Little kid in the comic store I work at was looking at some books with his mom. Mom grabs one and says: “Hey, look, it’s the Avengers! Here’s Iron Man, and Thor, and Nick Fury!” Little kid: “That’s not Nick Fury! Nick Fury’s black!!!!
We’ve known for some time that Quentin Tarantino’s next project would be a “Southern”, a period revenge story with a slave protagonist. Last week, his script for Django Unchained was widely leaked across the internet. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the frontrunner for the lead is none other than the patriarch of Hollywood’s most obnoxious family, Will Smith. Christoph Waltz and Samuel Jackson are widely expected to take supporting roles, but as for Smith, as with most things Will Smith, the sticking point seems to be gratuitous use of the N-word.
Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, a spaghetti Western about a slave in the Old South who teams with a German bounty hunter to search for his wife, will be distributed domestically by the Weinstein Co., but Tarantino is in the process of selecting a studio partner to release the film internationally. Sources prepped for those meetings say Tarantino would like Smith to star in the film.
Smith is being teed up for the title role of Django, a freed slave who seeks to reunite with his slave wife, a journey that will see him team with a German bounty hunter to take down an evil plantation owner.
Tarantino wrote the bounty hunter part with Waltz in mind, according to insiders. The German ends up training Django and helping him seek his wife.
Jackson would play the house slave to the bad guy, Monsieur Calvin Candie. The slave is an expert manipulator and will face off with Django.
Smith and his reps have received the screenplay, which could be a hot potato due to the themes of racism and the liberal use of the N-word. It’s unclear whether Smith has read the script yet. The actor manages his image very carefully, but the part is heroic and could be iconic. Tarantino is aiming for a fall shoot in the South.
Who’s up for a supposed plot synopsis from that most unreliable of sources, IMDB? Well, we’ve got the motherlode of quite possibly made-up Avengers plot details. There may not be enough grains of salt in the universe to deal with all this, but let’s take a look at what’s supposedly on tap:
- It starts like The Ultimates with Captain America in WWII*
- There is a battle between Captain America and some S.H.I.E.L.D agents
- The Skrulls are in it but they are not named. They aren’t Nazis like in The Ultimate and there is no Kree unfortunately.
- Loki DOESN’T summon them, he’s simply tells them the [cosmic] cube’s on Earth There are more details at the link, including one major character who turns out to be a Skrull impostor and another who gets killed. As far as other details go, the Avengers supposedly split up at the end of the movie because they realize they don’t really work well together
- which is probably the most likely part of all this to be true, if only because the various sequels need to be set up
- there is a short battle between Hulk and the Avengers, and the Skrulls want to use the Cosmic Cube to rebuild their dead planet — and in fact the entire reason behind the formation of the Avengers was to fight the Skrulls. [ComicBookMovie]
And here are some additional claims from the same poster:
- The Skrulls have been here [to earth] before. They just thought the cube [was] no longer on Earth.
- Once S.H.I.E.L.D found the cube Fury knew it was only a matter of time before they would come back.
- The Skrulls’ homeworld had been destroyed, just like in the comics…
- There are some great fights with lots of spaceships. The script definitely is EPIC. [ComicBookMovie]
I just finished watching The Sunset Limited. It’s an HBO film based on the play by Cormac McCarthy, writer of The Road and No Country For Old Men.
I REALLY liked it. I won’t spoil it, but it definitely didn’t end the way I thought it would. As an agnostic person I really felt it portrayed both the believer and the non believer really effectively. The film takes you on a journey where you feel both depressed and inspired at times. Also, Sam Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones are at their absolute best throughout the entire film!
McCarthy is my favorite modern writer and I can’t wait for his next book to come out! Check it out when you get the chance!