Following the massive success of Universal Pictures' Straight Outta Compton, the studio is reportedly considering yet another hip-hop biopic. The movie will follow the formation of Def Jam Recordings, with Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill reportedly being eyed to play Def Jam co-founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. No deals are in place at this time for the Def Jam/Russell Simmons Biopic, but as Deadline reports, the success of Straight Outta Compton, Fox's smash hit TV show Empire and the Broadway hit Hamilton, prove that fans are embracing hip-hop stories.
If the biopic moves forward, it will be adapted from the 2002 book Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God, co-written by Russell Simmons and Nelson George, which follows Russell Simmons' early career and the formation of Def Jam, a legendary hip hop label that defined rap in the 80s. Sources claim the plot will follow how "hip hop grew from an underground sensation into a dominant and pivotal voice of culture and change." The project doesn't have a writer, director or producers attached at this time, since it is still in very early stages of development.Read More
It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore. I can see everybody's perspective, and I know I can't ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, "You're good. I'm okay with this," who am I to go against that?
Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of 'Black Film.' Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself-a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.Read More
Johnny Storm is a character that has always been caucassian in the comic books and the original movie. His casting caused a bit of controversy within the fanboy community, which he has addressed on numerous occassions. The actor also received an endorsement from the original Human Torch, Chris Evans. It seems that now fans may be finally starting to embrace the actor as Johnny Storm, but we won't know for sure until, at the very least, the first trailer is released.
Are you excited to see Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm? Chime in with your thoughts below.Read More
When Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch) in Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four reboot, many a fan balked due to the color of his skin, claiming this was not a true representation of the Marvel character. The news has been confirmed for a while now, and it's been rather quiet in terms of whether or not audiences will accept this new interpretation of the Human Torch. Speaking with The Source, the actor hints that the color of Johnny's skin may not be the only thing that has changed.
What about you? Have your thoughts on Michael B. Jordan playing the Human Torch changed since he first took on the role?Read More
When 20th Century Fox announced their Comic-Con 2014 plans last week, many fans were surprised that The Fantastic Four was not one of the movies the studio plans on showcasing. It has been rumored that all five main cast members, Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) and Toby Kebbell (Victor Von Doom) will make an appearance, but the studio has not confirmed that at this time.
Even if The Fantastic Four doesn't have a presence in San Diego next week, Michael B. Jordan revealed a number of new details about his highly-anticipated reboot in a new interview with MTV, where he says the script is constantly evolving and calls the project a grounded and unconventional superhero movie, while discussing his reunion with Chronicle director Josh Trank.Read More
20th Century Fox has acquired the pitch Men Who Kill, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star.
The project will be written by T.J. Fixman, which is described as a CIA thriller, although no specific plot details were given. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter are attached to produce, with the studio paying over six figures for the pitch. No director is attached at this time.Read More
Michael B. Jordan joins Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl) and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing) in this reboot directed by Josh Trank, who directed the 2012 hit Chronicle that helped launch Michael B. Jordan's career. No story details have been confirmed at this time, including the Storm siblings' family history. It's possible this brother-sister duo are either adopted or come from a mixed-race family, but that has not been confirmed. Production is scheduled to begin in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Still yet to be cast is the Doctor Doom, with our report from last month revealing that Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables; Jupiter Ascending), Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) are in contention to play the villain.Read More