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Fassbender confirmed for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS?


By Rob M. Worley     June 25, 2010
Source: Various

Fassbender confirmed as Magneto for X-Men: First Class? Plus: New Green Lantern cast member. Watchmen collects a few Saturns. Kirkman walks with The Walking Dead and more! Crooked was the path and brazen was the walk, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.25!




WATCHMEN Scores Some Saturns

The recipients of the 36th Annual Saturn Awards were announced at a ceremony held last night by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films at the Castaway restaurant in Burbank. Needless to say, James Cameron's Avatar cleaned up.

Reflective of the 2009 movie season, comic book films made a weak showing with only Watchmen taking honors. According to a list published on Heat Vision, the film collected awards for Best Fantasy Film (seriously), Best Costume: Michael Wilkinson and Best DVD Special Edition: Watchman: The Ultimate Cut.




Variety reports that actor Jon Tenney  is the latest addition to the cast of Green Lantern which is well into its production schedule.

The veteran actor, seen lately on the TNT series The Closer and in the feature film Legion is set to play the father of Ryan Reynolds' character Hal Jordan.

The movie is due in theaters less than a year from now.



Slade not directing THE SHADOW

Back in March the rumor from Latino Review's caustic and barely-literate scooper Pinche Taco was that producer Sam Raimi was seeking out director David Slade (Twilight, 30 Days of Night) to take the helm of big-screen return of the pulp hero The Shadow.

MTV Splash Page caught up with Slade this week and asked him to comment on the reports.

"Lies," said Slade. "Not true. Total internet rumor."

Slade says he knows nothing of the project but did admit that he had contacted Raimi about it at some point.

"I emailed Sam Raimi asking him if he'd send me the script at least, and no, nothing," Slade said.



Del Tor says HELLBOY 3, DEATH Movies Distant

Guillermo del Toro spoke with various members of the press at the Saturn Awards last night. Collider.com videotaped the conversation in which the filmmaker talked about a great many things including The Hobbit and Frankenstein as well as comic-based movies like Hellboy 3 and Neil Gaiman's Death: The High Cost of Living.

On both those comic book movies, the message to fans is that they shouldn't hold their breaths.

"We would need to write the screenplay," del Toro said of the prospect of doing Hellboy 3. "The Hellboy screenplays are not quick to write. They end up being very complicated to write. If we wanted to do Hellboy it would  need to be the next movie after this one or whatever."

When asked what, if anything is going on with Death, del Toro said he would love to do it but expressed his frustration with the Hollywood process but if the movie is to happen, del Toro is clear on one thing.

"I was never going to direct it. Don Murphy, Susan Montford and I are champions of the idea that the only person to direct the film is Neil Gaiman," the filmmaker said, suggesting he would serve as a producer.

Death is a DC Comics property and therefore may have had some red tape around it in the past. Lets hope the newly-formed DC Entertainment can free up Gaiman and del Toro to move forward with the film.

Here's the full video Q & A:


Thanks to AntoBlueberry (who has a pitch for you, GdT. Call him!) for the submission.



Fassbender Confirmed For X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

At the top of the month, Showbiz411 claimed that actor Michael Fassbender was circling the role of young Magneto in Mattthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class. Last week, other sites began to confirm that the actor is in negotiations with 20th  Century Fox for the part.

Now, Showbiz411 is back with the news that Fassbender will, in fact, appear as Magneto in the movie. They also reiterate previous reports that actor Benjamin Walker is cast in the film.

To date, Fox has only confirmed that James McAvoy is playing Professor X in the movie.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



TRANSFORMERS 3 To Blow Up Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reports on a press conference about the start of production of Transformers 3 in the windy city. The event happened Wednesday at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications to prep the public and local officials on the filming that's set to happen from July 10-Aug. 19.

The big concern is traffic as the production aims to close LaSalle Street (8 p.m. July 9 to 5 a.m. July 12), the Michigan Avenue bridge (8 p.m. July 16 to 5 a.m. July 19) and Upper Wacker Drive (9 p.m. July 18 to 5 a.m. July 22).

