Stephen Merchant cast in Wolverine 3

We all know that Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine, in Wolverine 3. But what nobody knew, is that Stephen Merchant will also be in the movie.

Deadline broke news of Merchant’s casting, this morning. The role he’s playing has yet to be revealed, but I imagine given his comedic background, he will probably be some sort of comic relief.

The actor confirmed the news, by posting a video of him having his head shaved, on Instagram.

An actor prepares. #Wolverine3

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James Mangold is returning to direct and David James Kelly, is writing the script. Hugh Jackman has previously hinted, that the film will be inspired by the “Old Man Logan” range of comics, which follows an elderly, now-retired Wolverine on a road trip, with Hawkeye across a dystopian future. As Marvel own the rights to Hawkeye, it’s thought that Professor X will be replacing him.

Merchant got his big break, when he collaborated on The Office with Ricky Gervais. The pair then worked together on Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show, and Life’s Too Short. But recently the pair seperated creatively.


If Merchant’s casting seems a little strange, just remember in 1999, we heard a 6ft 2″ Australian, whom had only done musical theatre, would be playing the role of 5ft 4″ Canadian, Wolverine. The news did not go down well with X-Men fans.
Wolverine 3 will be Jackman’s last outing as the mutant anti-hero, Jackman has appeared in every X-Men film since the original in 2000, except of course for Deadpool.

Wolverine 3 scheduled for relaese in March  2017.

Disney remove Inhumans from schedule 

Disney have officially removed Inhumans from their schedule. It had been due for release on 12th July, 2019. It currently has no release date.
This isn’t the first time the film’s release date has been changed. It was originally slated for release on 2nd November, 2018 before it was moved to the July. 

It’s entirely possible that Inhumans was removed because of the recently announced Indiana Jones 5. That’s scheduled for release on 19th July, 2019, which is just a week after Inhumans. It would make any business sense to put two Disney movies up against each other. 
Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige said the recent Spider-Man deal with Sony, also plays a factor in the re-shuffle. When asked about the Inhumans movie, he said:

“Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big, joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big, fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet.”

Speculation has been rife online, that Fox and Marvel may be about to make a deal, to incorporate either the X-Men, or Fantastic Four into the MCU. Personally, I think a deal with the Fantastic Four is more likely. Fox just don’t need Marvel’s help with the X-Men and Marvel don’t need the X-Men, when they have Inhumans. The past three X-Men based films have been received well critically and, have done well at the Box Office. Deadpool is currently the highest grossing movie of all time.  

With the Fantastic Four, Fox find themselves in a similar position to Sony with Spider-Man. Do they push a head with a sequel to a film, that was poorly received. Independently reboot it for a third time, or accept a co-production deal with Marvel and reboot it into the MCU?
These posts were taken off Faceboook. They seem to be between a fan and an employee at Marvel. 


Relationships between Fox and Marvel are historically bad. Fox haven’t been allowed to sell X-Men toys since 2003 and, Marvel have mostly reduced the X-Men to background characters in the comics. 

Whatever happens, I’m sure Marvel will release a Inhumans movie at some point.  

Gambit removed from 2016 schedule

Deadpool is currently shattering box office records, it’s made over $600 Million worldwide. Fox also have X-Men: Apocalypse out this summer. However they were due to have three Marvel titles out this year, with Channing Tatum-starring as the Gajun superhero, Gambit.

Gambit was originally scheduled to be released in October this year. But the production has entered a sort of “development hell” phase. The original director Rupert Wyatt walked away last September, which caused a delay in production. In January, it was reported that production would begin in March, with Live die repeat’s Doug Liman now directing.  Alien: Covenant will now move into Gambit’s original slot.

Personally, I can’t see this movie ever happening. Fox were seeking someone with a big draw to step into Hugh Jackman’s place. They now have Deadpool and, ryan Reynolds.

Fox also revealed the release dates for two unnamed Marvel projects, October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018. I suspect the 2018 date will be Deadpool 2.

 

Wolverine 3 to be R-rated?

Well, that didn’t take long. After not wanting to make the film, it looks like 20th Century Fox is set to embrace the publics desire for R-rated superheroes. Following the box office success of Deadpool; it seems the studio has confirmed that Hugh Jackman’s last adventure as Logan, in Wolverine 3 will follow the example set by Deadpool. Here’s a leaflet handed out at a Toy Fair, which reveals the rating they’re aiming for. 
  
It’ll be interesting to see if this actually happens, there are many superheroes that could benefit from an R-rating. Wolverine is certainly one of those. 

Stephen Lang wants to play Cable

Deadpool has been box office smash, it’s shattered records with a worldwide opening weekend of $300million. Which is more than double its $58 million budget.
After the end credits, Deadpool confirmed a sequel-which will feature iconic X-men member, Cable.
Avatar villain Stephen Lang took to Twitter today, to campaign for the role, and. He’s pretty much a perfect choice.

