Watch: DEADPOOL Test Footage Featuring Ryan Reynolds

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The R-rated superhero movie is kind of the Holy Grail nowadays, with the superhero genre at the height of its popularity.  As studios aim to find new ways of adapting the various comic book properties, fans are eager to see one of the big dogs—Marvel Studios, Warner Bros./DC, and 20th Century Fox—take a leap of faith and greenlight a more adult-geared adaptation.  One such property that was essentially made to break down this barrier is Deadpool, and Fox has been developing an adaptation of the comic for some time with Ryan Reynolds attached to star.  The key is finding the right budget to justify an R-rating, which excludes a hefty portion of the traditional target demo for comic book movies.  Tim Miller was most recently attached to direct, and he put together a reel of test footage to show executives what a Deadpool movie look like.  That footage has leaked online, and it’s kind of fantastic.  Reynolds feels perfect for the role, and the tone is spot on.

Hit the jump to watch the Deadpool test footage before it’s taken down.

THE REVENANT, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Gets Christmas 2015 Release Date; Iñárritu Hoping to Shoot in Sequence

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While many are eagerly anticipating director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s excellent-looking Birdman, which hits theaters this October, the filmmaker is already busy prepping his next feature, The Revenant.  The Babel director has Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter set to lead the story of an 1820s fronterisman who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead, only to recover and set out to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.  Now 20th Century Fox has staked out a prime December 25, 2015 release date for the pic, where it will square off against Mission: Impossible 5 and director David O. Russell’s next film Joy.

Additionally, Iñárritu has some very ambitious plans for the upcoming Revenant shoot, which is scheduled to be quite lengthy.  More after the jump.

THAT MOMENT Provides a Snapshot of the Film Industry in 1999

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Last night I opened up an article I had earmarked earlier in the day and watched That Moment, the amazingly candid and engaging 72 minute documentary included on the 2000 DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1999 epic Magnolia.  And I was hit with a wave of nostalgia unlike anything I had felt in quite some time.  It might be odd that I would find the fanfare that greeted the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman to be little more than noise, only to be almost overcome by a 14 year old DVD supplement. But that’s what happened.

Of course, it probably helps that I watched this doc obsessively upon its release.  I was just starting to fall in love not only with film, but with the process of making it, and I must have sat down to watch this thing at least 20 times within my first year of owning the DVD.  The nostalgia didn’t come as a fondess for that time in my life though. It came in the form of a bittersweet remembrance of how things used to be in Hollywood not all that long ago.  Or, perhaps, as someone who didn’t even live in California at the time, a remembrance of the way I imagined things to beHead below for more.

PREDATOR Reboot Moving Forward with Shane Black Attached to Direct

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20th Century Fox is rebooting its Predator franchise, and it’s doing so with a curious (though also fitting) piece of talent in tow.  THR reports that Lethal Weapon screenwriter and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black is poised to pen the treatment for the Predator reboot and is also attached to direct.  The plan is for Black to hand over his treatment to collaborator Fred Dekker, who will then pen the full screenplay with Black acting as overseer.  Black and Dekker (which is probably also the name of their improv troupe) previously co-wrote the excellent horror comedy The Monster Squad in 1987, which Dekker also directed.  Hit the jump for more on the Predator redo and Black’s potential slate.

GAME OF THRONES Scribe Bryan Cogman to Write MAGIC: THE GATHERING Movie

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20th Century Fox announced this past January that it was developing a feature film adaptation of the popular game Magic: The Gathering, and now the studio has found a writer for the project—one with a bit of experience in the fantasy genre.  Deadline reports that Game of Thrones writer/producer Bryan Cogman has been tapped to pen the screenplay for Magic: The Gathering, which the studio hopes will kick off a potential franchise.  Star Wars and X-Men writer/producer Simon Kinberg is shepherding the film as the producer, with the aim of crafting a new cinematic universe (obviously).

