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Sam Raimi: Spider-Man 4 Script Will Be Ready by Summer March 31, 2009 5:19 pm

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spiderman-033109Sam Raimi says that the script for Spider-Man 4, written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Inkheart), should be ready by summer: “Right now, David Lindsay-Abaire is working on a draft of the new picture,” Raimi told SCI FI Wire. “And he’s hard at work, and hopefully we’ll see something in about three months.”

Raimi, who’ll be directing the film, said that there is a rush to hit the scheduled May 6, 2011 release date:

“We have to make the release date, and on all of these pictures, the Spider-Man films—and I’m sure it’s the same as with many of the other bigger-budgeted films—they have release dates far in advance of a screenplay,” he said. “So it’s about getting it ready the best you can in time for the first day of production. That’s what we’ve always done, and that’s what we’ll try to do again.”

In regards to casting, Tobey Maguire is reportedly signed on to reprise the title role, and Raimi adds that while it’s still early to discuss other casting, he does plan to reassemble the core cast which includes Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane:

“At this point I do, but it’s really … all going to be dependent upon the script, and I’ll just have to wait and see,” Raimi said. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but hopefully we can service the story in the screenplay, and whatever it demands, hopefully we’ll be its eager servants.”

And finally, Raimi declined to discuss possible villains for the fourth installment, telling SCI FI Wire that he thinks he should wait “till the finished screenplay, and then it’d really be up to Sony Pictures and the producers to determine when they want to release that information.”


Two New Angels & Demons Posters March 25, 2009 3:17 pm

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angelsanddemonsposter-1-032509Filmsactu.com has unveiled two new posters, one domestic and one international, for Columbia Pictures’ Angels & Demons.  The prequel to the 2007 hit The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons stars Tom Hanks and is directed by Ron Howard.  Check out the other poster after the jump.

Angels & Demons hits theaters on May 15, 2009. (more…)

Seth Rogen Talks Green Hornet March 25, 2009 2:58 pm

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sethrogen-032509During a press event for his upcoming comedy Observe and Report, actor Seth Rogen talked about the upcoming superhero film The Green Hornet.  Rogen once again confirmed that the film has a “tentative start date” for the end of June.  Rogen also talked a bit about Stephen Chow’s invovlement:

He’s kind of our mascot. (laughs) He may be Kato. I’m not 100% sure if that’s the case, but it’s a very likely possibility. I’m not sure. Honestly, we’re kind of in the very early phases right now. We’re just putting those elements in place so I’m being honest. I honestly don’t know yet.

Similarly to what he told SCI FI Wire, the character will be Lone Ranger’s grandnephew:

He’s actually the Lone Ranger’s grandnephew. The Lone Ranger is owned by Jerry Bruckheimer so that probably limits the amount of involvement we can actually have in that movie. We were inspired by the original. We kind of took what we thought was good and left what we didn’t. Honestly, we didn’t feel any real obligation living up to the original because the radio plays totally different than the TV show which is different than the comic book. There is no real set way.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Seth Rogen Talks Green Hornet March 6, 2009 2:16 pm

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sethrogen-030609Seth Rogen is doing press for his latest film Monsters vs. Aliens, but found some time to talk about Green Hornet, which he co-wrote and stars in.

According to MovieHole, Rogen says that the film will begin shooting this June.  Rogen also reiterated that the film will not be an origin story in the traditional sense and will be unlike every other superhero film out there.  Rogen also said that it’ll concentrate on the relationship bettween Green Hornet and Kato (played by Stephen Chow).

First Look at Angelina Jolie in Salt March 3, 2009 3:54 pm

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angelinajoliesalt-01-030309Principal photography for the Columbia Pictures production Salt began this week and the studio has released a first look at one of the film’s stars, Angelina Jolie.  Check out one more image after the jump. (more…)

Michel Gondry Tapped to Direct Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet February 25, 2009 2:51 pm

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michelgondry-022509The Green Hornet has a new director.  Variety is reporting that Columbia Pictures has set Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to direct the film, which the studio is still targeting for a June 25, 2010 release.  Seth Rogen, who plays the title character, wrote the script along with Evan Goldberg.  Stephen Chow, who was originally tapped to direct, is still attached to play sidekick, Kato.

Columbia Picks Up Green Hornet Project March 21, 2007 3:34 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Columbia Pictures, Comics, Movies, News, Sony, The Green Hornet.

Columbia Pictures has finalized rights to The Green Hornet.  Neal Mortiz (Click, Gridiron Gang) will produce the feature adaptation under his Original Film banner.