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ANT MAN is next, says Wright

Plus: SCOTT PILGRIM, TRANSFORMERS, 100 BULLETS and more

By Rob M. Worley     July 08, 2009


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Edgar Wright says he's eager to return to 'Ant Man'. Plus: A pair of 'Scott Pilgrim' videos. 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' hits $300m. 'Gatchaman' teaser online and more! We work hard so you don't have tooooo...it's your Comics2Film 9.7.8!

 

TRANSFORMERS: $300 million

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' became the first 2009 movie to earn $300 million at the domestic box office says The Hollywood Reporter. The film is doing the same number oveseas so the worldwide gross is currently at $600 million. The #1 movie will see new competition from 'Bruno' and 'I Love You, Beth Cooper' this weekend.

 

 

Review: HUMAN TARGET TV Pilot

The pilot episode of Fox's new comic-based dram 'Human Target' is set to screen at Comic-Con International on July 22nd. However, KryptonSite's Target419 has an advance review of the show, starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley.

The bottom line? "Human Target has the potential to be a big hit for FOX if it's guided right."

Click through for the complete review.

 

 

Gianna Jun talks BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE

SCI FI Wire chatted with Korean model-turned-actress Gianna Jun star of of the live-action adaptation 'Blood: The Last Vampire'. Jun plays Saya, the 400-year-old samurai vampire halfling. The actress said fans who check out the film this Friday will find it lives up to its name.

"I myself was pretty surprised when I watched the finished product," Jun said. "It was much bloodier than I had imagined while filming. I didn't realize I had killed so brutally. Ha ha."

Click through for more comments from the actress.

 

 

SCOTT PILGRIM VS a pair of Video Blogs

There's a pair of new video blogs posted at the 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' website.

First up in Video Blog #9: director Edgar Wright takes you to the set of apartments inhabited respectively by Knives Chau (played by Ellen Wong) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (played by Ramona Flowers). Leading man Micahel Cera puts in a guest appearance.

 

Then, in a bonus video blog, the cast of the film discovers their newfound fame:

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Azzarello hints at 100 BULLETS TV Show

MTV Splash Page talked with comics creator Brian Azzarello, who is poised to lay to his ground-breaking, critically-acclaimed series '100 Bullets' to rest this Saturday at the "100 Bullets: Last Shot" event hosted by Meltdown comics in L.A. Azzarello describes the party as a funeral, or perhaps an Irish wake, but also suggests the concept may live on outside of comics.

"Television — there’s an idea!" Azzarello teased MTV. "That’s all I’ll say. Television… or maybe something that’s not just TV."

OK, the author is keeping it mysterious, but it's obvious that '100 Bullets' is too good a high-concept hook for Hollywood to leave it alone, so stay tuned.

 

 

20th CENTURY BOYS Gets US Release

Elsewhere on Mania.com, our Anime on DVD friends have the scoop on the North American theatrical and DVD distribution that will have Viz Pictures releasing the live-action '20th Century Boys' feature film trilogy. Check it out!

 

 

Romita to join KICK-ASS Crew at Comic-Con

Slashfilm reports that 'Kick-Ass' artist and co-creator John Romita Jr. will join panel previewing the film at Comic-Con International on July 23. The says director Matthew Vaughn will be on hand as well.

Finally, Slashfilm has posted a new exclusive photo of leading man Aaron Johnson in the green and yellow vigilante suit.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission

 

 

Edgar Wright eager to return to ANT MAN

Not so long ago, Marvel was touting 'Ant Man' as part of the build up to thier unprecedented 'Avengers' mega-movie. Edgar Wright is attached to write and direct the project, but once he shifted his attention to 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', talks of the 'Ant Man' movie got very very quiet.

However, while visiting the set of 'Pilgrim' Omelete.br managed to extract some commentary from director Edgar Wright about his dormant Marvel project. Omelete's U.S. sister site Collider.com translates, reporting that Wright still has the diminuative hero on his radar.

"Ant Man is something that I need to return to. I wrote a draft before ‘Scott Pilgrim’ started and it’s kind on back burner slightly just because I’ve been busy with this. But it’s something that I have got to return to. I have to do another draft after ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is done," Wright said.

He also added that he looks forward to revisiting the material from a fresh perspective. "When you come away from something it’s good and fun to rework what you’ve already done. But I’m very happy with the first draft and we need to get back into business."

What do you think, Maniacs? Still interested in ANT MAN? Post your comments below...

