Kirbys win a round in their legal battle against Marvel. Plus: New-Gen Universe gets a movie deal. Clockwork Girl begins animation. Quesada talks Hulk TV and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.30!
Comic Book Resources chatted up Marvel chief Joe Quesada about the goings-on with regards to the company's TV initiatives. Quesada was predictably tight-lipped about specific shows and refused to confirm even things that have been openly disclosed by other Marvel people. But he did speak in general terms about what he's been involved with.
"I’m out of my head with excitement at some of the things I’ve read and heard pitched for the small screen. When I think back to just where we were last year as a company and I look at us today, it’s pretty miraculous," Quesada said. "When people use to ask me years ago where I saw Marvel ten years in the future, I would always say, 'Complete worldwide domination!' Looks like we’re on our way!"
Quesada then refused to comment on talk of Hulk and Cloak and Dagger TV shows.
"While I’m not going to comment on rumors, what I can say is that when you look at Marvel and it’s characters we have a huge catalog with tons of characters and concepts that can adapt beautifully to TV," Quesada said. "The fun part for our ABC family and us is going through these characters and concepts while figuring out which would be the very best at this exact time."
"The one thing that’s critical is that whatever that first show turns out be, it has to hit the ground running and it has to kick major ass. We have to make a huge statement about what Marvel TV is and what the future is going to hold for us, so we’re taking great care with what we consider for development and how we develop it. This will also take into account the creative people that we choose to get involve with on each of our shows, and in the Merry Marvel tradition, we’ll only be working with the very best."
Warner Home Entertainment has announced details for the February release of All-Star Superman. Click through for the scoop.
Marc Guggenheim is one-third of the writing team tasked with bringing Green Lantern and The Flash to the big screen. He's also the creator of the comic Resurrection, which focuses on the world in the wake of a catastrophic attempt by aliens to invade earth.
Not surprisingly, Guggenheim told MTV Splash Page that he has plans to turn that into a movie.
"Actually, an A-list Hollywood director just expressed interest in it, which is really nice. I’ve been working with him and he's fantastic, he totally gets the project. That’s really exciting, because we’ve been in development for a number of years now," Guggenheim said. "We’ve dealt with a whole host of people and some people have really gotten it and other people have not gotten it at all. Some people have been like, 'Do the aliens have to leave the planet?' That’s like doing Batman but his parents don't die and he doesn’t dress up as a bat. Resurrection is continuing to be in progress, and again, it’s all about 'I just don’t want to make it, I want to make it right and I want to make it good.'"
However, Guggenheim admits that he hasn't written the screenplay yet and is a bit concerned about so many other alien invasion survivor concepts coming to the fore.
"Ever since Resurrection came out, there have been a number of projects in development that certainly bear similarities. From what I understand about Falling Skies, the aliens haven't left, so we’re not exactly infringing on each other’s territory," Guggenheim said. "But it definitely has those same similar elements. It’s funny, because Resurrection actually has similar elements to The Walking Dead, if anything."
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Ratings are up for The Walking Dead according to The Hollywood Reporter. The fifth episode of the six-episode season drew the largest audience yet. 5.5 million viewers tuned in, which was a bigger number than the series premiere. AMC has only one episode left to air, before they show takes a break until late 2011.
Indie comic New-Gen Universe has secured a film deal that has Mark Hamill attached to star, according to Variety.
The comic focuses on twin brothers who discover their identity while fighting a futuristic war. It was originally published by A.P.N.G. Enterprises. The property is being developed as a live-action feature film, with prospects for a 3D motion comic as well.
The comics co-creator J.D. Matonti is attached to direct and serve as executive producer. Co-creators Chris Matonti and Julia Coppola are also producing.
From a press release...
Vancouver, British Columbia - Luximation Films Producers, Deboragh Gabler and Sean O'Reilly, are excited to announce their animation production of The Clockwork Girl is underway. It is the first of a string of animated films based on graphic novels published by Arcana Studios in 2007.
The Clockwork Girl is a coming of age story of Tesla, a robot girl, Huxley, a monster boy, who embark on a journey to save their world from destruction.
Under the creative eye of director Kevin Hanna, The Clockwork Girl comes alive with Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), as the voice of Tesla, Jesse McCartney (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Horton Hears a Who) as Huxley, Carrie-Anne Moss (Matrix) as Admiral Wells, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) as T-Bolt and Jeffrey Tambour (Arrested Development) as Wilhelm. Their adventure will surely give audiences a trip of a lifetime.
Luximation Films Inc. was created by uniting two different mediums - Sean O'Reilly's graphic novel and Deboragh Gabler's film production - into one creative vision. Together they are excited to embark on a unique journey with The Clockwork Girl.
THR Esq reports that a New York federal Judge has issued a ruling in the ongoing battle between Marvel Entertainment and legendary comics creator Jack Kirby over the rights to various Marvel characters.
Fans will recall that the children of Jack Kirby, represented by attorney Marc Toberoff (famous for his case against Warner Bros over the rights to Superman) have commenced legal cations against Marvel to terminate the copyright grant to his work, which would include the creation of many flagship Marvel characters, including The Fantastic Four, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and numerous others. The Kirbys have filed 45 such terminations in all.
As a reaction Marvel sued the estate asking the courts to declare that Kirby's work for Marvel constituted "works-made-for-hire" and were not eligible for termination. The estate countersued against that complaint.
So kast week, New York federal judge Colleen McMahon rejected Marvel's petition for declaration, which leaves the door open for the Kirbys to proceed with their case and possibly wrest control of key characters away from the multi-media giant.
However, the rejection of Marvel's petition does not necessarily mean that Marvel has lost the argument that Kirby's work was "work for hire". It just means the argument will have to play out in court. Marvel also succeeded in battling several of the claims made in the Kirby estate's countersuit. One such bid was to force Marvel to return Kirby's original artwork to the estate, which the judge ruled to be barred by the statute of limitations. Other claims rejected had to due with the lack of a credit to Kirby in films such as The Incredible Hulk and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
So the core remaining issue comes down to the nature of the work Kirby did for Marvel and whether his creations can be seen as an assignment of copyright rather than work for hire.
On final interesting wrinkle was Marvel's attempt to dismiss parent company Disney from the proceedings. Judge McMahon says that Disney is exploiting the assets in question and they're in the mix, whether they like it or not.
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