As the past year or so has made abundantly clear, Earth is a bad place to live. If we don’t drain the plant’s natural resources, pollute the atmosphere to the point of toxicity, or drown beneath rising water levels, humanity could take the more direct route and wipe itself out through global nuclear war. Fascism and other forms of extremism have cropped up around the world like so many megalomaniacal dandelions, and Netflix still hasn’t added the fourth season of The Twilight Zone due to licensing complications. Everything is bad, and yet the upcoming sci-fi romance The Space Between Us boldly asks, “What if life on Earth was... good actually?”
It must have been a dark day for Asa Butterfield when he found out that it would be Tom Holland, not him, that had been cast as the lead character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. How exactly does one properly mourn missing out on a career-defining role when you’re only 18? All those countless hours of costumes and hanging upside down from a tangle of wires, not to mention the strict diet and daily workout routine. Come to think of it, maybe Butterfield wasn’t that upset after all. Eat a brownie, kid, because you can.
Ender’s Game sputtered out and he didn’t land the role of Marvel’s new Spider-Man, so Asa Butterfield’s latest stab at franchise immortality will come in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Based on a best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, the premise is sort of a Tim Burton spin on X-Men, with a house of strange and quirkily gifted children who live apart from society that doesn’t understand their abilities. And, yes, if this movie is a hit, Riggs has already written two Miss Peregrine sequels, Hollow City and Library of Souls. In other words, there’s nothing peculiar about Hollywood’s interest in this material.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children just sounds like a Tim Burton movie, doesn’t it? Well, it is.
It’s happening. It’s actually, really, honest-to-goodness happening. The next film from visionary Primer and Upstream Color director Shane Carruth isn’t just happening — it’s lined up a seriously impressive roster of talent: Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe and more have joined the lineup for the elusive and enigmatic filmmaker’s latest, meaning we won’t have to wait too much longer for a new Carruth project.
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According to Latino Review, after a long search, Butterfield has secured the role of Peter Parker for Sony’s newer, hipper, younger, version of Spider-Man. Word on the Interwebs (heh) claims this new Spider-Man will make his onscreen debut in next March’s Captain America: Civil War before spinning off into his own solo movie franchise that will be released by Sony but made in conjunction with Marvel and would be considered part of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. That film (or, let’s be honest, franchise) would be separate from the animated Spider-Man movie that is also currently in development at Sony, under the direction of Lego Movie filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, concept art for 2016’s two biggest movies is revealed, the hunt for Spider-Man narrows, and Charlie Cox wants more Daredevil.
Just last week, it was rumored that Sony and Marvel had their eye on a handful of young male actors to take on the role (and great power and responsibility, etc.) of Peter Parker in their upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Among the names on that list was Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield, whom many fans feel has the perfect look to portray the nerdy appearance of Parker. Those fans may get their wish, as it’s now being reported that Butterfield is the top contender for the part.
Now that Marvel and Sony have struck a deal allowing Spider-Man to appear in the MCU, it was only a matter of time before a new web-slinger was chosen. The new deal will see Spidey make his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War, while Marvel will work with Sony on rebooting the character once again. While an actor hasn’t been chosen to replace Andrew Garfield just yet, there are some interesting names on the shortlist of contenders.