Bruckheimer has the film rights to Ashley Wood's 'World War Robot'. Plus: 'Iron Man 2' recruits YOU into Stark Industries. 'Superman' rumors flying again. Is Hulk in 'The Avengers' or not? It's alright, we told you what to dream. Welcome, my Maniacs, to your Comics2Film 9.7.31!
IESB.net reports that Warner Bros is keen to get the next 'Superman' movie going in the face of the current litigation that could result in the rights reverting to the estates of the character's creators by 2013. The site says that two names were dropped in their ear this weekend at Comic-Con International as potential directors for the re-reboot.
The first is James McTeigue of 'V for Vendetta' and 'Ninja Assassin fame. The second is an oldie but a goodie: McTeigue's sometime bosses, the Wachowski Brothers. Since McTeigue has worked as a director (and in other roles) on movies the Wachowskis have produced, it could be a package deal that includes all three. IESB doesn't name their sources, so its unclear if their name-dropper is in the know, or just regurgitating past internet rumors.
In related news, Maniacs will recall a recent report that indicated Grant Morrison was consulting on a DC Universe movie. Well, the guys over at the ThinkMcFlyThink blog are saying that the 'Superman' franchise is what has been entrusted to Morrison. The assignment does makes sense, given how well received the writer's 'All-Star Superman' comics were. Those funnybooks created a free-standing version of the Superman mythos that could be enjoyed by fans of all ages, which is usually what Hollywood wants in a superhero film adaptation.
Want to swing with Tony Stark? Stark Industries is now hiring! Head over to StarkIndustriesnow.com and fill out a job application.
The new website was discovered by fans who were handed a translucent Stark Industries business card at Comic-Con International this weekend. Also found on the site is a "press release" direct from the main man himself.
Could this be the start of an 'Iron Man 2' alternate reality experience on par with the one promoting 'The Dark Knight'? Time will see, but with a year to go until the movie's release Paramount Pictures has plenty of time to build up the web-based hype.
Once upon a time, it was very clear that Marvel intended its four initial tentpoles, 'Iron Man', 'Incredible Hulk', 'Thor' and 'Captain America' to feed into its mega-movie 'The Avengers'. Then, with hubbub that 'Hulk' star Edward Norton was less-than-happy with the theatrical cut of the movie, and that the audiences responded to the movie wtih a fair degree of apathy, the prospect of Norton appearing in the superteam movie seemed to fade a bit.
With Norton out promoting his documentary film 'By the People: The Election of Barack Obama', SCI FI Wire asked him if he is, in fact, on board with 'The Avengers'.
"No comment," is Norton's reply.
He then elaborated saying, "I probably won't comment on that just because they keep a pretty tight rein on what they are letting out. I'll let them address it."
So is Norton being deferential to Marvel? Or is he simply avoiding the hornets nest of having describe why he's not in the movie? Time will tell. Marvel has to ramp up 'Thor' and 'First Avenger: Captain America' before they get into production on 'The Avengers', and a lot can happen in that time.
From a press release
Burbank, CA (July 29, 2009) – As a 50th anniversary gift to fans, DC Comics’ Man of Steel was given a brand-new Saturday morning cartoon in 1988. Now, fans of all ages can finally join the celebration when Warner Home Video (WHV) and DC Comics release Ruby-Spears Superman, a 2-disc collection of cartoons from the Warner Bros. vault, on November 3, 2009 for $26.99 SRP. Order due date is September 29, 2009.
Debuting in 1988, the Ruby-Spears Superman series brought back some familiar foes and new unfriendly faces for battles against our favorite hero. In addition to the thrills of Superman’s weekly adventures, each episode also includes a mini-segment – a continuing series called Superman Family Album. These featurettes tell the real story of what it was like to grow up as the most powerful boy in Smallville. Watch young Clark Kent deal with not only the normal trials and tribulations of youth and adolescence, but learn to balance them with his newfound super powers.
Ruby-Spears Productions was founded in 1977 by veteran writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Ruby and Spears started as sound editors at Hanna-Barbera, branched out into writing, and eventually went on to create “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” In total, Ruby-Spears Productions produced 36 different TV series including the hit, “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”
“These celebratory episodes not only take fans through the expected, yet exhilarating, adventures of Superman, but they share the untold story of his youth,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. “Warner Home Video is absolutely thrilled to release Ruby-Spears Superman just in time for the holiday season.”
Ruby-Spears Superman will include the special feature "Corruption of the Corrupt: The Rise of LexCorp" - A fascinating glimpse into the Decade of Greed, when Americans were growing more and more distrustful of corporate leadership. From the headlines of the day to the pages of Superman arose a new vision of an old villain, Lex Luthor and his conglomerate, LexCorp.
Warner Bros may have seen a disappointing return on 'Watchmen' during its theatrical run, but the home video release of the film has topped the sales and rental charts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 36% of those sales were to the Blu-Ray market.
We wonder if it'll sell strong again in December when the next edition comes out?
Not to be outdone by past collaborator Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer's has locked down the feature film rights to Ashley Wood's graphic novel 'World War Robot'.
The book, from IDW Publishing, unfolds in the form of a war-diary told from both sides of a conflict that involves humans and robots duking it out on Earth, the moon and Mars.
Variety reports that Wood and IDW chief Ted Adams join Bruckheimer as executive producers on the movie.
Here's comic scribe Larry Hama, the chief architect of the 'G.I.Joe' mythology that most fans know and love, talking about the new movie 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra', due in theaters August 7.
Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer's thriller comic 'Night Mary' may become an animated feature courtesy of toon house Animal Logic. Bleeding Cool reports that the animators (currently at work on Zack Snyder's 'Guardians of Ga'Hoole') have picked up the feature rights to the IDW Publishing title.
The comic tells the story a teenager who can enter the dreams of her father’s patients at a sleep disorder clinic. There she encounters a serial killer there.
'Lost' writer and 'Middleman' creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach told MTV Splash Page that he's completed a draft of the film version of Brian Wood's comic 'Couriers' for Intrepid Pictures.
"I've written the script and we've had studio interest and directors attached and all that, and now we're just hoping to make this movie," said Grillo-Marxuach.
The writer did not name names but said he was faithful to the comics in writing the screenplay.
"I'm not one of those people who likes to take a title and character and then throw everything else out," said Grillo-Marxuach, "That's how I wrote the script, so I'm hoping sooner rather than later we can move that into production and have a wonderful movie that ultimately gets looked at as one of the good comic book adaptations."
Topless Robot points out a disturbing similarity between a recent clip from 'Green Lantern: First Flight and the classic anime 'Sailor Moon'. Click through if you dare...