Noah Hawley Developing Movie About 'Fantastic Four' Villain Doctor Doom for Fox


The ‘Legion’ creator made the announcement at the show’s Comic-Con panel.

Fox is eyeing ways to revive the Fantastic Four for the big screen, and Legion creator Noah Hawley made one of those ways public Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con.

At the end of his panel for FX’s Legion, Hawley teased that he is developing a movie for Fox that fans may be interested in.

“Two words,” he said. “Doctor Doom.”

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Hawley is developing the film about the villain with an eye to direct.

The character is the chief antagonist of Marvel’s Fantastic Four, the superteam created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to which Fox has the movie rights. 

The Fantastic Four has had a somewhat troubled big-screen history. Tim Story directed the 2005 film Fantastic Four and the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. While they were commercially successful, they were not quite embraced by fans. A 2015 reboot directed by Josh Trank was a critical and commercial bomb so damaging that it led to Trank being fired from a Star Wars spinoff

Fox has been looking to reboot and reimagine the franchise after the lackluster performance of the 2015 outing, and another Fantastic Four movie would just not do, so the studio is looking at various angles. There are rumors that Seth Grahame-Smith is working on a Fantastic Four spinoff featuring Franklin Richards, the son of Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Girl.

Victor Von Doom (aka Doctor Doom) is a scientific genius and totalitarian ruler of the fictional country of Latveria. He wears a metal mask to hide his disfigured face and rules his land with an iron fist. Julian McMahon played Doctor Doom in the first two films, while Toby Kebbell portrayed the character in the 2015 version.

The announcement came at the tail end of the first-ever Comic-Con panel for FX’s X-Men drama Legion, which will return for its second season next year. Hawley also recently wrapped the third season of FX anthology Fargo, with the future of that franchise hinging on the prolific showrunner coming up with an idea for another cycle.



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How 'A Wrinkle in Time' Is Creeping Out Comic-Con


The wonderfully executed stunt captures one of the trailer’s most arresting moments.

A Wrinkle in Time already conquered the internet last week when the first trailer dropped. Now, the ambitious project from director Ava DuVernay is taking on San Diego Comic-Con.

Though Disney is not having a panel to show off Wrinkle in Time (like Star Wars and Pixar, the film got its due last weekend at D23), the studio on Thursday is executing a stunt to get more people hyped for it.

Re-creating one of the more arresting moments in the trailer, a group of 30 children and retro-dress housewives are popping up in various locations around the Convention Center, red rubber balls in hand, dribbling as they go. They end up in front of a bus with a Wrinkle in Time display, which includes different images from the film.

The stunt is managing to be just as eerie and attention-grabbing as the moment in the trailer, which depicts the planet of Camazotz, a key part of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel. On Camazotz, everyone is (seemingly) happy and peaceful, children bouncing their balls in unison. In reality, they live in a world in which individualism has been eliminated and its residents are controlled by a single entity called the IT.

The sprawling cast for Wrinkle in Time is led by young star Storm Reid, and also includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis.

In the trailer, Meg (Reid), Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and Calvin (Levi Miller) are quite unsettled when coming across the children and their mothers, particularly when one of the women asks them, “Are you lost?” (Check it out around the 1:07 mark, below).

A Wrinkle in Time is set to open March 9, 2018.



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Marvel Launching Digital-Exclusive 'Iron Fist' Series on ComiXology


‘Immortal Iron Fist’ will be the first in a series of comics created exclusively for Amazon’s ComiXology platform.

Following in the footsteps of Valiant Entertainment and BOOM! Studios, Marvel Entertainment announced that it will be providing exclusive comic book content to Amazon.com’s digital comics platform ComiXology as part of the latter company’s ComiXology Originals imprint.

The announcement came during today’s Marvel Next Big Thing panel at San Diego Comic-Con, with the partnership going into effect Friday with the launch of Immortal Iron Fists, a six-issue series released on a bi-weekly basis, with each issue available for purchase for $2.99 or part of the monthly ComiXology Unlimited subscription package. Additional series will be announced in coming months.

Immortal Iron Fists will be written by Kaare Andrews with art by Afu Chan, and will feature Danny Rand and Pei, the latest possessor of the Iron Fist as introduced in Andrews’ 2014 print series Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. The series was originally teased, as a print title, under the title Iron Fists as one of Marvel’s 2016 Marvel NOW! launches, appearing in the July 2016 Marvel NOW! catalog. Iron Fists never appeared, with its slot in the Marvel NOW! line-up taken by a separate Iron Fist title.

The ComiXology Originals line launched earlier this year with Valient Entertainment’s Valiant High series; the imprint was intended to offer material outside the comic book mainstream as a way of reaching out to newcomers to the medium.

