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Louis Leterrier makes his pitch for The Avengers

03.23.2010by:

Yesterday, we heard that CLASH OF THE TITANS director Louis Leterrier has been shortlisted to direct THE AVENGERS if it ever actually comes together. Well, Letterier just talked a bit to MTV about how he would go about tackling the project.

"It all starts with the ensemble... the cast," said Leterrier. "It's all about the cast. It's all about the characters. You have to find the way to enter the movie through the cast."

"With 'Avengers' it would be a little different, because a lot of the cast would have been casted by different directors from other movies, but you can still bring everybody together," he added. "That's what we did that was great on 'Clash of the Titans' — for the first three weeks, we brought everybody into a room and we workshopped the movie."

So a director workshop to mash all four (or more) of the Avengers into a cohesive film? Not a bad idea, and it sounds similar to the "collaborative directing effort" that was suggested some time ago, but I still am not convinced Leterrier is the man to lead the project. I don’t subscribe to Mike Sampson’s opinion that his HULK movie is “criminally underrated” (I actually appreciate Ang Lee’s risk taking more), and THE TRANSPORTER 2 is a supremely awful film on a number of levels.

I’ll wait and see how CLASH goes, but unless my socks are knocked off, I’ll still be pulling for Favreau.

Extra Tidbit: In my heart, I know this movie will be a disaster.
Source: MTV

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11:51PM on 03/24/2010

JoNuggs...

so uh, that was uh...a joke, right?
so uh, that was uh...a joke, right?
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7:57AM on 03/24/2010

No way. . .there is only one man who can handle the Avengers . . .

We all know what an Avengers movie needs: Stephen Norrington. Who better to usher in the greatest revolution in superhero cinema than the man behind that tried-and-true gold standard of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman?
We all know what an Avengers movie needs: Stephen Norrington. Who better to usher in the greatest revolution in superhero cinema than the man behind that tried-and-true gold standard of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman?
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12:15PM on 03/24/2010
...I like your sarcasm.
...I like your sarcasm.
5:55AM on 03/24/2010

Stay cold, polarboy...

What made Transformers so good was the writing of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman in turning a friggin saturday morning cartoon about robots transforming into cars and giving it a good screenplay. And Spielberg probably convincing Bay to put his faith in them to help him take something that should've failed from the start and turning it into his best and most credible film as a director since The Rock.

IF Bay was chosen as director, the only chance Bay would ever churn out a good Avengers
What made Transformers so good was the writing of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman in turning a friggin saturday morning cartoon about robots transforming into cars and giving it a good screenplay. And Spielberg probably convincing Bay to put his faith in them to help him take something that should've failed from the start and turning it into his best and most credible film as a director since The Rock.

IF Bay was chosen as director, the only chance Bay would ever churn out a good Avengers flick would be if he had at least 2 of the members of that team, AND Bruckheimer...at the very least. As it stands, Bay would not be a good choice as director.

And as it stands, that Extra Tidbit is EXACTLY how I feel about The Avengers movie.
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1:11AM on 03/24/2010

Again...Michael Effing' Bay!

I'm gonna' say this on every article that rumors a director other than Michael Bay for the Avengers. I don't care if it's Jon Favreau or Letterier...TRYING to make this into a decent story will ultimately fail. Too many big heads, too many characters, too short a time, insufficient room for anything true to the comics. The only way Avengers will work is if it has phenomenal visuals and action sequences that'll burn into your memories because of sheer awesomeness. The ONLY one who can pull that
I'm gonna' say this on every article that rumors a director other than Michael Bay for the Avengers. I don't care if it's Jon Favreau or Letterier...TRYING to make this into a decent story will ultimately fail. Too many big heads, too many characters, too short a time, insufficient room for anything true to the comics. The only way Avengers will work is if it has phenomenal visuals and action sequences that'll burn into your memories because of sheer awesomeness. The ONLY one who can pull that off is the Bay. Hell, he'd make a decent flick with no story at all. He'd make the Hulk look real and can you imagine the awesome colors and fight sequences? I'm tellin' you...the Bay's the way to go, Marvel!
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9:52PM on 03/23/2010
Thats what you call a pitch ? Its not even a premise.
Thats what you call a pitch ? Its not even a premise.
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9:06PM on 03/23/2010

haha...

...ang lee.

Letterrier's hulk flick was pretty alright. I didn't think it was just a mindless action flick.

One thing I loved about lee's hulk was josh lucas' death scene, funniest shit I've ever seen lol did they just loose the cgi budget real quick lol that scene will stay with me forever. Juiced up poodle lol. Best comedy of '03
...ang lee.

Letterrier's hulk flick was pretty alright. I didn't think it was just a mindless action flick.

One thing I loved about lee's hulk was josh lucas' death scene, funniest shit I've ever seen lol did they just loose the cgi budget real quick lol that scene will stay with me forever. Juiced up poodle lol. Best comedy of '03
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9:03PM on 03/23/2010

Please NO...

