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Amazon Developing New Jack Ryan TV Series | ScreenRant

Months after it was announced that Lee Child was bringing his Jack Reacher character to television, the series is officially in development at Amazon, with Scorpion creator Nick Santora on board as executive producer and showrunner. The news that the title character of Child’s series of novels would no longer be played by Tom Cruise in feature films was delivered last year, with the author stating he had regained the rights to his work and would be shopping it around to various networks and streaming services, in an effort to deliver an ongoing series with an actor who more closely resembled the character as he was depicted on page. 

It’s an interesting step for the author to take, as although both films, Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, were only modest hits (they roughly grossed a combined $400 million worldwide), they benefitted greatly from the name of their star, as well as the presence of Mission: Impossible writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. Nevertheless, Child has been adamant that the character of Reacher should be someone well over six feet tall and, as described in the books, has “hands the size of dinner plates.” Though the casting search is presumably on, it would seem the Jack Reacher series will have the full weight of Amazon Prime Video, as well as Skydance and Paramount Television, behind it. 

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As reported by Variety, the series will make for a one-two punch of testosterone-driven action fare, featuring dudes named Jack, as Reacher will be well positioned alongside the recently rebooted Jack Ryan series, starring John Krasinski. That series is also produced by Paramount and Skydance, making the acquisition of Reacher something of a no-brainer and a solid addition to the streamer’s growing lineup of action-oriented original programming. 

The question now becomes what sort of series Jack Reacher will be under the stewardship of Santora and Child, who also comes on board the project as an executive producer. Because Child was so invested in recasting the character to fit his description in the books, it stands to reason that he’ll be angling for the series itself to hew closer to the kind of storytelling seen in the novels as well. How that will differentiate the series from the Tom Cruise films remains to be seen, but an obvious angle might be for the show to push the envelope further than the PG-13 rated movies with regard to its content.

As for now, the process of finding the new Jack Reacher will likely take precedence for Santora and Child, as the new series will likely be marketed at least partially on the chosen actor’s physical resemblance to the wandering hero. Until then, it looks like it’ll be a good time to speculate as to who best can walk in Reacher’s shoes. 

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Jack Reacher does not yet have a premiere date on Amazon Prime Video. 

Source: Variety


2019-07-15 02:07:29

Kevin Yeoman

Lucasfilm Is Developing A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Project

Knights of the Old Republic project is in the works at Lucasfilm that could serve as the next movie franchise for Star Wars. Disney and Lucasfilm have successfully brought back the galaxy far, far away over the last few years, but with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters this year, the future on the big screen is not yet confirmed. We do know that Star Wars 9 will be the end of the Skywalker Saga though, but it won’t be the final Star Wars film.

Lucasfilm experimented with standalone projectsm but appear to have completely abandoned the concept for the time being, as the focus of the future has shifted to two different trilogies. The first to be announced was for Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, which will give him a blank slate to work with inside of the larger universe. The second trilogy is being developed by Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Details about both trilogies have been almost impossible to come by, but we do know that all three of the creators are working together to help figure out the next decade of Star Wars movies.

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There were no new movies announced at Star Wars Celebration, which just wrapped up in Chicago, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy came close during an interview with MTV. She was asked specifically if anything Knights of the Old Republic related was in development and confirmed that there is. Kennedy stopped short of specifying what type of project this could be, but she may have confirmed that this project will be a movie – if it does happen. During her answer, she discussed the future of the Star Wars movie slate and unlikelihood of multiple movies coming out every year, so her mentioning this in the same breath as a Knights of the Old Republic project may indicate that this is a potential film franchise. Here’s her quote:

You know, we talk about that all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much. We don’t have a crystal ball, you know. We tried a little bit with Solo [A Star Wars Story] to see if we could do two movies a year and whether or not there was really an opportunity for that and we felt that’s not going to work so we backed off that a little bit. But it doesn’t mean we don’t think about lots of different stories because that’s the exciting thing about this universe.

