Director Edgar Wright Departs ‘Ant-Man’ Film

Edgar-WrightIn what is by far the most disappointing news to come out of Marvel Studios probably ever, director Edgar Wright has walked off the Ant-Man film, citing the standard Hollywood cover story, “creative differences.”

Wright had been preparing to begin filming this summer (that is to say, within weeks) with Paul Rudd in the lead role as a thief who “acquires” equipment that allows him to shrink to insect size. Losing your director so close to the start of principle photography is a big problem, so Ant-Man is in BIG trouble!
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What Will Godzilla Look Like?

godzilla2014Very little about the forthcoming Godzilla movie will be as important as the look of the title character. The ridiculous, steroid-addled iguana that appeared in Roland Emmerich’s disastrous 1998 version made a lousy movie a laughable embarrassment.

The problem is that the original 1954 Japanese design — which has undergone a number of revisions of its own — is so iconic that it is hard to imagine anything else being called “Godzilla.” So the new design has got to be something cool on it own, that fans can accept.

Director Gareth Edwards recently explained how he approached the problem of updating the big guy’s look for his 2014 movie:

“Imagine in 1954, that this creature really existed and someone saw him from Toho, the Japanese studio, and went running back to the studio and said, ‘I’ve seen this creature and it kind of looked like this.’ And they tried to draw it and they tried to make a suit and they did a very good job of it but then, when you saw the real creature, you go ‘Okay, I totally understand how you got that suit from that creature but now I see the real thing. Oh my God, I totally believe that it’s completely real.’ And that’s how we approached it. We went through hundreds of designs, and never stopped playing, really, until the last minute, and got to the point where it was like, ‘Is there anything else that we want to change about this design’? And I was like, personally no, I’m very happy with it. And Toho was very much a part of the approval process. So it’s a Toho-approved design as well.”

Roberts’ reimagining of the gargantuan atomic lizard is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 16, 2014.

Just When Is ‘Days of Future Past’?

dofpcoverWhile we all know that the next X-Men movie is adapting the time-traveling “Days of Future Past” storyline from the comics, it was never clear how the convoluted and somewhat contradictory timelines of the X-Men’s movie universe would be molded to fit together for the latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Well, now director Bryan Singer has told us how he’s going to do it. By setting it in two different futures — one of which is the past for some characters. Singer says:

“It takes place about 10 years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about 10 years after First Class… It’s its own story, inspired by ‘Days of Future Past.’ [Kitty Pryde is] the prime facilitator — it’s her power that enables [Wolverine to be sent into the past]. But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles [Prof. X] is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik [Magneto] has been gathering his power. They’re in a radically different place.”

Yeah, I’m still not crystal-clear on how it’s all going to fit together — but it is implied that that’s part of the movie’s plot. And I’m not sure how Kitty sends Wolvie into the past unless she’s getting some new powers.

Hate Karen Gillan’s Shaved Head? Well, Sucks to be You

karenbaldOne of the reasons that James Gunn was selected to direct Guardians of the Galaxy — Marvel’s big-screen gamble on one of its lesser-known properties — is that he is… well, quirky. Maybe more off-beat. Okay, so he’s kinda twisted. All you have to do is watch the unsettling Slither and Super to realize that we won’t be getting a safe and sterile superhero film out of this guy.

And part of Gunn’s quirkiness is his attitude — which has been coming in handy lately as Marvel fandom moans about his creative choices for GotG — especially his decision to make Scottish actress Karen Gillan shave off her sexy long red hair to play space pirate Nebula. The consternation and angst has been building ever since Comic-Con. Never mind that Karen — best-known as Amy Pond on DOCTOR WHO —  still looks hot as hell without her ginger locks; the character is currently bald in the source comics, so where is the criticism coming from?

But Gunn is having none of it. He recently Tweeted:

“If you are sending me hate messages about making ‪@KarenGillan2 shave her head, you might consider the overall state of your life.”

Yeah, I just started following him.

P.S.: My opinion has nothing to do with the fact that I shave my head, by choice!

Remembering When M. Night Shyamalan Had a Career

Whatever happened to M. Night Shyamalan?

Oh, he’s been making movies at a more or less steady pace every few years, but where he was once a wunderkind he’s now a pariah. Instead of being anticipated, his new releases are met with derision.m Just look at the reception Will Smith‘s After Earth got. Or, rather, didn’t get. Not even a Will Smith summer action movie could get any traction with Shyamalan at the helm.

How the mighty have fallen. Once, he was the toast of the town thanks to The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Now, his career seems irreparably damaged.

 

Pilot a Jaeger in This ‘Pacific Rim’ Clip

I absolutely love behind-the-scenes footage from big special-effects films; the intricacy of green-screen work fascinates me, so this footage detailing the hard work that went into making Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is like candy to me.

The maestro himself details how he shot actors Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam in the control pod of one of the giant robots (known as Jaegers) tasked with saving the world from giant monsters (kaiju).

Pacific Rim opens July 12, and I’d like to be first in line for this robo-thriller.