China is already a huge market for American-made films, but looks to increase its purchasing power by expanding the number of American-Chinese co-productions in the coming year. Chief among them is the Marvel movie Iron Man 3, which is currently filming. However, a snafu occurred recently when questions were raised as to what exactly comprised a “co-production.” The two sides hashed it out at a joint film summit held at UCLA on Monday and things look prosperous for the future.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Sir Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Jon Favreau, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 is slated to open May 3rd, 2013. Hit the jump for more on the American-Chinese co-production of Iron Man 3.
The first trailer for Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 dropped earlier today, and it’s pretty great. The big take away is that this looks to be a surprisingly dark entry into the series, especially for the wise-cracking Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). But there are also some cool details in the trailer you may have missed. What’s with the tattoo on the back of the Mandarin’s neck? What happened to poor Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau)? Who is Iron Patriot beating up on? There are also plenty of cool images that prove Black, even though he only directed one movie before this one (albeit an excellent one), knows how to shoot action.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, and Ben Kingsley. Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3, 2013.
The first trailer for director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 has been released and it’s looking a lot darker for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) this time around. Following the events of The Avengers, Stark is a bit more shaken up than one would have expected. His nightmares plague him with sleepless nights and constant fear that harm will befall the people he cares about. And it’s looking like his greatest technological achievement will become his biggest threat. At least until the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) makes his appearance in grand fashion (though I’m not 100% sold on his accent).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars also stars Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Ashley Hamilton, Jon Favreau and James Badge Dale. Iron Man 3 opens on May 3rd, 2013.
We were recently treated to an official synopsis for Marvel’s upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World that shed a light on the story of the godly follow-up, and now the studio has released a full synopsis for Iron Man 3. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige previously noted that the third entry in the Iron Man franchise would metaphorically get Tony Stark “back to the cave,” in a place where he’s stripped of everything and left with only his intelligence to fight his way back. This synopsis teases just that, as Stark finds himself on a sort of revenge mission after his “personal world is destroyed” by his enemy (Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin). The synopsis also promises an answer to a question that’s central to Stark’s character: does the suit make the man or does the man make the suit?
Hit the jump to read the full synopsis. Directed by Shane Black, the film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Guy Pearce. Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3rd, 2013.
New Regency is reportedly in final negotiations to land Battle for Bonneville, a true story based on half-brothers, rivals and land speed record holders, Art and Walt Arfons. Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is attached to star with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directing. The script, from Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), will follow the exploits of the half-brothers from their time as competitors on the race track to their eventual cooperation on the salt flats of Utah where they set three land speed world records in their jet-powered vehicle. Hit the jump for more on this project.
The first trailer for the comedy Identity Thief has been released. Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), the movie stars Jason Bateman as an accounts rep who has a week to travel across the country and track down the con artist (Melissa McCarthy) who stole his identity. Horrible Bosses was a fantastic surprise last year and the pairing of Bateman and McCarthy sounds great, but this trailer is a tad disappointing. Many of the jokes hinge on physical comedy, so hopefully they’re saving the dialogue-driven stuff for the full film. The caliber of talent involved is promising and McCarthy looks to have put together quite the character, so I’m still eager to see more.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out some images. The film also stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, and Eric Stonestreet. Identity Thief opens February 8, 2013.
The NBC drama series Revolution, premiering on September 17th, tells the story of a family that struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones and even lights — has mysteriously blacked out forever. The show is centered around one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), whose brother is kidnapped by militia leaders, forcing her to reconnect with her estranged uncle (Billy Burke), in order to rescue Danny (Graham Rogers), overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America, all while they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed and if it will ever return.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show creator/writer/executive producer Eric Kripke (Supernatural) talked about how the idea for the show started, how both J.J. Abrams (as executive producer) and Jon Favreau (as the pilot’s director) got involved, wanting to tell a character-driven adventure tale, how Revolution will have a slightly different and less snarky tone than Supernatural, his decision to immediately address the fact that the lack of electricity is not quite what it initially seems, the challenges of going from doing a show with two main characters to doing a show with a large ensemble cast, and how he already has a really solid idea about what Season 2 is, as well as possible notions for Season 3. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Universal Pictures has released synopses for their upcoming films 2 Guns and Identity Thief. Briefly, 2 Guns is an action flick that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong. As for Identity Thief, the comedy stars Jason Bateman as a man who goes to great lengths to get his identity back from a con artist (Melissa McCarthy).
Hit the jump to check out the synopses. 2 Guns opens August 16, 2013. Identity Thief opens February 8, 2013.
