Directors

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If anyone was going to follow Nolan...
Heavy rumor on this one as it comes from Latino Review who has a hit or miss history on these things, but they're reporting that Ben Affleck will be directing The Batman. The film is the next Batman movie after Batman v. Supe...

Tom Holland cast as Peter Parker for Marvel's Spider-Man reboot

Jun 23 // Sean Walsh
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director.  The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in “The Impossible,” “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming “In the Heart of the Sea,” and by a series of complex screen tests.  Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job. Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job.  The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding.  I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.  I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent.  For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.   All in all, we are off to a roaring start.” Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life.  We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.” Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world.  With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger. Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
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Miles Morales was a longshot, anyway...
I liked The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel a lot. I was hyped for the Venom and Sinister Six films Sony was talking about. Then, I was SUPER-PUMPED when it was announced Marvel wheeled and dealed their way into sharing the...

Rob Zombie/Groucho Marx photo
Groucho Sex Head
While Rob Zombie won't be involved in the Halloween franchise "recalibration" Halloween Returns, he does have another project lined up: a movie about Groucho Marx. And I'm not against it. Zombie is a huge Marx Brothers fan; H...


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Gambit

Rupert Wyatt to direct Gambit


From Gambler to Gambit
Jun 15
// Matthew Razak
It is kind-of mind boggling that Fox has taken so long to get a Gambit movie off the ground. The character is a fan favorite and perfect for film, and yet they've basically hobbled along for years now with the property. Thank...
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Directing everything

James Wan directing Aquaman and Robotech


Leaving horror in the dust
Jun 04
// Matthew Razak
James Wan has thus far been known primarily as a horror director, but with the massive success of Furious 7 that is evidently over. The director has agreed to develop and direct WB's upcoming Aquaman and the adaptat...
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Stephen King

Dark Tower close to landing Nikolaj Arcel as director


We're not sure how pronounce it either
Jun 02
// Matthew Razak
It appears that we once again may have a director to kick-off the incredibly ambitious Dark Tower film and TV series. Sony picked up production and even though we've been here before it feels real this time. Danish direc...
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Spidey

Spider-Man reboot/sequel/remake/thing has director shortlist


Spidey actor list known as well
Jun 02
// Matthew Razak
The next Spider-Man film might be the superhero movie I'm most excited for. The Garfield films were fun, but with him joining the Marvel U things should get back on the right track (or not). Sony seems to be doing their ...
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The Little Mermaid

Sofia Coppola leaves The Little Mermaid


Abandon ship! or water...
Jun 02
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
It's been awhile since we last had any concrete news about Working Title and Universal's live-action adaptation of the H.C. Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. Now it has been confirmed that Sofia Coppola will no longer ...
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Jurassic Park 5

Colin Trevorrow will not return for Jurassic Park 5


Not sure we really care
Jun 01
// Matthew Razak
Since Unviersal (and every other studio) is desperately trying to make massive franchises these days we're pretty much guaranteed a Jurassic Park 5. While there's been no official confirmation, it's basically a given. What is...
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Reitman Animation

Jason Reitman to write and direct animated Beekle


Indie drama just ain't working no more
May 28
// Matthew Razak
Joason Reitman has not been doing so well recently with Labor Day and Men, Women & Children both flopping hard so a dramatic shift sounds in order. That shift is taking on an animated film for Dreamworks in the form ...
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It

"It" no longer ha director


Just cancel it already
May 26
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Well... It is supposed to start shooting in mid-June, but over the weekend, the adaptation of the Stephen King-classic It, has lost its director, Cary Fukunaga. It is a shame, isn't it? According to Deadline, the True Detecti...
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Reacher 2 Director

Jack Reacher 2 may be helmed by Edward Zwick


There's a Jack Reacher 2 still?
May 19
// Matthew Razak
Jack Reacher is a character with a crap ton of books so we all assumed that Paramount was gunning for a franchise when they released the surprisingly retro Jack Reacher, but the numbers for it weren't so great here in the U.S...
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Christ of Waltz

Christoph Waltz to make directorial debut


Ooooh, that's a bingo!
May 07
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
The man it is impossible to dislike, Christoph Waltz, is set to make his directorial debut with a true crime drama based on the New York Times Magazine article, The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, written by Franklin Foer. Walt...
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X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 to conclude Brian Singer's X-Men universe


As long as something like X3 never happens again
Apr 28
// Matthew Razak
Some unclear news coming from the old rumor mill. El Miyambe reports that once X-Men: Apocalypse and Wolverine 3 are done so is the Bryan Singer X-MEN universe that started back in 2000. You can read his full q...
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Death Note

