This week’s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as American pie, Armor Wars, Dead Pool 3and Nosferatus.
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MARVEL’S ARMOR WARS NOW DEVELOPED AS A MOVIE
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At their big Disney+ event in December 2020, Disney announced two Disney+ series that were basically Iron Man spin off : Stone heart (which should still be a show in 2023) and Armor Wars, based on the classic 1980s comic book storyline and focused on the character of Don Cheadle’s War Machine. Marvel, however, decided to completely change course with Armor Wars and developing the adaptation as a feature film instead of a Disney+ series. When Armor Wars was still planned as a series, production was supposed to start in 2023, but this change would also move it down Marvel’s production slate (i.e. start filming after 2023) and to a release date likely after 2024 at the earliest. Whether Armor Wars has a similar premise to the comic book storyline, it will involve War Machine attempting to defeat various villains who wear armored suits derived from Tony Stark’s inventions. The Armor Wars the screenplay is being adapted by screenwriter and television showrunner Yassir Lester, whose credits include Black Monday.
Other great titles
1. HUGH JACKMAN’S WOLVERINE RETURNS DEAD POOL 3
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As fans await the full-fledged introduction of mutants into the MCU, there’s been quite a bit of speculation on social media as to who might play the classic X-Men characters. This discussion also apparently included actors like Taron Egerton, who in July said he had spoken to Marvel about the possibility of playing Wolverine. Given the timey-wimey-wibbly-wobbly nature of the multiverse, there may be a new actor to play Wolverine, but for now it looks like the next time he’ll appear in a big, expensive action movie He is once again going to be played by Hugh Jackman. Jackman will reprise the role in Dead Pool 3 (06/09/2024) alongside Ryan Reynolds, who he joined on Twitter to an announcement video (whose quiet parts have already been deciphered by a lip reader). New Dead Pool 3 The logo was also revealed this week, which playfully uses Wolverine’s claws to form the III. As for the impact the new film could have on Hugh Jackman’s previous Wolverine film LoganJackman was quick to point out that the events of Logan and those in Dead Pool 3 are separate stories, and Logan director James Mangold also told fans, “Everyone relax…I’m fine!” In related news, learning that Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine (in Dead Pool 3 at least), Elizabeth Olsen has expressed her excitement that her character Scarlet Witch will one day team up with the X-Men.
2. EMMA STONE REUNITS YORGOS LANTHIMOS FOR A NEW FILM AND
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The world is still waiting for the 2023 release of poor thingsthe latest film from Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of acclaimed films like Lobster (Certified Fresh at 87%) and The favourite
(Certified Fresh at 93%). Lanthimos is however already preparing for his next film, simply titled ANDwhich will be his third film with star Emma Stone, who starred in both The favourite and the above poor things. His poor things co-star Willem Dafoe was also cast as AND, with Jesse Plemons and Margaret Qualley. The premise of ANDwhich begins filming in New Orleans in October, has not been revealed.
3. ROBERT EGGERS’ NOSFERATU THE REMAKE FINALLY COMES TO LIFE
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Back in 2016, shortly after the release of his first film The witch (Certified 90% Fresh), director Robert Eggers has announced plans to remake the silent German vampire film classic Nosferatus as his next feature film. This, however, obviously did not happen, as his next film was Lighthouse (Certified Fresh at 90%), which was followed this year by The man from the north (Certified Fresh at 89%). The Nosferatus the remake delays were such that Eggers was quoted earlier this year as doubting it would ever happen. Focus Features, the company behind The man from the northnow go ahead with Robert Eggers Nosferatuswith Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise in the THIS films, and also the brother of The man from the north star Alexander Skarsgård) attached to star as the title vampire and Lily-Rose Depp in talks to co-star as the “haunted young woman…in 19th century Germany” whom he stalks.
