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2 More Join RED


By Rob M. Worley     November 05, 2009
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Two more join the cast of 'Red'. Plus: Goyer talks 'Ghost Rider 2' plans. Ellis comments on 'Black Summer'  deal. EC licenses 'Tales from the Crypt' et al. More! What's the frequency, Kenneth? It's Comics2Film 9.11.5!



Comic-Con Founder Shel Dorf Passes

The Associated Press has reported that comics legend Shel Dort has died at age 76.

Dorf was a freelance artist and letterer. His biggest claim to fame may have been founding San Diego Comic-Con in 1970.

Dorf reportedly had diabetes and had been hospitalized for about a year. He passed from kidney failure on Tuesday.



SMALLVILLE  - 9.9 - "Pandora"

Mania cross-link: We just posted the summary for episode 9 of season 9 of 'Smallville' called "Pandora". Check it out!



David Goyer Talks GHOST RIDER 2

MTV Splash Page got the inside scoop on the 'Ghost Rider 2' movie from filmmaker David Goyer, who says the movie isn't going back to square one, but definitely repositions the character on the big screen.

"It's not exactly a reboot," Goyer told MTV. "I hate to say it's more realistic, because he's got a flaming skull for a head, but it's a bit more stripped down and darker. It's definitely changing tone. What 'Casino Royale' was to the Bond movies, hopefully this will be to 'Ghost Rider.'"

He said the new movie is largely based on his previous 'Ghost Rider' script, although it won't carry the R rating that the old story would have required.

"This story picks up eight years after the first film," said Goyer. "You don't have to have seen the first film. It doesn't contradict anything that happened in the first film, but we're pretending that our audience hasn't seen the first film. It's as if you took that same character where things ended in the first film and then picked it up eight years later—he's just in a much darker, existential place."

According to MTV, cameras could roll on 'GR2' next year, with Nicolas Cage returning to the spiked leather.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Ellis talks BLACK SUMMER, Mark Millar Movie

Through his Bad Signal emailer, comics creator Warren Ellis offered up some commentary on Monday's news that his comic 'Black Summer had been optioned for film by Vigilante Entertainment.

"I think Vigilante were actually the third group to express interest in 'Black Summer', and they went after it aggressively enough that I was persuaded that they didn't just want to put it on the shelf and look at it every now and then," Ellis told his readers. "I've been so busy that I lost track of time, and didn't think the announcement was due for a few weeks."

Ellis also has some kind of animation project in the works. He believes word is going to leak on that any second now, although he hasn't written an episode yet.

Finally, Ellis reacted to Mark Millar's announcement of a movie deal.

"Amused to note over the weekend that Mark Millar's intending to independently finance and direct a superhero film.  Best of luck to him," Eliis said, adding, "Mind you, Mark on the loose with a budget and a camera... they may have to bring back the old X certificate for this. THIS FILM IS RATED X FOR PNEUMATIC DRILL RAPE."



EMO FIlms Picks up EC Comics Library

From a Press Release

Joel Eisenberg and Timothy Owens' EMO Films has formed a specialty division, EC Film, Radio and Television, Ltd., in association with rights-holder William M. Gaines Agent, Inc., to exploit the notorious EC comics library in all related media platforms. Titles included in the deal are "Tales From the Crypt" (based on the original works, as opposed to the HBO intellectual property version), "Vault of Horror," "Haunt of Fear," "Weird Fantasy," "Shock SuspenStories," "Two-Fisted Tales" and the remaining horror, science fiction, crime, humor and dramatic library, with the exception of "Mad Magazine," presently owned by Time-Warner.

Deal was brokered by Eisenberg and Cathy Gaines-Mifsud, the daughter of EC publisher William M. Gaines, representing William M. Gaines Agent, Inc. Corey Mifsud, Cathy's son, has been assigned VP of Development for the new company.

William Maxwell Gaines is widely considered one of the most influential figures in comic book history. Gaines' father, M.C. (Max) Gaines, was the publisher of Educational Comics (EC), offering such parent-friendly fare as "Picture Stories From The Bible." When the elder Gaines died in 1947 as a result of a freak boating accident, the younger Gaines, who was studying to become a chemistry teacher, unwillingly took over the family business. Losing most of the old guard and hiring an anti-establishment band of writers and artists, Bill canned the educational titles, changed the E in EC to Entertaining, and focused his efforts on maintaining a primary line of horror, crime and science fiction books. The new EC was an immediate though short-lived smash.

By 1955 a festering backlash against comics, spearheaded by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, had picked up steam. Though Wertham argued that comic book violence led to juvenile delinquency, the EC brand was not all blood and guts. Stories about racism, substance abuse and war crimes were glossed over, however, by the lurid imagery of the line's most successful titles. A Senate investigation followed, which led to the end of the classic EC era.

"This is a phenomenal opportunity for EMO Films," says Eisenberg. "The amount of source product here is staggering, and we look forward to both developing projects in-house and setting up the material with outside entities."

EMO Films' recent release, the Columbine-themed "April Showers," has set sales records on its digital release platforms.



