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DeMunn joins WALKING DEAD

Plus: COWBOYS & ALIENS, AVENGERS, MIGHTY MOUSE and More!

By Rob M. Worley     April 19, 2010
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Jeffrey DeMunn joins 'Walking Dead' cast. Plus: Airbender cast in 'Cowboys & Aliens'. A first look at the new 'Avengers' toon. 'Mighty Mouse' back in action? More! Can you feel it now that spring has come, it's your Comics2Film 10.4.19!

 

 

JONAH HEX Trailer On Track

In spite of last week's purported skepticism about the the progress of the 'Jonah Hex' film and trailer, Collider.com says that the film is not in jeopardy of slipping off the summer schedule.

According to their report, fans will first see the trailer on the SyFy Channel on April 29th. It'll arrive in theaters the next day with 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. The movie will arrive in theaters on June 18th as currently scheduled.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • Michael Uslan, producer of 'The Dark Knight' and 'The Spirit' avoids giving any details to Newsarama about Shazam, The Shadow, Doc Savage or Batman 3 in this video interview.
     
  • Fans of 'Superman' on TV and Film are directed to the current contest being run by Collectors Shangri-La. They've got a contest running that allows new registrations on the site to win a ready-to-display cape swatch worn by TV Superman George Reeves.
     
  • 'Smallville' has been doing well for The CW in its Friday timeslot and been picked up for a 10th (and presumably final) season. However, The Hollywood Reporter says the show has been experiencing a ratings slide since its return from hiatus. Friday's episode gathered the lowest numbers of the season.
     
  • Want to see 'The Losers' early? AdvanceScreenings.com is your guide to advance screenings in your neighborhood.
     
  • 'Iron Man 2' and 'Cowboys & Aliens' director Jon Favreau did a two-for-one tweet last week, telling his followers, "Great day. Saw 'Iron Man 2' projected in IMAX for 1st time and @oliviawilde  1st wardrobe shots for 'Cowboys & Aliens'.
     
  • Elsewhere in the twittersphere, a Favreau fan posted photos of MPH Racing's 'Iron Man 2' sponsored Yamaha R6 motorcycle that raced on Road Atlanta over the weekend. They've also got a shot of the shell-head painted helmet.
     
  • Apparently the filming of 'Iron Man 2' extracted a physical toll on screenwriter Justin Theroux
     
  • Variety has posted a review of Luc Besson's 'Adele Blanc-Sec'. Their feelings are mixed calling it polished and expects it to be exported to non-French-speaking markets. 
     

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Box Office: KICK-ASS #2 / Millar Backlash

Looking over the box office report elsewhere on Mania.com, 'Kick-Ass' has debuted to disappointing numbers, collecting some $19.7 million in its opening weekend. Lionsgate was crossing its fingers for a $20-$30 million opening. The movie found itself topped  by 'How to Train Your Dragon' which rose from #3 to #1 in its fourth week, catching an updraft of good word-of-mouth.  Since the reviews and audience reaction to the movie seem to be largely positive, it's possible 'Kick-Ass' may show some staying power in coming weeks.

This is disappointing news for industry insiders who were watching producer/director Matthew Vaughn's development model (make it first, sell it second) and hoping for a break from the Hollywood studio system. While investors will certainly make their money back, it may slow down the ambitious plans that Vaughn and Mark Millar have been laying out in recent weeks.

Millar himself may find the experience humbling. Fans and detractors alike know well the man's propensity for self-hype. He's been declaring the 'Kick-Ass' movie a phenomenon in the making since summer of 2008. All his Barnumesque huckstering for the project has been creating a building current of negativity against Millar. A full-on backlash erupted back in February.

Several more commentators have jumped on the Millar-bashing bandwagon, cutting down not only Millar's self-aggrandizing statements, but calling his writing racist. Included among them are John Rogers, creator of the TV series 'Leverage' and some-time writer of DC Comics like 'Blue Beetle'. In a weekend blog post Rogers complimented the film while dissing Millar:

Wow, turns out when you pull the racism, misogyny and nihilism out of a Mark Millar story*, you get a pretty fun movie. Kudos to Vaughn for directing the hell out of it, and giving it heart.