I have to say...I thought his Hulk movie was absolutely terrible. I was so bored in the theater watching it, and the action scenes looked made-for-tv. Believe it or not, I'll take Ang Lee's version over it any day of the week. That being said, I did enjoy Transporter 2 (although it had some suspension of belief action moments...but I expect that from a Luc Besson-attached film!). I am also looking forward to the Clash of the Titans remake. There, I will make my final decision on his ability.
I have to say...I thought his Hulk movie was absolutely terrible. I was so bored in the theater watching it, and the action scenes looked made-for-tv. Believe it or not, I'll take Ang Lee's version over it any day of the week. That being said, I did enjoy Transporter 2 (although it had some suspension of belief action moments...but I expect that from a Luc Besson-attached film!). I am also looking forward to the Clash of the Titans remake. There, I will make my final decision on his ability. BUT, with a film of this magnitude, why risk such a decision?
They have to make the story exactly as it is in the first Ultimates book. That read like a movie, and was absolutely stunning.
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8:49PM on 03/23/2010

Well...

I actually like the Ang Lee Hulk a lot and pretty much completely dislike the Leterrier version. I appreciated how Lee's was more of a character study than a mindless action flick. Sure some parts were cheesy, and some just plain damn weird, but I thought it was an ambitious and fresh approach to a character that I didn't think I would ever see at the center of a serious and emotionally complex movie.

I don't really think accuracy to source material even plays into comic book films (unless
I actually like the Ang Lee Hulk a lot and pretty much completely dislike the Leterrier version. I appreciated how Lee's was more of a character study than a mindless action flick. Sure some parts were cheesy, and some just plain damn weird, but I thought it was an ambitious and fresh approach to a character that I didn't think I would ever see at the center of a serious and emotionally complex movie.

I don't really think accuracy to source material even plays into comic book films (unless they are based on a specific one-shot type thing) since they retcon storylines in and out of existence practically every other month. So long as it's a good story and keeps the character's motivation and attributes the same, it'll work.

...I mean, look at Dark Knight. It's a well made and well loved movie, yet hardly accurate to the source material.
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8:34PM on 03/23/2010
I get where Tassi is coming from. Look at movies like Transformers 2 or X-men 3, where they cram in too many characters and the story just doesn't work. The fact that Marvel has been building hype for this movie since the first Iron Man won't do them any favors, because even a mediocre film will be a disappointment.
I get where Tassi is coming from. Look at movies like Transformers 2 or X-men 3, where they cram in too many characters and the story just doesn't work. The fact that Marvel has been building hype for this movie since the first Iron Man won't do them any favors, because even a mediocre film will be a disappointment.
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7:47PM on 03/23/2010

Who really thinks an A-list director will give the film justice?

Just because you sign the most popular directing on a film, it doesn't mean they'll necessarily want to do the project. Louis Leterrier did a terrific job with The Incredible Hulk, and Clash of the Titans looks great. I hope he gets the job.
Just because you sign the most popular directing on a film, it doesn't mean they'll necessarily want to do the project. Louis Leterrier did a terrific job with The Incredible Hulk, and Clash of the Titans looks great. I hope he gets the job.
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7:00PM on 03/23/2010

They can do better

After the combined box office of Iron man 2, Thor and Captain America surely they can get any director they want, Why not get someone better? Kathryn Bigelow would be my first choice, but if not: Alfonso Cuaron.
After the combined box office of Iron man 2, Thor and Captain America surely they can get any director they want, Why not get someone better? Kathryn Bigelow would be my first choice, but if not: Alfonso Cuaron.
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4:15PM on 03/23/2010
I don't understand the angst towards the idea of this movie--you have a cast of characters at the height, arguably, of their popularity with the public. You have a good cast and filmmakers that are obviously into the material.

Far too much "it'll suck" reaction before there's even a trailer for cripes sake..
I don't understand the angst towards the idea of this movie--you have a cast of characters at the height, arguably, of their popularity with the public. You have a good cast and filmmakers that are obviously into the material.

Far too much "it'll suck" reaction before there's even a trailer for cripes sake..
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2:46PM on 03/23/2010

What's everyones problem?

Why do so many people hate this idea of an Avengers movie? For so many of us this has been a movie that we've waited for as kids and adults alike. Sure it may not be TDK but you'll get to see Hulk Iron Man Captain America Thor and others kicking ass on the same live action screen! I really see no problem with that. This is a dream come true that this is even a possibility considering the Marvel rights are so spread out. Louis could be the man but it's still to early to tell. Needless to say i'm
Why do so many people hate this idea of an Avengers movie? For so many of us this has been a movie that we've waited for as kids and adults alike. Sure it may not be TDK but you'll get to see Hulk Iron Man Captain America Thor and others kicking ass on the same live action screen! I really see no problem with that. This is a dream come true that this is even a possibility considering the Marvel rights are so spread out. Louis could be the man but it's still to early to tell. Needless to say i'm completely in and cant wait.
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5:10PM on 03/23/2010
Amen, well put.
Amen, well put.
8:58PM on 03/23/2010
Man, you totally speak what I have in mind. No matter who will be the director, Avengers movie should be fun and somewhat guilty pleasure to watch.
Man, you totally speak what I have in mind. No matter who will be the director, Avengers movie should be fun and somewhat guilty pleasure to watch.
2:22PM on 03/23/2010

