Snyder takes on Superman, Zod. Plus: X-Men: First Class to recreate scene from first film. Actor eying Luke Cage role. Bale prepping for Batman and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.5!
An unconfirmed rumor from Bleeding Cool indicates that X-Men: First Class will be more closely linked to the original film series than we might have imagined.
Fans will recall that the original X-Men opened with a depiction of young Eric Lensherr being stripped away from his parents by German soldiers during the occupation of Poland in 1944. The scene revealed the mutant ability of the boy who would become Magneto and set the tone of the film series as grounded in reality and highly-dramatic.
According Bleeding Cool, that riveting opening from the original is being recreated "shot-by-shot" and then expanded on for First Class. Bill Milner (Son of Rambow) will be playing young Lensherr in the new sequence. The also add:
...when the sequence does deviate, it’s with some very dramatic twists… which we’ll be keeping under our hats for now, I’m afraid.
Director Matthew Vaughn had video reference of the original sequence on tap for the cast and crew during their prep for shooting this sequence, and for the shots that are mirrored, the attention to detail is apparently quite exhaustive.
X-Men: First Class arrives in theaters next June.
It's huge news that we've been waiting for for quite some time and Deadline.com broke the story yesterday evening: Zack Snyder has been given the job of directing the new Superman movie under producer (and Bat-genius Christopher Nolan).
Snyder enjoyed early success as a director with his Dawn of the Dead remake but broke out in a big way with his stylish, crowd-pleasing adaptation of Frank Miller's comic 300. That movie, along with follow-ups Watchmen and The Legend of the Guardians have cemented Snyder's reputation as a visually stylish director. Comic-Con trailers for his upcoming Sucker Punch promise to push that rep even further.
The Hollywood Reporter adds some details to the story. Confirmed is the fact that Nolan's Batman collaborator David Goyer is writing the script for the film. They claim that the movie will share some linkage to Richard Donner's original series and that the villain of the new movie will be General Zod.
Shortly after the scoop broke there, Snyder began making the rounds, chatting up the Hollywood trades and other film sites to confirm the information.
"I've been a big fan of the character for a long time, he's definitely the king of all superheroes, he's the one," Snyder told Deadline. "It's early yet, but I can tell you that what David and Chris have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I've always felt he was kind of awesome."
Making the character work for modern audiences will be part of the challenge. Superman is seen, and sometimes disparaged, as being a wholesome character who looks a bit quaint besides the more gritty Batmans and Wolverines of the comics world.
"All I'll say is that those guy...have created an amazing story. The 'Why [remake] Superman?' is definitely being looked at with care, that's all I could hope for as a director," Snyder told MTV News in an interview. "Everyone always says, 'Why Superman? Why is he relevant? Who is he now?'. I think those guys have done an amazing job with that. That's the real trick."
Snyder will be a producer along with wife/filmmaking partner Deborah Snyder. Charles Roven is also producing. Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull is an executive producer.
Sucker Punch will keep Snyder very busy until it's release on March 25, 2011. After that, Snyder promises that he's full steam ahead on Superman.
The Superman pic is coming together under the watchful eye of Christopher Nolan who, in sharp contrast to Snyder, is known for his meticulous story-telling. The combination of these two top-shelf filmmakers and their complimenting skill sets could mean we'll be getting an amazing Man of Steel movie.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you excited by the Snyder development? Post your comments below...
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