The Revolution (pilot) will not be televised…at least, not for another couple of weeks. But good news! NBC has already posted that pilot on Hulu for all the interweb to see. Produced by J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau (who directed the pilot), and written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, the show tracks a group of people struggling to survive after a mysterious event robs the world of all its precious, precious electricity. Early reactions haven’t been overwhelmingly positive, but most agree that the pieces are in place for Revolution to grow into a worthwhile hour of television. And of course, it never pays to pass final judgement based on a pilot alone. Moreover, this one’s got another juicy villain turn from Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito, which is reason enough on its own to hit the jump and give it an hour of your time.
Hit the jump to watch the pilot. Also, click here to read Brendan’s assessment of the pilot, which he took in at Comic-Con. NBC’s Revolution stars Tracy Spiridakos, Billy Burke, Graham Rogers, JD Pardo and Zak Orth. It premieres (televisionally-speaking) on September 17 at 10 pm.
Jon Favreau has been keeping busy. He’s reprised his role as Happy Hogan in Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3, he’s executive producing the upcoming NBC series Revolution, he recently joined Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and he’s attached to direct Disney’s Magic Kingdom, which will be based on the theme park attraction. A few weeks ago, we reported that he was in talks to helm an adaptation of the smash hit musical Jersey Boys, and now we have confirmation that it will be his next movie. I haven’t seen the musical, but per Adam: “the documentary-style musical tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Walk Like a Man.’ It’s a ridiculously crowd-pleasing show but it’s also realistic and candid as far as the portrayal of the group’s ups and downs go.”
Hit the jump for more.
The new NBC drama series Revolution, premiering on September 17th, tells the story of a family that struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones and even lights — has mysteriously blacked out forever. The show is centered around one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), whose brother (Graham Rogers) is kidnapped by militia leaders, forcing her to reconnect with her estranged uncle (Billy Burke), in order to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia, and ultimately re-establish the United States of America, all while they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed and if it will ever return.
While at the NBC portion of the TCAPress Tour, co-executive producer/pilot director Jon Favreau talked about the appeal of the series, why they’re doing serialized television through a network, the desire to be transformed and transported by a TV show, the influence of Planet of the Apes and Logan’s Run, and the biggest restrictions in storytelling in film versus on television. He also talked about what his version of John Carter might have looked like. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
When Jon Favreau first announced that he wouldn’t be returning to direct Iron Man 3, he noted that he’d be devoting his time instead to developing his directorial feature Magic Kingdom. Not much was known about the film other than the fact that it centers on a family inside “the Disneyland theme park in which attractions and characters come to life.” That was late 2010 when Favreau became attached, and aside from an update last summer revealing that Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon was coming aboard to work on the script, news on the Magic Kingdom front has been very, very quiet.
Favreau just recently entered talks to direct an adaptation of the stage musical Jersey Boys in what will likely be his next film, so many were left wondering what exactly happened to Magic Kingdom. The director has now given a reassuring update on the project, adding that he’s actually getting a bit of help from the folks at Pixar. Hit the jump for much more, including story details.
We’ve got a few big names for some big projects in casting news today, so let’s get to it:
- Jon Favreau is set to join director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir.
- Liev Schreiber is on board for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the biopic of longtime White House staffer, Eugene Allen. The picture already sports an impressive cast, featuring Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, and Oprah Winfrey as the three leads.
- We previously reported that Jay Baruchel was circling a role in the RoboCop reboot by Elite Squad director, Jose Padilha. New details have now emerged for his possible character.
Hit the jump for more information on each casting assignment.
Saturday was a pretty great day in Hall H at Comic-Con 2012. We got Django Unchained, Pacific Rim, The Hobbit, Godzilla, Man of Steel, and more. But for the last panel of the day, Marvel reminded convention goers that Hall H is undeniably their house. Matt and I already brought you our recaps of the “upcoming projects” portion of the panel (which includes Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy) as well as the Iron Man 3 part, but now those of you not lucky enough to attend can take a gander at one of the more entertaining events of the whole Con.
True to form, Robert Downey Jr. entered Hall H from the back of the room with Luther Vandross pumping from the speakers and an Iron Man glove on his hand. The crowd went wild, and Marvel has now released the video online for all to see along with excerpts of footage from their entire panel, including Edgar Wright talking Ant-Man. Hit the jump to take a look, and catch up on all of our Comic-Con 2012 coverage here and here.
Every panel that comes to Hall H wants to recreate the success of Iron Man, a franchise was began its journey to a worldwide phenomenon in a room that holds 6,500 screaming fans. I didn’t attend the first Iron Man panel, but I was here for Iron Man 2, and it blew the audience away. I can still remember the audience losing its mind when they saw the shot of Iron Man and War Machine fighting back-to-back. And then you have Robert Downey Jr. who knows how to work a crowd of screaming fanboys and fangirls like few others. It’s a spectacular show, and while Iron Man 2 was ultimately a letdown, hope has been renewed with Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) as the new co-writer and director. Everyone knows Iron Man has been king of Hall H, but can it keep its crown??
Hit the jump for the recap of the Iron Man 3 panel , and click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.