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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: