Work on Brodie's Law movie heats up. Plus: Maintenance gets toon deal. Dark Knight locations and other rumors. Brolin talks Men in Black III and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.20!
Yep. You read that right. 21 Jump Street and Night at the Roxbury player Richard Grieco will be playing the role of Loki in the Thor movie.
Not Marvel's Thor movie, mind you. No, we're talking about The Almighty Thor which Bleeding Cool reports was unveiled at last month's American Film Market. The movie is being readied for a March 2011 release by the knock-off-arific direct-to-DVD studio Asylum Films. This is the same studio that brought you such hits as The Terminators and Transmorphers. They've also got an alien invasion diddy called Battle of Los Angeles coming next year as well!
Big Sexy Kevin Nash plays the all-father Odin here, with a newcomer named Cody Deal wielding the hammer.
Of course, Marvel's Thor has always invited knockoffs, being rooted in classic Norse mythology as it is. Virtually every comics publisher has their own version of the character. Heck, Marvel even has three or four. Check out feature on Thor Posers from last year.
According to a report for Canada's national newspaper The Globe and Mail, Zack Snyder's Superman movie may be filming on sound stages in Vancouver.
Peter Leitch, chair of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC and president of North Shore Studios and Mammoth Studios is quoted with saying as much to the outlet, although he simply said it was Snyder's "next feature" without calling-out The Man of Steel specifically. An independent source for Globe and Mail confirmed that the Superman movie was headed for the great white North next summer.
Snyder has previously called Vancouver home to his comic-based productions of Watchmen and 300.
Live5News in South Carolina have a report up about the filming of X-Men: First Class on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Of interesting note is a quote about tourism on the island.
"I understand some areas you won't recognize but some areas you will like, for example, the fishing pier will be recognizable in the film. So we are excited about that. Hopefully, it will drive some visitation here and on in the future," said Garvey.
So if the Jekyll Island pier is being depicted as is (and not a fictitious location) it dashes some speculation that Jekyll might be a stand-in for Krakoa or The Savage Land.
Batman on Film is reporting that The Dark Knight Rises may film on locations in Asia, the U.K., Los Angeles, Detroit and New York. Strangely there's little word of filming in Chicago, although that's a likely location as well as it has served for the previous two films.
BOF also has word that actor Tom Hardy is definitely not playing Hugo Strange in the movie. This is coming from a "solid source" and they claim high confidence in the debunking. However, their source has not revealed who Hardy actually will play.
SuperheroHype has transcribed some of actor Chris Evans' recent quotes from the current issue of Wizard Magazine.
The actor talks at length about his portrayal of Steve Rogers.
"...he has a pure heart. It's the morality, the nobility. He's a real redeeming character to play, it's exciting to think of playing him. I actually have a friend of mine who I'm modeling the character after. This guy is actually an Eagle Scout, he's one of those guys who stayed in the Boy Scouts all the way until he was 18," Evans said. "He's just a good human being. He does the right things, he's open, he's honest, he's sincere, he's selfless. It's something that I think everyone aspires to. A lot of time I play characters who don't have any redeeming quality [Laughing]."
A veteran now of numerous comic-based movies (Fantastic Four, Scott Pilgrim, The Losers) Evans also said he tries not to get too caught up in fan chatter as it can drain his self-confidence, but says he hasn't had any negative experiences with the faithful anyway.
"It's great so far, They're so enthusiastic. They want the product [to be] as good as you want the project to be. These guys live and die for it. It reminds you why you make these movies. These people want it to be good so desperately, that you so desperately want to give them what they're looking for..."
The movie arrives in theaters on July 22.
Heat Vision reports that DreamWorks Animation have picked up the film rights to the Oni Press comic Maintenance. It was previously set up at Warner Bros, who recently put the project into turnaround.
The comic involves two janitors who work for TerroMax, Inc., the world's biggest and best evil science think tank.
DreamWorks will restart the project from scratch.
Comics2Film at Mania can exclusively report that the film version of the indie Brit comic Brodie's Law has landed a screenwriter in Gary Young. Stephen L'Heureux of Solipsist Films is producing.
The comic, created by Daley Osiyemi and David Bircham, focuses on a career criminal named Jack Brodie who is hired to steal research data from a high-tech lab. He succeeds in the job but it makes him the most wanted man in Britain, being targeted by every direction. When his family is harmed Brodie goes on the offensive, using the research materials which give himself the ability to morph his appearance into any other person and embarking on a bloody trail of revenge.
So who better to write a revenge-themed pot boiler than Gary Young? He penned the script for last year's well received Harry Brown which saw Michael Caine seeking the same.
There were attempts to make a film from the comic some years back, which had Renny Harlin producing and directing. That version of the project was with different producers.
Solipsist Films is starting over with Young and we're told that the movie has several high-profile British directors circling it.
Although there is no casting on the movie at these early stages, Osiyemi told us many years ago that he'd love to see Jason Statham or Hugh Jackman in the lead role.
L'Heureux and Solipsist Films are also making the Full Moon Fever movie, which we revealed last week is being directed by Mutant Chronicles helmer Simon Hunter.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #3 arrives in stores December 22nd. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!