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300 Sequel: XERXES Unveiled


By Rob M. Worley     June 02, 2010
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300 Sequel: Xerxes Unveiled. Plus: Offers out to lead for The Crow. Adam Beach joins Cowboys & Aliens. Set footage from Smurfs and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.6.2!




First Look: THUNDERCATS 2011

It's not based on a comic, but we don't want C2F readers to miss out on the first images from the 2011 ThunderCats animated series, coming to Cartoon Network! Click and view!



Beach Joins COWBOYS & ALIENS Cast

Actor Adam Beach has joined the growing cast of Jon Favreau's next comics adaptation Cowboys & Aliens, according to Variety.

Beach is set to play Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who works for Woodrow Dollarhyde (played by Harrison Ford).

In the movie, Western settlers and Apache Indians join forces against a common foe when an alien spaceship crash-lands on the frontier.

The movie also stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing with Steven Spielberg and Platinum Studios CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Orci and Kurtzman also are producers.

The movie is set to begin filming this summer.



3 STORY Comic Gets Writer/Director

Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros is set to adapt Matt Kindt's graphic novel 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man.

The book, originally published by Dark Horse Comics, is said to be "a modern fable, exploring the life of a giant man, Craig Pressgang, whose strange medical condition causes continuous growth. The tale is told from the point of view of three women -- his mother, wife and daughter -- and follows Craig's journey from birth to his eventual three-story height. It also serves as an exploration of loneliness and love's changing nature."

Dustin Lance Black who picked up an Oscar for his screenplay Milk is set to write the script and also direct. Dark Horse big-shot Mike Richardson is producing.



Are Hamill's Joker Days Behind Him?

His portrayal of the Batman villain The Joker is regarded by many fans as one of the best. However, actor Mark Hamill told IGN that his turn in Rocksteady Games' Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 will likely be his swan song as the character.

"This will be my last, there's no question about that. But it's the last hurrah," Hamill said rather cryptically.

Hamill first took the role in the early 1990s as part of the cast of the ground-breaking Batman: The Animated Series. He's since reprised the character on numerous projects including Superman, Static Shock, Justice League, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Birds of Prey and Robot Chicken to name a few.

Thanks to Calibur454 (who says Hamill is the best Joker next to Heath Ledger) for the submission.




Want to land a role in Captain America: The First Avenger? FeaturFilmCasting.com has the info on how to get your headshot into the right hands, extras and non-extra roles open.

They've also got the scoop on how to  get in the X-Men: First Class  which is said to be rolling cameras  in September in London.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Miller Unveils XERXES Details

XERXES Lithograph by Frank Miller

Yesterday Dark Horse Entertainment made available a lithograph featuring the subject of Frank Miller's much-discussed follow up to 300. The subject of the sequel and the print is the Persian King Xerxes.

Hero Complex at the L.A. Times also chatted with Miller and director Zack Snyder about the project which will likely yield a film version of the story as well.

"The story will be the same heft as 300 but it cover a much, much greater span of time -- it's 10 years, not three days," Miller told Hero Complex. "This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in 300 were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it's a sweeping tale with gods and warriors."

While the original movie drew protests from Iran, who detested the film's completely inaccurate depiction of a historical figure revered in Iranian culture, Miller promises a more fleshed-out version of Xerxes in the sequel. However, as the just-released artwork shows, he'll still be displayed in Miller's stylized, albeit unlikely manner. And Xerxes will sill be the antagonist of the story.

"The time frame begins 10 years before 300 and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work," Miller said. "The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than 300 in that it involves Xerxes search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he well on his way to godhood by the end of the story."

Miller added: "With Themistocles I have a character who is almost the dead opposite of Leonidas in that Themistocles was a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure. He was nicknamed 'The Subtle Serpent' and he always manages to do the exact right things that will result in him benefiting greatly."

Snyder is reportedly impressed by the artwork he's seen thus far and says, "If the book is awesome and compelling then, yes, we're interested [in the movie version]."

Click through for more of Miller's musing on the story, and the negative reaction his work has drawn from the Middle East.


CROW Circling "A Major Actor"

MTV Splash Page got an update on The Crow from producer Edward Pressman who said an offer for the lead role has gone out to "a major actor".

The producer had high praise for director Stephen Norrington's script for the film, calling it "terrific". He said fans can expect a very different movie from the Alex Proyas film which launched the film franchise. The production team is working with designer Rob Stromberg of Avatar fame.

"[We've got an offer out] to a major actor and things are moving ahead very aggressively, with the aim of doing the film this year," Pressman told MTV News. "The setting is the southwest — the Mexico/Arizona area — and an urban [setting], Detroit or Pittsburgh or something like that. There are two locations that the film is set. Its initial platform is in the southwest and then it moves to the big city in the north, middle or eastern America, and then back."

