SPIDER-MAN 4 swinging into The D? (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Source: Various

Raimi calls for Michigan locations for 'Spider-Man 4', Horror screenwriter Neal Marshall Stevens inks a comic and film deal with Studio 407. More 'Watchmen' images online, del Toro talks 'Hellboy 3', 'The Spirit' DVD announced and 'XIII' hits the small screen this week. Don't be a little guy in the clubhouse, for this is your Comics2Film 9.2.3!



SPIDER-MAN 4 swinging into The D?

Big tax incentives in Michigan have been luring filmmakers like Clint Eastwood, Drew Barrymore and others to the mitten state to film their latest movies. Now, according to an article in the Oakland Press, it appears native son Sam Raimi has designs to bring 'Spider-Man 4' to his hometown.

Foremost, Raimi is looking to lens another movie, a remake of the Danish horror flick 'Room 205' in Michigan under his Ghost House Pictures banner but he said he hopes to lens some of the Marvel superhero flick here as well.

"I’ll be looking at Michigan for our second-unit photography on the new ‘Spider-Man’ film," he confirmed.

The director apparently considered filming parts of 'Spider-Man 3' in the Detroit area, but couldn't reconcile the city's look with the New York City setting of the movie.

"It was cheaper to shoot in Ohio because the streets we were shooting on had storefronts that looked a little bit more like New York than Detroit did," Raimi explained. "But if the incentives Michigan has now had been in place, we would have had the money to adapt a set in Detroit."




WATCHMEN IMAX Poster, originally presented by MTV.com

There's a smattering of new 'Watchmen' artwork and other items on the web today.

First up: MTV Splash Page exclusively unveiled the first look at the IMAX poster for the film. Pretty cool head shot collection that evokes one of the Dave Gibbons covers.

Next: IGN has the latest sampling from the upcoming "Watchmen: The Art of the Film" by Titan Books. Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

Finally: The New Fontiersman reprints a 1973 article from the Wall Street Post covering the homicide deaths of Woodward and Bernstein.

'Watchmen' takes over the world on March 6th.



THE SPIRIT is on its way...to DVD and Blu-Ray

Lionsgate has announced that Frank Miller's controversial adaptation of Will Eisner's 'The Spirit' will land on DVD and Blu-Ray April 14th. The Blu-Ray edition will carry an MSRP of $39.99. A 2-disc DVD Special Edition goes for $34.98 and the single-disc DVD is priced at $29.95.

Here's the press release:

From Frank Miller, the creator of 300 and Sin City comes the re-awakening of a hero unlike any other – The Spirit.  Adapted from the legendary comic book series created by Comic Book Hall of Famer Will Eisner, The Spirit fuses masterful storytelling with brilliant CGI graphics to sweep viewers into a stylized world of action, adventure, danger and romance.  It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), has a different mission: he's going to wipe out Spirit's beloved city as he pursues his own bid for immortality.  The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront ... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a calculating and driven vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; Lorelei (Jaime King), an angel of Death; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there's Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?  In the vein of Batman Begins and Sin City, The Spirit takes us on a sinister, gut-wrenching ride with a hero who is born, murdered and born again.

The Spirit Blu-ray Disc and 2-disc Special Edition DVD contain thrilling bonus materials including multiple featurettes, an alternate storyboard ending with cast voiceovers and feature film audio commentary by the screenwriter/director and producer.  They both also feature a standard definition digital copy of the film.  The Blu-ray Disc will contain an additional featurette not found on the DVD.  The Spirit Blu-ray also marks the debut of the first LIONSGATE LIVE™ enabled title for the studio. LIONSGATE LIVE™ is a unique BD Live based menu system that delivers updateable exclusive content such as commentaries, games, ringtones, wallpapers, trailers and much more via a series of on-screen notifications and widgets.  In addition, LIONSGATE LIVE™ will continually notify users to any new features across all Lionsgate BD Live titles.  LIONSGATE LIVE™ will be available on select theatrical titles throughout 2009.  The Blu-ray Disc also features Molog, which allows users to insert and animate shapes, text, audio and other graphics right into the film as well as post "blogs" about the film to share with other registered MOLOG™ users.   The standard one-disc DVD of The Spirit will include a Widescreen and Full Screen version of the film and the theatrical trailer. 



*Special features subject to change




*Special features subject to change





XIII this Sunday

The made-for TV mini-series based on the Belgian comic book 'XIII' (which became more prominent as a video game) is set to air on NBC February 8th and 15th.

Comic Book Resources chats with with producer Jay Firestone of Prodigy Pictures about bringing the renowned comic book to TV.



Del Toro says HELLBOY III is at least 3-4 years away

Guillermo del Toro is a busy man, following his Oscar nomination for 'Pan's Labyrinth' a few years back. And although his 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' was critically acclaimed, it was a bit of a dud at the box office. Not surprising then that the director, who is currently at work on 'The Hobbit ', told MTV Splash Page that another sequel in the Mignola-based series isn't a top priority.

"We’re three, four years away from anything happening—so I don’t think anyone is, you know, in a big hurry," he revealed in an exclusive interview with MTV News.



A Pair of Studio 407 Comics for Horror Screenwriter

Variety reports that horror film writer Neal Marshall Stevens is creating two comics for Studio 407 with an eye on developing them as feature films. 'Havoc Brigade' is already underway with the firebrand publisher, while 'Demon Squad' is also in the works.

Stevens is best known for films like 'Thirteen Ghosts' and 'The Amityville Horror'.

The futuristic action-thriller "Havoc Brigade" is due out in stores on March 25, while action scarefest "Demon Squad" is expected later this year.

Studio 407 has a production deal with Myriad Pictures who have previously announced movie versions of the comics 'Hybrid' and 'The Night Projectionist'.



Series: Amazing Spider-Man, Watchmen, XIII, Spirit, The, Hellboy 3, Havoc Brigade, Demon Squad