First draft of 'The Avengers' screenplay making the rounds. Plus: 'Kick-Ass' script talk and premiere contest. 'Transformers 3' gets transformations. Director circling 'The Boys' movie and more! Throwing the temple doors open, it's your Comics2Film 10.3.3!
From a press release...
DQE, the animation, gaming, live action entertainment Production and Distribution Company, in collaboration with their co-production partners Marvel Animation and Method Animation, are pleased to announce they will co-produce 26 all-new episodes for a second season of the popular animated series 'Iron Man.'
The first season of 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures' debuted in the United States on Nicktoons Network in April 2009 to both critical and audience acclaim, with the hour-long premiere event becoming the highest rated original series premiere in Nicktoons history. While the incredibly successful first season continues to air on broadcasters throughout the world, DQ Entertainment, Marvel Animation and Method Animation have announced they will co-produce 26 all-new episodes for a second season of the popular animated series at a multi million Euro production budget.
Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQE said, "This Marvel Super Hero - Iron Man - has emerged as one of the most popular Super Heroes of our time. Season 2 of this animated TV series will take Iron Man fans on a very different visual trip of high action sequences produced in high end CGI. We're extremely proud of this project, and look forward to adding further momentum to our relationship with Marvel Animation and Method Animation."
Aton Soumache, Chairman & CEO of Method Animation stated, "We are very proud to renew our fruitful collaboration with Marvel Animation and DQE for Iron Man: Armored Adventures season 2. These new adventures will provide even more stunning visual effects and entertainment for the delight of all Iron Man fans."
Eric Rollman, President of Marvel Animation stated, "With the premiere season cherished by fans of all ages across the globe, we are thrilled to work with DQE and Method to bring season two of Iron Man: Armored Adventures to our loyal fans. We have a lot more action and excitement."
When we first heard about 20th Century Fox's plans for 'X-Men: First Class' it was through a leak by 'Gossip Girl' and 'Chuck' creator Josh Schwartz who revealed he was working on a script back in 2008. Then, last December brought the news that filmmaker Bryan Singer was in and Schwartz was out.
MTV Splash Page chatted with Schwartz recently and asked him how that turn of events came about. The TV producer was very gracious in describing things.
"I finished my draft. Bryan Singer came onboard the movie, who's the best possible guy to direct the 'X-Men' movies, and he wanted to make a very different kind of movie," Schwartz explained. "He's Bryan Singer. If he wants to make an X-Men movie, they make his X-Men movie, but it was a great experience and it was an honor to work on it."
Although his version of 'First Class' won't see the light of day Schwartz said he's forbidden to talk about it, so we'll just have to wait and see how Singer's version develops. Singer is currently working with Jamie Moss on the script.
SCI FI Wire reports that, when some of the autobots return to the big screen in 'Transformers 3', they'll look a bit different from their previous movie incarnations.
"Our two lead characters, Optimus and Bumblebee, needed to be updated for the next chapter in the Transformers series," said animation supervisor Scott Benza at Industrial Light & Magic in an exclusive interview with the stie. "Bumblebee's matured a little bit, so I would just say look for subtle changes to his physique that have him look more mature."
Visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar elaborated on the changes a bit. "[Prime will have] little tiny things that maybe the average viewer isn't going to notice but probably the fanboys will. You actually will run into pieces that are maybe always in the way, and wouldn't it be nice if that part wasn't there? Maybe you make a shift in the shoulder, in the chest or what have you. So it might be proportioning, but it also might be for usability, so [the animators]' task could be easier, too."
Other changes involve making Optimus Prime look more heroic.
However, Farrar said that they have yet to see a screenplay for the film, which is still in progress. Bay has, however, been giving them portions of the script to keep them on task.
For more 'Transformers 3' F/X talk click through for the complete article.
Artist Darick Robertson chatted with MTV Splash Page about the development of the film version of 'The Boys' the caustic anti-superhero comic he co-created with writer Garth Ennis. Screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay has been developing the script for the film, which focuses on a group of government operatives tasked with keeping the world's unruly superheroes in line. The film is being produced by Kickstart Entertainment and Original Films.
