EXCL: Norrington Departs CROW Feature (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Source: Various

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Norrington Departs Crow Feature. Plus: Actor drops Superman casting hints. Walking Dead media online. Manga Pluto to be feature film. More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.21!




PLUTO Feature Film Planned (The manga, not the Disney dog)

Deadline.com reports that plans are afoot to bring Pluto, the recently follow up to Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, to the big screen.

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are teaming on the project which will be a live-action, CGI hybrid. The companies previously teamed on the successful Despicable Me.

The manga was written by Naoki Urasawa and illustrated by Takashi Nagasaki, under the supervision of Makoto Tezuka, Osamu Tezuka's son. The story is set in the world of Astro Boy and involves the investigation of a string of human and robot murders. Several characters from past Tezuka works are featured prominently in the story.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Hammer Says He's Too Young for SUPERMAN

Actor Arnie Hammer dropped a mention in a recent interview which seems to counter all the talk that Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder's Superman will follow the early (and presumably younger days) of Clark Kent.

In speaking with New York Magazine, the Social Network actor did admit that he's had some flirtation with the role. However he doesn't think he'll be considered for it. Why? He says he's too young.

"You know what's funny? I did talk to my people recently about that for the first time, and I think they're going a little older with Superman. I hear they're going 35, 40."

In recent interviews, Snyder has said the movie will focus on the Man of Steel's "early days". Some have interpreted this as being some teen version of Superman (although Batman Begins focused on it's subject's early days and the character wasn't a teenager). Recent rumors have also suggested that the movie will depict Clark Kent as a young reporter, witnessing the kind of inhumanity that cries out for a Superman.

So, if C2F had to guess we'd say Hammer has it wrong. It if he's right, the NY Magazine reporter rightly points out that "Jon Hamm will be excited."

Hammer also discusses his experiences with the Batman role in the Justice League movie. Click through for his comments on that one.

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WALKING DEAD Photos, Video

The Comics Continuum have revealed a number of photos from the upcoming TV series The Walking Dead. A number of interesting images there.

And Movieweb has presented a new clip from the opener, which finds Andrew Lincoln encountering a fellow lawman...and he's WALKING.

The Walking Dead debuts on AMC TV on Halloween night.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



X-MEN Holding CLASS in Georgia

SavannahNow.com reports that 20th Century Fox has locked in an agreement to with the Jekyll Island Authority in Georgia to film X-Men: First Class on Jekyll Island. At the same time they've dropped their hold on a permit to film on Tybee Island.

Here are some details if any of you Maniacs want to descend on the production and shoot some pictures:

Filming is expected to begin on Jekyll later this month and is scheduled to run to the end of the year. Producers will pay the authority $16,000 for use of a 4.5-acre beach area east of Beachview Drive and the fishing pier at Clam Creek. That fee is established as long as producers at the end of filming agree to provide 375 cubic yards of beach-quality sand at the beach location, according to the signed agreement. The sand is worth a film credit of up to $15,000, the agreement states.



Snipes on BLADE, Competition

Deadline.com reports that Wesley Snipes is pumping up the volume on his career rehab. He's producing and possibly starring in Code Name Zorro, about J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to discredit Martin Luther King, Jr. But what we really want to know is what he's doing about bringing Blade back to the big screen.

"Maybe we get around to doing another Blade," Snipes said when asked about the prospect of returning to his signature role, "except, from what I’m reading, every other actor is talking about playing him, and nobody is talking to Wesley. How strange that they don’t come and talk to me about it."

Marvel hasn't  announced any specific plans, but actor Idris Elba has said on a number of occasions that he'd like a shot at the part.

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you up for a fourth BLADE with Snipes in the lead?



Norrington Departs CROW Feature

Exclusive: Comics2Film has learned that director Stephen Norrington is no longer attached to the planned Crow feature film, which was to revitalize the moribund franchise.

Norrington's attachment to the film was announced in December 2008. The director has given regular updates to C2F readers, dispelling the persistent rumor that the movie was to be a remake of Alex Proyas' breakout 1994 film.  We last heard from him in July, when he gave us the details on Nick Cave's polish of his script.

When new rumors emerged that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the lead role in the film, we checked in with Norrington for comment.

"I don't know about that story but I can tell you I'm no longer involved with The Crow," Norrington replied.

He went on to reveal that an unnamed star had gotten involved with the movie. The star supposedly loved Norrington's vision and wanted to work with him, but then rejected the Norrington/Cave script and asked for a completely new take from a completely new writer.

"As I had gotten involved explicitly as a writer-director my exit was inevitable. I was bummed. I had developed a genuinely authentic take that respected the source material while moving beyond it, and Nick Cave came in and added more depth," Norrington tells us. "I think the fans would have been pleasantly surprised."

Norrington declined to name the "star" and his comments suggested to us that it may not have been Wahlberg.

"I will say I think Wahlberg could be cool if they take a gritty blue-collar approach," Norrington commented on the rumor. "He's a truthful actor. I think he could really ground the supernatural stuff."

So, after 18 months or so of development under Norrington, it looks like Relativity Media's Crow relaunch has gone back to square one.

The filmmaker says he's now focused on The Lost Patrol for Legendary Pictures and is developing his latest draft of the script for that film. "I'm also just about to start production on an indie animation/live action project, which will take a few years to complete."



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!

Series: Superman (Nolan/Snyder Relaunch), Walking Dead, Blade 4, X-Men: First Class, The Crow Relaunched, Pluto