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By Rob M. Worley     October 20, 2010
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The trailer for the film version of Firebreather debuts. Plus: Jackman confirms Aronofsky on Wolverine 2. Wahlberg offered The Crow? Celebrity zombies on Walking Dead? More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.20!




Mark Wahlberg offered THE CROW?

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mark Wahlberg has been offered the lead role in the new film version of James O'Barr's The Crow.

The movie (which is not a remake of the 1994 Alex Proyas film starring Brandon Lee) is to be directed by Stephen Norrington from a script by Norrington and Nick Cave.

BD is claiming to have confirmed the news but with no on-record sources it's hard to say from the outside where that confirmation is coming from.

C2F confesses to being a fan of Marky Mark, but can't quite get our heads around him in this particular role. We'll be seeking independent confirmation of the story.

Thanks to ninjaBam for the submission.



Jackman Confirms Aronofsky on WOLVERINE 2

Even though there was a high level of confidence in weekend reports that Darren Aronofsky is the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, there was still some wiggle room in the story. So it's nice that producer/star Hugh Jackman has confirmed the news for New York Magazine's Vulture blog.

Vulture chatted with the main man at Elton John’s Enduring Vision gala where Jackman talked about bulking up to superhero form for the movie.

It's been a while since Aronofsky tackled a tent pole-sized movie, finding more success with smaller, artistic films of late, such as The Wrestler and Black Swan. Still, Jackman tells Vuture he's the right man for the job.

"This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark," Jackman said. "But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic. There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure."

Here's hoping the movie can wash away the bad taste left on the franchise after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

"This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope," Jackman told Vulture. "Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Celebrity Zombies on WALKING DEAD?

Mania's own Robert T. Trate sat in with the cast and crew of The Walking Dead at the recent New York Comic-Con. We'll have a series of interviews around the new show on Friday, but here's an interesting exchange we overheard outside of the interview panel between director/showrunner Frank Darabont and makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero:

Greg Nicotero: Somebody approached me about being a Zombie today and I have to tell you about it.

Frank Darabont: Really who? Someone cool?

Greg Nicotero: Yes. But I don’t know if I should say here [in the press room]. Sorry guys.

Frank Darabont: It is just an evil ploy…

Stay tuned for more about guest zombies and the development of Robert Kirkman's comic into the most anticipated TV series of the new season! Walking Dead debuts on AMC Halloween Night. 



The 3D in TRANSFORMERS to "Wow"

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told IGN that Transformers: The Dark of the Moon is, in fact, being filmed in 3D and that director Michael Bay's use of the technology will impress.

"It captures scenes in a way they haven't been captured before and here's a different sensibility to the movie as a result" the producer said. "Michael is so awesome at shooting, the question originally was how the cameras would work because they're cumbersome."

He cited the long development of James Cameron's Avatar as a point of concern for the use of 3D in the new Autobots pic, but said Bay mastered the technology quickly.

"We had a day early in pre-production set aside just so he could test the cameras and see what they were like. If you look at Avatar, the camera isn't sweeping around in the way Michael uses the camera, so we had to make sure it could do what Michael does. I think people are going to be pretty wowed by the result."

Di Bonaventura also said the movie will have more comedy, bigger action and more mature character development.

Transformers 3: The Dark of the Moon is due in theaters next July.



Kelly and Seagle on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN

At New York Comic Con MTV Splash Page chatted up two of the four members of the Man of Action creative studio, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle. Man of Action are the creators of Ben 10 and Generator Rex, as well part of the creative team for the new Ultimate Spider-Man show being developed for Disney XD. Also on the creative team is Paul Dini and Brian Michael Bendis.

Kelly said that Marvel is looking to present a new take on Peter Parker that capitalizes on the character's strengths and downplays weaknesses found in past portrayals.

"Peter Parker is the archetypal teenager," explained Seagle. "Those story beats don't ever change. The same things that were critical to teenagers then are critical to teenagers now. So a lot of our world is that world — focusing on what it's like to be young and have amazing powers and still try to save the world and go to school."

"Tonally, he's less of a whiner and more of a smart-aleck," said Kelly of update. "He understands his responsibility, but he's willing to bust chops as he's moving through it. He's not intimidated with it, as he might have been portrayed in the past."

Kelly also said that the goal is not necessarily to replicate the Bendis comics of the same name, but exploit the strengths of animation.

"We're hitting a lot of comedy," he added. "The action is really frenetic... and kinetic. It's like the technology has caught up with Spider-Man — sort of the same thing they said with the movies, where you can finally do the things you actually want to see him do."

They've got lots more to say about Ultimate Spider-Man as well as their upcoming run on Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes so click through for the complete interview.



FIREBREATHER Trailer/Site Online

One of the coolest things C2F saw at New York Comic Con was a big-screen presentation of the Firebreather movie from Cartoon Network. It's a CGI feature directed by Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) based on the comics by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn.

