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DARK KNIGHT accolades

Plus: JONAH HEX, G.I.JOE and MAGNETO in your Comics2Film 9.1.9

By Rob M. Worley     January 09, 2009
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'The Dark Knight' rounds up more trophies and nominations. Sir Ian McKellan talks 'X-Men Origins: Magneto'. Jimmy Palmiotti talks 'Jonah Hex'. The 'G.I. Joe' movie gets a website. This is your Comics2Film roundup 9.1.9.


G.I.JOE official website online

The big-budget 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' movie is coming this August...and that's about all the info you're gonna get out of the new website that just came online at GIJoeMovie.com. You can also look at the shiny logo and register for updates. More coming later for sure.



DARK KNIGHT gets accolades from DGA, PGA, DEG

As the various groups hand out honors around the world, 'The Dark Knight' continues to show how impactful a superhero movie can be.

The bat-film topped the list of nominees for both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Both groups turned in identical film nominations. Some feel these two lists provide a good indicator of what the Oscar nominations will look like, although that has not always proven to be the case.

Christopher Nolan and 'The Dark Knight' will vie with Danny Boyle for Fox Searchlight's 'Slumdog Millionaire,' David Fincher for the 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' Ron Howard for 'Frost/Nixon and Gus Van Sant 'Milk.'

In other awards news, 'The Dark Knight' was given the "Best in Show" award by the Digital Entertainment Group. The industry trade oranization handed out their DVD awards Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This also comes from The Reporter.



Sir Ian talks MAGNETO

Sir Ian McKellan is out making the rounds for the new AMC revamp of 'The Prisoner'. SCI FI Wire seized the opportunity to ask him about both 'The Hobbit' and 'X-Men Origins: Magneto'.

McKellan said he has not seen a script from the new movie, which is to be written and directed by 'The Unborn' filmmaker David S. Goyer.

"I haven't read a script, no," McKellan said. "It's not come my way. I'm here and ready and waiting, but I think if they do do a spinoff of Magneto, it'll be about the young man, the young Magneto."

Of course, such a movie probably hinges on the success of the other X-Men spinoff.

"If the 'Wolverine' movie does well, well, probably they'll just make another Wolverine movie, won't they?" McKellan mused. "I was told that there would be a Magneto spinoff, and anything else I'd say would just be guessing. That was a long time ago."



Jimmy Palmiotti on the JONAH HEX movie

Over at his Newsarama blog, Jimmy Palmiotti reacts to the news that 'Horton Hears a Who' director Jimmy Hayward will be directing the 'Jonah Hex' movie, and that it'll have supernatural elements.

Palmiotti is, of course, the co-writer (with Justin Gray) of the always outstanding 'Jonah Hex' comics from DC. If you're not reading it, you should. Pick up any issue and don't worry about jumping into the middle of a convoluted storyline, becuase Justin and Jimmy have structured 'Hex' such that each issue tales a complete, self-contained story.

Getting back to his comments about the movie, Palmiotti writes:

All day I have gotten e- mails from friends asking about the director and the supernatural elements. Justin and I read the script. I went to Los Angeles and met with one of the producers, a good friend from my “ASH” days, Andy Lazar, and even got to look at some of the art done for the film. First thing, the supernatural elements noted in the screenplay work with the main story wonderfully and they are minor…this is a hardcore action western at its heart, with its main focus on Jonah at all times. We really enjoyed the screenplay and the cool thing is, Andy and the crew are fans of the comic…something that I think is important. Now, as far as Jimmy Hayward as director, well…there were a lot of people wanting this gig and from what I hear they went with talent first…the right guy for the job that gets the character and wants to prove it. I clipped this from a post by Matt Brady and I think its an excellent observation because some people are worried about the choice of jimmy as director.

He then goes on to express his confidence in Hayward:

I’m not worried one bit about Jimmy Hayward. He has a fantastic first name and he comes from an animation background, which means he understands character, structure and especially storytelling. Honestly, right now, some of the finest directors in the business are in animation. I’m excited to meet him soon, excited he is on board and hope he enjoys all the hex comics he will be getting from me. This is thrilling news and that they will be shooting this spring makes it even cooler. More to come on this…

Hayward is set to direct the film from a script by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Josh Brolin is attached as the lead actor. The movie is reportedly set to go before cameras in March or April.


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almostunbiased 1/9/2009 12:32:12 PM

Not much of a site for the GI JOE, at least yet.

Really no news at all for Magneto.

We all knew Dark Knight would be up for some awards.

And I don't know anything about Hex, so I guess this did nothing for me.

Man, I'm such a complainer.

hanso 1/9/2009 1:12:36 PM

TDK better get an Oscar nom or the world is shit!

xenomorph 1/9/2009 2:06:41 PM

Heath Ledger getting an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for TDK. 'nough said.

mbeckham1 1/9/2009 2:38:44 PM

Anyne else think Rise of the Cobra sounds like a viagra tag line.  hey, as placements go it wouldn't be any worse than the Fantasticar has a Hemmi.  Whatever that means for a flying car.  Bet Reed's wishing he bought Honda instead now.  What's next the Starship Enterprise is a hybrid.  Built Ford tough.  Hopefully tougher than stock portfolio.

You know this may be the first Oscars since the Lord of the Rings trilogy, where most people have actually seen most of the movies nominated.   Or at least they were on wide release.


Flint521466 1/9/2009 2:52:14 PM

Hanso, relax my brotha......TDK will get a nod.  The PGA noms are typically the most reliable predictor of what will make the list for the top prize come Oscar time.

almostunbiased 1/9/2009 3:10:57 PM

Heath wasn't even in Dark Knight, that was the frickin Joker.  I just know it.  Oscar for what, that was the frickin Joker.

Seriously, he became that part.  I wouldn't have even known it was him.  He deserves the statue, but he better get a nod at least.  For the movie though I think not.  Great movie, but not best of the year.

darkheart00 1/9/2009 3:11:12 PM

 It was nice to see Heath get the best supporting actor award at the Critics Choice last night. It was the most interesting point of an otherwise dull show. TDK is going to clean up at the Oscars. Nolan might as well bring a basket to carry his gold statues home.

I would really like to see some footage from GI Joe so I can get a better feel for the turd that may be coming. I do have my fingers crossed that it can be pulled off though.

Magneto (without McKellan) Goyer directing again = disaster.

almostunbiased 1/9/2009 3:20:30 PM

Does anyone know how to request friends anymore.  It took me a while just to send a message to someone without leaving a comment.  Maybe I'm blind.

I agree about magneto darkheart, but I still think the character is great and I'd love to see something made, but he needs Prof X or something with him and yes, a better director.

hanso 1/9/2009 3:53:29 PM

It better Flint, or the world is shit!!  If I see some bullshit like Doubt I'm gonna be upset.

I still don't know what the hell a Slumdog Millionaire is.

The film better get a nod, although outside of Ledger, I dont think it's winning anything. 


Almost - Friend requests are down it seems.  I have had the same problem.

almostunbiased 1/9/2009 4:41:48 PM

Thanks Hanso

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