Joe Russo wanted Wolverine to feature in the Avengers: Endgame final battle scene.Last year’s blockbuster featured a swathe of superhero characters who all assembled during the emotional finale, as Chris Evans’ Captain America led his Marvel cohorts in…
Joe Russo wanted Wolverine to feature in the Avengers: Endgame final battle scene.
Last year’s blockbuster featured a swathe of superhero characters who all assembled during the emotional finale, as Chris Evans’ Captain America led his Marvel cohorts in one last stand against supervillain Thanos.
Despite the likes of Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and Spider-Man returning for the battle, there’s one more beloved Marvel comic book mutant that filmmaker Joe would’ve loved to bring back for the epic scene.
“I mean, Wolverine was always one of my favourite characters,” he told ComicBookMovie.com when asked who he would’ve put in the movie. “Incredible Hulk #181 was one of the first comic books that I remember collecting, which was the first appearance of Wolverine.
“Hugh Jackman has done an incredible job with that character over the years, and I think they should take a break for a little while before someone else takes a crack at it.”
Joe, along with his filmmaker brother Anthony Russo, have previously declared their adoration for the clawed mutant hero, and while promoting Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, Anthony confessed he would’ve loved to have Wolverine in the box office smash.
While Marvel Studios have no immediate plans to recast Wolverine after Jackman made his last appearance as the mutant in 2017’s Logan, Kevin Feige has hinted that the X-Men character might make an appearance in the future.
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Tom Holland was jokingly scolded when he confessed he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy.The British actor made his debut as Spider-Man in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, and the filmmakers reveal…
Tom Holland was jokingly scolded when he confessed he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy.
The British actor made his debut as Spider-Man in Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, and the filmmakers revealed they schooled the young star after discovering he was a Star Wars novice.
Holland admitted to the Russo Brothers that he hadn’t seen the iconic films, so he didn’t understand the Star Wars reference his character made during his breakout scene as the web-slinging superhero.
“We were stunned,” Joe laughed during an episode of their Instagram Live series Russo Bros. Pizza Film School. “We adore Tom, but I’ll tell you, getting to know Tom, Tom is a young man. He is a very young man. We’ve since gotten him to invest some of his time watching some older films, hence the Pizza Film School. Holland needed to go to Pizza Film School.”
In the scene, Peter Parker asks his fellow superheroes if they remember a scene in “that really old movie” The Empire Strikes Back as he brings down a giant Ant-Man with his web, similar to how Antilles brings down an AT-AT Walkers with a tow cable in the 1980 sci-fi film.
“I have to tell you, I actually got really excited when he said he hadn’t seen it because the idea was so novel to me and unexpected. I was like, ‘This is fantastic,'” Anthony recalled. “Tom is a guy whose sensibilities we really admire and value, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, we get to tap into his sensibilities and they’re unaffected by Star Wars.’ I was very excited by that.”
While they denied they forced Holland to watch the original sci-fi trilogy, they confessed they’d given him enough grief.
“I think we’ve since busted his chops enough that he’s seen it,” Joe quipped.
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Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo don’t recommend film fans return to cinemas when they re-open in the U.S. and U.K. next month.The Avengers: Endgame filmmakers discussed the situation during a recent episode of their Instagram Live series Russo Br…
Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo don’t recommend film fans return to cinemas when they re-open in the U.S. and U.K. next month.
The Avengers: Endgame filmmakers discussed the situation during a recent episode of their Instagram Live series Russo Bros. Pizza Film School, saying they fear that even with appropriate precautions in place, a re-opening is a “high-risk situation” they can’t support.
“Everyone has a different threshold for risk it seems in the country right now. I think that really depends on what your threshold for risk is. But certainly being in an enclosed space is a high-risk situation,” Joe explained.
“So there’s the question of whether we want that to happen, which we do, but whether that’s practical and safe and whether we could recommend it, which I don’t think we could. Just from the way I’m approaching the pandemic with my family is being very conservative about it.”
He suggested that it will be a year or two before things start to return to normal.
Anthony added that opening cinemas was too risky right now.
“I am as desperate for the theatrical experience as you are, and also in general, it’s worn on people in different ways the limitations of what we’ve been living through,” he said.
“Unfortunately I don’t see myself getting into a theatre in the foreseeable future.”
Some cinema chains in the U.K. are planning on reopening from 4 July.
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Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”. It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated mo…
Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”.
It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated movie, and in an interview with Collider, they made it clear that it wouldn’t be a shot-for-shot remake, like last year’s The Lion King reboot, or an overly faithful redo.