*Or, in short, when you pull Mark Millar's writing out of a Mark Millar story ...

Millar has held up 'Wanted' and 'Kick-Ass' as the launching points for his takeover of Hollywood. He has proclaimed that plans are afoot to create movie versions of 'Nemesis', 'American Jesus' and 'War Heroes', not to mention sequels to the previous movies. With a weak box office and the negative vibes coming his way, C2F wonders if we'll see any of those projects in theaters.

What do you think, Maniacs? Has Millar earned a take-down? What was your reaction to KICK-ASS? Post your comments below...

 

 

Paramount to Save the Day with MIGHTY MOUSE

The L.A. Times 24 Frames blog reports that (once again) plans are in motion to return 'Mighty Mouse' to the big screen.

They claim that Paramount Pictures is pushing forward with new plans to make the movie under its Nickelodeon label. Reportedly they are searching for a writer to take on the property. Paramount mostly fills the animation niche by distributing DreamWorks movies, but has produced a few in the past including the lucrative 'Spongebob Squarepants' film.

C2F has to confess, that our first superhero love was actually the muscled-up mouse in yellow spandex so we welcome a new movie. However, we've heard so many announcements of this one over the past 10+ years of reporting that we can't get too excited about it just yet.

 

 

Mignola talks HELLBOY Film Futures

Comics great Mike Mignola talked with MTV Splash Page at C2E2 about his relationship with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and the current state of the 'Hellboy' film franchise.

Mignola admitted that there are times when its difficult to cede control of the 'Hellboy' universe to another creator, but says it's all part of the process.

"Fortunately, Del Toro and I are friends and colleagues, and he listens to me — but when we went into the second movie, it became very clear to me that he had taken ownership of these characters," he explained, pointing out that 'The Golden Army' borrows little from the comics and serves better as a sequel to the first film.

He would expect the same of the next movie and says that Lobster Johnson is one of the characters being talked about for inclusion. However, there are no specific plans for a third movie at this point.

"[Del Toro] has said at various times that it's a trilogy, so you're wrapping it up with that one," said Mignola. "We've talked about it, but we talked about it when we were on the first film, and then on the second film, too. It's just waiting for him to say he wants to make it.

"The only thing I would be very careful about is that I don't want to tell him how I'm ending the series, because I don't want him to do it before I get to it," he laughed.

Mignola wrapped up the chat by saying that he'd love to see a third movie made.

 

 

Airbender joins COWBOYS & ALIENS Cast

Friday brought news from Variety that actor Noah Ringer has joined the cast of director Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens'.

Ringer will be seen next, starring as the lead character Aang in M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender' (based on the 'Avatar' animated series). Ringer joins Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde in the Platinum Studios film which is slated to roll cameras later this year.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

LOSERS Interview Reel

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST Trailer

Comics Continuum reports that a trailer for the upcoming animated series 'Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes' was screened at the C2E2 show on Saturday. They've got some screen captures which show Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Wasp, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Giant Man, Loki, Ultron, Kang, Red Skull, Baron Zemo and more.

This was part of the Marvel Animation panel. Other reports include news second seasons for 'Super Hero Squad' and 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures'. Marvel EIC Joe Quesada also commented on the just-announced 'Ultimate Spider-Man' animated show, which he says is, "a little bit different than any other Spider-Man shows throughout the history."

Click through for images and the complete report.

 

 

Jeffrey DeMunn in WALKING DEAD

Actor Jeffrey DeMunn has joined the cast of AMC Television's 'The Walking Dead' according to a report appearing on FEARNet.com. Producer/director Frank Darabont revealed the news at the Dallas International Film Festival.

"We've also just gotten Jeff DeMunn. I've always said Jeff DeMunn is my good luck charm, and I can't make a film without him," Darabont said. "We've just gotten him on board as one of the ensemble members, which is a great joy for me. One of the great pleasures of doing anything is to be able to reconvene with those colleagues who have the talent and provide you with the comfort zone of great collaborative, positive energy."

DeMunn has appeared in numerous Darabont films. The director did not reveal what role the actor had been cast in but FEARNet makes an educated guess that he'd play Dale which definitely seems the most age-appropriate. Dale is a retiree who's RV becomes an initial base for the band of survivors.

