Disney says to expect more Marvel on TV in the future. Plus: 'Scott Pilgrim' actor praises comics. Marvel EIC praises films. 'Swamp Thing' script now online. That's all we got as we wend through the holiday slow-down in your Comics2Film 9.12.30!
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When producer Joel Silver took the reigns of the 'Swamp Thing' franchise, the first order of business was to hire comics creator Len Wein to pen the screenplay. Wein, of course, created the character for DC Comics and his take on the character was meant to bring it back to its horror roots, and steer away from the campier version that had been seen in film and TV of the 80s and 90s.
In recent months Silver had made some positive remarks about the future of the production, that it was definitely being worked on and that he sees it as a 3D movie. We took that as a positive sign that Wein's script was going to be used for the film.
However, a draft of the screenplay dated 2003 has turned up as a download on MyPDFScripts. We're not sure what this means for Wein's take on the film but this seems to be an indication that it is no longer in play.
The Associated Press ran an analysis piece on the impending Disney/Marvel merger.
Comics2Film and Comicscape both lent expert advice to the writer of the article, who was hoping to get a handle on which Marvel characters Disney is likely to exploit. We mentioned Doctor Strange and The Runaways as to properties that have been discussed for development recently.
Perhaps the most interesting nugget of info to be found in the report is thatDisney CEO Bob Iger has said that they aim to dig deep into the library and develop smaller scale franchises for TV.
"Instead of making a $200 million movie and kind of betting the farm on one character, you can develop a television pilot, a television series," Iger told analysts this month.
Given that Disney has several television outlets, that could mean a lot more lesser-known Marvel characters headed for the small screen.
Actor Jason Schwartzman appears in next year's 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' as one of the evil ex-boyfriends the title character must battle. MTV Splash Page asked the actor about his familiarity with Bryan Lee O'Malley's books. While actors in comic-based films are often nonchalant about the comics themselves, this was not the case with Schwartzman.
"Edgar Wright had told me about the comics well in advance of us working on [the film]," Schwartzman told MTV News. "I began to read them then. They go by like a movie. It goes by so quickly and it's exciting and it's so well illustrated. Bryan Lee O'Malley, who is the creator of it, possesses an uber-talent."
C2F only started reading the books after filming on Edgar Wright's movie commenced and we've quickly become smitten with them. We have had difficulty securing a copy of the fifth volume in the series, but eagerly await it, the final sixth volume, and the movie as well.
"I've actually seen a rough cut of ['Iron Man 2'], and it's going to be good," Marvel EIC Joe Quesada told MTV News. "[Don] Cheadle is one of the greatest living American actors, what do you expect? I think fans are going to love it — especially fans of War Machine — and he does kick some major ass."
The chief also reiterated past remarks that director Kenneth Branagh will do 'Thor' justice.
"I've sat through the story meetings and sat with Branagh. The character is in tremendous hands," Quesada said. "Branagh understand the mythology and what he doesn't understand, he's asking questions about — in particular, the comic book mythology. He's really immersed himself in it. It's going to be pretty epic, and regardless of what you think it's going to be, it's going to surprise people. It's an interesting piece for a superhero movie. It's going to change the conventions of the superhero movie."
Quesada made his remarks to MTV at the opening night of "Marvelous Color," a new art exhibit in Manhattan highlighting Marvel's history of prominent African-American characters such as War Machine, Luke Cage and Black Panther, the latter of which is a favorite of the EIC's.
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