James McAvoy is currently doing press for his upcoming British crime-thriller Welcome to the Punch, and he was asked about a few franchise films. The biggest question, naturally, was about X-Men: Days of Future Past. McAvoy said he hadn’t read the script yet (he signed on for multiple movies, so it doesn’t matter if he’s read the screenplay yet or not) because he’s busy doing Macbeth on London’s West End. However, he says he “honestly can’t wait to read it and find out what I’m doing, but I’ve just got no time right now.” Spoiler alert: He’s going to put his index finger and his middle finger to his forehead when using telepathy. But when he finds out that Professor X has joined a murderball league, that’s when things are going to get interesting.
Hit the jump for what McAvoy had to say about his involvement in The Crow reboot and the status on Wanted 2.
The new NBC drama series Chicago Fire, from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (the Law & Order franchise) and creators/writing partners Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, follows the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. The job is both exhilarating and highly stressful for the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, who save lives by running headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. The series stars Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Eamonn Walker, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett, Monica Raymund and Lauren German.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas talked about how they got involved with Dick Wolf and came to be working in television, how spending time with real firefighters influenced what they wanted the show to be, what they like about getting to tell an open-ended story in the long-term, what a luxury it is to see what they’ve written make it to the screen so quickly, how it was to see the ensemble cast come together and bring their characters to life, and how they will be able to balance their work on the show with feature films. They also talked about how they’re currently working on the second draft of the Wanted sequel, how Overdrive (starring Karl Urban) came about, what led them to adapt Billionaire’s Vinegar for the screen, and why their partnership works so well. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
This weekend’s box office turned out to be pretty predictable. Brave, the thirteenth feature from fan-favorite Pixar studios, came out on top with an estimated $66.7 million from 4,127 locations. Easy to see that one coming. More of a question mark was Fox’s R-rated counter-programmer Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Many expected the film to crash in epic fashion; and while $16.5 million from 3,106 locations is not great, it is better than Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy managed last weekend so… yay?
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For anyone who was clamoring for Wanted 2, it’s been a disappointing past four years. After listening to Mark Millar talk out of his ass about how far the sequel is coming along, Angelina Jolie dropped out, but then there was a glimmer of progress when original writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt signed on last fall. Since then, word has been quiet, but director Timur Bekmambetov provided an update on the project this past weekend at the press junket for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Hit the jump for more.
I thought I could rest easy knowing an unncessary sequel to 2008′s Wanted was pretty much dead. Turns out I’m in for some sleepless nights. The Wrap has confirmed a tweet from screenwriter Derek Haas than he and his writing partner Michael Brandt will return to pen the script for Wanted 2. Wanted co-writer Chris Morgan (Fast Five) wasn’t mentioned so presumably he’s currently out on this one although it’s possible he could be brought in down the road. Additionally, it’s unknown whether Timur Bekmambetov will return to direct.
The new movie is “going to take off after the events of what just happened,” says Haas. “Pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round.” Putting aside the fact that taking off after the events of what just happened is the standard definition of a sequel, it’s noteworthy that Haas says they intend to bring back Wesley (James McAvoy) but makes no mention of Fox (Angelina Jolie). You may recall that getting Jolie back was a major sticking point in getting the sequel off the ground but she dropped out to do Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (which she also dropped out of). No word if they plan to recast the role or simply bring in a new love-interest. My guess would be the latter since it’s a difficult plot move to bring back the character in the first place.
Even with Angelina Jolie popping up everywhere to promote her new spy/thriller Salt, her efforts were not enough to knock Christopher Nolan’s Inception out of the number one spot yesterday. Salt debuted with an estimated $12.7 million from 3,612 locations. That is under the $19 million Jolie brought in on day one for 2008’s Wanted but considering that Tom Cruise, the man who originally passed on the role, took three days last month to bring in a comparable amount for Knight & Day, I’d say Sony has a lot to be happy about this morning. Inception added another $13.3 million to its domestic total on Friday after passing the $100 million mark on Thursday – a remarkable achievement in this year of sequels, 3D and 3D-sequels. The week’s other new release, Ramona & Beezus, came in fifth with an estimated $2.9 million from 2,719 venues – though the Selena Gomez family film could swap places with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice once the official numbers are refined. Check back tomorrow for full coverage of the weekend box office.
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Mark Millar is a writer of note. His comic books have been the basis of both Wanted as well as the new movie Kick-Ass, which comes out this spring. So when you find out that Millar is working on a movie that he’s going to be directing and writing, and it’s going to start filming this summer, its news. STV got a chance to touchdown with the writer, who makes the movie sound like any film enthusiast’s dream.
In the interview, Millar describes his inspiration of the movie coming from District 9, a sci-fi epic that doesn’t ever touch the normal film settings like New York or Los Angeles but branches out to South Africa. Millar’s movie would center on a completely original superhero, taking place in Scotland, comprising of an entirely unknown Scottish cast, and working exclusively with Scottish crew members. He claims it will have the 21st century vibe of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, while also being “As cool as X-Men 2“, all while having a unique Scottish flavor. Kick-Ass looks awesome, and I found Wanted to be surprisingly great, so I completely support wherever Millar goes with this endeavor. He says the film is to start shooting in June or July.
Money, money, money. That seems to be the best explanation for why Universal might still proceed with Wanted 2, the sequel to the graphic novel by Mark Millar that turned into a smash hit at the box office, Wanted, despite earlier reports that Angelina Jolie had dropped out and Universal might bury the movie. Fans of the film (the graphic novel was only loosely adapted) will know that Jolie played the smoking-hot Fox, and that she had a significant role. Today, STV released an interview with Millar, and he suggests that money will be too much of an influence for Universal not to proceed with the sequel, though they will have to rewrite portions of the script, obviously.
For how much Wanted actually made, more details on the film, and the entire video interview, hit the jump.
Wanted was way more fun than it had any right to be. So while I was looking forward to the sequel, there was always the lingering question of whether the madcap frenzy that made Wanted such a blast could be repeated–and if it could, would that be the makings of a good popcorn movie or just lukewarm leftovers? It so happens that we’ll never find out, because Angelina Jolie has dropped out of Wanted 2 according to Vulture, which in turn inspired Universal to bury the project.
But don’t fret too much: when the movie gods close a door, they open a window. Jolie has reportedly set her sights on Gravity, a space thriller from Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón. Details on the project after the break.