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Efron to topline Bendis' FIRE


By Rob M. Worley     January 28, 2010

Comics2Film: Zac Efron to topline Bendis' FIRE
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Efron to topline Bendis' 'Fire'. Plus: Reynolds active on 'Deadpool' development. Kendrick talks 'Scott Pilgrim'. Leterrier talks 'Avengers', 'Hulk' and more! The daily column that cares one hundred and crazy percent, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.28!




'Up in the Air' actress Anna Kendrick found a novel way to sum up Edgar Wright's 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'.

She told MTV Splash Page, "I've seen it. It's awesome. There's nothing to compare it to. It's like the energy from 'Ferris Bueller' and the action from 'Kill Bill.' It's amazing."

Kendrick plays Stacey Pilgrim in the film, the title hero's older and wiser sister.



Leterrier Talks AVENGERS and HULK

UGO.com chatted up director Louis Leterrier about a great many things including his upcoming blockbuster 'Clash of the Titans' as well as his current and future involvement in Marvel movies. Leterrier delivered a lean mean 'Incredible Hulk' movie a few years back and has expressed interest in helming Marvel's 'Avengers' movie.

"I would love to do it. But Avengers can not be a single director’s movie. It has to be a team movie. And I think it makes sense, you have Jon Favreau as one of the producers, plus Kevin Feige, who knows the material inside and out, is a very hands-on producer," Leterrier said. "What I love about Avengers is the collision of human conflict on superhuman levels. I love analyzing what it means to be a superhero. But, budget-wise and the actors, I don’t know anything now."

UGO also asked if there were any DC Comics characters he'd like to try his hand at. Leterrier said he would love to direct a Superman movie, but also gravitates towards DC's Vertigo comics. "I love those comics. I love 'Y: The Last Man' and 'Preacher'."

Elsewhere on the interwebs, MTV Splash Page asked the director what he thought it would take to bring Edward Norton back for another round in 'Incredible Hulk 2'.

He explained, "It's not a Marvel/Edward thing, it would be really be about, well... We told the story of the fugitive, what's the next step in the story?

"It can't just be 'Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry,'" he continued. "That would be a problem if you do the same thing over and over again. Edward's never done the same movie twice, so I don't think he would do that. If you find something interesting — yeah, I'm sure he would [be back]. He's a fanboy. He's as big a fanboy as you and me, maybe even more."

At the end of the day, Leterrier admits that the box office for the first movie doesn't have Marvel demanding a sequel.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Reynolds Active on DEADPOOL

Recent attention is squarely focused on Ryan Reynolds' upcoming turn as 'Green Lantern', the actor says fans of 'Deadpool' needn't worry that that project has fallen by the wayside. 'Zombieland' scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are actively working on the script and Reynolds is looped into the process.

"I talk to them every single day," Reynolds told MTV Splash Page during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival. "We're all very sick of each other already. It's actually a really wonderful creative trifecta — we're having a very good time."

The actor also said that Marvel's caustic anti-hero is in good hands with this writing team.

"Tonally, they got it," said Reynolds. "They just [understood 'Deadpool'] right off the bat. They're fans of the character and they were so excited. We couldn't have done any better."



Making of SOLOMON KANE Clip

Fans in the UK will see Michale J. Bassett's adaptation of Robert E. Howard's 'Solomon Kane' on February 19th. Fans in the US will have to wait. Either way there's a new "Making of" clip available in the widget box below.




Zac Efron Lights Brian Michael Bendis' FIRE

Back before he became the architect of Marvel's mega marathon of super hero crossover battles, Brian Michael Bendis was known for writing edgy thrillers in the form of graphic novels (which he also illustrated).

One such graphic novel was called 'Fire'. Rooted in documented events, the book detailed the journey of an unassuming college student lured into a CIA program intended to test the suitability of ordinary citizens to serve as intelligence assets.

The Heat Vision blog at THR reveals that heart-throb Zac Efron has signed to star in the thriller for Universal Studios.  While the casting is certainly attention-getting, the big news is that Bendis is writing the screenplay. Those early, edgier works of Bendis' are still among our favorites at C2F and, back then, the man demonstrated a very cinematic storytelling voice.

Efron will also serve as executive producer with his manager, Jason Barrett. Neal Moritz is producing with David Engel of Circle of Confusion.



Stan the Man Talks SPIDER-MAN and IRON MAN 2

Access Hollywood recently chatted up Stan Lee and got his reaction to the recent regime change on the 'Spider-Man' movie.

"I think it's a good idea, personally. After a while things feel a little the same," Lee said of the announcement that director Marc Webb would carry the franchise in a new direction. "Making him younger, playing up the problems of a teenage kid with a super power, which is the way he was originally wirten when we first did the book, I think it'll be interesting."

