While the final trailer for The Dark Knight Rises snuck online last night, a few other superhero properties are in the works. Scroll down for updates on Chronicle 2, the long-rumored Daredevil reboot and the potential of another solo Hulk movie. And yes, since this is a Fanboy Fix post, more Avengers pics.
Josh Trank is a busy guy. We've already updated you on his upcoming attempt to reboot The Fantastic Four franchise for FOX in our last installment of Fanboy Fix. And then there's the rumored involvement with a stand-alone Venom movie as well as an adaptation of the graphic novel The Red Star. Of course, none of this would be possible if not for the breakout success of the superhero indie hit Chronicle from earlier this year. A sequel was immediately ordered up, but what would it be about? We're starting to get some clues as to characters and the plot in Chronicle 2.
Max Landis, who wrote the first Chronicle, has said that part two will deal with the fallout of the guy's powersn being discovered by the public at large.
"It's not like we found this footage after these kids died. You can't deny cars being thrown in the air in Seattle. You saw all those helicopters. The world changed. That's the end of Chronicle and things are going to be different now. They can't possibly cover up what happened."
Without revealing any character spoilers, Landis adds that Matt will return.
"I loved Matt, and I felt really bad for him because I understood just how emotionally lazy he is and how he doesn’t really what he's doing. And that's why I'm putting him through hell in Chronicle 2."
Trank most likely won't be back to direct, but will probably end up as a producer. This isn't too surprising though, as he has been hesitant about doing a sequel to begin with.
Who do you think should step in to direct Chronicle 2 and what are your thoughts on the direction Landis is taking the sequel?
A reboot of Daredevil has been floating around since the critically-reviled Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner version back in 2003. Fox, in addition to trying to reboot the aforementioned Fantastic Four franchise has been trying to get a new Daredevil into theaters for a while now and it appears the film will take its cue from Christopher Nolan and begin with an origins story.
Fox has hired David James Kelly to take a pass at a script written last summer by Brad Caleb Kane (Fringe). As previously reported, this Daredevil film will center on the popular Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli Born Again story arc where the antagonist The Kingpin uncovers the superhero's secret identity and makes his life a living hell.
No release date has been given for this latest Daredevil movie but it appears Fox isn't in much of a rush to get the movie into theaters.
As reported on our sister site Movies.com (via Forbes), Marvel is so excited about how well-received The Hulk has been after they revamped the character for The Avengers, that they're considering spinning him off to "a stand-alone program next year, supported by a big budget franchise movie in 2015."
This contradicts what Marvel president of production Kevin Feige has said in that there were no plans to bring Hulk back for a solo movie before returning for the next Avengers sequel. Part of the hesitation of releasing another solo Hulk movie comes from the lackluster performance from his two previous live-action ventures.
Admittedly, both films were moderately successful. Ang Lee's 2003 film with Eric Bana in the Hulk role brought in $245 million worldwide against a $140 million budget. Louis Leterrier's 2008 version starring Edward Norton managed to bring in $263 million worldwide against a $150 million budget. Of course, these numbers pale in comparison to Marvel's more recent mega-blockbusters like Iron Man ($585 million worldwide), Iron Man 2 ($624 million), Thor ($450 million) and Captain America ($369 million). And then there's The Avengers which has already raked in $219 million internationally and is poised to add an additional $160-$180 million when it hits theaters this weekend.
We'll see if Feige budges on his stance regarding the Hulk when movie audiences get a look at Mark Ruffalo's green giant this weekend. If you've been lucky to catch an early screening of The Avengers, would you like to see a solo Hulk film?
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