Though showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss write nearly every episode of Game of Thrones themselves, Cogman has written at least one episode from each season, including this year’s “Oathkeeper” and “The Laws of Gods and Men”.  Plot details regarding the Magic: The Gathering movie will likely remain under wraps for some time, but Cogman seems like a fine choice to get the adaptation going.

JOY Firmed Up as David O. Russell’s Next Film; December 25, 2015 Release Set

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It appears that David O. Russell has settled on his next project.  Earlier this year, we learned that Russell was developing a biopic about Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano as a star vehicle for frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence.  It looks like the film, titled Joy, has now been firmed up as Russell’s next movie, as 20th Century Fox has set a December 25, 2015 release date for the project.  Long Island native Mangano was a single mother of three when she developed the prototype for her Miracle Mop in 1990.  The product became a huge seller on QVC when Mangano went on air to pitch it, and she now has over 100 patents and a key role on the Home Shopping Network.  Hit the jump for more.

Antoine Fuqua to Direct Narcotics Thriller NARCO SUB; Eyeing THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Remake

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The long-gestating thriller Narco Sub has a new director.  Tony Scott was initially developing the film as his next directorial effort before his unfortunate passing, then Doug Liman entered talks to take the helm last year.  Liman subsequently moved on to a number of other projects, and now Deadline reports that Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua has become attached to direct the pic.  Penned by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, the Ridley Scott-produced 20th Century Fox film takes place in the drug world and revolves around the semi-submersible crafts that South American cartels use to smuggle cocaine into the U.S.  Fuqua most recently directed The Equalizer, and based on early buzz for that Denzel Washington-fronted pic, Sony is already prepping a potential sequel.

Fuqua is next set to direct the boxing film Southpaw and is apparently mulling over The Magnificent Seven remake at MGM, but Deadline notes that Narco Sub looks promising as something he may tackle in the near future.  He also has The Equalizer 2 to consider.

David S. Goyer Boards James Cameron’s FANTASTIC VOYAGE Remake

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20th Century Fox is breathing new life into its long-developing remake of Fantastic Voyage.  An update of the 1966 sci-fi film of the same name has been in the works for years with producer James Cameron, and most recently Shawn Levy was onboard as director and moving towards production.  That iteration of the project never came to fruition, and though various drafts of the screenplay have been written, Fantastic Voyage has been dormant for the last couple of years.  But all of that is now changing, as Fox is intent on fast-tracking the project by enlisting Man of Steel architect David S. Goyer to pen a new treatment.  Read on after the jump.

Simon Kinberg Talks Fox’s Marvel Universe, Expanding into TV Adaptations, and an R-Rated DEADPOOL

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Ever since Marvel’s little “experiment” succeeded to the tune of $1.5 billion with The Avengers, the other film studios have been working to craft comic book universes of their own.  Warner Bros. owns the DC properties and is building towards Justice League, Sony Pictures only controls the Spider-Man series but is doing its darndest to build that into a larger franchise with Sinister Six and Venom movies, and 20th Century Fox actually owns a rather large library of Marvel comics properties, including X-Men, Fantastic Four, X-Force, Deadpool, and New Mutants.

Steve recently caught up with Simon Kinberg at WonderCon in anticipation of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and during the course of their conversation the writer/producer also discussed Fox’s large-scale plans for its Marvel comics properties, as well as the possibility of delving into television and creating an R-rated Deadpool movie.  Hit the jump to read on.

Marvel Crossover Alert: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Will Feature X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Clip After the Credits [Updated]

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An unexpected Marvel crossover is happening, though it’s not the kind everyone’s been hoping for.  It has been confirmed that a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past will be play after the credits roll on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  This is not only weird because previews of upcoming movies usually come before the film and not after, but because X-Men and Spider-Man are owned by separate studios.  Yes, they’re both Marvel comics properties, but Fox retains the rights to all X-Men characters while Sony is in control of all things Spidey.  This has been the principal hurdle preventing possible crossovers between the Spider-Man/X-Men/Avengers universes, since the practicality of any “team-up” film would necessitate a split of profits between major studios.

