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The Avengers is doing so well in theaters right now overseas that there's a strong possibility that we'll see another Hulk movie even though Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said recently that it probably wouldn't happen. When he was asked about giving the Hulk another shot by the Huffington post he said,
Well, no. This was the other shot. Right? I mean, this was the third appearance of Hulk and everything that we had and were going for, we put in to Hulk’s appearance in Avengers. So, I love that people are saying that and are feeling that way about Hulk, but mission accomplished at this point. And the way we go forward, we’ll see. But it was a long road to get to this point. … But we’ll be very careful about it and deliberate — as we were in how we wanted to bring him back in Avengers.
Now I've been hearing from a lot of people that Hulk steals the show in The Avengers, and if that's true, then why not develop another movie with the big green beast. Marvel's President of Consumer Products, Paul Gitter, recent talked to Forbes and revealed that the studio is “pleasantly surprised by the phenomenal response” to Mark Rufflo's Hulk, and says,
His sales are up in a major way. We repositioned him from where he was always misunderstood to now depicting him in a more heroic and aspirational manner.
Gitter has this idea to sell Hulk as a new corporate icon, and if his popularity continues to grow the studio will “spin him off to a stand-alone program next year,” which we know is being developed with Guillermo del Toro, and then adds that we might get a new movie in 2015.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd love to see a new Hulk movie with this Avenger's version of Hulk developed by Joss Whedon. What about you?
Microsoft has officially announced that they will be developing a new live-action Halo Web series that will be launched before Halo 4 hit stores this fall. We might not be getting a live action Halo movie anytime soon, but Microsoft hopes this new series will revive big screen interest in the property.
The series will be called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and there's a ton of money being pumped into it. Microsoft revealed that this is the "the largest investment" they've ever made in a live-action project to date. It will play exclusively on the entertainment website Machinima and at the online community Halo Waypoint. It will play out over five weekly installments, and each episode will be around 15 minutes long.
There aren't many details that have been revealed on the project, but there will be a big announcement revealed at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. They did say that it will tell an "original story about the game's Master Chief and how he inspired a young UNSC cadet who will eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC Infinity spacecraft." They go on to say that the "introduction of the new character will tie in with the plot of Halo 4, while providing a flashback to the beginning of the Halo franchise's war between the humans and the evil Covenant."
Matt McCloskey, director of franchise business management at 343 Industries, explained the purpose of the new series. "Microsoft wants to use the "Halo 4" Web series as a way "to make 'Halo' accessible for people who haven't played the games. We wanted to do something unique from a narrative standpoint that's big in scale."
The demand for this web-series spawned from the awesomeness of the live-action Halo commercials that have been released over the years. Some of these commercials have been directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). It's great for the fans that they are going to explore this universe even further, but they didn't want this series to just appeal to the hardcore fans. Frank O'Connor, franchise development director at 343 Industries had this to say,
Playing the games and reading the books or other "Halo" spinoffs is "a big commitment. "We needed a way to ensure there was a way for people to get onboard this universe without feeling intimidated." As a result, the Web series is "an origins story that teaches you about a lot of different facets of the ('Halo') universe."
This web series is the next step for the Halo franchise, and they hope that it will eventually lead to developing a feature film adaptation, of the franchise which is what we've all been waiting for! McCloskey added, "I don't think anybody needs any reminding of (the potential). Everyone keeps reminding us of that." He then concludes by saying this is "not just a marketing piece to promote the game. We wanted to go way beyond that and transform this live-action exploration from advertising into a full standalone product that people will enjoy."
As many of you are hardcore fans of Halo, We'll have to see what they have in store for us! I hope it turns out as epic as they make it sound.
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