B.P.R.D. before Hellboy 3? Plus: Smallville delayed! Fonda wants Barbarella back! Human Target on the cancellation bubble! More! It's your Comics2Film T minus 1!
Universal Pictures has struggled to make use of the comics based Barbarella franchise for decades, launching one failed development effort after another. According to Hero Complex, the original space vixen has the solution.
Jane Fonda, who melted the screens with her zero-G strip tease in the 1968 version of the movie, says they should cast her in the movie!
"I have a dream – to do a sequel to Barbarella. Not a remake, a sequel! Look, I get shtupped by a blind angel, OK? Let’s just take it from there," the 73 year-old actress told the site. She goes on to insist that she's quite serious, and perhaps inspired by Jeff Bridges work in Tron Legacy.
"I think it could be funny – and feminist," she says.
The actress has appeared in a couple of films over the past few years, and is currently doing the stage production "33 Variations", as well as new exercise videos aimed at her contemporaries.
Of late, Steve Johnson FX have been pulling back the curtain on their special effects work from the past few decades.
Now they're auctioning off some of that work on eBay. They've got four pages of stuff (mostly design illustrations) from such failed comic book movie projects as Jonathan Hensleigh's Hulk and Tim Burton's Superman Lives. There's also memorabilia from such films as Blade 2, Fantastic Four, Clive Barker's Saint Sinner and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
And there's a lot more than that as Johnson and company have worked on numerous films over the years. Click through for the complete listing.
TVLine.com reports that The CW have made an eleventh hour decision to punt the mid-season restarts of Smallville and Supernatural for a week. Instead they want to give the encore presentations of the winter bows of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita tonight's air time. Those shows are battling American Idol in their regular spots so some additional exposure is required, apparently.
Smallville will begin the final leg of its 10th season next week instead.
TVLine.com has an analysis of which prime-time, network TV shows are likely to be renewed and which are likely to be canceled. Of course, there are only two such shows on right now that are comic-based (and therefore of interest to C2F readers): Smallville and Human Target.
We already know that Smallville is building up to the series end. So that just leave's last year's upstart from Fox.
TVLIne lists Human Target as "could go either way". Apparently the ratings aren't strong enough to make it a sure thing.
Loosely based on the DC Comics Character, Human Target features Mark Valley as Christopher Chance, a highly capable operative who takes undercover assignments to protect people whose lives are endangered. The show was touted by Fox as a successor to 24 to satisfy action-craving viewers, but skews towards light-heartedness as opposed to the Kiefer Sutherland show's grim immediacy.
The show underwent a mild retooling at the start of this season introducing, with some success, two female characters to break up the sausage party that the cast had been. It looks as if the changes may not have been enough to draw in new audience members.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you watching HUMAN TARGET? Do you want the show to continue? Now is the time to spread the word...
MTV Splash Page sat down with Dark Horse Entertainment Chief Mike Richardson about his various film properties in development.
By far, the company's most successful film franchise is Mike Mignola's Hellboy which saw two feature films and two animated films under the creative guidance of Guillermo del Toro. However, there seemed to be a sub-text of friction in the comments of Mignola and Del Toro during the press surrounding Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Since then, the director has been very aloof about the presumed third movie in the franchise since then, choosing instead to move on to other things, like the Lovecraft film At the Mountains of Madness and the TV series Incredible Hulk, not to mention a long dalliance with The Hobbit that ultimately ran aground.
Given that, Richardson indicates that there are other plans to keep the franchise going.
"There are some other projects Guillermo is working on right now, but you might be more likely to see a B.P.R.D. movie before another Hellboy movie," the comics and film mogul told MTV .
Mignola has built the B.R.P.D. into a successful stand-alone franchise. Years back he severed Hellboy from the team allowing us to follow the goodhearted demon on his solo journey while we could still enjoy the adventures of Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Johann Strauss, Roger the Homunculus and several new characters as they battle supernatural threats to the planet.
We could easily be enjoying simlarly-themed movies if Richardson has his way.
The producer has another acronym-friendly feature in the works though, in the form of R.I.P.D. which should roll cameras this year.
"[RED director] Robert Schwentke is working on designs and we're moving forward on that one," said Richardson. "We're hoping for a start date sometime this summer. It's a project we've invested a lot of time in, and it's a great project."
That movie caught a lot of heat when Ryan Reynolds attached himself to the lead role. However, Reynolds is notoriously busy these days and his casting in the film remains uncertain. Richardson could not confirm that he'll actually do the movie.
"We approached him and he seemed to like it a lot at the beginning," he said. "As it's developed, he's been very interested in the project, and he's a great choice for the role if you've read the graphic novel. I think we have a really great movie in the works."
One project that we at C2F would love to see is the animated adaptation of Eric Powell's terrific comic The Goon. Richardson said they're still looking for funding to do the movie. Oscar nominee David Fincher is attached as a producer and Paul Giamatti has already done some voice acting for the film's demo footage.
Richardson also lists Emily The Strange, Criminal Macabre and Umbrella Academy as promising projects. Click through for his complete comments.
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