TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Drew Goddard Departs Sci-Fi Film THE MARTIAN; Matt Damon Courted to Star

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A couple of days ago, we learned that The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard has closed his deal to direct Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff film The Sinister Six.  However, it appears that his busy schedule has subsequently forced Goddard to back out of a different project.  The Wrap reports that Goddard has exited 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi film The Martian, which he signed on to last year.  With his impending schedule, Fox wasn’t keen to wait on the filmmaker to move forward on the project.  Not only is Goddard writing and directing Sinister Six, but he’s first running and directing Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series, so he wouldn’t be able to move his focus back to The Martian for quite some time.

Hit the jump for more, including the potential involvement of Matt Damon.

Drew Goddard Confirmed to Direct THE SINISTER SIX

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When it was announced that Sony was expanding its Spider-Man universe with spinoff films for Venom and The Sinister Six, we learned that The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard would be writing the latter film with an eye to possibly direct.  Goddard is also attached to write and direct Marvel’s 10-episode Daredevil series for Netflix, so it was unclear whether he would be able to direct both Daredevil—a passion project for the filmmaker—and Sinister Six.  Well luckily it appears that everything has been worked out, as Goddard has closed his deal to direct Sony’s villain-filled The Sinister Six.  Hit the jump for more.

Marc Webb Confirmed to Direct THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3; Sony Plans to Release a SPIDER-MAN Film Every Year

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Sony Pictures is making big plans for its Spider-Man franchise and beyond.  When the studio announced plans to move forward with a Venom spinoff and a Sinister Six film in addition to further adventures in the proper Spider-Man series, it became clear that the studio was keen on building its own mini-universe not unlike Marvel’s interconnected franchises.  Now it appears that the plan involves releasing a new Spider-Man film every year for the foreseeable future.  That begins with 2016’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio has now confirmed that Marc Webb will indeed be returning to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

Breaking Down Sony’s Villainous SPIDER-MAN Spin-Offs VENOM and THE SINISTER SIX

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A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal hinted at expanding the Spider-Man universe, and I’ve been saying for months that the company’s superhero strategy rests on supervillains since they only have one superhero, Spider-Man (creating a superhero from scratch is apparently verboten).  Their only option is to dig into Spidey’s vast rogues gallery, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do.  Last night, Sony outlined how they plan to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four).

Hit the jump for more details on the studio’s plan.

Huge SPIDER-MAN News: Alex Kurtzman Directing VENOM Spinoff Movie and Drew Goddard Writing and Possibly Directing THE SINISTER SIX

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If you’re a Spider-Man fan, Sony Pictures is about to make your day.  That’s because the studio sent out a late night press release loaded with future plans for the Spider-Man movie universe.  Here are the highlights:

  • Sony, in association with Marvel, are developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.
  • Kurtzman, Orci, and Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016.
  • Kurtzman, Orci and Solomon are writing the screenplay for a Venom movie, which Kurtzman will direct.
  • Drew Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise.

With the comic book genre making more money than ever at the box office, it’s no surprise Sony is pushing forward with more sequels and spinoffs.  We’ll have a lot more on this tomorrow, but until then, hit the jump for the press release.

[Update: For more on this story, click here for Matt's take on how Sony plans to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four)]

Drew Goddard Confirmed to Write, Direct, and Run Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series

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Marvel has confirmed some exciting news relating to its upcoming string of Netflix shows.  We learned last month that Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard was in talks to spearhead Marvel’s Daredevil series, and now the studio has confirmed that Goddard will indeed be running the show.  The Cloverfield scribe will write and direct the first episode and will act as showrunner and executive producer on the show’s entire 13-episode run.  Daredevil is one of four one-season Netflix series that Marvel is producing, which also includes Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.  All of the one-season shows will lead up to a The Defenders miniseries.

Daredevil will be first out of the gate, with Marvel confirming that it will premiere on Netflix in 2015.  With a guy as passionate and talented as Goddard at the helm, Daredevil looks to be in very good hands.

Drew Goddard in Talks to Pen Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series

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Things appear to be moving quickly on Marvel’s venture into the television world.  Just a few months after launching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC to a mixed response, Marvel announced that it was teaming up with Netflix to develop four live-action series centering around four separate characters, followed by a Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that will bring the characters together.  The first character series out of the gate will be Daredevil, as the character rights just recently reverted back to Marvel after Fox failed to mount a feature film reboot in time.  Now we have our first clue as to what to expect from the Daredevil series, as Cabin in the Woods and Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard is being eyed to pen the adventures of blind superhero Matt Murdock.

Hit the jump for more, including what Goddard told us last year about his passion for the character.

