Chris Cooper has signed on to portray Norman Osborn in director Marc Webb‘s sequel to 2012‘s The Amazing Spider-Man. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for 2002‘s Adaptation., Cooper joins a star-studded cast that already features Paul Giamatti and Jamie Foxx as villains Rhino and Electro, respectively. The film will also feature the return of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his love interest, Gwen Stacy.
Cooper’s casting as Osborn is significant, of course, because the character originally featured in the first film of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, in which he ultimately became the villainous Green Goblin. As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is already set to feature two villains, it’s unclear whether Cooper’s Osborn will undergo his evil transformation in this film, or in a future sequel. In the comics, Osborn originally serves as a mentor character to Parker, so this could conceivably be a setup for the third film in a trilogy.
The script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and Jeff Pinkner (TV’s Fringe), based on an original draft by James Vanderbilt, who worked on the screenplay for the first film.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on May 2, 2014.
Emma Stone is in negotiations to star in the next directorial effort from Guillermo del Toro, a haunted house picture entitled Crimson Peak. A deal has not yet been signed, but Stone – most recently on screen in Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad – is expected to star. She is also expected to start shooting a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man later this year for Sony Pictures.
Crimson Peak will be del Toro’s follow-up to this summer’s Pacific Rim. The giant robots-vs-monsters action flick is del Toro’s first film as a director since 2008‘s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Pacific Rim comes after del Toro spent years in pre-production on The Hobbit films, finally leaving the project over production delays and opening the door for Peter Jackson to return as director to Middle-earth.
Crimson Peak will be produced by Legendary Pictures, the studio behind Pacific Rim, and based on his good working relationship with the studio, del Toro is hopeful that one of his dream projects – an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novel At the Mountains of Madness – could also be made there in the future. At one point, del Toro had been set to direct At the Mountains of Madness with Tom Cruise starring and James Cameron producing, before Universal Pictures pulled the plug on him over budget concerns.
Crimson Peak is currently in development, but should begin pre-production soon. Pacific Rim opens July 12.
Before beginning part 3 of my year-in-review opus I’d like to acknowledge how truly great a year we’ve had this year in regards to movies. For as many films and performances that will be nominated for awards, there will be just as many that have a right to feel snubbed. There were so many quality indie, genre, and franchise films that even the stingiest of movie watchers could easily find one movie they really enjoyed. This year was so great that they didn’t even abide by the normal January-February as dumping grounds mentality, releasing movies like Haywire, The Grey, Chronicle, and Wanderlust, which are all vastly superior to the normal dreck that’s usually released at the beginning of the year. Even some of the more disappointing movies of the year were at least interesting to discuss, like Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises.
Some Romances Are Stronger Than the Bonds of Time
Safety Not Guaranteed received quite a bit of love as the indie darling of the year. So much so that I assumed it would end up being this year’s annual indie movie that makes my top 5. Turns out, I didn’t like it nearly as much as everyone else. A lot of that had to do with my expectations being way too high, but the movie is far from flawless. As much as I like Mark Duplass his character is essentially a male version of a manic pixie dream girl and serves the purpose of being an eccentric person whose love saves the main character, Aubrey Plaza, despite being completely unrealistic to real life relationships. Jake Johnson has his own clichés to fight against as the guy who is a jerk but is funny enough where the audience doesn’t hate him. Then they find out his jerkiness is based around his unhappiness so they start to love him and he goes through a predictable character arc. Despite my complaints I still think the movie is good, just not as good as every other person seems to think.
Looper was writer/director Rian Johnston’s third feature film which starred Hollywood’s newest big man on campus Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis, or was Bruce Willis an old Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Time travel being used as a way for mobsters to have people killed with no evidence left behind? Awesomely brilliant idea, especially by having Jeff Daniels as the guy who traveled back in time to run it. Having numerous people have slight telekinetic powers? A little jarring and way more unbelievable than the idea of time travel for some reason. There was also a romantic sub-plot with Emily Blunt which felt a little forced, but since JGL and Blunt are so good, they made it work. That’s how the movie feels as a whole, though. It definitely has its problems and plot holes, but overall it’s so original and well-made/acted that it’s easy to forgive them.
And the Winner Is: Looper - but speaking of time travel let’s go back in time a few decades ourselves.
Over 40 million rankings have been made in 2012. You’ve added every movie you’ve seen from the year to your Flickchart, and pit them head-to-head against the best movies of all time. This breakdown of the year’s best is the result of each and every one of your rankings aggregated together to form the combined chart of the highest ranked, best movies of 2012.
Without further adieu – out of over 1000 total movies released this year – here are your current picks for the Top 20 of 2012:
While I’m sure there were other people looking forward to it, I was the only person I knew who actually wanted to see The Amazing Spider-Man. People I know, forums I frequent, and podcasts I listen to all shared feelings that ranged from disdain to apathy for the reboot. It’s hard to blame them. It feels like just yesterday that we were all severely let down by Spider-Man 3. Add in the sheer volume of superhero movies we’ve received every year since, and it’s not surprising that the movie-going public could be experiencing some backlash towards the genre. Since people were actually wanting to see The Avengers, and seemingly can’t wait for Dark Knight Rises, their vitriol has to stem from something. That something happened to be a reboot no one was clamoring for.