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Can DiCaprio catch SPAWN?


By Rob M. Worley     June 10, 2009
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McFarlane lobbies for Leo to take the lead in 'Spawn'. Plus: Millar talks 'Kick-Ass'. 'A Faraway Neighborhood' rolls cameras. 'Iron Man 2', 'Scott Pilgrim', 'Y: The Last Man' and more! You can listen to the engine moaning out its one lone song, the song of your Comics2Film 9.6.10!



Shia Ditches THE LAST MAN

Actor Shia LaBeouf has long been loosely attached to the proposed film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's comic series 'Y: The Last Man'. The project would have LaBeouf re-teaming with director D.J. Caruso for another spin. Yet, the movie has been slogging through development hell for a while now and LaBeouf now tells Wizard Magazine that the ship has sailed on him toplining the movie.

"I'm not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around," LaBeouf told Wizard in remarks transcribed by Superherohype.

The actor seems to feel that the role hews too closely to his 'Transformers' character, Sam Witwicky. "You take Sam and you put a monkey on his shoulder. I don't know if it's that big a differential. It seems like he's the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again," the actor said, stating the obvious.

It's just as well. 'Y: The Last Man' is something that would work better on HBO, SCI FI or F/X than as the trilogy of feature films that Caruso intends to make.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Belgian Director Visits A FARAWAY NEIGHBORHOOD This Week

Belgian director Sam Garbarski is underway on the filmed adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi's manga 'A Faraway Neighborhood' this week, according to a write-up at

The film, titled 'Quartier Lointain', is set to roll cameras in the village of Nantua, in Ain, France.

The manga and film follows a family man in the throes of his mid-life crisis who finds himself transported into the past. (Yes, that's the second time this premise has surfaced this week, comic fans).

Pascal Grégory stars as the present-day protagonist, while young Léo Marchand portrays the same character in 1967. His parents are played by Jonathan Zaccaï and Alexandra Maria Lara.

The film began production in May with locations filming in Luxembourg.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



THE PHANTOM Screenwriter Talks

Fans recall that, while SCI FI Channel has their own version of Lee Falk's 'The Phantom' filming in Vancouver this year, there's a feature film version brewing in Austrialia as well.

Screenwriter Tim Boyle is hard at work on 'The Phantom Legacy' and gave a brief update on the film to

He told the site that the film is still in the scripting stage, although the producers and King Features are apparently very happy with the script. Boyle predicts the film will enter pre-production this year. He also denied recent casting rumors that placed Sam Worthington in the lead role.



Del Toro done with HELLBOY?

In the past five years director Guillermo del Toro gone from a cult favorite and fan favorite director, to a Hollywood darling and major-leaguer. In that time he successfully shepherded Mike Mignola's 'Hellboy' to the big screen twice. But there was a sense during the press tour for 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' that Mignola was less comfortable with the director than he was the first time around, and that the comic creator was no longer as satisfied with the director of the film franchise as he was on the first go-round.

Now del Toro, who is busy promoting his new novel 'The Strain', as well as working on the much-anticpated prequel film 'The Hobbit', talked to MTV Splash Page about his relationship with Mignola and Hellboy.

While del Toro certainly doesn't characterize things in a bad way, he does admit that Mignola has forbidden del Toro from becoming involved with the comics themselves. He also talks about the possibility of turning the franchise over to another director and said he doubts Ron Perlman would do a third movie without him.

Check out the video interview:



McFarlane Lobbies for Leo to Lead SPAWN Revamp

'Spawn' creator Todd McFarlane is still talking about a follow-up film to his fairly successful 1997 feature. Last month he told MTV Splash Page that it's his dream to land actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role for the new movie.

"The main character isn’t Spawn, per se, it’s the guy chasing Spawn, and I’ve always had DiCaprio in the back of my mind," McFarland revealed. "It’s a big wish, but his dad was a big fan of underground comic books and he came from that. It’s not a big special-effects movie, it’s a character movie, so I could shoot it in 40-50 days and you don’t have to budget that much time."

While previous drafts of the 'Spawn 2' script have focused on detectives Sam and Twitch, but McFarlane says at this point they won't be a part of the movie, but rather there's a new character that he sees DiCaprio playing.

What do you think, Maniacs? I haven't read a Spawn comic in quite a while, but is Spawn a background presence in the books, as McFarlane continues to describe him as in the movie? Post your comments below...



New IRON MAN 2 Photo Online

Hey! You didn't miss the new photos of Mickey Rourke in IRON MAN 2 armor, elsehwere on Mania today. Did you?



Mark Millar was hands-on for KICK-ASS

Comics creator Mark Millar told SCI FI Wire that he took an active role in the development of Matthew Vaughn's adpatation of his comic 'Kick-Ass'.

"It's been unbelievable. Matthew did the same thing with Neil Gaiman on 'Stardust', where basically Matthew and I spent weeks and weeks on the phone every day for a couple of hours while he was writing the screenplay," Millar said. "Then I would get out to his house, and we'd spend days blocking it all out and so on and changing stuff and nailing it down. Then there was the casting process where, every day, we were looking at actors and actresses, and that took weeks and weeks and weeks."

