Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Silver Surfer’, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, ‘Clerks 3′ & More

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This week:

Kevin Smith is waiting on the Weinsteins for the green light on Clerks 3; The Giver has found its young lead; Steven Spielberg vies for the rights to The Grapes of Wrath; James Franco prepares to direct The Sound and the Fury; and Stan Lee says a Silver Surfer movie will eventually happen.

While Kevin Smith already has a Clerks 3 script, shooting schedule, and 3 budget options ready to go, there is one thing still standing in the sequel’s way: The Weinstein Company.

Kevin Smith Waiting on Weinsten Company for Clerks 3 Movie News Wrap Up: Silver Surfer, The Grapes of Wrath, Clerks 3 & More

According to Smith, TWC has the right of first refusal on the picture before the director can actually go ahead and start shooting. Although this tiny roadblock is in the way, Smith not only believes the Weinstein Company will say yes, but he hopes to have the film ready for a Sundance 2014 debut. However, if that’s going to happen, the Weinsteins are going to need to sign off on Clerks 3 soon.

And, while we’re intrigued to see what Smith has cooked up for Clerks 3, which he describes as his “Cinema Paradiso,” we’re even more curious to find out whether Smith will commit to his retirement plan.


Source: KCRW via The Playlist

Speaking of The Weinstein Company, it looks like they have found the young lead for their upcoming adaptation of The Giver.

Brenton Thwaites Cast The Giver Movie News Wrap Up: Silver Surfer, The Grapes of Wrath, Clerks 3 & More

Newcomer Brenton Thwaites will play Jonas, who in the book is selected to become the next “Receiver of Memory” in Lois Lowry’s award-winning YA novel. Jonas receives the past memories from the eponymous “Giver”, who will be played by Jeff Bridges in the film.

Although few will recognize Thwaites based on name and photo alone, he just finished filming Maleficent, in which he plays the character of Prince Philip. He was also at one point rumored for Transformers 4, but nothing become of that.


Source: Deadline

DreamWorks, the production company founded by director Steven Spielberg (among others), is reportedly in talks for the film rights to The Grapes of Wrath, the seminal novel from John Steinbeck.

DreamWorks Grapes of Wrath Rights Movie News Wrap Up: Silver Surfer, The Grapes of Wrath, Clerks 3 & More

Steinbeck’s novel follows the Joad family as they make a cross-country trek from Oklahoma to California at the height of the Depression. It also won Steinbeck a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.

Although Spielberg is very interested in the property, DreamWorks PR reports he will only produce. Spielberg is plenty busy with an adaptation of his own: American Sniper with Bradley Cooper.

If DreamWorks does end up securing the rights, though, we’re sure plenty of directors will jump at the opportunity to helm an updated version of The Grapes of Wrath. After all, the 1940s adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath helped John Ford win an Oscar.


Source: Deadline

Actor/writer/director James Franco is reportedly pushing hard to direct the cinematic adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.

James Franco Direct The Sound and the Fury Movie News Wrap Up: Silver Surfer, The Grapes of Wrath, Clerks 3 & More

Franco has revealed to LA Times that he hopes to cast Mad Men star Jon Hamm in the role of Mr. Compson and his brother, Dave Franco, as Quentin Compson. Franco’s frequent collaborator and close friend Danny McBride (This is the End) is also being considered for a role.

As some might know, Franco just recently debuted his other Faulkner adaptation, As I Lay Dying, at the Cannes Film Festival. If we were to guess we might say Franco is a fan of the author’s work.


Source: LA Times

While attending Wizard World Comic Con, prolific comic book writer Stan Lee offered up his thoughts on all things Marvel, including whether or not he thinks a Silver Surfer movie is in the cards.

Stan Lee Talks Silver Surfer Movie Movie News Wrap Up: Silver Surfer, The Grapes of Wrath, Clerks 3 & More

According to Lee, who is quite partial to the Silver Surfer, Marvel will eventually get around to a Surfer movie, but they’re plate is very full at the moment. With characters like Ant-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange all vying for screen time it’s hard to imagine when Marvel might squeeze the Silver Surfer in. Yet, Lee thinks it will happen.

“Well, let me put it to you this way: Back at Marvel, they are frantically looking for what is the next one they’re going to do. There is no way they won’t eventually do a Silver Surfer movie. It may not be for a few years because they’re thinking and working on Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy. Everything we have. And the fans seem to want all of them. But they’ll get around to a Silver Surfer feature because he’s a wonderful character.”

Obviously, since Lee has no official say in the matter, it’s hard to take his comments as anything more than rumor. At the same time, that doesn’t mean he can’t put in a good word or two for Silver Surfer.