2 More Seeing RED

The filmed adaption of the comic 'Red' continues to assemble it's puzzling and eclectic cast. THR's Heat Vision blog reports that John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker have joined cast members Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. The movie is based on Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's Wildstorm/DC Comics mini series.

Reilly would play a retired CIA agent who is paranoid that everyone is out to kill him (as opposed to WIllis, who plays a retired agent who people actually are trying to kill). Parker plays the love interest who becomes entangled in the Willis character's plight for survival.

Yet to be cast is the "high-tech assassin" looking to end the main character's life.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.


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KillerTomato 11/5/2009 7:04:29 AM

Well if Ghost Rider 2 is taking place 8 years in the future...well looks like Nic Cage may be the right age for the character finally...so I'm guessing we'll see someone who has fully come to understand his powers and has a lot of experience dealing with them...perhaps we'll see the introduction of Danny Ketch...perhaps Vengeance will appear...some other supernatural characters...this is one of the rare instances when I say the character would be better treated as an "R" or at least a pushing the boundaries of the PG-13 (not for nudity, or excessive gore or anything along those line, just for thematic reasons)...I mean Ghost Rider is not a character with mass appeal...so please don't try and make him a Spiderman or Wolverine type...he's in a group (that should include Punisher, Daredevil, Moon Knight, Blade...or other Marvel supernatural character), that is just not intended for broad appeal...the characters just aren't iconic enough (which isn't a bad thing mind you).

So EMO (hehe...emo) pictures...let's see something done with these characters...

Wiseguy 11/5/2009 7:56:23 AM

I was hoping that GR2 would be more ala Hulk, so we could get the role recast. Anyway Goyer seems to be hinting at a hard pg13 if you will by saying they're going with the script which originally required an R rating but scaling it back a bit. I actually enjoyed GR but damn I wish they had gotten someone other than Cage for the role. The current GR run has been really good so if they go with anything from there it could be cool. Let him find out he's really an angel and take on evil nurses and all while riding down a haunted highway

THIS FILM IS RATED X FOR PNEUMATIC DRILL RAPE, Ellis cracked me up with that


SgtTechCom 11/5/2009 8:18:59 AM

Nick Cage is fine for Johnny Blaze, i dont know why everyone thinks he's not. Who else do you want to play em? YEah enough said. Im looking forward to Ghost Rider 2 and with Cage !

If they don't write a piece of crap movie then everything will be fine.

wessmith1966 11/5/2009 10:02:24 AM

Why waste time on another Ghost Rider movie? Audiences really didn't dig the first movie, so why do another one? Didn't studios learn their lesson after the two Punisher movies? There are many other Marvel characters out there to work with; if you're going to work with the second/third tier heroes how about a Black Panther movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, or an Iron Fist movie, or...the list goes on and on. You tried Ghost Rider, it didn't work well so move on. Goyer's attached to so many movies these days, but the majority seem to float in Development Hell with him talking about them to get so press for himself, so I doubt this will see the light of day.

TKay42one 11/5/2009 10:44:29 AM

Still afraid of giving a comic book movie an R rating...I guess I can kind of understand though...it's not like Ghost Rider usually has the kind of popularity that X-men or Batman has, so I guess they'd want to make the movie accessible to as many people as possible.  And I'm not one of these people who thinks that some comic book movies SHOULD be R...R for the sake of being R is just retarded to me...make your movie and let the ratings fall where they may...anyway, the only reason I wouldn't mind seeing an R rated Ghost Rider is because you don't usually see boobs in PG-13 horror movies!

ponyboy76 11/5/2009 2:41:44 PM

Well, after the debacle that was Punisher: War Zone, I  don't think any Marvel property will ever be Rated -R again. There are characters like Punisher and Ghost Rider that need that leeway but you can have a pretty violent or aggressive movie without the Rated R stamp. I can't put my finger on what was wrong with Ghost Rider. The F/X were good. The acting was alright and even the origin story was pretty accurate. Even the premise of Blackheart and his plan was okay. I think at the end of the day, it was in the execution of the plan and some of the cheesy dialogue. I hate using this phrase but if there is one character and movie that needs to be "grittier and darker" its Ghost Rider.  It should be like Blade which was a very dark and gritty movie, before dark and gritty was cool. I just hope Goyer doesn't decide to direct. He is a pretty damn good writer, but he can't direct traffic.

TKay42one 11/5/2009 3:45:28 PM

I also think that Nicholas Cage wasn't that great in the movie.  He's a weird actor, IMO...he's either REALLY great, or REALLY terrible, depending on the movie.  I like him pretty well when he's doing dramatic work, but I usually hate his action movie characters. 

hanso 11/5/2009 4:10:47 PM

I'll tell you what was wrong, the villains sucked ass!  Wes Bentley?  WTF!!!

Cheesey1 11/6/2009 7:47:01 PM

Wessmith, agreed re. Chiwetel. He would be a great T'Challa. He's an excellent actor, can handle the physicality of the role (Red Belt) and with him being Nigerian would mean that he could sound Wakandan. I like Idris Elba too, but I think that Chiwetel is the better choice. He may have to put on a bit of muscle, 'cause even though he was fit in Red Belt he was lean.



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