Avengers to assemble in February. Plus: Scott Pilgrim music and video. Another X-Men: First Class casting rumor. Writer talks S.H.I.E.L.D. script and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.11!
Movieweb chatted with Andrew W. Marlow, creator of the fan-fave TV series Castle. Marlow revealed that he had written a script for Marvel based on S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marlow said that his work could still provide the basis for a movie, but it doesn't really sync up with the Sam Jackson version that is currently appearing in their films.
"The guys at Marvel are really smart guys," Marlowe said. "They want to use Nick Fury in The Avengers series. The script I wrote was more of the Steranko 'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.' sort of thing."
However Marlowe admits that the script could easily be retooled to suit the Jackson version. He said a larger problem with the script, written in the pre-Iron Man days, is that it was a very big film for a low-wattage character.
"And honestly, the stuff we did in that script with the helicarrier and having the helicarrier go down... it's expensive," Marlowe said. "So they just want to make sure that they have the fan base for that. So if you have any Nick Fury fans out there, go ahead and tell the folks at Marvel that you have an appetite for that kind of movie."
Click through to Movieweb for the complete video interview
Yesterday we presented the image of Green Lantern's Kilowog from the Comic Book Movie site and, lacking independent variation, ran it under a question mark with attendant disclaimers.
Now we can say that we've spoken to a source inside DC Entertainment and we can erase any lingering question marks. Our source confirms that the image is from the movie and this is how Kilowog will appear in the film. Of course, we were pretty convinced of that already, but now it's verified.
Bleeding Cool reports that the long-gestating film adaptation of Peter Lenkov's R.I.P.D. appears to be having some trouble holding onto its talent.
Back in April, producer Neal Moritz revealed that Ryan Reynolds was attached to star in the film, which focuses on a recently-deceased cop who is enrolled in an afterlife police force tasked with keeping order among restless ghosts.
Most recently Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Clash of the Titans) worked on the script for the film, and David Dobkin was attached to direct the thing. Now, BC reveals that Dobkin is not doing the movie and McG was on deck but has passed it over for another film as well.
As regular readers are well-aware Reynolds is a busy man these days has well, with rumors that Warner is keen to get Green Lantern 2 started sooner rather than later, and Fox itching to get him working on Deadpool (which could roll cameras this year). And, of course, Reynolds is making movies that are not based on comics as well.
So that could all mean more delays for R.I.P.D., or they could recast, hire a new helmer and move forward.
The latest X-Men: First Class casting rumor comes courtesy of Dean Piper's celebrity gossip blog at Mirror.co.uk.
Piper reports that shag-a-delic pop-starlet Sarah Harding could be joining the cast as a villain.
Harding is previously unknown to C2F, but a bit of research reveals that she was a winner in a UK reality-show called Popstars: The Rivals which resulted in the formation of a manufactured girl-group called Girls Aloud. The group recorded a number of records released since 2003, and Harding plans a solo effort in the near future.
She's also done some asking, most noteworthy being her turn in last year's St. Trinian's II. According to Piper's inside sources it's her work there that got her noticed for X-Men.
Piper does not reveal what role she could be playing, but when thinking of female students who might be aligned with Magneto (played by Michael Fassbender in the movie) potential roles could include Scarlet Witch, Destiny or even Rogue (although that wouldn't fit with the previous films' continuity, which director Matthew Vaughn says will be maintained).
And then there's the rumor that Kevin Bacon is playing Sebastian Shaw in the film, which introduces the Hellfire Club to the film mythology. This could make rumor for Selene and Sage.
Of course, these random celebrity casting rumors have a way of not panning out, so we're recommending fans take this as noting more than rumor until it can be independently verified.
1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is one of our favorite comics-to-films. So why is it that we're only just now seeing the alternate ending to the movie?
Slashfilm has uncovered a YouTube clip that was intended to cap off the film. It features April O'Neil (played by Judith Hoag) pitching the Ninja Turtles as characters for a comic book. Apparently the only time this scene has ever been released to the public is through a German DVD release of the film, which a helpful YouTuber has captured for all of us to see, and then added his own commentary urging those in power to release a new edition of the film which includes the ending.
Check it out:
Scott Pilgrim vs The World drops on Friday. It features a young Canadian lad falling in love, getting into boss battles and, of course, rockin' out. Music is integral to the film and there are not one, but two CD releases coinciding.
LISTEN: Now Spinner.com lets you listen to both the Song Soundtrack featuring the work of Beck, Broken Social Scene and The Rolling Stones, not to mention numerous songs from the fictitious bands in the movie. There's also the film's Musical Score by largely by Nicgel Godrich. They're available for listening, but not downloading.
ANYWAY: MTV Splash Page has cut together a nice bit of interview footage from their visit to the set. This segment focuses on Pilgrim's confrontation with Brandon Routh (as one of the Evil Exes) at Lee's Palace.
SO THAT HAPPENED: And then director Edgar Wright posted this fun bit of fan editing which features the soundtrack of one of the film's trailers recut with artwork from the comic...
SuperHeroHype reports that February, 2011 is the day cameras roll on Marvel Studios' ambitious crossover blockbuster The Avengers.
Marvel recently announced that Joss Whedon will direct the movie which will feature Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Clark Gregg reprising their roles from Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America and Thor. New to the cast are Mark Ruffalo playing Dr. Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk) and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Actor Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Thor also has a contractual obligation to appear if the story calls for it, although his name has been absent from recent announcements.
The movie charges into theaters May 4, 2012.