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AMC Orders WALKING DEAD Series

Plus: GREEN LANTERN, DEAD OF NIGHT, BLOODSHOT and more!

By Rob M. Worley     March 30, 2010
Source: Various


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AMC orders 'Walking Dead' series. Plus: More 'Green Lantern' casting. A chat with 'Dead of Night''s director. 'Bloodshot' rumors raised and refuted. More! Playing jai alai with Lorenzo von Matterhorn, it's your Comics2Film 10.3.30!

 

 

 

THIRTEEN STEPS Movie In The Works?

Bloody-Disgusting.com reports that Phil Hester and Kevin Mellon's graphic novel 'Thirteen Steps' is getting the big screen treatment. The article is bereft of any details about who is working on the film and what stage things are at.

Desperado Publishing, who published the book, provides this summary of the story:

"Semi-pro baseball player Justin Ullrich has a problem… he's a werewolf and he wants to talk, but nobody's listening. Not his mother, priest, stoner pal, or his ex, the succubus. So where does a monster with bloodlust issues go? He enters a twelve step self-help program, of course! But instead of finding answers he finds himself swept up in the identity politics of the monster set."

 

 

Kevin Munroe talks DEAD OF NIGHT

'Dead of Night' director Kevin Munroe chatted up EveryEye.it about his work on the upcoming comics adaptation. Given that the site is Italian and fans in Italy take their Dylan Dog seriously, you can bet Munroe has to answer some tough questions about the Americanization of the character for the big screen. Click through for the complete interview.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Jay O. Sanders Among GREEN LANTERN Cast

An article from Examiner.com about the arrival of 'Green Lantern' in Louisiana tips actor Jay O. Sanders as being among the cast of the film. Sanders is playing the role of Carl Ferris, owner of Ferris Aircraft. Sanders has over 100 credits on his IMDB profile, with a recent one being the role of Mel Gibson's detective friend in 'Edge of Darkness'.

 

 

BLOODSHOT Rumors Spark Bloody Exchange

You remember 'Bloodshot'? It was one of the original characters created by Valiant comics and later obtained by Acclaim comics. It featured a Punisher-esque assassin with nano-tech in his blood.

Well, earlier in the week, Latino Review (via an anonymous source) claims that 'Kick-Ass' director Matthew Vaughn is gearing up to direct a big-screen adaptation of the character. According to report, Vaughn will self-finance the film and make it independently and co-write the script with Jane Goldman.

Allegedly the movie would adapt the Acclaim reboot of the character, rather than the original Valiant version. The Acclaim version follows a mob hitman who is reanimated via nano-technology.

Indeed, a few weeks back Vaughn told Mania.com that his next project would be a comic-based film, but refused to elaborate on which comic it might be. At the same time, Vaughn's 'Kick-Ass' collaborator Mark Millar suggested to us that the movie would be based on a new comic he's doing with artist Leinil Francis Yu.

Most interesting is that the Latino "scoop" is preceded by a rambling, nearly-unreadable screed against Millar. We've seen previously that Latino Review's scooper has major issues with Millar and enjoys trash-talking him from behind the veil of anonymity. So the scooper basically is asserting that 'Kick-Ass' is going to flop, that 'Nemesis' will not get a movie deal. Finally, the insinuation seems to be that Vaughn is as irritated with Millar as this scooper is and the 'Bloodshot' project is a break-up of sorts.

Naturally Millar has a response. He's posted a thread on his own MillarWorld site refuting the scoop, while inadvertently lending it credence.

"It's totally insane. I remember Vaughn being offered ['Bloodshot'] months back, but he turned it down along with a number of other projects he was offered and is starting work on the screenplay for the Leinil project in the next couple of weeks. We talked about it on the phone this morning," Millar told his readers.