“Well, I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation,” explained Anthony. “We’ve already done that with our Marvel films. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story you can go read that story. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”
The filmmakers are still in the early stages of developing the remake and wouldn’t state if it would be a musical or not, with Anthony noting, “We can’t say one way or the other… Music will certainly be a part of it.”
Since the release of Endgame last year, the Russos have been busy lining up new projects, with them being involved in films such as 21 Bridges, Extraction, and the upcoming Cherry, their next directorial effort.
When asked why they were interested in the Hercules remake, Anthony added: “Both us and our kids are Hercules fanatics. And we had heard that Disney was interested in revisiting it and we’re in love with the original. And we made a case as to why we felt we would be right to produce that film and here we are.”
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Anthony Russo has insisted that bringing Iron Man back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) would only be worth it if the storytelling was good enough to justify his comeback.The beloved comic book character, played by Robert Downey Jr. since 2008,…
Anthony Russo has insisted that bringing Iron Man back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) would only be worth it if the storytelling was good enough to justify his comeback.
The beloved comic book character, played by Robert Downey Jr. since 2008, was killed off at the end of last year’s blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, which was directed by Anthony and his brother Joe Russo.
When asked how he felt about Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, returning to the MCU, Anthony insisted his comeback should only happen if it has been “earned” by good storytelling, as his reappearance would undo the stakes in Endgame.
“I mean look, certainly we’ve always said this and we believe this about stakes have to be real, and if they’re not real, like the audience’s emotional investment in the moment and in those characters in the narrative is only… is contingent upon them feeling like there’s potential. There’s something to be lost,” Anthony told the ReelBlend podcast.
He went on to add that while he and his brother were committed to having Iron Man sacrifice himself to save the world and defeat supervillain Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, they are aware that there’s always room for a comeback within the comic book universe.
“It depends on how he was brought back. It depends on the storytelling, but it is certainly something that has to be earned,” he continued. “It’s certainly something that would shock and surprise audiences, so you can’t simply just bring him back. There would have to be a really compelling, innovative, unpredictable narrative event to find your way there in order for it to be worth it.”
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Joe Russo has been tapped to write a sequel to Chris Hemsworth’s Netflix movie Extraction. The Avengers: Endgame co-director wrote the screenplay for the adrenaline-fuelled flick, which stars Hemsworth as a mercenary named Tyler Rake.And as the movie …
Joe Russo has been tapped to write a sequel to Chris Hemsworth’s Netflix movie Extraction.
The Avengers: Endgame co-director wrote the screenplay for the adrenaline-fuelled flick, which stars Hemsworth as a mercenary named Tyler Rake.
And as the movie has already been such a success, Russo has been hired to write a follow-up, which may be a sequel or a prequel.
“The deal is closed for me to write Extraction 2, and we are in the formative stages of what the story can be,” he told Deadline. “We’re not committing yet to whether that story goes forward, or backward in time. We left a big loose ending that leaves question marks for the audience.”
Extraction was released on the streaming service on 24 April and proved to be a big hit, with it achieving Netflix’s biggest opening day audience for an original film. It is projected to be watched by 90 million households over the next four weeks.
Russo hopes Sam Hargrave, the Avengers stunt coordinator who made his directorial debut with Extraction, will be back to helm the next instalment.
“There was always a simple drive to the story, a balletic execution of action where you take a damaged character who made an egregious mistake in the past and has a shot at redemption which might be fatal,” the moviemaker explained. “What was key is that we needed a muscular action director like Sam to be the main creative force in the execution of the action.”
There is currently no deal for Hemsworth to return. Russo added that he will work on the story and write the script before taking it to the Thor star to see if he’s onboard for a sequel, although the Australian actor has already told fans on Instagram he’d be “pretty stoked to jump back into” the role.
Over the weekend, Hemsworth thanked fans for supporting Extraction and said, “You’ve made it the number one film on the planet right now, and it looks like it’s going to be Netflix’s biggest feature film of all time, which is absolutely mind-blowing.”
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Chris Hemsworth has thanked fans around the world for the “mind-blowing” reaction to his new movie Extraction.The action thriller, directed by Sam Hargrave, was released on Netflix on 24 April and follows mercenary Tyler Rake, who is hired to rescue a …
Chris Hemsworth has thanked fans around the world for the “mind-blowing” reaction to his new movie Extraction.
The action thriller, directed by Sam Hargrave, was released on Netflix on 24 April and follows mercenary Tyler Rake, who is hired to rescue a crime lord’s kidnapped son.
Extraction also saw the Thor star reunite with his Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo, who co-produced and co-wrote the flick, and in a new Instagram post, Hemsworth shared his excitement over the news that more than 90 million households had streamed the movie since its debut.
