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“Spider-Man 3” Coming in 2018 and “Sinister Six” in 2016

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Sony has pushed back one of its most anticipated films, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018. That means it has been delayed two years unfortunately. But there is good news. Sinister Six has gotten a release date of November 11, 2016.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has not gotten a specific day in 2018. It was intended for May 4, 2018 but Sony has said that is no longer the plan. One reason the third installment was pushed back was the less than impressive box office results of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

Bringing in Sinister Six will show a different world of Spider-Man before the next film comes out, hopefully boosting interest in the franchise. The “Sinister Six” super-villains first appeared in 1964 and were drawn from Spider-Man’s list of enemies. Led by Doctor Octopus, they included Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and the Vulture.

Sinister Six is directed by Drew Goddard who has proved himself in the past. Sony apparently agrees. Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group said,

“With ‘Sinister Six’ in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016.”

Aaron Sorkin to Adapt “Flash Boys”

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The best selling book from Michael Lewis, “Flash Boys,” is currently in negotiations to be adapted by Aaron Sorkin. This would be the second project that Sorkin would adapt by the writer as he previously co-wrote the screenplay for Moneyball. 

Sony acquired the nonfiction book back in April and is attempting to get Sorkin to lead the project.

“Flash Boys” follows the practice of high-frequency trading on Wall Street and how it became a way to rig the system. Lewis’ book revolves around a group of men on Wall Street including Sergey Aleynikov, a one-time programmer for Goldman Sachs, and Brad Katsuyama, the founder of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange

The film adaptation is being produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. Rudin and Sorkin are frequent collaborators, having worked together on Social Network and the HBO series The Newsroom.

Lewis’ book was published March 31 and became an immediate best-seller.

Sony Pictures, Ubisoft and New Regency to Develop Watch Dogs Movie

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During a press conference at Gamescom this week, Sony Computer Entertainment and Ubisoft announced that they would be teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency to develop a film adaptation of the video game, “Watch Dogs.” The game is one of the more highly anticipated games upcoming this holiday season for Sony’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 4.  Continue reading

Game of Thrones Star Heads To City of Bones

Sony recently announced that “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey has been added to the cast of the upcoming film adaptation, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Headey, currently playing the role of Cersei Lannister in the hit show, will be playing the role of Jocelyn Fray in the film.

Jocelyn is the mother of main character, Clary, a young women who joins the shadow hunters in an attempt to save her mother. Her disappearance is key to the story, though she won’t appear on screen for most of the movie.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the big screen adaptation based on the first book of the young adult fantasy book series written by Cassandra Clare and set in present day New York City. It centers on Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers she’s a descendant of a line of Shadow hunters, a secret group of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons. When her mother disappears, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters to find her. They introduce Clary to Downworld, the dangerous alternate of New York filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

Two other actors have also been added to the growing cast list. Jared Harris will play Hodge Starkweather. A teacher to the young shadow hunters. According to the author’s blog, “Hodge is also a really complicated character. He’s not entirely bad, not entirely good. He’s a brilliant man led down a bad path a long time ago and he can’t turn back, but he does love those kids he tutored … I think (Harris will) really nail Hodge’s moral dilemma.”

Godfrey Gao will be taking the much coveted role of Magnus Bane, a flamboyant hipster who is the illustrious High Warlock of Brooklyn.  Clare says of Gao’s casting, “Godfrey is, in addition to being all gorgeous and stuff, super-talented (his audition was awesome), loves the books, and is, like Magnus, ridiculously tall.”

The three new cast members join Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Robert Sheehan as Simon, Kevin Durand as Pangborn, Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood and wrestler Robert Maillet as Blackwell. The role of the villain of the story, Valentine has not yet been revealed in regards to casting.

Filming is set to begin next month with a release date for the film on August 23, 2013.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Does Well Internationally

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Sony’s highly anticipated franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man opened internationally last week in 13 Asian markets over the weaken. The film fared well in the market, grossing $50.2 million in three days. The film earned $13.4 million on 1,213 screens in Korea, making it the third-highest opening for a Hollywood movie behind the last two Transformers movies.

The Amazing Spider-Man opened 24% higher than Spider-Man 3 and 10% higher than The Avengers, SuperHeroHype reported.

In Japan, the film earned $11.4 million on 1,092 screens, which was 84% of the country’s weekend box office. The movie made $6 million in India, and had successful openings in the other Asian countries, according to SHH.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens in North America on today in theaters across the country.

Check out the trailer below.

Spidey isn’t the only big money maker for Sony this weekend. Men in Black 3 has reached $599.4 million worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing film in its sci-fi comedy franchise.

Venom: Web of the Spider-Man Franchise

It seems that Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle is in talks to direct a Spider-Man franchise spin-off. The movie which has been in the works at Sony since 2008 is called Venom, reports the LA Times.

It wasn’t that long ago in 2009 that Gary Ross; director of the Hunger Games; was in the very same talks to direct a Venom feature film. A draft of a potential script was produced several years ago, but Sony has since been looking for a new writer.

Venom made his first appearance in Spider-Man #252 as Spider-Man’s alien costume; made of a black liquid substance that moved of it’s own free will. The costume is actually a parasitic symbiote, but Spider-Man doesn’t know that yet. All he knows is that the costume makes it so he can change into whatever outfits he wants at anytime, plus it has somehow produces web fluid without replacement cartridges or web spinners. So the webhead returns with his new toy from the Secret Wars; a Marvel comics crossover.

A later full examination of what Spider-Man is wearing is conducted and Peter Parker freaks out as the symbiote tries to permanently latch on to him. Like a good super natural monstrous being, the symbiote has it’s share of weaknesses; loud noises and fire.

The symbiote is seperated from Peter Parker and is spurned like a jilted lover. Really? It’s trying to force itself onto another sentient being and it’s still has the gall to think it’s in the right. No means no!

Isn’t this the character traits of someone who is crazy? It turns out that other symbiotes also think the Venom entity is mentally unstable. Venom wants to share consciousness with the host rather than outright dominate.

To top it off, when venom bonds to another host, it also augments the new host with the exact same abilities as Spider-Man. If it’s really pissy, it’ll share with the host all of Spider-Man’s secrets like a gossipy ex-girlfriend. Also like ex-girlfriends, they tend to want lots of blood sacrifices. Venom now makes their host take on the appearance of Spider-Man with the addition of impossibly toothy smile and long serpentine tongue. Why? The better to eat people with of course.

So that’s that’s what Venom is all about. Since Spider-Man, the symbiote has passed on from one host to another like a case of alien German herpes; and somehow passed onto Peter Parker’s childhood bully, Flash Thompson. Hah! How’s that for karma? It was in the 90’s the Venom contracted the popular Anti-Hero bug that was sweeping the comic book bad boys of it’s day.

Though it remains to be seen if this Venom movie has any connection to the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s definitely unlikely that there will be any resemblance to Sam Raimi’s take of the Spider-Man villain. That’s right, no Topher Grace portrayals where Venom doesn’t look scary at all. It especially got ruined when the mask kept peeling back so Topher could talk more.

So out of the slew of potential candidates, who will be the subject host of the Venom symbiote? It’s almost like asking who my favorite Doctor is from Dr. Who, except less important. Two well known hosts are Eddie Brock, the muscle head failed photographer, and Mac Gargan, the original Spider-Man villain known as the Scorpion.

Forgot those two. It would require far too much writing and ret-cons to make any of the previous hosts a viable character. I hope they go with someone completely knew or relatively new enough.

You want a movie that will make Spider-Man fans sit up and take notice? Make the new host Miles Morales; that’s right, the kid who’s the new Spider-Man.