Team 'Iron': Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. to ride with 'Cowboys & Aliens'. Plus: Sony gives a little bit of 'Spider-Man' back to Marvel/Disney. 'Iron Man 2' rumored for 3D treatment. 'Kick-Ass' gets a release date and more! Waiting patiently for its own $4 billion deal, it's your Comics2Film 9.9.2!
Lionsgate has announced via Twitter that Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic 'Kick-Ass' is officially targeted for release on April 16 of 2010.
Speaking of 'Kick-Ass', John Romita Jr. chatted with MTV Splash Page about the animated sequence he worked up for the film. Romita revealed that the sequence focuses on Nicolas Cage's Big Daddy character and his descent into vigilante justice.
"There's a comic book that Nicolas Cage's character has drawn as a shrine to his victims," Romita told MTV. "It's basically an origin of him."
Romita also reveals a spoiler about as-yet-unpublished events in the comics, so click-through if you want to read those.
Ain't it Cool is reporting a rumor that someone has put together a one minute demo of 'Iron Man 2' converted to 3D. According to the report, Marvel, Paramount and Disney are checking it out and considering whether or not to convert the entire film to 3D for its release next summer. Marvel is said to be taking bids from three companies to see how feasible it would be to convert the entire movie.
Plans may also call for the original 'Iron Man' to see a theatrical re-release in 3D.
We're no experts, but doesn't a movie have to be "filmed" in a special way in order to truly conjure up the 3D effect?
Although it may be heretofore unknown to us, the British comic-strip 'Tamara Drewe' is set for adaptation on the big screen, according to Variety.
Posy Simmonds' strip ran in the U.K. newspaper the Guardian and focuses on "a sexy flirt who returns to her small country village and stirs up dark passions among the locals." The strip, collected as a graphic novel, is a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy's classic novel 'Far from the Madding Crowd'.
Director Stephen Frears ('High Fidelity') is directing. Gemma Arterton ('Quantum of Solace', 'Prince of Persia', 'Clash of the Titans') will star as the title character.
Also cast are Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Luke Evans, Bill Camp and Tamsin Greig.
Ruby Films and BBC Films are producing the project, along with West End Films, which is handling international sales.
So, there's been much discussion of the Marvel/Disney deal, and whether or not the entertainment conglomerate can wrangle back the film rights to key Marvel characters that are currently farmed out to the likes of 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Sony.
This week, animation producer Greg Weisman, currently employed as Supervising Producer on the 'Spectacular Spider-Man' TV series, reveals that some horsetrading has already begun. Here's the post from his blog:
Okay, in the period of just a few days, I have been rocked by two incredible pieces of news.
1. Last Thursday (8/27/09), Vic Cook and I were informed that in exchange for some concession vis-a-vis the live action Spider-Man features, Sony returned the television rights (including the animated television rights) for Spider-Man to Marvel. This took place the day before ComicCon, I'm told. But I was only informed of it this past week.
2. Today (8/31/09) comes the news that Disney has purchased Marvel outright.
So, in the run-up to the Disney announcement, Marvel managed to bring the TV
rights to Spidey back into the fold. We wonder where direct-to-DVD movies fall in that equation? Will this mean some animated Spidey movies coming out of Marvel studios? For now it sounds like TV series rights only, but who knows what will be revealed tomorrow?
Bloggers at both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter claim that Jon Favreau is looking to come on board DreamWorks/Universal's 'Cowboys & Aliens' as director.
He would join his 'Iron Man' star Robert Downey Jr., who has long been attached to the project.
The film is written by this summer's hot hands, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel of the same name. Damon Lindeloff is also working with the pair on the current draft.
Producing are Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg of Platinum, Steven Spielberg, Kurtzman and Orci.
Filming would start next summer, while 'Iron Man 2' hits theaters.
Favreau's attachment is somewhat surprising as the expectation has bee that he would helm Marvel's 'Avengers' movie, although there still may be room in the schedule to do both.
iVerse Comics is holding a twitter contest that could see you winning a $25 iTunes gift card (which you can use to purchase swell comics, of course)!
Here are their collected tweets from this morning: