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Joss Whedon has signed to write and direct “The Avengers 2,” Disney Chairman Bob Iger said Tuesday.
In addition, Whedon will create a “Marvel-based” series for ABC, Iger said during a conference call with analysts.
Whedon wrote and slid behind the camera on “The Avengers,” which Iger called a “phenomenal success” during the call. The adaptation of the Marvel Comics series has grossed nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.
Whedon’s script and direction were praised by critics and fans for their light and often humorous touch.
Thanks largely to “The Avengers,” the income at Disney’s studio unit jumped to $313 million from $49 million a year earlier, during its most recent fiscal quarter. Overall, net income across all of Disney’s divisions jumped 24 percent to $1.8 billion for the period.
Since purchasing Marvel for $4 billion three years ago, Disney has leaned heavily on the comic book maker as one of the pillars of its business, believing that the films it makes with its library of heroes will drive not just box office, but also revenue from theme park rides and toys.
Its upcoming film slate is peppered with films featuring the various characters from “The Avengers.” Due out in 2013 are “Iron Man 3″ and “Thor: The Dark World.” The next year will bring “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a new super-group film.
Looks like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anthony Head and everyone else in the world was right: Joss Whedon-less Buffy reboot was a horrible idea!
Sources close to the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot are saying that first time screenwriter Whit Anderson’s script has been rejected.
Here’s what one of the sources had to say about it: ”If you’re going to bring it back, you have to do it right. [Anderson] came in with some great ideas and she had reinvented some of the lore and it was pretty cool but in the end there just wasn’t enough on the page.”
The project isn’t dead, however, and a new writer is currently being sought.
Possibly after the next script fails to impress, everyone involved with this reboot will realize that they’ve made a huge mistake.
What do you think? Any chance that the next Buffy script will actually be good???
P.S. — Remember Buffy’s sister Dawn? She is all grown up and hot now. Take a look HERE and add these images to your spank bank.
With all the superhero films hitting the big screen, many feel it’s time to make a Wonder Woman movie. “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn has made it clear he’s interested inmaking a movie about Diana Prince, and current ”Wonder Woman” creative team Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang recently weighed in on the character’s film prospects as well.
Of course, how can we forget that “Avengers” director Joss Whedon once took a shot at a big-screen “Wonder Woman” movie? Even though he’s spending his time with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at the moment, he hasn’t forgotten his vision for “Wonder Woman.”
Speaking to New York Magazine, Whedon said about his since shelved take on Wonder Woman: “She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability.”
“She would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane,” he described.
“Ultimately her romance with Steve [Trevor] was about him getting her to see what it’s like not to be a goddess, what it’s like when you are weak, when you do have all these forces controlling you and there’s nothing you can do about it,” Whedon went on. “That was the sort of central concept of the thing. Him teaching her humanity and her saying, okay, great, but we can still do better.”
The ending of Captain America: The First Avenger gives us a nice sneak peak at footage from Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Avengers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have never looked so amazing. Check out the stills below:
In order to see this Avengers trailer, you have to sit through the final scene of Captain America. So if you haven’t seen “Cap” yet, you’ll need to cross some spoiler-filled waters to get to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Unless you just want to jump to the 34 second mark; that’s an option, too! Enjoy.