Catch-Up: X-Force Finds Writer, The Wolverine, Spidey & Avengers Team Up, Pacific Rim And More!
We’re back! Sorry for our absence folks. We were away preparing for the big week ahead with San Diego Comic-Con starting on Thursday. In our leave, some big news hit, so it’s time to catch-up on the biggest stories you missed. Starting off with the biggest news…
Kick Ass 2 Director Jeff Wadlow To Pen And Possibly Helm X-Force Film
Earlier last week, it was reported as a rumor that an X-Force film was in development at Fox, claiming that the studio registered a domain for the film a few months back (X-ForceMovie.com). The film has now been confirmed to be in development as The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Jeff Wadlow — the director of next month’s Kick Ass 2 has been chosen to write the adaptation for 20th Century Fox. THR mentioned that Wadlow is also keen to direct the project and that franchise main-stay Lauren Shuler Donner will continue to produce. Wadlow headed to Twitter to tell fans to expect more at SDCC next week. Which ties into the next story…
— Jeff Wadlow (@JeffWadlow) July 13, 2013
Fox To Present Dawn Of The Apes, The Wolverine And A “Surprise” At Comic-Con
Per THR once again, it has been announced that 20th Century Fox’s San Diego Comic-Con panel will feature appearances from Hugh Jackman and James Mangold for The Wolverine along with Andy Serkis Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and director Matt Reeves appearing to promote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The studios have also teased a “big-surprise”; could this be X-Men: Days of Future Past or The Fantastic Four? I’m betting on the former.
Hugh Jackman Really Wants A X-Men, Spider-Man And Avengers Cross-Over Film
Talking to Steve Weintraub of Collider at The Wolverine press junket , Hugh Jackman expressed immense interest in something that will never happen; an X-Men, Spider-Man and Avengers crossover film. “I don’t see the impediment! I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together! I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.” I admire Hugh’s optimism but.. this ain’t happening anytime soon, which is a shame. You can watch Jackman talk more about the subject in the video below.
Pacific Rim Opens Soft With $38 Million; Man Of Steel Cracks $600M Worldwide
Despite a big marketing push for the past couple of weeks, Pacific Rim just couldn’t escape it’s bad tracking and lack of general audience appeal, opening in third place (behind Grown Ups 2 and Despicable Me 2) with a very soft $38.3 million. Although the Guillermo del Toro film recieved a strong ‘A-’ cinemascore, the release of four new films next week will cause the monster-robot mash to drop significantly. Pacific Rim opened with $53 million overseas, being strongest in Asia.
In some more positive news, Zack Synder’s Man of Steel passed the $600 million mark worldwide this weekend; staying strong domestically with a $4 million weekend. The reboot has now reached $280,995,000 domestically and $338.2 million overseas. Don’t be surprised if we hear a Man of Steel 2 announcement from Warner Bros. in the coming months.
New The Wolverine Clips & B-Roll Footage!
Lots of X-Men related news we missed, huh? Ahead of it’s July 26th release, Fox have released four new clips (featuring a lot more talk and less action)and some behind the scenes footage for the James Mangold directed The Wolverine. Check out everything below and thanks to TrailerAddict for uploading.
Brand New Thor: The Dark World SDCC Concept Poster + Wall Posters
Offering new looks at many of the film’s principal characters, including our first sight of Algrim the Strong, take a look at this SDCC exclusive concept poster for Thor: The Dark World (via Entertainment Weekly). Also, some artistic wall posters have popped up online for the Marvel Studios November tentpole (via CBM). Check ‘em out!
And that’s about it! Stay tuned to ComicBookTherapy as the news team will be bringing fantastic coverage of all the big news coming out of SDCC this week.