Newsbites: The comics and sequels edition!

1. A court conference between lawyers for Fox and Warner was cancelled on Tuesday, leading to speculation that the studios may be on the verge of reaching a settlement over the rights to Watchmen. But that won’t be the end of the legal drama surrounding that movie: if Warner has to pay Fox lots of money, then they are apparently going to hold producer Larry Gordon responsible. — Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times

2. Samuel L. Jackson, who had a cameo as Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man, says negotiations to bring him back in the role — whether in Iron Man 2, The Avengers or both — have broken down because “there seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world”. — Los Angeles Times

3. Speaking of Iron Man 2, there are rumours afoot that Emily Blunt, who was hilarious as Meryl Streep’s high-strung assistant in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), may be under consideration for the part of Black Widow. Meanwhile, Sam Rockwell has confirmed that he will be playing Justin Hammer in the sequel — and he says he was once very briefly considered for the part of Iron Man himself in the original film. — Variety, MTV Splash Page

4. Andy Serkis says Tintin will start shooting “the week after next”. He’s playing Captain Haddock. — ComingSoon.net

5. Producer Michael Uslan has hinted that the Shazam! movie might still be in development, despite screenwriter John August’s recent claim that it was dead, dead, dead. — MTV Splash Page

6. Will there be a sequel to Monsters Inc. (2001) four years from now? That’s what one blogger is wondering, after someone at Pixar found his site by Googling the term “monsters 2013 pixar”. — The Pixar Blog

7. Jackie Chan is in talks to co-star with Jaden Smith in the remake of The Karate Kid (1984-1994), which starts shooting early this summer in Beijing. — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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