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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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.
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…
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!