As far as 'Nemesis' goes, Millar revealed that so far he's had Hollywood entites such as Marc Foster, Sam Raimi's company, Chuck Roven, Marv Productions, Warner Bros all inquiring about the project. Millar also claims that Vaughn is "a close friend" and that they've got three movies planned together.

So, with Millar laying out the names of the people involved (including his prior mention of Drew Crevello at 20th Century Fox offering him 'X-Men 4') his claims should be easy enough to verify.

Still, Millar is clearly upset by the attacks and later in the thread writes, "My attorney is a monster. He will love this. Will call him tonight."

And Millar isn't the only one refuting the 'Bloodshot' story. EmpireOnline.com, who seems to have a more-intimate-than-usual involvement with team 'Kick-Ass' reports that they've "done some digging" and are labeling the story as "rumor". They do admit that Vaughn is considering the film and a script is being written, but it isn't necessarily one that he'll do, or do next.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

AMC Orders WALKING DEAD Series

Regular C2F readers have been following the development of a TV pilot based on Robert Kirkman's 'Walking Dead' comic. The trial balloon was being written and directed by filmmaker Frank Darabont and produced by Gale Anne Hurd.

Well, without a single frame of the pilot being filmed AMC has gone ahead and expanded their interest to a early series order, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In fact, the show isn't even cast yet, but the cable net has gone ahead and asked that six episodes be filmed.

The short series length isn't unusual for AMC. They typically run 13-episode seasons, unlike the broadcast nets who may order 22 episodes or more. And AMC shows like 'Breaking Bad' started off with abbreviated first season as a way of dipping a toe in the water to see if its worth diving in.

The show aims to start filming in June in Atlanta for an October premiere.

So far the only official casting on the show is Jon Bernthal, who was announced as playing Shane in the pilot. However, Blood-Disgusting.com reports that Johnny Lee Miller is the front runner for the lead role in the series. Lee would be playing Rick Grimes, the cop who sleeps through the initial wave of infection and wakes up 28 days later (seriously) to a zombie-infested world. He has to reconnect with his wife and son (who are being protected by Shane) and eventually becomes the de facto leader of a growing group of survivors trying to hold their lives together.

Miller has previously been seen as the lead in 'Eli Stone' as well as numerous movies.

In related news, ShockTillYouDrop.com reports that KNB Effects Group are tasked with making the dead walk in the pilot. Greg Nicotero, partner in the makeup effects shop, confirmed the info. KNB have previously worked with Darabont on his big screen adaptation of Steven King's story 'The Mist'. You've also seen their zombies in 'Diary of the Dead' and 'Survival of the Dead'.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you down for WALKING DEAD: THE TV SERIES? Do you like Miller in the lead? If not him, then who? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry and gauleyboy420 for the submission.

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thecheckeredman 3/30/2010 7:48:06 AM

I am very excited for WALKING DEAD.  AMC puts out some quality TV and this bodes well for Kirkman's series which continues to be fresh and interesting. 

MichaelSacal 3/30/2010 8:19:34 AM

Your explanation for Bloodshot is wrong.

The original Bloodshot was a mob hitman who is revived through nano-technology. The second iteration of the character was a government operative who is revived through nano-technology.

I for one hope this is the second (Harbinger being first) of many more VALIANT movies. It be great to see a movie based on X-O Manowar or one based on Shadowman. Those were great, unique, concepts.

fft5305 3/30/2010 8:58:44 AM

Umm... Walking Dead.  Wakes up 28 days later, after an infection turns everyone into zombies?  Seriously?

At least the new casting on GL clears up the previous WTF announcment that Blake Lively's Carol Ferris was the head of Ferris Aircraft.

