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

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Columbia Pictures, Movies, Sony Pictures.
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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.”

Marvel Sets Date for Spider-Man 4, Pushes Back Thor and The Avengers March 12, 2009 5:57 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Marvel Studios, Movies, News, Release Dates, Sony Pictures.
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marvel-031209Sony and Marvel have announced that Spider-Man 4 will be released on May 6, 2011.  But three other Marvel films have been pushed back.  The studio has announced that Thor, originally scheduled to be released on July 16, 2010, will now hit theaters on June 17, 2011.  The First Avenger: Captain America is staying in 2011 but being pushed back by about two months from May 6, 2011 to July 22, 2011.  And finally, The Avengers is being pushed back from July 15, 2011 to May 4, 2012.

There have been no changes to the release of Marvel’s other high-profile property, Iron Man 2, which remains set for a May 7, 2010 release.

Sources: THR and Variety

Da Vinci Code Blu-ray to Offer Glimpse at Angels & Demons March 12, 2009 12:53 am

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angelsanddemons-031209Customers who purchase The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut on Blu-ray April 28th will be treated to an exclusive five-minute scene from the upcoming prequel, Angels & Demons, which hits theaters two weeks later on May 15th.

The scene will be made available only on the Blu-ray version of The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut and will feature an introduction by director Ron Howard.  The new Blu-ray release will also include $10 in movie cash good towards the purchase of Angels & Demons tickets as well.

The Da Vinci Code: Extended Cut includes 28 minutes of new footage from the 2006 film.

Source: Variety

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).