Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hollywood Grapevine

Hollywood Grapevine
Here are some new stories circling around movies today.

Has Marvel/Joss Whedon found their Scarlet Witch?
It was reported last week that actress Elizabeth Olsen is final negotiations for Scarlet Witch in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Who is Elizabeth Olsen? If I had to describe her, I'd call her the Olsen sister with talent. Yes, she's the sister of the Olsen twins, but don't let that fool you. She is actually good, check her out in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Silent House," and "Liberal Arts." She seems to finally be breaking into the mainstream with the upcoming "Oldboy" and "Godzilla" remake too. 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (from Kick-Ass) is still attached to play her brother, Quicksilver, but that has yet to be confirmed. All I know for right now is that the Scarlet Witch character is in excellent hands, nicely played Whedon.

The X-Men movies and new Fantastic Four movies will share universe.
It looks like we can expect to see a movie featuring Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and The Thing fighting side by side, and one where Patrick Stewart's Professor X has intellectual conversations with Reed Richards.

Mark Millar, Fox's new Marvel guru, says that the current X-Men franchise and the upcoming Fantastic Four rebooted franchise will share the same universe. I feel Fox has seen the success of what Marvel has been doing independently over the passed few years, and they want to cash in themselves.

The Fantastic Four reboot is being directed by Josh Trank, who directed last year's "Chronicle." This is exciting news, because I think we will actually get a great Fantastic Four movie. And we can expect adventures with X-Men sometime after!

The Fantastic Four reboot will hit theaters on March 6th, 2015.

Ben Affleck exits "The Stand," Scott Cooper steps in.
For years now, Hollywood has been trying hard to get Stephen King's epic story "The Stand" to life. I for one, would love to see a movie version of "The Stand." It truly is one of Stephen King's best works and deserves better than the television version we got back in the mid-1990's. Marvel comics took a stab at a comic version of the story recently, with interesting results.

The story is essentially "Lord of the Rings" in America. After a deadly virus kills 97% of the world's population, the survivors begin to choose sides, one led by Mother Abigail, a 100+ year old woman who has visions of God, and the other side led by Randall Flagg, who gives the term "dark lord" a whole new meaning. The two sides quickly become aware of each other, and they know they are a threat to each other. Which leads four volunteers from Mother Abigail's side to walk cross-country to confront Flagg.

Filmmakers such as George Romero and Harry Potter's David Yates were attached to bring the book to life. It seemed for awhile that CBS Films settled for Ben Affleck. Affleck even went as far as writing a script for the movie. However, because of Batman and projects of his own, Affleck has stepped down from "The Stand." All I can say is "DAMN!" seeing Affleck's version of this material would have been unbelievable. 

CBS Films has chosen Scott Cooper to direct and write "The Stand." Cooper recently directed "Crazy Heart" in 2009 with Jeff Bridges, a movie I love very much. "The Stand" and "Crazy Heart" could not be more different from each other, but that doesn't mean anything bad. What I am curious about is how Cooper plans to adapt the book. "The Stand" is a 1100+ page long book, if it were up to me, I'd go the "Lord of the Rings" route, making at least three 3-hour-long movies. But I am not sure, if that is CBS's plan. That could be a big deal, as "The Stand" is rich with characters and details, its a sprawling story that needs the necessary respect to flourish. 

I want every Stephen King adaptation to be good, and I hope this one is too.

That's all my stories for right now, catch you all later. Thanks for reading.

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