Film Nerd News #10
It’s the start of the work week which means another edition of iGR‘s Film Nerd News! This week features some more news about Guardians of the Galaxy while Shia LaBeouf continues to impress with his post-Transformers plans. I wish I had some witty things to say right now but I really don’t so I’ll just say that we’re up to our 10th edition of FNN now and I think that’s pretty cool. I promise I won’t needlessly remind you of how many editions we’re at though, I swear!
Anyways, let’s get to it, shall we?
4/23 – Shia LaBeouf to get FURY-ious with Brad Pitt
- Three weeks ago, I reported that Brad Pitt (Seven) had signed on to lead David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) WWII film Fury and this week, we learned that none other than Sam Witwicky himself, Shia LaBeouf (Transformers trilogy) was also signing on. I alluded to this at the top but I have been really impressed with the roles that LaBeouf has chosen since he decided to walk away from Transformers. I’ve always felt he was a much better actor than he was given a chance to on Transformers and his recent roles in Lawless and The Company You Keep seem to support that. If he continues to book roles like this, I imagine the irrational hatred towards the man may soon be a thing of the past.
4/23 – The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY have found their villain
- It feels like almost every week, there’s a new casting story in regards to Marvel‘s upcoming adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy and this week is no exception, as they have found their villain: Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies)! What’s interesting about the casting is that Pace was one of the seemingly millions of actors that auditioned for the lead role of Star-Lord, which of course eventually went to Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation). Perhaps it’s just me but I’m always fascinated by stories like that, where a guy auditions for one role but doesn’t quite knock it out of the park, only for the producers to realize they may have the right guy for another role in the film. Just to give you an example, it happened with Batman Begins. When Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) was brought in to re-imagine the Batman franchise, a variety of actors auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne (which we all know went to Christian Bale [The Fighter]), including Cillian Murphy (Sunshine) who went on to become one of the villains, Scarecrow.
4/23 – Confirmed: Marvel owns the rights to DAREDEVIL again
- In more Marvel news, president Kevin Feige confirmed what everybody pretty much already knew: Daredevil is now a Marvel Films property. Fox had owned the rights (back when Marvel didn’t make their own films) but were not able to get a reboot or sequel off of the ground before the rights reverted back to Marvel. They tried desperately to get one off of the ground sometime in 2012 but weren’t pleased with what they got from director Joe Carnahan (The Grey), ultimately leading to the rights being sent back to Marvel. While I would’ve loved to have seen Carnahan’s take on the character, the rights going back to Marvel will ultimately be the best. After this news broke, there’s been speculation that the character may get its own standalone film as part of Marvel’s Phase Three but personally, I’d love to see the character show up as part of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV series, as the show may benefit from having a recognizable hero. Still, the fact that the property now belongs to Marvel means there are an array of opportunities to see the character done well.
4/24 – Someone joins Tom Cruise’s new spy franchise THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
- A little over a month ago, I reported that Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible franchise) had signed on for to lead another spy TV adaptation in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with director Guy Ritchie (Snatch.). Well, this week we’ve learned who the other lead will be: Armie Hammer (The Social Network). Previously setup as one of Steven Soderbergh‘s (Ocean‘s trilogy) last films, the film adaptation of the popular 60s TV series has been in the works for a few years now so it’s nice to see the film finally get some traction. Plus, like I mentioned before, I’m a big Guy Ritchie fan so it’s even better that it’s news regarding his next project. Hammer is a talented actor but I must admit to being pretty underwhelmed with his film choices after breaking out in The Social Network so hopefully this represents a slight shift on focus.
4/24 – The state of JUSTICE LEAGUE really kinda depends on MAN OF STEEL
- Warner Bros. is obviously in a bit of a flux right now, with The Dark Knight trilogy wrapping and its desire (with DC Comics) to compete with Marvel’s The Avengers so it should be no surprise to learn that the success of Man of Steel will determine what they do with the Justice League film. The clearest signed? It was confirmed that the Justice League directing gig is Zack Snyder‘s (300) for the taking, should Man of Steel succeed. While it’s a slightly different approach to the idea than what Marvel did, it makes sense given the amount of buzz generating within the studio about Man of Steel. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, Snyder is a good director but he needs to stay away from writing because his worst films are ones he helped write. So, as long as Warner Bros. and DC keep him away from writing the Justice League film (though, given the supposed awfulness of the first script to be handed in, I’m not holding my breath), they should be fine. Ya’ know, assuming they’re even able to get it off the ground (no pun intended, I swear).