Chicago Film Office Director Rich Moskal also said that citizens could expect some spectacular stuff on par with The Dark Knight which was also filmed in the Windy City.



Friday Fun: Kirkman Walks with THE DEAD

It's always cool to see an indie comics creator standing with the life-like realizations of their characters. In that spirit, here's AMC Television's latest publicity photo for The Walking Dead:

Robert Kirkman and THE WALKING DEAD


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noahbody 6/25/2010 6:19:30 AM

Love them Zombies!!!! Looking really good.

Wiseguy 6/25/2010 6:20:24 AM

Bow down to the power of AVATAR bitches, 10 wins baby

I like Fassbender so I'm cool with him being part of First Class. I can't believe I'm writing this but I'm actually feeling a bit optimistic about this. Still hope they disregard Singer's work and don't try to make it fit continuity wise but rather stick to the script (the comics)

I don't really care if they never make another Hellboy. I didn't think the first 2 were all that good anyway.

Don't really know much about Death so I won't comment but to say that I can't think of 1 comic book writer that made a good transition to director

AmbyWarhol 6/25/2010 6:33:39 AM

At least they made them wait to shut down streets until the Taste of Chicago was over before shooting Transformers 3!  I don't think I could have survived the traffic downtown otherwise.  

Calibur454 6/25/2010 6:39:08 AM

Wasn't there a Shadow movie with one of the baldwin brothers back in the days I hope it turns out better than that mess did

Cant wait for October love the walking dead

Transformers 3 and xmen first class- BLAAAAAHHHHHH!

Watchmen- It doesn't surprise me that this movie would snag some awards somewhere it was a good movie

Hellboy 3- I was affraid of this one. With perlman attached to my new favorite show Sons of anarchy it would be difficult to shoot the movie and do a tv series. I'm actually surprised that Deltoro has admitted that no script has been written.

Death- the high cost of living- Help me out here guys isn't that from the sandman series neil became famous for or is it a spin off from the same seires featuring the gothic chick of death?

Rheul_home 6/25/2010 6:50:21 AM


I'm glad Del Toro is saying these aren't on his radar right now. Hopefully hes getting ready to do Mountains of Madness.


I don't think X-Men First Class has a prayer. Reboot or prequel the time frame for production and low budget are going to tank this film before it even gets to the screen. Wait and see.

The Shadow could be cool...

I had no idea Kirkman was so chubby!


Wiseguy 6/25/2010 6:51:57 AM

Just watched that 22min. DelToro interview and just like that I'm  liking the big guy more and more

He's a bit older than me but I too saw The Car as a kid and loved the movie. I envy him that he's getting that actual car, always thought it looked awesome and intimidating

And he needs to open up his man cave for tours. I'd love to crash it and see all his collections.

Also too bad that At the Mountains of Madness seem to be such a hard sell to the studios. I'd love to see that come to fruition without being watered down. Maybe if he finally delivers a huge blockbuster maybe a studio'll finally take the plunge with him, fingers crossed

Also, I get the feeling that if the MGM situation settles soon he may be open to come back to the Hobbit


SONYMANswallows 6/25/2010 8:19:17 AM

WATCHMEN Best Fantasy Film


Huh I thouht Avatar was a fantasy film? Oh wait so people are saying WATCHMEN is a better film=FACT


Now you can quote box office earnings to make a poorly acted, kids film that rips off STAR WARS CLONE seem like a good film but it is not.

Avatar is perfect if you have bad taste and do your hair like Adam Lambert and have crushes on Justin Bieber and you cover your eyes during sex scenes because you prefer cartoonish and slumming action.

Smurfs that look like Sara Palin and Rocky Dennis do attract people from Darwin's waiting room so of course Avatar had an audience.

littlemikey979 6/25/2010 8:25:46 AM

Not to be a downer - but do we really need traffic reports involving transformers 3?

Wiseguy 6/25/2010 8:47:03 AM

AVATAR best sci-fi film bitches. And how about that box office total, oh and how about a better than 90% from top critics at rottentomatoes

fallensbane 6/25/2010 8:58:27 AM

I love all the photos they keep releasing for TWD. The zombie makeup just looks great.

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