Wiseguy 3/30/2010 9:15:08 AM

Never heard of Thirteen Steps but I must admit that I kind of dig the premise. It sounds like it could make for a really cool movie

Never heard of Bloodshot either. Sounds like it could be cool but nothing groundbreaking here IMO. It sounds like it's threading in familiar territory

Never read Walking Dead nor do I plan to but I'd definitely check the tv series out. Again this to me seems to be threading in familiar territory. Btw, what came first this or 28 Days Later, I'm curious and don't want to call the wrong people thieves

So we have a release date for Dead oif Night yet? I think I may check this out in theaters if it gets a release here. Hopefully it won't go the route of Solomon Kane which seems to be headed for a dvd release

Jay O Sanders is a working actor, serviceable, talented but never the star. I think he'll do fine, no reason to think otherwise for what probably is a fairly minor role

So is Millar hinting that he's going to sue latinoreview? I would think he'd be happy to see his name pop up on anything
 

MichaelSacal 3/30/2010 9:28:21 AM

There were two characters called Bloodshot in the comics.

The first version (the original) was called Angelo Mortalli, a mafia hitman framed for murdering a rival crime lord who agrees to turn evidence against his former employers, who pay off a corrupt FBI agent to betray Mortalli and sell him off to Hideyoshi Iwatsu, a Japanese tycoon obsessed with immortality who subjects Angelo to an experimental process called Project Rising Spirit, which infuses his body with nanite-rich plasma that turns him into Bloodshot.

The second version was called Raymond Garrison, an undercover government agent working for the DOA, a fictiional government agency that brings him back from the dead using a project dubbed Lazarus, which infuses his body with nanite-rich plasma that transforms him into Bloodshot.

Tiffsquatch 3/30/2010 9:51:21 AM

 As an avid reader of the Walking Dead series, you have your facts a tiny bit off.  Firstly, Rick does not sleep for 28 days and then wake up; he's shot in the line of duty and is in a coma.  When he comes out of it, he's in a hospital that has been deserted and encounters his first zombies who are locked in the cafeteria.  (We don't know why they left him or where the rest of the hospital staff has gone..it's not worth it to rack your brain around either..it's just not important).

The zombies are not the same zombies from the '28___later" series.  They're not created out of the rage virus.  The only thing we've encountered thus far is that a zombie bite will kill you, therefore making you a zombie.  The end.  We've had a character cut off a limb to avoid this fate, which actually worked.  But we don't know how or why the Zombie Apocalypse was started in the first place....and we're nearing Issue 75.  So, TV viewers, don't expect this answer anytime soon.

I think it's been confirmed that Kirkman took the opening of his series as an homage to 28 days later, but it does not seem to be modeled after it any further than that.

Calibur454 3/30/2010 10:09:17 AM

stoked stoked stoked on the walking dead- looking forward to it

green lantern will be a rental for me

thirteen steps- this sounds like another slapstic spoof of a horror movie franchise- I'll pass

Bloodshot- I really could care less about this- I  remember the Valiant  comic from years back and it wasn't that great if you asked me- These types of comics were done during the whole comic book boom era when just about everyone and their grandmother was starting their own comic book company thanks to the success of Image Comics It took me a few minutes to get the picture of Valian'ts Bloodshot into my head before I remembered the series. Ghostly white with a red circle painted onto his chest- Ehhh I'll pass on this too

jfdavis 3/30/2010 10:44:23 AM

GL- The biggest thing Sanders has done is narrate PBS shows I guess.  Though if there's ever a Meatloaf biopic, I want him to star.  Anyway, I agree, having a Carl makes Lively as Carol much more acceptable...

jedibanner 3/30/2010 11:09:54 AM

Fine....I will give it a try and see this ''toned downed'' version of Walking Dead. Still wish it was on FX or HBO but...can't have everything perfect i guess.

MichaelSacal 3/30/2010 11:43:37 AM

VALIANT began publishing super hero comics in 1991. Image did not start until 1992.

VALIANT became the third largest publisher in the US, and was named publisher of the year by Diamond distributors twice, while Image lagged behind VALIANT and, I believe, Dark Horse.

I don't know where you get  your info, but your dates as to when VALIANT and Image started, as well as what their position in the industry was, are wrong.

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