Darabont also revealed that they are looking to cast two female roles in the ensemble.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

SOLOMON KANE vs The Volcano

Fans hoping to catch 'Solomon Kane' director Michael Bassett at the upcoming Newport Beach Film Festival may be disappointed. He was slated to screen the Robert E. Howard film at the festival which gears up this Thursday. However, the havoc caused by the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano is likely going to put the kibosh on the appearance. Bassett blogged:

A volcano, whose name I can’t even come close to pronouncing has kicked my plans in the nuts. It’s actually quite a surprise for this to happen to a Brit. We have lived lives protected from the reality of nature in this country for a long time. It’s always a shock when natures decides to throw a little hissy fit and remind us just where we stand in the grand scheme of things. What I find funny though, is that the airlines, who grounded everything for safety reasons as the ash cloud spread over the country are now saying it might be okay to fly in volcanic ash because they’re losing tens of millions of pounds a day. It’s okay to be safe, just so long as it doesn’t cost too much.

Anyway, bottom line is that my trip to the USA and the Newport Beach Film Festival is looking extremely unlikely. No fat lady has yet sung but I can hear her warming up in the next room…

 

 

The GATCHAMAN Clip

Once upon a time, Imagi studios had plans to to bring the classic anime 'Gatchman' to CG animated life. Then, back in February, Imagi studios closed its doors making the possibility of such a film seem remote. The parent company Imagi International Holdings Ltd. said they weren't giving up on animation, and could farm its projects out to smaller studios on mainland China.

While there's been no new movement on the 'Gatchaman' movie since, Twitchfilm did uncover this early, relatively unpolished demo reel which was shown at the Hong Kong Filmart back in 2007. Enjoy!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Calibur454 4/19/2010 9:05:17 AM

It's a shame that gatchaman is in development hell- I wouldn't go to the theater to see it but I would rent it I hope this sees the light of day

Solomon Kane- hexx- and the net avengers toon-just a rental for me

Mighty Mouse returns- I bet Micxkey Mouse is pissed that he hasn't gotten a theatrical revival yet.

Walking dead- Looking forward to this

Kick Ass sequel?- I loved the Kick Ass movie but with so many blockbusters coming down the pike I doubt it will be able to hold its weight. Could we see a sequel in the movies- It is possible- I wouldn't put it past Millar not too. I do know that there will be a trilogy of stories for the comic book fans at the very least.

I can't wait for IRON MAN 2

 

 

Wiseguy 4/19/2010 9:06:14 AM

Rob we've been presuming every season of Smallville to be the final one since season 3 I think. However I do agree that this one'll probably be it, at least under that name. I wouldn't be opposed to the series graduating to Metropolis or something like that once Clark dons the tights

Gotta admit that I'm curious to see what Jonah Hex film looks like. I guess I'll catch the trailer when I see Freddy

Love the IronMan helmet, it goes perfect with my red Kawasaki.

Ooh Iron Man in I-Max, can't effing wait. My film of the year

HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY! I'd love to see Mighty Mouse on the big screen

Hellboy 3? I would think that after the lukewarm response both films got they would let this franchise die. I would see a 3rd to be sure but I haven't been wowed by either film

Looking forward to The Losers this weekend. Very similar to the A-Team in concept if you ask me. I'll be seeing both

I've heard other folk say Millar's writing was racist too. Since I'm not usually offended by stereotypes or the sort I never paid it any mind but do recall a friend complaining about how in KickAss at first he's fighting blacks and Puertoricans. I don't think it's enough to label him a racist and IMO a bit out of bounds

 

 

gutsmgee 4/19/2010 10:12:23 AM

Jeffrey DeMunn is awesome. One of my all time favorite supporting actors.

monkeyfoot 4/19/2010 10:54:19 AM

Kick-Ass seems like the type of movie that would do better from more word-of-mouth but we'll have to wait and see. I wouldn't think the average moviegoer would have any animosity towards Millar because they don't know nor care who he is. Only genre fans and Hollywood types might develop some dislike for him. He does give the air of being full of himself which can certainly set people off.