Hit the jump for more on this odd move, and what it could mean for the future. [Update: A full explanation regarding why Sony agreed to promote Fox's Days of Future Past for free has surfaced.  Details after the jump.]

Fox Developing Adaptation of Mark Millar’s SUPERIOR; Matthew Vaughn to Produce

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Comics writer Mark Millar is no stranger to having his material adapted for the big screen, and yet another one of his creations has now been pegged for the feature film treatment.  20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights to Millar’s 2010 limited series Superior, which revolves around a young boy stricken with multiple sclerosis who is granted one wish by an alien monkey: to become a Superman-like superhero named Superior.  Problems arise when the boy learns that the monkey is no alien at all, but is instead a demon who demands the boy’s soul in return for his transformation, lest his wish be undone and he return to his original form.

Hit the jump for more on the potential Superior movie, which has a familiar face onboard as producer.

A Look at Future Marvel Comics Adaptations by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Marvel Studios

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I think we can safely say that we are living in a golden age … a golden age of comic book movies.  From follow-ups to the Avengers franchise, to a newly rebooted Spider-Man series, to past and present X-Men uniting to fight giant robots, who would have thought we’d ever see any of this during the days when we were lucky to get a Blade movie once in a blue moon? Though with this glut of costumed heroes hitting the silver screen, it’s sometimes hard to keep straight what is rumor and what is fact.  Seems like the perfect time to walk through what has been confirmed and what is still rumor in the world of Marvel’s mutants, gods, and charismatic billionaires in iron suits.

Hit the jump for an overview of the future Marvel comics adaptations—from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox—that we have on tap for the coming years.

Steven Spielberg Interested in Directing WEST SIDE STORY Remake

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What is Steven Spielberg up to?  That’s the question that is, more often than not, on everyone’s minds, as one of the most famous and successful directors of our time ponders what film he will make next.  Spielberg is a notoriously flirtatious filmmaker, eyeing or developing certain projects for long stretches of time before eventually deciding not to take them helm.  When he does finally settle on his next directorial effort, it all happens rather quickly and quietly as the filmmaker is known for shooting incredibly fast.

Over the past year or so since Lincoln hit theaters, the director has considered helming both a big-budget sci-fi epic and a smaller scale true story drama, but now a remake of a classic musical has apparently caught his eye, as a Spielberg-led West Side Story remake could be on the horizon.  Hit the jump for more.

Marc Webb Attached to Direct Soviet Spy Film COLD COMFORT for Fox

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In a bit of a bidding battle, 20th Century Fox has acquired the Soviet spy thriller Cold Comfort for Marc Webb to direct.  Deadline reports that plenty of other studios and directors were in the mix given that the material lends itself to a strong comedic performance for a lead actor in the vein of Jonah Hill, and Fox will develop the property as a directing vehicle for Webb, who will also produce.  The pic is an adaptation of the upcoming novel Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy) by columnist Ellis Henican and follows an American civilian who convinced the FBI to allow him to help bring down a Russian agent on American soil.  Hit the jump for more on when Webb might be able to tackle the material.

TRUE DETECTIVE Director Cary Fukunaga Preemptively Sells Pitch to Fox; Will Executive Produce Season 2 of Hit HBO Series

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True Detective is the best show currently on TV, and part of the reason for that is director Cary Fukunaga, who helmed all eight episodes of the season.  Hopefully, fans of True Detective have rushed out to check out his two excellent features Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre, and they’ll look forward to his upcoming projects.  His next projects is the African child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, and he’s also attached to a two-film adaptation of Stephen King‘s It as well as an adaptation of Paul Kix‘s World War II book Noble Assassin.  According to Deadline, Fukunaga will be adding another war story to his slate after preemptively selling an untitled pitch to fox.  The only details about the project are that “it’s set in a contemporary wartime context” and will be written by Nicole Riegel.

Deadline also reports that Fukunaga will stay on with True Detective in an executive producer capacity.  “Executive Producer” is an elastic term, and with so much else on Fukunaga’s plate, we don’t know how involved he’ll be in season two, but it’s good to know that he’s not departing the show entirely.

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