Fox Sets Screenwriter David James Kelly for WOLVERINE Sequel; Director James Mangold and Star Hugh Jackman Expected to Return

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On the heels of the news that Fox set a release date for The Wolverine sequel, a new report has the studio tapping screenwriter David James Kelly to pen the script.  His resume is a little light, with only his 2010 short Straw Man making it to production, but he is also behind a rewrite of the planned Daredevil movie reboot.

Perhaps the more interesting tidbit from this write-up is that it confidently asserts that both director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman will return to their respective roles.  We don’t have official word of either being signed on yet, but since their last effort made over $400 million world-wide (and Jackman’s pretty much become synonymous with the title character), it’s a safe bet that Fox will work to get them both back.  Hit the jump for more.

Fox Announces Release Dates for THE FANTASTIC FOUR 2, WOLVERINE Sequel, Untitled Marvel Film, TAKEN 3, Ridley Scott Project, and More [Updated]

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20th Century Fox announced a bunch of release dates tonight:

  • The Fantastic Four reboot is still casting for a 2015 release, but Fox is ready to plan The Fantastic Four 2 for July 14, 2017.
  • The sequel to The Wolverine hits theaters March 3, 2017. [Update: Deadline reports that Fox has set David James Kelly to pen the sequel, which returns James Mangold to the helm with Hugh Jackman starring.]
  • An untitled Marvel film is scheduled for July 13, 2018.
  • Liam Neeson returns for Taken 3 on January 9, 2015.
  • An unspecified Ridley Scott feature is dated for March 4, 2016.
  • Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service (now October 24, 2014) and an untitled Vince Vaughn vehicle (now March 6, 2015) switched release dates.
  • Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe is pushed back from January 16, 2015 to October 2, 2015.

More on the Marvel stuff after the jump.

James Mangold Says He’s Planning to Shoot THE WOLVERINE 2 after Bryan Singer Films X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t hit theaters for a couple more months, but the X-Men movie franchise is humming right along as director Bryan Singer already has his eye on the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse (a couple days ago, we reported that the film will take place in the 1980s).  But what about the world’s most popular mutant, Wolverine?  Last year, we reported that The Wolverine director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman were planning to make another spin-off featuring the character.  Jackman noted that “there are some really cool ideas“, but didn’t want to move forward until they had something great.

It looks like they still have plenty of time to figure out what that is, but there is at least an idea of when The Wolverine 2 might happen.  Hit the jump for more.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

Producer Hutch Parker Talks the Quicksilver Sequence, the Possibility of Crossing Over with Marvel, Sentinels, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Last year, when Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was filming in Montreal, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  For those not familiar with the story, the movie finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the distant future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  Trust me, Days of Future Past is a very cool storyline, and a perfect way to have the old and new cast in one film.

During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with producer Hutch Parker.  He talked about how the project came together, what it was like the first time Fassbender and Ian Mckellan met, the Quicksilver sequence, the use of 3D, the possibilities of crossing over with Marvel, if they’re planting seeds for where the franchise can go next, the Sentinels, the VFX, Easter eggs, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg Talks the Evolution of the Script, Time Travel, the X-MEN Franchise, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox owns many of my favorite Marvel characters.  Since Marvel has done such an amazing job combining their various characters across their movies, I was wondering when Fox might do something similar with the ones they own.  During a group interview with writer-producer Simon Kinberg on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past last summer, he revealed the studio was finally thinking about it:

“Fox is a very different place than it was when I made X-Men 3 there. And it’s been evolving since X3 to First Class to this, and there’s no question that the Marvel model has influenced and inspired them. We approached this movie from the standpoint of what to do with the universe rather than what to do with the story. We talked about other Marvel properties at Fox and talked a lot about what the future stories would be, whether they followed the cast in the future or the cast in the past and they’re all about trying to do what Marvel’s done and create different platforms for different stories.”

During the rest of the great interview, Kinberg talked about the evolution of the script, time travel, changes from the comic storyline, the X-Men franchise, having both casts in the film, the challenges of scheduling the various actors, how he approached the Sentinels, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

TOP 5: Our Favorite Movies of 2013, New Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, First Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, Cinemath

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Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.

Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth EvansThe Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Year in Review: Top 10 Posters of 2013

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We report on a lot of posters and trailers.  These little bits of advertising are crucial in steering fan anticipation for blockbusters or bringing attention to smaller movies.  Posters and trailers serve a purpose, and they’re not easy to make.  Dozens of posters and trailers are created for movies, and studios carefully select the ones they feel will work the best and have the broadest appeal.  Sadly, when it comes to posters, many of the designs are generic.  The recent trends are “Back to the Audience”, “Gigantic Tagline”, and “Sparks and Debris”.  I’ve chosen ten posters from 2013 that took a chance, broke the mold, and came away with something eye-catching and original.

Hit the jump for my top 10 posters of 2013, and come back tomorrow for the top 10 trailers of 2013.

New to Blu-ray: THE WOLVERINE, NASHVILLE Criterion Collection, THE HANGOVER Trilogy, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Director James Mangold Talks Developing THE WOLVERINE for Fox, Depicting Japan in the Film, and the Status of THE WOLVERINE 2

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There weren’t really any expectations for The Wolverine.  Following the less-said-the-better one-two punch of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins Wolverine, the series and its franchise star James ‘Logan’ Howlett (aka Wolverine) seemed more than a little overripe.  There just didn’t seem much left to mine from The Wolverine.  The character, the obvious standout of X-Men and X2, now felt repetitive and dull.  Just the same note of false bravado masking seething rage repeated ad infinitum.  Which is why The Wolverine was such an unexpected surprise.  Less a comic book than a drama that just so happens to star a guy with claws, The Wolverine unearthed hidden depths of its titular character.  In the hands of filmmaker James Mangold, the archly hyper-masculine Wolverine became a tragic figure of ineffectual heroism.  What happens when the hero can’t save the day?  Who does he then become?  How does he then define himself?

