Haley Talks GREEN LANTERN rumors (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Monday, October 19, 2009

Jackie Earle Haley says 'Green Lantern' rumors are news to him. Plus: 'Deadpool' to ignore 'Wolverine' movie. 'X-Men'  producer talks franchise. 'Thor' gets a pair of a-listers? More! All screaming for ice cream, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.19!



SURROGATES Still in the Top 10

The comic-based film 'Surrogates' still holds a spot in the top 10 after it's fourth week of release. The film pulled in about $2 million this weekend bringing it's total domestic groos up to about $36.3 million. It dropped three spots to #9 in the face of debut films 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'Law Abiding Citizen' and 'The Stepfather'.

Check out Mania's box office report for full details.




The hit cartoon 'Spectacular Spider-Man' returns this week with all new episodes. IGN chatted up Supervising Producer and Story Editor Greg Weisman who also talked about the potential for the show to go additional seasons.

The first two seasons of 'Spectacular' have been a co-production with Marvel and Sony, under Sony's film license of the character. However, back in September, just after the Disney/Marvel deal was announced, Wiseman revealed that Marvel had negotiated a deal with Sony to return the TV rights to the character back to them.

What this means for the TV show is unclear at this point, but Wiseman said that, with all things TV, it'll all come down to the ratings.

"If there's a third season, it won't have anything to do with Sony anymore, which is neither good new nor bad news in and of itself. It's just one less company that has to agree to say yes to it. So that puts it squarely in Marvel and Disney's corner," Wiseman said. "How it's going to come down is still very much, I imagine -- not like I'm inside on this -- but I imagine very up in the air. I'm sure we're the least thing they're thinking of now. And then even step back from that and the truth is even before all of these corporate shenanigans were announced, it was always going to be about ratings. And they saved these six episodes for October and November and the sweeps."

Wiseman said he's been in touch with people at Marvel and Disney but there's no clear picture for the future of 'Spectacular Spider-Man'.

"What they're gonna wait to do is see how it does in November sweeps, which means we'll air these six episodes and then I would think, again if the ratings are awful or stellar, the decision is obvious and that'll come pretty quickly. If it's in the middle, the decision could take a little while," Wiseman said.

Fans can catch new episodes of 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' on Disney XD.

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TRANSFORMERS picks up a trio of SPIKE TV Awards

Mania attended the Spike TV Scream Awards 2009 this weekend. The results show won't air until October 27.

However, we can tell you that 'Watchmen' picked up the trophy for the best Comic Book Movie and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' snagged three awards for Best Special Effects, Break-out Performance Female for Isabelle Lucas and Best Sci-Fi Actress for Megan Fox.

Ms.Fox seized the opportunity to try to quell growing ire on the interwebs by heaping some gracious praise on her film and its crew.

"I would like to take this moment to actually say something genuine. There have been a lot of false reports concerning how I feel about this movie and I just want to be very clear that I've always felt that I am a very ordinary part of an extraordinary film," Fox said. "These movies took me out of obscurity and they gave me a career and I am completely grateful to everyone involved with this franchise."

Look for Mania's red carpet coverage this week!



Donner talks X-Franchise

Empire Online chatted with producer Lauren Shuler Donner about the state of the nation with regards to the  expanding 'X-Men' film franchise.

The producer had interesting things to say about 'X-Men: First Class', which she likens to 'Harry Potter'.

"We want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie - we're in the X-Men world so you can't suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun - they're funnier than any other comics I've read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it's aliens, sometimes it's monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world. Occasionally the kids will be in class, but more often they'll be off on adventures."

Donner said she's waiting for a complete script from Josh Schwartz.

With regards to 'Wolverine 2', Donner said they're pushing to make the sequel be the movie they really intended to make the first time around.

"We want to make it authentic so I think it's very likely we'll be shooting in Japan," Donner said. " What's cool about this part of the saga is that Wolverine will be fighting in a different style to what we've seen before. Mariko's father has this stick-like weapon, so Wolverine will have to fight against that. There'll be samurai, ninja, katana blades, different forms of martial arts - mano-a-mano, extreme fighting. We're going to come up with a new style of fighting. It's going to be awesome."

And don't expect the weird version of the Merc With A Mouth (sewn shut) from the first 'Wolverine' movie to taint the planned 'Deadpool' film starring Ryan Reynolds.

"I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane," Donner said. "It's going to be a dark, snarky, very funny movie. It's the hardest story to tell, I think. There's no clear cut villain - though you do have great baddies from the comic-books like Black Tom, Slayback, Blind Al and the Weasel. Blind Al is this blind woman in his house, who he abuses and mocks… it's terrible."

Presently they're talking to writers and hoping to get a script started in November.

Finally, Donner seems ready to declare the long-planned 'Magneto' movie dead.