Why Cartoon Network isn't doing more to promote this film is beyond us, because it's a humdinger if you're a fan of giant monsters.

It looks like the network is finally ramping up for the November holiday airing of the movie. Ads have started airing on the channel and they posted an official website for the movie this week. Best of all, there's a trailer which finally exposes some of the cool monster battles. Check it out!




Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!


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Chris Beveridge 10/20/2010 6:40:02 AM

 I wonder if CN was trying to nudge it through to a theatrical feature and wanted to avoid promoting it too much in case it did. Sorta like the Clone Wars CG movie originally being planned for just TV.

lusiphur 10/20/2010 6:49:41 AM

Marky Mark as the Crow?  If it isn't a remake of the orginal (or a retelling of the original story) it could be good.

Wolverine 2 - looking better?  Just hoping for a coherent, logical (in a comic book universe way) script.  Not worried about the director.

Walking Dead - Is it Halloween yet?  C'mon!

Ultimate Spider-Man - wasn't that what Spectacular Spider-Man was based on?  Do we need another webhead cartoon?  How are they going to "exploit the strengths of animation"?  Unless we're going to see more CGI, I'm not sure how the "technology has caught up with Spider-Man".

Transformers 3 - " more mature character development" = naked boobs?

LocoLobo73 10/20/2010 7:08:22 AM

Ok, listen i know this is suppose to be a reboot of the franchise, but some movies just should not be rebooted, THE CROW is one of those movies, and to even consider Marky Mark is just plain insane. The original was a great movie, and truly captured O'Barr's character.  Brandon Lee, was amazing in that movie and the movie isnt great because of Lee being killed during filming, Its great because it is a great story and film. Also it was at one time and still is in my book ONE OF THE BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIES EVER. Im sure alot of you would agree with that statement , its in my top 5 of comicbook movies.

WOLVERINE: again I hope they do right by the story, This could either be the best movie that Fox has done so far with the X franchise or the worst, cause again this is one of my favorite MINI series in comic books Claremont and Miller

T3 wow another movie in 3d who gives a ...... How about a good movie in 3d and not just a good movie how about a great Movie done in 3d , havent seen one of those yet.

Ultimate Spiderman if your a comic book fan you have to be excited about this Brian Michael Bendis and Paul Dini : doing a more action packed animated ULTIMATE SPIDER MAN, I really liked the short lived SPECTACULAR SPIDER MAN and was sorry it was cancelled right when it was getting good , just like WOLVERINE AND THE XMEN ,  which i really wanted to see the next season of with AGE OF APOCALYPSE, that sucked big time

FIREBREATHER: I have the first issue of that comic, which I really didnt caare to much for so its a whatever for me



jfdavis 10/20/2010 7:22:33 AM

If First Class and Wolverine 2 turn the franchise around I'll be very happy.  The last two X-men-related films each had a few things going for it, and I can't honestly say they had the exact same problems, but the potential for a truly great comic book film has never been fully realized; in any of the 4 for that matter.  Don't get me started on why. We'll be here all day...

gutsmgee 10/20/2010 7:31:39 AM

Yes, but let's keep this in perspective people...My band just released it's first CD today..Show some respect!

ddiaz28 10/20/2010 7:43:29 AM

I can't see Mark Wahlberg as the Crow either.

I'm not really liking the animation or rendering style of Firebreather.  The dragons looks cool though.

I'm very excited for Transformers in 3D.  Can't wait for that one in IMAX.

lracors 10/20/2010 7:48:25 AM

Crow: There hasn't been a good one since the outstanding 1st film which was sooo close to O'Barr's character some sequences were panel for panel or extremely close to it.

Wolverine: I'm going to be a broken record on this.  NO MORE MUTANTS!!!  Focus on Logan and Japan you don't need anything else.

Ultimate Spiderman: Finally!  Sounds like the Spiderman we all know and love (and i'm a huge Ultimate line fan).

Ditto on The Walking Dead... i'm excited!

Tevii 10/20/2010 7:54:33 AM

Mark Wahlberg offered THE CROW? I like Wahlberg, but I dont really see him as The Crow.  Happy its not a remake though, Brandon Lee was phenomenal in the original.

Transformers 3 -  "Di Bonaventura also said the movie will have more comedy, bigger action and more mature character development."  More comedy? Besides a horrible story, the comedy element is what made T2 suck.

Firebreather looks pretty cool.

SelectiveRealism 10/20/2010 8:18:17 AM

CGI TV shows are always a bad idea because with a TV show you have the neither the time nor the budget to impart enough detail so that the characters dont look like Play-Doh and the background not be so bland and lifeless.

SelectiveRealism 10/20/2010 8:21:40 AM

I don't see what Ultimate Spiderman is going to accomplish that Spectacular Spiderman didn't. 

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