James Cameron consults on 'Spider-Man' reboot. Plus: Eisner talks 'Flash Gordon'. Sarsgaard talks 'Green Lantern'. Cool 'Kick-Ass' clips and more! Forget the hearse 'cause it never dies, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.18!
In case you missed the news yesterday, the filmed adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic 'The Loser' is now re-re-scheduled for an April 23rd release.
E! Online's Watch With Kristen says that, even though it wasn't one of the five shows announced for renewal by The CW, 'Smallville' will very likely return for season 10. The current run is doing well but insiders say that the net is still negotiating with actors and may be looking to announce the next season as an end-of-the series event.
Superhero Hype chatted up 'Clash of the Titans' writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay about a couple of comic book movies they have in the works.
One such project is 'The Boys', the ultra-caustic, anti-superhero comic from Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson which features a team of government operatives whose mission is to keep the world's colorful, costumed superheroes under control.
"That's one that's like a total dream project for us because we're such huge fans of the book and of Garth Ennis," Phil Hay told the Hype.
Manfredi added that they've been consulting with Ennis on the project. "He said, 'Don't be too precious. Feel free to... if you need to kill someone, kill someone.' Obviously we love love love the books, and the overarching storyline had yet to be finished, so we said, 'Well, we think this is where it's going, are we right? Is this going to happen to this character?' and he was like, 'You're close, don't worry about it. Do what you have to do.' It wasn't in a dismissive way, it was in a very generous way."
Unlike movies like 'Wanted', the writers said 'The Boys' will not shy away from its setting of a world filled with super heroes.
"We kept all the superheroes and we kept all the characters from 'The Boys' and we've peppered in a few new ones, but in general, we're pretty faithful to the book," Manfredi said.
They've also been working on the long-gestating adaptation of Peter Lenkov's comic 'R.I.P.D.', which focuses on a pair of law men who serve an after-life police force bringing dead souls to their final destinations.
The pair said that movie has been caught up in the cycle of development hell but could still jump forward soon.
"'R.I.P.D' over the last two years has almost happened probably three times and just for various reasons, whether it's the availability of cast or whether it's budget or any of the many things, it just hasn't launched, but we feel like is really right on the precipice and we're really hopeful that will happen this year," Hay said.
Pop culture travel site Jaunted.com has a tip for fans who want to try to visit Asgard in Marvel's new 'Thor' movie.
They're telling you to journey down to old Santa Fe, New Mexico to try your hand at an open casting call for extras in the film. You'd better hop on a plane fast though. The cattle call happens Friday, February 19, 2-7 and Saturday, February 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at 224 E. Palace Ave.Marrion Hall 1st Fl. Santa Fe, NM 87501.
You must be 18 or older and you must bring a pen. C2F does not know why.
Speaking of 'Thor', there's another interview with actor Anthony Hopkins out there, this one showing up on the Hero Complex blog. Check it out for more pontificating of the weight of the crown on the father of the Norse gods.
With his new film 'The Crazies' set to hit theaters in a few weeks, director Breck Eisner told the Motion Captured blog that he's eager to get going on the adaptation of the classic, influential comic strip 'Flash Gordon' next.
"'Flash Gordon' is a project I've been passionate about for years and that I've been pursuing for years. I love sci-fi. I absolutely am obssessed with sci-fi," Eisner said. "The 'Flash Gordon' that we're currently writing... we're turning in the script in a month or so. Maybe two months."
Eisner said he's ignoring previous filmed versions of the characters (the classic serials that inspired 'Star Wars' and the fan-fave 1980s camp romp) and focusing their efforts on the original source material.
"Our approach is, what if Alex Raymond were doing the strips today? What would that be," Eisner posits. "It's much more aggressive and intense and dynamic, and it's still action adventure and fun, but for a more savvy world. It's a much more dynamic journey that this character goes on."
Eisner adds that he hopes the forthcoming script is well received and the studio puts the movie into production soon.
When Peter Sarsgaard took on the role of the villainous Hector Hammond in the soon-to-lens 'Green Lantern' movie, he may not have been aware that the character has a giant freak' head ("It's a virtual planetoid! Has it's own weather system!").
Never the less the actor told SCI FI Wire that he's looking forward to doing his first summer blockbuster.
"I imagine that if I'd done 10 of them I wouldn't be as excited as I am, but it's not the kind of thing that I normally do," Sarsgaard said. "It feels expansive to me. It feels like shackles being taken off instead of being put on. I just feel like I can do anything with this role."
Other than that, the actor was mum on details about the movie, adding that he feels protective of the project. However, he sees the role as "very, very fun" and was not put-off by Hector Hammond's bizarre, giant-noggin' appearance in the comics.
