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!
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.
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.
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."
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?'
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.
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.