chris Nolan, Inception, Sci-fi, Comics, Action, Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.