"I'm not sure that film is going to be made. The studio has a wealth of potential stories, and they have to stand back and decide which ones to make. And Magneto, I think, is at the back of the queue," Donner told Empire. "Maybe it'll get made in five years - who knows?"

Click through for Lauren Shuler Donner's complete comments on the X-Men Franchise.

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Favreau says IRON MAN 2's Relationships Expand

MTV Splash Page is still riding around in a golf cart with director Jon Favreau talking about 'Iron Man 2'. For this leg of the journey Favreau talks about the relationships of the characters, and how they're complicated in the latest outing.

"We introduce Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and she has a dual identity, so that ends up affecting both the superhero side of things and the personal side of things—as I think all good superhero plotlines do," Favreau said. "Then we have Don Cheadle. We've upped Rhodey's significance in the film and now I think the cat's out of the bag about War Machine, so he's in that suit," he said. "How does he become War Machine? What's his relationship to Iron Man?"

Check out his complete comments.

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Raimi Says SPIDER-MAN 4 to Be Lean and Mean

The Geek Files Blog transcribes comments made by director Sam Raimi to DVD & Blu-ray Review about the 'Spider-Man 4' movie.

Raimi says to expect the new Marvel movie to get back to the roots of what made the first two movies work so well.

"I think I've learned about the importance of getting to the point and the importance of having limitations," Raimi said, pointing to his smaller film 'Drag Me to Hell' as a learning experience. He continued, "I'm hoping to take that into a production where I'm actually allowed to explore with more of the tools to pull it off with a little more splendour.

"I hope I don't lose that edge that I've just found. That would be my approach to 'Spider-Man 4': to get back to the basics."

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Law and DeNiro for THOR?

Rumor of the day from Ain't It Cool has actors Jude Law and Robert NeNiro landing roles in Marvel's 'Thor' movie.

The news apparently slipped from actor Matthias Schweighöfer ('Valkyrie') who may also be in the film. Schweighöfer apparently mentioned this to the German edition of GQ.

Law and DeNiro have previously worked with Branagh directing them in 'Sleuth' and 'Frankenstein' respectively. Branagh also appeared in 'Valkyrie' as an actor.

There's no word on who they might be playing. C2F is willing to make a wild guess that Law is playing Fandral and DeNiro is playing Hogun, with young Schweighöfer playing the pretty-boy of Norse Mythology Balder the Brave.

What do you think, Maniacs? Post your dream-casting below...

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COWBOYS & ALIENS To Shun Graphic Novel and Goofy Comedy

Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci told IGN that they have not been slaves to the source material when adapting the graphic novel 'Cowboys & Aliens' for the big screen.

"We went away from it. We took the elements we all loved about it and took our own story, which I can't tell you too much about," Kurtzman said.

They also credit producers Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard as helping them find a tone that for the film that is fun without being to broad in it's comedy.

"You hear the title 'Cowboys & Aliens' and think, what is it? Is it 'Wild, Wild West'? The exact same structure and story can kill you if you have the wrong tone. That's the hard part." Kurtzman said, "It's not a comedy. What we came to is imagine you're watching 'Unforgiven' and then the aliens from 'Alien' land."

Actually, calling it 'Unforgiven' meets 'Aliens' just made this movie a whole lot more interesting...



SMALLVILLE's "Dark Archer" Is Cast

KryptonSite has learned that actor Steve Bacic has landed the role of Oliver Queen's mentor "The Dark Archer" in the upcoming 'Smallville' episode "Disciple." It's the tenth episode of the season, and a return to the show for Bacic, who appeared in the pilot episode eight years ago. C2F readers may recall Bacic as the actor who played Hank McCoy (aka The Beast) in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in 'X2: X-Men United'.



Haley to play Sinestro or not?

Well, the breaking 'Green Lantern' movie news from the weekend came from Ain't It Cool.

The site reported a rumor that actor Jackie Earle Haley is at the top of the list to play the villainous Sinestro in the film. AICN did not disclose the source of their info but deemed the rumor "pretty reliable" as opposed to "rock solid".

Their same source told them that Superman would make a cameo in the film.

However, Haley was walking the red carpet at the Spike TV Scream Awards and he said the talk is news to him. Collider.com chatted with him about the report.

"I was very shocked to hear that. I kind of heard it down there for the first time," Haley told Collider, indicating that he'd just been asked about it moments earlier on the carpet. "By the way, that wasn't me confirming it. I heard about it, I guess, the same way you did."

Collider also asked if he'd screen-tested for the movie, which is what they'd heard from their own anonymous sources.

"You heard wrong. That's not true," Haley said.

So what's up with the discrepancy? Well, remember, all AICN reported was that Haley was on Warner Bros' list. Which may be entirely true even if Warner Bros hasn't begun discussing the role with the actor yet.

Here is Collider's complete chat with Haley:

What do you think, Maniacs? Is Haley a good choice for Sinestro? If not him, then who? Post your comments below...

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