If a movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, it's likely to become a franchise. That's what happened with last year's The Woman in Black, Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter role. Based on Susan Hill's 1983 novel of the same name, The Woman in Black became the most successful British horror movie in 20 years, so the fact that a sequel is now in preparation isn't very surprising.
Hill never wrote a sequel to her novel, but Deadline reports that Hammer Films is teaming with Hill for the movie sequel. Set 40 years after the events of the original (roughly, the 1940s), The Woman in Black: Angels of Death will follow a new couple who move into Eel Marsh House, the same house where Radcliffe faced off against the spectre. No word yet on whether director James Watkins will return, but it looks like Jane Goldman will not, as Jon Croker, who worked as a story editor on the original, will pen the sequel.
The Woman in Black sequel is in its early stages, so neither the cast nor a production start have been announced. While The Woman in Black was clearly a financial success, earning $112 million worldwide, a significant portion of that was due to Radcliffe's involvement and it will be interesting to see if the sequel will have a similar fate. Posted 04.02.12 by Ryan
Now that Twentieth Century Fox has officially hired back director Matthew Vaughn to helm a sequel to his comic book adaptation of X-Men: First Class, all speculation rests with the script, which First Class producer Simon Kinberg is reportedly writing. Kinberg, who also wrote 2006's fanboy-maligned X-Men: The Last Stand, was reportedly hired to script the sequel last November and confirmed his involvement in a recent interview with MTV.
what will magneto be up to in the sequel? >> Posted 02.17.12 by Ryan
I don’t know what the title is going to be but certainly I’m working on the sequel to X-Men: First Class right now. I’m going to be writing and producing it, I’m starting now, with Matthew Vaughn directing.
After a long period of silence, 20th Century Fox is moving quickly on the expected sequel to X-Men: First Class. First Class producer and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand screenwriter Simon Kinberg was hired to write the sequel in November, and earlier this week, Fox officially hired back director Matthew Vaughn. THR reports that the rest of the cast is confirmed to return as well, including James McAvoy, who played Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, and Michael Fassbender, who played Erik Lensherr, a.k.a. Magneto. Of course, this comes as little surprise since McAvoy has already revealed in November that he was contractually obligated to return, stating "if Fox decides we're doing it, then I don't have a choice," while Fassbender revealed earlier this month that he is actually signed "for two options," meaning two sequels.
The question remains whether First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman will be back as well. A frequent collaborator with Vaughn, including 2010's Kick-Ass and 2007's Stardust, Goldman recently revealed that she would be "100% there" if Vaughn decided to return, but was less confident about a return during an interview with Bleeding Cool. more from goldman >> Posted 02.02.12 by Ryan
A new poster and preview clip have arrived online for The Woman in Black, which features actor Daniel Radcliffe in his first post-Harry Potter role, and one that may be too intense for some of the Radcliffe's younger fans.
Based on the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black follows Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who travels to a remote village which he soon discovers is being haunted by the ghostly spectre known as the Woman in Black. Radcliffe has previously admitted that he hopes the role would help shed his Harry Potter image, as it allows him to play a young father. "If I get that right, that is something that immediately separates me from Harry," Radcliffe said in August of 2010.
Director James Watkins (Eden Lake) was also looking for Radcliffe to be viewed as something other than an iconic, bespectacled wizard, admitting to Bloody-Disgusting recently that he hopes audiences will "revisit him as an actor." watch the clip and see the poster >> Posted 01.25.12 by Ryan
Over the summer, Twentieth Century Fox's comic book adaptation of X-Men: First Class scored $335 million in worldwide box office as well as critical acclaim on its way to becoming one of the bigger comic book movie hits of the summer. A sequel seemed inevitable, but inevitable can be a long time coming. Reports that First Class producer Simon Kinberg, who also wrote 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, was going to write an initial draft for a sequel is the closest Fox has come to an official announcement.