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 


GATCHAMAN Teaser Online

A teaser trailer for Imagi Studios' 'Gatchaman' feature film was shown last weekend at Anime Expo 2009. An intrepid attendee recorded it and posted it on YouTube for all to see. We started to doubt that the 'Gatchaman' movie would happen when 2009's 'Astroy Boy' ran into financial troubles earlier this year. Looks like Imagi's still shooting for a 2010 release.

Enjoy!

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Riddick316 7/8/2009 7:00:46 AM

Ant man........it sounds almost ridiculous to me. Is this a real comic character? I was never into reading comic books so this is the reason I ask.

Wiseguy 7/8/2009 7:25:23 AM

316mio the answer is yes, an original Avenger to boot. I have been saying all along that I felt like Ant-Man will be the second Marvel film come 2012. I remmeber reading that Wright and Feige loved the way the script looked and were pretty happy with the story. I'd love to have an AntMan film and include him in the Avengers flick as well, he is a founding member afterall. I hope they get it done and of course it would be nice if they included Janet's Wasp as well but that may be asking too much.

Can't wait for to see that Kick Ass film, especially if they stayed true to the book like they're saying

100 Bullets sounds like is going to HBO, they're the ones whose slogan is "it's not just tv" right? Not familiar with this book but any series done for HBO is usually a must see

So, Human Target has a chance of being a big hit for Fox if guided right? The main problem is that it is Fox we're talking about and unfortunately they seem to screw it up more than not with these genre shows. Anyway I'm not really intrigued by this show anyway, I'll catch it if there's nothing better on

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/8/2009 7:41:10 AM

That girl who is in the pic before you push play in the video is hot as hell.  I even think she's hotter than Megan Fox - don't care what anybody says.  So is the chick playing Ramona.

And you know what I like about Michael Cera?  He's the same as all his characters - his sarcastic little attitude that he has with all his characters is exactly how he is in real life from what I've seen.  Not just here but even in other interviews and in the "documentary" Paper Heart.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/8/2009 7:44:48 AM

The way I heard it Wiseguy is that they're going with two incarnations of Ant-man in one movie.  We'll see how that works out.  But however it does I'm down with anything Wright does.  That man can make a funny ass move.

Riddick316 7/8/2009 7:45:11 AM

Well then, I guess if he's a founding member of the Avengers he has to be in it.

Riddick316 7/8/2009 7:46:16 AM

OOPS, Thanks Wiseguy562.

wessmith1966 7/8/2009 8:16:38 AM

That comment about Fox guiding a show to being a big hit was funny. Firefly anyone?

Ant-Man will not get made. I like Wright's movies, but Marvel's looking to make their mark with solid action-themed hero movies with established characters like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk, Yes, I know Ant Man (the Hank Pym version anyway) is a founding member of the Avengers, but I can't see him carrying his own movie. And, if what I've read over the last couple of years is true, Marvel's not going to take a chance on a comedic version of their heroes. There's too much at stake since they're financing these movies on their own. Ant Man might be a player in the Avengers movie (maybe some of Wright's writing could be adapted to make Ant Man the comic reflief we see in buddy pictures, which is what Avengers will essentially be), but we won't see a stand-alone Ant Man movie in the theaters.

Yeah, Michael Cera's a one-trick pony, but it's a good trick.

I'm looking forward to Gatchaman and Blodd: The Last Vampire.

Wiseguy 7/8/2009 9:20:11 AM

But no one said that this was going to be comedy though surely it'll have some funny moments. I also disagree cause Feige (Marvel) said he liked the draft if not then why keep at it. Also Marvel plans on doing at least 2 films a year with the goal of reaching 4 a year and that means using their lesser known properties, some of which you'd never thought they'd adapt to film. If they're this deep and still moving forward I believe we'll see this film for sure

MrJE, if that's true that could be pretty cool. For example the latest AntMan was a SHIELD agent who stole the suit. He was/is a funny AntMan cause he's a coward and it's more interested in glory and money. So if they adapt a form of this it would be cool cause you'd have the serious Dr Pym and comedic relief Eric O'Grady. That is of course unless they choose to go with Scott Lang but I'd think not
 

almostunbiased 7/8/2009 9:30:23 AM

Ant Man is a joke.

HumanKimberly 7/8/2009 9:31:57 AM

I think with the right director anything can be made into a good movie. I'm sure somewhere, someone thought once upon a time, a man in a bat suit was ridiculous but now everyone's seen Batman. Hank Pym is a founding Avenger and should have his own movie.
I really hope they don't have Simon Pegg play Pym. He would be better as O'Grady.
Pym is my favorite character and I'm very excited about this movie. I hope it gets made.
 

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