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First look: GREEN HORNET

Plus: ASTRO BOY, TRANSFORMERS, AKIRA and more

By Rob M. Worley     September 08, 2009
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The first set photos from 'Green Hornet' have hit the web. Plus: Director talks 'Astro Boy'. 'Transformers' crosses the $400 million. 'Akira' live-action movie still lives. More! Blowin' doors off hinges, grab you with the pinchers, it's your Comics2Film 9.9.8!

 

 

 

$400 million TRANSFORMERS

For those of you keeping score, 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is still playing in theaters and passed the $400 million mark this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie did even higher numbers overseas, for a worldwide total of $830 million.

It is the #9 movie of all time on the domestic chart, toppling 'Star Wars: Episode III' and trailing just behind 'Spider-Man'. Interestingly, on the all-time worldwide chart it is #19, beating 'Spider-Man' but trailing 'Star Wars: Episode III'. It is the #1 movie of the year in the U.S., and the #2 movie of the year worldwide, with 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' ahead of it.

 

 

Demand your EL SUPERBEASTO

Rob Zombie's animated feature film 'The Haunted World of El Superbeasto' is set to see its first release through video-on-demand or pay-per-view services, reports Variety.

Cable outlets Comcast Corp. and Charter,  and satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish Network will bow the movie today, ahead of a limited theatrical run which starts on Saturday, the 12th. The movie then arrives on DVD, Blu-Ray and various media download services (think iTunes) twenty days later on September 22nd.

Starz Media is said to be using this experimental release plan to better reach the tech-savvy young male audience who make use of VOD and downloads.

The theatrical release will see Zombie with two films in theaters, as his live action 'Halloween II' will enjoy its third week of release when 'El Superbeasto' begins its run.

Double-feature, anyone?

 

 

Live-action AKIRA Lives

Back in June, those dreaded anonymous sources said plans for a live-action 'Akira' movie are "dead as a doornail".

However, Collider.com is now reporting that the project is still in the works. Their own anonymous sources say 'Children of Men' and 'Iron Man' writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, are about to turn in a draft of the script for the film. Supposedly the producers are aiming for a 2010 production start.

Collider's sources say, "the story is still set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan in the near future. I also confirmed the famous motorcycle is definitely a part of the film."

 

 

ASTRO BOY Director Speaks

Ain't it Cool has a cool interview with 'Astro Boy' director David Bowers who talks about revamping the long-running manga and anime character for a 21st century, American audience. It's a great Q & A. Here are a few excerpts:

We updated the look of the city and the technology of course, because things have come a long way since the 1950s. I think the thing we wanted to be really sure of keeping was the look of Astro Boy and the powers that he has. When I started the movie, I was working with a lot of crew and people say 'Well, Astro Boy has X-ray vision and special hearing and this and that, and he’s got a butt machine gun, but of course, we won’t be doing those.' And I said, 'You can absolutely bet your life we will be doing that. That’s the best thing ever. Are you kidding?'

And then...

I also think what appealed to me most about Astro is I love science fiction and always have. Astro is a great science-fiction story. A wrinkle in ours that is different from the original is that Dr. Tenma gives Astro [his son] Toby’s memories, so when Astro is created, he thinks he is a real boy, so when he finds out the truth that not only is he a robot with a dead boy’s memories, but also the father, the man he loves, doesn’t want him anymore. It’s quite devastating.

And then... well, just click through and read for yourself.

 

 

Jay Chou as Kato on the set of GREEN HORNET (courtesy Spoiler TV)

GREEN HORNET Set Photos

The first photos from the set of 'Green Hornet' have appeared online. Spoiler TV has published a few dozen photos featuring Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, along with a look at Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou in his Kato mask. The scene unfolding appears to be some kind of press conference held by Rogen's Britt Reid and attended by Diaz and Olmos' characters. The conference is apparently disrupted, perhaps by gun shots.

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dragon261 9/8/2009 6:45:07 AM

Jay Chou looks like he about twelve years old in that picture. The Suck-O-Meter will be off the scale on this turd.

littlemikey979 9/8/2009 7:13:34 AM

You're right dragon he does look like a kid, i pray to god the sunglass come off for shooting. Reguardless what is said i am looking forward to rogen's green hornet, secertly hoping it doesnot suck big balls.

I am trying to be the last person to see transformers...so far so good...

pilgram 9/8/2009 7:48:36 AM

Tron will Spank GH. Sad really because It could be good but not likely. Akira has me scared. It will be great or worse than GI Joe. I love that HP:HBP is spanking Transformers.

SgtTechCom 9/8/2009 7:50:54 AM

Green Hornet looks good. Very Tradional it seems and in good taste. Im such much like Heath Ledger being Joker and all the flack everyone gave for that i bet Rogen will do great in his role as Britt. He's not even a fat slob anymore.

 

Wiseguy 9/8/2009 8:12:10 AM

Rogen may have dropped some weight but he's still a lousy actor. We'll be laughing at this film not with it, failure

I've never watched Akira, I'm waiting for the American version cause anime sucks. Is Dicaprio still involved?

Demand El Superbeasto? Fuck no, I won't pay to see anything Rob Zombie ever again. This'll be on cable in no time, Cinemax, cause they usually get all the cheap movies

SgtTechCom 9/8/2009 8:17:54 AM

Van Williams wasn't any better as an actor,. Like i said Seth will be fine. When ya have  kato to do  most of the butt kicking there's really nothing to worry about haha.

One again this will be a action movie not a academy award winning performance. Fun !

Calibur454 9/8/2009 8:34:57 AM

SIGH they should have gottten someone like Jet Lee or another up and coming actor from the martial arts films to play this. I agree with Dragon261 on this one. Sukorama here we come.

HudsonTaco 9/8/2009 8:39:28 AM

GH will not come out against Tron I promise you this. Pictures aren't working for me, as I have never seen GH I have no comparison to make, I will admit Rogen seems like an odd choice for a Hero character but I will wait for a trailer to make any kind of judgement. I have not been disappointed with one of his moves so far, still haven't seen "Funny People".

dragon261 9/8/2009 9:39:48 AM

From the looks of it Chou will be shorter than the female lead, that's not good.

Chopsaki 9/8/2009 10:44:15 AM

It's too bad I was hoping GH was going to be good. Then I found out Rogen was attached and it's been a steady slide down hill. The car did look pretty sweet though :(

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