Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Working Together on New Movie

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It would be shocking if Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright never worked together on a movie following The World’s End, and thankfully, the two will continue their creative partnership.  On a recent interview with BBC Music 6, Pegg announced that he and Wright were pursuing a new project.  “Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it, and it has a title and everything. We’re kind of into a creative cycle now…” said Pegg.  “We’ve all got different things [going] on and we know we have to get those things done. The coming-together thing is without question on the table and will happen when we can do it.”

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The Problem with Superhero Sagas: Why Treating Movies Like Television Is a Bad Idea

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When Marvel Studios started producing its own films with Iron Man in 2008, many in the industry and the public at large were quite sure that they would fail.  Headlines famously accused the comic book company of delving into its “second-tier superheroes” in order to compete with the likes of Batman and Spider-Man at the box office, and few could have predicted just how successful the studio’s new venture would be—or that Iron Man was only the beginning.  The tag at the end of the Iron Man credits introducing Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury kicked off one of the more ambitious feats in recent film history, beginning a series of interconnected movies that featured different lead characters inhabiting the same cinematic universe.  This culminated in the 2012 team-up film The Avengers to the tune of $1.5 billion.  Marvel Studios is now no longer just a production company; it’s a brand.

As with any successful brand, imitators followed.  Other major studios are aiming to mimic Marvel’s success with their own interconnected universes, and just recently Warner Bros. announced release dates for nine untitled DC Comics adaptations that will surely all connect to one another.  However, this new approach to franchise filmmaking—ostensibly treating movies as episodes in a TV series—may actually be robbing us of more creatively satisfying superhero adaptations. 

Will Ferrell May Play Russ Meyer in RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND; Edgar Wright Linked to Project

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Last year, a curious independent project started taking shape in the form of Russ & Roger Go Beyond.  Penned by The Simpsons and SNL scribe Christopher Cluess, the film chronicles the relationship between Roger Ebert and provocative director Russ Meyer as they develop and produce 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which marked Ebert’s one and only screenplay credit.  Meyer was coming off a string of pulp films like Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill when he was asked by Fox to helm Dolls.  When he signed on, Meyer insisted that Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert write the screenplay.  The two struck up a rapport that continued until Ebert’s passing, and the film will follow their path to getting Dolls made, including the controversy with the ratings board surrounding the film’s X rating.

It’s been some time since we’ve heard about Russ & Roger Go Beyond, but now it appears that the project has piqued the interest of Will Ferrell, who is circling the role of Meyer.  More after the jump.

Corey Stoll Talks ANT-MAN, Playing Yellowjacket, the Script, Working With Michael Douglas and More at Comic-Con

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Corey Stoll is handling being in a tough position rather well.  After all, he was cast by Edgar Wright in Ant-Man some time ago and now finds himself under the stewardship of an entirely different (albeit quite capable) director in Peyton Reed.  But Stoll himself seems cool as a cucumber under these circumstances (not to mention proving himself remarkably adept at fielding tricky questions).

After the Marvel panel this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Stoll fielded questions from reporters (Steve being among them) about the nature of his role as Yellowjacket and the status of the script.  He also gives some impressions of SDCC as a whole.  Hit the jump for our Ant-Man interview with Corey Stoll.

ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks Stepping Into Edgar Wright’s Shoes, the State of the Script and the Film’s Villains at Comic-Con

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Director Peyton Reed, known for his fantastic work in Bring it On and Down With Love, was most certainly facing an uphill battle this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. After all, he’s not just the new director on Ant-Man, he’s replacing geek-beloved auteur Edgar Wright on the project.  It takes a confident hand to introduce yourself as the guy who replaced Wright at this kind of convention, but I’m confident Reed will turn in a good movie (however different it may be than Wright’s take).

But life moves on and Ant-Man is marching forward (as ants do) with cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly still in place.  Steve caught up with Reed at SDCC right after the film’s panel and was able to spend a few minutes with him getting a status report on the project.  Topics include the state of the script, how it fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film’s villains and more.  Hit the jump to watch.  Ant-Man opens July 17th, 2015.

Edgar Wright Directing the Insane Sounding GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE After Wrapping BABY DRIVER

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edgar-wright-grasshopper-jungleIt feels nice to be an Edgar Wright fan right now.  Sure, it would have been nice to see his version of Ant-Man, but we’re getting the 100% Wright movie Baby Driver in its place.  That film already promises to revisit the fertile creative environment that allowed him to make Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.  And now we get to see what his stab at YA filmmaking looks like in addition to that.

Don’t worry though, it’s not typical YA (even if it were, Wright wouldn’t execute it in a typical manner).  He’s been brought onboard to direct Grasshopper Jungle for Sony.  I haven’t read this book but it sounds nuts in a good way.  Because it literally has giant grasshoppers.  Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright directing Grasshopper Jungle.

BABY DRIVER Will Be the Next Edgar Wright Film

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Every cloud has a silver lining.  When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man back in May, a lot of people were understandably disappointed (Wright himself probably chief among them).  But here’s the thing, what that really means is that we’re getting more movies that are his vision top-to-bottom.  More “Edgar Wright Movies.”  For eight years it looked like Ant-Man could actually fit in that category, but forces at either Marvel or Disney began to push back.  Personally, I’m glad Wright didn’t waste another 18 months working on something that might have felt diluted by executive notes.

