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Old 12-03-2018, 11:53 AM   #1
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Marvel's Shang-Chi Film in Development

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EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi to be its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. The studio has set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay, and Deadline hears Marvel is already looking at a number of Asian and Asian-American directors who want to do something as potentially monumental as was accomplished in Marvel’s first viable Best Picture candidate, Black Panther. That film tied into African and African American cultures and the sensibilities of its nearly all-black cast, with a black director in Ryan Coogler and writer in Joe Robert Cole. The goal here is to do a similar thing: introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.


After Marvel Studios’ unparalleled decade of success following Iron Man, many have wondered how Kevin Feige’s next iterations of superhero franchises will distinguish themselves. Clearly an important theme will be ethnic diversity and inclusion, in front of and behind the camera.

Callaham has strong credentials in the superhero and franchise-building realms and his own experiences as a Chinese-American will inform the Shang-Chi movie mythology, sources said. His recent work includes co-writing with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns the upcoming DC Warner Bros sequel Wonder Woman 1984, and he is writing Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. He also wrote initial drafts of Zombieland 2, which begins production in January, and created and produced Amazon’s recent action comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring Jean- Claude Van Damme. Callaham also created the Expendables franchise as well as the story for the Legendary’s Godzilla reboot.
He’s got two comedies at Netflix: Callaham wrote the Black List-ed dark comedy caper script Jackpot, which Will Gluck will direct; and he wrote and is producing with Channing Tatum, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, and Archer’s Adam Reid and Matt Thompson, the animated comedy America: The Motion Picture. Thompson is directing.
Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, hatched by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin. The script will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. The comic launched around the time that Enter the Dragon became a global sensation and martial arts films raged. In the comics, Shang-Chi is the son of China-based globalist who raised and educated his progeny in his reclusive China compound, closed off to the outside world. The son trained in the martial arts and developed unsurpassed skills. He is eventually introduced to the outside world to do his father’s bidding, and then has to come to grips with the fact his revered father might not be the humanitarian he has claimed to be and is closer to what others call him: The Devil’s Doctor. He also might be centuries old. The deceit makes them bitter enemies.
Marvel Studios has worked with a stable of talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, directing next year’s Captain Marvel with Brie Larson; Coogler, directing the Black Panther sequel; Taika Waititi, who directed Thor: Ragnarok; Chloé Zhao, who will direct The Eternals; and Cate Shortland, who will direct a stand-alone film for Marvel staple Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson.




Callaham is represented by UTA, Kaplan Perrone Entertainment, and Gretchen Rush & Dan Fox at Hanson, Jacobson.
https://deadline.com/2018/12/shang-c...er-1202512660/
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Old 12-03-2018, 11:58 AM   #2
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:13 PM   #3
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Sounds like a very "important" movie.
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:41 PM   #4
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:08 PM   #5
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Sounds like a very "important" movie.
Yeah, no kidding. Is he tied to Iron Fist? I thought I saw him mentioned in an Iron Fist discussion somewhere, back during the "OMG Netflix is canceling everything Marvel!" stuff.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:16 PM   #6
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... Uh yeah, Shang-Chi...

To be fair, he did have an ongoing series that ran for 125 issues over 30 years ago. I've never read it or the 14 total issues he had since and i doubt I ever will, but at least he has something?

It does feel really weird that they're picking this character. I knew they were kind of reaching the middle of the character barrel when they started making movies about Doctor Strange and Ant-Man, but that's no excuse to shove the hand straight to the bottom.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:20 PM   #7
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... Uh yeah, Shang-Chi...

To be fair, he did have an ongoing series that ran for 125 issues over 30 years ago. I've never read it or the 14 total issues he had since and i doubt I ever will, but at least he has something?

It does feel really weird that they're picking this character. I knew they were kind of reaching the middle of the character barrel when they started making movies about Doctor Strange and Ant-Man, but that's no excuse to shove the hand straight to the bottom.
I seriously doubt this is anyone's passion project. This is Disney scratching off the "We have an Asian-led MCU movie" box so they can't get flak for not having one later. The major and recent (domestic) success of "Crazy Rich Asians" is probably no coincidence either.
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:24 PM   #9
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Who is this Shang Tsung?
Never heard of him.
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Who is this Shang Tsung?
Never heard of him.
Nice. Nice.
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Old 12-03-2018, 02:25 PM   #11
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:29 PM   #12
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Last I heard of him, it was a one-shot written by CM Punk

..Wait, who?
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:32 PM   #13
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Ahhh yeah, I forgot he did that.

Which reminds me of the time Raven wrote a Spider-Man comic.

Any more of those things happen? You'd know better than I, ZarBro.
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I seriously doubt this is anyone's passion project. This is Disney scratching off the "We have an Asian-led MCU movie" box so they can't get flak for not having one later. The major and recent (domestic) success of "Crazy Rich Asians" is probably no coincidence either.
Yup. Apparently nobody wanted to watch... oh, geez, I can't even remember his name. Benedict Wong in Doctor Strange, that dude. Nobody wanted to watch a spin-off movie starring him.
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Old 12-03-2018, 03:41 PM   #15
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Who is this Shang Tsung?
Never heard of him.
The guy from Mortal Kombat who can transform into every other character. It's interesting how he was the final boss of the very first MK game but since then became a sub-boss or just a regular character.

****ing Motaro in MK3 made Shang Tsung from MK1 look like peanuts in comparison. I've never gotten past Motaro.
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Lookit you not getting the joke.

It's okay, it was very dry. I enjoyed it, though.
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Lookit you not getting the joke.

It's okay, it was very dry. I enjoyed it, though.
I did get it, but I know jack about this Shang-Chi fella but know quite somethings about Mortal Kombat, so I felt like saying smth about it.
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Ooooooooooooh.

Well I'll just take my sass-mouth and f*cking LEAVE, then.
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Ooooooooooooh.

Well I'll just take my sass-mouth and f*cking LEAVE, then.
Have you ever beaten Motaro in MK3/UMK3? I know you're good at MK.
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Ooooooooooooh.

Well I'll just take my sass-mouth and f*cking LEAVE, then.
And make everybody happy? Don't you fvcking dare.
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