The Marvel movies...they just keep coming. Here's the latest news about 'Iron Man 2', 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and 'Incredible Hulk 2'...
Actor turned screenwriter Justin Theroux talked with the movie blog UGO.com about the new 'Tropic Thunder' DVD release, and his work on 'Iron Man 2'.
Theroux says he and Marvel chief Kevin Feige recently traveled to the set of Robert Downey Jr's 'Sherlock Holmes' to take a story meeting with the actor abou tthe first draft of the script.
"He was giving his input and his notes. We’re sort of there. It’s just sort of chugging along. The crews, I think, are now starting to see what they need to make, and the places that we might be going and all the rest within the story. That’s sort of one of the more exciting times."
Theroux also says he had nothing to do with replacement of Terrence Howard in the sequel. He specifically cmmented on the rumors that the role of War Marchine/Jim Rhodes had been whittled down at the request of director Jon Favreau, an event that supposedly triggered the dust up with Howard and prompted his replacement with actor Don Cheadle in the sequel.
"That’s all nonsense," Theroux insists. "Whatever their reason is, I’ll leave that up to Marvel. We’re writing the thing, virtually the same for Rhodey that we would for any actor. We’re really taking what’s going to be the most interesting story for the fans, and what are they going to enjoy watching. And whoever's in that part is going to have to play that part and make it work for Jon (Favreau) and the fans who are watching the movie."
Theroux said he hasn't met with Cheadle yet, but will likely tweak the part of Rhodey to suit the actor's voice.
When asked about the villain, Theroux declined to comment, leaving that revelation for the director to make. He also said that nothing has been dictated to him by Marvel about specific seeds that need to be in 'Iron Man 2' to play into 'The Avengers'.
"They haven’t given us any instruction as far as we want you to do this or we want you to do that. And really it’s not really a they/us kind of environment, the way they work. It’s just a bunch of guys and girls sitting in a room, trying to come up with stuff and doing what’s right for the movie and what, at the end of the day, is going to be the most interesting film that can be made. Kind of a fun film. I think once we’re sort of locked on that we’ll be able to think about how we can thread things through. There’s a couple little things that we’ve been working on, but it’s not that we’ve been taking meetings with Avengers people. It’s not like we’re six screenwriters sitting in a room from each movie and thinking about how we’re gonna work on each other’s things."
Click through for Theroux's complete comments about 'Iron Man 2' and 'Tropic Thunder'.
Hugh Jackman is out making the press rounds for 'Australia' which naturally means he'll have a bunch of reporters asking him about 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and the newly announced spinoff, 'X-Men: First Class'.
First up, IGN asked him about the sassy youth-oriented movie. Jackman said he's happy that his movie got to be the first spin-off movie, and he has no real involvement in the 'First Class' movie at this point.
At the same press junket, IESB.net also talked to Jackman, where he made similar comments about the 'First Class' movie but also talked about 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'.
"It's definitely darker than where 'X-Men' finished up. That's for sure, as it should be. It's what I'd call 'bad-ass.' It's Wolverine," the actor said in a video interview.
"He's a complicated man and Devid Benioff wrote a script that I think is beautiful. I've just seen the first cut of it and it's better," he said before trailing off into a digression with the interviewer. He also said that fans are going to enjoy the new mutants like Gambit and Deadpool, the latter of which is played by Ryan Reynolds.
"He's fantastic. He's so great...so funny," Jackman said. "There's gonna be a lot of surprises, particularly for fans."
He also made some comments to IESB that didn't make it into their video interview. He told them he wants to do another 'Wolverine' movie, "but we'll see how things turn out after May 3.”
Should the Wolverine franchise continue with Jackman, he'd want the movies to build off of 'Origins' rather than tie directly to the previous 'X-Men' movies.
Click through for the Jackman interview.
Fans remember actor Tim Blake Nelson as the quirky Dr. Sterns in this past summer's 'Incredible Hulk'. Hopefully at this point it's not a SPOILER to reveal that the film left Nelson with a brain exposed to gamma juice, a hint that he may return to the franchise as the villain The Leader.
Which is just fine with Nelson. “I know Gale Ann was talking to you guys about that recently, and I liked hearing it."
Nelson is keen to return to the role, either in a sequel or in 'The Avengers', with or without leading man Edward Norton.
“Well, I’m signed on to do ‘Hulk 2’ and ‘3’ whether Edward’s there or not, so it’s not even up to me,” he explained. “When I agreed to do ‘Hulk,’ I signed off for two sequels, so it’s a moot question. I certainly hope Edward is on the sequel — but that’s up to Marvel and Edward.”
Nelson is presently editing the film 'Leaves of Grass', which he directed and Norton stars in.
"We talked about [‘Hulk’] a little bit, yeah; we made some jokes about it,” Nelson remembered. “It’s all good, and I really do hope [the sequel] happens, for all sorts of reasons. But yeah, we did, we had a great time on ‘Hulk’ together. I’m eager to do ‘Hulk 2’ if they make it.
“I feel Edward and I are well-suited for one another. It’s really fun collaborating with him, and he made these characters [in ‘Hulk’ and ‘Leaves’] better,” explained Nelson.
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Blackfilm.com has posted a series of video interviews with the cast and crew of 'Punisher War Zone'.