For a film that took 11 years to get off the ground, it appears that Ryan Reynolds unwavering patience with Marvel is about to see the studio giant make an absolute killing off it’s newest franchise, Deadpool.
The R-rated origins story about foul-mouthed anti-hero Wade Wilson has already shattered box office records as it continues to reign victorious at the top of the global box office, having now surpassed the $300 million dollar mark. Not bad for a film with a production budget a little south of $60 million.
Based on the character first seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, Ryan Reynolds has spent the best part of 11 years convincing the big-wigs over at Marvel to fund his Deadpool project – often seeing it shelved in place of other projects such as Ant-Man and Spider-Man reboots.
But now having made the studio a whole pile of money for a relatively small investment (as far as superhero blockbusters go), it appears Reynolds has finally shredded the disappointing memory of Green Lantern in the most spectacular and ingeniously creative way possible.
With a sequel already green lighted by the studio and colossal fanbase heading back again and again to see first installment, it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool a lot in the foreseeable future.
Its no surprise that Twentieth Century Fox has decided to pull the Fantastic Four sequel from its schedule, having previous insisted that the doomed franchise reboot would continue on despite the first film becoming one of the biggest flops of all time.
The studio giant has seen a painful year in box office takings thanks largely in part to the catastrophe that is the Fantastic Four reboot – what was meant to be the growing Jewel in its 2015 schedule, Fantastic Four made only $167 million worldwide from a production budget that cost almost $220 million, when you factor in its marketing.
Now Fox obviously sees no hope it saving the franchise, and having pulled the 2017 sequel release, may decide to scrap it entirely and possibly sell the rights back to Marvel. Fantastic Four was meant to offer a whole new diverse look on Marvel‘s original franchise, opting for a younger cast that included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, but after initial critics panned the reboot, it didn’t take long until audiences decided to snub the summer blockbuster.
The franchise was riddled with controversy before its release, most notably when director Josh Trank publically slammed his movie, taking to Twitter to accuse Fox of diluting his original story;
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this [film]. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Regardless of the past, with no director willing to continue the story and with the cast unlikely to continue with their characters, it’s probably not such a bad idea to scrap the franchise all together – though if Spider-Man had taught us anything, it’s to expect Hollywood to reboot be franchise in the near future.
You really can’t keep an old dog down – especially in Hollywood.
Just a couple of months on from Steven Spielberg’s comments that “there is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford…“, it appears the Oscar-winning director is sticking to his guns by confirming another Indie film is in the pipeline starring Mr Ford once again.
It’s surprising considering the box-office flop of the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which hit cinemas back in 2008 to disappointing reviews – mostly due to the unnecessary ‘extraterrestrial’ nature of the story.
Regardless of personal feelings regarding the franchise, Spielberg and Ford are clearly not finished with the adventurous character, despite many believing Shia Lebeouf, who played Indiana Jones son in the last film, would take over leading man duties for a brand new franchise – though such plans never came to fruition.
Disney clearly have a lot of faith in Harrison Ford’s ability to still pull in the masses – not surprising considering the colossal success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which saw Ford return to another iconic role after almost 30 years.
The trailer is finally here for Captain America: Civil War, the most dramatic installment of Marvel‘s record-breaking ‘Avengers’ franchise, starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr who’s characters go head-to-head.
When a new bill is passed by the US Senate requiring all superheroes to make themselves known to the US government, the once strong Avengers find themselves divided between Captain America (Evans) who’s opposed to the law, and Iron Man (Downey Jr) who’s for it.
Captain Ameica: Civil War, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Elizabeth Olsen, will also introduce a whole new set of hereos to the universe including Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). It hits cinemas worldwide from April 29, 2016.
Check out the trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Now You See Me – starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo.
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.