Lee also talks a bit about his 'Iron Man 2' cameo. Check out the Access Hollywood clip below:


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littlemikey979 1/28/2010 7:55:32 AM

I kind of agree with Stan the man here, Peter Parker was a teenager forever in the comic. I think they kind of had him grow up too fast in the movies. Hopefully they will keep him in highschool for a whole movie with the reboot.

Has anyone thought that with Sam out of the directors seat Mr.Ash himself Bruce Cambell probably won't be in the new Spiderman movies anymore? Kind of a bummer.

Hobbs 1/28/2010 7:55:54 AM

I'm okay with Leterrier doing the Avengers movie.  My first choice for Avengers though is still Favreau.

I think Leterrier got what Marvel was all about with his Incredible Hulk movie.  The box office isn't what it should have been because of that horrible Angie Lee Hulk movie.  Left a bad taste in everyones mouth including my own. I actully waited till DVD to see it and I wouldnt have if not for the 1st Hulk.


Wiseguy 1/28/2010 8:06:42 AM

Gotta love Stan The Man Lee. Looking forward to seeing him in IM2. I know he's always trying to be diplomatic but he seems to be down for the new Spidey
gauley, hope you caught that Stan Lee clip, he's agreeing with me and mimicking you :) doing the don't want change thing

Letterier may be a good choice for The Avengers, at least he isn't intimidated by the prospect like Favreau. Plus like he said, it isn't like they're just going to let him run around the lot and do whatever he wants, it'll be a team effort

I'm looking forward to see what they turn out for Deadpool. Sometimes it's hard to believe all the talk. I hope Reynolds and crew get it right. However I don't see Deadpool making the same bank as Wolverine at the end of the day

With all the talk and pieces Rob has put up about Scott Pilgrim over the last year I must say that I'm actually looking forward to it, though I think it's more a sense of curiosity driving me

So Solomon Kane still doesn't have a US releasse date, shameful.

I'd never heard of Bendis til he came over to Marvel. So obviously never heard of Fire either and so far not really that interested

silversurfer 1/28/2010 8:41:28 AM

I think that Louis Letterier did a very good job with Hulk, I don't think that it's ever going to be something that a franchise can be made of though....I do like the fact that he's ready and willing to do The Avengers as a team effort....they've got all of the pieces in the right places, so I have good feelings about all of that.

Same goes for Deadpool, which I think should be as close to R as you can be, without going over....Reynolds and the writers all enjoy the character, plus they understand that they can't make something that people aren't going to be interested in....Deadpool could be fun

Peter Parker being younger makes sense for the market they are obviously trying to stay in touch with....I have to say that I'm interested in who they will get to be Peter Parker/Spiderman. Distinction has to be made because he can't just be some guy who puts on a suit....he's got to be Parker most of the time, because that's why most like Spiderman in the first place.....

axia777 1/28/2010 9:00:52 AM

The Avengers: I say let Louis Leterrier do the Avengers as he kicked ass on the Hulk.  I am also nominating him for the next Superman movie.  The Hulk was so much better than the last Superman movie.  I think Leterrier could do an excellent job at a Superman movie.  It would be emotionla like the Hulk was yet full of awesome action and major ass kicking.  Let's do a Superman VS Dark Seid!

Deadpool:  It sounds like this movie is just a reboot of Deadpool from the Wolverine movie as if it never even happened.  And that is good with me as the Deadpool in that movie sucked monkey balls.

Spider-Man:  You all know how I wanted to hear from Stan "The Man" Lee on this whole Spider-Man fiasco?  Well we have and now I feel a little better about it all.  If Stan Lee thinks it will kick ass then it most likely will. 

Iron Man 2 will own me in 2010.  Also, Jensen Ackles for Captain America!

StarlightGuard 1/28/2010 9:24:44 AM

so, you're okay with Efron are you? I'm just saying cause, you know...I saw his name in the article and expected a revolt

Hobbs 1/28/2010 10:45:26 AM

Starlight, I have no clue who Efron is but by your comment I'm guessing he's from Twlight?

nightwingDG 1/28/2010 10:59:08 AM

Scott Pilgrim trailer, please!!!

Wiseguy are you not a fan of Scott Pilgrim comic or do you just think they're going to screw the movie up?

StarlightGuard 1/28/2010 11:02:07 AM

he's that kid from High School Musical that wants to sing and dance but his dad wants him to play "shooty hoops," totally different from the South Park episode where the kid sings and dances but wants to play basketball

that was funny -- Cartman trying to commit suicide by staying in the garage with their hybrid running

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 1/28/2010 11:10:31 AM

I think if he bulks up Ben Foster could make a good Captain America, also, Jamie Bell - that kid is pretty built already.  They're two pretty damn good actors as well.

I agree with Hanso on Anton Yelchin as Peter Parker.  Though he popped in my mind independently of his thoughts.

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