Immortal Iron Fists will debut as a ComiXology-exclusive series tomorrow.



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Batman Writer Grant Morrison Unveils 'Arkham Asylum 2' Graphic Novel Plans


The title will be a sequel to the 1989 best seller from DC.

Thursday’s DC: Meet the Publishers panel at San Diego Comic-Con came with a surprise guest.

Grant Mirrosin showed up to not only tease the second volume in his Wonder Woman: Earth Two graphic novel series, but also to announced an entirely unexpected project: Arkham Asylum 2, a follow-up to his best-selling 1989 Batman graphic novel.

Explaining that he once joked that the idea of creating a sequel to the fan-favorite title as his personal “jumping the shark” moment, he said that he decided to embrace the ludicrousness of the concept. “Let’s take that jump the shark idea and do the best Batman book there’s ever been,” he said, describing the project as an over-the-top Luc Besson-esque thriller that will take place in the future timeline he created where Batman’s son Damian has grown up to become an adult Batman of his own.

Morrison will be joined on the title by artist Chris Burnham, his partner on the earlier Batman Incorporated series (Above is cover artwork for a Batman Incorporated issue by Burhnam). Morrison described the graphic novel as a 120-page release, but no further details — including release date — were discussed.

Morrison also talked about the next volume of Wonder Woman: Earth Two, which he described as the Empire Strikes Back of the series, which will open with a flashback showing the Amazons’ island being invaded by the Nazis. “We’re showing you cannot mess with the Amazons. They’ve spent 3,000 years doing it better than you [and they] don’t do it with violence at all.”

DC publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio also answered questions about publishing strategies from fans, revealing that there are no plans for a digital subscription service. Lee recommended fans use Hoopla, the library digital service that includes a number of DC titles, instead. He also argued for the continued need for new characters and low price points on comic book releases.

“We do not want to be a cover band. What do you get when you do that? A pale imitation. We’re going to keep putting our character in new stories, and new characters in new adventures,” DiDio said to an eager crowd. “We need more people coming into the comic stories. Selling to one person a high-priced book is not the same as selling books to twenty people. One person can go away, but when twenty people go away, that’s a problem.”



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'Purge 4' Finds Director in Sundance Filmmaker


Franchise creator James DeMonaco remains involved and wrote the script for the new chapter.

Gerard McMurray, the director and co-writer behind the Sundance favorite Burning Sands, will take action horror franchise The Purge to the next level.

McMurray has been tapped to direct The Purge 4, becoming the first director other than James DeMonaco to direct an installment of the movie series that hails from Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Universal Pictures.

DeMonaco remains involved with the new installment, writing the script and had a hand in picking someone to whom to pass the torch.

Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sebastien K. Lemercier are producing.

A July 4, 2018 has been set.

The Purge series is set in a near future America where once a year there is a 12-hour period where all crime, including the most insane acts of murder, are legal. The first movie, released in 2013, was a contained thriller that starred Ethan Hawke and made a very healthy $64.4 million on a $3 million budget. By the time of the 2016 installment that starred Frank Grillo, Election Year, the story had expanded into a battle for America’s political future and was timely in its themes.

Plot details for Purge 4 are being kept secret.

“I have not seen a film as confidently directed in a long time as Burning Sands and I’m excited to see Gerard’s own expression of The Purge world,” said DeMonaco, who is also working on bringing the world of Purge to television (simultaneously as the new film) in a series produced by Blumhouse and Universal Cable Productions. 

McMurray hails from the low-budget indie world and was an associate producer on Ryan Coogler’s breakout, Fruitvale Station. He made is feature debut co-writing and directing Sands, a drama that looked at extreme hazing. The movie made its debut at Sundance this year where it was nominated for the festival’s grand jury prize. It was also scooped by Netflix.

McMurray is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Gang Tyre.



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Atari Unveils 'Blade Runner 2049' "Speakerhat" That Plays Music


The wearable tech includes stereo speakers and a microphone that connects with Bluetooth-enabled devices.

The future is now — and you can wear it on your head.

Atari has partnered with National Entertainment Collectibles Association to produce a limited-edition Blade Runner Atari Speakerhat, debuting at San Diego Comic-Con ahead of a fall release.

The Speakerhat, powered by Audiowear, is a baseball cap with stereo speakers and a microphone that connects with Bluetooth-enabled devices. Sounds like something out of Blade Runner — especially with the Atari brand involved? Well, that’s the point.

