Briana has new word on Marvel’s tiniest Avenger, and more, in the Rundown.
- The Avengers has set box office records, garnering a colossal (Hulking, even) $207 million in its first weekend. That blows away the previous record of $169 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and towers over the next highest comic-book film, The Dark Knight’s $158 million. Time will tell if it has the legs to hang with big boys Titanic and Avatar in all time-gross, but critical and commercial word of mouth bodes very well for The Avengers.
- The success of The Avengers means that Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Shaun of the Dead) is that much closer to getting his own marvel movie off the ground. Ant-Man has been long in the works, he being one of the original Avengers, albeit not one of the more iconic members. No firm details have been released, just a cryptic picture (below) tweeted by Wright that would seem to confirm the film’s existence. Ant-Man was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962.
- James Cameron has squashed any dreams of him helming another sequel to Terminator, True Lies, Aliens or…any other project that isn’t Avatar. Cameron has cemented his loyalty to the Avatar brand, saying his efforts will from now on be squarely on either Avatar sequels, or documentary-style films. He isn’t even taking scripts for consideration anymore, so we all better get very comfortable on the world of Pandora.
- Sylvester Stallone will be taking his own token brand of action violence to the web. The beginning stages of his own original animated web series are underway, entitled Soul Survivor. No word yet on a release date.
- Sam Raimi has to put up an unexpected fight for the rights to his Evil Dead franchise, now that another studio says they want to make a fourth entry in the series. Award Pictures is quoting a remark Sam Raimi made in a book way back in 2000 saying he will never make an Evil Dead sequel, and using that as an argument that the IP is now terminated and they should be able to make an Evil Dead 4. Raimi is, as expected, not happy about his and is now saying the argument is void since he does in fact plan to make a sequel in the future. Raimi is currently producing a remake of Evil Dead set for release next year, but we will keep you updated on how this bizarre feud ends.
- Gareth Evans, director of the breakout Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption is adding more to his very full plate (he is already set to helm two Raid sequels), this time with a bank heist film based off real-life events. The film will be called Breaking the Bank, and focuses on MMA fighter “Lightning” Lee Murray who, after leaving the UFC, pursued a life of crime. He is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence for pulling off one of the biggest bank heists in history, which the film will chronicle. This one may be a ways off, but be sure to keep your eyes open as The Raid: Redemption has proved Evans to be a filmmaker to watch out for. Watch our review of The Raid: Redemption here.
- Blizzard Entertainment has announced Diablo III: Wrath, a 2D animated short film that will help set up the story of the upcoming game Diablo III. Created by Titmouse Inc (TV series GI Joe: Resolute) and directed by Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), the short film can be seen right…..NOW!
- Hit indie PC title The Binding of Isaac will receive its first big update on May 28. Titled Wrath of the Lamb, the expansion will offer new levels, items, and monsters. Check out our review of The Binding of Isaac here.