Now that Kennedy has confirmed that Knights of the Old Republic is something they are developing – and may be a movie – it may lend further credence to the recent report that Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy of films would be set during this time. The basis of the original popular video game series takes the galaxy thousands of years before the films, but the rumors about the possible Benioff and Weiss adaptation shortens this time frame down to just a couple hundred years. Unfortunately, Kennedy didn’t share any additional details about what aspects of Old Republic would be included in any such adaptation, so fans of the games may only see a loose adaptation of the story on the big screen instead of a literal one.

If Benioff & Weiss’ trilogy of Star Wars films is indeed tackling this period of time in a galaxy far, far away, it could be the latest Old Republic content that fans receive. It was recently announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic, the followup game to Knights of the Old Republic, is getting a new expansion pack. If Lucasfilm is gearing up for a brand new movie franchise to be set around this same time, this could explain why The Old Republic is suddenly being given new life as a means to further increase knowledge and excitement about a future movie announcement. However, a Knights of the Old Republic project is just in development at this point, so we’ll have to wait for more updates before getting excited about a possible new movie franchise.

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2019-04-16 04:04:06

Cooper Hood

Syfy Developing Wayward Children TV Show About Magical Boarding School

Syfy is developing Wayward Children, a TV series about a magical boarding school. The popular sci-fi, horror, fantasy and reality channel has been busy as of late, building a new roster of programming that includes TV adaptations of the well-known Child’s Play horror film series, as well as comic book series, Resident Alien.

The channel is also in the process of saying goodbye to some of its previous line up, with programs such as Z Nation and Channel Zero having been recently cancelled, alongside Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers. For its part, however, Syfy continues to move forward and not dwell on the past. Having already cancelled a series by such a popular author after a short run, it would be understandable if the network were somewhat hesitant about taking a risk on another. That doesn’t appear to be the case at all, though, as Syfy are now gearing up to work with highly prolific fantasy author, Seanan McGuire.

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THR reports that McGuire’s popular Wayward Children series, which began in 2016 with the publication of Every Heart A Doorway, is currently in development at Syfy. The series is comprised of four novellas, which deal with Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a boarding school that helps teens adjust to life in the regular world after having spent time in fantasy realms. But when it becomes clear that a killer is on the loose at the school, the students must band together in order to put an end to the terror.

As of this writing, Wayward Children is in the very early stages of development at Syfy, without any confirmed director or cast. What we do know, however, is that the writer of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Joe Tracz, will be handling the adaptation of the books. Though McGuire’s series isn’t as popular as other similar children’s books such as Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series or the aforementioned A Series of Unfortunate Events, it definitely does have a strong following of its own. The decision to bring Tracz onboard is also sure to provide an important degree of experience in adapting well-received children’s books into well-received television programming.

With the sheer number of new television series currently in development, it’s clear that TV networks and streaming services alike are doing everything they can to try and secure the best concepts around. This does seem to pay off quite often for a variety of content creators like Netflix, FX or HBO, but for every successful series out there, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are countless others that don’t hit the right mark with audiences. Adapting a series of books is often a good move, so here’s hoping that Wayward Children finds the same success onscreen that it’s found on paper.

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Source: THR


2019-03-18 03:03:08

Mike Jones

Disney Can’t Start Developing Any X-Men TV Shows – Yet

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Disney can’t start developing X-Men properties until the Fox deal closes, despite reports the studio is already planning X-Men TV shows for Disney+. In late 2017, news broke that The Walt Disney Company was looking to acquire certain assets from 21st Century Fox, particularly the latter’s studio, 20th Century Fox. In doing so, Disney would take control of Fox’s media properties, including movie franchises like Avatar and Alien. For comic book fans, though, the most important ramification of the prospective deal was that Marvel Studios would regain the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four.

Though Disney had competition from Comcast for Fox’s assets, the company’s bid was eventually accepted by Fox and the deal has been progressing through the appropriate approval channels. The latest update has the Disney/Fox deal closing in March, but it will still be some time until comic fans get to see the X-Men and Fantastic Four join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All throughout the process, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has been clear he’s excited to use the X-Men and Fantastic Four, but as recently as last month said the studio still didn’t have access to the characters to start developing new X-Men movies and television series. Now, a new report seems to go against Feige’s comment.