I agree....

as much as I enjoyed Edward Norton's hulk, I have a little more respect for Ang Lee's version. One of the reasons, I hear the most about why people hated it so much, is because they think the Hulk looked to green and to fake. Well, the next time you all see a 15 ft., muscle-bound, green giant walking down the street, make sure to send me send me a pic, and then we'll compare, and see how fake he looks. Ang Lee said form the get go that it was a origin story, and if I remember right, when the
as much as I enjoyed Edward Norton's hulk, I have a little more respect for Ang Lee's version. One of the reasons, I hear the most about why people hated it so much, is because they think the Hulk looked to green and to fake. Well, the next time you all see a 15 ft., muscle-bound, green giant walking down the street, make sure to send me send me a pic, and then we'll compare, and see how fake he looks. Ang Lee said form the get go that it was a origin story, and if I remember right, when the Hulk first appeared in comics, the story was about a man fighting the monster inside him and the miltary trying to capture him and use him as a weapon....pretty sure Ang Lee covered that.
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4:06PM on 03/23/2010
Yeah...that's about the ONLY thing Ang Lee got right. He altered just about everything else in terms of mythology...
Yeah...that's about the ONLY thing Ang Lee got right. He altered just about everything else in terms of mythology...
4:20PM on 03/23/2010
Did you enjoy the Hulk dogs? Real smart move there.
Did you enjoy the Hulk dogs? Real smart move there.
2:16PM on 03/23/2010
come on hulk vs!
come on hulk vs!
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1:45PM on 03/23/2010

Ang's HULK was a bore-fest

Loius was the HULK film we were all waiting for and I think he'll do an awsome job directing the Avengers.
Loius was the HULK film we were all waiting for and I think he'll do an awsome job directing the Avengers.
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1:41PM on 03/23/2010
The best parts of Ang Lee's Hulk are when the hulk finally stops staring at flowers and kicks some ass. I love the one with Ed Norton, that's a true Hulk movie. Non stop action, a true villian, and a great cast.
The best parts of Ang Lee's Hulk are when the hulk finally stops staring at flowers and kicks some ass. I love the one with Ed Norton, that's a true Hulk movie. Non stop action, a true villian, and a great cast.
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1:10PM on 03/23/2010

Ang Lee's Hulk Sucked Major Dick

Ang Lee may be a better director overall, but his movie was shit. Plain and simple. I dig Louis Leterrier and what he did for The Hulk as well as admire his passion. You also forget to mention the equally underrated Unleashed aka Danny the Dog w/ Jet Li and Bob Hoskins. But most importantly, he knows that the Avengers writer, Zak Penn, is a fuckin hack, so right off the bat, he's gonna bring in some good writers to give it a polish as well as implementing some ideas of his own, which, again,
Ang Lee may be a better director overall, but his movie was shit. Plain and simple. I dig Louis Leterrier and what he did for The Hulk as well as admire his passion. You also forget to mention the equally underrated Unleashed aka Danny the Dog w/ Jet Li and Bob Hoskins. But most importantly, he knows that the Avengers writer, Zak Penn, is a fuckin hack, so right off the bat, he's gonna bring in some good writers to give it a polish as well as implementing some ideas of his own, which, again, worked well w/ Incredible Hulk.

So yes, I'm hip to this news.
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1:08PM on 03/23/2010

Favreau for director

I say we petition Favreau for director. Or Bryan Singer if he'll do it.
I say we petition Favreau for director. Or Bryan Singer if he'll do it.
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1:05PM on 03/23/2010

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i agree. seems silly to make a live action movie out avengers. or justice league. i really get a straight-to-dvd animated feature vibe out of an avengers/JL movie
i agree. seems silly to make a live action movie out avengers. or justice league. i really get a straight-to-dvd animated feature vibe out of an avengers/JL movie
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12:58PM on 03/23/2010
why all the negativity towards Cap and the Avengers lately?
why all the negativity towards Cap and the Avengers lately?
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12:57PM on 03/23/2010
I would want Favreau to direct, but since he is only producing, I have no problem with Leterrier directing The Avengers with Favreau helping along the way. I loved The Incredible Hulk and think Leterrier would do a good job directing based off what he did in The Incredible Hulk.
I would want Favreau to direct, but since he is only producing, I have no problem with Leterrier directing The Avengers with Favreau helping along the way. I loved The Incredible Hulk and think Leterrier would do a good job directing based off what he did in The Incredible Hulk.
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12:56PM on 03/23/2010
But Favreau's out already, right?
But Favreau's out already, right?
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