Aronofsky closer to directing Wolverine 2. Plus: Stone official as Spider-Man's Gwen Stacy. Superman story details revealed. Two more for Ghost Rider and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.6!
Columbia Pictures has made it official. Emma Stone of Zombieland and Easy A fame has been cast as one of the female leads in Marc Webb's 2012 Spider-Man reboot. Stone, who has been seen as a red head in numerous movies is actually cast in the role of Peter Parker's blond first love Gwen Stacy. Andrew Garfield has previously been cast in the title role.
"The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl," Webb said. "Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen is also a natural blonde."
The 3D movie is set to go into production this December with plans for a July 3, 2012 release date. James Vanderbilt wrote the script. Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, who produced the previous web-slinger movies, are producing this one as well.
Heat Vision reports that actors Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth are in negotiations to join the cast of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
According to the report, Elba is set to play an alcoholic warrior monk tasked with finding flame-headed biker. Whitworth is set for a villain role, as a criminal vested with demonic powers by the Devil (played by Ciaran Hinds).
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are directing from a script they wrote, based on a previous script by David Goyer. Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael De Luca, Ashok Amritraj and Steven Paul are producing.
Filming is targeted for November in Romania and Turkey.
Vulture's article about director Darren Aronofsky (see Wolverine headline below) contains some juicy secrets about the Superman script hashed out by screenwriter David Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan.
We've been hearing much of late about how Goyer's take on the character helps overcome the "boyscout" image that leaves the last son of Krypton feeling a bit dated, and makes the character more relevant for modern audiences.
Vulture claims that the storyline that Goyer concocted is this: "Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman."
The gossip blog also claims that Goyer's script is far from ready for filming and needs plenty of work. Director Zack Snyder even said as much before signing his deal. However, part of the reason Warner Bros went with Snyder over Aronofsky is that they trusted Snyder to move the script forward on an aggressive time-table, where the more perfectionist Aronofsky would likely take longer with it.
A month back the rumor was that Hugh Jackman was lobbying hard to get his Fountain director Darren Aronofsky to take on the task of directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.
Now both Vulture and Deadline.com are reporting that 20th Century Fox is in early negotiations with the auteur director for the job. According to Deadline Aronofsky had prior meetings with Fox chief Tom Rothman and was lobbying for a high degree of creative control over the project. He was then distracted by the notion of directing Superman.
Vulture says that now that the Man of Steel has gone to Zack Snyder, Aronofsky's people are negotiating for the Marvel mutant job.
However, Warner Bros is said to be keen to stay in bed with the director and is lobbying to bring him aboard the 1940s crime pic Tales From the Gangster Squad. Supposedly the director favors the X-Men pic.
What do you think, Maniacs? Does the prospect of a Darren Aronofsky-helmed Wolverine-goes-to-Japan sequel intrigue you? Post your comments below...
There's a new TV spot online for RED, which arrives in theaters on October 15th. The movie stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, the second issue of which arrives in comic shops today! Come see Rob at Detroit Comics on October 6th and the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!