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The Hollywood Reporter says to expect some personnel changes at Marvel Entertainment after the acquisition by Disney goes through.
Marvel has said that Chairman David Maisel will step down post-merger. Maisel joined the studio in 2003 and was instrumental in securing the funding to convert Marvel from a production shingle that licensed it's intellectual property to larger studios, to the free-standing studio it is today. Maisel will continue as executive producer on Marvel's current slate of films, which include 'Iron Man 2', 'Captain America' and 'Thor' (but apparently not 'The Avengers').
Kevin Feige (who was employed by Donner/Shuler-Donner during the production of the first 'X-Men' movie, and subsequently worked his way up to the top of Marvel studios where he currently serves as President of production) will now be the top dog at Marvel, reporting directly to Walt Disney chairman Rich Ross.
Actor Michael Cera is out promoting his new film 'Youth in Revolt' but he entertained a few questions from MTV Splash Page about next summer's comic book film 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'.
Cera told MTV that he was an avid reader of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic series well before he heard about any plans for a movie. The actor also said he's uncertain about the prospects of a 'Scott Pilgrim 2'.
"This [movie] is going to encompass the whole series, I think, so if there was a sequel it would be something separate from the books, which wouldn't really make sense," he told MTV.
Cera also had gracious comments for his various co-stars in the picture. Click through for more.
Last week, small-press publisher Dare Comics announced plans to turn their comic 'The Hunter' into a feature film. Los Angeles-based production company, Scarlet Fire Entertainment, is set to produce the movie adaptation.
Dare Comics offers this description of 'The Hunter' which is written by Adam Hamdy and illustrated by David Golding: When coordinated attacks devastate America, Gabriel Mot, a CIA agent with extraordinary powers, is determined to find those responsible. He reveals a hidden world of dark beings with tremendous destructive powers. In a world where monsters walk the Earth, nothing is what it seems.
Hamdy is set to write the script for the film which will deviate from the storyline found in the four-issue comics series.
"It’s an entirely original Hunter story; a fresh and exciting way of introducing movie-goers to a character that has captured the imagination of comic fans around the world," Hamdy said.
He's also producing the movie along with Scarlet Fire founders Allan Loeb ('21', 'Things We Lost In The Fire,' 'Wall Street 2') and Steven Pearl ('The Beast', 'Untraceable').
Actor Ryan Reynolds told MTV Splash Page that he has a dream director in mind for the planned 'Deadpool' movie.
"You think directors for a movie like this and you immediately picture [Quentin] Tarantino or somebody like that," Reynolds told MTV News. "Obviously Tarantino is a guy that likes to direct his own material, so there's a good chance he wouldn't be the guy. We all have our lists of dream directors."
Indeed, last week Tarantino said if ever directed a superhero movie, it would be an original story of his own creation so it's hard to picture him coming aboard 20th Century Fox's 'X-Men' extension.
Reynolds also told MTV that things will click once the script is ready and that the powers-that-be are in talks with various writers.
Almost as if in response, CHUD.com comes up with the scoop on who those writers may be. According to their report, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick of 'Zombieland' fame are looking like the go-to guys for this one. CHUD admits they have no solid confirmation of the rumor, but their sources tell them a 'Deadpool' writer will be announced in the trades as early as this week.
Comics2Film at Mania.com has heard rumblings that actor/producer Denzel Washington is circling the TOKYOPOP title 'Zapt!'.
Although TOKYOPOP is primarily know for importing Manga, 'Zapt!' was published in 2003 under their "American-made Manga for kids" initiative. Comic scribes Keith Giffen and Shannon Eric Denton created and wrote the book with illustrated by Armand Villavert.
'Zapt!' tells the comedic adventures of an ordinary boy named Armand who gets drafted into an intergalactic police force. Now he has to deal with the the day-to-day hassles of school teachers, homework and bullies, knowing that at any moment he may get transported into space for duty. The Pangalactic Order of Police (that's right: it spells P.O.O.P.) employs kids because their instinctive nature allows them to master the alien technology that makes them superheroes. In other words, the same impulsiveness that gets Armand in trouble at school makes him a rising star in the P.O.O.P. corp.
According to our source, Washington's interest would be as a producer, and most likely not as an actor, given that the book is mostly populated by kids and aliens. It's also unclear as to whether or not this is for film or television and whether or not it's live-action or animation.