Death Note film gets kickass director


Apr 28
// Nick Valdez
If you're not aware the American adaptation of Death Note, a manga about a kid finding a book that magically kills people when you write their name in it, has been floating around for quite some time. The last we heard of thi...
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Cannes Film Festival Jury is set


... and there are some hot names this year
Apr 21
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
For those who care about the happenings at the Cannes Film Festival, the past few days has been very exciting. Late last week parts of the official program was unveiled, and today the members of the jury has been made pu...
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Michelle MacLaren's Wonder Women was pretty different from what WB wanted


More like blunder woman, WB
Apr 17
// Matthew Razak
News that Michelle MacLaren was going to helm the Wonder Woman film got everyone pretty excited, and then news that she left the project got everyone unexcited (until Patty Jenkins came on). Of course the news was not de...
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Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman movie loses director Michelle MacLaren


Apr 14
// Nick Valdez
It's like two steps forward and two steps back for WB and DC. It's just a natural fact that DC's films are having quite a bit of trouble on the back end. It seemed fine at first with WB openly searching for a female director ...
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Rumor: Chris Miller and Phil Lord wanted for The Flash or Ghostbusters


Flashbusters!
Apr 06
// Matthew Razak
Chris Miller and Phil Lord are awesome. Everything (about them) is awesome. So whatever project they take next will most likely be awesome, and they seem to have some choices. WB is courting them for the upcoming The Flash&nb...
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Avengers 3/4

Russo Bros apparently directing both Avengers: Infinity War films


So much warses
Mar 24
// Nick Valdez
With Avengers: Age of Ultron only a month away, it's time to care about the films we'll be getting forever away from now! According to Badass Digest, who has gotten the info from an un-identified source so take it with some s...
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Alejandro Jodorowsky successfully funds his new film via Kickstarter


You are excrement, but you can change yourself into crowdfunding gold
Mar 18
// Hubert Vigilla
Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (pictured above with his biggest fans, Kanye West and a grey cat) successfully funded his new film, Endless Poetry, through Kickstarter. We reported about Jodorowsky's Kickstarter campaign ...
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Gendy Tartakovsky leaves Popeye film


Not even some spinach can save it now
Mar 13
// Matthew Razak
It's a Gendy Tartakovsky kind of day evidently. The awesome animation director was all set and very excited to direct Sony's animated Popeye movie even to the point of putting together a fantastic animation test, but it ...
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Blade Runner 2

Harrison Ford returning for Blade Runner 2, director in talks


Feb 27
// Nick Valdez
After Harrison Ford told Ridley Scott the Blade Runner 2 script was the best thing he's ever read, it appears he's finally signed on for the sequel. And now that the ball's rolling, Alcon Entertainment has a director in talks...
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Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky launches Kickstarter for his new movie


Help fund Endless Poetry, the follow-up to The Dance of Reality
Feb 17
// Hubert Vigilla
Alejandro Jodorowsky, the legendary cult filmmaker behind El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre, is turning to fans to help fund his latest film, Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin). Jodorowsky turned to crowdfundin...
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Bryan Singer debuts X-Men: Apocalypse concept art


X-Men may be getting another origin story...of sorts.
Feb 17
// Julia Alexander
If you're a highly celebrated director working on a beloved genre franchise, posting illusive concept art on Instagram seems to be the latest trend.  Just a few months after District 9 director Neill Blomkamp posted his ...
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The Guest duo making a slasher called The Woods next


Feb 05
// Matthew Razak
Awesome news for awesome people here: the guys behind The Guest and You're Next, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, are returning with a new film called The Woods. If you haven't seen their previous...
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Joss Whedon really not likely to return to Marvel Cinematic Universe


In Whedon we trust
Feb 03
// Flixist Staff
It appears that basically being the architect for an entire cinematic universe is a bit time consuming and exhausting. Joss Whedon is currently wrapping up Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he's pretty sure he will not be returnin...
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M. Night Shyamalan wants an Unbreakable 2


You don't actually want this to happen
Jan 30
// Flixist Staff
Before M. Night Shyamalan basically imploded into himself in one inept and repetitive execution after another he made Unbreakble. That film kind of concluded perfectly and a sequel would most likely ruin it, but evidently peo...
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Snow White 2

UPDATE: Snow White and the Huntsman sequel loses Frank Darabont, gains Emily Blunt


Jan 21
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: Universal has already found a replacement in second-unit director and VFX specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. He helped on the first film and is also set to direct the upcoming Highlander reboot. Well alright. ...
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Star Trek Into Greatness

Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3


Star Trek Into Greatness
Dec 23
// Nick Valdez
If you're one of many people, like myself and the rest of the Flixist staff, then you're anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7. That's all thanks to the work of Justin Lin, and...

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