That hasn't stopped First Class' stars from preparing for another installment. Both James McAvoy, who played Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, and Michael Fassbender, who played Erik Lensherr, a.k.a. Magneto, have separately discussed their desire to return. McAvoy admitted in November that he's actually contractually obligated to return, saying: "if Fox decides we're doing it, then I don't have a choice." Now, Fassbender has echoed McAvoy's comments while speaking to SuperHeroHype, agreeing that he "has no choice" in appearing in a potential First Class sequel, but also declaring his belief that one will be made. more on a First Class sequel and Kick-Ass 2 >> Posted 01.12.12 by Ryan
Screenwriter Jane Goldman has become famous for chronicling the big screen adventures of extraordinary children as the writer of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, and now she will be bringing to life the exploits of some rather "peculiar" children. According to Deadline, Goldman is in talks with 20th Century Fox to write the feature adaptation of Ransom Riggs' dark fantasy novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children that Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, and Jenno Topping are producing and that Tim Burton is in in talks to direct. more about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children >> Posted 12.05.11 by BrentJS
If there's one person who's been utterly convinced that there will be a sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass, it's Mark Millar, the writer and co-creator of the Kick-Ass comic book and executive producer of the movie adaptation. A month after the movie was released, Millar proclaimed that production would begin in 2011 on a sequel, titled Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. Millar later revised his statement, saying that Kick-Ass 2 would start in "nine months" after Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn finished with X-Men: First Class. read MIllar's comments >> Posted 09.23.11 by Ryan
Scottish comic book writer and friend to hyperbole Mark Millar has been unwaveringly confident that there will be a sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass, based on the comic book series that Millar co-created. A month after Kick-Ass was released last year, Millar said that the sequel, titled Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, has been "scheduled for production in 2011" and followed by saying last September that the sequel was "nine months away" from production, starting as soon as Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn finished his work on X-Men: First Class.
Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman, who also wrote First Class with Vaughn, has been less confident about Kick-Ass 2, publicly stating in January that she wasn't currently working on a Kick-Ass 2 script and, in April, revealed that a sequel may not happen at all.
In a video interview with IGN, both Goldman and Millar talk about the possibility of a Kick-Ass sequel, with Goldman maintaining that she and Vaughn are not working on one, while Millar contrasts her statement saying "we knew from day one we were doing a sequel" and that the sequel might require another director since Vaughn is a "Spielberg-y kind of level director." watch the interviews >> Posted 06.09.11 by Ryan
Director Matthew Vaughn was a surprising choice to helm the upcoming X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class — Vaughn certainly had comic book movie experience, but was the original director for X-Men: First Stand before dropping out.
First Class originally had X-Men and X2: X-Men United director Bryan Singer on board to direct, but his commitment to another movie (Jack the Giant Killer) eventually forced Singer to step down as director (though he stayed on as producer), opening the door for Vaughn.
Vaughn inherited Singer's story and screenplay for First Class, but Vaughn's first order of business was to bring frequent collaborator Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust) in to re-write the script. Despite the legal wrangling from previous screenwriters to get credit for the screenplay — Goldman, along with Thor screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller got scripting credit, and Singer and Sheldon Turner got story credit, while Singer's screenwriter Jamie Moss got left out entirely — Vaughn told HitFix that he and Goldman took the previous drafts and did a "total rewrite."
what's vaughn got in store for a (possible) sequel? >> Posted 05.25.11 by Ryan
The story was there, but it didn't have what I thought was the fun, and the Bond-style stuff wasn't in there, and I said to Jane, "Let's start the film off with the exact scene from the first film." Jane and I just had a vision that we got out there as quickly as possible. We really respected Bryan's idea of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis background.
More bad news for fans of director Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, the live-action adaptation of the comic book created by Mark Millar. Despite Millar's assertion back in September that Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall would go into production "in nine months"—which would put the start date in June of this year, after Vaughn's work on X-Men: First Class is completed—title star Aaron Johnson said only a few weeks later that he had heard that "they're not going to make one any time soon." Then, both Chloe Moretz and Lyndsy Fonseca publicly expressed their doubts about Millar's timeline.
It seemed like Millar might turn out to be right after all when it was reported in January that Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman was "working on the script" for the sequel, but Goldman quickly shot down the rumor, calling it "erroneous." Now, Goldman has revealed to Absolute Radio (via DigitalSpy) that the sequel may not happen at all.
Posted 04.05.11 by BrentJS
I don't think it's going to happen. At the moment, it's not in the works. We're all doing different things at the moment. We would love to do it again, but we've all been pulled in different directions.