News Roundup - June 23rd
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Hope your week has been great! We’re here today to recap some of the biggest stories in Geekdom and Pop Culture from this week. Without any further ado, let’s jump into it!
MOVIE & TV NEWS
The ‘Han Solo’ Directors Have Been Let Go By Lucasfilm for ‘Creative Differences’ and Ron Howard has been hired in their place. Sources say that the style and vision of Lord and Miller clashed with that of Lawrence Kasdan, the screenwriter behind Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, who also wrote, with his son, Jon Kasdan, the script for this picture. Lord and Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) have a comedic sensibility given to improv while Kasdan favors a strict adherence to the script. The film is reported to be near three-quarters through principal photography and the replacement of a director at that stage is nearly unheard of. The movie was scheduled to shoot for three and a half more weeks, with more than a months worth of reshoots built into the schedule, a standard procedure on these large franchise productions. The Han Solo stand-alone is set to be released in 2018.
Geoff Johns revealed that He is already working with Patty Jenkins on a Wonder Woman Sequel. In an interview, Johns revealed: “Patty and I are writing the treatment right now. The goal is to make another great “Wonder Woman” film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.” It would also seem that in light of Wonder Woman’s success that DC may be rethinking the tone of their future films, a change that would seem to be welcomed by general audiences.
Before Spider-man Homecoming Opens, There’s a Lot of Buzz Around The Sony / Marvel Studios Relationship, as well as Sony’s Future Plans for the The Spider-Universe. The breakdown of the deal looks basically like this: Sony pays for the production and distribution, keeps the rights and the profits, and Marvel gets to make the film and incorporate the web head into their other films. The Hollywood Reporter also reports that the Venom film is on track with Tom Hardy in the lead role for a 2018 release, with rumors of Carnage being the main villian. Additionally, there seems to be some dispute and speculation as to if this will fall into the the MCU). Venom is will also be joined by ‘Silver and Black’ featuring black cat and silver sable which is also in early development.
Watchmen Is Being Considered for TV adaptation at HBO. It was reported this week that a television adaptation of “Watchmen” is in early development at HBO. Damon Lindelof, the showrunner for Lost and The Leftovers, is in talks to steer the show, but this is not the first time the network has discussed a possible “Watchmen” adaptation. In 2015 was considered the possibility of partnering with Zack Snyder for adapting the series, though he’s no longer involved. Snyder of course directed the 2009 film adaptation of the series which has continually been described by many as unadaptable.
COMIC BOOK NEWS
- Kingsmen Moves from Marvel To Image - With a New Creative Team. With Kingsman: The Golden Circle due out in theaters this September, co-creators Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons are reviving the original comic book and moving the book from Marvel's Icon imprint to Image Comics - but enlisting a new writer and a new artist to do it, reports Entertainment Weekly. Suicide Squad writer Rob Williams is with his frequent artistic partner Simon Fraser on Kingsman: The Red Diamond, a six-issue series scheduled to debut September 6th.
- Marvel Cutting Back Titles this fall. Over the last 5 to 6 years publishers big and small have been focusing on fewer books and higher sales for those individual books...and seems to have been paying off (DC’s Rebirth has yet to cancel a title..although “All Star Batman” will be the first...not the case for the New 52 relaunch) Well, as part of the Fall’s Marvel Legacy and Make Mine Marvel, it seems that Marvel Comics is following suit, in light of the fact that ‘Marvel Legacy’ will see the Avengers get back to basics and Marvel focus on its most iconic heroes and villains again.
- Rob Liefeld To Develop Dave Cockrum’s Futurians. Liefeld, co-creator of Deadpool, Cable and X-Force has announced he is to take on and develop The Futurians, created by the late Dave Cockrum, co-creator of X-Men Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and many more, for film, TV, comics and more.
- DC is bringing comics back to newsstands. Showcase Magazine reprints five regular comic issues and sells for $9.98. The first entry in the format was spotted in Walmart and has “Batman Rebirth” #1, “Wonder Woman” #1, “Batman and Robin” #30, “Justice League” #1, and “Batman” #13. That seems like an incredibly random selection of stories, but hopefully it can bring in some new readers.
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Posted on June 23, 2017
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