In addition to the expected undead, clown-faced character, Norrington's story is makes use of the titular bird who Pressman says, "is a creature in this movie — it's not just a bird. It's got a personality and a character...a more active role in the story."



SMURFS Location Footage

A couple of clips from the New York City location filming of The Smurfs have surfaced on YouTube. Both feature Hank Azaria prancing around in full Gargamel makeup and wardrobe. One also includes a brush with co-star Neil Patrick Harris.






Trailer: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - Villains

And, in case you haven't been to our Video Gallery this week, we posted the latest trailer from the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions game. In the new clip, Gobiln, Hammerhead and Kraven battle Spider-Man in Noir and Classic modes.  The upcoming video game is set in four dramatically different universes from legendary Spider-Man lore.



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Wiseguy 6/2/2010 7:43:25 AM

I have to admit that I'm really looking forward to Xerxes and hopefully Snyder can add his vision to the movie version just like 300. I like Miller's description of the story. I'll be on the lookout for the comics next year

Crow? Not really interested. Still haven't watched the original

Crossing my fingers about X First Class but don't have a good feeling about this rush job. Especially if they cast the guy from Kick Ass, who IMO is a lousy actor

Hobbs 6/2/2010 7:43:51 AM

You go Frank Miller.  Who gives a sheet what the Middle East has to say.  I hope you keep pissing them off.

I haven't seen it on Mania yet but if you go to AICN you can see the drawing of what the Cap outfit looks like based on a description.  Kinda cool.

krathwardroid 6/2/2010 7:48:15 AM

The Gargamel clips were funny.

Looking forward to Xerxes. It sounds like it'll be even better than 300, and 300 was awesome.

It's cool that Thundercats are coming back.

Still can't say much about The Crow until I know who this actor is that's playing him.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions looks good, but they sure do like making Spider-Man games. When are we going to get a new Superman game? 

KillerTomato 6/2/2010 7:54:22 AM

Cartoon Network will completely kill this series...just like they did with MOTU a few years back...

Wiseguy 6/2/2010 7:57:06 AM

Thanks for the heads up Hobbs on the Captain America costume. Yeah, definitely looks good to me. I think maybe after he comes out of the ice they can make him the proper suit. But the first time around it has to be somewhat practical for battle. Can't wait to see a real production still.

Marvel has been doing a good job of keeping things fairly secret. THOR finished shooting and we still haven't seeing a good spy shot of the Thunder god. If they do the same for Cap it'll be a long time before we get glimpse

Hobbs 6/2/2010 8:36:53 AM

I agree Wise, for WW2 time frame I like the outfit.  Like you said, once he comes out of the ice they can do the actual Cap outfit we are all waiting for.

I'm actually shocked we haven't gotten a spy shot of Thor yet.  Either the spies are not working overtime to get one or they are doing a good job of keeping it under wraps.

fft5305 6/2/2010 8:48:09 AM

Cool. Thanks, Hobbs. I like the Cap look for WWII. I agree that, as Cap comes forward into modern day, that they should update his look with a more modern look, incorporating modern tech (i.e. kevlar-type material and/or micro-chain armor).

Wiseguy, check out the original Crow with Brandon Lee. It is excellent. I haven't seen all the sequels, but the ones I have seen are pretty lame. The original is bad-ass.

Smurfs, Xerxes, Thundercats, Shattered Dimensions... All one ginormous MEH.

Darkknight2280 6/2/2010 9:07:59 AM

THUNDERCATS!!! Cant freaking wait! I hiope the animation is as good as it was back in the 80's (i know it sounds wierd to say that!) GIVE ME SIGHT BEYOND SIGHT!!

Smurfs is starting to look good good especially after seeing Hank Azaria in action.

Deff gonna pick up shattered dimensions! Finally a good Spider man game After the last couple im more then ready for a kick ass game!!

So Captian America and Xmen: first class are both filming in london...wtf!? I understnad why CAP is but why XMEN?

Calibur454 6/2/2010 10:45:23 AM

THundercats- willing to give it a try I loved the origional.

The Crow- I dont think anone can top brandon lee's performance I'll wait for a trailer but I bet it will be a rental

300 sequel- I'll wait for a trailer but if frank millar is on board I'm willing to give it a chance. Perssonally I'd rahther see him put out more sin city material that focused on MIHO

The Smurfs live acdtion= BLAAAAAAAHHHH!

I'm surprised no one has commented on Hamil yet- He may be busy with other projcects but next to star wars he will also be connected with his perfect performance of the animated Joker

krathwardroid 6/2/2010 10:49:49 AM

I checked out the AICN concepts for Cap that Hobbs mentioned, and Chris Evans looks excellent! Yeah, they are just concept images for the costume, but I was impressed. Everything looks as it should: Awesome!

Darkknight2280: Maybe because McAvoy wanted the movie filmed in his backyard. :P Just kidding.

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