New Judge Dredd details revealed. Plus: New Walking Dead promos online. Garfield talks Spider-Man. Feige tals Captain America and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.7!
THR's Risky Business blog caught up with actor Andrew Garfield at the Telluride Film Festival and quizzed him about upcoming projects, including Marc Webb's much-anticipated Spider-Man reboot. Needless to say, the actor is thrilled to have the part.
"I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, 'Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?'" he said laughing. "'Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks...'
"So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for. Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true fucking honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume."
The actor said he's also struggling to balance preparing for Spider-Man as just another acting job, vs anticipating the new wave of success that will come with his elevated profile.
"I just want to be an actor, really. And of course all those things came into consideration when I was making the decision. But at the end of the day, I had faith that I would be able to not be defined by it. And I still have faith that I will be able to get lost in roles and just keep doing what I love to do," Garfield told THR.
He was also asked about physical prep work but said it was too soon to comment.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige talked briefly with Total Film about the now-in-production Captain America: The First Avenger. The movie is filming in studios and locations near London. Feige spends some time talking about the history of film there, including Pinewood studios.
He had some interesting things to say too about Hugo Weaving's villainous Red Skull.
"Hugo Weaving has been in the Red Skull effect, in costume for a couple of weeks now and it’s a hell of a lot of fun," Feige said. "We gave people a little taste in San Diego about what his character will look like but now that we’ve started to work with the actual skull it’s going to be a lot of fun and a rather frightening villain."
Captain America is directed by Joe Johnston and stars Chris Evans. It's due out next summer.
Bleeding Cool has posted what is purported to be the logo artwork for the X-Men: First Class movie. They don't vouch for its legitimacy. However, we have to say it's a pretty uninspired continuation of the brushed metal look of previous logos from the franchise. Click through if you want a look.
AMC TV have released three new promo clips from The Walking Dead. The show, based on the comics by Robert Krikman, debuts on the network on Halloween.
Two of the promo clips are puzzlingly (and frustratingly) brief but the third manages to conjure up some chills:
Click through if you also want to view the clips "Rick's Gun" and "Darkness" (as well as lots of "MacGruber" ads).
It looks like the Judge Dredd movie is ramping up. International film distributors IM Global now list the movie as part of their film slate. Based on their listing it looks as if the movie is officially titled Dredd.
They also provide a brief cast and crew list, although all the info on it has been known to us for some time: Karl Urban is starring. Pete Travis is directing. Alex Garland wrote the script and is a producer. Andrew MacDonald and Allon Reich are also producing.
They do provide the official description for the film:
"Dredd takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring Dredd to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip."
And, we can add one more member to the cast, courtesy of Friday's Variety. Actress Olivia Thirlby has been cast as Judge Anderson the 3D movie.
Thirlby has appeared in numerous indie films and may be best remembered as Ellen Page's BFF in Juno.
Judge Cassandra Anderson possesses special abilities including short-term precognition and telepathy. In the comics she serves in the PSI Division and became a popular enough supporting player to merit her own comic series. In the movie she's a "rookie who shadows Dredd."
The movie carries a $45 million budget from India-based Reliance Big Entertainment and IM Global. It begins filming in South Africa later this year.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrives in comic shops on September 9th! Come see him on 9/9 at Comic City in Novi, MI where he's signing copies of the first issue of the new book!