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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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: