Finally: Darren Aronofsky is a lock for Wolverine 2. Plus: Your first look at Green Lantern's power supply. Bit of Avengers nuggets. Snyder talks Superman story and 3D. More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.18!
The last big-screen comics adaptation of 2010 arrived in theaters this week. RED debuted to modest success bringing in about $22.5 million. It was a distant second to Jackass 3D which took in more than double the amount on fewer screens. Still, it was a 3D movies so ticket prices were higher as well.
While it's not a record-breaking debut by any means, it definitely tops Bruce Willis' previous turn in comics-based fare, which was 2009's Surrogates. That movie only went on to a $38.5 million domestic total.
Author, comics creator and screenwriter Neil Gaiman had a chat with New York Magazine's The Vulture recently and talked about his many and varied projects.
One point of interest is the ups and downs of the development cycle for the filmed adaptation of his beloved comics series Death: The High Cost of Living. Gaiman has been attached to write and direct the film, in which Death becomes mortal and lives among regular people for a brief period once every hundred years.
"Well, that one is mad. We kept almost getting it together, you know, like somebody climbing up the edge of a well. You’re an inch or two away from the top, and then you fall to the bottom and suddenly the film company isn’t there anymore or whatever," Gaiman said of the project. "We just set it up again at a Warner-related company and everything was all ready. It was weird, though. If you had asked me in March of this year about Death, I would have told you that I thought it was pretty definitely dead. And if you’d asked me in April, I would have been thrilled and happy and said, 'No, no, no, it’s absolutely on.' And then in June, July, the new powers that be at DC and Warner basically closed everything down."
Apparently the new DC Entertainment, headed up by Diane Nelson, has clamped off efforts to bring Death to the big screen. At least for now.
"Whether or not it will come back to life, I don’t know. Death seems amazingly hard to kill. And the truth is I will be happy either way. It was one of those things where I really wanted to make a Death movie because I knew that for me, the tone of voice was the most important thing about the movie. I didn’t want somebody to make a bad Death movie anymore than I want anybody to make a bad Sandman movie or TV series or whatever," Gaiman admitted.
DC Entertainment's reticence on this movie seems a bit puzzling to us, as the story is terrific and seems like it would translate fairly easily to a movie that would appeal to modern audiences.
Click through for the complete interview.
Zack Snyder has released a few new drips of information about Superman in recent interviews. He's been overseas promoting Legends of the Guardians.
"As I have already explained, the film will focus on early days of Superman, so there will be no links with other films," is approximately what Snyder said, translated to French and then back into English. "This is not a remake then. Similarly, although I still cannot talk about the script, I can assure you that this new Superman will not be based on a comic book in particular."
Previous rumors have indicated that the movie will follow Clark Kent as a young reporter for the Daily Planet, encountering the world's problems first hand and formulating his plan to become Superman.
Snyder also chatted up the UK site Digital Spy and addressed the question of 3D. "I don't know for sure [if Superman will be filmed in 3D], I can't say for sure but I will say that the experience of the 3D in Guardians was so successful for what I wanted it to do. I think that 3D is pretty awesome if it's done as part of the cinematic language as opposed to being a gimmick."
And C2F has to say that Guardians is an amazing-looking 3D movie.
Wired.com takes a look at the new Grant Morrison documentary, and talked with the man himself about a variety of topics.
One movie we've been excited about is the adaptation of his cyborg critter story We3. Morrison wrote a script for the movie which had Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson attached to it a few years back. Sadly, Morrison said the recent trend towards colorful fantasy (see blockbusters: Alice and Wonderland, Avatar) haven not helped his gritty tale about three military lab animals outfitted with weapons technology on the run and seeking sanctuary.
"We3 is just stalled, as usual. People just keep asking, ‘What the tone? What’s the tone?’ Which is a shame," Morrison said. "But I’ve got other stuff coming up that could change everything, and make people look again at those films. But you know how Hollywood is: There’s a bunch of irons in the fire, and we’re all waiting for some of them to catch."
Wired points out that, of the vast body of Morrison's work, the upcoming All-Star Superman movie will be the first to be adapted to film. The comics creator said he couldn't be happier.
"I saw the movie and it’s one of my top three superhero movies ever. Only the superfans are going to complain, because the film has about 90 percent of my stuff in it. Much of it is actual dialogue taken from the book," he said.
We have some stray bits of Avengers business this week.
First up, you'll recall that C2F at Mania broke a minor tidbit about actress Morena Baccarin about a month ago. Our source had seen her in a Vancouver comics shop specifically asking about out comics that featured The Wasp. While that's all the info we had, it's not too much of a leap to recognize that she looks a bit like the comic book character and has a relationship with Joss Whedon, the director of The Avengers movie.
So this week, Access Hollywood caught up with Baccarin and asked her about the project. Her response was predictably evasive.
"I wish I had more information for you," she said. The report notes that she had a "big beaming smile" when she answered the question. "All I will say is I will never turn down an opportunity to work with [Joss Whedon]. He’s one of my favorite people in the world."
So, the jury is still out on the question of whether or not Morena Baccarin's comic shopping had anything to do with Joss Whedon's Avengers movie. However, to fuel more speculation, C2F has to wonder why she would play coy if there's no story at all there.
In other Avengers-ish news, Bleeding Cool has posted a pair of design images of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier which they are calling "Avengers movie designs leak".
They are not. The images are actually designs that were created for Iron Man 2. They were modeled in 3D by one Sunil Pant who worked on the movie with Matrix production designer George Hull. Here are the images in case you'd like a look:
We don't know if there were plans to show the Helicarrier in the movie or if it was to appear as one of the many background elements in the final Nick Fury scene in the movie. Doubtless, a Helicarrier will appear in Avengers and maybe they'll be using this design for it after all.
In a final bit of Avengers business, Chris Hemsworth commented on the movie for MTV from the Scream Awards. The Thor actor didn't have much in the way of a scoop to share with fans, but he did praise Joss Whedon, who he previously worked with on the film The Cabin in the Woods.
Deadline.com reports that the movie is lining up New York locations to accommodate both Aronofsky and star/producer Hugh Jackman, whose families live there. That's just the initial leg of the shoot, with the cast and crew heading to Japan next summer for the rest of the filming.
New York photography is set for March, which will allow the director to promote his new film Black Swan. Christopher McQuarrie wrote the script, which is said to be outstanding.
The handling of this movie seems to be a departure from previous X-Men outings, which seemed to have Fox rushing into production with pliant directors just to get a movie out there. The fact that they've lured Aronofsky, a notoriously artistic director, on board and are taking such pains to accommodate him seems to dovetail with recent reports that there's a new corporate culture at Fox which is about aiming higher on their summer blockbusters.
Between Aronofsky on this movie and Matthew Vaugh's X-Men: First Class, fans may be seeing some of the luster returned to one of Marvel's key franchises.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!