Fresh off of his unorthodox portrayal of The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Oscar winner Jared Leto is going back to the comic book well once again. Leto has signed on to tackle the role of Spider-Man villain/anti-hero Morbius in the upcoming Sony film of the same name. This film is Sony’s latest attempt to spin-off of Spidey’s popularity with a feature film based on a secondary character. The studio teamed up with Marvel Comics earlier this year with the release of the Tom Hardy vehicle Venom.
The 2018 Academy Awards have come and gone and fans of horror and genre film have something to smile about this morning as there were big wins, and nominations, for genre films.
Jordan Peele’s Get Out was the winner in the Best Original Screenplay category and had nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Director (Peele).
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water was the biggest winner though with wins for Best Picture, Best Director (del Toro), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau). Shape also had nominations in Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen), Original Screenplay (del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Best Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern), Best Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira), Best Costume Design (Luis Sequeira) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins). read more
According to Deadline, Amazon is developing a new drama series based on the original Conan the Barbarian stories by Robert E. Howard.
The series will be written by Condal and directed Sapochnik, and will “...retell(s) the classic character’s story via a return to his literary origins. Driven out of his tribal homelands, Conan wanders the mysterious and treacherous world of civilization where he searches for purpose in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage.” read more
Horror News Network has been providing a lot of coverage of 20th Century Fox’s New Mutants ever since the project was labeled as a “super hero horror film”.
This idea was further confirmed today by Fox’s CEO Stacey Snider in an exclusive interview with Variety. Snider touched on a number of topics, but she made sure to confirm that the New Mutants film would indeed be “…a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers.”
She would go to say that, “New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside.” read more
Bad news just broke for anyone hoping to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the upcoming Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy: at this time the two franchises will exist in totally separate universes! While the news isn’t exactly shocking to fans who are familiar with the conditions of Marvel movie deals, it’s still disappointing to know that there’s little hope of Spider-Man existing within the world of Venom.
This confusing development is directly connected to the fact that Marvel doesn’t own the cinematic rights to all of their characters. Due to Marvel’s financial uncertainty and related dealings in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, there’s a big difference between movies which exist in the Marvel Universe and movies which exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until the anomaly known as this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, studios who own the cinematic rights to Spidey, the X-Men, and others, have been solely responsible for producing their respective movies. The disaster that was 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 created an unusual opportunity for Sony and Marvel Studios to forget that version of the franchise and create a new one in the image of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, Tom Holland got to appear as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios handled development and called all of the creative shots for Sony’s Homecoming. read more
Marvel and Sony are currently hyping the impending release of Spider-Man: Homecoming to the multiplex. According to the early buzz, it’s “oh so fun” and better than the disasters known as Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In the midst of the carefully controlled corporate message about the great pleasure Sony took in handing over all creative control to Kevin Feige, the troubled studio revealed who the villain will be in it’s upcoming Venom movie (a film they’ve got to make on their own), starring Tom Hardy. According to THR, the bad guy duties will go to the other symbiote-enhanced maniac of the Spider-Man universe… Carnage! read more
As detailed by HNN’s John Evan’s on Friday, The Mummy’s (2017) abysmal critical reception led to a domestic financial disaster at the box office with an estimated $32.2 million in ticket sales, amounting to a lot less than the average Pharaoh’s treasure. While the studio is trumpeting the global box office as a “victory” with an estimated $141 million so far, The Mummy’s domestic reception could not have been worse for a film that was supposed to usher in a “new age of god’s and monsters.” read more
Marvel has just announced via twitter that Legion has been picked up for a second season on FX.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 15, 2017
Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming at FX, praised the trippy, genre-bending series in an official press release.
Schrier stated that, “The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement. More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.” read more
Marvel comics and legendary children’s/horror author R.L. Stine have announced that they have joined forces to launch a five-part series reviving Marvel’s “Man-Thing”. Although Marvel offered Stine a few characters to work with, it was his affinity for swamp creatures that made him decide on “Man-Thing”.
Known for his hugely popular “Goosebumps” titles, Stine told the New York Times that he first aspired to be a comic artist at a young age. “I started doing these little comic books in the fourth grade”, he told the Times, but he quickly realized he had no talent for illustration; “I was terrible,” he said. “I had no choice but to be a writer.” read more
Before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby released Fantastic Four #1 in November of 1961, which ushered in the “Marvel Age of Comics”, Marvel was most famous for their plethora of giant monster titles which began in the mid-1950’s and continued into the early 1970’s. Most of these city crushing creatures graced titles such as Strange Worlds, Strange Tales, Amazing Adventures, Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish. Although these titles would soon feature house-hold names such as Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk, they were once the domain of the sci-fi monsters of the 50’s. read more