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By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Source: Various

Bale says 'Batman 3' is uncertain (although Depp would do it). Plus: 'Spider-Man 4''s Burglar again? Bay slams 'Transformers' promo. 'Human Target to Australia and more. Where America shops for value, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.23!



Bay Bashes Paramount over TRANSFORMERS Promotion (but then makes up)

Celebrity gossip site has laid hands on some e-mailed correspondence between 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' director Michael Bay and Paramount head Brad Grey, in which Bay complains at the lack of publicity surrounding his movie.

The initial email, dated May 4 was sent to Grey and other suits at the studio about the then-running ad campaign. Here are some excerpts:

"I've been locked away editing for six months, but I have been waiting, and waiting for the anticipation of an 'event movie' to make it into the 'public zeitgeist'. You all talk so glowingly about Transformers being the movie of the summer but unfortunately this has not gotten to the public. I still run into so many people even this weekend with kids that ask 'is that movie coming out this year?'"

He also criticizes Viacom chief Sumner Redstone for going "on air in wall street" and touting 'Star Trek' and 'G.I. Joe' but failing to mention 'Transformers'. He then contrasts his sequel with Sony's  'Spider-Man 2' hype, stating that movie "was everywhere." He then goes on to complain about the lack of impact in magazines like Entertainment Weekly and newspapers.

"So far our print has been in my opinion and [sic] abject failure...The Los Angeles Times Sunday sneaks, we were not on the cover in the form of a name and had a pathetic presence in the newspaper."

And then

"I cannot figure if this is this is a cash issue with your company? Is there some clever idea why are we not spending? I'm not sure. I'm sure though, the movie will do fine, but not to your internal expectations because right now we are fooling ourselves by being cocky."

Bay closes with calling for a meeting to discuss and brainstorm.

And, it looks as if the meeting must have paid off. Bay followed up with a gushing June 6 email in which he praised his peeps at Paramount.

Am I missing something? I wonder why I'm at this studio? I've been working a month and a half seven days a week and wonder why I bust my
ass for Paramount??

Why? Because you have treated me so well. Paramount is like family. Thank you all for busting your butts and bringing your 'A game' for the release of Transformers. I appreciate all the hard, dedicated work everyone did so far to make this a great success. Tracking like this happens once in a while in our careers so we should all enjoy it!

I finished the movie at 12:17pm today and was on a plane to Japan at 1:23pm.



TRANSFORMERS plays Cinexpo

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' was part of a one-two punch delivered by Paramount at the Cinexpo show in Amsterdam, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Par international exec vp distribution Roger Pollock gave a presentation of the studio's upcoming slate, including clips from 'Shutter Island,' 'The Lovely Bones' and 'The Last Airbender' and capped it with a full screening of the autobot event movie of the summer.




Variety reports that fans in Australia will be able to view the comic-based 'Human Target' on Nine next year. The show is part of a deal between Warner Bros. TV and the Aussie network that provides programming through 2015. The sci-fi rebbot 'V' is alos part of the package.



Bale Unsure If We'll Ever See BATMAN 3

"I truly don’t know that we’re ever going to see another 'Batman' movie."

Those are the words of actor Christian Bale in a video interview posted on MTV Splash Page. MTV was on the set of 'Public Enemies' (the new depression-era gangster movie) talking to the bat-star about the future of the franchise. When asked how he feels about recent reports that Christopher Nolan may not have a third film in him.

Bale said, "It would be purely that he would need to find a story that was good enough," said Bale, "and if he couldn’t find that it wouldn’t happen."

His remarks seem to come more from a place of talking about what he's actually aware of vis-à-vis 'Batman 3' (which is precious little at this point) rather than a prediction of the future. The point of his comments seem to be that he's simply focused on the current movie at hand.

Here are his complete comments:


One person not reluctant to do 'Batman 3' is Bale's 'Public Enemies' co-star Johnny Depp. In speaking with him, MTV raised the old rumors that Depp could appear as the Riddler in the next film. The actor expressed his admiration for Frank Gorshin's Riddler of the 1960s and said, "If the opportunity came, I’d definitely juggle it."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



SLEEPER Gets a New Screenwriter

Comics great Ed Brubaker told MTV Splash Page that the producers of the film version of his 'Sleeper' graphic novel have hired a new writer to work on the script, although he doesn't name names.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



ROBOTECH Gets New Writer

Speaking of new screenwriters, check out our exclusive scoop on the latest scribe to attempt to bring 'Robotech' to the big screen, elsewhere on Mania.



TRANSFORMERS: Game with Fame

XBox enabled fans will have a chance to hang out online with Mike Shinoda, frontman of Linkin Park.

Shinoda will play Xbox LIVE Gold members on Friday, June 26th in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', the game based on the event movie of the summer. Gamers who want to play with Mike need to send a friend request to the below Gamertag and be online by 3:30PM Eastern Time when the Game with Fame session starts at 4PM.

Linkin Park provides the song "New Divide" for the 'Fallen' soundtrack.

More info about this Game with Fame session can be found at


Kurtzman and Orci on COWBOYS & ALIENS

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, writers of the event movie of the summer - 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', told SCI FI Wire that they're plans for the big-screen adaptation of 'Cowboys & Aliens' will require some distance from the Platinum Studios graphic novel of the same name.

"We always have to remove ourselves a little bit from it ... in the same way that a screenwriter adapts a novel," Kurtzman said in an exclusive interview Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif. "It's very rare that you adapt a novel word for word and structurally as it was written as a novel. You have to find a way to say, 'All right, how am I going to take this blueprint and turn it into a screenplay?' In the case of Cowboys and Aliens, what I think is true to the spirit of the comic book is the idea that it's a genre mash-up—it's a western and a sci-fi movie and everything we love about both genres—and they just kind of collide. But I think there was an enormous amount of invention in Cowboys and Aliens for us."

Kurtzman also said that they were sold on the project based on the title alone, and hadn't read the graphic novel prior to jumping on board.



RED SONJA Next Year?

The announcement of the 'Red Sonja' movie at last year's comic-con made quite a splash. Rose McGowan set to star. Robert Rodriguez set to produce and direct. Everything on the fast track.

And yet, little has been heard since then.

Now, Geek Blog cites and Empire magazine report in which producer Jo Gatta insists that the movie will lens next year.

"Because of certain issues and the economy, we had to change our plan a bit. It's frustrating because we thought we'd make the movie last year, before Conan," Gatta, who is also a producer on the 'Conan' movie, told Empire. "I would say though the emphasis is on Conan [rather than Red Sonja]. It's our crown jewel here at the company and that will be the leader. Red Sonja probably won't happen until next year, as far as making it goes. So we want to launch Conan and reinvent the franchise."

Gatta also said he aims to be true to the character's comic-book roots.



The Burglar to Menace SPIDER-MAN 4?

A fan in attendance at Wizard World Philadelphia reported to Superhero Hype that actor Michael Papajohn says he'll return to 'Spider-Man 4' when cameras roll on it. Papajohn played the Burglar who shot Uncle Ben (but later didn't) in previous Spider-Man movies.

The actor did not get into specifics.



Final Theatrical Trailer for TRANSFORMERS

Michael Bay has posted what is said to be the final theatrical trailer for the event movie of the summer, 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.

Series: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Amazing Spider-Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Human Target, Spider-Man 2012, The Dark Knight Rises (Batman 3), Red Sonja, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sleeper