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Favreau & Co. Commence COWBOYS & ALIENS


By Rob M. Worley     May 12, 2010
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Favreau & Co. commence work on 'Cowboys & Aliens'. Plus: 'Iron Man 2' video game info. 'Judge Dredd' movie info. 'Solomon Kane' pig-chopping info and more! The daily column whose mother thinks is "special," it's your Comics2Film 10.5.12!



Controversial Bots Dumped from TRANSFORMERS 3

In last summer's 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen', the autobot twins of Mudflap and Skids were the source of some minor controversy. The pair derided by many fans and critics as acting out racist stereotypes.

Recent rumors had indicated that they would return for 'Transformers 3', which begins filming soon. However, director Michael Bay says that Mudflap and Skids have been sent to the junk yard.

"The Twins are not back in T3," writes Bay from his official message boards.




The official website for the Cannes Film Festival features a new clip from the comic-strip based feature 'Tamara Drew'. The film, directed by Stephen Frears and based on the comics of Posy Simmonds, may not be the kind of thing super-hero fans are looking for from Comics2Film, but this clip does feature Gemma Arterton squeezed into a pair of skimpy denim shorts.

Click through to watch!



James Purefoy Reveals SOLOMON KANE Secrets

While 'Solomon Kane' has opened in foreign territories, fans here in the U.S. are still awaiting word of some kind of domestic distribution arrangement for the film based on Robert E. Howard's Puritan, gun slinging demon-fighter.

To tide us over, Xtreamer.net has a Q & A with the film's leading man, actor James Purefoy which features such interesting tidbits as the rehersal process that revealed just how hard it is to decapitated a person (or demon) with a sword.

"When we were planning the fights, we decided to find out how a sword actually works. We got a pig’s corpse from the butchers. We hung it up by a chain from the ceiling and then we set about it with various weapons," Purefoy said. "Yes, we were attacking a dead pig. Then we dressed it up in leather clothes like one of my enemies and we set about it again. How many hacks you do need to take someone’s head off? We worked that out with the pig. We did it in about three or four, so we figured Solomon could probably do it in three. If you had a really sharp blade…"

Click through for more interesting insights.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



IRON MAN 2 Video Game Interview

Electric Playground chats up Dean Martinetti, producer of the 'Iron Man 2' video game. He talks about playable characters, villains, armor customizations and more in this hot new game spinning out of the movie.




 SWAMP THING Stuck in Legal Mud?

Although producer Joel Silver made a number of public statements last year indicating that an all-new, all-scary, all-3D version of  'Swamp Thing' would be made this year, prospective director Vincenzo Natali ('Splice') says it ain't happening.

"Unfortunately, there is no 'Swamp Thing' movie in the works right now because of all the legal entanglements involved with that particular property," Natali told MTV Splash Page. "I'm told it won't happen any time soon. Joel Silver was going to do Swamp Thing, and he actually had a couple of scripts in, only to discover later on that the film rights were held by another company. And it's even more complicated than that, I'm told. So unfortunately, it's not going to happen any time soon."

DC's muck monster previously saw life in film with a 1982 live-action feature that spawned a sequel and a live-action TV series. Most likely, entanglements around the film rights are a result of the deals made around those productions, which were not made by DC Entertainment parent Warner Bros.

"It's really unfortunate, because in my mind, Swamp Thing is one of the great DC characters," added Natali. "In particular, the Alan Moore version of Swamp Thing is so fascinating and totally original, unlike anything you've ever seen in a movie before."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Wagner Consulting on JUDGE DREDD

Hollywood Reporter provides a few new details about yesterday's 'Judge Dredd' news.

One very interesting thing to note is that comics writer John Wagner, who co-created the character with artist Carlos Ezquerra, is acting as creative consultant on the $45 million film.

The movie is slated to roll cameras next year in Johannesburg, South Africa under the direction of Peter Travis.

Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, all of whom collaborated on 'The Beach,' '28 Days Later' and 'Sunshine,' are producing. Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley owners of Rebellion/2000AD, are on board as co-producers.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Favreau and Co. Commence COWBOYS & ALIENS 

Apparently not willing to let any grass grow beneath him, director Jon Favreau has immediately transitioned from his chart-topping 'Iron Man 2' to his next comics-based feature 'Cowboys & Aliens'. Monday saw the first rehearsals for the film, which rolls cameras this summer.

Via Twitter, Favreau told his fans last night, "Finally got Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and [Olivia Wilde] in one room. It's great to see the cast together."

Craig is on board as the lead cowboy, one Zeke Jackson. Wilde has the female lead in the film. Details of Ford's character are as-yet unknown. The cast of the film also features Sam Rockwell and Clancy Brown.

Wilde, who is also a bit of a twitterbug, jokingly told her fans that the the work on 'Cowboys' may have some impact on her work on 'Tron Legacy'.

Last night she told her followers, "Shooting some 'Tron' pick ups soon. If that damn suit pops like an overstuffed sausage, blame [Jon Favreau] and his rehearsal room cookies." Fans caught a glimpse of the actress in her skin-tight cyberwear in the super-cool trailer which arrived online in March.