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We Got This Covered recently reported Marvel is currently “considering developing” X-Men TV shows for Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service. According to WGTC, “sources [say] Marvel’s already tossing around potential ideas for X-Men-related series to go up on Disney Plus.” However, it must be noted that Disney and Marvel cannot legally be actively developing TV shows or movies using characters they’ll acquire in the deal with Fox. Doing so would violate United States antitrust laws, as it would be classified as jumping the gun before the deal is fully finalized.

Certainly, it’s possible that employees of Disney and Marvel have had informal discussions about what they’d like to do once the deal has closed. However, it’s incredibly unlikely that a corporation as massive as Disney would do something to jeopardize a deal of this magnitude by breaking antitrust laws. Disney and Marvel Studios have found a great deal of success with their current library of comic book characters, and they’re looking at a successful 2019 with Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the launch of Disney+. While taking control of the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four will no doubt build on that success, Disney doesn’t need to rush those new properties out, especially since Dark Phoenix and New Mutants are also still presumably arriving this year.

In terms of whether Marvel will develop X-Men television shows for Disney+, that seems to be a given. Marvel Studios is already planning a number of MCU spinoff TV shows for the streaming service. Once Marvel is allowed to begin exploring its options in adapting the X-Men and Fantastic Four, there’s little doubt one possibility is one or more Disney+ series. But, though a TV show could be developed and released much quicker than a movie, it seems incredibly unlikely Marvel would introduce the X-Men to the MCU via a TV series rather than a movie. More likely, the X-Men will join the MCU in the movies and then may be spun off into a Disney+ show.

All that being said, we won’t hear anything official from Marvel Studios or its parent company until the Disney/Fox deal is finalized. While that’s expected to happen in the early part of 2019, it’s unclear how long fans will have to wait until it’s revealed how the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be incorporated into the MCU.

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2019-01-16 01:01:18

The CW Developing Jane the Virgin Spinoff

The CW’s hit TV series Jane the Virgin is coming to a close, but a spinoff is in the works at the network. The comedic, meta-take on a telenovela (based on an actual telenovela) has delighted audiences since it first began airing in 2014. Following the eponymous Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) – who discovers she’s been accidentally artificially inseminated – on her journey through pregnancy, a love triangle involving her baby daddy, Raphael Solano, and much more, the series is set to conclude with its fifth season, premiering in early 2019.

Leading up to its official cancellation, there were many hints that Jane the Virgin wouldn’t continue beyond Season 5. The characters and the very cheeky narrator often make meta jokes that relate back to the series, and this was no exception. Additionally, Gina Rodriguez and creator Jennie Snyder Urman have indicated as such in interviews. And with the return of her formerly-assumed-deceased husband, Michael Cordero, the show will come full circle with a final conclusion to the Jane-Michael-Raphael love triangle.

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Now, news of a spinoff to the Golden Globe-winning series is bound to excite fans. Variety reports that the as-yet-untitled series is in development, with Snyder Urman, Rodriguez, and several others on board to executive producer the show. Valentina Garza, a writer and producer for the current series, is at the helm. Garza’s producing credits also include animated series The Simpsons and Bordertown.

Though no real details have been made public at this time, sources have revealed that it will be in an anthology format ala American Horror Story. Though none of Jane the Virgin‘s popular characters are set to appear, the subject of each season will come from a novel as written by Jane, making this the tie-in. Rodriguez could potentially narrate this, though there’s no official word on that either.

Jane’s writing, which has come into play many times in the show as she pens novels and attends graduate school, has already been tested with audiences, in a way. Her novel, Snow Falling, which is based on her relationship with Michael, was actually written and is available for purchase. As the series has progressed, Jane has continued her writing, so there’s the potential for many new novels to exist. All are romance-focused, with a bit of a dramatic telenovela air, so the general format and subject matter will likely help tie the seasons together. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how this new venture maintains the essence of the original.

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Source: Variety



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2018-12-03 09:12:39

Blue Beetle: DC & Warner Bros. Developing Jaime Reyes Movie

Warner Bros. and DC Films are developing a Blue Beetle movie starring Latino hero Jaime Reyes. The DCEU is looking to grow in all areas and reach several different demographics in the process. Adult and young comic fans alike are set to be pleased with films like Joker and Shazam!, but now another teen hero is getting a solo movie.

