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By Rob M. Worley     March 16, 2009
Source: Variety

Monster Attack Network
© Mania

Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman's 'Monster Attack Network' has a director. Plus: Raimi talks 'Spider-Man 4' and 'Watchmen' gets pummeled by 'Witch'. Asking "what would a Maverick do" and then doing that, it's your Comics2Film 9.3.16!



M.A.N. The Helm!

The film version of Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman's comic 'Monster Attack Network' has a director and he's #1 at the box office right now. Variety reports that Andy Fickman, who revived a 1970s Disney franchise with 'Race to Witch Mountain' is set to take the helm of the comic-based monster pic.

Screenwriters Scott Elder and Josh Harmon who recently sold a spec to Disney, are writing the script. Jason Netter of Kickstart is producing.

The graphic novel, published by AiT/Planet Lar, tells the story of a team of operatives tasked with defending a Pacific island againts the giant mostners who routinely come ashore. It was illustrated by Nima Sorat.

Although no casting is beiung reported on the movie, it's interesting to note that both of Fickman's hit movies had Dwayne Johnson in the lead role. It's not hard to imaging the Rock as monster fighter Nate Klinger.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



WATCHMEN: What Legs?

Speaking of 'Race to Witch Mountain', the film handily pummeled 'Watchmen' accroding to Mania's weekend box office report. The hotly-anticipated movie opened to strong (albiet lower-than-expected) numbers and has garnered generally positive reviews.

Yet, it only took in $18 million in its second week, trailing the #1 movie by about $7 million.

Thats's a 67% drop in audience. Compare that to a 59% loss suffered by 'Fantastic Four' on its second week, or the 55% audience attrition by 'Daredevil', or the 49% drop for 'The Spirit'.

That's bad news for Warner Bros., who has invested heavily in hyping what most certainly seemed to be a phenomenon in the making.

So what went wrong? Was the movie too challenging? Too long? Were the nay-sayers right in assuming it wouldn't click with audiences who aren't attuned to the superhero genre? Post your thoughts below...



Raimi wants Dunst to return for SPIDER-MAN 4

In all the 'Spider-Man 4' talk that went around last year, one name was conspicuously absent: Kirsten Dunst. While director Sam Raimi and leading man Tobey Maguire signed on for the sequel, Dunst would only say that she wants to do it, but apparently hadn't been asked yet to return to the role of Spidey's squeeze, Mary Jane.

However IGN chatted with Raimi at the SXSW Festival and the director said that he plans for the actress to return as well.

"I'm hoping that Kirsten will be in it, but we're still talking about that," Raimi said. "Definitely, she's got to be in it. It wouldn't be the Spider-Man series without her."

Raimi said that he's in the earliest stages of working with the writer and trying to work out the story. He mentioned that he's close to figuring out who the villain (or villains) will be, but is going to defer to Sony to make any such announcements.

What do you think, Maniacs? Which villain should menace Spider-Man in the fourth movie? Post your comments below...


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raspedoits 3/16/2009 7:28:09 AM

I wanna see Lizard & Electro

xenomorph 3/16/2009 9:03:57 AM

Mr.Raimi, dunst does NOT need to be in Spider-Man 4.

As for the villians, I want to see Kraven the hunter and Scorpion.

SaintDemon 3/16/2009 11:54:52 AM

I agree with xenomorph. You know what a Spider-man film is without Dunst: good. I think Electro and Lizard would make good villains as well or even throwing in Kraven. I would love to see a Sinister Six film that concluded the franchise and I think they could do it too if they bring in Mysterio and set it up so that in the other movies at the conclusion of the movies Mysterio was some how involved so the villains survived. Because this killing off of the villain after he finds out Spider-man's identity is just lame.

almostunbiased 3/16/2009 1:03:31 PM

I want Dunst for continuity sake.  It bothers me when they change actors.  As for the villian, I say make up a new one.  Tired of these comic bookey ones.  Make something real.

As for Watchman, I haven't seen it yet and I've been told it sucks balls so I might just wait till Netflicks.

xenomorph 3/16/2009 1:37:16 PM

almost, what are you doing on this site? It is dedicated to genre films, namely sci-fi,action,horror,fantasy, and comic book movies. Spider-Man is a comic book movie. He has tons of villians with super powers, and you want a realistict one? Have you even read a comic?

And I suggest you get to the theater and see WatchMen, instead of taking someone else's word for it.

almostunbiased 3/16/2009 3:07:00 PM

xeno, I completely understand what your saying.  I have read a comic, in fact I was an avid spidey fan in the 70s.  I even have some really early comics.  I loved them as a kid.  I just think the movies have gone down hill since the first one and I want something new, something different.  There's nothing wrong with a little creativity.  I'd like to see a new villian, that's all.  It can still have superpowers, just not be rediculous liek sand-man.  Never was a fan of his.  They did a nice job with Doc, just didn't like how they revealed his identity and where they took the love story.

I've been on this site since it started.  I love this site (even though it used to be better and half the stuff doesn't work).  I guess I just have a different opinion than you do.  I usually agree with your posts so no hard feelings, but just for the heck of it, go F*** yourself, and I mean that in the nicest way possible.  But seriously dude, I Iike what you have to say so I won't take it personally.

I do want to see WatchMen, it's just that my friends didn't exactly get me excited for it after they all said it was horrible.  It won't stop me from seeing it, just not sure if I'll get out there to do so.


xenomorph 3/16/2009 4:49:52 PM

Almost, you are an idiot. You don't make a new character for a super hero specificaly for a film. It's about staying true to the source material.

And since you brought it up, I hope your balls get eaten off by a rabid dog you cock sucking piece of shit. And I mean that in the cruelist way possible bitch.

almostunbiased 3/16/2009 5:54:45 PM

Ok, so you must have liked the dung piles that were spider-man 2 and 3.  So you also must eat shit for breakfast.  That aside, I am no idiot and staying true to the source material is staying true to Spidey as a character.  If what you are saying is true they never would have invented anymore villians for him since the first series.  It's called evolution and it's ok to be inventive, dipshit.  Oh wait, maybe you're the idiot, but I still like you.

And man, rabid dogs eating my balls, dang that was a good one.  Ouch.

xenomorph 3/17/2009 5:12:21 AM

Spider-Man 2 was great, 3 fell short because Raimi was trying to please too many people at the same time. If he had just focused on Venom and Left out harry qebourne as new goblin and sandman, and the stupid dancing, th film would have had a chance at being good.

almost, we are all idiots. No one here is a genius. The real geniuses are at Oxford and Harvard developing cures for cancer and clean energy. This is just one big geek convention.

Charliedontsurf 3/17/2009 10:23:54 AM




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