Still, Wilde ain't complaining. She followed up by posting, "But its so worth it. 'Cowboys & Aliens' rehearsals are about as cool as it gets. This is going to be a mighty good one, my friends."

What do you think, Maniacs? Will Favreau bring the IRON MAN magic to this obscure comics title? Post your comments below...


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Hobbs 5/12/2010 7:05:54 AM

Cowboys and Aliens the concept doesn't sound that good to me but with Faveau on lead with the cast he has makes me want to see it. 

Judge Dredd will be good if they stick to the comic and leave the comic releif sidekick out of it.

Wiseguy 5/12/2010 7:18:25 AM

Cowboys and Aliens should be great. Can't wait to see some stills or a teaser for that, I know, a long ways off. Love the cast too

Swamp Thing stuck in legal mud? I guess Marvel weren't the only ones making bone-headed deals years ago.

Really really looking forward to Judge Dredd, plus it's headed for 3Dvision to boot. I admit that I love Sly's turn as Dredd but still loo forward to a new interpretation

It looks more and more that Solomon Kane is going straight to dvd here in the States, too bad, really wanted to see this on the big screen

Michael Bay should have the twins relegated to the junkyard for dealing crack oil or o.d.ing on it. Hey might as well go all the way.

Darkknight2280 5/12/2010 7:54:09 AM

Nah Wiseguy he should have them eating metallic fried chicken and watermelon! They were sooo bad i mean did they have to do those kinda voices?! or hell the voices may have been ok..but the faces they were given OMG..its liek a cartoonist from WWII designed them.

monkeyfoot 5/12/2010 8:36:31 AM

Really looking forward to Cowboys & Aliens. This kind of idea really hasn't been done for the movies and with Favreau it ought to be well done.

In Transformers, Mudflap and Skids will be replaced by Chopsocky, the kung-fu fighting machine who speaks only in inscrutable asian platitudes and Juan-Bot, a robot that transforms into a pick-up truck selling oranges by the roadside.

captm0rgan77 5/12/2010 9:06:08 AM

 I like your ideas there monkeyfoot! LOL

Yeah they were pretty blatantly stereotypical.  I just don't know why he had to do that.  They could have still been funny with out all the racial cues.  IMO Bay should leave the comic relief to the humans and leave the cyber action to the robots.

Cowboys&Aliens sounds like a cool concept and I have total confidence in Favreau's abilities.  Not familiar with Olivia Wilde

{looking her up}

Ok.  So she looks hot and just like all the other women that Hollywood spews out.  I hope she's got more upstairs and can pull this off.  Or maybe that's what Favreau is going for, pretty and stupid.  She did a good job of that in 'The Girl Next Door' and in 'Year One'.

monelonmonday 5/12/2010 9:27:16 AM

just saw the spirit the other day,(i waited for cable ) horrible, but you wanna talk racist  that seen early--the fight in the mud or oil or what ever  sam jackson loofed just like one on those old school blacks in the cartoons    nothing but eyes & teeth ,had to do a double take,but again a horrid movie,frank miller should be ashamed(not to get off subject or anything)   & stallones  dredd use to be my cure for insomnia

DeeJay4ADay 5/12/2010 10:05:58 AM

Regarding the twins from Transformers... it would be good to see them somehow replaced.  It's rare for a pair of fictitious characters to simultaneously detract from a movie while offending the masses.  Those characters even ruined the movie for some of the little kids who were watching. Their only redeeming value was the fact that they helped expose the subset of "special" people who still can't figure out why they were offensive.

Monelonmonday... I just saw the Spirit last week, myself. The movie was bad on so many levels that I was nearly verklempt. Part of the reason was that it was so bad, the other part was because they *actually* called that movie the Spirit. That story had close to nothing in common with the source material, and I refuse to believe that the real Frank Miller directed it.

Rheul_home 5/12/2010 10:06:13 AM

Looking forward to Dredd. I hope they get it right this time. They seem to have the right talent in place to do a proper job. There were bits and pieces of the Stallone film that I liked. The Angel Gang, The look of Mega City 1... but for the most part it was a HUGE let down. Hopefully that wont happen again. I really dont care about Cowboys and Aliens or Transformers. I hope Solomon Kane makes it to the US for a theatrical release but I wont hold my breath. Its a shame I hear its pretty good. Would be nice to get an Alan Moore Swamp Thing but I have a feeling its never going to happen.

DeeJay4ADay 5/12/2010 10:07:35 AM

Oh, and before i forget... "curse you, Monkeyfoot!!!"



violator14 5/12/2010 10:16:58 AM

Ya.... can Bay please STOP making up his own Fkin robots?! Who does he think he is?!?!  I thought not having mudflap and skids was a given. Finally saw Iron Man Mon. Pretty good but like most people, i thought it coulda been better action wise. Funny funnny ass scenes tho. The technology he uses at home was my favorite part of the whole movie tho. We gotta have that one day in our own homes! I want to be able to delete files and flick them into the recycle bin for points too!!!! haha. RDJ rules.

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