– Are Fox and Marvel/Disney in negotiations over the movie license rights to Daredevil and the Fantastic Four? The “Hollywood bible” website Variety noted that Fox was seeking an extension to their October 10th deadline to get a DAREDEVIL film in production in order to retain the film fights for it, since license rights demand a studio have a film about the character in production every few years (which Fox keenly demonstrates with their X-Men films). In particular was the word that Marvel/Disney were demanding the right to use various characters from the Fantastic Four franchise in film, specifically Galactus, “the devourer of worlds”, along with Silver Surfer (http://www.showblitz.com/2012/08/fox-marvel-talk-character-swap-to-keep-daredevil-going-joe-carnahan-choice-to-direct.html). Fox has been in talks to get Joe Carnahan to direct a reboot of “DAREDEVIL”, while Josh Trank has been eyed for a new FF installment for some time as well. Deadline, meanwhile, hears a different take: that Fox is “very lukewarm” about a new Daredevil film and will allow the rights to revert back to Marvel/Disney unless they sought to “co-finance” another film (http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/fox-insiders-no-galactus-talks-with-marvel/). This paints an odd puzzle as the Fantastic Four would seem to fit into Disney’s wheelhouse very well – “THE INCREDIBLES” was a Fantastic Four film in all but name. Yet if Daredevil were to revert back to Marvel/Disney, one could imagine a wise TV executive at ABC figuring out that a premise of a lawyer by day and a vigilante by night is gold for procedural prime time TV. Fox hasn’t made a Fantastic Four film since 2007 nor utilized their DD film franchise since 2005’s “ELEKTRA”. To date the only Marvel character licensed to another studio that has reverted back to Marvel since their purchase by Disney has remained the Punisher (via Lion’s Gate), but that could change very soon.
– Last week, Marvel teased potential creative teams for relaunches of Thor, Iron Man, and Incredible Hulk come November as part of their Marvel NOW! campaign. At least one of those – Kieron Gillen and Greg Land on a new IRON MAN #1 – has been confirmed (http://marvel.com/news/story/19177/marvel_now_qa_iron_man). As the week wore on, more teaser announcements followed. One hinted that comedians Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan and artist Tony Moore would take over for DEADPOOL in November (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-now-november-teaser-4.html). This would end Daniel Way’s four year run on DEADPOOL, which the writer confirmed (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/daniel-way-leaving-deadpool.html).
Other teasers which were a bit more vague were initially revealed by USA Today, iFanboy, and MTV (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-now-november-teasers-friday.html). Matt Fraction (current writer of DEFENDERS and CASANOVA and exiting writer of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN and MIGHTY THOR) would write two titles – teased as “FAMILY” and “EXTENDED” – alongside artists Mark Bagley and Mike Allred, respectively. It is highly probable that these will be the new creative teams for FANTASTIC FOUR and FF, which Jonathan Hickman is leaving. Historically, Bagley has drawn for FANTASTIC FOUR in the past. A teaser labeled “SOLDIER” in blue highlights the team of Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. – which probably implies a CAPTAIN AMERICA relaunch but could also possibly mean one for CABLE, who has been linked to Marvel NOW! promotions. Remender currently writes SECRET AVENGERS, a team founded and briefly led by Capt. America, but also writes UNCANNY X-FORCE, a team historically founded by Cable. The last teaser is “LEGACY” in gold letters by writer Simon Spurrier and artist Tan Eng Huat, which could be a relaunch of either X-MEN LEGACY or NEW MUTANTS; both are “ending” in October. The bottom line was that the initial wave of Marvel NOW! cancellations was never to be taken seriously as many if not all of those titles will return with a fresh #1 sooner or later.
– Marvel Studios has hired Chris McCoy to re-write their script for “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”; the initial draft was written by Nicole Perlman (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/black-list-guardians-of-the-galaxy-marvel-357868). It is heavily speculated that this film will feature characters from the recent comic such as Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax the Destroyer and Gamora. While McCoy has no official screenwriting credits to his name, his work has landed on the “Black List” three times, and has a “quirky comedic bent”. This will be the only film in Marvel Studios’ assembly line which isn’t a sequel nor based on well known characters, so it is vital to get it right.
Last Week’s Marvel Comics News – http://pingroof.com/article/marvel-comics-news-8-2-12-malekith-thor-2-avengers-on-tv-more-relaunches
This Week’s DC Comics News – http://pingroof.com/article/dc-comics-news-8-7-12-dark-knight-rises-rolls-on-new-gl-s-name-more
This Week’s Indie Comics News – http://pingroof.com/article/indie-comics-news-8-7-12-walking-dead-100-officially-sells-over-383k-more