Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of multiple Marvel movies including the record-breaking Avengers: Endgame, are set to direct Netflix’s adaptation of The Gray Man. The film will star Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, and it will have a budget of $200 million, making it Netflix’s most expensive film to date.
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The Gray Man, based on the novel of the same name by Mark Greaney, follows a a deadly duel between two killers as Gentry (to be played by Ryan Gosling), a freelance assassin, is being hunted by a former cohort of the CIA, Lloyd Hansen (to be played by Chris Evans). The Russo brothers are hoping to be able to turn this adaptation into a Bond-like franchise with Gosling reprising his role as Gentry in future films.
Other Marvel team members have joined the production of this film since Avengers script writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revised Joe Russo’s original script for The Gray Man.
Production for the film is set to start in January of 2021.
Snowpierceris an unusual, modern science fiction film. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film was a 2013 science fiction movie by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. It starred a wide range of actors from all across the world, such as Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Go Ah-Sung, and Ed Harris. The movie takes place after global warming has created a second Ice Age on the planet Earth, with humanity’s remnants living on a mobile train that crosses the entire world, the titular Snowpiercer. There is a class division resulting in the poor folk being confined to the back of the train, controlled using threats of violence and given scraps to eat, while the rich grow fat off their high quality of life in front of the train. Highly imaginative and full of octane action, the film received critical acclaim and was a huge international hit. It has now become a cult film and now, it may receive even more attention with the teaser for a TV series.
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According to Empire this weekend, at ComicCon, a teaser trailer debuted for the Snowpiercer television series. Although just a trailer, the teaser showcased the primary of the themes of the film quite well. With classes divided in the ever-running train, mutiny is brewing among the poorer sections of the train. The series show runner is Graeme Manson, who previously helmed Orphan Black. The show stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs. Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Lena Hall, Annalise Basso and Sam Otto. It is scheduled to be released here in the states on TBS, with Netflix handling the international release. The series will see its premiere next spring, so keep an eye out for the incoming train. Hopefully, we can see the world the film created more explored in full through the TV show and we’re certainly excited to see this unique story told once again on the small screen.
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Captain Marvel was a huge success, bringing in over a billion dollars worldwide and making Carol Danvers a household name. But there’s another hero who remains a fan favorite among comic book fans who shares the Marvel name. Kamala Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who hails from New Jersey, was hailed as one of the best comic book characters of all time. She’s been hailed for allowing a Muslim character to headline a major comic title, as well as her personality being funny, full of heart, and showcasing her as a young, new hero making her way in the wider Marvel Universe. Fans have been clamoring for a big screen adaptation of the character for sometime and it appears Marvel is hoping to make that a reality.
ComicBook has revealed that Mindy Kaling has been in talks about the character on a recent press tour. Kaling noted Marvel is extremely excited about the character and trying to figure out what to do with her. Kaling seems to share the enthusiasm, noting that an unknown talent might be best for bringing the character to life (similar to how the big stars of the MCU, such as Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr became mega stars for playing Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man). Kaling has previously offered to a pitch a script to adapt the comic character. The overseer of the MCU, Kevin Fiege, has noted they did Captain Marvel first with the intention of doing Ms. Marvel later, in order for Kahn to have someone to be inspired by.
With all this passion around the project, we hope Kaling is brought on board to adapt this character and we can’t wait to see her brought to life! What are your thoughts?
The 2013 film Snowpiercer, which starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, took place in a post-apocalyptic future where the Earth has almost entirely frozen over. The remnants of humanity live on the Snowpiercer, an always moving bullet train where the wealthy live in the front while the poor are relegated to the tail section. A battle for power ensues between the two classes. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film was met with critical acclaim and a small cult following in the U.S.
Now, the story of Snowpiercer will love on in a new prequel comic. Titled Snowpiercer: Extinction, this prequel comic will takes place before the world froze over to explain what really happened. The prequel will use the same illustrator as the original comic, but will have a new writer.
Le Transperceneige was originally published in 1982. Two sequels were released, one in 1999 and one in 2000. Several re-issues and English translations were made when the film adaptation became popular. A television series has been in development for a while, but there is still no word on when it will debut.
Snowpiercer: Extinction is due to be released in September.