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Marvel boss: Johnny Depp not playing ‘Doctor Strange’

- February 26th, 2014

Johnny Depp may be ready to battle pirates, but he might not be up for the mystical arts.

After rumours that Depp was being courted for Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange feature, studio boss Kevin Feige has weighed in on Depp playing the magical hero.

“We’re meeting a lot of people now,” Feige tells IGN.

When he was asked pointblank whether the studio has reached out to Depp to topline what inevitably will be one of the tentpole films in Marvel’s cinematic Phase Three, he said they hadn’t.

“When you have a project that’s been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, ‘Oh, I’ve met with Stan about this! Or I did that!’ So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously, the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there’s a lot of things that have happened before me, and I’ve been here 14 years. So that’s a long time ago. I don’t know if that happened then.”

Last month, Latino Review reported that Depp was keen on joining the Marvel machine. And back in 2008, Neil Gaiman told me that when he was considering making the Strange with Guillermo Del Toro, Depp was one of his first choices.

According to THR, Marvel is considering Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda) for the screenplay and has four contenders to direct: 50/50′s Jonathan Levine; Brave’s Mark Andrews; A Royal Affair’s Nikolaj Arcel and Welcome to Yesterday’s Dean Israelite. Interesting choices, I’d say.

Thus far, the character has only appeared in cartoons, but he did get his own TV movie in 1978.

Is Marvel making a mistake by not using Depp? Personally, I was excited by the prospect of him joining the Marvel universe. Sound off in the comments.

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Watch the new trailer for Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’

- February 12th, 2014

Johnny Depp will hopefully reverse a bit of a cold streak when his sci-fi-tinged Transcendence bows this April.

Helmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer (for Inception) and frequent Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister, Depp stars in the upcoming film as an A.I. researcher whose consciousness is uploaded to a computer after he is shot dead by an anti-digital activist.

Transcendence also stars Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy.

After Depp’s Dr. Will Caster gets plugged in, well, things go awry. It’s the Internet, and he needs more and more power to survive. “If we don’t stop him, it will be the end of mankind as we know it,” Freeman’s character warns us.

We’ll get to see more of Johnny’s bad self when Transcendence opens April 17.

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Jennifer Garner calls Ben Affleck’s Batman costume ‘Unbelievably Cool’

- January 20th, 2014

Jennifer Garner was singing the praises of hubby Ben Affleck’s Bat-Suit during a red carpet interview with ET over the weekend.

Rocsi Diaz asked the actress if she expected her husband to come home wearing the costume when the film begins shooting later this year.

I don’t think I could get him out of the suit. So no, I’ll probably go to set and look from afar,” she laughed. Garner then added: “I’ve seen the suit… the suit is unbelievably cool. It’s a total reinvention, it looks great.”

Garner and Affleck are no strangers to dressing up having played Daredevil and Elektra in a 2003 adaptation.

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On Friday night, Warner Bros. announced that the Man of Steel sequel (aka Batman vs. Superman) will be delayed until May 6, 2016, nine months after its previously scheduled July 17, 2015 release date.

This sets up a direct head-to-head battle with Marvel, which also has claimed that date for an untitled movie. Marvel announced the May 6, 2016, release last year, with other yet-to-be-titled superhero films due July 8, 2016, and May 5, 2017.

Last week, there were rumblings that Johnny Depp could be joining the Marvel machine as Doctor Strange. Mark Ruffalo was also touting the possibilities of a standalone Hulk film at Sundance.

So if the Batman/Superman film was to go up against either of those, my bet would be on the Caped Crusader and Big Blue. Now, if Marvel books Iron Man 4 for May 6, 2016, Warner Bros. may want to revisit that release date.

What do you think of Marvel and DC going head-to-head at the multiplexes? Sound off in the comments.

Marvel rumour: Johnny Depp being eyed for ‘Doctor Strange’

- January 14th, 2014

Johnny Depp might be getting ready to trade his pirate’s hat for a magician’s cape.

According to Latino Review, Depp is being courted to play the mystical superhero Doctor Strange in an upcoming film.

Depp has deep roots with Marvel’s owner, Disney, and is already scheduled to shoot a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean for release in the summer of 2016. Latino Review reports the 50-year-old star is a fan of comics and is keen to become part of the Marvel machine.

Doctor Strange will presumably be part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which begins with Ant-Man in 2015. And conveniently, the company has three untitled films set for release for May 6, 2016; July 8, 2016; May 5, 2017.

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Back when Neil Gaiman was considering making the film with Guillermo Del Toro, the Sandman author told me he envisioned Johnny Depp as the sorcerer.

“Robert Downey Jr. would have been one of my leading Doctor Strange contenders,” Gaiman told me way back in 2008. “But Johnny Depp is another leading candidate.”

It should be mentioned that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s name was also mentioned at one point in connection with Doctor Strange, but that seems unlikely now that he has signed on for DC’s Sandman.

What do you think of these latest Marvel rumours? Let us know in the comments.

P.S. Depp returns to theatres this April with Transcendence.

Quentin Tarantino reveals details of next film

- November 27th, 2013

So if, like me, you were hoping that Quentin Tarantino’s next film might be Kill Bill Vol. 3, you’re going to be disappointed.

The director has announced that his next film will be a western.

Tarantino broke the news to Jay Leno on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show. “I haven’t told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre: It’s a western,” he said. The writer-director also added that it will not be a sequel to last year’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained.

“I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing,’” Tarantino said.

He didn’t say who he plans on working with, but during promotional rounds for Django, he did say he’d love to work with Johnny Depp.

“We would love to work together. We’ve talked about it for years,” Tarantino said in a recent interview with Charlie Rose [via The Playlist]. “We’re obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we’ll do it. And then it’ll be magical. I haven’t written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won’t. We’ll see.”

Last year, in an interview with Playboy, Tarantino indicated he might quit filmmaking in the near future.

“Who knows what I’ll do? I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker,” he told the magazine. “I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones. I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’ When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”

If you missed it, Tarantino released his top 10 films of 2013 last month. Kick Ass 2, The Lone Ranger and This is the End were among his picks. You can check them all out here.

What do you think about QT doing a western next? Were you hoping for Kill Bill Vol. 3? Sound off in the comments.