With Marvel’s Thor shooting past the $435 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was no surprise when Disney locked in a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2.
According to Deadline, Thor director Kenneth Branagh will not return to helm the sequel that will also star Chris Hemsworth as the godly superhero. A new director will be sought with the selection process expected to get underway shortly – if not immediately.
Marvel has already hired Don Payne, who worked on the final draft for the original Thor, to pen the script for Thor 2. Payne’s credits include My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, and a handful of The Simpsons episodes. The humor from “Thor” should theoretically bridge to the sequel.
It’s still too early to know if Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba or any of the other Thor main character actors will appear in the sequel. The only lock at this point is Hemsworth. But it is easy to assume Jane, Loki, Odin, Siff and the Warriors Three will return as multi-film deals were signed for many of the actors. (Source)
Marvel Studios, which is in production on the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, is making a full commitment to Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the title hero.
Marvel will need to hire a director for that film because, it’s been revealed Kenneth Branagh won’t be returning as the director. Branagh, who directed the first film and watched it gross $437 million worldwide with a few territories still playing out, will likely be involved in some producing capacity. His exit was “mutual and amicable,” Deadline was told. That means a big job is out there that a lot of directors and their agents will be chasing over the upcoming holiday.
Thor 2 will be hit theatres July 26, 2013. (Source)
Two new actors are joining the Snow White and the Huntsman cast – they are Lily Cole and Sam Spruell. They have been now cast in Universal’s picture, which recently saw the addition of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides actor, Ian McShane.
Cole will play a character known simply as “Greta” while Spruell won the role of “Finn,” the Queen’s hitman of sorts. Snow White and the Huntsman will make its theatrical debut on June 1, 2012. (Source)
Joss Whedon’s The Avengers has been in production since this past April but not many photos have been leaked from the set thus far. Based on Marvel’s The Avengers, the greatest superheroes will unite under this banner on screen for the first time in this film.
According to MovieWeb, someone managed to snap a few shots of a Humvee and truck on its way to the set with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo emblazoned on the sides. Take a look at the images below.
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Fan may be disappointed to hear that the Avengers are not expected to reassemble in Hall H at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con in July.
The official word from Marvel Studios is that their team will sit out the Hollywood previews in the 6,000-seat hall, where fans, bloggers and journalists from around the world come to see filmmakers and stars introduce and promote their upcoming spectacle movies.
The leadership at Marvel Studios is also quick to point out that sitting out Hall H is not synonymous with sitting out Comic-Con, which runs July 21-24; the studio will have a major presence on the convention showroom floor (one Marvel source cryptically said that the booth plan will be as attention-grabbing as last year’s Hall H panel), and there’s talk of a promotional event beyond the walls of the San Diego Convention Center, which might suggest a Captain America: The First Avenger promotion, premiere or special screening.
Recently we saw Ian McShane play the villainous pirate Captain Black Beard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but now the actor has signed on to play the head dwarf in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
McShane will play Caesar, the leader of the dwarfs. He has joined Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin and Chris Hemsworth, which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 1, 2012.
The project, being directed by Rupert Sanders, is a revisionist take on the fairy tale and features Snow White as a princess who escapes her evil stepmother with the help of a huntsman who was to have killed her but now trains the princess to survive and fight back. (Source)
The internet has been ablaze since it was publicized that Samuel L. Jackson had his The Avengers shooting script stolen and later sold on the black market. Samuel L. Jackson has come forward to talk about how the theft actually occurred, and how he was scolded by Walt Disney and Marvel Studios for letting this happen.
This is what Samuel L. Jackson had to say about the notorious incident.
“When they sent me the new version of the script, I was shooting a film in Toronto (Canada) and my assistant copied it from the email (and printed it) in the office somewhere. And by the time we got to Albuquerque someone had stolen the script out of the printer and put it online for sale. I didn’t know printers had memories. And apparently my assistant didn’t either. Marvel/Disney kind of got really upset about it. It caused a minor storm of investigation. They sent a team of investigators to Canada. They were trying to find (track down) the IP address of the person that put it online. It was crazy.”
No one has been arrested in the theft of Samuel L. Jackson’s script. Neither Marvel nor Disney have ever made any official comments in regards to this infamous incident.
The Avengers comes to theaters May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston. The film is directed by Joss Whedon. (Source)
Deadline.com has reported that Snow White and the Huntsman has hired Hossein Amini to do a rewrite of the script.
Bracing for its race against Relativity Media on rival Snow White films, Universal Pictures has hired Hossein Amini to do a rewrite of Snow White and the Huntsman, the Rupert Sanders-directed film that stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the most recent draft.
Snow White and the Huntsman will hit theatres June 1, 2012. (Source)
Although no official release date for Marvel Studios’ film, Thor has been announced, Amazon now has the film available for pre-order! Fans will be able to choose from a 3-disc set or a 2-disc set. No word on special features (if any) will be included:
Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy- $31.99
Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy – $24.99
Via his official Twitter account, Mark Ruffalo provided fans with an interesting … and informative update regarding The Hulk in the highly anticipated Avengers film.
@Mruff221 I have to inform the world that the Hulk may be completely bare assed in this Avengers. I feel like a two dollar whore during fleet week. Retweet.