The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: January 13th

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up.

Gore Verbinski, who is the fourth director to have been attached to the project, has now left Gambit. Frankly, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. Like I said, he is the fourth director to have been attached to the film. For what reasons Verbinski is leaving, I'm not sure. It could have something to do with the recent Disney/Fox merger, where Disney absorbed all of Fox's assets including the X-Men. Marvel President Kevin Feige has said previously that the X-Men would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet projects like Gambit are still in development. Perhaps Disney is moving forward with these projects, and creative differences arose between the new studio and Verbinski. Honestly, I wouldn't be that upset if we never get Gambit. I like Channing Tatum a lot, and I think he would be a good fit for the character. However, I would rather see him pop up in some other X-Men movie instead of him having his own film. I just don't personally have that much interest in seeing a Gambit solo movie. So if I were Disney, with Verbinski departing, I would just let Gambit die and move on with other projects. 

It is being reported that Deadpool director Tim Miller is working on a Kitty Pryde solo film. The character has been previously played in the X-Men movies by Ellen Page, but there's no word as to whether or not Page would reprise the role. Miller did an excellent job with Deadpool. For a first time director, he really knocked that one out of the park. He will also be directing the upcoming Terminator movie, which I am really interested in seeing. But I honestly don't care at all about a Kitty Pryde solo film. She is a great supporting character, and Ellen Page did a really good job in portraying her. She was one of the stand-out parts in the train wreck X-Men: The Last Stand, and was even better in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But Kitty Pryde works best as a supporting character. I don't think there's enough to her character to warrant her own standalone movie. I would love to see Kitty Pryde show up in more X-Men movies. But I just don't think a film focused solely around her would work, and I frankly am not interested in seeing it at all. 

It is being reported that TiMER writer/director Jac Schaeffer will be writing the script for the upcoming Black Widow movie, a film we previously didn't even know had been greenlit. This is huge news. Kevin Feige has talked about doing a Black Widow movie for a while, but has never actually acted on it. And now it seems like we could be getting the film after all. I think there is a lot of potential to be had with a Black Widow movie. You could make a really cool, slick, action espionage movie, somewhat in the vein of last year's Atomic Blonde. And with Scarlett Johansson as the lead, we're in for one hell of a movie. Now, the fact that Schaeffer is writing the script does make me nervous. He hasn't written very much. The only real notable thing is the Nasty Women remake coming out this year, but we have yet to even see that. I trust Marvel, and if they hired Schaeffer then they must have some sort of faith in him to deliver. But looking at this from the outside, I can't help but be nervous. So overall, I'm thrilled that we will finally be getting a Black Widow film, but I am nervous that it's Jac Schaeffer penning the script. 

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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