Although Robertson said neither he is not directly involved in the development he feels that the project is in good hands after his meetings with Kickstart. He expects to read a the newly finished first draft of the script soon.
"Apparently, the first draft of the screenplay is great. They’re very happy with the first draft and everybody is very enthusiastic about it," Robertson said. "We’ll get a draft of that to read soon, but they were very open to me saying I’d like to be involved. I feel very confident — especially when we discussed the screenplay — that it’s faithful and they really are happy with it. They wanted it to be faithful and the writers seem to have delivered."
In a related interview: 'Nightmare on Elm Street' director Sam Bayer revealed to ShockTilYouDrop that he's interested in taking the helm of the film project.
"I'm catching my breath but I've been offered some stuff. There's one comic book I really dig that I want to go after that's bad-ass. I'd like to get it, it's called 'The Boys,'" Bayer told the website when asked what he plans to do next. "It's about a group of mercenaries and they're job is to kick the shit out of superheroes who get out of line. It doesn't get any better than that. In the world of The Boys, superheroes are scumbags. My youngest brother is a comic book historian and he introduced me to a lot of graphic novels like 'The Dark Knight.' There are some great books I don't think people have tapped into yet."
Breck Eisner is out promoting 'The Crazies' but is fielding a lot of questions about 'Flash Gordon'.
Movieline.com chatted with him about his plans to update Alex Raymond's iconic space cowboy. While his comments about the tone and feel of the movie were very similar to remarks he made last month, Eisner also elaborated on when fans might expect production on the film to pick up in earnest.
"We’re a long way off. It’s a gigantic movie, so these things are tough to get made. 'Crazies' took me years to get made — I can’t imagine a movie of this size. There’s a long way to go," Eisner cautioned. "Sony’s got to commit big money to it and love it, and there’s going to be years of prep. It’s a lot of work! But if we can pull it off, I think it would be quite fantastic."
'Kick-Ass' screenwriter Jane Goldman recently chatted with Moviescope Magazine about the development of the script for the film, based on a comic that was only in the early stages when she and director Matthew Vaughn started working on it. In an online excerpt from the magazine article, Goldman talks about the challenges of co-developing the story with Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
"It became a very symbiotic relationship. We pretty much had our structure and our character arcs and everything nailed down before [Millar] finished. He just kept us updated and we just kept him updated," Goldman said. "It’s such a strong and compelling concept, and I was so excited about exploring the idea of a character who is a genuinely young everyman, not a cartoon geek. A regular kid who likes to read comic books with a teenage sensibility.
"If you look at a typical superhero movie, there is never any mention of superheroes being a form of entertainment," the screenwriter continued, adding that 'Kick-Ass', "takes place in a world where all the people who want to be superheroes are influenced by the same superheroes we’ve all grown up with. You have Big Daddy who is clearly influenced by Adam West’s Batman, but his costume is more influenced by modern Batman."
Click through for a few more quotes and then pick up the latest issue of Moviescope for the complete interview.
In other 'Kick-Ass' news: there's a red carpet premiere for the film planned in Chicago on April 16th. And, there's a sweepstakes that will let you win a chance to walk the red carpet. Click this link if you want a chance to win.
Zak Penn has apparently finished a draft of Marvel's 'Avengers' super-film. We know this thanks to the twitterings of on Joe Quesada, Editor and Chief at the comics publisher.Yesterday he posted this:
"Definition of 'goose bumps.' Pressing enter and watching a screenplay entitled 'AVENGERS' come out of my printer."
Goosebumps indeed. When Marvel announced their ambitious plans to produce a series of shared-universe superhero films that built into a super-team movie (a la the classic comics) we have to admit that C2F is a little skeptical they'd be able to corral all their leading actors into a tent-pole, ensemble, summer F/X extravaganza. The movie is still years away, but we can't help but be excited by this first milestone.
Quesada quickly added, "It's official, I have the greatest job in the world."
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you psyched about THE AVENGERS? Is that a ridiculous question? Post your comments below...