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Will Netflix Make a Kick-Ass TV Show?

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Now that Netflix has bought comic book publisher Millarworld, the streaming service has a slew of characters and stories to turn into original series. Mark Millar’s publishing house has created some of the most popular comic series and heroes in recent years, the most famous of which, in Hollywood terms, is Kick-Ass, which has so far been adapted into two feature films. Now that Netflix owns Millarworld, could we be seeing a Netflix Originals Kick-Ass series? Well, it’s all down to an issue of rights.

Matthew Vaughn owns the film rights to the comic book series, which he acquired before directing, co-writing and producing Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2. Vaughn had even bought the rights before the first issue was released in 2008 and since then, Millar and illustrator John Romita Jr. have published three books centering on Dave Lizewski’s superhero alter ego (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the films). There was much talk about Kick-Ass 3, the final volume released in 2013, being turned into a film and in 2015 Vaughn said he was planning on making it, but only after making a prequel which focused on how Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) became superheroes.

Both Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist/The Motherfucker) blamed poor box office performance as the reason a third and final instalment hadn’t been made, but now that Netflix owns the comic series they may want to work with the director to finally bring both films to life. However, if they want to make a Kick-Ass TV series, they have another production company to deal with.

ScreenRant has learned that although the film rights to the franchise remain with Vaughn, Lionsgate TV has the exclusive rights to any TV adaptations of the Kick-Ass comic book series, while all other rights remain with Millar and Romita Jr. So Netflix would have to ask permission from Vaughn to make any Kick-Ass movies and/or strike a deal with Lionsgate TV to make any series, but that may not be that easy.

There was a well-publicized struggle between 20th Century Fox and Marvel over the former’s plans to make their X-Men spin-off TV series. While Fox own the film rights to the X-Men franchise, as well as the term “mutant,” The Hollywood Reporter said that the studio needed Marvel to sign off on any deals regarding an X-Men related TV show. Obviously they worked out a deal in the end or we wouldn’t have Legion or the upcoming The Gifted series, so if Lionsgate TV and Netflix can work out a deal then Kick-Ass may soon be getting a new lease of life as an original series. Luckily, the streaming service already has a good relationship with the production company as they worked together on making Orange Is The New Black as well as the TV adaptation of Dear White People, so they just might work together to make Kick-Ass too, and a superhero series may be the way to go if their previous offerings are anything to go by.

Netflix has already earned critical success from their Marvel original series – centered on Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (sorry, not you, Iron Fist) – with the first seasons of the highly-anticipated The Defenders and Punisher on the way. Marvel’s Daredevil was the first to premiere on Netflix and it fared far better than Fox’s 2003 film starring Ben Affleck, but many people were surprised that Marvel (who had got back the film and TV rights from Fox in October 2012) chose to make a series rather than reboot the film. Former showrunner (now executive producer) Drew Goddard explained to IGN that they chose a TV platform because they didn’t need a massive budget to do the character justice:

“I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the [Ben] Affleck movie but what we all sort of realized is that, this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million. The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should.”

The same logic could be applied to Kick-Ass as the titular hero is not taking on aliens or gods, he’s dealing with the same sort of thugs and crime lords as Daredevil, but in a far more humorous (and explicit) way, so a massive production budget wouldn’t be needed. Not that the first two Kick-Ass films cost as much as the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as their budgets were reportedly $30 million and $28 million, respectively.

Lionsgate TV owns the TV rights to Kick-Ass

Budget wasn’t the only reason Goddard and Marvel chose to make Marvel’s Daredevil rather than a rebooted film. The studio didn’t want to make an R-rated movie and the TV format allowed them to use more adult subject matter and visuals. Of course, Kick-Ass 1 and 2 didn’t have that issue and the latter even received a lot of backlash over the explicit and violent storylines, that arguably weren’t as graphic as the comic book depiction. Kick-Ass fans would certainly enjoy the third and final instalment of the comic book series brought to life, which follows Dave’s vigilante antics after high school and Mindy fighting to survive in prison, and if Netflix chose the TV route then they would be able to offer far more character development, fight scenes and side narratives than a two-hour film ever could.

