'Fantastic Four' set for reboot by veteran DC producer. PLUS: Final 'Astro Boy' trailer. First 'Smurfs' teaser poster. 'Deadman' and 'Red Sonja' details. Listen, kid. There are two things you don't know about the earth. One is Godzilla. The other is...your Comics2Film 9.9.1!
In case you haven't heard Disney has reached an agreement with Marvel to purchase the company for $4 billion. It's not a done deal yet, as these things take time to finalize and the whole shebang needs to undergo review by anti-trust regulators, but both sides want to do it and it'll probably get done.
Reuters published comments from Marvel godfather and Chairman Emeritus Stan Lee who thinks the merging with the Mouse House with the House of Ideas is a good thing.
"To me, becoming 'Disneyfied' is not a bad thing. I mean look at (Disney) movies like 'Pirates of the Caribbean,'" Lee said. "Disney knows how to do movies. They know how to do colorful characters and I think the fans, if they think about it, they're going to love it."
We've got a lively conversation about the Dis/Marv deal going on in the original article thread, so if you want to comment on it, please post your comments there.
Ah, the perils of microblogging. C2F freely admits we do not "get" the fervor over Twitter. The 140 character limit seems kind of arbitrary and limiting to us. Consequently the Twittersphere seems to be mostly a bunch of tiny bursts of noisy blather that can easily be misinterpreted and misunderstood.
Such is the case with actress Rose McGowan, who twittered last Wednesday from the inferno that is California: "Just this once I'll address questions about 'Red Sonja' & others I was meant to do in '08. Major personal & private reasons I pulled out. Starting 2 want to work again. Sometimes real life fucking sucks. That's all. God bless us survivors"
Of course, many took that to mean that McGowan had pulled out of the 'Red Sonja' movie. Seems like a reasonable interpretation.
But then, on Friday, McGowan was doing some spin control. "To clarify press reports: 'Red Sonja' is delayed I pulled out of doing it in '09. Not permanently. Hopefully will follow 'Conan,'" she tweeted, referring, of course, to the 'Conan' movie which is now on the fast track with director Marcus Nispel.
She then added moments later, "I am still contracted to do it 'Red Sonja'. Hopefully Filming in '10 not '09."
So, there you have it. Rose McGowan is still 'Red Sonja' and she hopes to see cameras rolling next year.
Variety confirms the weekend news that Danish director Nikolaj Arcel is set to helm the 'Deadman' movie for Warner Bros. Producing are Guillermo del Toro along with Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angryfilms. Gary Dauberman has written a previous script. It's unclear if the director will start over with a fresh screenplay or work with Dauberman's version.
The Smurftastic website PVCBlue.com has a first look at the teaser poster for the 'Smurfs' movie, coming in December 2010.
Summit Entertainment have posted a high-def version of the 'Astro Boy' trailer online at YouTube. Looks pretty sweet! In the future, all robots will have guns in their butts. Visit AstroBoy-TheMovie.com for more about the film.
Fans who were disappointed with the previous two 'Fantastic Four' movies may be encouraged to learn that Variety is reporting that Twentieth Century Fox is looking to reboot the franchise.
Overseeing the restart is producer Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman is infamous among comic fans for being the writer of 'Batman and Robin', which is generally regarded as the point when the notion of comic book films hit bottom. As a producer, Goldsman has had a hand in other DC Comics properties, such as 'Constantine', 'Jonah Hex' and 'The Losers', not to mention numerous other films of varying quality.
Handling the scripting chores for the new 'FF' is Michael Green, the TV writer/producer who recently worked on the much buzzed-about 'Green Lantern' script, as well as contributions to 'Heroes', 'Smallville' and 'Kings'.
Fox was unwilling to comment on the development.
Here's hoping they inject some of the big, bombastic fun of the comics into the big-screen revamp and do away with four-on-one fist fights in Times Square.
And for those of you Maniacs who are going to post a comment asking when Marvel (or Disney) will get the rights back from Fox, the Variety piece confirms that Fox holds the rights "in perpetuity" (i.e for-freaking-ever). The only way Fox is giving up 'Fantastic Four' (or 'X-Men' or 'Daredevil') is if Disney pays a princely sum to purchase the rights back from them.
What to you think, Maniacs? Can Goldsman and Green deliver the Fantastic Four film you've been wanting? Post your comments below...