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