It’s because of this established Kick-Ass fanbase that makes it a perfect choice for Netflix to adapt. Those who haven’t read the comic book series will have likely heard of the film franchise and so the streaming service already has a global audience to appeal to with a rebooted Kick-Ass film or series. It’s the same reason why Marvel released Daredevil before Iron FistLuke Cage or Jessica Jones, because the hero was a recognizable figure in mainstream pop culture. So with plans to develop numerous TV series, films and kids’ shows based on Millarworld products, Kick-Ass could just be the right show to welcome in Netflix’s new era of comic book film and TV heroes.

 

Via: ScreenRant

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Smallfoot Posters Provide First Look at Animated Feature

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Warner Animation Group has released the first posters for their animated film Smallfoot, featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro. Check out the Smallfoot posters in the gallery below!

Smallfoot is the story of a sasquatch who believes in that humans exist, though the rest of her people don’t believe in them at all.

The film will be directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge, Imagine That) and is written by Kirkpatrick and Sergio Pablos (Rio).

Smallfoot will hit theaters on September 14, 2018.

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Doctor Strange Assembles A New Team

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Doctor Strange is getting his own team of heroes in the new comic book series, Doctor Strange: Damnation, which will pit the Master of the Mystic Arts against Mephisto. The series will send Strange to Las Vegas to address the fallout from Secret Empire.

With the launch of Marvel Legacy, Strange’s solo series received a new creative team and was renumbered as Doctor Strange #381. The issue serves as the beginning of a new era for Strange, as the character lost the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, the Eye of Agamotto, and his home, the Sanctum Sanctorum, to Loki.

Marvel has announced Doctor Strange: Damnation, a five-part miniseries written by Donny Cotes and Nick Spencer, the architect of Secret Empire. The series will send Doctor Strange to Las Vegas to rebuild the city after it was badly damaged in Hydra’s attack in Secret Empire. Strange’s efforts will be opposed by one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe: Mephisto. To fight Mephisto, Strange will assemble a new team of heroes consisting of Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, and Blade.

Marvel has released the solicitation for the first issue of Damnation:

DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1 (OF 5)

DONNY CATES & Nick Spencer (W) • ROD REIS (A/C)

Variant Cover by RON LIM

Variant Cover by TBA

CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by GREG SMALLWOOD

Trading Card Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It’s going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there’s nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.

The cover for the first issue shows Strange working with Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight and Blade, but according to Nick Spencer, Strange’s call for help “goes out to a wide cast of heroes who either wield magic themselves or have been touched by it.” That suggests that Damnation could feature other supernatural and mystical heroes from the Marvel Universe, such as Black Knight, Brother Voodoo, Elsa Bloodstone, Satana, and Damian Hellstrom.

Donny Cotes compares the scale of the story to the 2006 cosmic Annihilation, referring to it as “Magic Annihilation”. Cotes says the series focuses on one corner of the Marvel Universe but “still has vast consequences and very high stakes.”

Doctor Strange: Damnation goes on sale in February 2018.

Sources: Marvel

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Watch the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 5 Trailer!

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Watch the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 5 trailer

After a brief promo and a clip from the new season, ABC and Marvel Entertainment have finally released the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 5 trailer, which you can check out in the player below! Season 5 of the series will kick-off with a special two-hour premiere starting at 8 PM EST on Friday, December 1. Following that the series will return to its regular time slot on Friday, December 8 at 9 PM.

Last season, Agent Coulson and the team saved the world with the help of Ghost Rider. In a rare moment of celebration, the team’s night off was interrupted by a mysterious man and an elite squad. The next thing we saw was Coulson onboard a ship… in deep space! Together, they will have to discover where they are and how to get home while the clock ticks out on humanity. These secrets and mysteries are only the beginning for what is sure to be the most surprising and exhilarating S.H.I.E.L.D. adventure yet!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.

The series was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

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