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By Rob M. Worley     August 30, 2010
Source: Various

Fantastic Four reboot rumors are running rampant. Plus: Trailer for Seres: Genesis movie. XIII gets a fresh start. New Losers DVD artwork and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.30!




XIII Gets A Fresh Start

Jean Van Hamme's 1980s era graphic novel XIII is a huge hit in France, but lesser-known here in the U.S. Never-the-less, it's been the inspiration for a popular video game. It was also made into a TV mini-series which starred Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer which aired on NBC in 2008 to relatively little notice. The mini-series felt painfully similar to the Bourne movies (indeed the original books were inspired by the Bourne novels) and left the door open for more movies or an ongoing series.

Now a write-up in the Hollywood Reporter indicates that Canada's Prodigy Pictures and France's Cipango are moving forward with the property as a TV series with actor Stuart Townsend in the lead. We've seen Townsend recently a Kolchak on The Night Stalker and as Dorian Gray in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

According to The Reporter, the TV show focuses on "a former secret agent who cannot remember his past and thus sets out to uncover his true identity. Hunted by an anti-government organization, XIII quickly realizes that the closer he gets to the truth, the more deadly the mission becomes."

Gil Grant (NCIS: Los Angeles, 24) wrote the pilot episode and is the showrunner. Duane Clark who directed the previous mini-series, and episodes of numerous other TV shows as well, will direct 13 episodes of the show and serve co-executive producer. Production begins in Toronto this fall.

Like the original mini, the show will air first on Canal Plus in France. It also has a home on Showcase in Canada. The show presently lacks a U.S. network to carry it.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



SERES: GENESIS Trailer Online

Seres: Genesis is an alien-invasion thriller that's based on a series of graphic novels. We've heard little of the film or the comics until now.

They both originate from Mexico where the graphic novels were published by Huma Comics. The movie was produced, directed and written by Angel Mario Huerta.

Heat Vision reports that the movie now has a U.S. distribution deal and will begin appearing in theaters here in October (courtesy of distributor 24 Frames), after its September 24 debut in Mexico.

Alejandra Barros stars a the head of a secretive paranormal investigation force who investigates a young girl found amid the wreckage of an accident caused by an alien craft. She bears the warning of an alien invasion.

The movie is the first in a trilogy. Here's the trailer:




C2F Quick Hits

  • MTV Splash Page has an exclusive look at new artwork for store-exclusive packaging for the UK release of The Losers on the DVD and Blu-Ray market. The artwork is by comic artist Jock, whose contributions to the film are the sole reason to see it.
  • Actor Idris Elba told SuperheroHype that he has a four-picture commitment to Marvel Studios. One of those is (very obviously) Thor and, most probably, some sequels. But the actor also told The Detroit News that he'd like a shot at Blade as well.
  • Actor Stanley Tucci spoke with MTV News about Captain America and praised the film's "stunning" design. Tucci plays Dr. Abraham Erskine in the movie.
  • The Conan Movie Blog has a set of new photos from the Conan movie.



FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Rumors Run Rampant

Comic Book Movie's Pietro Filipponi has unleashed a series of articles purporting rumors about the Fantastic Four reboot. Filipponi has proven quite resourceful in digging up scoops from Warner Bros Green Lantern movie. If his sources at Fox are as solid then we have a lot of insights into the direction of this latest Marvel superhero reboot.

First Up, Filipponi reports that True Blood actor Stephen Moyer is the favorite to play Doctor Doom in the movie (although, frankly, if Fox is rebooting and using Doom again, we're calling "fail" right now).

The same report indicates that Adrian Brody is the heavy favorite to play Reed Richards and Alice Eve is the front-runner for the role of Sue Storm. Kevin Pennington, a beefcake type who has apparently only been seen in bit roles, is supposedly the favorite for Johnny Storm.

A second report indicates that the studio is after Bruce Willis to provide the voice of Ben Grimm aka The Thing. However Screenrant has their own version of the story and are claiming that Kiefer Sutherland is also in the mix for the voice role. Unlike the previous movies, which featured a disappointingly small and funny-looking version of the rocky muscle man, the new movie will depict the character in CGI.

Yet another report purports that three directors are currently in discussions for the movie. Filipponi claims that his sources say Joe Carnahan, David Yates and James McTeigue are in talks to helm the new feature.

Other potentially interesting bits of info:

  • The Silver Surfer may also appear, along with "a bevvy of characters not yet seen on film".
  • The movie will be filmed in 3D.
  • Production is targeted for May 2011 for a summer 2012 release.
  • The reboot will not trouble itself with an origin story but gloss over it in the credits sequence.

