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!
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.
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...
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...