Thursday, September 24, 2009

Face Front For "The Merry Marvel Marching Society"...

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In the wake of Disney's pending $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment, there is a flurry of development activity for Marvel Comics, character-based movies, currently under contract with various studios.

According to reports, Columbia Pictures is developing a big screen sequel to Marvel Comics' "Ghost Rider", with David "Blade" Goyer in negotiations to create a new story for actor Nicolas "Face/Off" Cage, expected to reprise his role as 'Johnny Blaze'. The new film will be produced by Avi "Man-Thing" Arad, Michael De Luca and Steven Paul. Gary Foster will executive produce.

Film adaptations of Marvel characters at Sony, Fox, Universal and Paramount are also in fast-track development, before those screen rights revert back to Marvel Entertainment, for 'inactivity', as was the case with Marvel titles "Doctor Strange" and "Black Panther".

Fox is preparing to 'reboot' "Fantastic Four" based on a new screenplay by writer Michael "Green Lantern" Green, for producer Akiva "The Da Vinci Code" Goldsman.

Development also continues on several Fox "X-Men" spin-offs, including a "Wolverine" sequel, "X-Men Origins: Magneto" and "X-Men: First Class".

Also in development is a reboot of "Daredevil" and a stand-alone "Silver Surfer" film.

Sony continues developing a fifth and sixth installment of "Spider-Man", Paramount will continue to distribute "Iron Man 2", "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" and Universal continues development of "Sub-Mariner"...