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Post02 May 2006 04:59 pm
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Hey what's up guys, don't know if you've heard, but the other day Marvel announced a bunch of movies they're working on. Never thought I'd be excited to see an Ant Man movie get made.

From www.marvel.com:

Los Angeles, CA (April 28, 2006) Aggressively pursuing its strategy to develop and produce a new slate of feature films, Marvel Studios - a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) - has engaged director/actor/writer Jon Favreau to direct the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Iron Man. Additionally, the studio has tapped several screenwriters to pen scripts based on some of its marquee Super Hero franchises. The projects to which screenwriters are now attached and have officially begun development include Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Ant Man, Captain America, Nick Fury and Thor. The announcement was made today by Avi Arad, Chairman of Marvel Studios.




Iron Man (character bio)
For the legendary Super Hero Iron Man, Jon Favreau will direct the film and develop the script with the writing team of Arthur Marcum and Matt Holloway (Convoy). Favreau's directing credits include Elf and Zathura: A Space Adventure.


Incredible Hulk (character bio)
Zak Penn, who previously collaborated with Marvel on X2, Fantastic Four, and the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand, will write a new Incredible Hulk film, inspired by the larger-than-life green giant. Under Marvel's arrangement with Universal, Marvel will develop and produce the Incredible Hulk as a major theatrical release, with Universal retaining various distribution rights.


Ant Man (character bio)
Writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) will direct, and co-write with writing partner Joe Cornish, the feature film based on cult-favorite Ant Man. Edgar will also co-produce with his Big Talk Productions partner Nira Park.


Captain America (character bio)
David Self has been tapped to write Captain America, inspired by Marvel's venerable all-American super soldier. Self's credits include Thirteen Days and Road to Perdition, in addition to numerous rewrites on various studio films. He also worked with Marvel on two other projects: Namor, the Sub-Mariner for Universal, and Deathlok for Paramount.


Nick Fury (character bio)
Marvel's Super Hero with military roots, the iconic super spy Nick Fury,
will be brought to life by action/adventure screenwriter Andrew Marlowe. Marlowe's
credits include Air Force One, End of Days, and Hollow Man.


Thor (character bio)
The legendary Norse Thunder deity, Thor, will hammer his way to the big screen with the help of screenwriter Mark Protosevich. Protosevich wrote one of this summer's highly-anticipated films, Poseidon. His credits also include The Cell.
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Post04 May 2006 05:30 am
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Marvel like the rest of us, apparently trying to forget their first attempt at The Hulk movie.
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Yeah I'm looking forward to this one, from what I hear they're bringing in the Abomination as the villain, so we'll get to see some Hulk vs. big hulk-ish villian action. Wonder if they're going to get Eric Bana to reprise the role, because I think he did a decent job with the first one, just with not exactly the best script to work from, kind of like Clooney in Batman and Robin.
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Post04 May 2006 08:41 pm
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I look at that list and cringe. An endless barrage of special effects, gratuitously overlong fight sequences, etc., etc. Are there still fresh ideas and images to be incorporated into superhero comic films?

Now, if they can generate a good script, and pair it with a careful director, some of those may end up being decent at the very least. But I'm not holding my breath...
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Post05 May 2006 11:32 am
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Out of everything on that list I'm most looking forward to seeing what Edgar Wright is going to do to Ant Man, if he'll play it straight or go for a more comedic angle, which he's known for. Personally I think there are still plenty of fresh things that can be done with the superhero and comic book genre of film adaptations, it's just a matter of whether or not the filmmakers and studios choose to use it to tell fresh stories, i.e Sin City or Batman Begins, or if they turn out to be another mindless empty action flick, i.e. Elektra.
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Post10 May 2006 11:56 am
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I guess I'm in the minority, but I actually enjoyed watching the first Hulk movie. I loved the way now Oscar winning director Ang Lee approached the film and it was like watching a living, breathing comic book. It was a great character piece and while I wasn't too fond of the ending, the action with the tanks, the underground base and the jets were flat out amazing. And I do hope they bring Eric Bana back as Bruce Banner. He's a great actor (see Chopper and Munich if you doubt me) and was really good in the first Hulk. Would be a shame to replace this talented Aussie.

The others I'm not too fond of, expect Captain America and Nick Fury. If these scripts are made just right and are given the right directors... then they could be the next big comic franchises. If not, they'll be the next laughing stock like Electra and Daredevil.

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Post11 May 2006 02:11 am
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vinnyg wrote:
If not, they'll be the next laughing stock like Electra and Daredevil.


Uuuuuhhh............. Please don't mention Daredevil. I didn't think Hulk was anything special (but it was much better than the aforementioned "Laughing Stock"). The one I am hanging out for is Thor. Oh man, I hope it turns out to be some twisted B-grade nordic action movie with super cheesy dialogue and hammers. Really BIG hammers. And really bad lightning effects. You cant have a B-grade nordic-mythology-action-comic film without bad lightning effects
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Post27 Jul 2006 02:45 pm
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I see one good thing coming out of this. Creative control by Marvel, not some Hollywood studio. No more turning Dr Doom into Donald Trump. I look forward to where this leads. Anytime power shifts away from the big studios and back to creators, I'm happy. Then again, Marvel Comics is just a big comic book studio.. sigh.. eh.. I'll take what I can get.
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