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CROW Flies Forward


By Rob M. Worley     October 20, 2009
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'The Crow' franchise relaunch flies forward. Plus: Justice Society on 'Smallville' cast info. 'Indestructible Man' gets film deal. 'Thor' gets another cast member? More! Sponsored by Vandalay Industries, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.20!



INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN Show based on Platinum Studios Comic

Platinum Studios seems to be on a roll setting up film and TV projects these days. 'Dead of Night' is in theaters next year. 'Cowboys & Aliens' seems like it may film soon. And there's an ever-growing list of projects in development.

Now we can add the as-yet-unpublished comic 'Indestructible Man' to the list, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Fox21 has pacted with Platinum to develop the concept as a TV series.

According to the report, the concept focuses on a secret agent called Nick Rabel, who cannot be killed, although he can be injured. Like many Platinum properties, the comic book version has not yet been published. Neither are any details about it are available on the Platinum website.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry and Matador for the submission.



Actor Doug Jones told It's Just Movies that he's unclear what plans, if any, 20th Century Fox has for a stand-alone 'Silver Surfer' movie. Fans will recall that Jones handled the physical performance of the character in the 'Fantastic Four' movie, and the initial success of that film lead Fox to start development on a spin-off movie. It's been pretty quiet since then.

"There are still a couple of years left on their option for two more pictures with me, as a three-picture deal is quite standard when starting a franchise-potential character. But with all the 're-boot' talk of the Fantastic Four, I have no idea where that leaves the Silver Surfer end of things," Jones said in an interview with the site. "I would love to re-visit this character. I do love Norrin Radd.”

Jones also said that, in spite of internet rumors, he has not been contacted by anyone involved with the 'Green Lantern' movie, although he'd certainly be interested in the opportunity arose.



Dougherty says DEAD@17 Still In the Early Stages

Filmmaker Michael Dougherty, presently promoting his October DVD fright fest 'Trick r' Treat' told MTV Splash Page that much of what fans have heard about a 'Dead@17' movie is just rumor.

"That’s so early in development,” Dougherty told MTV. "There’s just nothing to talk about right now."

Dougherty is a a producer on the film, based on the hit series from Viper Comics. However he's not attached as screenwriter and no script has been written yet. Of course this means that any casting talk is premature as well.

"We’re still kicking around ideas. It’s really, really early."



SMALLVILLE's Justice Society Revealed

A flurry of reports from various sources have revealed the line-up and cast for the Justice Society of America's appearance on 'Smallville'. The episode, called "Society" is written by comics great Geoff Johns, who brought the Legion of Superheroes into the fold last season.

As reported earlier, Johns' creation Stargirl is among the JSA. Now Fancast has revealed that actress Britt Irvin will play Courtney Whitmore in the episode. Irvin has been previously seen on 'Aliens in America'.

Yesterday, IGN broke the news that Hawkman and Dr. Fate will accompany her. 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Burn Notice' vet Michael Shanks will play the winged warrior. Brent Stait, another 'Stargate' alumn, will don the helmet of Fate.

At least we hope there's a helmet. 'Smallville' is known for watering down the DCU characters for the small screen. However, one thing we can report is that Hawkman will resemble his comic book counterpart.

Johns reported as much to his followers on Twitter. "Yes, Hawkman will have wings. And a big mace," Johns wrote. "Oh. And he and Green Arrow don't get along. At all."

Color us excited for the "Society" episode of 'Smallville', airing some time in January!

Thanks to CaptainSigma and AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Bloody Disgusting has the scoop on the cast of the '30 Days of Night' sequel, filming soon in Vancouver. Look for Rhys Coiro (the volatile art-film director from 'Entrourage') and Mia Kirshner ('The Black Dahlia') in major roles. Also appearing are Harold Perrineau ('Lost'), Kiele Sanchez ('A Perfect Getaway), Diora Baird ('Night of the Demons') and Monique Ganderton.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




Goldsman Talks LOBO and SWAMP THING

The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog takes an in-depth look at filmmaker Akiva Goldsman who, for better or worse, is a major player in the game of comic-based movies.

For example, he's a producer on the recently-announced 'Lobo' movie, which has Guy Ritchie directing.

"There's something hyperbolic and authentic about a Guy Ritchie movie. His best movie are deeply, deeply  stylized yet they are all grounded; there's a grit of stylization, which sounds like an oxymoron but it makes perfect sense when you've seen his films," Goldsman said, "We've never seen Guy's sensibility married to a project with such a large special effects budget."

Ritchie is apparently set to shoot a test scene for the film next month. "We've got the character design pretty much done," Goldsman said, "and the test will get us moving forward to the next step."

Presently there is no casting on the film, so it's unclear exactly who or what  will be filmed.

Goldsman also dropped some hints about the highly-anticipated big-screen upgrade for DC Comics' 'Swamp Thing'. The character previously saw live-action success in a pair of movies and a fondly-remembered TV-show, all of which starred late actor Dick Durock under 80 pounds of latex and costuming.

