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Bryan Singer Tweets X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Announcement; Plot Details And Release Date Revealed

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“#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!”

And with that one tweet, director Bryan Singer lines up his next gig.

Vulture, Badass Digest, Movieweb, and pretty much every fanboy site on the interwebs is reporting Singer and 20th Century Fox are already hard at work on a sequel to next summer’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Subtitled APOCALPYSE, the film will feature the “First Class” group of mutants – Professor X (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Havok (Lucas Till), and whoever else might be introduced in DAYS – doing battle with fan favorite baddie Apocalypse (pictured above).

I would explain Apocalypse, his connection to the X-Men, and his master plan, but it’s wayyy too convoluted to explain in just a couple of sentences. Click HERE to check out his Wiki page, if you want. Long story short, he’s a giant purple ancient mutant warlord hell-bent on destroying Earth. He’s basically the Thanos (the giant purple ancient mutant warlord who appeared in the end credits of THE AVENGERS) of the X-MEN universe. Not that his comic description matters. First Showing has uncovered the film version of Apocalypse will likely be quite different from the comic book version.

Click on the pic to find out how and to check out why I think Fox keeping Singer around is a bad movie for the X-MEN franchise…

James Mangold In Talks With Fox To Pen Sequel To THE WOLVERINE

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Deadline is reporting director James Mangold is negotiating with Twentieth Century Fox to write, not direct, a sequel to last summer’s THE WOLVERINE. Note I said “write” and not “direct”. Most sites are erroneously reporting Mangold has signed to return to the director’s chair, but this isn’t the case, at least not yet.

That having been said, Fox would be foolish not to bring Mangold back to direct. THE WOLVERINE wasn’t just a worldwide box office hit (413mil worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of the X-MEN film franchise), but it was one that healed the wounds inflicted on Wolvie by X-MEN: THE LAST STAND and X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and proved Mangold, a director mostly known his Oscar-nominated dramas WALK THE LINE and GIRL INTERRUPTED, could dabble successfully in the superhero genre. That’s a pretty impressive hat trick, if you ask me.

Click on the pic to check out the full story and an alternate ending to THE WOLVERINE that featured Wolvie’s iconic yellow and brown costume from the comics…

DAREDEVIL Is Officially Back With Marvel

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Kevin Fiege confirmed to Newsarama at an IRON MAN 3 press junket Monday that the rights to the DAREDEVIL franchise have reverted back to Marvel Studios.

Considering Fox is the studio that bungled both the 2003 film adaptation with Ben Affleck (they forced director Mark Steven Johnson to trim the hard R violence and dark subject matter and replace it with goopy romance and Evanescence tunes) and 2005 spin-off ELEKTRA (Jennifer Garner was good, the film was not), I see the rights reverting back to Marvel Studios as nothing but a good thing.

Considering Fox is also the studio that wasted nearly seven years attempting to trying to reboot a character they clearly had no idea how to reboot (their most recent attempt would’ve had David Slade and Jason Statham headlining as Matt Murdock / Daredevil and possibly Vin Diesel co-starring as Kingpin), I see the rights reverting back to Marvel as nothing but a good thing.

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Film Bites: Fox Is Determined To Spoil Every Moment Of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

I’ve always been a fan of the PLANET OF THE APES series. Whenever a lazy Saturday or Sunday would arise, my Dad and I used to get the VHS tapes we had of all of the original films and we’d watch them back-to-back. Damn near perfect circle of movies and those memories of me just hanging out with the old man and geeking out over the techie/nerdy bits of each film are some of the best I have from my childhood.

We dug all the APES stuff. We watched the live-action show and thought it was okay. Saw the cartoon version and thought it was weird. I’ve even got a soft spot for the Tim Burton reboot. The end of that flick didn’t make much sense but it did spurn a couple of nerdy plot conversations with my Dad. Thanks for that, Burton.

Nostalgia aside, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES looks awesome. I’ve said it time and time again on here and probably will a bunch more before the movie hits on August 5th. The only problem I can see with the film is that James Franco looks bored. Like maybe this was a paycheck pic for him. Franco aside, this looks to be a worthy addition to the APES canon and I really, really hope it spawns a big-screen revival for this once-powerhouse franchise.

Click on the pic to check out the new UK trailer for RISE…

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James Mangold To Direct THE WOLVERINE

Deadline is reporting that James Magnold has been hired to direct THE WOLVERINE starring Hugh Jackman. Magnold is the director behind such movies as KNIGHT & DAY, 3:10 TO YUMA and WALK THE LINE. He’ll be working from a script by Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS).You might remember that BLACK SAWN helmer Darren Aronofsky was originally set to direct this before abruptly dropping out last March citing “personal reasons”. Personal reasons that might have included knocking up Natalie Portman.

Mangold is an okay choice, I guess. Don’t really see anything on his resume that screams that he’s the guy for what is basically a reboot of the WOLVERINE franchise (word has it that this new installment doesn’t reference what came before or the recent X-MEN: FIRST CLASS). But, then again, same could be said for original X-MEN director Bryan Singer and FIRST CLASS director Matthew Vaughn. Neither really had any experience with this genre and both did a fine job. Might be the same way with Mangold.

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