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Fantastic-Four-LogoOne of the few Marvel Comics properties not under mother Disney’s control, the Fantastic Four has already received a few big screen incarnations. The most notable are two Twentieth Century Fox features: 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Both were directed by Tim Story. There is also a low-budget 1994 version we’ll discuss later.

Only six years after the release of Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fox is rebooting the comic book foursome, and Scene Magazine has learned that The Fantastic Four will be produced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre.

Produced by Matthew Vaughn and helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank, the film has yet to announce which actors will portray Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm. However, Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan has been rumored for Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Girls star Allison Williams has auditioned for Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. Follow Scene Magazine on Twitter (@Scenetoday) for the latest casting news.

But possibly the best film adaptation is director and University of New Orleans alum Oley Sassone’s 1994 flick The Fantastic Four, produced by legendary B-movie director Roger Corman. You can find that excellent action adventure film’s trailer below.

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Universal gives ‘Oblivion’ new release date

by Jillian Aubin on March 10, 2013

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Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi flick Oblivion will now be released on April 19. Previously, Universal was going to release the film in IMAX on April 12, with the wide release date April 19. The film opens internationally on April 12. Oblivion takes place in the near future after Earth has been ravaged by an alien race. Humans have evacuated the planet, now in an unlivable state, and the few who remain must clean up the damage. Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper, a surface drone repairman who discovers a female survivor in a crashed space pod. Their meeting sets off a series of events that cause Harper to question everything he knows. Oblivion was shot at Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge.

Source: Deadline

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‘Battleship’ premieres at number one internationally

by Elizabeth Glauser on April 12, 2012

The sci-fi epic Battleship premiered for foreign audiences more than a month before its U.S. debut, topping the box offices in almost every market. The larger than life budget left Hollywood skeptical of the movie’s ability to succeed financially, but the early international success may put Universal at ease.

The film opened in Australia, Korea, Belgium, France, and Switzerland, and  11 other territories, debuting at number one in all markets except France. Battleship‘s first day alone grossed $7.4 million, with an estimated international earning of over $300 million.

Shot at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge with Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker, the film sees a fleet of U.S. military ships up against an alien armada. The film opens up the summer movie season and for American audiences May 18.

Source: Deadline

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New trailer for board game inspired ‘Battleship’

by Elizabeth Glauser on December 19, 2011

The success of the Transformers franchise has made room for another toy store staple to hit the big screen. Battleship is the latest children’s classic to get a movie makeover with stars like Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker helping bring the board game to life.

The game was adapted for the screen by adding an armada of enemy ships, possibly extraterrestrial, as the antagonist up against a fleet of US Navy ships. Directed by Peter Berg (Hancock), Battleship filmed in Hong Kong and Hawaii, but the lionshare of shooting happened in Baton Rouge at Raleigh Studios, where 50 caliber guns could be heard day and night. The epic actioner arrives in theaters May 18, 2012.

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Taylor Kitsch suits up for “Battleship”

by Danielle Tabary on September 8, 2010

For ladies who love a man in uniform, here’s a first look at “Friday Night Lights” hunk Taylor Kitsch sporting his Navy officer uniform on the set of “Battleship” in Hawaii. Peter Berg placed the 29 year old Canadian in second place on the call sheet in his role as Alex Hopper for the game board action flick.

“Battleship” will move to Louisiana in mid-October to continue filming Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge before hitting theaters May 18, 2012.

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First look at “Battle: Los Angeles” from Comic Con

by Danielle Tabary

The first images from Columbia Pictures’ “Battle: Los Angeles” were revealed for the first time at the San Diego Comic-Con convention. Director Jonathan Liebesman (“Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning,” “Darkness Falls”) began filming in Shreveport in September 2009 and wrapped up at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge, doubling the Louisiana cities for (believe it or not) Los […]

“Vampire Diaries” star wins “Deathgames”

by Danielle Tabary

Nina Dobrev, star of the CW’s “Vampire Diaries”, is set to join the cast of the action thriller “Deathgames.” She follows Samuel L. Jackson, Kellan Lutz and Daniel Dae Kim to Baton Rouge, where the film is currently shooting at Raleigh Studios. The film, also known as “Fury” or “The Killing Game”, began filming this […]