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By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Source: Mania

'Kick-Ass' opening weekend hype. Plus: 'Jonah Hex' trailers and troubles. Even more new 'Iron Man 2' footage online. Ennis' 'Crossed' goes indie route and more! One your you, nineteen for your Comics2Film 10.4.16!




Greg Weisman, supervising producer of the cool 'Spectacular Spider-Man' TV show confirms for ToonZone what most fans already suspected.

"I've heard nothing directly from Marvel, but I think the 'Ultimate Spider-Man' announcement makes it fairly clear that 'The Spectacular Spider-Man' is over," Weisman said.

Fans of Weisman's storytelling are encouraged to pick up a copy of his new comic book 'Mecha Nation' coming next month from Ape Entertainment.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.





Late last year Dare Comics announced plans to bring their little-known series 'The Hunter' to the big screen.

This week they've announced that Aussie director Shane Abbess has come on board to to direct the feature. Abbess made his debut with 2007s guns and angels action flick 'Gabriel', which he also wrote and produced.

"Shane has a great reputation, but the reality of working with him surpasses it. Not only is he fantastic with action, he immediately understood how to get the best out of the Hunter universe and characters," said Dare Comics founder, Adam Hamdy. "It’s very exciting to be working with such a talented director."

"The Hunter comics blew me away," said Abbess. "The series offers a very contemporary take on the superhero genre, and I’m excited about bringing the Hunter to life. It’s an extremely rare opportunity to be involved in the genesis of what should be a very significant franchise."

According to the press release, Hamdy and Abbess are collaborating closely, with Hamdy scripting the movie.

"Working so closely with the creator is a dream, everything’s developing so quickly that the Hunter has become a real juggernaut," Abbess said.

A contemporary superhero comic set against the backdrop of organized crime, 'The Hunter' launched in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. Using an innovative combination of print and online distribution, The Hunter has attracted a readership that rivals some of the leading comic titles in the world.

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JONAH HEX Trailer and Troubles

New York Magazine's Vulture blog focuses its attention on the 'Jonah Hex' movie, or rather the troubled history of this film. Specifically it looks into the question of why the movie lacks a trailer when it is mere months away from release.

Word is that a trailer is targeted to run with the upcoming 'Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot'. However, given the film's difficult production, they may not get the clip-reel together in time, and that would likely mean delaying the release of the movie. Regardless some insiders predict that Warner is going to have to over spend on marketing to make up for lost time.

Vulture looks to Brent Hinds (guitarist for the metal band Mastadon who was charged with coming up with music for the film) for new insights into the film's development woes.

"What I’ve seen so far doesn’t seem to be finished to me," Hinds told Vulture, adding, "I’d heard a little rumor: 'This shit ain’t gonna be ready.' But then again, Warner Bros. is such a fucking bastard. They’re like, 'The shit comes out on the day it’s supposed to.' But what do I know? I’m just the dude to whom they’re like, ‘Hey, play some crazy fuckin’ music!'"

Mastadon had been hired by director Jimmy Hayward to work with composer John Powell ('Horton Hears a Who') on the film. However, when the movie underwent major reshoots this year, Powell was not available to score the new scenes, so the music thus far had to be scrapped. Marco Beltrami ('Blade 2') came on board and everything started over. Unfortunately Mastadon was now on tour.

"All of a sudden, there’s this new guy, who went in a different direction," Hinds said. "And there was no way he could connect with me: They brought all the new scenes to us, but I was on tour this entire time, so I had no time to preconceive what I wanted the movie to sound like. Being so busy ... it's hard to be creative when you're going through the same motions every day [onstage]."

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SMALLVILLE Producer Talks Season Finale

'Smallville' fans will find several interviews with showrunner and executive producer Brian Peterson online this week, as he makes the rounds hyping up the close of season nine. Click over to E! Online and IGN for some insights.

