New 'Watchmen' images have appeared online. 'Afterburn' project gets a writer. More bad news for 'Green Hornet'. Fun with 'Scott Pilgrim' and more. Like a government bailout it arrives to strengthen your weakened breakfast dollar and stimulate your Thursday morning economy, it's your Comics2Film 9.1.29.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Matt Johnson has been hired to pen the script for 'Afterburn', the Red 5 comic title that's now in development as a motion picture. Relativity Media is making the movie. Neal Mortiz's Original Films and Toby Maguire's Maguire Entertainment are producing.
The comic tells the tale of a post-apocalyptic Earth whose Eastern Hemisphere was destroyed by a massive solar flare, leaving what life remains mutated from radiation and fallout. The story revolves around a group of treasure hunters who extract such objects as the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone and the Crown Jewels while facing rival hunters, mutants and pirates.
'Fanboys' director Kyle Newman told SCI FI Wire that his comics adaptation 'Emo Boy' is a top priority for him.
"There are a couple of projects that I'm very close to," Newman said in an interview last week while promoting the Feb. 6 release of Fanboys. "Emo Boy is definitely one that is near the top. I love the project. It's based on a really great indie comic book. The writer has a tremendous voice, and it's in the spirit of a lot of movies that I like. So it's close."
"And it's also trying to examine a subculture and trying to do it justice, which I think we all pulled off with Fanboys pretty well. But that's my plan with Emo Boy, to really embrace the music and culture and stuff that I enjoy and look at it in a fun way. It's got superpowers tied into it. It's a really cool story. So I'm very close to that one, and we're talking about casting it soon."
The roller-coaster soap opera of 'The Green Hornet' continues. On the weekend it was declared a lost cause. Then star/writer/producer Seth Rogen popped up online to rebuke the negative spin on the project.
Now comes the latest rumor to have fans holding their noses and making brussles sprout faces: Adam Sandler is allegedly set to play a superhero in the movie.
The L.A. Times Hero Complex Blog reports:
"Two different people in the industry told me that Adam Sandler has a brief but key role in the movie as a certain surprise superhero...I heard which one, too, but I don't want to ruin it."
The blog also says that Stephen Chow should not be counted out as Kato in the movie. At this point he's only officially bowed out of directing the film.
A couple of minor 'Watchmen' tibits today:
Yahoo! Movies have posted the first look at the final one-shee poster promoting the movie. We've got the second look by clicking the thumbnail at the right.
Also, the New Frontiersman website posts its daily update. Today's items is a newspaper clipping from the early 1970s with a front-page article about the Soviet furor over Dr. Manhattan's involvement in Viet Nam.
Film director Edgar Wright continues his MySpace Photoblog chronicling his journey into the frozen wilderness of Toronto, Canada to film the comic-based 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World'. His photo from yesterday is particuallary amusing.
The movie, based on the comics by Bryan Lee O'Malley, will start Michael Cera as well as numerous other young up-and-comers.
Thanks to FakeShemp for the tip!
When it comes to superheroes on TV, it's hard to compete with KryptonSite. No sooner is a new 'Human Target' TV series announced, than they have a new website supporting it.
According to their spoilers page casting agents are seeking actors to fill the roles of Christopher Chance, Winston, Lydecker, Mary and Stephanie.
Chance is, of course, the titular hero of the show. Click through for info on the other characters.
Variety echoes yesterday's report about the health of the 'Astro Boy' movie. According to their report Imagi "had to shut down its U.S. operations for a week because bridge financing hadn't come through on time. The coin, however, is now in place and will carry the company until funding from private equity companies arrives Tuesday."
Director Kevin Munroe told ShockTilYouDrop.com that things are moving forward with the long-gestating adapatation of Tiziano Sclavi's 'Dylan Dog' comics in the form of the 'Dead of Night' movie.
"We're hopefully going to New Orleans next week to begin location scouting," Munroe said. "Filming will hopefully begin at the end of March. The crew is coming together right now. The script is pretty much done and we started going out to the cast last week. It was fun to start sending it out to the people we think would be right for the film. Everyone is responding to it really well. It's nice to know you're not the only one in the room who thinks it's a great project."
Brandon Routh is still on board to play the lead role in the film.
The new X-Men toon show has just made its debut on TV in the U.S. this week, but it's been making the rounds in foreign markets for months.
