Month: July 2016

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Won’t Be Split Into 2 Movies

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Marvel’s next “Avengers” adventure — titled “Infinity War” — might no longer be told two in two parts, as it was previously announced to be.
A schedule change from Disney late Friday said that the second film in the planned two-parter would no longer be called “Avengers: Infinity War Part II.” Instead, that project has been renamed as an “Untitled Avengers” film.
The studio will release the first part “Avengers: Infinity War” — no longer with “Part 1” in its title — as planned on May 4, 2018. The second film, now called “Avengers Untitled,” will hit as planned on May 3, 2019.

Representatives for Disney, Marvel and the Russo Bros did not respond to TheWrap’s request for further comment.
In an interview on Uproxx in May, the brothers signaled their intention to change the titles. “The movies are two very different movies,” Joe Russo said, with Anthony adding, “it is misleading.”
“The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it,” Joe concluded.
This retitling (or un-titling, as it were) raises questions about the 2019 film involving the heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). That film is still scheduled to hit on May 3, 2019.
The Russos were expected to begin shooting the project this November, and were thought to be filming both films back-to-back with a year in between for edits and release.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: Civil War”) are writing the script with input from the Russos.

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Chris Evans Circling Lead Role In Lionsgate’s ‘Jekyll’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (5674266g) Chris Evans 'Good Morning America' TV show, New York, America - 05 May 2016

Chris Evans might be diversifying from his Captain America good-guy persona. Evans has come attached to play the lead role of Tom Jackman in Jekyll, the feature that Lionsgate is developing from the 2007 BBC One series. Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are producing through their A Very Good Production banner, and scribe team Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry have written a script based on the Steven Moffat-scripted six-episode miniseries. Bagarozzi & Mondry teamed on the Shane Black-directed The Nice Guys and Doc Savage, as well as the remake of Death Note. No director yet.
This creates a potential collision course between projects sourced from the Robert Louis Stevenson public-domain novel about the doctor with the split personality. Universal’s classic monsters franchises set Russell Crowe to play the dual-personality doc, first in The Mummy opposite Tom Cruise and presumably as a stand-alone in a later film.

The BBC miniseries wasn’t a straight adaptation of the Stevenson novella; rather, the lit classic was a jumping-off point for a sequel. In the miniseries, James Nesbitt played Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Jekyll who is beginning to exhibit the trademark split personality. The father and husband abandons his family, without explaining why, and lives in a fortified basement with a psychiatric nurse as his ally. When they strap the doctor to a metal chair, she watches him transform into an alter ego who rages, shows heightened strength and speed and can be a charming, flirtatious scoundrel as well. The two personalities try to co-exist, even though one doesn’t remember what the other does while in control of the body. They use a microcassette to leave messages for each other. Unable to stay away from the family he left behind for their own safety, he visits his wife, Hyde assumes control and learns about them, and things grow very complicated.

CAA and 3 Arts rep Evans, who next will carry the red, white and blue shield in back-to-back installments of The Avengers, following the blockbuster Captain America: Civil War.

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