Another crisp December morning brings another jam-packed installment of Movie Morsels. We’ve got all sorts of Spider-Man news today, along with the red-band trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s batshit-crazy-looking Kingsman, a fantastic look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, news on the Minecraft movie and J.J. Abrams’ post-Star Wars sci-fi project, and more!
Hoo boy, has that Sony leak raised some eyebrows. Amidst the many e-mails and files that filtered out of the company due to its recent hack are plans for numerous Spider-Man projects. Though some of these have already failed to see fruition. For example, the studio was apparently in talks with Marvel to have Spider-Man appear in Captain America: Civil War, but negotiations fell through. There has also been an attempt to woo Sam Raimi back to direct or produce a Spider-Man film. Since Spider-Man 2 is still by far the wall-crawler’s best movie, I applaud this idea. Many fans, however, will be delighted to know that Sony would like to have 21 Jump Street and Lego Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller develop an animated Spider-Man comedy. “That project and others, including the previously announced Sinister Six, Venom, and unnamed female character spinoffs, will be discussed at a summit for executives in January.”
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The latest red-band trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s English espionage comic has just arrived. If James Bond’s a bit too polite for you, check out the jolly good depravity of Kingsman: The Secret Service.
And if you prefer a green-band version, there’s this one…
Looks like Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy won’t be directing the Minecraft movie after all. Levy began developing the project back after Warner Bros. won the film rights back in February. But “sources say Levy’s vision wasn’t aligning with the vision of others involved with the project.” The studio is now searching for a new helmer for producers Jill Messick and Roy Lee, who oversaw another blocky fan-favorite property’s trip to the big screen in The Lego Movie.
Untitled J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Project
And no, it’s not Star Wars Episode VIII… No matter what one thinks of J.J. Abrams as a director, never let it be said he doesn’t maintain a diverse portfolio. The The Force Awakens filmmaker has lent his name as a producer to numerous hit TV shows, as well as, of course, Cloverfield, Matt Reeves’ breakthrough movie. Now Abrams’ Bad Robot is readying another science-fiction project, for Sony, marking the feature-film directorial debut of Soapbox Films CEO Chris Alender. Fringe script coordinator Justin Doble has penned the script for the as-yet-untitled project. Alender’s short film/music video “Eye of the Storm” is apparently what nabbed him this gig. Check it out below.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s already acclaimed adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 private eye novel Inherent Vice is out in limited release on Friday, December 12th, before opening wide on January 9th. The film’s latest trailer — dubbed “Paranoia” — reportedly captures more of its madness than any we’ve seen so far, while listing the cities in which it will be playing this weekend. Enjoy!
The saga of Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic continues! Just yesterday we reported that Natalie Portman had passed on starring (as former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman) in director Danny Boyle’s Jobs alongside Michael Fassbender as the late Apple CEO and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Now we learn that The Newsroom‘s Jeff Daniels (no stranger to working with Jobs‘ screenwriter Aaron Sorkin) is being eyed for another role in the film — that of former Apple CEO John Sculley. Word is that Daniels will get an offer soon, as he’s Doyle’s first choice to play Sculley, who met with Sorkin when he was developing the project.
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