Guy Ritchie is on board to direct a fast-tracked 'Lobo' movie. Plus: Cameras roll on 'Green Hornet'. Mastodon scores 'Jonah Hex'. New 'Surrogates' footage and more! Clear the fraggin' way, ya bean-headed geeks! It's your Comics2Film 9.9.3!
Ain't It Cool breaks the news that metal musicians Mastondo are providing the score for the Warner Bros/DC Comics film 'Jonah Hex'.
Columbia Pictures has announced that production is underway on 'The Green Hornet', Seth Rogen as the vigilante crime-fighter. Filming will take place entirely in Los Angeles. The film is set for release December 17, 2010.
Michel Gondry is directing of course. Neal H. Moritz ('I Am Legend') is producing. Michael Grillo ('The Accidental Tourist'), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Ori Marmur ('Evan Almighty') and George W. Trendle, Jr are all named as Executive Producers.
Evan and Goldberg wrote the script.
Jay Chou co-stars as Kato. Other cast includes Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson. Nicolas Cage is also in negotiations to appear in the film.
Academy Award-nominee John Schwartzman ('Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian') is the director of photography. Production designer is Owen Paterson ('The Matrix Revolutions'), Kym Barrett ('Speed Racer') serves as costume designer and Michael Tronick ('Mr. & Mrs. Smith') is editing.
Latino Review has exclusively debuted a TV spot for 'Surrogates' entitled "Control". Click through to view.
Thanks Antonello Blueberry for the submission.
The Global Post has an article on Kuwaiti cartoonist Naif al-Mutawa's high-profile comics series 'The 99' which is said to be in the works as an animated TV show.
The book features Islamic-inspired superheroes, (called "The 99," in reference to the 99 names that Muslims have for God). According to Wikipedia, the award-winning comics featured the work of veteran creators like Fabian Nicieza, Stuart Moore, June Brigman, Dan Panosian, John McCrea, Ron Wagner, Sean Parsons and Monica Kubina. They've been published in the Middle East by Teshkeel Comics, but the characters have yet to debut in the U.S. However, back in July, DC Comics announced a crossover with 'The 99'.
The Global Post article is very vague on details for the animated series. Presumably it is intended for foreign markets, but all the Post reveals about it is that "negotiations with broadcasters are still being finalized, though 'The 99' should be on select TV networks by the end of this year."
Bloody Disgusting reveals that, as expected, Ben Ketai has been signed to direct the feature-length sequel to '30 Days of Night' called '30 Days of Night: Dark Days'.
Ketai is a veteran of the '30 Days' franchise, having written the two online serials 'Blood Trails' and 'Dust to Dust' and having directed the latter of the two.
Last April, Steve Niles revealed that he and Ketai were co-writing the script for 'Dark Days'. Niles also predicts that the film will not see a theatrical release, but is being produced with a lower budget than the original.
As with the comic book 'Dark Days' the movie will focus on Stella Oleson (played in the original by Melissa George) as she attempts to wage war on the vampires who wiped out Barrow by outing them to the public while simultaneously working with an underground network of vampire hunters. It's unclear if George will return for the sequel, but it seems more likely that the part will be re-cast.
According to Bloody Disgusting, filming will begin in October in Vancouver, Canada.
If you're interested in Warner Bros upcoming release 'Whiteout', based on the graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Leiber, you'll find a couple of articles online this week.
Comic Book Resources has a good summary of the press conference that happened recently in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, The Comics Continuum has comments from Greg Rucka, Kate Beckinsale, Joel Silver and director Dominic Sena.
Here's a movie that producer Joel Silver has been trying to put together for about 10 years now.
Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter announced simultaneously yesterday that filmmaker Guy Ritchie would transition from 'Sherlock Holmes' directly to a filmed adaptation of DC Comics' bad boy anti-hero 'Lobo'.
Created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen in the pages of 'Omega Men', Lobo devolved into a muscled up, cigar chomping, nasty biker-dude/bounty hunter with a taste for sex, violence and rock & roll (not to mention a soft spot for space dolphins). Marked by over-the-top violence and a caustic sense of humor, 'Lobo' became a cult favorite among fans, appearing frequently as villain and from time-to-time in his own comics mini-series.
Plans are to make the movie PG-13.
Comics2Film at Mania.com spoke exclusively to DC film czar Gregory Noveck who said that fans needn't worry about the fact that the movie isn't R-rated.
"It's very much 'Lobo'. That's been the key," Noveck said of the film. "When you think about it Lobo has always been geared towards that 13-year-old in all of us. Even though it's PG-13 it isn't gonna be soft. He ain't gonna be cuddly."
Variety provides this summary of the storyline: "[Lobo] lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc. Lobo teams with a small town teenaged girl to stop the creatures."
Don Payne ('Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer') has penned the script. Silver Pictures is co-producing the Warners production with Weed Road. Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, and Andrew Rona are producing. Steve Richards and Kerry Foster will be executive producers. Jon Berg is shepherding for Warners, which is looking to begin production early next year. Gregory Noveck oversees for DC.
Thanks to WarCry and Antonello Blueberry for the submission.