Spider-Man gets a 3D release date, Robocop and Deathlok are stalled, Ant-Man is moving forward, Akira gets a director, and Imagi is done.
Lots of movie news tidbits out there today, so this reporter thought he might stick them all here in one article.
First off, Sony Pictures has set a release date for the rebooted Spider-Man: July 3rd, 2012. The movie was originally slated for the summer of 2011, but with director Sam Raimi unable to meet the deadline, the studio decided to drop him, and the rest of the cast, and go the route of a reboot, with director Marc Webb and screenwriter James Vanderbilt.
Sony Pictures Chairman Jeff Blake had this to say:
"Spider-Man is the ultimate summer movie-going experience, and we’re thrilled the filmmakers are presenting the next installment in 3D. Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc’s fantastic vision for Peter Parker and the franchise."
In other Marvel news, Stan Lee dropped some hints on Twitter that seem to indicate the Ant-Man movie project will be going forward. Lee was lunching with director Edgar Wright, who has just wrapped up the Scott Pilgrim movie, and has been developing Ant-Man with Marvel since before he started on Pilgrim. Lee’s tweets:
To make up for my previous grievous error, here’s a little item that may have escaped you. Marvel is prepping a movie starring– Ant Man!
I had lunch with the cool, young director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and, as you’d imagine, we had fun discussing the tiny hero.
Wolfman co-writer David Welf had some news to reveal about two other projects he’s working on: Robocop and Deathlok. The news is that both are currently stalled. On Robocop:
"I’m still involved with it and Darren Aronofsky’s still involved with it. He’s making another movie right now (‘Black Swan’), but we’re waiting for MGM to sort things out since they’re a larger corporate and it’s a situation where we have to be practical. We’re waiting to continue with them, we hope that that happens soon and we can get back to it soon. (The film is) definitely not a sequel. It’s an origin story, it’s an origin to the original RoboCop. It’s basically a ‘reboot.’"
"I don’t know what’s going with that movie honestly. I haven’t talked to the producers recently about that. I did a rewrite on it several years ago and it shows up on my IMDb all the time. It’s been a long while since I worked on it, but I would love to see that happen soon. I love that story and I love that character."
Rumor has it that Alan and Albert Hughes, directors of the recent hit Book of Eli, are in line to direct the live action version of the Anime classic Akira.
Imagi Studios, who produced the TMNT movie in 2007, has announced that they are shutting down their animation operation, instead choosing to outsource any future projects in development. That includes, presumably, the upcoming CG adaptation of Gatchaman. TMNT, on the other hand, is currently in development as a live action movie by Nickelodeon and Paramount.