Rumors of the day say Christopher Nolan is far from a done deal on the next 'Batman'. Plus: 'Thor' talk. 'Transformers' hype. 'We3' comments. 'Priest' postulating. 'Human Target' annotated and more! Not since the beginning of time has the world known a terror like this...your Comics2Film 9.6.17!
'Transformers' producer Don Murphy updated SCI FI Wire on the status of the filmed version of 'We3'. For fans who don't know the excellent Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely mini-series, 'We3' features the improbable mating of 'Homeward Bound' with 'Robocop' for a heart-warming story of three domesticated animals (a dog, a cat and a rabbit) transformed into cyborg killing machines by the government, who go on the lam when their inventor realizes they are slated to be destroyed.
'Kung Fu Panda' co-director John Stevenson has been on board to direct the film.
"Don't be confused, though. Even though he directed 'Kung Fu Panda', the movie's going to be live action," Murphy told SCI FI. "It's going to be a combination CG, puppetry [and] real animals. We have a great script, a great director, and we're trying to figure out who's going to pay for it in this marketplace, but we're looking."
Joe Quesada is enjoying his new Cup O' Joe mini-site at CBR. Yesterday he dished on the upcoming Marvel movies, including his meetup with 'Thor' director Kenneth Branagh. Here's an excerpt:
...it was one of the highlights of my time here at Marvel because not only did Branagh sit there and give you the story beat for beat, he and [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige formed a great team. It was performance art. Kevin would give us the establishment of the shot and the situation: "Here we are. We're in (take your pick of location). And here's Odin and he’s coming up to (pick a character)." And then Kenneth would come in and give you the color commentary. "Odin has an air of majesty to him" and he'd act out the Odin part or the Thor part. So we sat there and literally got a three-hour one-man show from Kenneth Branagh. It was fantastic. People pay a lot of money for that kind of performance by one of the world’s greatest living actors.
And of course, he's got that great, charming British accent, so it makes it all go down easy too. [laughs] He could have said anything, and we would have said, "Yeah. Make that." He has such a passion for the material, and he's sitting there describing things from the Kirby run and things from the Simonson run, citing places where the mythology conflicted in Marvel history and how we're going to streamline it. It was just fascinating to watch.
Actor Cam Gigandet is making the rounds promoting 'The Roommate'. SCI FI Wire took the opportunity to talk more about the manga-to-film 'Priest'. Gigandet once again tries to clarify whether or not there are vampires int the story.
"If you wanted to call them something, they would be vampires, but not in the terms that we think vampires are," Gigandet said. "They don't like sun, and that's kind of the main similarity. Other than that, they don't look like humans, and they move differently. When people think of vampires now, they think of Twilight, but it's not like that at all."
The actor says he'll be filming the horror/action pic in August of this year. Actor Paul Bettany is cast in the title role.
Bleeding Cool took a look at the script for the 'Human Target' TV Pilot, which has since been picked up as a series by Fox TV.
The mini-review discusses the show's deviation from the concepts core hook: In the comic Christopher Chance impersonates people to protect them, making himself the target. In the show he does not, but rather inserts himself into their lives, staying close to the target.
"As the script shows, that embedding can approach almost superhuman levels on the way he perceives his environment, with a visual/audio trick that should become a synonymous with the show as the cross-section autopsy like scenes in CSI, shifting perspective from object to object in the room," writes Rich Johnston.
He also says the plotting of the pilot is reminscent of '24' crossed with a 80s era disaster movie...in a good way. The take also incorporates some of the elements of Peter Milligan's Vertigo series of the character, primarily the fact that Chance is a tortured sould, somewhat suicidal, hence the need to always be in the line of fire.
Well, this rumor has come and gone since 'The Dark Knight' but Batman-on-Film is floating it again, citing new info from unnamed, independent sources.
Their sources claim that Nolan, who is currently at work on 'Inception' has not committed to a new Bat-Film and seems uninterested in doing so. Contributing factors are said to be Nolan's continuing upset over the death of Heath Ledger as well as the loss of The Joker as a potential villain for the third installment which disrupts the story that Nolan had been building towards.
Same sources admit that Nolan may still come around, but if he does, we won't likely see a new 'Batman' until 2012 or 2013.
What do you think, Bat-Maniacs? Can anyone fill the shoes of Christopher Nolan? How long should Batman wait? Post your comments below...
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A couple of blips from the Twittersphere yesterday...
# Mickey rocking the whips. Noon, June 16
# More helicopters spying on the set. 4pm, June 16