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CROW Headed Back to Detroit?

Plus: KICK-ASS, IRON MAN 2, AVENGERS and more!

By Rob M. Worley     April 20, 2010
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'The Crow' headed back to Detroit? Plus: 'Kick-Ass' is actually #1! 'Iron Man 2' pics, vids and stuff! Jackson talks 'Thor', 'Avengers' and more! Begging women to steer clear of Jack Bauer, it's your Comics2Film 10.4.20!



Box Office Correction: KICK-ASS is #1

Some good news for 'Kick-Ass' came through yesterday afternoon: weekend estimates that pegged 'How to Train Your Dragon' as the box office champ were wrong. With actually box office tallies counted, Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic has emerged as the #1 movie of the week.

The actuals on 'Kick-Ass' did agree with the estimates, with the movie coming in at over $19.8 million. However the actual count for 'Dragon' was slightly lower than the estimates, with the 3D animated film ringing up $19.6 million in sales, compared with the estimated $20 million.

While the 'Kick-Ass' total remains below the low end of what Lionsgate was hoping for, Millar is rightfully enjoying the #1 spot as a victory.

"It's...worth remembering that we only cost $28 million dollars after the UK tax breaks and our UK and US gross alone is already at $38 million as of last night. We're looking at a very nice profit here and word of mouth is spectacular,the reviews being among the best I've ever seen and so we're all very proud to find ourselves in this position," Millar posted on his message boards. "Positive advance reviews had some people hoping for a $25 million domestic opening (I wanted AVATAR numbers myself), but as Matthew sensibly pointed out we were made on a Tarantino budget and should be more than happy with Tarantino numbers. This is a great place to build on and i'm very excited to see if we stay in the number one position next weekend."

Millar projects that tidy profit for investors will become considerable as the film works its way through all the media channels. And plans for the sequel are still on.

"It's impossible to guess what we'll do until we get THIS weekend's numbers, but I'm guessing our international box office total will be AT LEAST Kill Bill numbers as word of mouth is insane," Millar said. "Doing the same again on DVD would mean upwards of $200 mill. Not bad for a $28 million movie. In other words, I'm starting [the 'Kick-Ass' sequel comic] 'Balls To The Wall' the week after next and the first issue will be out in September. Thanks to all for their kind words and support."



Millar Says NEMESIS Has a Director

Speaking of Mark Millar, over on MillarWorld he's telling his fans that he's landed his director for the filmed adaptation of 'Nemesis'.

On Saturday he teased, "Vaughn was right. Hold off, don't let your agents take it out and let the right guy approach," and added, "More news as it happens, but you're going to literally lose control of your bladders when you hear who said he wants to do it. It's just an email confirmation at the moment and we're going to talk this weekend. But this is insanely cool."

Again, MillarWorld fans must go through a boat loads of Depends because Millar is always "literally" causing them to lose control of their bodily functions. At any rate, Millar did tip that previously speculated-upon Martin Scorcese ('Shutter Island') is not the incontinence-inducing director involved. But apparently the weekend conversations with the prospective director went well, because this morning Millar declared him a done deal.

"I've announced the 'Nemesis' director in the Mods Forum," Millar wrote as a heading to a new posting. By "Mods Forum" he's referring to the private forum for message board moderators. He also adds that he doesn't expect the news to stay under wraps for long. "Mini-mods will hear once contract is signed and the rest of you should hear in a few weeks time. In a word: Exciting."

On the down side, expect the storyline for 'Nemesis' to unfold in the movie press before it actually sees print in the comics (just as was the case with 'Kick-Ass'). Although the first issue is in stores, the second issue is nowhere in sight.

The reason? BleedingCool says series artist Steve McNiven recently suffered kidney stones and injured his back as a complication. The painful back injury has prevented him from working, but his appearance at C2E2 may be a sign that he's ready to get back to work.



Mark Hamill to direct THE BLACK PEARL

In the mid nineties, actor Mark Hamill penned an edgy comic for Dark Horse called 'The Black Pearl'. Like 'Watchmen' or 'Kick-Ass' it told of a costumed hero in the real world. In this case the hero was a stalker who inadvertently rescues the woman he's obsessed with and is hyped up by the media as a super hero.

A movie version had been kicking around development hell fro quite some time but a report from The Wrap indicates that it has new life. In fact, Hamill himself is ready to step up as director.

At a recent Saturday panel called “Famous People Talkin’ About Sh*t” Hamill told audiences that he was directing a movie that he's beeing trying to get launched for a long time. He wouldn't name the project, stating that his partners wanted to make a big announcement at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, he did drop some hints, primarily stating that the movie is an adaptation of one of his comics and is set in the real world.

Given Hamill's sparse comics-writing resume, this quickly narrows things down to 'The Black Pearl'.

