‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay in Talks for “Diverse” Marvel Movie 0 12

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Over the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, the studio has brought into the fold many interesting directors, from Jon Favreau (Iron Man) to Sir Kenneth Brannagh (Thor) to James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy). Now they may be adding another fascinating choice in the form of Selma director Ava Duvernay.

The Wrap reports from “multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation” that Marvel wants the lauded director for a certain “diverse” Phase 3 movie – those sequels beyond this summer’s Ant-Man – and although it’s not certain which, insiders say that Black Panther is the most likely option. A lot of the other Phase Three films already have directors in place: Captain America: Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo), Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson), Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (James Gunn) and Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2 (Joe & Anthony Russo). Thor: Ragnarok, Inhumans and the Spider-Man reboot directors have yet to be announced but it’s highly doubtful DuVernay would be up for any of those.

It’s said that even though the studio has other directors on their list, there’s a general interest in DuVernay taking the reins. If she does end up directing Black Panther – or failing that, the female-led Captain Marvel? – it will amazingly be the first MCU film directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins was hired for Thor: The Dark World before she dropped out and was replaced by veteran TV director Alan Taylor). Not only that but she will be the first African-American director, too, which could be looked at as at least partly a PR move because the news comes hot on the heels of the American Civil Liberties Union which is investigating discriminatory hiring at Hollywood’s top studios.

Despite failing to pick up a Best Director Oscar nomination for Selma earlier this year – much to the chagrin of many who wondered why the hell The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum was there instead – DuVernay has been sought in the months since and has everything from an Oprah Winfrey-produced Queen Sugar adaptation to an as-yet-untitled Hurricane Katrina movie set to star her Selma actor David Oyelowo.

Neither the studio or the director herself has commented on the inside news but we’ll be sure to keep you updated. Do you think DuVernay is a good fit for the MCU?

Black Panther is set for release on July 6th, 2018.

Sources: The Wrap, THR (image)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Producing Volkswagen Scandal Movie 0 18

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Wow, talk about things moving fast in Hollywood!

It may have only been a few weeks since the scandal erupted around the Volkswagen fuel emissions cheating but there’s already a movie in the works. DiCaprio is on board to produce the film alongside Jennifer Davisson through his Appian Way company.

There’s no mention of stars, writer or director yet – one might assume that DiCaprio might star himself but he’s a known environmentalist who has produced these types of themed films before (the climate change documentary The 11th Hour chief among them) so it wouldn’t surprise me if he kept himself strictly as a producer for this one, too.

Paramount is the studio behind the movie, having nabbed the presumably sought-after rights to the upcoming book by Jack Ewing. Variety has the details on what it exposes:

“…The company placed illegal software in their clean diesel cars that could tell when a car was being tested for fuel emissions and would turn on the emissions control to cheat the test and meet EPA standards. During normal driving conditions, emission control software was shut off  — resulting in as much as 40 times more pollution than allowed by law. Volkswagen is currently facing up to $18 billion in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves it’s a true story and, more specifically, a controversial one. Getting this one made and out in the world will be crucial for it to feel relevant to audiences. DiCaprio being attached can’t exactly hurt its box office chances.

The actor will next be seen in the amazing-looking The Revenant.

Source: Variety

POLL: What’s Your Favourite Marvel Movie? 0 22

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With both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man having hit cinemas this year, it brings the grand total of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to 12 films, with lots more including Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the two Infinity War movies to come. It’s hard to believe it only stretches back to 2008!

As part of a new recurring poll feature on the site, we’re curious; what is your favourite Marvel film thus far? This is going by since Marvel Studios have started making the films i.e. just the Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff, from Iron Man onwards (so no Blade or Fantastic Four!).

Let the fight commence!

What’s your favourite Marvel/MCU film?

Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Thor
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ant-Man

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