Wright fans now find themselves in a happy scenario where they’re getting a new movie from him sooner rather than later.  It’s called Baby Driver.  You may even remember this title being bandied about 6 years ago when he signed a two picture deal with Working Title Films following Hot Fuzz (the first film under that deal ended up being The World’s End).  Back then the film was described as “a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the U.S.” And now it’s apparently happening.  Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.

Corey Stoll Confirms Edgar Wright Cast Him in ANT-MAN; Talks Reading Both Versions of the Script

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Actor Corey Stoll has been on a tremendous roll in his career lately, with his work on the Netflix series House of Cards, the horror series The Strain, currently on FX, a guest arc on Season 4 of Showtime’s Homeland, and roles in the White Bulger feature Black Mass, as well as Marvel’s Ant-Man.

Even though everything Marvel is always top-secret, when I got some time to chat with the incredibly versatile actor at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, I did get some tidbits and wanted to share his enthusiasm for what sounds like it will be a unique film about a scientist (Michael Douglas) who enlists a thief (Paul Rudd) to safeguard his size-changing technology and create a superhero with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength.  Having been cast by original director Edgar Wright, but now also having read the script for new director Peyton Reed‘s iteration of the project, Stoll said he thinks it’s insane that this movie hasn’t been made before, and that it will be a completely different experience.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Edgar Wright’s Departure From ANT-MAN; Teases the Tone of DOCTOR STRANGE

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It will probably be a long time before we get some truly candid quotes regarding director Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man.  Maybe in 20 years when Peter Biskind gets around to whatever book of his that will cover Hollywood from 2000-2020.  Today’s comments from Marvel head Kevin Feige on the matter are probably about as frank as things are going to get in the near future.  The fact of the matter is that this kind of stuff happens all the time, but the exceptions here are that Wright was on the project for eight years and was only months out from shooting.  For whatever reason, Disney and Marvel (with an emphasis on the former most likely) became unhappy with the script fashioned by Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish and brought on studio writers to take a crack at a polish.  When that polish wasn’t to Wright and Cornish’s liking, they exited the project.

Enter new director Peyton Reed (in my opinion a very talented filmmaker in his own right) and a new revision by Adam McKay (followed up by a production polish).  While Feige doesn’t give exact details of what went wrong, he does successfully paint a portrait of a flawed dynamic where everyone is being “too nice.”  Which can always lead to problems.  Hit the jump for more on the departure of Ant-Man director Edgar Wright as well as a few tidbits about Doctor Strange.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks ANT-MAN Troubles and Hiring Peyton Reed to Direct; Reveals Reed Previously Met for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Much has been written about Marvel Studios’ recent struggles with Ant-Man, and while the intricacies regarding director and co-writer Edgar Wright’s departure may not be made entirely clear for some time, we do know this: fans were excited for an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie, and we will not be getting an Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie.  As every minute detail of the subsequent replacement director search was reported on, the studio even appeared to be foundering in finding a new filmmaker to take the reins of a movie that’s set for release next summer.  Finally, Marvel settled on Bring It On and Down with Love director Peyton Reed to bring Ant-Man to fruition, and the studio has an uphill battle in winning back the fans that were so enthused to see Wright’s take.

The studio itself has been very quiet with regards to Ant-Man recently, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has now spoken at length about why they chose to hire Reed and touched on Wright leaving the project.  Moreover, Feige revealed that Reed had previously met with the studio about directing a different Marvel project entirely.  Hit the jump to read on.

Michael Douglas is Coming to Comic-Con; Disappointed Edgar Wright Left ANT-MAN

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With San Diego Comic-Con just about two weeks away, schedule updates are dropping all over the place, however, there’s no official word from Marvel just yet.  We know Mark Ruffalo is attending with the rest of the gang from Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it looks as though that won’t be the only upcoming release participating in the Marvel panel.

While talking to Michael Douglas about his new film, And So It Goes, during a roundtable interview, he revealed his own plans to head out to San Diego.  Hit the jump for more on that as well as Douglas’ thoughts on Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man exit.

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

Confirmed: Edgar Wright Left ANT-MAN over Script Changes; Marvel Looking to Fill Key Crew Positions

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I won’t add to the outcries about Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man beyond saying it sucks, it’s bad for Marvel, and bad for fans (I said a lot more about it on this week’s The Collision podcast).  It was rumored that Wright’s seemingly abrupt exit was due to significant rewrites from Marvel’s in-house writers, and the new script completely undid the story Wright and co-screenwriter Joe Cornish wanted to tell.  THR confirms this report saying, “new rewrites took place without Wright’s input, and when he received Marvel’s new version early during the week of May 19, he walked.”  Additionally, THR reports that some insiders feel the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy may have already gone too far, and Wright’s vision “might have been too quirky the Marvel universe.”

Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

James Gunn Responds to Edgar Wright’s Exit from ANT-MAN

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The fallout from Edgar Wright’s departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man is still being measured, especially since a recent rumor suggests that the reason was less the innocuous “creative differences” and more due to extensive script rewrites from the studio with top-down pressure from Disney/Marvel.  Caught in the middle is director James Gunn, who is friends with Wright but also the writer/director of Marvel’s next big effort, Guardians of the Galaxy.  As such, he recently posted a carefully worded response to the news on his own personal Facebook page.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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