The secret project will be a low-budget affair, with $7 million already secured from British backers. Hamill says keeping things small will help him stay focused on creative concerns, and make the kind of movie a studio wouldn't touch.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Comics Continuum reports that HBO will air 'Jonah Hex: HBO First Look', going behind the scenes of the upcoming movie, on Tuesday, June 8 at 10:45pm. The show will enjoy numerous additional airings throughout the month on the various HBO channels.
  • Fans in Chicago who want to see an advance screening of 'The Losers' can click over to a ticket giveaway at Ain't It Cool.
  • Comic Book Resources has a nice summary of the recent press conference for 'The Losers'.
  • There's a new TV ad for 'Iron Man 2' on the YouTube, embedding not allowed.
  • Iconic Iron Man artist Bob Layton on talks with MTV Splash Page about seeing the suitcase armor on the set of 'Iron Man 2'.
  • Actor Karl Urban chats up about the manhwa-based movie 'Priest', which opens January 14, 2011.
  • SuperHero Hype also talks with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about 'Transformers 3'.
  • Garth Ennis talks with MTV Splash Page about his script for the just-announced zombie pic 'Crossed'
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry and CaptainSigma for the submissions.



IRON MAN 2 Photos

Paramount has dropped nine new photos from Marvel's 'Iron Man 2' movie, which opens on May 7th. Click any of the thumbnails below to view all nine.



Jackson not in THOR, big in AVENGERS

Out doing press for his new movie 'Mother and Child', actor Samuel L. Jackson also took some time to chat about being Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the big screen.

When asked about rumors of his 'Thor' cameo, Jackson told SCI FI Wire, "I'm not in charge of making those decisions. I thought I was [in it]. They said I was in the trades, and I was like, 'Ooh, I got a job!' I called my agent, she said, 'Nah, you're not in it. They misprinted.' I was like, 'Well s--t, they need to pay me just because they put my name in it.'"

Jackson, of course, debuted his version of the character in a tiny end scene in the first 'Iron Man' movie. He has an expanded role in next month's 'Iron Man 2'. The actor said to expect him to have his biggest presence yet in a Marvel movie in 'The Avengers'

"The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much," Jackson told reporters adding that cameras start rolling on that one in February under the direction of Joss Whedon.

He also said that expects to do a turn as Fury in 'Captain America' this summer.

Meanwhile, he told MTV Splash Page that he's not content to be the guy who goes around talking to superheroes. He wants some action!

"Nick does boss people around but every now and then, he does kill somebody," Jackson said, adding that he hopes that in an upcoming movie the S.H.I.E.L.D. chief, "will shoot somebody. I'd like for him to do something eventually. I'm totally looking forward to finally getting Nick Fury into action."


THE CROW Flying to Detroit?

Director Stephen Norrington exclusively tells that the producers of 'The Crow' movie are currently considering locations for the film. Comics2Film's stomping ground of Detroit is, appropriately enough, among the contenders.

The comic was created by Michigan native James O'Barr who set the original comics series in the Motor City. That setting remained in Alex Proyas' film version, which very effectively used the city's run-down reputation and the citizens' notorious annual tradition of burning derelict houses down on Devil's Night as a backdrop for the film.

"Part of the new story is set in Detroit and we've been discussing the logistics of shooting on location," Norrington told C2F. In addition to the links to the source material, Motown has recently proven attractive to filmmakers through various tax incentives. However, many such locations are offering similar breaks so filming in Michigan is far from a done deal.

"There are a lot of financial incentives pertaining to the visual effects to go to Montreal," the director added, "so for now it's an open question."

In the mean time the focus is on the usual development issues, which includes additional work on the script and budget, and conversations with prospective cast members.

In related news, Norrington said his first draft of the screenplay for 'Lost Patrol' got "a sensational reaction,"  and he'll go to work on a second draft as time permits.



IRON MAN + Swazye x AC/DC = Awesome!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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Wiseguy 4/20/2010 8:16:47 AM

Fury not in Thor is no big deal and I'd expect he'd have a huge role in the Avengers for obvious reasons. Somebody clarify this for me, has there been mention of a SHIELD or Fury movie or is he being relegated to appearances through out the Marvel movieverse

Iron Man 2, I'm giddy with excitement already.

Have I mentioned how incredibly hot Scarlet Johanson looks

I know I am in the minority here but I couldn't care less for a Crow movie. I never even sat through the entire film, nevermind the sequels

Ugh, Millar just doesn't shut the eff up.

KillerTomato 4/20/2010 8:18:31 AM

The more I hear Millar talk...the less and less likely it becomes that I will see one of his characters movies.  The man needs a sever ego/gut-check.

Good luck to Mark Hamill, seriously...has he ever directed anything?

Seriously I cannot wait for Iron Man 2...that is that...hands down.

As far as Nick Fury goes, I'd love to see him (and the Howling Commandos of course) get a little action, I mean Jackson may not have many more years left to pull action...unless he pulls a Stallone...

The Crow?  Well it does need to get out of direct-to-DVD Hell...

Hobbs 4/20/2010 8:31:17 AM

I wish Mark Hamill all the luck in the world.  I really hope he pulls it off and we discover a great new director and get an awesome movie in the process.

I am not a fan of Sam Jackson as Fury...never have been, never will be.  The color bothers me because that is just too big of a character change to what he was.  However, even though I can learn to get past that I don't think Jackson is right for the part.  Jackson is best as a bad-ass like in Pulp Fiction....not a good guy bad-ass.   Though I will take him over the Hoff any day of the week. 