The youth movement for the DCEU has been slowly coming together with Billy Batson (Asher Angel) leading Shazam! and Ella Jay Basco landing the role of Cassandra Cain in Birds of Prey. Even Ezra Miller’s solo The Flash movie is still coming together, which is envisioned as having a fun Back to the Future vibe to it. There’s hope that characters like Nightwing and Batgirl will also get their solo movies going in the near future, but now another young hero is getting his own movie.

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The Wrap reports Warner Bros. and DC Films have hired Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer to write the script for a Blue Beetle movie. Alcocer’s recent credits include Universal’s Scarface remake and Sony’s Miss Bala. There’s been a few different people to have this title in DC comics, but the movie will focus on the Jaime Reyes version of the character. If Blue Beetle comes together fast enough, it could make the movie the first Latino-led live-action superhero film.

DC comics first introduced Jaime Reyes in 2006 when he was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner for Infinite Crisis. He is the third person to become the Blue Beetle after Dan Garret and Ted Kord. Reyes becomes a superhero after discovering a piece of alien technology known as a scarab, which bonds with Reyes and grants him the ability to wear the blue armored suit at a moment’s notice. Reyes has been the star of his own comic series in the past and received more attention through Young Justice, but this solo movie will be his first live-action appearance on the big screen after a brief role in Smallville.

Even though the movie’s development is just now being revealed, only time will tell if Blue Beetle actually gets made or not. WB and DC now have over 30 different known DC projects in development, whether recently or in the past. Some of these will likely never see the light of day despite progress appearing to be made at different points in time. This Blue Beetle movie does have a young diverse lead character and great mythology that lends itself nicely to the DCEU on paper, but it will be up to WB and DC to make sure Blue Beetle doesn’t get lost in development.

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Source: The Wrap



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The Flash Premiere Had The Arrowverse’s First Batwoman Easter Egg

The fifth season premiere of The Flash surprised fans by making the first official reference to the existence of Batwoman, months ahead of her first scheduled appearance during the annual Arrowverse crossover event this winter. The episode also dropped a number of references to the classic comic book mini-series Crisis On Infinite Earths, which has been hinted as an eventual occurrence in the future of the Arrowverse.

Batwoman’s arrival in the Arrowverse was first announced shortly before San Diego Comic Con 2018, when the news broke that The CW was considering developing a television series based around Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who unintentionally followed in his footsteps when she became a vigilante. It was later confirmed that not only was The CW developing the series, but they intended to introduce Kate Kane as part of Elseworlds – the next annual Arrowverse crossover event. Ruby Rose, of Orange Is The New Black fame, was ultimately cast in the role of Kate Kane.

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The nod to Batwoman came near the end of the third segment of “Nora.” The action of the episode centered around Nora West-Allen, the future daughter of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen, accidentally traveling back in time to before she was born and meeting her parents shortly after they got married. Barry quickly realized something was up when Nora seemed more concerned about spending time with him than doing the same with Iris and asked Nora, point blank, if that had anything to do his disappearance during a crisis in 2024, which he had read about in a future newspaper. Nora responded by showing Barry a newspaper from her time – the year 2049 – and confirming that he never returned home and that she grew up without a father.

Published 25 years to the day after the original article from the future, which was first seen in the first episode of The Flash, the 2049 article discusses the same crisis, but with a bit more detail. The 2024 article mentioned The Flash disappearing while fighting alongside Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl. The 2049 article lists a larger number of heroes being involved in the battle, including Batwoman. The article says:

“But in the years following the crisis, accounts only grew more contradictory. Some eyewitnesses remember dozens of other heroes present, including Green Arrow, Batwoman, and Elongated Man. Others remember heroes thought lost in time, like The Atom, or from other worlds, like Supergirl. Some even contend they saw Reverse-Flash leading an army of ‘shadow demons’.”

It is interesting to note that Batwoman is mentioned in the same sentence as Green Arrow and Elongated Man – two heroes who frequently fight alongside The Flash on Earth-One. Until now, it had not been confirmed what Earth in the Arrowverse Kate Kane would be based on, though most assumed she would be from Earth 38 – the same Earth as Supergirl – as that would make it easier for the two to team-up in the future, in the same way that Batman and Superman frequently join forces in the comics. The wording of the article would suggest, however, that Kate Kane will be from Earth-One.

