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!
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.
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:
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:
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.
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!