Friday, October 22, 2010

Slightly More Movie News

  • Disney has acquired the distribution rights to The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Paramount was set to distribute The Avengers and the first two Iron Man movies. They will still be distributing next year's Thor and Captain America. This is also the first announcement that there will be an Iron Man 3. It will come out on May 3rd 2013. Avengers is still set to come out on May 4th, 2012.

  • The Avengers may end up as the first Marvel movie distributed by Disney. Runaways was set to be that movie but now it's been put on hold. Director Peter Sollett is still attached, but his schedule has been freed up so he can make another film. With Disney involved with those other movies, I'm sure Runaways became a less important project to them. That's too bad because cinema needs Molly Hayes.

  • Director Peter Jackson has announced some of the cast for The Hobbit. The big news is Martin Freeman of The Office will be playing Bilbo Baggins. Jackson even describes why Freeman and the other actors are right for the role. I've never read The Hobbit but apparently there are a lot of dwarves in it. That can only be awesome. I'm actually pretty excited about the movie now, which shouldn't be surprising except I just couldn't get interested in it back when MGM couldn't get it off the ground.

  • Universal has picked up the film rights for Naoki Urusawa's Pluto manga. Pluto is a mature re-imagining of a popular storyline in Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy manga. I've never read Pluto but I have read the Astro Boy story that it's based on and it's pretty dark on its own. I can only imagine what Urusawa did with the material.

  • Just in case you haven't had enough Green Lantern shoved down your throat, there's a roller coaster coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain next year. Plus the existing Superman coaster is being refurbished and retitled Superman: Escape from Krypton, which makes me realize what a terrible name Superman: The Escape really is. Escape from Krypton at least makes some sense, even if it's still a weird name.

  • An article on License Global leaked the news that Mattel has the license for Back to the Future toys and Mattel eventually confirmed it.. The same article also revealed that NECA is doing Scarface figures. You know what would have been better news? If NECA had gotten the Back to the Future license and Mattel had gotten nothing. I know Mattel's figures will only be available on their website and have poor quality control that doesn't match with their high prices.


Gabriel said...

Actually the Back to the Future toys being made by Mattel makes more sense now. Flying hoverboard here we come just in time for 2015!

The Mandie Char Chars said...

How long until the toys come out?

The Mandie Char Chars said...

Also what is up with the Azumanga Daioh in the corner?