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!
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.
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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…"
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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.
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."
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.
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."
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