Goldsman plans for the new version to be different.

"We want a film with real Southern, dark horror overtones, a little bit like a classic Universal horror film," Goldsman said.

Click through for an interesting read about a highly-successful filmmaker who is usually greeted with skepticism by the fans.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry and Matador for the submission.




MTV Splash Page's golf-cart ride with director Jon Favreau continues. This segment of the cart path takes us into 'Cowboys & Aliens' territory. Readers will recall that back in September, the Hollywood trades announced that Favreau and his favorite leading man, Robert Downey Jr. were on board the Platinum Studios project.

Indeed, screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have talked about their meetings with the director during their recent publicity tours.

However, Favreau downplayed his and Downey's involvement a bit, making it seem as if he's not locked in for the picture.

"We've been discussing the idea of me directing it. I like the project, they like me," he said. "It's all about release dates and windows and availability."

That applies to Downey as well.

"When I spoke to [Downey Jr.], it was definitely something he was interested in. I saw him briefly before he went away to shoot 'Due Date,'" said Favreau. "I just started talking [Steven] Spielberg and Ron Howard and [Alex] Kurtzman and [Roberto] Orci. It's a really great bunch of producers and writers, and it's already a great script. It's nice to have a piece of material this far out."

He also said he sees the tone of movie as more 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' than 'Unforgiven' (as the screenwriters stated).

"I think 'Butch Cassidy' feels like the right tone, because there's humor, but there are stakes," Favreau said.

Check out the video interview:



Dominic Cooper in THOR too?

The 'Thor' casting revelations seem to unfold every few days. chatted with actor Dominic Cooper may or may not be reading for a part in the film. Here's the conversation from the extensive Q & A. Draw whatever conclusions you will...

Movieline: Finally, have you been approached to play a role in Thor?
Cooper: Ummm…yeah. Kind of.

Movieline: But nothing’s finalized?
Cooper: No, absolutely not. Do you know much about Thor?

Movieline: I know some.
Cooper: Tell me: Is there a good part for me?

Movieline: I know of a few that still need filling.
Cooper: Which one would you see me as?

Movieline: Fandral, maybe?
Cooper: [Looking down at the script sides near him] You know! You’re looking at these very confidential pages!

Movieline: I can read upside down, Dominic.
Cooper: It says “confidential,” Kyle! [Laughs]

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Raimi says Bruce Campbell's SPIDER-MAN 4 Role is "Meaty"

Months back Bruce Campbell caused a stir by claiming he has a major role in 'Spider-Man 4'. That lead to much speculation here at Mania as well as other destinations on the web, that perhaps Campbell would be a villain in this film. Maybe it might even be revealed that his roles in the previous three films are somehow interconnected.

MTV Splash Page put the question to Raimi who kind of laughed the whole thing off. He did admit that he was trying to give Campbell a good part to play, but it does not sound like he'll be any kind of major villain in the film.

"I promised him we would write something because I really love putting him in the pictures," Raim said while laughing at the question. "I promised him a good, meaty role."

And yet, in spite of there being several drafts of the script for the film finished, Raimi claims Campbell's role hasn't been decided. "I don't even know what it is yet."

Which seems to preclude Campbell from being a major villain in the piece.



More indicators for GREEN LANTERN in New Orleans

The Times-Picayune (via reports that the production team for 'Green Lantern' are, indeed, locking down resources for filming in the New Orleans area.

According to their report, neither State film production officials nor Warner Bros. would not comment on the film's presence in Louisiana. However, a rep for Second Line Stages said he has been contacted by producers and the film could be set up there very soon.

"The rumors are correct," said Kevin Murphy,  the manager of studio operations at the Lower Garden District facility. "We are working out the details,  and we have a nonrefundable contract" to rent stage space to the production.

Murphy told the Times-Picayune that his company's contract on 'Green Lantern' calls for the production to start building sets on Second Line's sound stages in December. He also said that principal photography is slated for March and would continue into July or August.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.





Director Edgar Wright posted a photograph from the editing pay of 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World' over the weekend.

Writes Wright (pictured at right), "Editing on a Sunday. With today's Observer to prove it. And special guest from Look Around You's BBC Scotland studios - Dougall (My Scottish Twin)."

On the monitors, fans will notice on Satya Bhabha as evil ex-boyfriend Matthew Patel flanked on one side by a "Demon Hipster Girl".



THE CROW Flies Forward

C2F has been watching the development of the new 'Crow' movie, spinning out of the comic mythologies created by James O'Barr in the late 1980s.

Last December we learned that director Stephen Norrington was set to relaunch the once-successful film franchise for Relativity Media. Although it initially looked like plans called for a remake of Alex Proyas' break-out film of 1994, we revealed in the summer that Norrington planned to created a new character and storyline for the relaunch.

A source close to the production exclusively revealed to Comics2Film at that Norrington's current draft of the script has been "very well received" by Relativity.