The release date of deadpool 2 is currently unkown, but it’s thought the studio want it to replace the original date set for Fantastic Four 2 will.
Fox have a busy schedule for their X-Men Universe, this May sees the release X-Men: Apocalypse. With the rumoured R-rated Wolverine 3 (a sequel to two films which no longer exsist) arriving in March 2017.
The studio is also developing, Gambit, The New Mutants, X-Men 7 and, two TV series set in the universe.

Film review-Deadpool 

The new Fox/Marvel superhero movie is loud, obnoxious, sarcastic, violent and sexually graphic. It’s also a tremendous lot of fun, at least for the fans. 

This has been a passion project for Ryan Reynolds for the past eleven years. But Fox never had enough confidence in the project to green light a movie. They put the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in an attempt to garner popularity and spin the character off. However they mishandled him terribly and the project looked dead. At some point in 2014, test footage for a solo movie leaked online. It was a huge internet sensation and this movie received the green light the next day. 

  
The director Tim Miller’s background is in visual effects and it shows here, the opening credits fuse great action with sublime visual effects. Instead of the normal list of actors’ names, we get a tongue in cheek poke at the superhero/action movie clitches (“A Hot Chick. The comic relief. A British Villain. Directed by an overpaid douche bag”). 

Shortly after, the Merc with a Mouth breaks the fourth wall and assures the audience that this is no ordinary superhero movie, “I may be super, but I’m no hero”.

  
Deadpool is looney toons, but with a face full of scars and a couple of swords. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it will probably be your shot of Jack Daniel’s. 

Fox officially announce new Prison Break

Later this month, we’ll see Mulder and Scully return for 13 episodes of The X-Files. But that isn’t the only show Fox are reviving, a pilot for a spin-off to 24 has also been ordered, 24:Legacy will focus on a new team from inside the CTU and today, they announced that Prison Break will be returning for a limited series. Both Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell will be reprising their roles, as Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows.

The series will written by the originail creator Paul T. Schuering, who will also produce with Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead. It hasn’t been announced how many episodes this series will consist of.

Fox remove Fantastic Four from their 2017 schedule

Ever since Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot tanked at the box office this summer, there’s been a lot of speculation regarding Fox’s commitment to the franchise.

A sequel was still scheduled for release in 2017. Today, Fox announced that they were removing Fantastic Four 2 from their 2017 date. Now, just because the film has been removed from the schedule that doesn’t mean the project has been shelved, or that they plan to revert the rights back to Marvel. Fantastic Four 2 could still happen. One day.

Personally, I think Josh Trank’s take on Fantastic Four was incredibly flawed. But; it could have worked as a TV series. In fact I think that is the route Fox should actively pursue.

Check out the honest trailer from Screen Junkies.

Fox are developing two shows set in the X-Men Universe

Fox have long wanted to make a TV series set in the X-Men universe, now it seems that they’ve reached an agreement with Marvel, which will not only allow them to develop one TV series set in that universe, but two.

Fox producers Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg will colabirate with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory to bring the shows to our screens.

The first series is called Legion. It’s being written and helmed by Fargo creator Noah Hawley. The second series, Hellfire is being developed by Evan Katz (24: Live Another Day), Manny Coto (24), Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3), and JD Payne (Star Trek 3).

Legion will  introduce us to the story of David Haller, David has battled with mental illness his whole life, he was diagnosed as schizophrenic in his teenage years,  he’s been in and out of various psychiatric facilities for years. After an encounter with a another patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

I loved Fargo, I thought it was a marvelous adaptation of the Cohen brothers movie. Hawley is a great choice to take on this project and I’m sure he will bring us something magical.

FX said:

Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at. His adaption of Fargo for television was one of the most acclaimed television events in recent memory. It’s also an honor to partner with Marvel on Legion and to enlist such an accomplished team of Executive Producers to create this pilot.”

Hellfire will be set in the mid-late 1960s, and follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as ‘The Hellfire Club’ – to take over the world.

It’s unknown at this point if anyone from the film universe will appear.

I’m very interested to see how these projects turn out. It’s actually surprising that Fox and Marvel have made a deal together, it’s well documented that the two studios don’t see eye-to-eye. Marvel haven’t allowed Fox to release X-Men toys since 2003.

 

24 spin-off in development 

Last year Fox brought Jack Bauer back for a 12 episode mini-series set in London. A few months after that, they announced plans of a spin-off series, news quickly dried up. But now, according to online reports fox are working on a series that would star a younger male lead, with Jack Bauer showing up every few episodes. 
I’ll admit now, the whole 24 phenomenon passed me by. I didn’t see it until 24:live another day.
Personally, I think it’s a smart move. There’s a wider world within the CTU and by bringing in a new cast, the showrunners will be free to write some fresh stories without being restricted by Jack’s complicated history.