“Hey, what’s up, guys? Hope you’re doing well. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who checked out Extraction,” he began the video, which was filmed in his home gym. “You’ve made it the number one film on the planet right now, and it looks like it’s going to be Netflix’s biggest feature film of all time, which is absolutely mind-blowing.
“We are blown away by the response and the support. On behalf of myself, the Russo Brothers, Netflix, our director Sam Hargrave, thank you so, so much. We love you guys.”
Hemsworth ended the clip by teasing a possible sequel to Extraction, as he confessed he would be “stoked” to revisit his character.
“There’s been a lot of talk and questions about sequels and prequels and all sorts of things, and all I can say is who knows. But with this amount of support, it’s something I will be pretty stoked to jump back into,” the 36-year-old added.
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Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake. It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame …
Josh Gad is convinced Ariana Grande would be “perfect” for the role of Meg in Disney’s live-action Hercules remake.
It was revealed on Thursday that Disney bosses are developing a live-action remake of the 1997 animated classic, with Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo producing and The Expendables scribe Dave Callaham writing the screenplay.
In an interview with Variety, Disney regular Josh called for Ariana to portray Hercules’ love interest Megara, or Meg, in the remake.
“She would amazing as Meg, she would be perfect, I would love to see that happen,” he said.
The original Hercules is one of Ariana’s favourite films and she sang Meg’s song I Won’t Say (I’m in Love) during an at-home performance for the Disney Family Singalong TV special earlier this month. She also performed Zero to Hero live at the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration in 2015.
The 7 Rings hitmaker has yet to comment on the remake news on social media, but her fans have already started campaigning for her to get the part, with one even setting up a Change.org petition. It has almost 14,000 signatures.
In the Variety interview, Beauty and the Beast star Josh was also asked if he would like a part in Hercules, such as the half-man, half-god’s trainer, the satyr Philoctetes, which was originally voiced by Danny DeVito.
“I am good, I feel like I definitely have had and continue to have an incredible run of projects with the Disney company, but I don’t think anyone wants to see me take on yet another role in a live-action remake of an animated movie,” he replied. “I personally think they should just cast Danny DeVito again, that seems to (be the) best option.”
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Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man…
Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.
The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man, half-god as he battles the villainous Hades to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus.
News that the studio was developing the live-action remake broke on Thursday, and it was announced that Dave Callaham, who launched the Expendables franchise, will be writing the script.
Callaham also wrote the upcoming Marvel comic book adaptation Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the DC Comics sequel Wonder Woman 1984.
The 42-year-old scribe is also penning the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, and co-wrote last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.
Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, who have a long-standing working relationship with Disney, are set to produce but will not direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original musical animation was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and numerous writers were hired to work on the story and screenplay over several years.
Fans have taken to social media to suggest their top picks for the live-action cast, including Idris Elba and Ryan Gosling, while Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keke Palmer, Coco Jones, and Amber Riley have been touted to play The Muses, which narrate the story through song.
It’s currently unclear if the Hercules remake will follow in the footsteps of the upcoming live-action Mulan, which has ditched the classic songs in favour of a more realistic telling of the Chinese legend.
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Joe Russo was blown away by Tom Holland’s “Oscar-worthy performance” in hard-hitting drama Cherry.The director/producer first worked with the British actor on Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, when he made his debut as the web-slinging superhero…
Joe Russo was blown away by Tom Holland’s “Oscar-worthy performance” in hard-hitting drama Cherry.
The director/producer first worked with the British actor on Captain America: Civil War back in 2016, when he made his debut as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.
Since then, Joe has teamed up with his brother Anthony Russo once again to helm the upcoming movie, which sees Tom play an Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who robs banks to fund his drug addiction.
The gritty character is a far cry from the young actor’s infamous portrayal of the sweet and nerdy Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the 48-year-old filmmaker teased the possibility of an Oscar nod for Tom next year.
“I think he’s exceptional in the movie, honestly. I think it’s an Oscar-worthy performance out of him. He is shredding himself, physically and emotionally,” Joe told Collider, noting that it is a “complicated role” that spans decades in the movie. “I just think he’s exquisite in the part. He’s so compulsively watchable onscreen.”
Joe also admitted it was a bonus that Tom is so well-liked because of his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Spider-Man, as audiences will find it hard to hate his character in Cherry.
“When you’re playing a character that goes to that level of depravity, to have someone as inherently likeable as Tom playing that character, so that you continue to root for them no matter what horrible choices they make, it’s invaluable,” the filmmaker continued. “I think it really changes the entire presentation of the movie for an audience. I can’t say enough about it. I’m just really blown away by him in the film.”
Cherry is slated for release later this year.
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