CROW Flies Forward (

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Source: Various

'The Crow' franchise relaunch flies forward. Plus: Justice Society on 'Smallville' cast info. 'Indestructible Man' gets film deal. 'Thor' gets another cast member? More! Sponsored by Vandalay Industries, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.20!



INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN Show based on Platinum Studios Comic

Platinum Studios seems to be on a roll setting up film and TV projects these days. 'Dead of Night' is in theaters next year. 'Cowboys & Aliens' seems like it may film soon. And there's an ever-growing list of projects in development.

Now we can add the as-yet-unpublished comic 'Indestructible Man' to the list, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Fox21 has pacted with Platinum to develop the concept as a TV series.

According to the report, the concept focuses on a secret agent called Nick Rabel, who cannot be killed, although he can be injured. Like many Platinum properties, the comic book version has not yet been published. Neither are any details about it are available on the Platinum website.

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Actor Doug Jones told It's Just Movies that he's unclear what plans, if any, 20th Century Fox has for a stand-alone 'Silver Surfer' movie. Fans will recall that Jones handled the physical performance of the character in the 'Fantastic Four' movie, and the initial success of that film lead Fox to start development on a spin-off movie. It's been pretty quiet since then.

"There are still a couple of years left on their option for two more pictures with me, as a three-picture deal is quite standard when starting a franchise-potential character. But with all the 're-boot' talk of the Fantastic Four, I have no idea where that leaves the Silver Surfer end of things," Jones said in an interview with the site. "I would love to re-visit this character. I do love Norrin Radd.”

Jones also said that, in spite of internet rumors, he has not been contacted by anyone involved with the 'Green Lantern' movie, although he'd certainly be interested in the opportunity arose.



Dougherty says DEAD@17 Still In the Early Stages

Filmmaker Michael Dougherty, presently promoting his October DVD fright fest 'Trick r' Treat' told MTV Splash Page that much of what fans have heard about a 'Dead@17' movie is just rumor.

"That’s so early in development,” Dougherty told MTV. "There’s just nothing to talk about right now."

Dougherty is a a producer on the film, based on the hit series from Viper Comics. However he's not attached as screenwriter and no script has been written yet. Of course this means that any casting talk is premature as well.

"We’re still kicking around ideas. It’s really, really early."



SMALLVILLE's Justice Society Revealed

A flurry of reports from various sources have revealed the line-up and cast for the Justice Society of America's appearance on 'Smallville'. The episode, called "Society" is written by comics great Geoff Johns, who brought the Legion of Superheroes into the fold last season.

As reported earlier, Johns' creation Stargirl is among the JSA. Now Fancast has revealed that actress Britt Irvin will play Courtney Whitmore in the episode. Irvin has been previously seen on 'Aliens in America'.

Yesterday, IGN broke the news that Hawkman and Dr. Fate will accompany her. 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Burn Notice' vet Michael Shanks will play the winged warrior. Brent Stait, another 'Stargate' alumn, will don the helmet of Fate.

At least we hope there's a helmet. 'Smallville' is known for watering down the DCU characters for the small screen. However, one thing we can report is that Hawkman will resemble his comic book counterpart.

Johns reported as much to his followers on Twitter. "Yes, Hawkman will have wings. And a big mace," Johns wrote. "Oh. And he and Green Arrow don't get along. At all."

Color us excited for the "Society" episode of 'Smallville', airing some time in January!

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Bloody Disgusting has the scoop on the cast of the '30 Days of Night' sequel, filming soon in Vancouver. Look for Rhys Coiro (the volatile art-film director from 'Entrourage') and Mia Kirshner ('The Black Dahlia') in major roles. Also appearing are Harold Perrineau ('Lost'), Kiele Sanchez ('A Perfect Getaway), Diora Baird ('Night of the Demons') and Monique Ganderton.

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Goldsman Talks LOBO and SWAMP THING

The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog takes an in-depth look at filmmaker Akiva Goldsman who, for better or worse, is a major player in the game of comic-based movies.

For example, he's a producer on the recently-announced 'Lobo' movie, which has Guy Ritchie directing.

"There's something hyperbolic and authentic about a Guy Ritchie movie. His best movie are deeply, deeply  stylized yet they are all grounded; there's a grit of stylization, which sounds like an oxymoron but it makes perfect sense when you've seen his films," Goldsman said, "We've never seen Guy's sensibility married to a project with such a large special effects budget."

Ritchie is apparently set to shoot a test scene for the film next month. "We've got the character design pretty much done," Goldsman said, "and the test will get us moving forward to the next step."

Presently there is no casting on the film, so it's unclear exactly who or what  will be filmed.

Goldsman also dropped some hints about the highly-anticipated big-screen upgrade for DC Comics' 'Swamp Thing'. The character previously saw live-action success in a pair of movies and a fondly-remembered TV-show, all of which starred late actor Dick Durock under 80 pounds of latex and costuming.

Goldsman plans for the new version to be different.

"We want a film with real Southern, dark horror overtones, a little bit like a classic Universal horror film," Goldsman said.

