EXCLUSIVE: Norrington says CROW before PATROL (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Source: Various

Norrington says 'Crow' before 'Patrol'. Plus: 'Lone Ranger' gets 'Revolutionary' writer. 'Kick-Ass' wants you to be a super hero. 'Losers' win summer release and more! It's like that painting elephant of being awesome, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.12!




Earlier in the week Mania posted 3 preview clips and a bat-boat-load full of images from the upcoming episode of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold'  called "The Super Batman of Planet X". We've since been informed by Cartoon Network that the schedule for the show has been changed. The network now plans to air re-runs of 'Brave and the Bold' through the rest of February and early March. The "Super Batman" episodes will air at some time in late March.



SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW: Interviews and Previews

If you're fans of the tiny toon titans 'Super Hero Squad' then you can direct your browser to Comic Book Resources. They've got  an interview with singer/voice actress Grey DeLisle who plays Ms. Marvel on the show. She's also lent her voice to such fan fare as 'Batman: Brave and the Bold' and 'G.I.Joe: Resolute'.

Or, you can surf over to the Comics Continuum for a video interview with Cort Lane, director of animation development at Marvel Entertainment, about the season finale of the show. This weekend's blow-out finds all the assembled Squaddies fighting Galactus (voiced by George Takei) who has arrived on Earth with his herald Stardust (not to mention Firelord and Terrax).

Speaking of which, if you want to see Galactus' arrival in Earth's orbit and the Fantastic Four and Iron Man battling Firelord and Terrax, tune in to Mania's video section at noon today when we unveil right now for a preview clip from the season finale! It's Clobberin' Time!

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



LOSERS Wins Summer Debut

Variety reports that Warner Bros. has done some schedule shuffling and has transferred 'The Losers' into the thick of the Summer season.

Previously due out on April 9, the action flick will now bow on June 4. The primary reason seems to be to keep the comics adaptation out of the path of the studio's own blockbuster 'Clash of the Titans', which drops on April 2. The move also gives time for some tweaks to the movie, following a recent test screening in Los Angeles.

In its new spot 'The Losers' will be up against 'The Killers', 'Get Him to the Greek' and another comic adaptation 'Marmaduke', which should provide audiences that weekend with a diverse set of movie options.




Look for 'Revolutionary Road' writer Justin Haythe to take on screenwriting chores on Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney's 'Lone Ranger' relaunch, according to Heat Vision.

Even though Dis unveiled the project with much fanfare (including a commitment from Johnny Depp to play Tonto) way back in 2008, there's been very little movement on the property. All parties involved seemed more focused on the lucrative 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, which finds its fourth installment going before cameras this year.

Heat Vision says that the deal is a bit of make-up for Haythe, who had been hired for the studio's '20,000 Leagues' revamp, which was recently sunk.



Become a KICK-ASS Superhero!

Lionsgate is running a clever campaign, keying off the core idea of 'Kick-Ass' in which a teen becomes inspired to try his hand at costumed adventuring.

The studio encourages fans to visit IWillKickAss.com to create their own superhero and win a cameo in the 'Kick-Ass 2' comic. Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. are judging the competition.

Here's how to start kicking ass:

  1. Upload your picture, connect with Facebook or use your webcam to capture your superhero pose.
  2. Add weapons, helmets, masks and superhero gear to create your best superhero.
  3. Choose your superhero name and identity.
  4. Encourage your friends to vote for your superhero!

The ten superheroes with the most votes will make it to the final round. One winner will be chosen by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. and nine runner-ups will win Kick-Ass prize packs.

What are you waiting for Maniacs? Go kick some ass, and then drop a link to your superhero creation in our Submit a Scoop jar so we can get other Maniacs to vote for you!



Norrington says CROW before PATROL

Throughout 2009, Comics2Film at Mania has posted several exclusive reports keeping you apprised of the planned revamp of 'The Crow'.

Director Stephen Norrington took on the project in 2008 as both director and screenwriter, planning a film that would not be a remake of Alex Proyas' classic film, but a new take on the mythology that focuses on a new set of characters. Relativity Media is the studio developing the picture.

Last month word broke that Norrington was also prepping a supernatural World War II pic called 'The Lost Patrol'.

Norrington talked exclusively with us this week to bring us up to date on the development of both movies.

The director said 'The Crow' is moving towards a greenlight from the studio. "The producer and visual effects people are crunching numbers," Norrington said. "We've opened discussions with major cast but nothing is final yet."

In terms of scheduling, Norrington said that 'The Crow' with its completed script and current level of heat would probably film before 'Patrol'. Norrington told C2F that he's still working on the script for that and expects to delver a first draft this month.

As for the continuing adventures of James O'Barr's avatar of revenge, Norrington said he hopes to, "shoot in the summer, but nothing's certain," he said, adding, "Is it ever?

"Cast and budget and schedules will no doubt continue to adjust all equations," he cautioned.

Comics creator James O'Barr created 'The Crow' in the 1980s as a self-published comic, focusing on a supernatural goth avenger, looking to punish those responsible for the death of his fiance. In 1989 Gary Reed's Caliber Comics began publishing the series, and it became an underground sensation. That lead to Proyas' 1994 film, which launched the character to cult status.

Norrinton's movie will be the fifth featuring some version of 'The Crow'.

What do you think, Maniacs? If you were at the casting table, who would you cast as THE CROW? Post your comments below...

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