Blade Runner 2049 made a distinctive and memorable mark with its recent reveal trailer that skillfully captured and evolved the aesthetic presented in the classic original film,” NECA COO Joel Weinshanker said in a statement. “Atari was an enduring and essential element in the sequel filmmakers’ world-building. The minute the new trailer hit, we started getting requests for Atari-branded Blade Runner 2049 products and knew we’d need to partner with Atari to satisfy the countless joint fans of both franchises.”

The reveal comes ahead of Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel in Hall H, where Blade Runner 2049 will be on display.

“With the recent reveal of our Ataribox project and now with Speakerhats, we envision a full range of connected personal devices that live at society’s intersection of entertainment, technology and social connectivity that legendary film worlds like Blade Runner 2049 foretell,” added Atari Connect COO Michael Arzt. “Our new products will speak to a whole new generation of Atari fans, while also honoring the decades of affection and devotion by our most loyal ones.”

The Blade Runner 2049 Speakerhat will be joined by a number of other Atari-branded products and wearable tech in coming months.



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Comic-Con: 'Pacific Rim Uprising' Teaser Asks "What Is a Jaeger?"


John Boyega stars in the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 sci-fi fantasy feature.

The new trailer for Legendary’s Pacific Rim: Uprising dares to ask the question we all have been wondering: What exactly is a Jaeger?

The answer? “You times 1,000.”

With math like that on their side, how can humanity lose against the Kaiju in the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 sci-fi fantasy feature.

Star John Boyega makes a small cameo in the spot that is shot like a recruitment video, which also teases the new look for the franchise’s giant robots.

Watch the teaser for Uprising, which hits theaters  Feb. 23, 2018, in the player below.



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Mads Mikkelsen in Talks to Play Villain in 'Chaos Walking' (Exclusive)


Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley are starring in the Lionsgate YA movie being directed by Doug Liman.

Mads Mikkelsen is going back to his evil ways.

After a turn as the heroic and reluctant scientist who designs the Death Star in Rogue One, Mikkelsen is in negotiations to make life hard for Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in Lionsgate’s post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking.

Doug Liman is directing the project, an adaptation of the best-selling YA novel by Patrick Ness.

The story takes place on a colony planet where almost all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. The cacophony drives many mad until a young man (Holland) makes a silent discovery: There is a girl (Ridley) who may be the key to unlocking the New World’s many layered secrets.

Mikkelsen will play the ruthless mayor of Prentisstown who is searching for the young man he once mentored and who is a religiously minded keeper of his own secrets and is planning to expand his reach. 

The movie will begin shooting later this summer in Montreal.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) worked on the script, as did Jamie Linden (Money Monster). Doug Davison, who produced the Liman-directed Tom Cruise starrer Mena, is producing alongside Allison Shearmur (Rogue One, Cinderella).

Mikkelsen starred as the evil Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s Hannibal. In addition to Rogue One, he also appeared in Marvel’s Doctor Strange last year, playing the antagonist opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.

He is repped by UTA and Art Management. 



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'Proud Mary' Trailer Introduces Taraji P. Henson's Titular Assassin


Billy Brown, Jahi Di'Allo Winston and Danny Glover are also featured in the action flick.

‘Proud Mary’

Taraji P. Henson is a well-equipped killer in the new trailer for Proud Mary.

Directed by Babak Najafi, the Sony/Screen Gems actioner stars Henson as the titular hit woman who works for an organized crime family in Boston. Her life is completely turned around by a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston and Danny Glover are also among the cast.

Proud Mary hits theaters Jan. 12.



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Anne Hathaway to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller 'O2'


She will play a woman who mysteriously wakes up inside a cryogenic chamber and must escape before her air supply runs out.

Anne Hathaway is stocking up on O2.

The actress will star in the sci-fi thriller, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed, as a woman who mysteriously wakes up inside a cryogenic chamber and must escape before her air supply runs out.

Christie LeBlanc wrote the script, which is largely devoted to a single performer and marks her feature film debut. Suzan Bymel and Hathaway are producing with Echo Lake’s Adam Riback and James Engle, and IM Global’s Stuart Ford and Greg Shapiro will also be producers. IM Global is financing the $10 million project, and CAA is representing domestic rights. No director is currently attached, and production is eyed to begin in the fall.

Hathaway, who just wrapped production on the starry heist spinoff Oceans Eight, is also set to star in the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake Nasty Women with Rebel Wilson, the Steven Knight drama Serenity with Matthew McConaughey, and Deniz Gamze Erguven’s survival tale The Lifeboat. She is repped by CAA and Management 360.

LeBlanc is repped by CAA and Echo Lake.

IM Global’s svp acquisitions and co-productions John Zois has been negotiating the deal on behalf of IM Global.



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