'Conan' gets '300' Makeup F/X guys. Plus: More confirmation of Black Cat in 'Spider-Man 4'. Trailers for 'Kick-Ass', 'Justice League', 'Turtles Forever' and more! Seeing its enemies driven before it, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.11!
Lookin' sharp, peeps!
Variety reports that filmmaker Warren Beatty's suit over the film and TV rights to 'Dick Tracy' cleared a hurdle this week. A Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled that Beatty's action against the Tribune Company can go forward.
Beatty obtained the film rights about two decades ago, which resulted in a 1990 film based on the character. Beatty has done little with the character since then. In 2006 Tribune served him notice that they were reclaiming the rights unless a sequel film went into production by November of 2008. In order to assert his rights, Beatty alleges that he started filming a TV special November 8, 2008. Tribune claims there's no evidence of that.
Well, apparently Beatty produced the evidence to Judge Kevin J. Carey who ruled that Beatty may have a case and therefore can continue to sue for the rights to 'Dick Tracy'.
Tribune has their own lawsuit percolating against Beatty.
The folks at HeyUGuys confirmed our Monday exclusive, that Black Cat will be a major foil for the hero of 'Spider-Man 4'. The went us one better by revealing specific details about the character's big-screen debut.
Their own source handed them what we assume to be the casting breakdown for the film which reveals how Hardy is integrated into the story. Apparently she meets Peter Parker when her father assumes control of the Daily Bugle (allegedly as editor, somehow ousting JJJ). She falls in love and manages to discover his dual identity. When the father figure dies, she becomes a threat to Parker and Spidey.
HUG also has some clues about the male villain in the story. Check out their report and follow the trail.
Fangoria is reporting that Lionsgate snagged the U.S. distribution rights to the 'Solomon Kane' movie at the recent American Film Market. The film is based on Robert E. Howard's Puritan gunslinger, who battles demons and monsters in early, pre-Revolution America. The film is directed by Michael J. Bassett and stars James Purefoy in the lead.
Fango suggests the the film will see a theatrical release.
Here's another tale from the AFM. Luc Besson's comic-based 'Adele Blanc Sec' has also been sold for distribution. Variety reports that Italy's Medusa, Latin America's Sun Distribution Group and Japan's Asmik Ace Entertainment will handle distribution in their respective markets. Reports from the summer indicated that movie already had covered most markets.
Wikipedia offers this synopsis of the comic strip:
"The adventures, set in Paris in the years before and after World War I, revolve around the protagonist Adèle Blanc-Sec. A cynical heroine, she is initially a novelist of popular fiction, who turns to investigative journalism as her research and subsequent adventures reveal further details of the mystical world of crime. Themes of the occult, corruption, official incompetence, and the dangers of patriotism suffuse the series."
Speaking of Robert E. Howard, fans already know well that filming is just about to commence on the big-screen return of his other character, 'Conan'.
Comics2Film at Mania.com has learned that the production is crewing up in the makeup F/X department.
To that end, Shaun Smith and Scott Wheeler, both alumni of the Zack Snyder's 2006 sword, sandals (and a tiny bit o' sorcery) epic '300' are on board. Smith is acting as creature designer on 'Conan', while Wheeler is heading up the makeup department. The pair are currently working up the creature schemes for the pic with director Marcus Nispel (of 'Friday the 13th' fame).
Smith confirmed the news for us adding, "as you might expect I really can't say much except it looks really cool and we are excited to be a part of it."
Plans are to start shooting 'Conan' in Bulgaria next February. Stay tuned to Mania.com for more as it develops.
What do you think, Maniacs? Looking forward to the return of the Barbarian King? Post your comments below...
Well, it wasn't supposed to debut until the weekend, but when a major website got a hold of the 'Kick-Ass' trailer, the producers had no choice but to hasten their plans and push it out on MySpace early.
Check it out for it does, indeed, er...kick...um...never mind. (And is it just us or does Aaron Johnson's voice over sound weirdly Maguire-esque?)
But hey, that's not the only kick ass trailer online today. IGN exclusively unveiled the trailer for the upcoming DCU animate movie 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and C2F has to say this looks pretty darn swell!
Turtle fans are gonna want to tune into the CW4Kids on November 21st. That's when the 'Turtles Forever' movie debuts. This is the one that finds the current cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles going trans-dimensional and teaming up with their younger, sillier counterparts from the classic 1980s cartoon.
Here's the trailer:
This has been out in the wild for a few weeks, but we just discovered it courtesy of Heat Vision. Enjoy!