In a shocking about-face, Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios and Disney have reinstated James Gunn as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Several months after a manufactured controversy forced Disney to fire the much-loved director, Disney CEO Alan Horn has said he’s met with Gunn numerous times, and after discussion regarding his handling of the matter and public apology, the studio has opted to bring him back.
Backlash from all sides seem to have won out, as principle cast members of the previous Guardians of the Galaxy films, as well as Kevin Feige himself have stood up for Gunn in the time since. Gunn has since signed on to direct the upcoming reboot for The Suicide Squad starring Idris Elba and Margot Robbie, which still seems to be next on his busy docket.
Regardless of what happens next. It’s nice to have Gunn back at the helm of the franchise that he brought to critical acclaim.
The acclaimed director of genre films Moon and Source Code, took to his Twitter this morning to announce that his next project will be a comic book movie. He goes on to say we’ll learn more in a few days. With that timeline, it nearly eliminates Marvel from the competition, but things look good for DC. Could Jones be directing Green Lantern Corps? What project do you think he would be best suited for?
A little nervous about this, but hell, nervous is where the fun is! I’m going to be making a comic book movie next! A pretty special one. That’s the initial tease… Second tease to come in a few days!
Jones was one of the first directors approached for Man of Steel back in 2010, but passed on it, believing that Moon, the only film under his belt at the time, didn’t yet prepare him for such a large scale film. Now, with Source Code, the surprisingly great Warcraft, and Mute, on his resume, perhaps Jones feels now is the time? His cinematic sensibilities certainly line up with DC, and his eye for wonderful shots would make for some incredibly beautiful alien worlds alongside the Green Lantern Corps. Additionally, with Geoff Johns recently signing on fully as screenwriter, that could shape up to be something special.
After a long and intensive search, the much-anticipated Black Widow solo movie finally has a director. The Hollywood Reporter is bringing word that Australian director Cate Shortland will helm the Marvel Studios movie starring Scarlett Johansson. Shortland’s past credits include World War II drama Lore, and horror film Berlin Syndrome from last year.
THR is also reporting that Jac Schaeffer has penned the most recent draft of the script for the film. Additionally, the Black Widow movie will be a prequel and is set before the events of Marvel’s The Avengers.
Following the troubled departure of director Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm has announced that J.J. Abrams will return to the franchise to take the reins of the final chapter in the new trilogy of films. Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). Star Wars: Episode IXis produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy,” said Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy. This is a picture-perfect choice for the director to step back in to the franchise he helped modernize in such spectacular fashion.
Warner Bros. has confirmed that director Patty Jenkins will return to the chair for Wonder Woman 2 which is set to be released on December 13th, 2019. She’s co-writing the film with Geoff Johns and is set to also receive a hefty increase in pay. After receiving $1 million for directing the first film, she is set to receive around $9 million, the same amount Zack Snyder received for Man of Steel.
This is fantastic news for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman has earned over $813 million worldwide, and was a critical hit for Warner Bros. at a time when they desperately needed one after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were so critically panned.
It’s honestly upsetting to me, that I was unaware this happened, and it took him stepping down from a blockbuster film to make the news. Zack Snyder is officially stepping down from directorial duties on Justice League, following the March suicide of his 20-year old daughter.
Acclaimed director, Joss Whedon (Avengers), has been tapped to replace him. Whedon has written and will direct additional scenes for the film, which will shoot in London this summer.
In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it, The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realization …I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.