Source: MTV Geek

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  1. I thought Marvel couldn’t use the Surfer because Fox has the rights to The Fantastic Four and related characters (Galactus, Silver Surfer, etc)?

  2. So, by what Stan Lee is saying, does that mean Marvel owns the rights for Silver Surfer? I thought Fox had the rights.

  3. Wait just a darn second, I thought Fox had control of SS? Marvel was even trying to briefly negotiate for his AND Galactus’ release during the DareDevil extension (that eventually fell through)

    Is there something we haven’t been told?

    • Seems we ALL have the same concern :)

  4. If Marvel owns the writes to “The Defenders” then does that mean they can use Silver Sufer?

    Marvel owns the writes to Avengers therefore they can use the mutant twins. So shouldn’t the same rule apply?

    • Let’s hope so.

      Also, Fox sucks.

      That is all.

      • True dat. If Defenders is the only way Marvel gets to use Silver Surfer then that would still be awesome! With Defenders, we will also get Namor!

        Instead of an Incredible Hulk 2 movie, The Defenders would be so much better! We’re already getting Doctor Strange. Defenders would be an awesome lead-in into Avengers 3.

  5. Yeah that’s what puzzled me too. Silver Surfer rights should be with Fox, since they own Fantastic Four.

  6. marvel won the rights back to silver surfer about 2 months ago. at the same time they got daredevil back.

    • Not as far as we know, hence all the confused responses.

      They got DD back only because time ran out on the Fox contract but SS is attached to the FF and Fox is still actively developing that franchise.

      As I said in my post, Marvel wanted to trade a DD extension for the rights to SS and Galactus back but Fox quickly shut that proposal down.

  7. After that fantastic four movie with SS I dont know if marvel can even save him. The thought of the silver surfer brings back bad memories of that terrible FF movie. They better make the best trailer in history if they try. The cartoon wasnt that great either I think he is hard to do outside the comic book.

  8. Stan Lee didn’t hint towards anything. It’s his opinion that Silver Surfer SHOULD happen. Not that it will

  9. If this is true, Silver Surfer could show up in Guardians of the Galaxy… perhaps as a villain!

  10. JJ Abrams to Direct Silver Surfer. It will be only time lens flare would be acceptable. Silver Surfer would be a body lens flare.

    Keanu Reeves as Norrin Radd

    • Wow. surprisingly good idea!!!

      • Yep, Keanu’s apparent refusal to actually act the last 15 years makes him perfect for the role.

        • He just has to do the Ted act and we got our Surfer.

  11. I think Mr. Lee is confused with it all. He probably think’s Marvel has the rights to SS, but in all reality, they’re still owned by FOX.

    He’s an old man, what do you expect? lol
    He’s just a little confused. I think he’s jus speaking in terms of what MARVEL (as a whole company, including Sony & Fox) are doing, and I’m sure he just rattled off the main movies the Marvel Studios camp is doing.

    But… then again.. who knows..
    He doesn’t actually know what’s going on with the Marvel films, he’s not THAT hands on with it. Even if he cameos in every single Marvel film to date (hoping for a Avengers 2 cameo)

    • The mutant twins are also owned by Fox but yet Marvel is still using them in Avengers 2. It shouldn’t be a problem to use Silver Surfer in “The Defenders” if that’s the case.

  12. Grapes of wrath would be good. Who would be Tom though?

  13. Not sure about Clerks 3. I saw the first two because people on the internet said they were brilliant but when I watched, they were just dull.

    • The first one might be a little bit outdated, but it’s still a great film, especially from a 90s perspective. The sequel, however, was a travesty (I stopped watching it halfway through) and I have no hope whatsoever for the threequel.

  14. Aren’t we all bored of Kevin Smith by now?

  15. That old overloaded car looks like the Clampett-Mobile!

  16. I was never a real big Silver Surfer fan in the comics, although I loved the FF of the 60s and 70s alot. In the movie, though, I have to admit the Silver Surfer did manage to impress me…liked the animation, special effects for him, etc. I would not mind seeing a SS movie, IF he can carry the movie. I am not sure that he could. I did kind of like most aspects of the FF movies, although Reed did not quite look, well, like REED. And I want NO! NO! NO! dancing superheroes. Or crying ones. Or screwing ones. Let’s keep it somewhat serious, folks. Next FF movie, in the reboot, let’s finagle the frightful Four (not Dr. Doom) as the villains: Wizard, Trapster, Medusa, and Sandman. Might involve jiggering some rights around for Medusa (related to Inhumans) and Sandman (used in a Spiderman movie), but let’s make it happen!

  17. Can Marvel just write whatever Fox characters they want into the Avengers to get the rights? Cos that’ll be hilarious lol.

    Wish they took back Spidey. TAS was pretty dire.