It's April Fool's Day, so one should go ahead and hedge bets when it comes to the accuracy of news items. These all actually look pretty legit, but I would think that. I'm especially bad at this sort of thing.
The first story involves the studio demand for G.I. Joe: Three-aliation. According to Variety, Joe's opening weekend was big enough to ensure another go. I sort of shrugged at Retaliation when I saw it, but its fun stupidity (and RZA appearance) has been growing on me ever since, so I'm definitely on board for another go, which I'm sure will revolve around Channing Tatum's Duke not being as dead as we thought. Also, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes will FINALLY start getting it on.
Speaking of characters who died in one movie then come back to life in another, there's also some Fast and Furious news.
According to Vin Diesel's Facebook page (except I can't actually find this on his Facebook page), Filming for Fast Seven will begin this summer:
There was an early screening in LA this week of Fast 6. The crowd reaction was surreal… and their demand for the continuation was powerful… It’s remarkable to think I first embodied this character in 1999… and the evolution continues. P.s. Filming begins this summer in LA, where it all started… talk about a studio in sync with the audience…
That's incredible fast (and mildly furious) if true, though maybe it's not so crazy with all the stuff we've been hearing about Parts Six and Seven being one big movie split in two. They probably want to get the story's conclusion out as soon as possible. But still. That's pretty hard to believe.
And then there's this big, awesome quote from Guillermo Del Toro from WonderCon regarding his DC/Vertigo version of The Avengers, Dark Universe (or whatever it ends up being called):
On Justice League Dark, or Dark Universe, what we’re doing is we finished the bible. Then we’re going to start the screenplay with a writer we hope we can announce very soon. What I’m doing is the lead character that guides us through that is Constantine. Blonde. He is basically trying to recruit these guys. On Etrigan, I’m using Jason Blood in the time of Merlin. We get to their origin through the story. We don’t make the origin story at the top. We find it out as they each have mysteries to solve. Swamp Thing is at peace with who he is, but Deadman still needs to figure out who shot him. It’s all woven in. When I was a kid, my two favorite characters in the whole DC Universe were Etrigan and Swamp Thing, so I’m in heaven.
Since the first mention of this project, it has consistently seemed too good to be true. With each new news story, however, I guess it grows closer and closer to reality. What a strange world this is that a Dark Justice League film might come out before an legit Justice League film.
And though I personally didn't mind the Keanu Reeves version of John Constantine, I'm definitely looking forward to a Del Toro approved, comic book-loyal iteration. But more than anything, I want some Etrigan action.
Del Toro said this stuff in front of people, so it's probably not an April Fool's Day thing either.
And then there's this story:
Sam Raimi has just signed on to direct a sequel to his Oz: The Great and Powerful that *spoilers* will tell the story of what happened between his recent film and the classic Wizard of Oz, while also crossing over into Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. All characters will be played by either Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, or Sam Raimi's car.
That story is very likely to be an April Fool's Day thing because I just made it up.