Rheul_home 4/20/2010 8:45:20 AM

I really hope we get a "Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD" movie after Avengers. I want the flying cars, the jetpacks and the Helicarrier! Can we guess what pic above was clicked the most? Scarlett Johanson is off the fu[king hook!

Darkknight2280 4/20/2010 9:08:52 AM

Im gonna have a permanet boner starting when i see Iron Man 2 until Avengers comes out! I mean im in heaven!! When i was a akid i remember saying i hope one day they make movies about my comic heroes and boom less then 22 years later they are pumping them out liek GANG BUSTERS!! Love it!

samson 4/20/2010 9:34:38 AM

What's good for Kick-Ass is good for us. Why? Because when it turns a nice profit, we'll get more "R" Super Hero movies.That's how Hollywood works.

What I don't understand is why all the hate for Millar? He creates some good stuff. And there is nothing wrong with hyping up your product. Sometimes, that hype doesn't pay off profite wise. But, that's part of the game. And, it would seem that, this is a game Millar knows how to play. Think about it, he got rich, and is getting richer, by creating super heroes. How many of us wish that were us?

I've never understood this generation's need to have artists, atheles, etc ... display some form of self depricating, false self conciousness for us to able to like that person. It's like we need them to help us feel better about ourselves because we aren't able to do what they can. Millar isn't saying, "I'm great and you're not." Nor is he saying, "I'm the greatest creative force in the cosmos!" He's simply talking up his creations and putting the best spin on them he can. That's what you're supposed to do. It's called self-promotion. If more creators understood that, they would get a lot farther.

Yeah!!!! The Crow possibly coming home to the, "D?." Sick! It would be great to have it actually shot in the city this time. Detroit is starting to turn into a nice little hot bed of film action. It's about time. There is tons of talent in that area. It's great that Hollywood is starting to see that.


Marvel, long before the movies, revamped the character in his image. Not the other way around. Who else were they going to get to play a character who's likeness is based on Sam Jackson, George Clooney? This new batch of Marvel movies are based on the Ultimates comics. So, it only makes sense to use Jackson.

On another note; for a 90's TV movie, Hoff wasn't bad. Would have been nice to see what he could have done with a better script.



TheStormrider 4/20/2010 10:19:52 AM

@Samson : Well stated.  I agree with you 100% on Millar.

While he may come across as a little self indulged,  lets look at the opposite:


Reporter: So, Millar, how do you feel about your movie?

Millar:  Well,  though its gotten good reviews,  were dissapointed.

Reporter: How so?

Millar:  Well,  we went out on a limb,  made a movie on a low budget, and it just didnt have the effects that iron man did.

Reporter:  Well thats understandable.  Do you think it will spawn a sequel?

Millar:  Well,  even though it will make a nice profit,  there are a lot of haters.  We should listen to them.  Even though theres a market to sell this movie too,  theres people that wont see it.  And if everyone isnt going to see it,  and even more importantly,  if EVERYONE doesnt LIKE it,  we shouldnt make it.  Theres no use of only doubling or tripling our investors money.  They would be better off putting their money in the bank and earning 3% interest.

Reporter: I see.  So do you have any other big plans?

Millar:  Only if we can get everyone in the continental us to agree on it. 

monkeyfoot 4/20/2010 10:31:53 AM

Major good luck wishes to Mark Hamill. Hope he gets all the financing he needs and does a good job. I applaud all independant genre filmmakers, including Mark Millar. I agree with you Samson on there being nothing wrong with hyping your product. He does sometimes stray into the "I am the greatest creative force in the cosmos" area, but I still cheer him on. The financial business model he ,Romita, and director Vaughn are doing could help out alot of filmmakers that can't get big studio backing.

I also applaud Detroit. It looked kind of bad in a recent NBC Dateline show but its tax incentives are pulling in alot of Holylwood moviemaking money. Besides trying for The Crow remake, this year movies like Real Steel with Hugh Jackman, Scream 4, and the next Harold & Kumar are shooting there. Also stars like Ray Park, Pierce Brosnan, and Sigourney Weaver will be in movies shot in Michigan.

gauleyboy420 4/20/2010 11:00:26 AM

I'm with ya Samson, and Stormrider!

Love Millar, all it takes is his name on a comic for me to buy , and thouroughly enjoy it!

Glad his movie... Scratch that! Glad his INDY-Movie is #1 at the box office this weekend. I knew it would be. AND he's got the #1 movie in America for this one week only Wiseguy, let him shine while he's on top. A natural huckster Like millar isn't gonna sit there quietly, and shut the ef up, while he's on top.

I love his showmanship as much as I love his writing...

Congrats Millar, and JR JR

Hobbs 4/20/2010 11:17:06 AM

I'm old school comics Samson and I hated when Marvel did that.  One of the many many many mistakes they have made.  I like the old Fury just fine that Kriby and Lee created.   And as far as Hoff, did the script tell him to overact to the 9th degree?  If it did then maybe he could do better.

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