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Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Ep. VIII photo
Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Ep. VIII
by Matthew Razak

Some big news coming out of the Star Wars camp today as it has been announced that Looper director Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and writing Episode IX. Most likely Abrams will return to direct Episode IX and this will give him the gap and time to do it. 

Unless you wanted Abrams to direct all the films this is nothing but good news. Johnson is an incredible director and an even better story teller. Having him pen the screenplays is possibly the best news this franchise has had since the 80s. I can't see a situation where he doesn't knock it out of the park. Directing is a good call too. Though this will be his first truly effects heavy film his work on Looper showed us he can handle sci-fi with the best of them. 

[via The Wrap]

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Ant-Man's new director confirmed, getting more rewrites photo
Ant-Man's new director confirmed, getting more rewrites
by Nick Valdez

After what seemed liked years of speculation after Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, Marvel has finally found a replacement director. It's someone none of us would have even guessed. Names like Adam McKay, Nicholas Stoller, Rawson Thurber, and Ruben Fleischer were thrown around, but the job has been given to Peyton Reed, whose credits include films such as Yes Man and Bring It On. What.

I'm sure most of you are confused (I am), and are already discounting Reed because he's not Edgar Wright, but I'm sure it'll be fine. Ant-Man still has a great cast, Bring It On is actually one of my favorite movies (because of the cute girls and biting teen satire), but what's most troubling is the Marvel blender. Adam McKay apparently rewrote the script enough (or made suggestions) that he's now listed as a screenwriter for it. That's just odd. I hope all of this production stuff fixes itself before it hits theaters July 2015. The first synopsis for the film is after the cut. 

[via Marvel]

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6:00 PM on 06.07.2014

New trailer and poster for Mad Men creator's Are You Here

Are You Here marks Matthew Weiner's (the creator of popular TV show Mad Men) film directorial debut. And apparently it's a bit of a doozy. Are You Here has a pretty big-name cast, including Zack Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Disney's Beauty and the Beast getting live action treatment

The tale as old as time is getting retold once again as Disney's massive success with Maleficent (and presumed success with its future live action Cinderella film) has geared them toward an adaptation of one of the more famou...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.05.2014

Josh Trank to also direct standalone Star Wars film

He might not have made it on Alec's recent list of dream Star Wars spin-off directors, but honestly, who even saw this coming? Josh Trank (Chronicle, and Fox's upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four) has now been tapped to direct...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 06.02.2014

Oliver Stone to direct film about Snowden

With the announcement that Oliver Stone will be directing a film based on Edward Snowden the world collectively thought, "Yea, saw that coming." The director has a penchant for trying to tell the stories of controversial mate...

Matthew Razak



UPDATE 2: Edgar Wright exits Ant-Man over creative differences photo
UPDATE 2: Edgar Wright exits Ant-Man over creative differences
by Nick Valdez

UPDATE 2: According to THR, Marvel was unhappy with the state of Ant-Man for a few weeks. After halting it's June production for script rewrites (without Wright's knowledge), significant changes were made to the film and Wright walked off. THR's sources also note that Marvel fears it might be sticking its neck out too far with the weird Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a shame. 

UPDATE: We've been waiting for an officially "official" statement from Edgar Wright over his departure, or at the very least, some reaction that wasn't steeped in rumors. An article over at Latino-Review (thanks, OhBollocks!) may have cleared up some things if true (Wright left over massive script rewrites), but we were holding out for one last thing, and we got a little something.

After a few mysterious responses from James Gunn and Joss Whedon (who want to support their director friend, but don't want to rattle the Marvel cage), Wright tweeted a photo but then immediately deleted it. According to CBM, he tweeted a photo of Buster Keaton (holding a Cornetto cone as a "selfie"), an actor who worked on films independently before signing to MGM, citing the whole ordeal as "the worst mistake of [his] career." Since Wright immediately deleted the tweet, maybe the situation is more harsh than it appears. We'll keep an eye out for more details. Original story below. 

Edgar Wright's directorial take on Marvel's Ant-Man film was something I had been looking forward to for awhile. He co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish, and had been slightly reworking it for years trying to get it off the ground. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly were cast, and at the time, it seemed liked we were finally going to get a different type of Marvel movie. Looks like that may not be the case anymore. 

According to Marvel, Edgar Wright has parted ways with the studio over creative differences. Here's the official statement:

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

So. Wow. Has this happened to Marvel yet? I've got a lot of respect for the man and his vision, and it takes quite a lot of hutzpah to walk away from the Marvel juggernaut. I'm also a lot more worried over the state of the film if it caused something like this. Was it the producers? Were there demands? This is just a big bummer. 

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Six filmmakers who should direct Star Wars spin-offs photo
Six filmmakers who should direct Star Wars spin-offs
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

When Disney killed the Star Wars Expanded Universe last month, they negated decades of side stories that fleshed out the galaxy far, far away. But they left open the door for a new Expanded Universe, one filled with canon spin-offs that may have to cede some creative control for the sake of narrative consistency, but could allow for some amazing stories to be told that make the “real” Star Wars universe a much more consistently quality world for those who wants to dive into everything (assuming, of course, you ignore the prequels).

