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!
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."
'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.
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'.
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.
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...