It's not much, but right before Marvel paraded out its cast for the 2012 film The Avengers on the final night of Comic-Con, the lights in Hall H dimmed and they screened a teaser trailer of sorts that featured Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury talking over a spinning Avengers logo. If you're really itchin' for a little Avengers two years out, then you'll have some fun with this. And know that there's plenty more yet to come … Watch the trailer over here.
Sommers Returns for Joe Sequel
G.I. Joe was a strange film when it hit theaters last year, because although it was so obviously over the top and somewhat campy, fans really dug it. They liked the film's spirit and its ridiculous action sequences. The cast also made a lot of sense in a lot of different ways. All in all, yeah, I'd chalk it up as a success. And apparently Paramount feels confident enough to give this sucker another go – to the point where they've brought director Stephen Sommers back to helm another round. No word on what it's about (apart from the fact that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick of Zombieland fame are writing it), but I'd assume most of the cast is signed on to at least one sequel, so let's start anticipating this sucker, shall we? [The Wrap]
Quentin Tarantino to Writer and Direct 'The Shadow'
I can't see this happening in a million years (though you never know), but Pajiba reports that Quentin Tarantino is currently circling a movie based on that pulp hero The Shadow. Sam Raimi is producing (though he was originally supposed to direct), but now – after other names like David Slade have faded into the, um, shadows – Quentin Tarantino (of all people) is said to be interested. The Shadow first debuted in pulp magazines before moving to radio and comic books and, eventually, films (about five so far).
The lead character has been described as a "crime-fighting vigilante with psychic powers", and, on second thought, it's the kind of material that would allow Tarantino to tackle a new genre (for him), mixing pulp with noir; lots of dark alleys and femme fatales. Heck, I'd see it. In my opinion,Inglourious Basterdswas a return to form for Tarantino, and I'm certainly game for whatever he puts out next, be it an adaptation or something completely new. What about you?