Millar says he was also present during costume design, set design and during production, which was quite a bit different from his experience with 'Wanted'.

Millar is also working on the sequel to the terminally-late comic (the next issue of which is due out this month, fingers crossed), as a sequel to the feature film seems likely.

Click through for the complete interview.



Someone probably gets knocked through several walls in SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD


Edgar Wright continues to roll out daily photos from the set of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. It's been a while since we put one up in your daily C2F, so he's a cool shot we liked from the weekend.





Don't miss the Q & A with famed voice director Andrea Romano about her work on 'Green Lantern: First Flight', posted earlier today.



Once again we close with a very special episode of...

Jon Favreau Tweets About IRON MAN 2

Aside from hyping up the new Whiplash photo, the Favreau tweets were sparse yesterday.

# Sitting outside, setting up a big shot. Felt a raindrop. My blood pressure just went up. 8:45am June 9


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todd890 6/10/2009 7:34:34 AM

I've been waiting for  anew Spawn ever since  it first came out, now we have to wait a little longer.

DarthDuck 6/10/2009 7:41:19 AM

With all the reboots Hollywood is doing the one they really should be doing is Spawn!


Wiseguy 6/10/2009 7:53:46 AM

I never read Spawn but loved the film and the HBO toon. I'd love to see another movie but I can't see DiCaprio doing this.

As far as Y:The Last Man goes I read Anton Yelchin's name being mentioned.

I just don't think the world would miss another Hellboy too much. The first two were pretty much flops domestically.

middlerealm 6/10/2009 8:38:46 AM

I loved the first Hellboy, the second - not so much. Not fussed either way if another comes out.

I have to agree with DarthDuck though, Spawn needs a reboot, not a sequel. I loved the original comics, and was very disappointed with the film. The only good thing about it was the casting of John Leguizamo as Clown/Violator.

swisshammer 6/10/2009 9:07:14 AM

I'm a huge fan of the Hellboy movies. If del Toro decides to not direct, I can easily see this franchise falling apart. Especially if Ron Pearlman isn't playing Hellboy. Continuity, people!

As for Spawn: There's no way in hell (no pun intended) that Leo is going to do this. I haven't heard anything positive about this franchise in years. And making Spawn the background character? Doesn't sound appealing.


SONYMANswallows 6/10/2009 9:25:46 AM

Shia has gotten to big for his vag, at least we know what a hack character Sam is but hack characters are huge parts of hack franchises.


Low FX Spawn sounds cool but the costume will still do insane shit but even better then in 1997.

galaga51 6/10/2009 9:29:23 AM

The Last Man - Hooray!  I could not see Shia as Yorick at all.  Anton Yelchin would be an improvement but I don't know much about him beyond Chekov, but looking at his res... dang, he's done a lot of TV appearances.  Just keep those curls under control.

As suggested, I could totally see it as a TV series; unfortunately, I could also see it as poorly budgeted and failing quickly.

Spawn? Yawn. Hellboy? I'm done for now.

xenomorph 6/10/2009 10:27:26 AM

I can see Y: the last man as a mini-series on HBO or FX, but not scyfy. Scfy would find a way to screw it up.

If Ron Perlman isn't in HellBoy, then Im not interested. The man IS HellBoy.

The final look for whiplash looks sort of similar to the concept photos, except Micky Rourke is showing a lot more skin.

LocoLobo73 6/10/2009 10:33:49 AM

Seriously Mc farlane needs to stop smoking crack and somebody needs to slap him in his big ass head. No you cant have Leo , though im not sure why you would want him,Second NO you cant direct this movie , you have no experience and Im sick of shitty comic book movies , We are in the age of good comic book movies so please sit down. Asfar as Hell boy goes , again do you people read the comics or just bitch about them , I'm not saying that I thought they where the best but they where a hellva alot better then oh say the Fantastic Flops , I mean Four. the first two movies where good reps of the comics and the 2nd was pretty f'n good , It was way better then a certain webcrawlers last attempt at the big screen. So let me leave you with this all you so called comic book fans out there in Maniacs land. Please dont bitch about something unless you have atleast read an issue of the series. Now I will also say that you should nt have to read a comic in order to enjoy a movie about said characters but then dont watch a movie that you think  you might not want to see anyway.  I must say this though and I know Im new to this site as a blogger , but I do enjoy debating with all of you, some of you guys are pretty on point , the others of you not so much

violator14 6/10/2009 10:34:28 AM

Thank the comic gods there is atleast some more SPAWN talk going around finally!! A SPAWN reboot with new special effects would be ideal of course, but doesnt seem like it's gonna happen. I can definitely see where McFarlane is going w/ this "lead character" chasing around SPAWN, who is a background character, as long as it's not TOOO "backgroundish". Only way this movie will work is if SPAWN does some sick ass shit W/ PLENTY of special effects...... Like Shooting thousands of bats, worms, and rats out of his chest into a giant enemy. hehe.

DiCaprio will prolly not do this, unless he is a really hardcore-in-the-closet SPAWN or Todd McFarlane fan. Todd obviously just wants more star power to make more money behind this project.

He should just stick w/ the Sam and Twitch story he was originally gonna do instead of being wishy washy w/ this bullshit. Get on the FUCKING BALL TODD!!!!

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