The mention of Reverse-Flash leading an army of shadow demons is another point of interest, given that shadow demons were the main mooks of The Anti-Monitor – the villain of the Crisis On Infinite Earths mini-series, where The Flash seemingly died saving the multiverse. The article also makes mention of The Psycho Pirate – another super-villain who had a major role in the events of The Crisis. It has long been suspected that the Arrowverse would eventually reenact Crisis On Infinite Earths in live-action and this latest bit of news about Batwoman from The Flash premiere seems to make that probability all the more certain.

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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison

Cyborg Actor Ray Fisher Reunites With Zack Snyder In New Photo

Justice League star Ray Fisher reunited with his former director, Zack Snyder, today at the filmmaker’s old office, and they both posted a photo together on social media, but it’s unclear why Fisher decided to stop by Snyder’s office. Years ago, before WB’s unofficially titled DC Extended Universe had gotten underway, Snyder – as well as his producing team and the casting department at Warner Bros. – ultimately decided to cast the actor as the DC superhero Cyborg.

While Fisher made his real debut in 2017’s Justice League movie, he first had a cameo in Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside some of the rest of the world’s finest heroes, namely Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ezra Miller (The Flash). Even though his fellow co-stars were all thrilled to portray their superheroes, Fisher was especially excited, and he hasn’t refrained from continuing to express that enthusiasm despite everything that happened with Snyder and Justice League.

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It seems that Ray Fisher visited Zack Snyder’s office today, and they both posted the photo on social media; Fisher made his post on Twitter, saying, “Me and the Cap’n making it happen… #BORGLIFE,” while Snyder, of course, posted on Vero, saying, “Look who’s hanging out at the office today.” Take a look:

A specific reason for why Fisher visited Snyder today hasn’t been determined, but it presumably had nothing to do with the DC movie universe, despite the fact that Snyder is technically still on board as producer for some of the future movies, like Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984. In all likelihood, it’s possible that Fisher was merely on the WB lot for something else (perhaps for something in relation to HBO’s True Detective season 3, which he stars in), or maybe he just happened to be in the general area and wanted to stop by to visit Snyder, who is currently working on developing The Fountainhead (not The Last Photograph, as previously assumed), an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel of the same name.

Regardless of the reason Fisher and Snyder met up today, the photo could ignite some speculation that Fisher could potentially appear in Snyder’s new project or that they were discussing WB’s Cyborg movie, which doesn’t seem to have moved forward in development since its initial announcement. It was originally slated to release in 2020, but that no longer seems to be the case. Furthermore, if it ever does happen, it’s certainly possible that Snyder would be on board as a producer, just like he’s producing the other Justice League character spinoff movies.

Next: DC’s Cyborg Movie Still Happening, May Use Scrapped Justice League Story

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2018-10-10 05:10:11 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Roger Ailes Movie Dropped By Annapurna Shortly Before Production

Annapurna Pictures drops director Jay Roach’s untitled film about former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, just weeks before it was set to begin production. The studio had been developing the project, which chronicles the sexual harassment allegations against Ailes, for quite some time – recruiting an all-star ensemble cast to boot.

Earlier this year, Charlize Theron signed on to portray former Fox reporter Megyn Kelly, and it was only a couple of months ago John Lithgow was cast as Ailes. Other prominent thespians involved include Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, giving the film a tremendous amount of clout and prestige. Particularly in today’s climate, the Ailes movie seemed like the socially relevant film any studio would love to have on their slate, but Annapurna has to pass on it at the last minute.

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THR reports Annapurna dropped the Ailes film, with the official reasoning unknown. Some sources claim there were budgetary concerns, but that isn’t confirmed. It’s worth mentioning the project hasn’t been scrapped, and is now on the lookout for a new home. Per Variety, Focus Features may wind up distributing it.

