Del Toro, Eick on Hulk TV Series. Plus: Walking Dead ratings and season two talk. Afterburn gets star, director. Cowboys & Aliens gets poster. More! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.16!
The Live Feed blog at The Hollywood Reporter indicates that, while Walking Dead has been greenlit for a second season fans will have a long wait to see it.
The trial first season is only six episodes long and is half over already. It'll be complete before the year is up. The longer 13-episode second season isn't likely to start until next October.
According to Live Feed, AMC wants to hold the second run to dovetail with their Fearfest, the same ratings booster that helped attract audiences to the show in the first place. In addition, the network's expanding original series slate is making things a bit crowded and they want to run the show's return after Breaking Bad and Mad Men have had their summer runs.
Finally, Live Feed says Frank Darabont will write and direct a second season episode.
In a separate report, Live Feed says the third episode of the show saw a ratings increase over the second, which saw a "modest dip" from the numbers drawn by the debut episode.
We heard a lot about Men in Black 3 over the Summer, but the L.A. Times reports that the movie has yet to begin filming.
Now, having been postponed for a full month, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and director Barry Sonnenfeld are set to roll cameras tomorrow in New York. Plans are to film for about a month and then...they're going to take a two-month break. This is all to accomodate the holidays. They'll be rolling until the week of Christmas and then reconvene in late February.
It may also be due to some script problems. Inside sources say that screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can) is working on rewrites even as the actors speak their lines this week. This info echos previous reports that there has been a creative rift between Sonnenfeld and the film's producers.
However, the film's producer Walter Parkes refutes that the reason is a creative problem and insists the logistics of the hiatus were planned out in advance in order to take advantage of New York's tax incentives. On the one hand they had to film in 2010 to get the tax breaks. On the other hand they wanted to capture some warm weather spring scenery. Parkes says the hiatus was planned back in July to accommodate the dueling needs.
The 3D sequel is due in theaters May, 2012.
Deadline.com reports that director Anoine Fuqua and actor Gerard Butler are in talks to join the feature film version of the Red 5 Comic title Afterburn. The comic, created by Paul Ens and Scott Chitwood, details a future Earth that's been scorched by the sun, and treasure hunters who return to the planet to plunder it's lost wealth.
Matt Johnson has already written a script although Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart) is coming on board to do a rewrite. Neal Moritz, Tobey Maguire, Toby Jaffe and Jenno Topping are producing.
The Albany Herald newspaper in Georgia reports that the producers of X-Men: First Class have made inquiries with city officials about using the Albany Civic Center. Presently there are events planned at the center that may conflict with the movie, but the city is working with the production to find alternate filming dates that might work.
First Class is already in state, filming scenes at such locations as Jekyll Island.
Yahoo! Movies unveiled the one sheet poster for Cowboys & Aliens featuring a stoic Daniel Craig sporting a six-shooter and a alien tech wrist iron on the other.
Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—he brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
Cowboys & Aliens arrives in theaters July 29, 2011.
Deadline.com has the first real details about Marvel's plans for the new Incredible Hulk TV show, and they are a doozey!
Fan fave filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is attached to produce the show, and possibly direct the pilot episode contingent on his availability. He'll be teaming with David Eick, mastermind behind the cerebral and gripping Battlestar Galactica relaunch. The pair are said to be finalizing a deal to develop the show for ABC.
Plans are to present a younger, more optimistic Banner who is in his mid twenties and still exploring the wonders of the world. His green alter ego will not be a pure CGI creation, but rather a mix of of prosthetics, animatronic puppetry as well as CGI.
The aforementioned dream team will work on developing the story for the pilot together and will share "story" and "created by" credit, though Eick will actually write the script.
Del Toro will also be hands-on in terms of the creature creation, an area that fans know he has extensive experience with. Deadline says to look for the new Hulk to draw on both the comics and the TV show in terms of its look.
The bad news in all of this is that the show has a long development lead time and we won't be seeing it any time soon. Marvel wants to launch it in the wake of The Avengers, which drops in July 2012. So look for Hulk's TV debut to happen two years from now at the earliest.
Del Toro and Eick are executive producers on the show along with Del Toro's manager/producing partner Gary Ungar of Exile, Marvel TV topper Jeph Loeb and Marvel Entertainment's chief creative officer Joe Quesada.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you more psyched for the HULK TV show with these two on board? Post your comments below...
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