CABIN IN THE WOODS Director Drew Goddard in Talks to Write and Direct THE MARTIAN for Fox

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Coming off his directorial debut on last year’s brilliant horror film The Cabin in the Woods, it appears that Drew Goddard has settled on a follow-up directorial project. Goddard will write and direct The Martian for 20th Century Fox, which is based on the e-book by Andy Weir.  The story centers on an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return home.  The premise is not dissimilar from Alfonso Cuaron’s long-in-the-works Gravity, which opens later this year, but Goddard showed tremendous promise as a filmmaker with Cabin so he’ll no doubt deliver something interesting with The Martian.  Hit the jump for more.

Steven Spielberg Postpones ROBOPOCALYPSE Indefinitely

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Lincoln director Steven Spielberg is poised to have a big day tomorrow when the 85th Academy Awards are announced, but it appears that the filmmaker has decided to put the brakes on his next project.  Spielberg has decided to indefinitely postpone his big budget sci-fi adaptation of Robopocalypse, which was to have starred Chris Hemsworth in the lead role.  Production was set to get underway this spring, but apparently Spielberg decided the project wasn’t ready and is now going “back to the drawing board to see what is possible.”  The filmmaker isn’t dropping out of the pic entirely, he just didn’t want to rush such an expensive film.  Hit the jump for more details.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races.  Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories.  The fun begins after the jump.

Drew Goddard Talks His Work on WORLD WAR Z, CABIN THE WOODS, Love of DAREDEVIL and More; Reveals He’s Writing Next Movie

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One of my favorite movies of 2012 is director/co-writer Drew Goddard and producer/co-writer Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods.  In fact, it’s also one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  Make every effort to see this film!

Shortly after winning the Filmmakers Showcase Award at this year’s Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with Goddard backstage.  We talked about the success of Cabin in the Woods, whether it has led to a lot more meetings, his love of Daredevil (specifically Frank Miller‘s run), if he’s interested in writing a superhero property, and he reveals that he’s currently writing his next screenplay.  In addition, with Goddard supposedly re-writing the end of the Brad Pitt-fronted zombie pic World War Z, I asked how he got involved in the project and what exactly he’s been working on for the production.  Hit the jump for more.

Drew Goddard Rewrites the Ending of WORLD WAR Z

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In the long line of complications accompanying the adaptation of the Max Brooks’ novel, World War Z, yet another writer has come on to hash out the script.  Damon Lindelof was previously reported to be working on the ending of the troubled picture starring Brad Pitt, but it’s now being reported that his Lost co-writer, Drew Goddard, actually did the majority of the writing.  Lindelof apparently dreamed up the possible ending of the film but ran out of time to do the actual scripting.  That chore fell to Goddard, who recently co-wrote Cabin in the Woods with Joss Whedon and also scripted the Robopocalypse adaptation for Steven Spielberg. Hit the jump for more on the fate of World War Z.

Drew Goddard Talks THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, the CLOVERFIELD Sequel, ALIAS, BUFFY, LOST, Spielberg’s ROBOPOCALYPSE, THE AVENGERS and More

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As I’ve said again and again,  Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year.  While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale.  It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward.  But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  For more on the film, here’s Matt’s glowing review and interviews with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as well as Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly.

Right before this year’s SXSW, I sat down with co-writer and director Drew Goddard for an extended video interview. Since we both didn’t want to spoil any of the twists and turns of the movie, our conversation is spoiler free.  During the wide ranging conversation we talked about making The Cabin in the Woods, the status of the Cloverfield sequel, Alias, Buffy, Angel, Lost, (he was a writer on all four series) Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse (which he’s writing), his reaction to seeing The Avengers, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Fran Kranz Talks THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, DEATH OF A SALESMAN and More

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The Cabin in the Woods, from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon – and opening (quite appropriately) in theaters on Friday, April 13th – is a great horror film that is just so much fun to watch.  It’s creative, imaginative and hysterically funny, all while turning horror on its head and challenging anything that follows.  So as not to ruin any aspect of the film, I will just include the official synopsis which says: “Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods.  Bad things happen.”  And, do they ever!

During this recent phone interview with Collider, actor Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), who plays a pot smoking guy named Marty in the film, talked about what a big classic horror fan he is, his unusual auditioning process for the role (that included reading a monologue about his friend having gotten his head chopped off by The Clickety Clack Man), how he thought it was one of the best scripts he’s ever read, that the finished film is pretty much exactly what he originally read, how there could be some amazing bonus features on the DVD because of all the behind-the-scenes footage that was shot, and how he hopes people will love the film as much as he clearly loved getting to be a part of it.  He also talked about he got to be a part of the backyard production of Much Ado About Nothing that Joss Whedon shot at his house, what a fun and relaxed experience it was, and how he’s looking forward to seeing it, along with what it’s like to be a part of the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, among other notables.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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