WONDER WOMAN, WATCHMEN, NICK FURY, AKIRA, more! (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Monday, November 10, 2008
Source: Various

Here's your Comics2Film roundup for November 10, 2008:

'WONDER WOMAN' Rumors Redux

The hot 'Wonder Woman' buzz over the weekend was that Beyonce is lobbying the wield the lasso of truth in the long-languishing feature-film version of DC Comics last crown jewel.

The rumor today? 

IESB.net is reporting that McG may be somehow involved, kinda-sorta, as director. Or else he's on a list at Warner Bros. somewhere. Details are vague but supposedly several sources have confirmed "hearing his name circling" the project.

The director, best known for turning 'Charlies Angels' into a surprise hit, is currently at work on 'Terminator: Salvation', which opens in theaters next year.

Click through for IESB's complete report...

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Zack Snyder on 'Watchmen'

'Watchmen' director Zack Snyder made a stop in Australia to show off footage from the new movie and talk to reporters. Dark Horizons scored an exclusive interview with the man, and gained some interesting insights about the movie. Here's an exceprt:

Of course much of the online fan buzz lately has been about a test screening that took place a few weeks ago in Portland. Having gone through two test screenings for "300", the process is one Snyder admits he still finds "nerve-wracking", especially considering his track record - "We had the best test scores in the history of Warner Bros. with '300' and I kept telling them look the movie is not like 300, don't think that it is - it's not going to be the same experience. Some people are going to go 'what the f**k is this' and I go that's ok. That's the thing that you fight... The one thing that was cool was that anyone who had read the graphic novel who was at the screening rated the film 'excellent', for me I'm like 'I'm done'."

What's the final runtime? "I'm hoping 2 hours 42 minutes, with credits." That theatrical version however is just one of three versions of the film planned for the eventual DVD & Blu-ray release. There's also a three hour director's cut of the film with "the scenes all fleshed out", and the 'Black Freighter' version which will combine that Director's Cut with the 'Black Freighter' short film that will clock in at three-and-a-half hours. How the Black Freighter version will be incorporated and packaged is still undecided - "For me 'Black Freighter' needs its own box, it's packaged with like cool props from the movie and supplemental material. It's like this big thing you put on your shelf and go 'that's f**king Black Freighter' you know."

Snyder also refuted rumors about multiple endings for the movie. He said only one has been filmed and discussed the reasoning for it. If you missed reports from last month, fans who saw a screening of the movie expressed disappointment over changes to the original story's finale.

Check out Dark Horizons for the complete interview...

Samuel L. Jackson Down for all the 'FURY' Marvel wants

MTV Splash Page chatted with Samuel L. Jackson during press rounds for 'Soul Men'. They asked Jackson about his role as Nick Fury in upcoming Marvel movies.

Jackson anticipates having "some little piece of all" the upcoming films, leading up to 'The Avengers'.

"They've sorta given me a master plan of how they want to do it," the actor said. When asked if he'd like to be Nick Fury beyond the upcoming supporting roles Jackson said, "I'll do every movie they want to do. I'm down."

Check out the video:

Script Review: 'AKIRA' live-action

Latino review presents a dissection of the script for the live action 'Akira' movie. Overall they grade the script a "B".

"...if it indeed stays on this path, than I think it will yield something that fans will find satisfying overall and which also potentially has a lot of appeal to newcomers. I’m trying to put myself in the shoes of someone who hasn’t seen or maybe even heard of Akira before and I’m thinking that this would strike me as pretty awesome stuff. As a remake it may not be necessary, but then again what really is when we’re talking about entertainment?"

Check out the complete review...

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

'SGT ROCK' blocked by 'BASTERDS'

On the set of 'Sherlock Holmes' producer Joel Silver told Superherohype that Guy Ritchie's planned 'Sgt. Rock' movie has been waylaid by another war pic.

"Guy did a great job on the script for 'Sgt. Rock' and I think that when (Quentin Tarantino's) 'Inglourious Basterds' was coming together so quickly, it made sense to kind of jump off that and jump onto ['Holmes'], because it was something that was really different and unique. I loved to think that one day we will make 'Sgt. Rock.' 'Inglourious Basterds' is a war movie and I'm looking forward to seeing it, but it's something that was a direct competition to 'Sgt. Rock' so I felt that we should hold off and do that when we can."

There have been alleged plans for a 'Sgt. Rock' for over ten years now.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Andrea Romano on BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD

Famed voice director Andrea Romano talks with World's Finest Online about the new 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' animated series.

Click through for the interview...

Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.



Series: Wonder Woman, Watchmen, Akira Live-Action, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Nick Fury, Avengers (Marvel Studios' The Avengers), Iron Man 2, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, Inglourious Basterds