Back in December, Norrington described what he hoped to bring to the franchise in terms of sharpening its tone for 21st century audiences. "Whereas [Alex] Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style," Norrington said at the time.

According to our source, the project is moving forward and attention will now turn to casting the film. Watch for more as things unfold with 'The Crow'.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who should don the makeup and leather of O'Barr's undead avenger? Post your comments below...


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Wiseguy 10/20/2009 8:41:37 AM

So Indestructable Man is Wolverine without the claws? And is Fox21 part of of our beloved Fox or is that a seperate company?

I wonder if Fox is even planning on using Jones as the SS, especially since Fishburne voiced him and they never showed an actual Norrin Radd to tie Jones to the character

I can't wait to see the JSA in Smallville. Also glad to heat that Hawkman will resemble the comic character, Carter Hall has always been one of my favorite B-listers. He's a bad ass always ready to throw down

So no word yet on Melissa George returning for 30 Days of Night?

Glad that GL is headed for Louisiana, afterall that's where Belle Reeves is and where they end up locking up Hector Hammond

Ghostsith 10/20/2009 9:01:20 AM

 They are killing the Crow...... I'm just sayin.

I can't wait to see the JSA.

AtomykRayj 10/20/2009 9:04:22 AM

I for one can't wait to see Hawkman and Dr. Fate. Although I think it'll be kinda weird seeing Shanks with wings and all that but still pretty cool. I have a bad feeling that Fate will end up looking a little like Dr. Strange in a way but only time will tell, right?

silversurfer 10/20/2009 9:06:30 AM

I think a Crow remake would be good...I'm actually hoping that this one gets done....Brandon Lee's is still good though....

Glad that GL is in Louisianna....good for the economy there....

No real news about Bruce Campbell...his roles have been increasing with each SM this one should be the best of all of them...

Swamp Thing as a Southern Horror classic? I do like the sound of that! Creature From the Black Lagoon (since they discussed Universal as a reference) comes to mind....

Silver Surfer, if it ever gets done, would be a good move, but Doug probably won't be apart of it though...pity...Fox took too long to get this one done...I don't think that the interest would be there, unless GL does what everyone hopes it will do? 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 10/20/2009 9:14:04 AM

Indestructible Man sounds like a character I've already written stories about.  My character is immortal and doesn't know how, he keeps on dying and coming back alive.  He's suicidal, he wants to die but can't and in the meantime he starts taking advantage of that by stealing money from criminal types and letting them kill him and then upon revinving he gets the money he's hidden.  That's only an arc of where I'm heading as a whole.  I've written one short story and submitted it to a couple of places (Ruthless People is one place) but they said it needed some more work but it wasn't too bad.  It's called Im-Noir-tality - because I'm trying to go for that noir vibe but in my own style.  I hope it's not anything close to whatever Indestructible Man is or I'm going to be pissed.

Maybe I'll post it on a blog, get some two-cents here.

savagelee 10/20/2009 9:14:49 AM

 That shot in Scott Pilgrim looks awesome!!

The news about The Crow makes me very, very sad. I wish they cold just leave that stuff alone. It was very cool and very sad, and trying to make any more money off it will just be sad.

Wiseguy 10/20/2009 9:16:23 AM

I know I'm in the minority here (but actually the silent majority) but I don't care for The Crow much. Whatever they do is fine but I'm not a big fan of any of the Crow films.

Lobo-curious but not something I'm eagerly anticipating

Swamp Thing- this I'm looking forward to. After the disaster that was Man-Thing, unfortunately, maybe they'll get it right with Swampy since they seem to be aiming for the feel that Man-Thing did but missed by a mile.

Cowboys & Aliens- I like the the comparison Favreau made as opposed to the darker Unforgiven. It sickens me that some feel everything needs to be dark and gritty even when the source material isn't

I don't care if Campbell is in Spidey 4 or not but please don't make up some dumbsh*t just to give this guy some work and if they decide to link all his appearances it sounds like dumbsh*t to me

redhairs99 10/20/2009 10:01:18 AM

Dr. Jackson is playing Hawkman...Sounds like it could be interesting.  Good thing they're staying at least somewhat true by giving the guy wings, but no word about his face/helmet.

dragon261 10/20/2009 10:07:58 AM

Maybe Campbell gets eaten by the Lizard. He did say the role was "meaty".

axia777 10/20/2009 10:12:05 AM

I agree with savagelee.  Just leave the Crow alone.  Every movie but the original has licked goat nutz.  How are they going to make a "realistic" Crow movie?  The Crow is a chaaracter that comes back from the dead!  This just sounds like a train wreck waiting to happen.  They only one happy about it must be O'Barr as that guy must be getting PAID $$$$$.

Lobo is also going to suck.  I am sorry, but every Lobo comic that was great was a rated R comic.  He killed Santa Claus for sh*ts sakes.  This is another train wreck waiting to happen.

Thor on the ther hand sounds like it just might kick as much ass as Iron Man.  That is my hope at least.  Come on Thor!  Strike with thunder!!

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