"I think it's awesome!"
When you're talking about movie bad-asses, there are few more iconic than Clint Eastwood. Actor Jame Purefoy agrees and revealed in an interview with Total Film that seeing Eastwood in his formative years influenced how he plays Robert E. Howard's tormented Puritan hero 'Solomon Kane'.
"I was very influenced by Clint Eastwood when I was growing up. I would sit in front of the TV at home in my little village in Somerset wearing a poncho," Purefoy said. "I’m not kidding, 12 years old – my mother would give me a cheroot to smoke, which is just appalling.
"I just thought he was the coolest person I’d ever seen in my life – I loved his taciturnity, the fact that he was such an enigma as the Man With No Name," the actor continued. "And to my mind, Solomon is the 16th century Man With No Name. He’s grim, taciturn and he doesn’t give much out."
There's lots more at the complete interview including commentary on being replaced as the lead in 'V for Vendetta' and his current work on 'John Carter: Warlord of Mars'.
Empire Online offers their review of 'Solomon Kane', scoring it a middling three out of five stars and summing the movie up by saying, "If weapons and wizardry get your blood up, and you prefer your movies dark and brooding and minus the sandals, Solomon Kane fits the bill. It may lack The Lord Of The Rings’ majesty, but Robert E. Howard fans will lap it up."
Titan Books is releasing one of their behind-the-scenes coffee table books for 'Kick-Ass'. A handful of sites around the web have previews of exclusive artwork from the tome. Head over to SCI FI Wire, IGN, Ain't it Cool and MTV Splash Page for a variety of preview pages.
With 'The Losers' only a few months away, director Sylvain White told Superhero Hype that he plans to return his focus to adapting Frank Miller's 1980s era graphic novel 'Ronin'.
The project was announced years ago by the producers of '300'. As with most directors, White had competing projects and took on 'The Losers' first.
"I'm back here in Los Angeles and as I'm finishing post-production on 'The Losers,' I will be diving back into the development of 'Ronin.' I'm just working along with the studio executives developing the story elements and they're attaching a writer in the spring to do a new pass on it," White revealed adding later that he's taking his time to ensure the movie is done right.
The graphic novel tells the tale of a Japanese warrior, re-born in a dystopian future world to do battle with the demon that destroyed his life. Adapting it into a compelling movie has its challenges.
"To make a movie of that scale, you need a lot of money to pay it justice, especially with the incredible visuals that Frank Miller has in it, but at the same time, in order to get a lot of money to make the movie, it has to have enough commercial appeal, so I'm trying to balance those two things together to make the movie accessible but still smart and throw with all the great ideas and grand ideas that it has," White told SHH.
Click through for more from Superhero Hype's exclusive interview with Sylvain White.
MTV Splash Page got a chance to chat with filmmaker James Cameron and his producing partner Jon Landau this week. The visit included an interesting revelation: that Cameron had a meeting about the new 'Spider-Man' film, which is to be filmed in 3D, a la 'Avatar'.
People who have been following the development of the Spidey films since the early days of mankind know that Cameron was the first major Hollywood director to try his hand at bringing the web-slinger to the big screen. He became attached to the property in the early 1990s, a period when the film rights to the character were entangled by ownership claims from numerous parties. He'd long moved on by the time the rights were untangled and assigned to Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures.
Most recently Cameron has said he's not interested in adapting other peoples' characters any more, but he is interested in evangelizing the 3D technology that has made 'Avatar' such a huge hit.
"Last [week] we met [Marc Webb] the director of [the next ‘Spider-Man’ film]," Jon Landau told MTV, adding that Webb, "wants to do the next one in 3-D, which they’ve announced that they want to do. So, we want to try to support that as much as possible."
Hover, Cameron said he didn't talk with Webb directly, although he's more than happy to lend his expertise on the 3D process.
"It's not like I want to tell them how to do it, because everybody's going to come up with their own aesthetic," he added. "It's more like, 'Just don't make the same dumbass mistakes we made for 10 years! Save yourself that.'"
Apparently Cameron's already a fan of Webb's work.
"Jim loved '(500) Days of Summer,'" Landau said. "It’s not something that you would think is necessarily in his wheelhouse, but he really enjoyed that."
As such, Cameron is looking forward to seeing Webb's new take on Spidey.
"I'd like to see him reinvent it in the same way Batman got reinvented very successfully," Cameron said. "The last two Batman pictures — actually, they're the only two I can watch. i couldn't stand the other ones."
Landau asserts that planning for 3D from the get-go, as Webb is doing on 'Spider-Man' is a much better course than trying to apply 3D after the fact.
This is really fun. Empire Online cut together a clip real of their visit to the set of 'Kick-Ass' last year. Enjoy!