Fox needs to keep the Fantastic Four franchise going lest they cede the film rights back to Marvel/Disney. To do that they will have to get this movie going soon which means we'll find out very quickly if any of the above proves accurate.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrives in comic shops on September 9th! Come see him on September 1st at Wonderworld Comics in Taylor, MI where he's signing pre-release copies of the first issue of the new book!


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8man 8/30/2010 6:29:52 AM

Oh, the irony!  There was a time when the expiration of rights mean the deathknell to a superhero movie.  Now it means they crank them out faster.  Beautiful!

I've always liked Stanley Tucci's work.  He'll be a good addition to the Cap movie.  Good to hear he likes the looks of it.

Wiseguy 8/30/2010 7:00:07 AM

I like most of what I'm hearing about the Fantastic Four. Like all 3 choices mentioned for the director's chair and the possible cast except for Moyer mas Dr.Doom

In the end though I'd rather they'd skip the Silver Surfer and Dr.Doom altogether and have them face off against the Mole Man and his minions. I think that would look terrific in 3D and  as a bonus they can beat The Incredibles to the punch. Doom can take a backseat or we can see him scheming in the background for the sequel or something like that

Love the Thing in cgi which I'd assume means they want to take a page out of the Ultime FF and make him huge

Conan pics look good, nothing like chics bearing their breasts for the Cimmerian

The Mexican flick looks ok but I don't see anything we haven't seen before

monkeyfoot 8/30/2010 7:06:02 AM

XIII: this plot sounds like an idea that has been done many times. Specifcally, Bourne Identity, and the TV series Burn Notice. Let's see if they can make this into something original and unique on its own.

Seres: Nothing thrills me about that trailer.

Idris Elba: he could make a good Blade. Just saw him over the weekend on cable in the movie Obsessed, a low budget, Fatal Attraction type thriller. It was crowd pleasing fun. I'd certainly like to have Beyonce and Ali Larter fighting over me!

Fantastic Four: While I thought the previous movies were fun and the casting was near perfect IMHO, the films could have been 10 times better and I hope they get a writer and director to do them justice. Stephen Moyer is a great Von Doom choice. Please, oh please do him right! He sould be one of the greatest screen villains of all time. Also like Brody as Mr. Fantastic, though he'd make a better Dr. Strange. Looking up actor Kevin Pennington shows rumors that he's also up for Iron Fist, Iceman and Rick Jones. Who knows?

Wiseguy 8/30/2010 7:11:57 AM

I think Elba would be great as Blade but if I'm not mistaken New Line or WB who owns New Line has those rights. It's funny that a Marvel property movie rights basically bel;ong to their main competitor. Anyway, that's still a bankable franchise and I'm sure WB isn't just going to let it revert back to Marvel out of spite

Rheul_home 8/30/2010 7:17:22 AM

Cranking out a film in order to keep the rights is what got us the Roger Corman FF remember?

todd890 8/30/2010 7:49:30 AM

I liked Obsessed, a very believible film. I can see him as Blade, move over Snipes.

Willis as the Thing, isn't he in his Sixties. last I heard Ben Grim was in his thirties before he was the Thing.

I've heard of xiii but never seen it.

jfdavis 8/30/2010 9:12:49 AM

FF- So Grimm obviously won't appear pre-Thing since Willis has the voice but, as was pointed out, is too old to appear on screen. Kiefer's voice would sound a tad off to me.  I've never watched True Blood  but just his Emmy presentation last night has me sold on Moyer for Doom. He'd be an improvement to say the least.  Alice Eve can definitely do the more convincing sceintist Sue. Brody would definitely be a better Strange but he wouldn't suck as Reed...

littlemikey979 8/30/2010 9:16:04 AM

THANK GOD, FF4 reboot is not going to be an origin story. You know Spiderman is going to be. Hopefully Doom, if he is going to be in it, will be along side other villians or a puppet master type role for the flick

The artwork in The Losers was awesome!

Oh yeah how could I forget Conan was in the works.

krathwardroid 8/30/2010 9:47:09 AM

I like the idea of the Fantastic Four ceding back to Marvel/Disney. Then maybe they can incorporate them into the universe they have going. But if not, oh well. The casting choices sound good, especially Adrian Brody as Reed Richards. I do like the idea of Thing being CGI this time, and please, don't let Doctor Doom be the villain again! If they are going the route of The Incredible Hulk (as indicated by the mention of their origin being depicted in the opening credits) then choose a different villain.

Idris Elba wants to be Blade? If that happens, that might screw up Wesley Snipes's plans to reprise the role in a future film as he's talked about. :P

aegrant 8/30/2010 9:48:51 AM

Geez oh man! Another movie in 3D. I really can't wait for this phase to be over!

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