Last night, Fox hosted a screening of The Wolverine in anticipation of the film’s release on Blu-ray & DVD today.  After the screening, James Mangold spoke one-on-one with Collider about pitching such a relatively small scale and idiosyncratic tent-pole blockbuster to Fox, the representation of Japan within the film and how The Wolverine deconstructs the superhero genre. In addition Mangold gave a status update on the development and writing of the recently announced sequel The Wolverine 2. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Hugh Jackman Talks THE WOLVERINE Sequel; Says “There Are Some Really Cool Ideas”

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With this summer’s The Wolverine, we finally got a standalone film for one of the most popular X-Men characters that actually did the titular mutant justice.  Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman crafted a Western throwback that honored the spirit of the character while bringing a more intimate approach to the superhero genre—for once our hero wasn’t working to save an entire city (or the world) from destruction.  Audiences responded positively to the tune of $414 million worldwide, and Fox appeared to be happy with the film as well, as we learned last week that the studio is in negotiations with Mangold and Jackman to return for another Wolverine film.

While very few details were revealed in last week’s report, Jackman has now spoken up a bit with regards to a potential The Wolverine follow-up, noting that he’s been talking with Mangold about ideas but he won’t be moving forward until they stumble on something great.  Read on after the jump.

James Mangold and Hugh Jackman Planning to Make another WOLVERINE Spin-Off

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James Mangold‘s The Wolverine partially succeeded simply because it went against the trend of current superhero movies.  The spin-off sequel was still stuck between serious drama and cartoonish action, but at least the stakes were worthwhile without having to put the entire world at jeopardy (that plotline will come with Wolverine’s next adventure, X-Men: Days of Future Past).   With Iron Man stopping an army off Extremis soldiers, Thor battling to save his world of Asgard, helicarriers crashing into Washington D.C. in Captain America’s upcoming film, and Guardians of the Galaxy having to, well, guard an entire galaxy, Wolverine can be the only game in town where a superhero can fight for lower stakes but maintain the personal drama.

Hit the jump for how this game might continue with Mangold, Hugh Jackman, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

THE WOLVERINE 4-Disc Blu-ray Contains Extended, Unrated Cut, Alternate Ending, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Tour, and More

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20th Century Fox has announced the home entertainment release for The Wolverine.  The biggest release will be the “Unleashed Extended Edition”, which is the 4-disc set that contains the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy along with the most features.  The big highlights in terms of the extras are a making-of feature, an alternate ending, and a tour of the X-Men: Days of Future Past set. The 2-disc Blu-ray has all the same features as the 4-disc set minus the unrated cut and director James Mangold’s audio commentary.

Hit the jump for a list of features.  The Wolverine will be available on Digital HD on November 19th, and on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 3rd.

Weekend Box Office: 2 GUNS Leads with $27.3 Million; SMURFS 2 Struggles in Third

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Universal’s 2 Guns took top honors at the domestic box with an estimated $27.3 million this weekend. That’s a solid debut: meaning the action comedy is neither a disappointment nor a breakout hit. But this morning’s bigger story may be Sony’s Smurfs 2. Two years after The Smurfs became a surprise blockbuster worldwide, the sequel is failing to generate interest at the domestic box office.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  2 Guns $27,300,000 $27.3
2.  The Wolverine $21,725,000 $95
3.  Smurfs 2 $18,200,000 $27.7
4.  The Conjuring $13,660,000 $108.5
5.  Despicable Me 2 $10,391,000 $326.6
6.  Grown Ups 2 $8,100,000 $116.4
7.  Turbo $6,400,000 $69.4
8.  Red 2 $5,650,000 $45.1
9.  The Heat $4,725,000 $145.5
10.  Pacific Rim $4,570,000 $92.9

THE COLLISION: Episode 54 – Comic-Con and THE WOLVERINE

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, but we try to take it from the perspective of a devoted convention attendee rather than the jaded journalists that we are.  We talk about the appeal of the convention, its difficulties, its relationship with marketing, and how other conventions, namely Dragon Con, compare.  We also talk about The Wolverine, which had a brief presentation at Comic-Con.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Pacific Rim), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: THE WOLVERINE Claims First with $55 Million; Excellent Hold for THE CONJURING

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As the only major studio release this weekend, it’s no shock to find The Wolverine in first place. With an estimated $55 million from 3,924 locations, the sixth entry in Fox’s X-Men franchise more than doubled the total of the second place The Conjuring but still managed to look a bit disappointing in the process.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Wolverine $55,000,000 $55
2.  The Conjuring $22,130,000 $83.8
3.  Despicable Me 2 $16,000,000 $306.3
4.  Turbo $13,325,000 $55.7
5.  Grown Ups 2 $11,500,000 $101.6
6.  Red 2 $9,400,000 $35
7.  Pacific Rim $7,540,000 $84
8.  The Heat $6,850,000 $141.2
9.  R.I.P.D. $5,900,000 $24.3
10.  Fruitvale Station $4,657,000 $6.3

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