|—||That, ladies and gentlemen, is the first synopsis for THE WORLD’S END, the conclusion of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost's epic Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy. The film is set to start filming this September and follows the threesome’s cult classics Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz (as well as the sitcom Spaced). The World’s End will be directed by Wright, written by him and Pegg and star Pegg and Frost, as usual. It’s been a long time coming, over five years in fact, and it won’t be released until sometime in 2013, but The World’s End is something to get very, very excited about.|
First official still from The World’s End
Seem quite appropriate to see this on the day of the supposed apocalypse. The third film in Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright & Nick Frost’s Blood & Ice Cream trilogy The World’s End is set for release on the 14th of August 2013 and follows five childhood friends (Pegg, Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan) reunite after twenty years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth, returning to their hometown once again to attempt to reach the fabled pub The World’s End, but as the night wears on, the group begin to realise that the real struggle is “not just theirs but humankind’s”, and completing the crawl becomes the least of their worries. We can’t say that the middle-aged goth look is a good one for Pegg, but hopes for The World’s End are extremely high right now.
Teasing Of The Nerds of the day: That very blue photo up there, dear readers, is the very first image of Ant-Man. Now a lot of Marvel fans have been waiting a loooong time for the multi-sized superhero and member of the original comic Avengers, to appear on the big screen, and it is now most definitely happening. Director Edgar Wright posted the image to Twitter yesterday, stating "Now I’m back in LA, it’s high time to finish a little something I’ve been working on… ". With a release date of summer 2015, no one has (officially) been cast as Hank Pym, so that’s likely just a stuntman in the costume (which looks far less dorky than comic version).
So the news making the internet rounds is Marvel have whittled down the list of actors they want to fill Ant-Man’s tiny boots to two: Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Whilst JGL has blockbuster experience with Inception, superhero pedigree in The Dark Knight Rises, and the necessary comedy chops (as shown in pretty much every promotional appearance he’s given), Rudd is an untested property in the sort of tentpole event movies Marvel specialises in; sure, he’s had hits with Frat Pack comedies like Knocked Up and the cult classic Anchorman but he’s more likely to appear in smaller indie fare than in spandex ‘n’ masks action behemoths. That said, since establishing its Cinematic Universe, Marvel has never gone the obvious route with the casting its heroes; Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson were all relative newbies to action movies before they claimed their respective roles, and even more recently, the casting of Chris Pratt in as Star-Lord Guardians Of The Galaxy was way out of leftfield.
So, let’s try a little poll: who should Marvel, and Edgar Wright, choose to become Hank Pym in 2015? Click here to vote!
|—||That’s the official statement from Marvel Studios. Edgar Wright - director of Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, and the man who’s been developing Ant-Man as a film since 2006 - has left the production weeks before filming starts. It’s not the first time a director has had issues with Marvel, but it is probably the highest profile split. Could this be a case of Marvel playing too safe with their cinematic universe, wary of anything less than a resounding success?|
Marvel Replacing Edgar Wright With Anchorman Director?: If this doesn’t scream “playing safe”, then I don’t know what does. We’ve all had a week to mourn Edgar Wright’s resignation from directing Marvel’s Ant-Man, a project he had been developing since 2006, and it now appears as if the comic-book giant has chosen his successor. News coming from Ain’t It Cool News is that Adam McKay, the director of Will Ferrell comedies Step Brothers, The Other Guys, Talladega Nights and the two Anchorman films, is in “advanced talks” to take over from Wright. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and We’re The Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber were said to have also been in the running for the job.
Looking at the filmographies of those three men, you can clearly guess the vibe Marvel is looking for with Ant-Man; a visually unremarkable, solid-but-unspectacular mid-range action comedy, no risks or auteur fingerprints messing with the studio’s uber-successful formula. It’s a disappointing decision, coming just as Marvel is set to release Guardians Of The Galaxy, their most out-there and oddest film yet.