'The Dark Knight' Oscar snub is lifted! 'Yattaman' live-action is coming! Rogen still talking about 'Green Hornet'! Or is it 'Yatterman'? 'XIII' to air in February! More! And what is 'Yattaman' anyway? This is your Comics2Film roundup for December 9th, 2008.
You remember a few weeks back it was reported that Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's score for 'The Dark Knight' could not be considered for an Oscar due to a clerical discrepancy? Well, now Variety reports that the Academy has reversed it's previous decision and now says the music is eligible for consideration.
The Music Branch Executive Committee of the Academy reviewed information submitted by all affected parties and concluded that Zimmer and Howard are the author's of the score.
The nominatiing process for film scores has not yet begun, so the decision is not to say that the music has been nominated. It simply allows for a nomination to happen.
There's been a script and a leading man for the 'Green Hornet' movie for a long time now, both courtesy of actor/writer Seth Rogen. There's been a director and a co-star in the form of Stephen Chow for a few months now. So when are we going to see some pulp action?
"Comic-Con is my favorite event of the year," Rogen told SCI FI Wire. "It's more fun to me than the movie premieres, than anything. I love Comic-Con. All of our friends come down for it, and we just have a really good time, and it's always a lot of fun. I would love nothing more than to be able to show something at Comic-Con."
Rogen said that he and writing/producing partner Evan Goldberg are working out comminications with Chow, who is in the process of relocating for the shoot. However, the production teem meets soon and Rogen plans to set a goal for a preview for the 2010 release at the big summer show.
"Give the people what they want," Rogen said. "If it's not ready, you can blame Sony."
Honestly, I don't really know much about 'Yattaman' other than it's an anime that's getting the live-action treatment. I suspect our Maniac friends over in the Anime/Manga wing can fill us in.
I do know that this trailer looks pretty sweet!
[LINK] - Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.
NBC has announced plans for its post-January mid-season schedule. Among them are air dates for the movie event 'XIII', based on the comics and video games of the same name. Look for teasers for the film to run during Super Bowl XLIII.
The movie, starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff, will air on Sunday, February 8 and 15 (9-11 p.m. ET both nights).
'XIII' is a high-stakes cat-and-mouse thriller starring Val Kilmer ("The Doors"), Stephen Dorff ("World Trade Center"), Stephen McHattie ("Watchmen") and Jessalyn Gilsig (NBC's "Heroes"). The adrenaline-charged miniseries begins dramatically as the first female U.S. president is shot dead by a sniper during her Veterans Day speech. Three months later, a wounded man is found tattered in a forest with no memory of his identity. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck -- "XIII." Could his lightning-fast reflexes and killer instincts betray him as the presidential assassin that the U.S. is desperately searching for? Submerged in a far-reaching conspiracy, which threatens to overthrow the entire government, XIII's identity becomes the key to unraveling a complex and dangerous secret that will shock and excite. From the first bullet, this gripping action-thriller will leave audiences gasping for more. Ted Atherton ("Max Payne"), John Bourgeois ("Burn Up"), Greg Bryk ("ReGenesis"), Lucinda Davis ("Wargames: The Dead Code"), and Caterina Murino ("Casino Royale") also star. "XIII" is an official Canada/France co-production, developed and produced by Prodigy Pictures and Cipango in association with Power. Prodigy Pictures' Jay Firestone, Cipango's Edouard Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros and Power's Justin Bodle will serve as executive producers. Directed by Duane Clark ("CSI," "Meadowlands), "XIII" is written by David Wolkove ("La Femme Nikita," "Relic Hunter") and Philippe Lyon ("The Trail," "Alive").
The World's Finest has a look at various menu screens from the recent Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition release.
And they've also got a review of the DVD...
Overall, should fans pick up the new Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition release? Well, if you don't have the original DVD release, then I'd recommend that this is the one to pick up. But to those who own the last edition, you'll have to ask yourself how much you want that second disc. The new content on the second disc runs roughly over two hours and there's plenty of keep fans engaged. The new "making of" feature is interesting and shows a wealth of production art that hasn't been seen before. Add on new interviews and you have a very solid new 30-minute feature. The EPK is also nice to have, as are the Superman: The Animated Series episodes. Personally, I'd give the new Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition release a stamp of Highly Recommended, but with reservations. It's a fun, action-packed movie and, with this new release, comes with over four hours of bonus content that's sure to please any fan of the Man of Steel.
[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.
Cyclop's desperate search for Jean Grey takes center stage in an upcoming 'Wolverine And The X-Men' episode called "eXcessive Force." In the episode, Cyclops goes after Mr. Sinister, who he believes is behind Jean Grey's disappearance, and puts others in danger as he loses control.
Marvel Animation Age has obtained cast and crew information for the episode.
[LINK] - Thanks to Jim Harvey for the submission.