Greetings all. BAADASSSSS! here to announce the beginning of a new series of detailed articles I will be posting each week this Summer: The 10 Best Unproduced Comic Book Movie Scripts! At the end of this post is a sneak peek at what those 10 selections will be, so be sure to take a look and see if you can guess what they are.
Each summer the multiplexes are packed with the latest mega-budget action extravaganzas, enhanced by the finest visual effects and top-lined by the biggest stars in the industry. Every year you are guaranteed to locate at least two or three comic book-based spectaculars in the bunch. Last summer brought us the two most anticipated superhero movies of all time – Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, which grossed over a billion dollars worldwide in less than three months of release, and The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion of the standard-setting Batman trilogy helmed by visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan. That one also did very well financially as I am told.
Both movies – and many more like them released in the past and still yet to come – were granted exorbitant budgets and A-list casts and developed over the years with patience and care by exceptionally talented writers and directors working in tandem with teams of professional craftspeople. Their productions were overseen by studio executives who respected the filmmakers and the material they were working with and wanted nothing more than to create memorable screen entertainments that would captivate audiences the world over and be enjoyed by generations to come, not to mention make them mountains of cold, hard cash. This year alone has brought us the record-smashing successes of Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, with The Wolverine and Thor: The Dark World to follow and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy both on deck for 2014.
The first trailer for Paramount/MGM’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the long-mooted sequel to 2009’s, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, has been released today and you can check it out here below.
While The Rise of Cobra didn’t bring in the beaucoup bucks the Transformers franchise has been reaping, that didn’t stop the studio from putting a sequel into production. Stephen Sommers, the director of Rise, was not offered the job of helming Retaliation. Instead the reigns were handed to Jon M. Chu, whose previous credits include…Step Up 2 the Streets, Step Up 3D, and the recent concert movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the screenplay.
Relativity Media’s long-in-development reboot of The Crow, based on James O’Barr‘s 1989 independent comic book miniseries, has seen its fair share of talent attach and detach from this troubled project since it was first announced nearly three years ago.
First Stephen Norrington, the director of Blade and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, was given the directing reigns with screenwriter/musician Nick Cave (The Proposition) on scripting duty, but both left the project when the development stalled.
Walt Disney has locked in two release dates for what are said to be upcoming Marvel Studios projects, but at the moment, no one knows exactly what the movies will be.
The dates set are May 16, 2014 and June 27, 2014, so already we know that there’s a good chance the dates will shift around as the projects gets closer. But the question remains: just what exactly are these two Marvel movies?