4. DIRECTOR SAM RAIMI TO REMAKE THE 1978 HORROR FILM VENTRILOQUIN MAGIC
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Sir Anthony Hopkins is perhaps still best known for his chilling role as Hannibal Lecter in the 1991s Thesilenceofthelambs (Certified 95% Fresh) and its sequels, but more than a decade earlier he had also starred in another scary film called Magic (86% fee). In MagicHopkins played a failed stage magician whose career takes off when he becomes a ventriloquist with a dummy named Fats, which sparks a psychological war between the two halves of the ventriloquist’s personality. Magic may be all but forgotten by now, but director Sam Raimi plans to revive the film with a new remake that he will produce and direct. Raimi’s producing partner will be Roy Lee, whose credits include Quarantine, The foreigners, The boyand don’t worry darling.
5. JONATHAN MAJORS TO REPRESENT FORMER NBA STAR DENNIS RODMAN in 48 HOURS IN VEGAS
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After her starring role in HBO’s Lovecraft Country (88% Fresh) Jonathan Majors Had a Surprise Role in Last Year Loki (92% fresh) in what turned out to be one of Marvel’s greatest villains to come (Kang the Conqueror) at least Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Avengers: Kang Dynasty (May 2025). Along with being one of Marvel’s big baddies, Jonathan Majors may also soon be taking on another larger-than-life role, as he’s currently in talks to play professional basketball star Dennis Rodman in a movie titled. 48 hours in Vegas. The film will be based on seemingly real events in 1998 when Rodman asked his Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson if he could take a “48-hour trip to Las Vegas in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz”. 48 hours in Vegas is produced for Lionsgate by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, whose directing credits include The Lego Movie and the recent Skip the street movies.
6. AMERICAN PIE WARM UP WITH UNIVERSAL PHOTOS
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The steamy teen movie of 1999 American pie (61% fresh) helped revive the 2000s teen sex comedy and spawned a new franchise for Universal Pictures, including three direct sequels that received theatrical releases and a spin-off. American Pie presents franchise with five live-action movies (and counting). The American pie franchise is getting a new recipe in the form of a new movie (not yet called a reboot, but it sounds like one) from actor and director Sujata Day (Insecure), who pitched and will write a “new version” of the concept. Sujata Day’s premise American pie hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s possible her film will focus more on a female perspective than the original.
7. SETH ROGEN PRODUCING NEW DISNEY MOVIE BASED ON EPCOT MASCOT FIGURE
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Although Disney has produced and released several films based on its theme park attractions and continues to develop more (such as big thunder mountain, space mountainand The Tower of Terror), in Florida, there is an entire Disney theme park that remains relatively untouched by such adaptations, EPCOT. Walt Disney’s “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” may soon hit the big screen, as Seth Rogen teams up with Disney to produce a film based on Figment, the purple dragon who is the mascot of EPCOT’s Imagination pavilion. Seth Rogen’s production company Point Gray has hired the Pokémon Detective Pikachu screenwriting team of Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit to adapt Invention in a feature film. Although this is Figment’s first solo film, the character has already made two appearances in Pixar’s Upside down and toy story 4.
8. JAMES EARL JONES REMOVED FROM DARTH VADER
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Forty-five years after he first appeared as the voice of Darth Vader in the first star wars (Certified Fresh at 93%) film in 1977, James Earl Jones officially gave up voicing the character of Darth Vader at the age of 91. Although he will no longer be voicing the character himself, he has endorsed Lucasfilm’s plans to use archival voice recordings of him to allow future filmmakers “to use the synthetic speech technology of the artificial intelligence to recreate Jones’ younger voice from his earlier films. To date, there is no confirmation star wars movies in which Darth Vader should make an appearance.
9. WONDERS BLADE LOSES HIS DIRECTOR WEEKS BEFORE FILMING
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As of this writing, Disney and Marvel still have the vampire fight Bladestarring Mahershala Ali, which is slated for release in just over a year on November 3, 2023. That may soon have to change, however, as director Bassam Tariq has dropped out of directing Blade just weeks before its scheduled November filming start date in Atlanta. Tariq, who had landed Blade strong from his 2020 film Mughal Mowgli (93% Certified Fresh), will always be credited to Blade as executive producer. Marvel Studios is presumably scrambling to find a replacement for Tariq so filming can begin in November as planned and Blade will not have to reschedule its release date to 11/03/2023.
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