The latest round of 'Spider-Man 4' villain speculation. PLUS: Rourke talks 'Iron Man 2'. 'Transformers' on the Tokyo red carpet. 'Too Cool' gets movie deal. Shake well before using, it's you Comics2Film 9.6.9!
MTV Splash Page reports that the Top Shelf Comix title 'Too Cool to be Forgotten' by Alex Robinson has been optioned for the big screen.
'Synecdoche, New York' producer Anthony Bregman has apparently picked up the rights a few months back.
The book is a sort of "Peggy Sue Quits Smoking" as a man who undergoes hypnosis in order to kick the habit finds himself transported back to high school in the 1980s.
Be sure to give a listen to 'Transformers The Fallen Remix' by Cheap Trick, elsewhere on Mania.com
The cast and crew of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' hit Tokyo on Monday to enjoy a red carpet premiere for the movie. Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Isabel Lucas and Ramon Rodriguez were on hand, as was a scale replica of Bumblebee.
We've got photos! Click on Megan at right for a look!
A recent interview with Mickey Rourke by The Guardian paper reveals a bit about his 'Iron Man 2' role. The character is named Ivan and Rourke aims to make the Russian nemesis as authentic as possible.
"I decided to do half my role in Russian," Rourke told The Guardian, "and that's hard because the Russian language doesn't roll off the English-speaking tongue very easily. I spent three hours a day with a teacher, and after two weeks I know four sentences! Let me see, it's sort of like... 'Yezzamee menya... Yezzamee manya obott... Er, nemaboootty menya...'"
Rourke provides a translation for he above phonetic mess, "It means, If someone kills me, don't wake me up, because I'd rather be dead than live in your world."
Rourke also closed the door on speculation that he might somehow end up as a villain in the next 'Spider-Man' movie. "I'm not big on formula movies. I don't like all that Spider-Man shit."
So who might the 'Spider-Man 4' villain be? ...
If the photos weren't enough for you, here's some video of the 'Transformers' pandemonium in Tokyo yesterday:
The New York Post chatted up producer Todd Black, who's out doing the press rounds for 'Pelham 1 2 3'. He's also a producer on 'Spider-Man 4'.
They did manage to get a few details on the super-secret project. Black told the Post that Kirsten Dunst is definitely set to return as Mary Jane. However, Black has thankfully heard nothing of a potential wedding happening in this movie. The producer also gave a definitive thumbs-down to rumors that Morbius, the living vampire would appear in the film.
Black did say this about the story's villain, who will definitely be drawn from the classic rogues gallery: "We're just coming up with who the villain's going to be now. We'll be shooting in New York again. Trust me, people will appreciate who we pick, because it'll be a big part of New York."
Let the speculation begin!
"It'll be a big part of New York," you say? This has every website jumping on the Kingpin bandwagon, given that he practically runs the town. However, in the past having the Kingpin tied to the 'Daredevil' franchise (which was and still is at 20th Century Fox) seems to preclude the character from appearing in a Sony/Marvel venture. Unless, of course, Marvel has done some horse-trading, granting Deadpool to Fox to free Kingpin for Spider-Man. That seems a bit far-fetched though.
So who else is New York centric? Many of the Spider-Man villains are based there.
I'm going with Electro as a wild guess. He's not tied to the city in any specific way, but I'm old enough to remember the black out of 1977. An electricity powered villain could plunge the city into darkness and cause all kinds of chaos. So that's my pick.
The Vulture is a also a classic villain that's been under-utilized. I can picture many a cool set piece of ariel chases and dog fights through the canyons of the city. Of course, that could happen with many flying villains as well.
And, at the end of the day, can we even trust Black's cryptic remark to be any indicator? Or is it just a red herring?
What do you think, Maniacs? Let's hear your picks? Electro, Vulture, Kingpin? How about Vermin? And if it is Kingpin should Michael Clark Duncan return? Post your comments below...
And lets not forget everyone's favorite feature...
As mentioned yesterday, some 'Iron Man 2' photography is coming, as foretold on the twittersphere...
# Shot some Mickey Rourke action today. Big scene. 7pm June 8
# Hope to have an image to release soon. Stay tuned for info. 7pm June 8