I'm surprised that lots of people take delight in the movie underperforming. Unless you had money bet against it why should you care? I have no interest at all in the Twilight movies but am delighted that they are doing so well just because they are genre movies and that helps in the production of even more genre movies.

gauleyboy420 4/19/2010 11:26:54 AM

I'd love tyo see a third Hellboy Movie, and I ALWAYS keep movie universes seperate from the Comic Universe, So I have no problem with minor changes, as long as the characters remain true to themselves.

I get upset when I see people throwing the word racist around lightly... It takes away from when someone truly is a racist if you overuse it, AND to call Millar a racist is stupid, ignorant, and in danger of overusing the word racist. It's detrimental to those affected by Racism to throw that term around as much as it gets thrown around.

They are calling Millar racist because Kick-Ass fights Black and Hispanic (oh yeah there are some white guys there too, but lets not mention them) gangs in NYC, and then fights Italian Mafia... Ooooh theres a stretch, Italians involved in the MOB???? Stereo types exist becaus ethey are real. There ARE Black gangs, there are Italians in the mob.

I seriously think it's just jealousy of the success of someone who they consider an inferior writer that causes these claims.

Is Training Day Racist? Tons of black gangs, and even the corrupt cop was Black... Racist?

Is Goodfellas Racist, Italian Mobsters, or Untouchables?

 

Jealousy...

Stop using serious terms lightly people... Of course I don't think the twins in Tranformers were racist, I've known people like that...Black and White...

Again I think people hate Bay for being cvommercially succesful with "Fluff" movies, so they pick him apart using asinine arguments. Millar gets the same treatment.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 4/19/2010 12:10:51 PM

Exactly.  One only needs watch Gangland and see that there are all types of people in gangs and shit but most of the ones in NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago,etc are black, hispanic, or Asian.  All the white gangs are mostly elsewhere and are motorcycle gangs to boot.  And none of them are worse than any other - though some of them are really, really bad people.  But that's besides the point.  Some people just don't see that art imitates life.

Matador 4/19/2010 12:36:27 PM

Wow Mr. Jawbreaker you have hit the mark its like you can't make fun of fat people cause there fat but we sure as hell try.

Cheesey1 4/19/2010 3:36:18 PM

I clicked on this because of the Avengers mention, but while I've got nothing against Millar, the few pages that I scanned through of Kick Ass defintely seemed a bit heavy on the blacks and browns committing crime, or maybe that's a JR Jr. thing. Although somebody did make the valid point that in urban areas the gangs tend to be blacks and browns, but something about the depiction in the comic that I flicked through seemed a bit gratuitous. Anyway, I won't call him a racist, but if he is, then he should fess up. I think that racist people should be like the tea baggers and not hide their racism, or at least very, very, very, thinly veil it...

silversurfer 4/19/2010 6:54:09 PM

Gatchaman would have been awesome

Millar isn't racist.....a glory hound, maybe, but never racist...he's calling it what it is....damn people, before you jump on a bandwagon, know who's driving the it...

MightyMouse: Loved  it as a kid, I thought that it was funny then, not so much now....why not Secret Squirrel as a movie?

Walking Dead: AMC is a good place for this one....it will do well there.

I have nothing to say about IM2 because we all know how that's going to turn out...

Jonah Hex: That's going to be cool...

krathwardroid 4/20/2010 12:36:12 AM

Mark Millar isn't a bad writer. I enjoyed the Wanted movie and graphic novel. Superman: Red Son was awesome and I find Nemesis to be rather interesting. I just don't care about Kick-Ass. I think way too much hype was dumped into that film.

Good to hear that Jonah Hex is still on track.

I'll watch Hellboy 3. I like the graphic novels a lot better than the films, but hey, Ron Perlman rocks as HB and that's enough for me.

And hey, you know how people are these days about racism and political correctness; if they could get away with it, they'd label every one of us racist just because we blinked the wrong way. I second the comments of gauleyboy420 and Wiseguy. Isn't it funny how when black people and Hispanics are depicted this way in film, it is racist. Yet when Native Americans are portrayed as villains in some westerns - and they are quite often - it's never racist? 

silversurfer: You said it. Iron Man 2 needs no introduction. We all know how explosive this is going to be.

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