The reported budget for the Ailes movie is roughly $35 million, which is a relatively small amount by Hollywood standards. However, Annapurna is going through quite a rough period. A separate Variety report stated Annapurna President of Film Chelsea Barnard is leaving her position as the studio also let go of the upcoming The Hustlers at Scores, which stars Jennifer Lopez as a stripper out for revenge. THR also notes the studio is hurting financially, which would explain their decision to drop two high-profile films. Last year, the indie house got in the business of distributing their own movies – an endeavor that likely hasn’t gone as well as they’d hope. To date, their biggest hit as a distributor is Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake, which earned $41.4 million worldwide.

Hopefully, Annapurna is able to find its footing soon, as it still has plenty of noteworthy films on deck. As of now, they’re distributing two of this year’s biggest Oscar hopefuls in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Adam McKay’s Vice and handling the Stateside release of Bond 25. That’s a fairly tall order, particularly for a studio trying to keep its head above water. It would be a sad day for the film industry if Annapurna ends up going under, so ideally studio founder Megan Ellison will be able to work some magic and get things back on track. In the meantime, they desperately need Vice (receiving a wide release on Christmas) to be a hit this holiday season.

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Source: THR, Variety [2]



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2018-10-09 04:10:51 – Chris Agar

James Gunn Is A Better Fit For Suicide Squad Than Guardians of the Galaxy

Controversial writer and director James Gunn is perfectly suited for Suicide Squad 2; in fact, it’s a far better fit for him than Guardians of the Galaxy ever was. Gunn certainly has form transforming a band of misfits into a superhero family/team, and Suicide Squad 2 should give him the ideal opportunity to demonstrate his skills yet again, although the story goes a little deeper than that.

Gunn’s career with Disney came to a shocking end back in July, when some of his old social media posts went viral. Gunn had fancied himself as something of a provocateur prior to working for Disney, and these posts included off-key jokes on everything from rape to pedophilia. Disney responded by swiftly firing him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Within a month, there were reports that Gunn had been approached by Disney’s rival Warner Bros. potentially with the option of producing a DC superhero movie.

Related: Why Rehiring James Gunn Was Harder For Disney Than Fans Realize

DC Films has expressed interest in Gunn before. Back in 2016, he admitted that he’d “had opportunities to make DC films,” but had turned them down; he reeled off a list of heroes he’d quite enjoy tackling, ranging from Swamp Thing to Jonah Hex, from the Metal Men to Shazam. Now, though, there have been reports that Gunn is on board to write, and possibly even direct, Suicide Squad 2.

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Why James Gunn Is Perfect For Suicide Squad 2

It’s not hard to see what Warner Bros. want James Gunn on board. He’s a writer and director with a proven history of turning even the most unlikely franchises into box office hits. Back when Marvel Studios announced the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, everybody assumed this would be their first misstep; the Guardians had a low profile even among comic book fans, and their members including a walking tree and a talking raccoon. A series of tremendously effective trailers immediately changed that, and the movie grossed $773 million worldwide. Not bad for a bunch of “a**-holes.

Ironically, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad suffered as a result of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s success. Warner Bros. attempted to make their dark movie fit Gunn’s tone, with the trailers showing a strong Guardians of the Galaxy vibe. Viewers responded well to the trailers, and as a result there are reports Warner Bros. lost faith in Ayer’s approach, attempting to make the franchise as Guardians-like as possible. The result was a strange hybrid of a finished production, critically panned, which nevertheless managed to gross $747 million worldwide off the back of its strong marketing campaign. A sequel was always on the cards, but nobody was quite sure who could make it work. So why not bring in the man who made Guardians of the Galaxy work in the first place?

Suicide Squad 2 Matches James Gunn’s Earlier Movies

It’s important not to assume Suicide Squad 2 would just be a rehash of Guardians of the Galaxy, though. In truth, the comic book franchise is tonally similar to some of Gunn’s earlier works, most notably Super. This was a black comedy-drama centered around the character of Frank Darbo, a cook who took up the identity of the “Crimson Bolt” in order to rescue his wife from a drug dealer. Although critics weren’t impressed by the movie, it built a strong fanbase and put Gunn on Disney’s radar. Super rejoices in its confusing characters, who are filled to the brim with flaws and conflicting character traits – and gore ready to be spilled. Frank, for example, was a religious pacifist who made the world a better place through merciless violence. It was only after he began hearing warped messages “from God” that he began to understand the real world at all.

