Jaime Alexander cast as Sif in 'Thor'. Plus: Liefeld spills the beans on 'Deadpool'. ET hypes 'Iron Man 2' report. 'Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut' details and more! It's the little stress ball that saved your life, Comics2Film 9.9.23!
Cross-Mania: Bob Trate turned in his run-down of this week's Blu-Ray release of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' yesterday. Give it a read before you buy!
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are attached to yet another movie with comic roots. The Hollywood Reporter tips the pair as the producers of 'Xombie', based on the popular web-toon which was later revived as Devil's Due Comic series. DreamWorks is negotiating to purchase the film rights.
James Farr created the concept about a zombie cop named Dirge who attempts to saves humanity's remnants, particularly a young girl named Zoe, from evil zombies.
Will Beall is set to write the screenplay. Cindi Rice and John Frank Rosenblum of Epic Level Entertainment are executive producers. Bobby Cohen and Steven T. Puri from the Kurtzman/Orci camp are also executive producers.
The concept, which first went online in 2003, should not be confused with the 'Xombi', the excellent comics title from Milestone Media about a high-tech zombie, launched circa 1994. Nor should it be confused with 'XXXombies', Rick Remender's 2007 comics series about zombies in the porn industry.
Variety reports that director David Fincher is set to move full-steam ahead on 'The Social Network', a drama about the formation of Facebook.
What does this have to do with C2F? Well, around this time last year, Fincher was set to move full-steam ahead on the filmed adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' and Mark Andreyko's graphic novel 'Torso'. They had a cast signed and locations lined up an everything. Then Paramount Pictures pulled the plug on the project (possibly due to icy relations with the director over 'Benjamin Button').
The producers of 'Torso' hoped to quickly revive the good-to-go project but that didn't happen.
Today's Variety news prompted Bendis to post on Twitter (although C2F, ironically, saw the post on Facebook), "buh bye TORSO".
ShockTilYouDrop goes in-depth with comics scribe Steve Niles to talk about the process of adapting his '30 Days of Night' follow up 'Dark Days' into a movie sequel.
Here's an excerpt:
"The first movie established the vampires fear of exposure, that the fact that nobody believes in them is their greatest strength," he explains, "so now, we just had to accelerate that. In the new movie, we had to start with what happened in New Orleans. We just moved that storyline from the original book to the beginning of this new one. There's some evidence of what happened in Barrow and Stella Oleson is out there trying to spread the word just like in the Dark Days comics."
Click through for the compete interview...
Entertainment Tonight is hyping up their 'Iron Man 2' set report. They're running a little preview video on ETOnline.com right now, but the main attraction will be broadcast on the show this Thursday. Tune in!
To those of you who held off on purchasing the initial release of 'Watchmen', your patience will soon be rewarded:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced 'Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut', due out on Blu-Ray and DVD November 3rd. The edition, available for pre-order now, lists for $43.87 for the DVD version and $59.99 for the Blu-Ray.
Although it's not listed specifically, the cover art strongly suggests that this cut will have the animated 'Tales of the Black Freighter' integrated with the film, as director Zack Snyder has promised in the past.
Now it's safe to order your 'Watchmen'.
MTV Splash Page chatted up Keanu Reeves about the previously discussed 'Cowboy Bebop' live-action movie.
The actor, who is attached to play Spike Spiegel in the film, said everyone loves the current draft of Peter Craig's script which is very faithful to the source and includes all the key characters. However, the studio can't afford to make it.
"So the studio went, 'This movie is fantastic and it would cost half a billion dollars," Reeves said, "so he's doing a rewrite."
Comics creator Rob Liefeld is apparently consulting with Fox on their 'Deadpool' meeting. The comics creator posted a series of reports via Twitter about a recent meeting he had with the filmmakers. Starting at about 5pm pacific time, Liefeld tweeted:
'Deadpool' wasn't the only thing discussed. Liefeld capped his tweets by saying, "Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!!"
So there you have it, 'Green Lantern' star Ryan Reynolds is still attached and the creative direction is enough to have the character's creator psyched up for a 'Deadpool' feature film.
THR's Heat Vision Blog reports that two more actors have joined the cast of Marvel's 'Thor' movie.
Jaime Alexander is set to play Thor's Asgardian ally, the Lady Sif, who will vie for the Thunder God's affections with the mortal Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman).
Colm Feore's character has not been disclosed although he is said to be a villain.
Fans may have seen Alexander in the schlock horror film 'Rest Stop' or more recently as a regular on the series 'Kyle XY'. Feore is a veteran character actor who has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies. Fans saw him recently as the President's husband on '24', and as the President of the twelve colonies on 'Battlestar Galactica'. He also made a terrifically sinister bad guy in Stephen King's 'The Storm of the Century'.
The pair joine Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Portman among the cast, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Heat Vision provides this summary of the film: "The movie's story centers on Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions re-ignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth."
What do you think, Maniacs? Is Alexander a good choice for Sif? And which villain might Feore be playing? Is there are Earthbound nemesis he'd fit the bill for? Post your comments below...