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Aronofsky Closer to WOLVERINE 2


By Rob M. Worley     October 06, 2010
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Comics2Film: WOLVERINE and Darren Aronofsky
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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!




Emma Stone Official as SPIDER-MAN's...Gwen Stacy!

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.



C2F Quick Hits

  • THR Esq. reports that the brother and now-custodian of Gabriela Cedillo has filed a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures for negligence on the set of Transformers 3. Cedillo, who served as an extra on the film suffered a massive head trauma during the filming which left her paralyzed and unable to speak.
  • The Green Lantern movie has an official website now. There's not much there other than a cool, green energy "loading" screen followed by the Corps emblem. The movie arrives in theaters next June 17.
    Shia LaBeouf Says 'Transformers 3' Will Be Best Of The Series
  • In less-serious Transformers 3 news, Shia LaBeouf has proclaimed the movie to be "the best movie we've made of the three by far." He told MTV News that the script is the best they've had.  He also said he's done with the franchise after this.
  • The direct-to-video installment of the Steve Niles horror franchise 30 Days of Night: Dark Days arrives on the home entertainment market today.
  • Actor Mark Ruffalo told Empire Online that he expects to play Bruce Banner/The Hulk in more than just the upcoming Avengers movie. "They set up several pictures over a couple of years and possibly there will be a Hulk movie. There'll probably be a couple more Avengers too, which would be fun," the actor said. He also praised Bill Bixby's performance on the TV series as being a favorite.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



SUPERMAN Script Secrets Revealed?

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



WOLVERINE 2 Offered to Aronofsky

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 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...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




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!


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Hobbs 10/6/2010 6:55:58 AM

Aronofsky doesnt' seem to be a popular fan choice at least here on Mania but I hope he gets it.  This is Fox don't forget and as much as Wolvie should be rated "R" it isn't going to happen.  Bringing on Aronofsky to direct this will push that PG-13 rating as far as it can go.  Plus, he's a great might not like any of his movies (I coudlnt' stand the Wrestler) but he is a good one.

Thorn 10/6/2010 7:20:04 AM

I agree with Hobbs, Aronofsky is not a popular choice with fanboys who want absolute comic-to-film adaptation (no matter how ridiculous) and "plenty of action".... but I think he'd make an incredible film, make it beautiful, and full of emotional resonance, if indeed (partly) based on the Claremont run in Japan. I'm thinking some of the shots in Hero, or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon... I'm not saying that Logan should run atop of trees, but in the sense that Asian films have alot of pognant visual poetry to them... and Aronofsky is no stranger to that. Great news!

Let's not forget that when Batman Begins was announced, people didn't like Christopher Nolan's previous films (Following, Memento, Insomnia remake) as "worthy" and "too artsy, too intellectual" to direct our favorite caped crusader. Now, who would dare say that?

If Aronofsky is indeed the chosen one, it would be the best genre news I've heard since they officially announced the Walking Dead TV series. GO Darren!!


Calibur454 10/6/2010 7:21:46 AM

Yea i could care less for wolverine 2 I really didn't care much for the first one.

As far as superman goes I have my doubts- the downside to charachter like superman is that there are not that many stories he can be in that will be good becuase the only weakness he has is a chunk of kryptonite. I love the charachter but decent stories for the man of steel are very hard to come by i'm with a lot of ther maniacs on here in saying other villians should be introduced onto the big screen.

lracors 10/6/2010 7:23:57 AM

Emma Stone as Gwen... nice very nice.

Ghost Rider... sounds like they are going more comic source, which should be cool.  That's a film that coulda been better then it was but... it's one of the better lesser tier comic films.

I cannot wait to see Ruffalo as Banner i'm really looking forward to that, and good to hear that we can expect to see more Hulk down the road.

Sups... mmm not sure where they plan on going with this... with Zod as a villain how would he "as Clark" have time to go around the globe to find out if Sups is "relevant".

Woverine 2... i hope they do a "Wolverine" film and drop all the extra "hero" cameo's.  His Japan storyline should be just him and no-one else involved.

RED is looking really cool.

ChadDerdowski 10/6/2010 7:25:06 AM

I'm in the same boat as you folks.  Aronofsky on Wolverine would be a dream come true.  As Thorn said, folks dismissed Nolan as too "artsy or intellectual" for Batman - I think that's exactly what Wolverine needs!

cyer0nin 10/6/2010 7:35:48 AM

these post-modernist directors just don't get it. What makes Superman a great character is the fact that he IS the Big Blue Boyscout! He is Primary colors in a world made up of grays. He always tells the truth, he always does whats right even in a world of few or no absolutes! Hence the CONFLICT or as theatre proffessors call it "Drama"! Which is why a "dead-beat dad" that runs out on his responsibilitiesdoesn't sit well with the audience. It runs counter to his character. Please get it right or don't do it at all.

Darkknight2280 10/6/2010 7:51:15 AM

WTF ..."Clark Kent is a journalist traveling the world trying to decide if he should, in fact, even become Superman." Cant we just have a superman movie where he is superman and has been superman and he LOVES being supermand and just kicks ass from beginning to end?!?! I mean come on enough of this deep troubled hero angle. Quite making superman and indecisive wuss and make him..gee i dunno..SUPERMAN!

Tevii 10/6/2010 7:53:21 AM

Aronofsky might end up with the better deal. We know Marvel are making good movies. Warner is screwing up theis properties. Thinking Superman's "Boy Scout" image is dated is ridiculous.  It just calls for creative writing, imagine that.

Superman makes for a great balance to Batman. Warner can have two successful franchises that are nothing alike. But NO, lets  make Superman dark... then hey why not ruin Flash too and make that dark. Morons.  The execs at Warner should be fired.

I hope the best for my favorite character Green Lantern. At least Green Lantern can be somwhat dark. 

The only chance DC movies have right now is Geoff Johns voice behind the cameras.

jfdavis 10/6/2010 7:59:12 AM

Superman-As soon as Snyder was announced, I smelled something funny.  As to the story rumors, doesn't that sound like the beginning of Batman Begins? Anyway, I hate eat my earlier words but with a story like this, if you can't have Brainiac, Zod is the way to go. It must be Kryptonian. Good news is Luthor really isn't relevant to this story for more than a cameo and Nolan has said he picks the villians to fit the story, not the other way around...

Spiderman- Betty Brant was Spider-man's first girlfiend but maybe he didn't know what love was...Anyway, I'm glad they're bucking with tradition and going with Gwen.

Wolverine- Aronofsky is a good choice. One plus he has going for him is he's actually a well-known director. (Who's Gavin Hood?) Also, The Wrestler is one of the few "artsy" movies I actually enjoyed.   

violator14 10/6/2010 8:35:00 AM

LoL@ Darkknight- I was wondering how i felt about that storyline, and couldn't quite put my finger on it. And then as i read thru the comments, i was like.... "THERE IT IS!".. haha. Couldn't have put it better myself.

Fox plus Xmen stuff=probable fail. Atleast there is a new director....... i GUESS......

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