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.

What Will We See at Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel This Year?

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The madness of San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, and that means it’s speculation time.  Marvel is always a highlight of the event, and this morning the studio “announced” that its Hall H panel is set for Saturday from 5:30-6:30pm.  I say “announced” because the official description of the panel is as follows: “Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige and special guests will provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.”  That’s incredibly vague, but not altogether surprising given that Marvel loves to keep things under wraps.

However, even though no official Comic-Con announcements have been made, we actually have a pretty good idea of what the panel will entail.  Much more after the jump.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL Writer/Director Scott Derrickson Talks Cops, Demons, Popes and More

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Last weekend, Collider sat down with Scott Derrickson to discuss his new supernatural police thriller, Deliver Us From Evil, starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale.  The deeply creepy and surprisingly thoughtful film, which hits theaters July 2nd, mixes Serpico and The Exorcist in the story of Ralph Sarchie (Bana) a real-life NYPD Sergeant from the Bronx who eventually became involved in Church-approved exorcisms after a career working the toughest streets the city had to offer.

During our one-on-one interview, Derrickson discussed creating original and memorable priests to match original and memorable demonic possessions, how he bought the rights to The Exorcism of Emily Rose for a hundred bucks, the way this movie prefigured Pope Francis,  the relative merits of Hellraiser and Exorcist sequels, why The Day the Earth Stood Still is perhaps the film closest to his heart, the limits of found footage as a storytelling device and much more.  Hit the jump to read the full, exclusive interview.

THE OUTER LIMITS Movie in the Works at MGM with Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill Penning the Script

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MGM has been interested in bringing The Outer Limits to the big screen for some time now.  The last time we heard any movement on the development front was almost four years ago when the studio was still in the thick of their financial issues.  Now, it sounds like Scott Derrickson and his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill will tackle the script for the big-screen adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi television series.  Derrickson, who recently won the director’s chair for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, is a self-professed longtime fan of the series.  Hit the jump for more on The Outer Limits and the writing duo’s plan of attack.

TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Director Scott Derrickson Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Shooting in the Bronx, Casting His Best Friend, and Working with Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

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When the group of reporters arrived in the Bronx late on a Friday night in June of last year, we were ushered into a holding area to wait for our interviews- in the utterly creepy sactuary of a dilapidated church.  As we waited, the wide-eyed portraits hanging askew on the wall and the faded red velour of the pews lent an eerie air to the already stormy night.  The production could not have picked a creepier place for us to wait – although it set the mood perfectly for the film we were there to cover – Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil.

In the creepy church sanctuary we were able to score an interview with director  Derrickson, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Paul Harris Boardman.  He told us about why he would never regret filming in the Bronx despite the terrible weather, and in fact why he wouldn’t shoot anywhere else (other than the parts of the film shot in Abu Dhabi).  He also spoke about casting (including his best friend Joel McHale) and his experience working with Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the film.  Starring Eric Bana, Edgar RamirezJoel McHale, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy and Sean HarrisDeliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.  Hit the jump for our interview with Scott Derrickson.

Scott Derrickson in Talks to Direct Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE

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Marvel still may be without a director for Ant-Man (which is scheduled for release in a little over a year), but the studio has found its Doctor Strange director.  We learned a few months ago that a number of filmmakers were in the running to take the helm of the comics adaptation, including Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine, Brave director Mark Andrews, and horror filmmaker Scott Derrickson.  It now appears that the latter is the choice to take on the gig, as the director behind Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose is in talks to bring Doctor Strange to fruition.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for DELIVER US FROM EVIL Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, and Edgar Ramirez

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Screen Gems has released a new Deliver Us from Evil trailer for director Scott Derrickson’s (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) new supernatural thriller.  The film stars Eric Bana as a New York Detective Ralph Sarchie, who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.  This trailer focuses more on how the investigation affects Sarchie’s family, and how demonic possessions appear to be spreading like an epidemic.  It looks kind of silly, especially when you have a detective asking a woman he believes to be mentally ill, “What’s wrong witchu?”  Very compassionate.

Hit the jump to watch the new Deliver Us from Evil trailer.  The film also stars Olivia MunnJoel McHale, and Sean Harris.  Deliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.

WonderCon: DELIVER US FROM EVIL Panel Recap Featuring Jerry Bruckheimer, Scott Derrickson, Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, and Edgar Ramirez

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At WonderCon, Sony Pictures previewed a new trailer for their upcoming ‘based-on-a-true-story’ release Deliver Us From Evil.  Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and stars Joel McHale (Community), Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show!), Edgar Ramirez (Domino) and Eric Bana (Munich) were on hand to discuss the real life exorcism the film is based on, whether the cast believes it to be true and just what separates exorcism films from other genre films.  For a full recap of the Deliver Us From Evil footage shown and bullet point highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump.

CITADEL Director Ciaran Foy to Helm SINISTER 2

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A director has been chosen for the horror sequel Sinister 2Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) co-wrote and directed the first film, which revolved around a true crime writer (Ethan Hawke) who moves his family into the home where a family was previously murdered, only to stumble across Super 8 footage depicting the murders of said family and numerous others.  Though Derrickson returned to co-write the sequel with Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill, he opted to step back and let another filmmaker take the helm, and he announced on Twitter this evening that Citadel director Ciaran Foy will be taking the reigns of Sinister 2.  Hit the jump for more.

SINISTER Director Scott Derrickson in the Running to Direct DOCTOR STRANGE; Jonathan Levine and Mark Andrews Still in the Mix

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A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson.  Derrickson mostly has a horror background.  His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Infernoand he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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First Trailer for Supernatural Thriller DELIVER US FROM EVIL Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn [Updated with International Trailer]

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Screen Gems has released the first trailer for director Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister) supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil.  The film stars Eric Bana as a New York police officer who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.  It’s tough to make a genuinely scary horror film, but Derrickson very much succeeded with last year’s Sinister and this trailer shows the director’s penchant for building tension.  Though the trailer is pretty light on plot, it does a nice job of conveying the mood and tone of the pic, and I’m hoping the full feature offers a solid story hook.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean HarrisDeliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.

Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn Join Eric Bana in Horror Thriller BEWARE THE NIGHT

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Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty), and Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) have signed on to join Eric Bana in Screen Gems’ upcoming horror-thriller Beware The Night.  The film, being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, centers around a police officer working on a case that deals with demonic possession and other paranormal occurrences.  Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose helmer Scott Derrickson signed on to direct last fall, and he will be using a script he co-wrote alongside with Emily Rose partner Paul Boardman.  If well-received, the studio is said to be aiming for a franchise.  Hit the jump for more details.

SINISTER Blu-ray Review

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Here’s the thing about Sinister: it knows that we’re onto it.  A lot of horror movies evince a certain self-awareness, but Sinister doesn’t use it to nudge us in the ribs. It uses it to scare the holy crap out of us. The big reveal (which I daren’t mention here) involves one of the oldest clichés in the genre: the kind that makes audience members say “why don’t they just…?” and destroy the whole movie in the process. Sinister has our number, and is more than happy to punch it up as often as it can. Hit the jump for my full review.

SINISTER Sequel Moving Forward

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Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions is following the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of thought when it comes to micro-budget horror franchises.  Having seen great success with the Paranormal Activity series and with the second installment of Insidious due out later this summer, a sequel to last fall’s Sinister is now in the works.  Reportedly made for $3 million and bringing in around $80 million worldwide, the money is clearly behind forging ahead with establishing a third franchise.  Fans of the original will be happy to hear that the creative talent behind the camera will reunite for the sequel.  Hit the jump for more.

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