'Flash', 'Aquaman', 'Bizarro Superman'? DC Comics is on the rise in Hollywood! Plus: Morgan Freeman seeing 'Red'. 'Transformers' still strong at the box office. 'Iron Man 2' wraps and more! Putting the "GO" in San Diego Comic-Con it's your Comics2Film 9.7.20!
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' maintains its box office might for the fourth week in a row, according to Mania's weekend report. The film held the #3 spot for the second week in a row, taking in about $14 million for a total domestic gross of $363 million. This was enough to trounce last week's #1 film, 'Bruno' which saw a precipitous drop to #4, shedding over 72% of its audience in the second week.
Figures posted by Box Office Mojo indicate that the autobot sequel passed the $350 million landmark in its 23rd day of release. Only two movies hit that mark faster. 'The Dark Knight' only good 14 days to earn that much. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' also took 23 days, but earned a few million more in that time.
Variety reports that the movie is doing huge business in China. 'Revenge of the Fallen' broke the country's box office record pulling in 400 million yuan ($58.5 million USD). Previous record-holder was 'Titanic' in 1998 with a mere $52.7 million.
Actor Morgan Freeman is in talks to appear in the filmed adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's DC/Wildstorm comic 'Red', according to Variety. The film stars Bruce Willis as a former black ops spy forced out of retirement by a high-tech assassin out to kill him.
Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber are writing the screenplay.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing. DC Comics' Gregory Noveck is an executive producer.
The film is set up at Summit Entertainment.
So, for the past year or so, bombastic comics creator Mark Millar has been dropping hints that he and a big name director have been working on a reinvention of the 'Superman' film franchise that would play out as a trilogy of films. However, he's refused to give up the name of that director...until now.
The UK's Times Online' Blockbuster Buzz blog provides some interesting in-depth analysis of the recent Superman lawsuit ruling and what the future may hold for the world's biggest name in superhero.
In it, they chat with Millar, who reveals that it is his 'Kick-Ass' and 'American Jesus' collaborator Matthew Vaughn who had joined him on the Superman revamp pitch.
...Millar and Vaughn had plans to turn the Man of Steel into a Lord of the Rings-type epic. However, the studio got cold feet and Millar and Vaughn moved on to other things. "They spoke to me and Matthew last year and we were obviously very interested as the love is there and the potential is enormous," he said yesterday.
"But we're not involved in Superman at this stage."
So there you go. In hindsight, it should have been obvious.
Marvel.com has announced that principle photography on 'Iron Man 2' has completed, on schedule after 71 days of shooting. The film wrapped on Saturday, July 18th.
"Shooting 'Iron Man 2' was a fantastic experience and we couldn't be happier. Although there were many challenges in making this film, having Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow and almost the entire crew from the first film back on board, allowed us to hit the ground running as everyone was instantly familiar with each other from day one,” Marvel chief Kevin Feige told Marvel.com. “This dynamic allowed us to get done what we needed on a day to day basis and was a big factor in why we finished slightly ahead of schedule.”
Our man in Itlay, Antonello Blueberry provides a translation of an article from the Italian Yahoo! Movies site, which indicates that 'Moulin Rouge' director Baz Luhrmann is looking to direct the big-screen return of 'Barbarella'.
While at the Italian Giffoni Film Festival Baz Luhrmann said he's interested in taking the helm of the movie. He's previously worked with the producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis on a Alexander the Great film with Leonardo Di Caprio and Nicole Kidman that never saw the light of day.
A 'Barbarella' remake has been in development for over 10 years. It's passed through the hands of many actresses, screenwriters and directors. Most recently Robert Rodriguez took a pass at a version that would star Rose McGowan, but that effort ran aground. The Jean-Claude Forest comic character was previously adapted in the campy but fun 1968 feature starring Jane Fonda.
There's been little discussion of any adaptation of Clark Westerman and Kody Chamberlain's in-progress comics mini-series 'Pretty, Baby, Machine', but the Bleeding Cool site recently reported that there are already three leading men signed up to star in the movie.
Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Gary Oldman and Ian McShane are allegedly set to star in in a film verion of the comic.
