'Fear Agent' is in development at Universal. Plus: Chow quits 'Green Hornet'? Jock creates cool 'Losers' poster for SDCC. Pundits sort through 'Superman' ruling and more. By the ruby rings of Raggadorr, it's your Comics2Film 9.7.14!
Before getting into the comic book movie news, we wanted to mention a story that's making the rounds on the comics press regarding writer John Ostrander. Many of you are hopefully familiar with his prolific work for Marvel and DC. For many years he was closely identified with DC Comics 'The Spectre' and 'Suicide Squad', and he's worked on too many big two titles for us to list here.
We've learned that Ostrander suffers from glaucoma and has been struggling to save his vision with various treatments and surgeries over the years. Like many Americans, Ostrander does have expensive health insurance, yet that insurance only covers a fraction of the mounting medical bills a serious illness like this can cause.
Ostranders family and friends are rallying around him and have set up the charitable site Comix4Sight.com to help raise the money to save his vision. If you're a fan of John Ostrander's extensive body of work perhaps you can help him out where the health care industry has failed.
Last week we reported on a court decision in one of the various suits brought by the estate of Superman creator Jerome Siegle with regards to the rights to the iconic character.
Today we can point you to a couple of good articles that examine the suit and the ramifications of it. Over at Bags and Boards, Tom McClean looks at the puzzling reaction of some fans that the Siegle estate are somehow the bad guys and are going to destroy Superman. McClean offers some insightful comments about why the Siegle estate is in the right.
Also Superman Home Page sits with Professor Jeff Trexler of Pace University and offers a point-by-point analysis of the ruling and what it means.
Both make for intersting reading.
If you're headed out to Comic-Con next week, you'll want to try to snag a copy of the new teaser poster for 'The Losers' movie, created by the amazing comic artist Jock. If you're a fan of the comic, you know that Jock's eye-catching covers were reason enough to buy the comics, each one an iconic movie poster in its own right.
Last week, on the Standard Attrition blog for Vertigo creators, Jock posted the news that he took a call from Joel Silver who personally asked him to draw a one-sheet movie poster to be given away at SDCC.
Jock tells fans that he's drawing a variation to the cover for issue #12 (pictured at right), but updated with the likenesses of the cast of the film. The original cover also lacked Roque (played by Idris Elba in the film) so Jock aims to work him in where the palm tree currently stands.
Whatever the case, you know C2F will be first in line to try to grab one of these babies!
Making the rounds today is news that kung fu superstar Stephen Chow has ditched the 'Green Hornet' movie. Fans will recall that Sony touted the Chow as both the director of the film, as well as being cast as the fan-fave character of Kato. Shortly after the announcement, Chow stepped aside as director, clearing the way for Michel Gondry. The actor's attachment to the role of Kato remained uncertain, with some reports indicating that he would ankle that as well, while others suggested he was still attached.
This week, Spoiler TV posted what is alleged to be an open casting call for the role of Kato in the film. Here's the text of that actor side:
[KATO] ALL ASIAN ETHNICITIES, Male, 20's - early 40's. Brit Reid's manservant/chauffeur by day and Green Hornet's martial arts-skilled sidekick by night sptv050769. Actor doesn't have to have Martial Arts experience
We do not have access to casting info that's distributed to actors, so we have not been able to verify its legitimacy, although Spoiler TV posts this stuff quite often and we don't know of a case where it's been proven inaccurate.
What's interesting to note is that the actor does not need Martial Arts experience. Old-time radio fans may recall that Kato was not a kung fu expert originally. He was good with his fists for sure, but it was Bruce Lee's portrayal in the TV show that elevated the character to martial arts superstar.
Still, we wonder why Gondry and company would go wide open with this, when there are guys like Tony Jaa out there that fans have been asking for.
At any rate, it's another interesting (or troubling) turn in the path to the 'Green Hornet' movie.
Zack Snyder's extended cut of 'Watchmen' is due in theaters this weekend. Fandango's Freshly Popped Movie Blog is offering 40 lucky fans a chance to score free tickets. Click over the blog for details on how to win.
Things may be heating up on the 'Fear Agent' movie, according Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business blog. Universal is apparently in early development on the film version of Rick Remender's outstanding pulp sci fi book.
Universal, who has a pact with Dark Horse Comics, is seeking writers. However, Risky says the studio could also pick up a spec script that's owned by producer Jonathan Shestack, who produced 'Air Force One' among others. Shestack would then become a producer on the film.
'Fear Agent' recalls pulpy sci fi tales of rockets, ray guns and tenticled aliens. It focuses on the exploits of Heath Huston, a self-abusing drunk of a space cowboy who lead the guerilla war against alien forces that subjugated earth, and goes on to become a freelance operative.
While the comics series starts off as pure dime-novel fun, it later finds its a stronger voice as metaphorical fiction. The book is highly recommended. Hopefully the movie will be on par with that.
What do you think, Maniacs? Have you read FEAR AGENT? If so, do you want to see the movie? If not, what's wrong with you? Post your comments below...