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Directors circling X-MEN: FIRST CLASS


By Rob M. Worley     May 03, 2010
Source: Mania

Directors circling 'X-Men: First Class'. Plus: 'Batman 3' gets a release date! 'Walking Dead' gets its leading lady! 'Iron Man 2' gets more buzz. More! Putting the blame on VCR, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.3!



Box Office: LOSERS and KICK-ASS Fall

According to Mania's box office report our two current C2Fs suffered the expected fall in the face of two newly-opened movies: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Furry Vengeance'.

'The Losers' collected another $6 million bringin the two-week tally up to $18.1 million. I dropped just two spots to #5.

'Kick-Ass' gathered less than $4.5 million, falling three spots (losing ground to 'Clash of the Titans'). It has collected $42.1 million during its run.




Michael Ausiello at reports that actress Sarah Wayne Callies has been cast in AMC's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic 'The Walking Dead'. Callies will play Lori Grimes, the female lead in the series.

Callies recently appeared as a patient on 'House' where she played a woman in an open marriage. However, she's best known as the doctor/love-interest in the absurdly entertaining 'Prison Break' (where she was decapitated and then recapitated).

Frank Darabont is developing the show for AMC.



IRON MAN 2 Quick Hits

  • If you were one of the fans from the Detroit area who entered our 'Iron Man 2' ticket giveaway, check out the results page to see if you've won!
  • While fans in the U.S. await the arrival of 'Iron Man 2' this week, moviegoers in international markets have already made the movie #1 in all but one country, ringing up ticket  sales in excess of $100 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • If you're aiming to see the movie on the IMAX screen, Superhero Hype has a listing of theaters that are hosting the mega-version of the movie for a limited engagement.
  • Over at Ain't it Cool they've turned in an in-depth critique of the 'Iron Man 2' movie score.
  • 'Iron Man 2' saw an uptick in its critical score on Rotten Tomatoes since Friday. It now ranks 76% positive with 49 reviews counted.
  • Finally, an geektastic new SPOILER has turned up on YouTube. We won't tell you what's revealed, but click through if you must know. And please be courteous with SPOILER WARNINGS is you discuss it in the comments below.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Hank Azaria as Gargamel from THE SMURFS

C2F Quick Hits

  • Gargamel fever runs wild! has the first photos of actor Hank Azaria in full costume and makeup as Gargamel in 'The Smurfs'.
  • Heat Vision confirms that Warner Bros has pegged July 20, 2012 as the release date for 'Batman 3'. According to the report, David Goyer is currently working with Christopher Nolan on the story.
  • UGO floats a rumor that Tommy Lee Jones will appear in the 'Captain America' movie.
  • MTV Movies Blog has a one-on-one interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about 'G.I.Joe 2'. The producer says they haven't started on the script yet, but plans are to start filming next spring and get the movie out in 2012.
  • Actor Josh Brolin talks with MTV Splash Page about the tone of 'Jonah Hex'. "My feeling is, this isn't a straightforward Western. There are supernatural elements to it, and the more campy humor we go for, the better. We're still in the process of solidifying that tone." Fans saw the first trailer for the film last week.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry and xenomorph for the submission.



Directors Circling X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

The big news from the weekend is that the short list of directors circling the franchise freshener 'X-Men: First Class' has been revealed.

According to prime director candidates for Fox's "young mutants" film include Samuel Bayer ('A Nightmare On Elm Street') Timur Bekmambetov ('Wanted'), Louis Leterrier ('Clash of the Titans'), David Slade ('30 Days of Night') , Daniel Espinosa (the buzzed about foreign film 'Snabba Cash') and Carl Erick Rinsch (who made waves with his online short 'The Gift').

Apparently 20th Century Fox already made an offer to 'Kick-Ass' director Matthew Vaughn, who had previously signed to direct 'X-Men: The Last Stand' before bailing out and ceding the job to Brett Ratner. However Vaughn passed.

Deadline says Fox will hire its director in the next week or so. Producing the film are Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg.

