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Disney and Marvel Threaten to Boycott Georgia Over Anti-Gay Bill

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A political showdown is taking place in the moviemaking capital of the United States. No, not Los Angeles—Georgia. Thanks to hefty tax incentives, the Peach State has become a haven for film and television projects, serving as the base of operations for The Walking Dead and a number of Marvel Studios films, among others. But the marriage between Disney/Marvel and Georgia is now in jeopardy, as the Mouse House and Marvel Studios are threatening to leave the state once and for all if a controversial religious liberty bill is passed.

The Georgia Legislature recently passed a bill intended to shield opponents of the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling, which would protect religious officials from having to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and allow faith-based organizations to deny services of employment to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief.” The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal, but The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios released a statement today saying that if the bill becomes law, they’ll pack their bags:

“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.”

The Walking Dead network AMC has also come out against the bill, but wouldn’t commit to a full boycott. The legislation has already incited backlash among those in the state who warn not only of its societal implications, but also economic constraints similar to those plagued by Indiana last summer after it passed similar legislation. Atlanta is currently serving as the production base for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and was also where Marvel shot Ant-Man, with plans to shoot the massive two-part Avengers: Infinity War saga there as well. Clearly Marvel and Disney bring huge business to the state, and it’s nice to see the companies putting their respective foots down against this kind of offensive legislation.

Governor Deal has not indicated whether he will sign the bill or veto, but this strong statement from Marvel and Disney should hopefully go a long way towards signaling just how big of a blunder this bill would be.

 

 

 

Thanks to Collider for the original story

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James Wan to Produce ‘Train to Busan’ Remake

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Gary Dauberman will write and James Wan will produce an English-language remake of popular zombie flick ‘Train to Busan’.

Dauberman recently scripted  The Nun, and coming on the heels of his script work on the Andy Muschietti-directed It and its sequel. I’m hearing that five bidders are circling or have made bids, and that the rights package will sell this week for a seven-figure sum. New Line, Universal (which just stepped out), Paramount, Lionsgate and Screen Gems are all in the mix.

The original was directed by San-ho Yeon and was a monster hit in South Korea, grossing $85 million overseas and only $2 million in the U.S. The setup: While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Though he’s not attached right now as director, Dauberman wrote Annabelle and is now directing the next installment which he also scripted. That films is at New Line, which is chasing this one like a zombie on a slow-moving human. Stay tuned.

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Disney set to use James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3’ Script

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One of the many questions surrounding Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is whether Disney will use the script completed by writer/director James Gunn shortly before his firing in July. An early report suggested the studio likely intends to do just that, something now confirmed by the filmmaker’s brother Sean Gunn.

The actor, who plays the Ravager Kraglin and provides the motion-capture performance for Rocket Raccoon, assured Tulsa World the plan is to eventually move forward with Guardians 3, with James Gunn’s script.

“I know Disney still wants to make the movie,” he said. “I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote.”

Disney severed ties with James Gunn in July after old tweets, some dating back more than a decade, resurfaced in which he made offensive comments about rape and pedophilia. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was targeted to being production in early 2019, but last month Disney placed the project on indefinite hold

“Obviously, that was a very unfortunate situation for everybody, most of all him,” Sean Gunn told the newspaper, “but I am also somebody who had been preparing to spend half a year making that movie and now that’s up in the air. Obviously, I think it’s a tricky proposition for them to find another director to step in — and also the scheduling of a lot of other actors who are incredibly busy can’t be easy. But I know that they plan on making the movie. I had not been contacted at all for a while, but I was recently contacted by Marvel saying, ‘Yeah, we do plan to make this movie. We’re just not sure when yet.’”.

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Mel Gibson To Write, Direct The Wild Bunch Remake

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Controversial actor and director, and noted anti-Semite, Mel Gibson still somehow seems to be getting work. The What Women Want star has signed on to write and direct a remake of The Wild Bunch.

Gibson will co-write the new version of the Sam Peckinpah western with Bryan Bagby, and the feature will tell the tale of a group of legendary criminals looking for a final score during the twilight days of the great wild west.

The Wild Bunch will be the Mel Gibson’s first stab at directing since Hacksaw Ridge (back in 2016), which starred Andrew Garfield, and for which Gibson earned an Oscar nomination.

Warner Bros. have reportedly been attempting to force the feature through to the production stage for over a decade now, at one point even having Will Smith tentatively on board to star. Gibson was previously trying to get WWII thriller Destroyer into production instead, though that seems to have been put on a temporary hold.

It is currently unknown when The Wild Bunch will begin shooting, and no release date has been finalised.

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