Now Lionsgate has announced the DVD release set to happen in just a few months. From their press release:
This April, Marvel Animation and Lionsgate team up to unveil the first DVD release of the all-new animated series Wolverine And The X-Men. In the ebut release, Wolverine And The X-Men: Heroes Return Trilogy, the world has spiraled out of control and it's up to Wolverine to reunite the broken heroes formerly known as the X-Men to prevent the world's destruction and save the future. The trilogy includes the first three-story arc of the Nicktoons series that began broadcasting regularly on January 23, 2009. Sure to appeal to fans of all ages, the DVD is loaded with special features that include audio commentaries, a featurette and character profiles and will be encased in an embossed O-Card.
With 45 years of best selling comic books, a massive fan base spanning all ages and three feature films grossing over one billion dollars at the box office, the franchise is a proven phenomenon. Wolverine And The X-Men: Heroes Return Trilogy will be released just before the highly anticipated new Fox summer blockbuster live-action film X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman.
Pricing: DVD $14.98
In other toon news, the popular youth-targeted 'Teen Titans' animated series is coming back to TV next week. Here's the press release:
Fighting for truth, justice and the last slice of pizza, the D.C. Comics Teen Titans are five super heroes who are living proof that you're never too young to save the planet. The animated series debuts in its new home Monday-Friday on the commercial-free Boomerang network starting Monday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) as part of the "Boomeraction" block which includes Justice League Unlimited at 11 p.m. (ET) and The Batman at 11:30 p.m. (ET). Teen Titans originally launched on Cartoon Network in 2003 to great viewer acclaim, making it an instant classic for younger generations and a favorite for comic book fans of all ages.
Based on the long-running DC Comics series, Teen Titans features five teenage superheroes who each exhibit special powers. The team is led by Robin, the acrobatic and daring group leader with a stocked utility belt and no fear. Beast Boy, small in stature and quick with a joke, can shift into the form of any animal, from a tiger to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Starfire is new to Earth and naïve to its ways, but when it is time for a throw-down, she fights as hard as any of the others. The spooky, deadpan Raven can control inanimate objects with her powerful mental abilities. Hulking Cyborg is half-man, half-machine and the most powerful member of the team.
But Teen Titans is not all about superpowers and bad guys. Like most teens, they love hanging out with their friends, playing video games and going to parties. Like most adolescents, they are trying to find their place in the world and deal with their growing pains as well as they can.
"Now is a great time for young people to see they can accomplish anything," said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. "Teen Titans is a perfect fit for Boomerang as the show depicts young people accepting responsibility for their futures and the well-being of others."
Teen Titans will air weeknights beginning with the very first episode. The first week of programming features the following episodes:
Check your local listings!
Not to be out-shone by the X-Men, Spider-Man is also rolling out a pair of DVD releases. Again, the press release:
Everyone’s favorite web slinging super hero returns to home screens in two new-to-DVD animated collections: The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 2 and The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 3 arriving March 17 from Sony Pictures Television. Executive produced by Stan Lee, Craig Kyle, Eric S. Rollman, and produced by Greg Weisman, Victor Cook and Diane A. Crea, these latest volumes were created from episodes of the hit kids’ television show on the CW. The network series drew more than 1.8 million viewers weekly and will re-launch in 2009 on Disney’s XD network. The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 2 and The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 3 are the next chapters in the series of releases. Both volumes feature a “Play All Episodes” function for seamless viewing with credits, and each will be available for $19.94 SRP.
Lending their voices to help make these hip and exciting adventures come to life are Josh Keaton (TV’s “Ben 10”); Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls); Josh LeBar (TV’s “Entourage”); Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Underfist: Halloween Bash”); Deborah Strang (Eagle Eye); Alanna Ubach (Still Waiting); James Arnold Taylor (TV’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars); Daran Norris (Bolt); and Grey Delisle (TV’s “The Replacements”).
The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 2 - In the action-packed The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 2, Peter Parker’s ability to tackle an onslaught of menacing super-villains is put to the ultimate test. He must take on the evil likes of some of his most daunting rivals ever -- the Shocker, Sandman and Rhino, all while finding time for his Chemistry lessons.
The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 3 - In The Spectacular Spider-Man: Volume 3, Peter finds himself amidst more dangerous arch enemies -- the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Tombstone.