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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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!