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Azaria talks SMURFS, Gargamel and Azrael

A few weeks back we reported that cameras were rolling on the new 'Smurfs' movie. Among the cast is Hank Azaria ('The Simpsons', 'Mystery Men') who plays the villainous Gargamel, which is set to be a live-action character, rather than a CGI one.

Azaria chatted with MTV Movies Blog who sat down with Azaria on the set of the film to watch him undergo makeup transformation into the character, including his trademark comb over.

"It looks like the cartoon: he's got hair around the sides [of his head], crazy eyebrows, ridiculous teeth and a big nose. It's insane," Azaria said.

The actor also said the villains cat familiar Azrael will be in the movie and will be animated similar to the process used for the Odie character in the 'Garfield' movie. That is to say, a real cat will act the part with CG animation to fill in specific interactions and expressions.

"I think a combination of everything you can do to make a cat come to life will be done with this cat," is what Azaria predicts.

Click through for the complete interview.

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Ennis' CROSSED Going Indie Route

Producer Ken F. Levin is looking to duplicate Matthew Vaughn's model for developing 'Kick-Ass' outside of the studio system with an adaptation of Garth Ennis' horror comic 'Crossed', according to Variety.

Billed by publisher Avatar press as "the most twisted book of Ennis' career", the book involves the disintegration of civilization as a 'Crazies' style plague sweeps over the world. The uninfected struggle to survive against the psychologically depraved Crossed.

Levin has teamed with producer Michael De Luca, Kickstart Entertainment's Jason Netter and Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions to independently finance the development and production of the movie. Once it's completed, they'll seek a distribution deal.



KICK-ASS Opening Weekend Hype

After a steady buildup of hype over the past few months Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic 'Kick-Ass' finally arrives in U.S. theaters.

The film has been playing in various foreign territories for several weeks and has accumulated an not-too-exciting gross of about $12.4 million.

Nevertheless, Hollywood Reporter and Box Office Mojo both predict the film will top the weekend with a gross somewhere in the $25-$30 million, which is in the ballpark of the film's production budget. Mojo says the film has much in common with last year's 'Zombieland' in terms of tone, demographic appeal and is stylistically similar to 'Kill Bill Vol. 2' both of which did (adjusted) box office in the same range.

In related news, Vaughn talked with MTV Splash Page about what fans won't see on the big screen this weekend.

"There is about 18 minutes of [deleted] footage, which is really good stuff," the director told MTV News. "If the film is a hit, I'll do an extended cut."

Vaughn said the reason for the cuts had to do with pacing, rather than content or quality. "I was trying to make it snappy and short, because I think a lot of movies have become way too long," Vaughn said.

Comics pundit Steven Grant saw the movie months ago and, via his column on Comic Book Resources, shares his thoughts about what makes the movie special and how the new comic-to-film engine is helping and hurting the comics business. "Personally, based on my own experience, I'd recommend forgetting about [doing comics as] film pitches at all and just producing the best idea you can think of the way you want to see it done," Grand said. "But if you're going to do it, you may as well take a nod from KICK-ASS  and do it right."

Critical reaction continues to be highly positive. The film's Rotten Tomatoes score dipped 1 percentage point since yesterday, but still holds at a solid 75% with over 50 new reviews factored in.

And if you care to Kick-Ass for a cause, we'd direct your attention to five autographed posters from the film being auctioned off to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Each poster is autographed by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Mark Millar, and John Romita Jr. Winning bidders will get the poster along with a signed letter verifying their authenticity, a 'Kick-Ass' character t-shirt, the official 'Kick-Ass' book, keychain, lenticular postcard, and stickers. Auctions begin today and will end Friday, April 23, 2010. Interested fans and collectors should be aware there are only a limited amount of posters available.

Star bidding here, here, here, here and here

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There's another new TV ad for 'Iron Man 2' online (thanks to Superhero Hype) with some new footage from the movie, including our first look at Iron Junior!

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