Director says 'Captain America' casting is happening soon. Plus: Hopkins talks 'Thor'. Millar talks 'Wanted 2'. Campbell talks 'Green Lantern' and more! Flying with Toruk Makto, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.4!
Director Martin Campbell is ramping up for 'Green Lantern'. During his recent press tour, MTV Splash Page tried to extract a few details from him about how the title character will employ his power ring.
In the comics he's used the ring to create force fields and energy blasts, but more famously creates translucent, three dimensional objects such as giant fists, giant scissors, giant clamps and so on. Campbell hinted that we'll likely see such things in the movie.
"They're called constructs," Campbell told MTV. "One of the nice things is, we'll all sit down and say, 'Well, what are we going to do here? ... Really, it's as much as your imagination can go to make the constructs."
The director was tight-lipped on exactly what we'll see but says his production team has already decided on "quite a few" constructs for Ryan Reynolds to wield in the film.
Latino Review has an extremely critical assessment of Frank Darabont's script for the 'Walking Dead' pilot, soon to be filmed for the AMC cable channel. The anonymous reviewer spends a lot of time bashing Darabont himself before getting into his assessment of the script, which he claims is boring and derivative.
One point of controversy that plagued the comic from issue #1 is the fact that Robert Kirkman's opening is unfortunately identical to that of '28 Days Later': the hero of the story is in a coma and awakens to a world transformed by the zombie outbreak. The use of this story device is strictly coincidental, as the comic was in development well before the movie came out. Kirkman was unaware the film contained the same opening until it was too late. '28 Days Later' hit theaters just before 'Walking Dead' hit comic shops.
Apparently Darabont is staying true to the comics and keeping that opening, in spite of the criticism.
Click through for the complete review.
Although the mighty Super Bowl was once seen as a launching point for movie trailers, a Variety report on this Sunday's ads indicates that some of the thunder there has been stolen. Fans are now eager to see clips on the internet or at various events like Comic-Con, which provide greater buzz and lower costs than the 30 second spots during the big game.
As such, Paramount has said they not running an 'Iron Man 2' trailer on Sunday.
Actor Anthony Hopkins told SCI FI Wire that Marvel's 'Thor' movie is going to be epic.
"That's a really big one, a really big movie," Hopkins, who is currently promoting 'The Wolfman' said before commenting on the film's director. "I'm a big Ken Branagh [fan]. I think he's an extraordinary guy, a wonderful actor and a terrific director. He's one of the easiest guys to be with. He doesn't shout or scream. He just is very gentle with everyone. He believes in his actors. He needs them to act, and he'll direct in a strong way, but he leaves it to you. Whatever you want, he gives it to you."
Hopkins, of course, plays the Norse Allfather Odin in the film of which he says, "I hope I look like God."
Click over for Hopkins' description of his first meeting with Branagh.
Time Warner Inc (TWX) held a conference call on Wednesday to discuss their fourth quarter 2009 earnings report. During the call (transcribed by Seeking Alpha), Chairman & CEO Jeff Bewkes said there are some big things coming with regards to movies based on DC comics characters.
"We are going to have a fairly interesting set of announcements and presentations pretty soon like in a matter of weeks I think," Bewkes said when asked about films based on DC Comics. "About our plans for DC and basically if you look across the title of the whole band of hits whether its Batman, The Dark Knight, Green Lantern coming up, Superman, there have been a huge number of franchised films that have been part of the Warner [tent pole] strategy that's been the reason for Warner's unparallel high and consistent earnings advantage over the other studios and DC has already been a part of that and we are now going to outline an even more expansive plan for that in the coming months."
Hopefully this means the Metamorpho movie C2F has been clamoring for. Or Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman would be good.
IGN posts a video chat with 'Kick-Ass' creator Mark Millar. In it he talks about how the first 'Wanted' movie developed and then drops some info about 'Wanted 2'.
"We've been going back and foward with some ideas and everything. There's a lot of people to please," Millar said. "There's Angelina Jolie and there's [director Timur Bekmambetov] and there's Universal. Everybody's a perfectionist on it. Nobody wants to come in, cash the check and say 'go.' Everyone wants it to be good."
The first movie dealt with young Wesley (played by actor James McAvoy) a cubicle-dwelling loser who discovers his father was part of a Fraternity of super-human assassins. As the plot unfolds, Wesley finds himself at odds with the Fraternity and seeks to bring them down.
"['Wanted 2'] falls in immediately after the end of the first movie. The Fraternity is down but there's an international Fraternity," Millar revealed. "There were five Fraternaties across the world and James is being hunted by the other guys."
Millar revealed that the actual production of the film may be closer than we expected.
"The screenplay's almost at the stage people are getting happy with it now," he said, "I can't remember exactly when it's gonna start shooting...but it will be soon."
Check out the entire video clip for Millar's complete comments.
MTV Splash Page has exclusively revealed the first footage from 'Thor: Tales of Asgard'. All though the film isn't out until 2011, here's a clip featuring the young thunder god:
Director Joe Johnston said fans will soon learn who is playing the star spangled Avenger in 'The First Avenger: Captain America'.
Out promoting his new movie, 'The Wolfman', the director told SCI FI Wire, "We need to cast it soon. We have a very short list, but we're still juggling actors here. I'd say within the next couple of weeks we'll have ourselves a Captain America, I hope."
Johnston also spoke about his vision for the character. "I think the interesting thing about this guy is that he's a superhero without any superpowers, basically. He is the epitome of human perfection. He can't fly and throw tanks around and see through walls and things like that, but he's strong and runs fast.
"And the interesting thing about this guy is that he starts out as a 98-pound weakling and he becomes this Adonis. How does that affect his arc in the story? How does that affect where he goes and what happens to him and everything? I think that's the part of the story that was fascinating for me," the director said, before adding, "and, of course, being a Marvel movie, there's fantastic action scenes in it and all kinds of great stuff. But there's an interesting story there as well."
Cameras are slated to roll on the movie in the U.K. late June. 'Captain America' arrives in theaters July 22, 2011.
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