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DARK KNIGHT sequel delayed?

Also: GHOULY BOYS, WATCHMEN, SUPERMAN and more in your Comics2Film 9.2.12

By Rob M. Worley     February 12, 2009
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Nolan to direct 'Inception' before the anticipated bat-sequel. Also: 'Ghouly Boys' gets a writer, 'Watchmen' hype du jour, Wachowskis on...'Superman'? Much more so gather round and listen to your Comics2Film 9.2.12 before the blinding white light carries us to another time...




GHOULY BOYS scribe hired

Fans of 'Ghouly Boys', the Slave Labor Graphics book by the single-named Christopher, will be happy to learn that a screenwriter has been hired for the film adpatation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chrisopher's book, published in 2004, features a quartet of young monster outcasts and their efforts to fit in.  The movie will focuse on a young boy looking to contact his dead father and a young zombie seeking a way to come back to life.

Newcomer Sam Esmail will pen the script for Mandate Pictures. Lindsay Doran ('Nanny McPhee') is producing through her Three Strange Angels shingle. J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner of Benderspink and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers. Mary Lee will oversee the project for Mandate.



Dave Gibbons talks...what else...WATCHMEN

WatchmenComicMoive.com chatted with 'Watchmen’ co-creator Dave Gibbons as he discusses the film’s altered ending and if he thinks Zack Snyder pulled it off. Check out the video interview...



WATCHMEN Game online

In other 'Watchmen' news there's a new promo site called MinutemenArcade.com which features a 1980s-style Watchmen arcade game that focuses on the classic Minutemen characters from the story. Get your quarters ready!



Dark Knight sequel Delayed!

In spite of massive anticipation and a flurry of rumors that a script was being written, casting was happening and second unit filming of a 'Dark Knight' sequel would be underway by now, Christopher Nolan has opted not to make a bat-film as his next movie.

Instead, Variety reports that Nolan will collect a seven-figure salary from Warner Bros to helm 'Inception', based on a script written by the director himself. The movie, a "contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind," is gearing up for a 2010 release. Production is set to begin this summer.

According to the article Nolan has not yet committed to a 'Dark Knight' sequel, but given the fact that Warner Bros is throwing a truckload of money at this pet project, once can imagine a bat-sequel will happen directly after 'Inception'.



Wachowskis off PLASTIC MAN...and maybe on SUPERMAN?

Ain't it Cool has a report from a spy deemed "reliable" who caught an inteview with director James McTeigue. Strangely McTeigue had  things to say about The Wachowski Brothers, and projects they may be working on.

Scooper says...

McTeigue confirmed that 'Plastic Man' was the next project in the pipeline for the Wachowski's and he had been signed on to provide Second Unit support. Says the movie has been delayed indefinitely due to a major shake up of projects at WB.

Bryan Singer has refused to undertake a re-boot of the 'Superman' franchise and has left the Executives at WB with no choice but to take a fresh creative direction.

This is it....

He stated the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to re-boot the franchise as a trilogy and they are currently reviewing their options as its like being asked to take the final play in a superbowl final. Says if they do agree, he will likely either succumb to providing second unit support on the movie or will champion the directorship of Plastic Man - He started to giggle as he stated its like a young child for the Brothers and they wont give that up easily.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Paul Giamatti would love to play the Penguin

Speaking of the delayed bat-sequel, which doesn't have a script or a villain yet...

MTV News chatted up actor Paul Giamatti. They mentioned that fans seem to like him as a candidate for The Penguin an a batman movie. Mind you, they did not suggest he was rumored to play the Penguin, nor did they suggest that the Penguin would be in the next Batman film.

At any rate, Giamatti seemed flattered by the idea.

"That would be fantastic," was Giamatti's initial reaction. "I’d love to do that."

Here's the video:

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Alfonso Cuaron won't direct the UMBRELLA ACADEMY

We love us some 'Umbrella Academy' almost as much as we love us some 'Children of Men'. So the notion that director Alfonso Cuaron might turn his camera lens towards our favorite graphic novel of 2008 is certainly appealing.

Sadly, MTV Movies Blog reports that rumors of his attachment the project are untrue.

"No," Cuarón told the site. "I like ‘The Umbrella Academy’ but I’m not associated with it."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



More photos from the SCOTT PILGRIM shoot

'Scott Pilgrim' director Edgar Wright continues to invite fans into his world with photos from the Toronot filming of the adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel.

The latest set, posted on his MySpace blog, includes another look at Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona, Ellen Wong as Knives Chau,along with one of Satya Bhabha, who plays Matthew Patel in the film.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona in the SCOTT PILGRIM movie

Ellen Wong as Knives Chau in the SCOTT PILGROM movie

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Another YATTERMAN review

From Twitchfilm.com:

"This flick is kid friendly, but it’s a Miike movie through and through, about 10 minutes too long, and with an ending that feels endless. But it’s also got the Miike trademark of giving you more “I can’t believe I just saw that,” moments per minute than any other movie out there today...

By embracing the repetitive nature of the original Yatterman, Miike’s telling us that it’s the things we do over and over again that are keeping us immature and stop us from growing up, but they’re also our protection against a tough old world."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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monkeyfoot 2/12/2009 9:24:11 AM

Dark Knight delayed - This was something I expected. I think Chris Nolan made 2 movies between BB and DK. This also gives time for a proper story to be created and written for the sequel instead of rushing it. I'm very interested to see what Nolan's sci-fi action movie Inception is. "In the architecture of the mind."  - sounds like me daydreaming.

