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IGN chatted up 'Thor' director Kenneth Branagh about his plans to bring Marvel's thunder god to the big screen. Branaghis out promoting his Masterpiece Mystery TV movie 'Wallander' which features Tom Hiddleston, who is apparently a contender for the lead role in the comic film.
"Tom Hiddleston is a great actor and he, amongst a number of others, has been part of the group we've spoken to and all that's still a work in progress," Branagh said.
The clock is ticking on casting the film, although Branagh said he's actively in pre-production on the feature, part of Marvel's 4-piece tentpole strategy.
"We're having a great time at the moment. We're in intense pre-production," Branagh said. "I shoot Thor in January of next year and because the time of release has been moved, it's allowed me to have a moment in the summer where I can shoot the Wallanders."
'Thor' is targeted for a May 20, 2011 release.
Warner Bros. aims to tap into the phenomenon of the Manga/anime/film series 'Death Note' by developing its own live-action feature for U.S. audiences, according to Variety.
Charley and Vlas Parlapanides have been hired to write the script, about a college student who finds a notebook which gives him the power to kill simply by writing down a person's name while picturing thier face. The student becomes a vigilante of mythical proportions, striking down the unjust with his mystical book, but drawing the attention of the world's greatest detective, the enigmatic "L".
Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison will produce with Dan Lin's Lin Pictures and Brian Witten.
What do you think, Maniacs? With three Japanese-language DEATH NOTE movies, do we really need an American remake?
You say you're not familiar with the original 'Death Note' movies? MTV Iggy is set to bring you up to speed. They've got an article recapping the popularity of the series and this clip reel of the top five moments from the first two movies:
IESB.net chatted up Todd McFarlane at the recent Tempe, AZ premiere of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine''. The Toddster commented on the status of the 'Torso' movie, as well as the long-stalled 'Spawn 2' film and the proposed 'Spawn' animated series.
McFarlane says that the 'Torso' movie, which has David Fincher directing and Matt Damon starring, will likely find a new home with a studio very shortly. The movie was set to go into production in January, but Paramount Pictures refused to green light it, and let their rights to make the film lapse.
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Via Twitter: Production Weekly says that Mike Newell is in talks to direct Terry Rossio & Ted Elliott's big screen adaptation of 'The Lone Ranger' at Disney.
Disney introduced the franchise to the press last year as the new hotness to offset the aging 'Pirates' franchise. Johnny Depp came bundled with the new skein as the title character's native sidekick Tonto. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing.
Newell is presently putting the finishing touches on 'Prince of Persia' starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Mark it up to the power of the interwebs but these days when an actor or director wants a project they sometimes go lobbying the fan community first, in hopes of whipping up thier cred with the studios.
The latest instance sees director Xavier Gans, late of 'Hitman' fame, reaching out to fans at the Marvel Movies group on Facebook to talk about the rumored 'Daredevil' reboot.
Gans says he's keen to get his hands on some Marvel superheroes. "I really love the Marvel universe, one of my favorite is Daredevil. I really love also the Punisher and I don't understand why they made so many bad movies on that character."
The director said he favors Sam Worthington for the lead role and shared his vision for a redo on the Man Without Fear, saying he'd make it more dramatic and gritty.
"There will be a 1st part in the child hood of matt Murdock and the universe of Hell kitchen. Something in the univers of the first Rocky Balboa. Is the story of a poor family of hell kitchen, the father is a loser who made some boxing match, the mother is sick and she died. The father have to make the education of is son alone. He became a outlaw, he made fight to win money and one day he is killed by the mobs," Gans wrote in the unedited online chat. "Alone Matt murdock go to an orphanage and is there were he got is accident. And there is a long reducation because he became blind and he have to learn a new sens. With a very realistic point of view. And he became better and better and he made lawyer study.
"For me it's important to get the origin of the character like in the Richard Donner superman. We saw him became slowly a super hero but i think it's important to take time and stay realistic."
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At his official website comics scribe Warren Ellis reacted to yesterday's news that Bruce Willis and Richard Donner are circling the film adaptation of 'Red', the comic he created with artist Cully Hamner at DC/Wildstorm.
"I have no further knowledge of this. But I’m all right with Bruce Willis, actually. Funny thing is that people are talking about this being part of a 'second act' for him at age 54, but I always imagined the protagonist of RED as being in his early sixties," was Ellis' observation.
USA Today scores the first look at Robert Downey Jr. in character as Tony Stark on the set of 'Iron Man 2'. Note the various armors in the background as Downey turns on his heart-light, and lets it shine wherever he goes, and lets it make a happy glow, for all the world to see.
"How many superheroes are open about their true identities?" director Jon Favreau asks in his Q & A with the national newspaper. "We wanted to play with that idea. But it obviously has consequences — in his relationships, on the team. There are a lot of areas we can explore."
Yellow-coated detective 'Dick Tracy' is at the center of a dispute between Tribune Co. and filmmaker Warren Beatty, that hearkens back to the legal tangle that prevented a 'Spider-Man' movie for so many years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As Marvel was back in the late 1990s, Tribune finds themselves in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and fighting for the right to make movies ant TV shows based on one of their flagship characters. Subsidiary Tribune Media Service controls the rights to the comic-strip version of Chester Gould's classic character, but the film and TV rights are tied up in a prior deal with Beatty, who made a 1990 movie about him.
Similar to the 'Spider-Man' situation, the judge presiding over the bankruptcy proceedings will seek a resolution to the dispute, considering that film exploitation of the character is potentially a huge asset for Tribune.
Tribune is claiming all rights to the character and wants the Deleware judge to declare it sow. The Beatty camp is pushing for a jury trial in California courts and is seeking to dismiss Tribune's filing.
The judge agreed Thursday to have preliminary briefs submitted by both sides by early June.