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Disney Panels – LIVE BLOG – Frankenweenie, Oz, Wreck-It Ralph

Posted on 12 July 2012 by Amber

Please check back here at 2:05pm today (Thursday) as we live blog from the Disney panels in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con!


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BREAKING NEWS: Spiderman 4 Is Dead – Sony Rebooting The Entire Franchise.

Posted on 11 January 2010 by Andrew


Holy Cow!  Recently there had been rumors of script problems and pre-production quarrels on Spiderman 4.  John Malkovich was supposed to play the villain (Vulture) and the movie was set for a summer release in 2011.  Not anymore.  Today Sony announced that they are terminating the Spiderman 4 movie and taking the franchise in a new direction.  James Vanderbilt will still be the writer, but there will be a new cast, new director, new story.

I don’t think many people saw this coming.  The last three Spiderman movies under Sam Raimi were very profitable and really helped spawn the modern superhero movie era.  Now it seems that they want to go back to basics, and have Peter Parker be in high school again.  This could work out well but a reboot so soon seems like a huge risk, especially since a whole new cast has to be assembled now, and many viewers may be turned off by an entirely new Spiderman just a few years after Spiderman 3.  I think Raimi made the right choice though in dropping Spiderman 4.  He wasn’t very pleased with the studio on the last movie and many fans voiced their displeasure with the movie all over the Internet.  He realized that he couldn’t get this next sequel done before it’s 2011 release date and decided to leave the project altogether.  Maybe his World of Warcraft movie will come much sooner now.  I’ve pasted the full press release from Sony below.

Culver City, CA (January 11, 2010) — Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012.

Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.

The new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.

“A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three Spider-Man films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise. Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We’re very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter’s roots and we look forward to working once again with Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin on this new beginning,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job,” said Sam Raimi.

“We have had a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration and friendship with Sam and Tobey and they have given us their best for the better part of the last decade. This is a bittersweet moment for us because while it is hard to imagine Spider-Man in anyone else’s hands, I know that this was a day that was inevitable,” said Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, who has served as the studio’s chief production executive since the beginning of the franchise. “Now everything begins anew, and that’s got us all tremendously excited about what comes next. Under the continuing supervision of Avi and Laura, we have a clear vision for the future of Spider-Man and can’t wait to share this exciting new direction with audiences in 2012.”

“Spider-Man will always be an important franchise for Sony Pictures and a fresh start like this is a responsibility that we all take very seriously,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. “We have always believed that story comes first and story guides the direction of these films and as we move onto the next chapter, we will stay true to that principle and will do so with the highest respect for the source material and the fans and moviegoers who deserve nothing but the best when it comes to bringing these stories and characters to life on the big screen.”

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This will get the W.O.W people off the computer

Posted on 22 July 2009 by David


It seems its becoming more and more official. Last few years there were rumblings about the World of War Craft movie. With the extreme extreme popularity of the game, it was only a matter of time. Of course we know that every frame and every detail will be examined to be sure its authentic and true to the game. We know who you are.

So what are the details? Everyones favorite Evil Dead and Spiderman director Sam Raimi is going to be directing the live action version.

“Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment are mounting the film, and Warner Bros. will co-finance and distribute. The team boasts an impressive pedigree: In addition to the director of “Spider-Man,” the partners have added “The Dark Knight” producer Charles Roven to the creative mix.”–

It will be interesting to see how Bruce Campbell fits into the movie.

More information will follow as production starts.

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