Brad Anderson to direct 'The Living and the Dead'. Plus: 'The Flash' still running strong. Writers bail on 'Transformers 3'. Pic from 'The Losers' and more! Trying to realize there is no spoon, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.7!
Yesterday we reported that DC Entertainment had reeled in the development of 'The Flash' movie, taking the reins back from producer Charles Roven, who had been instrumental in recent series the acclaimed 'Batman' films.
Now, IGN (who broke the original report, has heard from) has heard from one Dan Mazeau. Who is Dan Mazeau? He's a screenwriter. Specifically, he's the screenwriter currently working with DC Entertainment on 'The Flash' movie. He wants you to know that the Roven development is in no way an indication of a slow-down on that project.
"Just to chime in on your latest article: 'The Flash' has not been hobbled. Everything is moving forward as planned," Mazeau tild IGN. "I'm still writing the script. Geoff Johns is still consulting. Flash fans have no cause for concern, and -- [in my opinion] -- lots to be excited about."
So there you have it Flash fans. All is well on the speed force front.
Roberto Orci who, along with Alex Kurtzman, forms the hit-making screenwriting machine behind 'Star Trek', 'Fringe' and 'Transformers', has confirmed that the dynamic duo are not participating in the development of 'Transformers 3'.
Director Michael Bay announced last week that he was starting work on the project and meeting with Ehren Kruger, who co-wrote the previous installment with Orci and Kurtzman.
Now, posting on the Don Murphy Message Boards (a hotbed of activity for 'Transformers' movie fans), Orci told fans "It's true" when asked if he and Kurtzman would not be involved in the movie.
One reader asked about any creative differences Orci might have had with Michael Bay and mentioned the notion that parents may have been reluctant to take their children to see 'Revenge of the Fallen'. Orci responded, "I can't blame them."
Fans also asked if Kruger knows his Autobot lore well enough to fly solo on part 3.
"He does. He really did his homework. He's awesome," was Orci's response.
The screenwriter also said he's looking forward to being able to sit back and enjoy 'Transformers 3' as a fan, rather than sweating through the development process.
Neil Patrick Harris is lined up to guest star...and sing...on an upcoming episode of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold'.
Fans have previously heard the actor's golden pipes on Joss Whedon's fan-fave web serial 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog'. Now he's the guest villain in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!"
Harris stars as a menacing villain who is able to exert powerful mind-control through song. Producers and cast members received a standing ovation following a sneak-preview at Comic-Con this past July and, after much anticipation, the episode will finally air Friday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Then on Saturday, October 24, you'll be able to download the soundtrack of the episode on iTunes and other digital music outlets. Amazon.com will offer fans the exclusive option of purchasing either a hard or digital copy of the soundtrack. The soundtrack will feature all five original songs from the episode as well as the 'Batman: The Brave & The Bold' theme.
'Transformers Revenge of the Fallen' hits on DVD and Blu-ray October 20th. Paramount is rolling out clips of DVD extras for the release.
They've also set us know that fans wanting a special edition can look to Best Buy, who will have a a limited edition Blu-ray gift set of the film that includes an exclusive Optimus Prime mini head replica plus a $50 gift card to Sideshow Collectibles. Check out the image of the Optimus bust.
And there's plenty of hype to be found at the official movie site.
Now the Transformers DVD clips...
Mythology and Sam's Story
Filming in Egypt
Behind the Action
Although it's not a comic-to-film adaptation, the new road thriller 'Dark Country' comes from the comic and film shingle Raw Studios, headed up by fan-fave Thomas Jane and the amazing Tim Bradstreet.
The film drops on DVD and Blu-Ray today. It stars Jane and actress Lauren German as a newlywed couple on the honeymoon trail, who are menaced by a bloody faced killer. Ron Perlman also stars.
The movie was apparently filmed in 3D, although Sony is not giving it the 3D treatment for the home video release. On the Facebook fan page for the movie, Bradstreet has posted that they aim to continue to screen the movie in limited release so fans can see it in gory 3D glory.
Right now you can click over to the official website for trailers, stills and info. Fans can also download custom DVD covers created by Bradstreet and artist David Allcock.
And IGN has posted a new clip from the film, showing the newlyweds first encounter with Bloody Face.
Marc Bernardin over at the EW.com blogs has scored a first look at actress Zoe Saldana in costume and makeup as Aisha in 'The Losers'.
She sure looks the part. The only thing off about the photo is Saldana's smile. Fans of the book know the hard-as-nails Aisha rarely cracks a smile (or feels emotions that would prompt such a thing).
But it's a behind-the-scenes photo and writer Andy Diggle, who co-created the Vertigo series with artist Jock, recently visited the set and assures fans, "Aisha has to be deadly and desirable in equal measure, and Zoe embodies both qualities in spades. Trust me, you’ve never seen her kick ass the way she does in 'The Losers'!"
So, we expect only stone-faced scowls from Saldana when she's in front of the cameras.
We'll find out next April when 'The Losers' bust into theaters.
Comics2Film at Mania.com has exclusively learned that director Brad Anderson has signed on to direct the filmed adaptation of the graphic novel 'The Living and the Dead' for Solipsist Films.
Robert Tinnell and Todd Livngston created the book. The story focuses on a monstrous character who engages in the nineteenth-century version of snuff theater, luring innocent people in a Grand Guignol of flesh and blood.
Brad Anderson has become known for edgy thrillers like 'Session 9' and 'The Machinist', the latter of which reduced Christian Bale to a freakish 120 lb skeleton just before he had to bulk up to play the hero in 'Batman Begins'.
Tinnell and Livingston initially conceived the story as a screenplay before bringing it to comics form with the now-defunct Speakeasy Comics. They revisited the screenplay after publication and again after Anderson came on board.
We spoke with Tinnell who is excited about the director's involvement and compared Anderson to atmospheric directors Akira Kurasawa and Peter Weir.
"Todd and I are so excited. I'm a big fan of 'Session 9'. I think it's a fantastic film," Tinnel said. "Obviously he's a storyteller, and obviously he knows how to build tension, but what I also like is that when you watch his movies you really feel like you're inhabiting the space."
Stephen L'Heureux is producing for Solipsist along with veteran producer Cary Brokaw.
It's not clear how far off 'The Living and The Dead' might be from production. Anderson is currently at work on 'Vanishing on 7th Street' with Hayden Christensen.