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Heat Vision reports that Crank and Gamer co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are in early negotiations to take the helm of Ghost Rider 2.
Nicolas Cage is also expected to return to play the title role in the sequel to the 2007 movie.
The film would be based on a script by David Goyer, a version of which was written prior to the one used for the 2007 film. Although Heat Vision says story details are under wraps, Cage has said he wants to take the character to Europe and deal with classic, old world theology and demons. We've also heard that plans call for a darker, edgier version of the character.
Neveldine and Taylor may do additional work on the script.
The original film was a critical dud and got a lukewarm response from comic fans, but banked $230 million for Columbia Pictures. The studio is under pressure to get the new film going so as to retain the film rights to the character, rather then let them revert to Marvel/Disney. Plans are to begin production in the fall.
Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael De Luca and Steven Paul are producing. Goyer and Mark Steven Johnson are exec producing.
There are some cool new photos online from the currently-filming AMC Television series The Walking Dead.
The first comes directly from AMC publicity and features a photo of actor Andrew Lincoln as officer Rick Grimes, discovering the world of the show after being in a coma for several weeks.
Robert Kirkman, creator/writer of the comic and executive producer on the series says, "Writing this book for the past seven years I've gotten very close to the character of Rick. Andrew Lincoln embodies every aspect of the character that fans know and love. After seeing this photo I don't think that there will be a doubt in anyone's mind that he's perfect for the role."
Then, can click over to Ain't it Cool for a number of non-sanctioned photos snapped by a fan. The photos show the zombie horde on the streets of Atlanta and, in one shot, you can see director Frank Darabont at the monitors as the undead runs (er...walks) amuck!
Geoff Johns dropped some knowledge on the DC Universe Source blog yesterday. In one of the publicity images for the recently announced Young Justice animated TV show on Cartoon Network, fans were a bit puzzled by the off-model Aqualad featured in the show. Johns explains:
The YOUNG JUSTICE cartoon series is just around the corner featuring Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, Artemis and the all-new Aqualad who will be appearing very briefly in BRIGHTEST DAY #4, but really comes into his own in BRIGHTEST DAY #10 before hitting the small screen this fall.
When we first meet Aqualad in BRIGHTEST DAY he’s Jackson Hyde. An average student, with an on-and-off girlfriend, that’s pretty bored in New Mexico.
Since he was young, he’s been taught by his parents to fear water…they don’t want him near it because his true parents would be able to locate him. Not to mention certain changes happen to Jackson when he gets in the water.
Jackson has kept this secret hidden for years, lying to his girlfriend about being afraid of drowning, being unable to swim and being in the dark about the mysterious tattoos he’s had since birth. He’s done his best to avoid it. But soon something’s going to force him out into the open and dive into the water.
Obviously, this all ties into the larger Aquaman and Mera story within BRIGHTEST DAY, but Jackson’s adventures will also be seen in the YOUNG JUSTICE animated series this fall along with more DC characters than you could imagine.
I really believe in the story behind Jackson and, like Blue Beetle, I hope you give him a chance to grab your heart and imagination as he arrives on the scene in comics and cartoons.
In the same post at the DC Universe Source blog Geoff Johns talked about his recent visit to the set of Green Lantern and he's seen Sinestro!
I just returned from New Orleans, where GREEN LANTERN is deep in production set for release in June 2011. GREEN LANTERN has an unreal crew and cast. Grant Major – the Production Designer on LORD OF THE RINGS. Martin Campbell – the director of CASINO ROYALE. And Mark Strong from SHERLOCK HOLMES and KICK-ASS as Sinestro. And while I was there, there was a test on Sinestro. How he looks. How he moves. An amazing test.
Unfortunately, that test is top secret.
I can say with confidence, however, if you like Sinestro you’re going to love Mark Strong as Sinestro. Powerful, regal, intimidating. Mark clearly has done his research and embraced every aspect of what makes Sinestro one of the greatest, most complex characters within the vast, epic universe of the Green Lantern Corps. I think you’ll be as psyched as I am when you finally see him.
First up is one of my personal favorites: a live action screen test of Blue Beetle transforming and something we’re using in the hopes of bringing him to the small screen. There was so much excitement when I mentioned this on Twitter I thought I’d share a little more information...
I feel very fortunate to have been a part of Blue Beetle’s introduction way back in INFINITE CRISIS. I’ve said it before, but thanks to the BLUE BEETLE series launched by Keith Giffen and John Rogers with a great design by Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes rocks. Great character, great story, great look. He’s already appeared in animation, had action figures and right now he’s on my computer in live-action glory. I have an early special effects test that has been floating around of what his armored scarab-suit could look like. This isn’t final. This isn’t greenlit. It’s only a test that was done. We still have a long way to go to see if we can get this off the ground and a lot of people to jump on board…but check out some stills:
Here are said stills:
Johns finishes his blog post by adding:
Pretty cool, huh? We’ll be bringing this short clip to San Diego Comic-Con and playing it in as many DCU panels as possible so everyone gets a chance to see it.
Yep! Pretty cool!
What do you think, Maniacs? Want to see a kick-ass BLUE BEETLE live-action TV show? Post your comments below...