While Disney and Marvel were busy shooting “The Avengers” last year, Warner Brothers quietly began getting its own all-star superhero pic back on track, tapping “Gangster Squad” scribe Will Beall to write “Justice League,” based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes.
Warner Bros. had no comment on the top-secret hire, which, due to its timing, was more in anticipation of — rather than a reaction to — the box office success of “The Avengers.”
Beall has yet to turn in his “Justice League” script, though he has become a favorite scribe of Warners. He’s writing the studio’s “Lethal Weapon” reboot and its remake of “Logan’s Run,” which is expected to reteam “Gangster Squad” thesp Ryan Gosling with his “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn. Warners will release “Gangster Squad” on Sept. 7.
Warners originally tried to mount a “Justice League” movie several years ago, with George Miller directing from a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney. That iteration was set to star Adam Brody as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and then-newcomer Armie Hammer as Batman. Back in January 2008, the studio cited a lack of tax breaks as the main reason it pulled the plug on the project, which also needed a rewrite that wasn’t possible because of the writers’ strike.
DC Comics is a vital component of Warner Bros.’ intellectual property, as “Green Lantern” scribes Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green were tapped to write “The Flash” for director Greg Berlanti, while another “Green Lantern” scribe, Michael Goldenberg, was hired to write “Wonder Woman.” Additionally, Brad Peyton is working on a new draft of “Lobo,” while John Kamps and David Koepp are developing “Spy vs. Spy” as a potential directing vehicle for Ron Howard. WB also developed the “Aquaman” property several years ago.
While theyre happy to talk up their upcoming sequels to the likes of “Thor,” “Iron Man” and “Captain America”, Marvel has been keeping fairly quiet about which of the characters that havent been adapted for the screen yet will be the ones to fill the two “open slots” in their schedule.
Will it be already announced projects in development like “Doctor Strange,” “Ant-Man,” or “Guardians of the Galaxy”? Well Latino Review posted a report yesterday that indicates it just might be something else entirely – Black Panther.
In the comics, Black Panther is the name given to royal leader of the fictional African nation Wakanda – in this case a wealthy prince, brilliant scientist and highly skilled warrior named T’Challa.
His nemesis is the physicist Ulysses Klaw who murdered his father to gain access to the precious deposits of vibranium, the rare and precious metal that makes up Captain America’s shield. In pop culture, Panther is a character widely regarded as the first major black superhero.
Documentarian Mark Bailey “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” was hired a while back to pen the script, an unusual choice though the character has always been one with plenty of social commentary thrown in. Plotlines in the comic had him visiting Rudyarda an Apartheid-ruled South Africa-esque fictional nation, and clashing with the Ku Klux Klan in the American South.
Neither Marvel or Disney have confirmed or denied the reports thus far. The character fought as part of The Avengers in the comics so when that films sequel goes into production, there might be one more cast member onboard.
Casting suggestions already floating around include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie and David Oyelowo.
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Tom Hiddleston is best-known to filmgoers and Marvel fans as Loki, the fan-favorite villain in Marvel Studios Thor and this summers blockbuster hit, The Avengers. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and rose to prominence through a number of television and, more recently, major film appearances. Recent roles include F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allens Midnight in Paris and Captain Nicholls in Steven Spielbergs War Horse. He will soon portray Prince Hal/Henry V in a UK television adaptation of Shakespeares plays, and will reprise his role as Loki in Thor 2. You can follow Tom on Twitter at @twhiddleston.
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The proposed live-action “Star Wars” TV series has been in development for years now, and Den of Geek recently spoke with Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum who spoke about the tone, the projects current status, and the economic realities.
As of now, “we have spent three and a half years on and there are 50 hours totally scripted… Well, they’re all second draft scripts and it would probably take a year of prep before shooting would start, but that’s because they’re all very complex” he says.
A big concern is the content which will NOT be targeted at the kids – “These stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. [Its] so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George before in relation to Star Wars. These arent for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but its not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.
“The main factor holding it back? Cost. “The situation we have is that each episode – or if you put two hour long episodes together – is bigger than any film weve ever done. Its on the Avatar level and well only have about $5-6 million we can spend on each episode” he says.
The course has been specifically designed for participants with a wide range of abilities.
The world we know is about to end. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions will sweep the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. The only way to survive is to buy an Evac Pass, track the virus and get out before it is too late.
In a matter of months society will crumble and San Diego will be first of many cities to fall. Only a few will escape. Some won’t even try.
What is a Walker?
This is a Walker
Survival is Not a Race
The average time of completion is 35-45 minutes.
The Walking Dead Escape is not a race. No one is timed, and you are not required to run, but the slow usually die for a reason.
Be prepared to climb, crawl, and slide.
Depending on the encountered Walker, you may need to move briskly or lightly jog in an effort to avoid infection.
Hiding is recommended if confronted with a Walker horde.
Move swiftly the end is near.
The goal is to make it to the Evacuation Zone without having contact with any Walkers.
Be aware, the Government believes infection can be spread by touch.
Government Scientists will be waiting at the Evacuation Zone, and will perform a scan to determine whether or not participants have been infected by the virus.
You must start with your assigned Evacuation time in order to participate.
All participants are expected to be respectful, safe, and courteous on the course and to fellow participants. The course was designed to create a fun experience; common sense applies.
All entries are final with no refunds.
All decisions by officials are final and binding.
Absolutely no weapons allowed (real or otherwise).
All Survivors and Walkers will receive an Exclusive Special Edition of the 100th Issue of The Walking Dead.
All Spectators will receive an Exclusive Special Edition poster of the cover of the 100th Issue of The Walking Dead.
Who is the Walking Dead Escape for?
Anyone looking for a front row seat to the real-life action event of a lifetime.
Must be 16 years of age to participate.
3 Ways To Participate
Survivor – Navigate through Zombie infected Evacuation Zone.
Walker – Embrace the inevitable and become one of the undead.
Spectator – Watch the Apocalypse from the sidelines at the Escape Party.
You will select your wave time during registration. Waves will run every 20 minutes.
Thursday, July 12 / 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, July 13 / 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, July 14 / 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
You will select your evac time during the online registration process. Plan on arriving 20 minutes before your wave time to check in.
The Evacuation Route will feature multiple obstacles such as cargo nets and rope bridges.
No one will be disqualified if they are unable to complete a certain obstacle, but it may heighten the risk of infection.
All entries are final with no refunds.
Waivers will be available on Evacuation day, and must be signed and turned in at packet pickup before you can participate.
The Walking Dead Escape will be held at Petco Park in downtown San Diego, CA
Marvel Studios has begun production on Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3” in Wilmington, North Carolina and to go with it they’ve also delivered the first official still from the project.
The press release also confirms location shooting in Raleigh & Durham in North Carolina, Miami and China ahead of the release next year on May 3rd.