Singer back on 'X-Men'. Plus: 3 more join 'Thor'! A 'Spider-Man 4' death spiral? 'Wolverine' pirate to walk the plank and more. Privatizing national security, it's your Comics2Film 9.12.17!
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Fans will recall that early last summer, a work print of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' was leaked online several weeks ahead of the movie, causing potentially large damages to 20th Century Fox's box office take on the film.
Yesterday a new chapter unfolded in the drama. Variety reports that one Gilberto Sanchez was arrested at his Bronx home on Wednesday for being pirate zero: that is he is being charged with uploaded the work print to the megaupload.com site, from which the print spread.
He was indicted on the charges by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles last Thursday. If the 47 year-old man is convicted of a crime Sanchez could face up to three years in prison as well as a fine of a quarter of a million dollars.
At this point the larger mystery remains of how Sanchez got the film, but it's not hard to imagine he'll be cooperating to avoid jail time and financial ruin.
The illegal copy of the movie was download anywhere from 4 million to 15 million times, depending on who you ask. Fox claims if half the people who downloaded it actually paid to see it in a theater it would have meant another $50 million in revenues for the film.
"We support the FBI’s actions and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement to prosecute individuals who steal our movies," a spokesman for Fox told Variety.
Variety reports that actress Rene Russo is the latest to join the swelling ranks of the cast of Marvel's 'Thor' movie. Russo will play Frigga, mother of the Chris Hemsworth's god of thunder and wife of Anthony Hopkins' Odin.
Over at IGN they've confirmed reports from earlier in the week that actor Jospeh Gatt (Kratos in the 'God of War' video games) is among they cast. They've also revealed that actors Troy Brenna and Josh Coxx are in the movie in unspecified roles.
However, their sources say that those three, along with Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander and Stuart Townsend are currently in stunt training on the picture.
'Thor' begins filming in January under director Kenneth Branagh with an eye towards a May 20, 2011 release.
USA Today's Paw Prints Post blog has a feature on the live-action 'Marmaduke' movie. While C2F was thinking this would be some kind of mix of CGI and live-action, it turns out director Tom Dey is going with real dogs on this one.
He also said the premise of the movie skews along the lines of a teenage romance.
"We've approached the movie like a John Hughes movie with dogs," Dey told Paw Prints. "The dog park is like high school for dogs. To make this kind of movie, you really have to understand that it is the dog's world and we just live in it."
Check out the video reel of Marmaduke acting on a green screen:
IESB has filed an exclusive report claiming that development of 'Spider-Man 4' is on "indefinite hold" in the wake of a dispute between Sony and director Sam Raimi.
Fans will recall that Raimi suffered some creative interference on the previous 'Spider-Man 3', which caused him to include the character Venom in the story in a way that didn't quite make sense. The result was a major stumble for the franchise which took a critical drubbing.
IESB now claims that the studio and Raimi have failed to agree on a villain for the film. IESB confirms that Raimi wants the Vulture (as he apparently did for the third movie). Supposedly Sony is opposed to the classic but, perhaps, out-of-date character and wants to look at more modern villains who are hot in the comics right now.
As a result "several department heads" were allegedly notified last Thursday to stop work on the movie. Supposedly the atmosphere behind the scenes is very contentious.
Sony aims to get the movie into production next year, but if they refuse to work with the script that's been developed around the Vulture, that could prove a major setback.
C2F thinks that the movie will be best served if Raimi is allowed to go with his creative instincts, rather than letting the studio committee dictate the story as happened with part 3 of the franchise.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is this the end of Sam Raimi and Spider-Man? If the current project falls apart, should they press forward with a 2010 production or regroup around the James Vanderbilt reboot? Post your comments below...
Walking the red carpet for the premiere of James Cameron's 'Avatar', director Bryan Singer revealed he's back in the X-Men family.
"I just yesterday signed a deal to do an 'X-Men: First Class Origins' picture, which is kind of cool," the director told MySpace reporters who were covering the event during a live video stream.
Rumors indicating Singer would come on board the "young X-Men" concept started earlier this year. Now the director himself confirms it.
Fans know well that Singer architected the first two 'X-Men' movies before jumping ship for the 'Superman' franchise. 'Chuck' and 'Gossip Girl' creator Josh Schwarz has been previously developing the 'First Class' movie, which some saw as a reboot of sorts for the franchise, focusing either on the original team in their young days (a la the 'First Class' comics) or perhaps an all new team of mutant teens (more like 'New Mutants' or 'Generation X').
Of course 'X-Men-Origins: Wolverine' ended in such a way as to lead into a 'First Class' feature, with young Cyclops, Emma Frost and others fleeing to the waiting protection of Professor X, just before Logan loses all memory of the events.
Watch Singer's comments at the bookmarked time (at about the 28 minute mark) in the video reel below:
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you glad to have Singer back in X-School? Post your comments below...