By:Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor Date: Friday, February 22, 2008
Welcome to another edition of Top Maniacal Rumors of the Week!
For this week’s list, Mania does its best fly on the wall routine to get updates on the mega-hyped Justice League movie, the final Harry Potter production and a couple of Marvel adaptations.
Justice League Put on Hold?
The Rumor:Warner Brothers has delayed production of the DC comic adaptation of Justice League of America from mid-2008 to 2010 due to script revisions and a booking conflict with the cast.
The Source:Australia’s Herald-Sun newspaper
The Mania Verdict: FALSE---Neither of the stated reasons require a two-year delay in production. While it’s true that some of the booked stars have new acting gigs elsewhere, it’s unlikely that they’re locked up until 2010. As for script rewrites, WB executives have already said they love the JLA script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, so a full screenplay overhaul is probably not necessary.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Footage Leaked?
The Rumor:A bizarre clip appearing on several sites is actually leaked footage from Spike Jonze’s upcoming adaptation of the classic children’s tale Where the Wild Things Are.
The Source:A range of sites, including YouTube.
The Mania Verdict:FALSE---Director Spike Jonze set the record straight:
“That was a very early test with the sole purpose of just getting some footage to Ben our vfx [visual effects] supervisor to see if our vfx plan for the faces would work. The clip doesn’t look or feel anything like the movie, the Wild Thing suit is a very early cringy prototype, and the boy is a friend of ours Griffin who we had used in a Yeah Yeah Yeahs video we shot a few weeks before. We love him, but he is not actually in the film...Oh and that is not a wolf suit, it’s a lamb suit we bought on the internet.”
Bionic Woman Officially Canceled by NBC?
The Rumor: After months of speculation, NBC officially axed the reboot of the iconic 1970s action series.
The Mania Verdict: TRUE---While NBC still hasn’t made an official announcement on the fate of the show, the WGA strike and negative press have conspired against the series since day one.
David Yates to Direct Final Harry Potter Film?
The Rumor:While updating the project status for her film The Giver, author Lois Lowry indicated that director David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince) may be returning for the final Harry Potter film, which is scheduled to begin production in Feb. 2009.
The Mania Verdict: MAYBE—Order of the Phoenix was the second-highest grossing Potter film and series producers have already shown a penchant for asking back directors (i.e. Christopher Columbus and Alfonso Cuaron). All of them have expressed interest in returning for The Deathly Hallows so it’s a toss up among Columbus, Yates and Cuaron. Guillermo del Toro is also a possibility, but rumors linking him to the upcoming Hobbit film (which shares shooting dates) make it slim.
Marvel Characters Gambit, Wraith and Deadpool to Appear in Wolverine?
The Rumor: In the upcoming Hugh Jackman-led Wolverine prequel, Ryan Reynolds stars as mercenary Deadpool, Covenant star Taylor Kitsch will play fan-favorite Gambit, a card loving superhero from New Orleans, and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am will portray the “Weapon X” character John Wraith.
The Mania Verdict: TRUE---All casting announcements have been backed up by the Hollywood Reporter. Unconfirmed rumors remain about a cameo from The Blob.
Plot Concept Revealed for Pixar’s Toy Story 3?
The Rumor:The plot concept for Pixar's upcoming Toy Story 3 found its way online. The gist: “Woody the cowboy and his toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, leaves for college.”
Mania Verdict:TRUE---While the film’s production has a long way to go, considering the source, this one has legs. The concept feels realistic, too, as the last jaunt into Woody’s world was in 1999, which means by the time the next film is released (2010), the character Andy would realistically be in his college years.
Shaun of the Dead’s Edgar Wright Directing Ant Man?
The Rumor:One of Marvel Studios’ high priority projects on the horizon, Ant Man, about a shrinking superhero who can communicate with insects, will be directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).
Mania Verdict:TRUE--- With Wright hinting for some time now about entering the world of comics, the following quote fits the bill:
“I finished the script and I'm having a meeting about it next week. But it depends which comes first in the queue basically. I've been working on two at once, and I'm also about to start developing two more scripts, one of which is with Simon [Pegg]. It could be Scott Pilgrim is next or it could be Ant Man, we shall see.”