What do you think, Maniacs? Which of the above directors would you have rebooting the X-MEN franchise? If "none of the above" then who? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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dragon261 5/3/2010 6:55:56 AM

No matter who directs it any X-Men film will be a steaming pile of crap as long as Fox hold the film rights.

wessmith1966 5/3/2010 7:03:47 AM

DOn't know anything about Espinosa, but any of the other directors would be ok. The trick will be how much Fox puts its fingers into the film. While I enjoyed X-Men 3 and Wolverine, Fox seemed more interested in using the films as cash cows than giving moviegoing audiences "good" films. I liked SInger's take on the X-Men, but since they're rebooting, I'd like to see the old, original X-Men costumes. Maybe the movie will be about bringing the young mustants together and making them a team. At the end of the movie Xavier awards them their costumes and codenames. The last shot could be the whole team in the costume getting their class picture taken. I liked the leather, but it would be cool to see the "real" costumes.

Wiseguy 5/3/2010 7:10:41 AM

Isn't Timur Bekmambetov doing Wanted 2? I like the guy's flare for visuals but I'm not big on him as a director overall. But he would make the X-Men a sight to see. To be honest none of those candidates fills me with hope, not even Leterrier. Maybe giving it to one of the new guys may be a good idea as long as the suits stay the eff out of the creative decisions.

That IM2 spoiler is just furthering something we already saw in the first. So I wouldn't exactly call it a spoiler in the sense of it being something new

It appears that just like Marvel has appropriated the first week of May for their movies Nolan has taken to the third weekend of July as his turf

I can see Tommy Lee Jones playing some sort of high ranking officer in Capt. America. He has that sort of presence and command. Or maybe even Dr.Erskine, though I doubt the Doc will have much of a role




nohater 5/3/2010 7:18:26 AM

Any one of the directors mentioned above would probably do a good job. The problem will be whether or not the script and the overall concepts are worth producing. Fox's tactic of throwing as many mutants as they can at us and seeing which ones work is problematic at best. See the results of Last Stand and Wolverine. I hope that either there is a sea change at Fox or they meander in production hell long enough for the rights to revert back to Marvel. We fans don't just want any old movie. We want a good movie.

jfdavis 5/3/2010 7:32:09 AM

X-Men- Now that Vaughn has passed none of the directors jump out at me. And I even was open to Leterrier helming Avengers. It's too bad Brad Bird can't direct this and M:I IV...

Captain America- Tommy Lee Jones will be a military guy and he'll be good.

IM2- I agree. The spoiler isn't really surprising...

Smurfs- Azaria looks awesome but the movie will be a dud...

violator14 5/3/2010 8:19:27 AM

Joel Schumacher for XMEN!!! ....jk.

Darkknight2280 5/3/2010 9:23:05 AM

I love the fact bigger named actors are becoming more attracted to doing comic movies. Anthony Hopkins, Robert Downey JR, Srac Jo, and now maybe Tommy Lee Jones. Areed he will be some general or somethign along those lines.

Xmen 1st class i dont care about because i know FOX will turn it into a $hit pile..not sure why they wont listen to Marvel.

Smurfs looks like its coming together.. i will however wait until its on video..unless GF makes me go to theatre

IM2 after i watched the extended ending im not going to look at anymore spoilers. I'm going to be seeing it in IMAX this friday @ 7pm!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KillerTomato 5/3/2010 9:29:45 AM

Give it to Letterier (the man wants more Marvel work, and he did really good with Incredible Hulk, by rescusing a lackluster film in Ang Lee's version and making a much more coherent and in general better Hulk film), and keep your grubby hands off Fox, maybe...just maybe we can get a movie more worthwhile than X3 and Wolverine...

axia777 5/3/2010 10:29:07 AM

No FOX = great X-Men movie.  Otherwise it will be crap.  I wish Fox had never gotten the rights to the X-Men! >:(

Otherwise I say let Letterier do it.  His Hulk kicked ass.  If they are re-booting the X-Men then he is the man for the job since he can't do the Avengers.  I want then to start out with only the calssic X-Men.  Ice-Man, Cyclops, NON-blue/furry Beast, Angel, and Jean Gray/Marvel Girl.

superrichtheman 5/3/2010 10:42:54 AM

Hank Azaria looks like Harvey Pekar .

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