Click through for an interesting read about a highly-successful filmmaker who is usually greeted with skepticism by the fans.

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MTV Splash Page's golf-cart ride with director Jon Favreau continues. This segment of the cart path takes us into 'Cowboys & Aliens' territory. Readers will recall that back in September, the Hollywood trades announced that Favreau and his favorite leading man, Robert Downey Jr. were on board the Platinum Studios project.

Indeed, screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have talked about their meetings with the director during their recent publicity tours.

However, Favreau downplayed his and Downey's involvement a bit, making it seem as if he's not locked in for the picture.

"We've been discussing the idea of me directing it. I like the project, they like me," he said. "It's all about release dates and windows and availability."

That applies to Downey as well.

"When I spoke to [Downey Jr.], it was definitely something he was interested in. I saw him briefly before he went away to shoot 'Due Date,'" said Favreau. "I just started talking [Steven] Spielberg and Ron Howard and [Alex] Kurtzman and [Roberto] Orci. It's a really great bunch of producers and writers, and it's already a great script. It's nice to have a piece of material this far out."

He also said he sees the tone of movie as more 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' than 'Unforgiven' (as the screenwriters stated).

"I think 'Butch Cassidy' feels like the right tone, because there's humor, but there are stakes," Favreau said.

Check out the video interview:



Dominic Cooper in THOR too?

The 'Thor' casting revelations seem to unfold every few days. chatted with actor Dominic Cooper may or may not be reading for a part in the film. Here's the conversation from the extensive Q & A. Draw whatever conclusions you will...

Movieline: Finally, have you been approached to play a role in Thor?
Cooper: Ummm…yeah. Kind of.

Movieline: But nothing’s finalized?
Cooper: No, absolutely not. Do you know much about Thor?

Movieline: I know some.
Cooper: Tell me: Is there a good part for me?

Movieline: I know of a few that still need filling.
Cooper: Which one would you see me as?

Movieline: Fandral, maybe?
Cooper: [Looking down at the script sides near him] You know! You’re looking at these very confidential pages!

Movieline: I can read upside down, Dominic.
Cooper: It says “confidential,” Kyle! [Laughs]

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Raimi says Bruce Campbell's SPIDER-MAN 4 Role is "Meaty"

Months back Bruce Campbell caused a stir by claiming he has a major role in 'Spider-Man 4'. That lead to much speculation here at Mania as well as other destinations on the web, that perhaps Campbell would be a villain in this film. Maybe it might even be revealed that his roles in the previous three films are somehow interconnected.

MTV Splash Page put the question to Raimi who kind of laughed the whole thing off. He did admit that he was trying to give Campbell a good part to play, but it does not sound like he'll be any kind of major villain in the film.

"I promised him we would write something because I really love putting him in the pictures," Raim said while laughing at the question. "I promised him a good, meaty role."

And yet, in spite of there being several drafts of the script for the film finished, Raimi claims Campbell's role hasn't been decided. "I don't even know what it is yet."

Which seems to preclude Campbell from being a major villain in the piece.



More indicators for GREEN LANTERN in New Orleans

The Times-Picayune (via reports that the production team for 'Green Lantern' are, indeed, locking down resources for filming in the New Orleans area.

According to their report, neither State film production officials nor Warner Bros. would not comment on the film's presence in Louisiana. However, a rep for Second Line Stages said he has been contacted by producers and the film could be set up there very soon.

"The rumors are correct," said Kevin Murphy,  the manager of studio operations at the Lower Garden District facility. "We are working out the details,  and we have a nonrefundable contract" to rent stage space to the production.

Murphy told the Times-Picayune that his company's contract on 'Green Lantern' calls for the production to start building sets on Second Line's sound stages in December. He also said that principal photography is slated for March and would continue into July or August.

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Director Edgar Wright posted a photograph from the editing pay of 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World' over the weekend.

Writes Wright (pictured at right), "Editing on a Sunday. With today's Observer to prove it. And special guest from Look Around You's BBC Scotland studios - Dougall (My Scottish Twin)."

On the monitors, fans will notice on Satya Bhabha as evil ex-boyfriend Matthew Patel flanked on one side by a "Demon Hipster Girl".



THE CROW Flies Forward

C2F has been watching the development of the new 'Crow' movie, spinning out of the comic mythologies created by James O'Barr in the late 1980s.

Last December we learned that director Stephen Norrington was set to relaunch the once-successful film franchise for Relativity Media. Although it initially looked like plans called for a remake of Alex Proyas' break-out film of 1994, we revealed in the summer that Norrington planned to created a new character and storyline for the relaunch.

A source close to the production exclusively revealed to Comics2Film at that Norrington's current draft of the script has been "very well received" by Relativity.

Back in December, Norrington described what he hoped to bring to the franchise in terms of sharpening its tone for 21st century audiences. "Whereas [Alex] Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style," Norrington said at the time.

According to our source, the project is moving forward and attention will now turn to casting the film. Watch for more as things unfold with 'The Crow'.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who should don the makeup and leather of O'Barr's undead avenger? Post your comments below...

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