Comic-Con: Marvel Bringing ‘Thor 2,’ ‘Captain America 2′; Sony To Present ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘RoboCop,’ ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2′

Get ready to see a whole lot of spandex in Hall H. Ahead of Comic-Con‘s official lineup announcement, Marvel and Sony have confirmed their plans for 2013′s edition. Marvel will … Read More »

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We Have A ‘Thor 2′ Villain: Christopher Eccleston To Play Malekith The Accursed

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 5:53pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Eccleston has been set for the villain role in Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World, starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in the role of Malekith The Accursed. If you don’t know who Read More »

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Disney Shifts ‘Lone Ranger’ and ‘Thor 2′ Release Dates On Heels Of Alan Horn Hiring

By | Thursday May 31, 2012 @ 1:48pm PDT

Disney just said that it is moving Lone Ranger to the Fourth of July holiday in 2013, securing a July 3, 2013 date for the update of the Western hero starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. It originally was scheduled … Read More »

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Anthony Hopkins Up For ‘Red 2′ Villain; Can ‘Thor’ Sequel Dates Work?

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 10:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

Anthony Hopkins Red 2EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment wants Anthony Hopkins to join the cast of Red 2. And Hopkins wants to do it. The sticking point is whether or not he can make the dates work with Thor 2, … Read More »

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Robert Rodat To Rewrite ‘Thor 2′

By | Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 5:34pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios has set Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat to rewrite Thor 2 for director Alan Taylor. Rodat is reworking a draft by Don Payne. Disney will put the film into production later this year for release in … Read More »

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‘Thor 2′ Director Will Be ‘Game Of Thrones’ Helmer Alan Taylor

By | Saturday December 24, 2011 @ 11:24am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios has found its Thor 2 director. I’m told that Marvel has set Alan Taylor, who was widely rumored to be on the short list to replace Patty Jenkins. Taylor is an accomplished TV director whose recent credits … Read More »

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Director Patty Jenkins Exits Marvel’s ‘Thor 2′

By | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 3:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Director Patty Jenkins is leaving Thor 2. Best known for directing Charlize Theron to an Oscar in Monster and the pilot of AMC’s The Killing, Jenkins had been set to helm the film in late September. I’m told … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Patty Jenkins Confirmed As ‘Thor 2′ Director

By | Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 1:03pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Deadline broke the news when Patty Jenkins was the surprise choice to direct Chris Hemsworth in Thor 2, and Marvel has just confirmed that her deal closed. Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron in her Oscar-winning Monster performance, also directed the pilot of the AMC series The Killing. Still, she … Read More »

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Disney Shuffles Calendar To Fit ‘The Lone Ranger’ Into May 31, 2013 Release Slot

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Disney has confirmed that the Gore Verbinski-directed Johnny Depp-starrer The Lone Ranger has come back on track, with the studio setting the film for a May 31, 2013 release. As Deadline revealed yesterday, the film will begin production February 6. The film was originally supposed to get underway this fall for a December 21, 2012 release, but all that changed when Disney shocked Hollywood by unplugging the film over fears that its budget could reach $275 million. Deadline revealed that news exclusively on August 12. It was a surprising move, considering that Bruckheimer is a cornerstone producer and Depp has starred in the studio’s highest-grossing films, with both of them teaming with Verbinski on the first three installments of The Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Depp rose to the challenge, though, even though it was a painful one. They reworked their compensation deals and figured out ways to save money in the production budget. They brought the budget down to a figure that is around $215 million, I’m told. Taking responsibility to bring the film in for that price was the only way that the studio was going to make the film. Considering that most Westerns don’t travel overseas as well as some other genres (Cowboys & Aliens has proven to be an offshore disappointment), The Lone Ranger is still a big bet by a studio that is backing John Carter, a film that costs more than $250 million, and Oz The Great And Powerful, which hovers at around $200 million. At least now, Disney’s risk on The Lone Ranger has been contained. Read More »

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Marvel Mulls ‘Monster’ Helmer Patty Jenkins For ‘Thor 2′

By | Thursday September 22, 2011 @ 9:04am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios is getting close to naming a director for Thor 2, and I’m hearing they might go with a surprise: Patty Jenkins, best known for directing Charlize Theron to an Oscar in Monster, and also for directing the … Read More »

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‘Thor 2′ To Be Scripted By Don Payne

By | Friday July 1, 2011 @ 8:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

As Deadline told you yesterday, Marvel Studios needs a director for Thor 2 with Kenneth Branagh departing, but they have got a writer. Marvel has set Don Payne, one of the credited scribes on the first film, to script … Read More »

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Marvel And Disney Setting ‘Thor 2′ For Summer 2013; Chris Hemsworth’s Back But Kenneth Branagh Won’t Return

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Disney has set a July 26, 2013 release date for Thor 2.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios, which is in production on the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, is making a full commitment to Thor 2, with Chris Hemsworth … Read More »

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