Adding more fuel to the fire, we reached out to Legendary who didn't deny the story but issued a "No comment." Where there is smoke there is fire!
Original story as follows...
Yesterday, the news dropped that Universal Pictures has staked out Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, for a secret tentpole that is being co-financed with Legendary Pictures.
Legendary, which signed a multiyear co-financing deal with Universal last year, already has two other films slated for release with the studio: an untitled Michael Mann project on Jan. 16, 2015, and Warcraft on March 11, 2016.
No details were released on what is currently called "Untitled 2016 Event Project," but here is the clue, it is said to be a film that is new and not a sequel or remake, though it may be based on underlying intellectual property.
No remake pretty much knocks out Universal's classic monster slate (ie: Dracula, Mummy, Frankenstein, Wolfman, etc). There was speculation yesterday about Hot Wheels (corny), Will Smith's Brillance (meh), and video game Mass Effect which would be a huge gamble.
Remember, secret tentpole that may be based on underlying intellectual property.
What is the biggest brand in tentpole movies right how based on underlying intellectual property making HUNDREDS of millions of dollars at the worldwide box office? Not video game movies folks. The answer?
Simple. Marvel movies.
What Marvel property does Universal own that Kevin Feige last summer confirmed to Empire Magazine is still at Universal?
Namor: The Sub Mariner
I'm chalking this story up to "rumor status" because enough insider industry bees that I trust were buzzing last night and this morning yet, at press time this is still unconfirmed.
Here is also the kicker. Warners officially got Justice League on the horizon and from what I hear, AQUAMAN will be an integral part of that story. The rumored Justice League movie release date is tentatively May 5, 2017.
Could Universal and Marvel put a serious dent in Warner's plans by getting a head start and dropping their version of their fish man first by six months? After all, Aquaman is a rip off of Namor who debuted first in Marvel Comics #1 back in October of 1939. Aquaman wouldn't make his official debut until two years later in 1941. Could history be repeating itself?
In fact, could yesterday's Zac Efron Marvel story be tied in to Namor? He is starring in Universal's big number one hit at the moment, he has heat on him, he is being considered for a Marvel project, and he is certainly jacked enough to play the first known comicbook antihero.
Also, let's not forget Legendary's Thomas Tull affinity for fanboy properties.
Interesting nonetheless. I'll keep digging around and if and when it's confirmed I will be sure to update the story. Stay tuned.
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