The story focuses on gangsters Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson and Machine Gun Kelly and the common foe they unite against, Al Capone.
Seth Rogen is out promoting another new movie and fielding questions about 'Green Hornet'. Ain't it Cool managed to get some good info out of the actor, who says the movie is far from dead, but rather ramping-up fast.
Job one is to find a new Kato after Stephen Chow bowed out:
"We are reading many, many people from all over the globe, and it is a wild adventure. We're just looking everywhere, honestly. We're looking at people who are really famous overseas, and we're looking at people who are completely unknown. We're looking at people who are American. We're looking at people who are martial arts experts. We're also looking at people who don't do any martial arts, and who do Broadway and are actors. We know what we want," Rogen said adding that they're ready to tweak the script depending on who is cast.
He also said that director Michel Gondry will deliver the kind of movie his fans expect.
"I feel like people who are fans of his won't feel let down by what they see. We're encouraging him to make it as visually exciting and inventive as anything anyone has ever seen," Rogen said. "We're fans of these types of movies when they're done well. We think that we can handle the story and the script and the dialogue, but we know nothing about cameras and lights and fancy ways of making things look amazing. And that's what he's better at than anyone in the world pretty much. So we're encouraging him to really go for it."
Here's one that resurfaces every few years: The big screen version of DC Comics' villain turned obnoxious anti-hero, 'Lobo'. Producer Joel Silver told SCI FI Wire that he is actually working on the movie.
"Lobo is one I'm very excited about maybe doing one day, hopefully soon," Silver said while promoting The Orphan'. "I think we can do it. We've got a script we like."
Silver also hints that the technology developed for James Cameron's 'Avatar' might somehow be employed to tell the story of the intergalactic biker-dude/bounty hunter with a bad attitude.
After years of getting their four-color butts handed to them by Marvel on the big screen, DC Comics is on the rise, with a game plan that has them poised to outgun Marvel on several fronts in the coming years, according to an in-depth article at The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to their already strong home entertainment animation slate, DC has a prime-time TV show in production with 'Human Target', two feature films in production with 'Jonah Hex' and 'The Losers'. Topping it off is the most buzzed-about project on the internet: 'Green Lantern' starring Ryan Reynolds.
But according to the report, that's all just the tip of the iceberg. Consider:
The only thing missing right now is the A Team: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. DC's most iconic characters all seem to be on the back burner. Warner is waiting for director Christopher Nolan to clear 'Inception' before thinking about a 'Dark Knight' sequel. 'Superman' remains stalled due to a the one-two punch of creative problems and legal woes. And the Amazon princess still seems a tough nut to crack, in spite of the warm reception to the recent animated feature. And any plans for a 'Justice League' movie are now on the back-burner until the individual franchises start to grow.
But the positive thing is that, under DC's film executive Gregory Noveck, the studio is starting to build these comic franchises in partnership with the writers and artists who made them great, which is how Marvel got on top of the movie game in the first place.
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As mentioned above, filming on 'Iron Man 2' wrapped this weekend. Here's the scoop for Jon Favreau's twitter feed...
# Last day of shooting. Check out cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly.1:22 PM Jul 17th
# Still shooting. Tying up all the loose ends. They just dismantled and wrapped out of Tony's workshop.9:33 PM Jul 17th
# That's a picture wrap on Don Cheadle. 7:01 PM Jul 17th
# That's a picture wrap on Gwyneth Paltrow. 8:47 PM Jul 17th
# We just wrapped principal photography. 10:23 PM Jul 17th
# Next stop, San Diego. 10:28 PM Jul 17th
But wait, there's more from the wee hours of this morning...
# Just closed down the Iron Man wrap party. We went nuts.
# There I am.
Rest assured that Favsy will keep tweeting throughout the post production.
The daily Comics2Film column is taking a one week hiatus as we venture out to Comic-Con International in San Diego. Rest assured, the top news items will appear in the news feed courtesy of site editor Jarrod Sarafin. The column will return on Tuesday, July 28th
Watch the site all week for our reports from the convention floor!