'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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
Director Stephen Norrington exclusively tells Mania.com 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.