Gareth Edwards, director of the just-released Godzilla remake, is the first director to try his hand at this whole spin-off thing, with a film set for December 16, 2016. And while Edwards will probably do a fine job (especially if they give him something involving giant monsters), there are some other directors we’d love to see tackle the Star Wars universe and really expand it in an interesting way.

And once you’ve read through our list, let us know who else you’d like to direct and what you think they should do with the franchise.

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6:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Watch a clip from Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance of Reality

Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of those directors people either love or don't understand. His classic surrealist films from the 1970s like The Holy Mountain are still taught in film studies courses. This year is the first time ...

Liz Rugg

12:23 PM on 04.30.2014

Sam Mendes discusses why he returned for Bond 24

It was quite the nail biter while we waited to find out who would be direction Bond 24 (even Christopher Nolan was in the mix), but eventually Skyfall's director, Sam Mendes, did decide to return. He's been a bit mum on ...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 04.28.2014

Zack Snyder to direct Justice League movie

While we've known about Snyder's involvement with Warner Bros' Justice League team up movie for awhile (since Man of Steel's initial release), it's finally been confirmed. You could say WB is putting all of their money on one...

Nick Valdez





12:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Danny Boyle in talks for Leonardo DiCaprio led Steve Jobs film

Well, we had Jobs, which was kind of the quick cash in on the whole Steve Jobs biography thing, but it's time for the big guns to come out. Sony pictures has been whipping up fervor over its adaptation of the popular biograph...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 04.10.2014

First trailer for Sci-Fi drama I Origins looks interesting

I Origins is a new Sci-Fi movie from Another Earth director Mike Cahill. It follows the story of Ian Gray, (Michael Pitt) a scientist who meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) with st...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 04.07.2014

The Goonies is most likely getting a sequel

Talk of a sequel to The Goonies has yet to say die. Years of rumors, failed scripts, and Broadway musical dreams have finally come to a head as TMZ caught up with Richard Donner (director of the original) and he stated a sequ...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace will be shown in select U.S. theaters

Katsushiro Otomo, the Japanese animation director most well known for his seminal film Akira, has a brand-new animated film about to his U.S. shores! Well, sort of. Short Peace is actually a collection of four short films pr...

Liz Rugg



SXSW Interview: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) photo
SXSW Interview: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
by Nick Valdez

My final roundtable interview of SXSW was with Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Since it was my first true Anderson film experience (which I loved), I had plenty of questions for him. But since I had to compete with a few other press folks with little time to spare, I only got one in. But I'm happy with the result either way as my time spent with Anderson couldn't have gone any better. 

In our discussion Anderson divulged his a bit about his writing process, how he picks and chooses character quirks, the work of Stefan Zwieg, and cats. 

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SXSW Interview: Jason Bateman (Bad Words)  photo
SXSW Interview: Jason Bateman (Bad Words)
by Nick Valdez

Taking place after the roundtable interview with Kathryn Hahn, Jason Bateman strolled in immediately grabbing the room's attention. Good thing I was no longer too nervous to speak as Bateman had plenty of knowledge stored away about his directorial debut, Bad Words

In this roundtable, Bateman discussed the differences between directing television and directing film, the intentional dramatic aesthetic of the overall film, and how much prep work he put in to make sure Bad Words came out exactly right. 

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7:00 PM on 03.21.2014

The Flixist XCast Episode I: X-Men (2000)

[A few awesome Flixist community members and some of our former editors recently got together to form a podcast to specifically discuss an important subject: the X-Men series of films. This is the first episode of Flixist XCa...

Xzyliac

8:00 AM on 03.20.2014

Splinter Cell adaptation gets Bourne Identity director

The last we heard of Ubisoft and New Regency's Splinter Cell adaptation (back in 2012) it had a writer and Tom Hardy was set to star, and it looks like it's finally moving forward again. The project itself has been in li...

Nick Valdez

4:46 PM on 03.12.2014

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Hugh Sullivan and Hannah Marshall (The Infinite Man)

Coming out of the still ongoing SXSW film festival The Infinite Man was easily the biggest surprise. I expected very little and got a whole lot, including what's probably the best comedy of the festival. I was intrigued ...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 02.25.2014

New, epic trailer for nature documentary Watermark

Watermark is a new feature length documentary about humans' relationships with water, and presumably with our planet on a global scale. Watermark is a collaboration between filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, a...

Liz Rugg

3:00 PM on 02.10.2014

Expendabelles gets a plot description and director

As we all knew -- because we keep up on important thing like this -- The Expendables is getting a all female cast spin off called The ExpendaBelles. It's be in the works for bit, with our last news on it coming a few mon...

Matthew Razak