Wachowskis on Superman - Wow! that sounds cool to me! I'm one of those guys who had no problem with Singer's SR but if he really isn't into it anymore, I think the Wacky Bros. would be an excellent choice. We klnow they know action, FX, great superheroic comic book storytelling , so that would float my boat. Yeah, I know some people hated the Matrix sequels (I loved them) and Speed Racer wasn't successful (still haven't seen it) but I'm for 'em if it happens.

Wiseguy 2/12/2009 10:19:37 AM

How can a film be dalayed when there was no commitment to make it, no start date, no release date, no supporting cast, no script, no etc., etc........

monkeyfoot, I'm with you about the Wachowskis. I HATED Speed Racer, but I can forgive them that. They definitely can do action, comic book action and anyone behind a great film like The Matrix will always get the benefit of doubt from me. So I second that motion, let them do Supes. They can make Plastic Man in between somewhere, that could be a really fun film of its own.

I like that Giamatti says he'd love to do the Penguin, while others like to play coy G Man skips the b.s.

ponyboy76 2/12/2009 10:54:16 AM

I could actually see the the wachowski's doing Superman, justice. I mean , watching Superman Returns, I kept thinking that it would have been great to have the kind of fight scene they had in Matrix Revolutions. Say what you want about the sequels, those fight scenes were off the hook. Picture Supes vs Darkseid or something.

hanso 2/12/2009 11:56:07 AM

I've mentioned the Wachowskis as possible directors since they are WB boys and based off the Neo vs. Smith scene in Revolutions like ponyboy said.  Speed Racer was one of the worst films of the year but Bound and The Matrix films are money.

Let the V for Vendetta guy direct Plastic and they can go ahead and do Superman,as long as they don't go FX crazy like they did with Speed Racer where they were trying to induce seizure to the kids, then it should be alright.

I really thought Nolan would go for The Prisoner since he's been rumored for that for awhile now.  I find it interesting  he's going with a summer sci/fi action film.  Outside of the bat flicks his films hadn't been made for the summer crowd.  Anyway, I'm up for whatever he's wants do, that dude is money as far as I'm concerned.  Memento & The Prestige were niceness.  I think we'll get the third Bat flick in 2012 now though.

Alfonso Cuarooooooooooon!!  Give the man a comic property you fools!!  All you jokers thinkin Del Toro is the goods, watch this cat get his hands on a decent property.  He's gonna get hit out of the ballpark and do it roid free unlike AFraud.

Yes, I will be getting the Watchmen. 

tiredjay 2/12/2009 1:01:57 PM

That's Ellen Wong (as Knives Chau) not Satya Bhabha in that second Scott Pilgrim photo,

Hobbs 2/12/2009 1:21:37 PM

How can you say Dark Knight sequel delayed.  It was never anything other than a rumor they were working on it.  I read somewhere else it's not Nolans style to go right from one directing gig to another so if that's true he isn't going to jump straight into another Batman movie.  Guessing that Nolan does do Batman after this one I would say 2012 or 2013 at the latest. I'm sure WB wll push him on this too or they have it already worked out when they gave him tons of cash for his pet project. 

hanso, I would throw Insomnia in that mix of Nolans good movies.  Anyone that can make Robin Williams look like a decent bad guy for Pacino to catch deserves some perks. 

Supes is going to end up in development hell agian when all is said and done. 

laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 2/12/2009 1:44:47 PM

I'm totaly on board with the Wachowskis doing Superman but I am not all that happy with the idea of a reboot of the franchise, I mean how many times are we going to get the story of Superman coming to earth and growing up on a farm to eventualy turn into Superman? I guess if this goes through it will be 3 times...I for one had no problems with Speed Racer but I know the thought process that went into that movie must remain out of this Supes movie...As far as all this other new is concerned, don't have much to say...

trafficbaron 2/12/2009 2:00:43 PM

Wachowski's should have been asked to do the Dragon Ball movie - that last scene of Matrix Revolution completely looked like you could have just subbed Goku and Vegeta in there.  I think they would have done a good job with what looks like it's going to be garbage.

I think the problem with Superman is that he's too strong of a super hero.  There's no fun in watching a movie where there's no actual risks in him dying. and kryptonite is for gays

As for the Dark Knight sequal, i'll gladly wait for a few years.  And I hope Nolan doesn't go the route that gives him a well known bad-guy.  He did a great job getting 2-face and Joker in there, but they were much more mentally deranged, which fits into the new feel of the series.  While it might be a bit corny for the new feel, what about getting Michael Emmerson to play the Vantriloquist? 

fft5305 2/12/2009 2:28:17 PM

Maybe delayed from what everyone expected?

Don't know about the Wachowski's doing Superman. Sure, they could do the action, but that's not what makes the movie. It's essential, but the story is the main thing. That's the problem people had with SR. The story was a rehash of previous movies, and the audience didn't connect with the kid storyline. Too much of a departure from the known and generally-accepted Superman. That's why Batman Begins hit so big. The story stayed mostly true to what people knew, but fleshed it out; gave it more substance. SR just drew it out and went off on tangents. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it (and do more so on repeated viewings), but I still have some problems with it.  Mostly the kid. But I definitely would like to see Singer pull an X2 on the sequel.

almostunbiased 2/12/2009 2:59:59 PM

If I was Singer I wouldn't come back for another reboot.

And I think Wachowskis are a bad idea.

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