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This is just the kind of crazy, conflicted approach that would work so well for Suicide Squad 2. After all, this is a team who are defined by their contradiction. They’re a group of super-villains who are forced to save the world; they deeply resent the fact they’re being forced to work together, and yet somehow consider one another a family. The best Suicide Squad stories are a blend of light and dark, tinged with anger and joy, betrayal and redemption.

And the characters in Suicide Squad are so very three-dimensional. Take Harley Quinn; although it didn’t quite make it through to David Ayer’s film, at heart she’s an abuse victim who’s struggling to find herself, and the relationship between Harley and the Joker is most definitely not intended to be some sort of “relationship goal“. Killer Croc is a brutal murderer who eats his foes, and yet develops such a fondness for his team-mates that he becomes dangerously protective of them. Boomerang wants to live a life of crime, and yet vaguely enjoys the idea he’s achieving something when he saves the world. These “villains” are three-dimensional in a way few superheroes are, with aspects of their own natures in direct conflict, pulling them this way and that. They’re every bit as mercurial and inconsistent as real people. And they’re just the kind of characters James Gunn has a form for developing, back in his pre-Guardians of the Galaxy days.

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James Gunn Made Great Guardians of the Galaxy Movies – But He Changed Them To Do So

The truth is that, although James Gunn made tremendous Guardians of the Galaxy movies, he did so by taking major liberties with the comic canon. Gunn took the most basic concept underlying the franchise, and then made his own version of it. Gunn’s genius was that he saw the potential, he realized why it wouldn’t connect with audiences, and then he made it work. Even the tone and style of the Guardians movies was nothing like the original comics, which had typically gone for cosmic melodrama rather than ’80s nostalgia.

Characters, too, were completely rewritten in order to become the versions Gunn needed. Take Peter Quill as the classic example. Steve Englehart created the character back in 1976, and he described the original Star-Lord as “an unpleasant, introverted jerk.” Englehart planned to develop him into the most cosmic hero ever, but left Marvel before he’d even begun that character arc. As a result, the comic book version remained in that pattern, although he gradually transformed into a leader. James Gunn looked at the comic character, and decided to completely rework him. Star-Lord remained something of a jerk, but he was much more charismatic and extroverted; a revised origin explained that he was a child who’d run away from home after his mother’s death, and had never really grown up as a result. It made Quill a deeply empathetic character, viewed with affection in spite of his many flaws.

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Comic book readers traditionally complain when movies diverge from the comic book canon they grew up reading. In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, though, James Gunn made his changes work so well that precious few objected. Marvel Comics, inspired by the surprise box office success of a previously-third-tier superhero franchise, quickly redesigned their own characters to align with Gunn’s versions. In the case of Peter Quill, they even retconned some of his previous appearances to say they’d taken place in another reality. Gunn won’t need to go the same lengths to make Suicide Squad 2 his own. As we’ve already pointed out, the characters are tailor-made for Gunn’s kind of character-work, and the themes and concepts that run through the comics fit perfectly with the kind of ideas he likes to work with.

Meanwhile, Gunn’s looser approach to canon and continuity will flourish in the DCEU. Although most viewers hadn’t picked up on it, Gunn’s maverick attitude towards continuity was never perfectly suited to the tighter, more intensely-scrutinized MCU; occasionally there were signs Gunn felt the pressure of it, and indeed rebelled against it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rendered a tie-in comic non-canon, for example, and Gunn admitted he contemplated breaking his own personal canon for the third film. “Marvel Canon – MCU – is crazy,” Gunn admitted. “I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.” Given the complexity of the MCU and the degree to which fans take note of every detail, sooner or later that would have caused problems. Warner Bros., however, won’t particularly care; their view of continuity is very much that it should serve the director. That will give Gunn all the flexibility he needs to tell the best stories he can.

The latest reports confirm that James Gunn is on board as the writer of Suicide Squad 2, and he should breathe new life into the project. It remains to be seen whether or not Gunn will go on to become director as well; if he does, then he’d definitely be an effective choice, and the film would surely be guaranteed a success.

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2018-10-09 03:10:13 – Thomas Bacon