Sunday, July 15, 2012

NEWS UPDATE: Fantastic Four Reboot, Wolverine Cast, Independence Day Sequel and World War Z Rewrites

fantastic four reboot
Among all the big screen comic book adaptations we've seen released in theaters, 2005's "Fantastic Four" and its 2007 sequel "Rise of the Silver Surfer" definitely rank among the worst. Considering this, Fox has big plans for a reboot. To this end, they have brought in director Josh Trank, whose debut feature "Chronicle" was one of this year's sleeper hits, and writer Jeremy Slater and assigned them the task of bringing forth a much better movie for all you Fantastic Four fans out there. Stay tuned for more details.

wolverine hugh jackman
The cast for the Wolverine reboot has been officially announced. "The Wolverine", directed by James Mangold ("Identity", "Walk the Line") will star Hiroyuki Sanada ("The Last Samurai"), Hal Yamanouchi ("The Way Back"), Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Will Yun Lee ("Die Another Day"). The latter will star as the villain, Harada, also known as The Silver Samurai. Also, Jessica Biel has been offered the role of Viper, but nothing official has been announced, yet. Hugh Jackman will reprise the role of Wolverine. The movie will take place in Japan and will follow the comic book arc from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.

independence day movie poster
With all these reboots it's almost hard to believe there are still genuine sequels out there these days. But, here's one franchise that won't go the reboot way. Dean Devlin and Ronald Emmerich have announced that they are actively working on the sequel to their 1996 blockbuster hit "Independence Day". According to previous intel, Fox was actually planning to make two sequels which would be shot back-to-back "Lord of the Rings"-style. Here's what Devlin and Emmerich had to say about the sequel :
"I can tell you that Roland and I have been working together for the first time in 11 years and we’re every excited about the idea of doing it. Whether or not we can make this happen, if we can get all the pieces to come together, that’s gonna be challenging. But creatively, for the very first time since we did the original, I feel we have a worthy concept, a worthy path to go.

We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one. The first one gave us all careers, and we really love that movie and loved the experience. We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one — that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money. "

world war z on set pictureThe production of "World War Z" is still dealing with difficulties. As previously reported, director Marc Forster received a lot of criticism for not being able to control the project which spun out of control because of delays and budget issues. It was also reported that screenwriter Damon Lindelof ("Prometheus") was brought in to do some late rewrites. Now, the rewrite problem seems to have worsened. The latest news state that Lindelof was indeed called in to rewrite the ending of the movie, but due to a very crowded schedule had to drop his work on the script before finishing the rewrites. Drew Goddard ("Cloverfield", "The Cabin in the Woods " was hired as a replacement to fix the third act. As soon as the screenplay is done, Forster can begin the reshoots and hopefuly the movie can meet its June 21, 2013 release date.


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