First Red trailer hits. Plus: More photos from Walking Dead. More casting for Cowboys & Aliens. More footage from Batman: Under the Red Hood. More of what you love the way you love it in your Comics2Film 10.6.24!
DC's Jonah Hex movie was d.o.a. at the box office last weekend. It was a big budget movie with some A-list stars riding the trend of comic-based fare, so naturally folks are interested how Warner Bros produced the biggest western bomb since, well, Warner Bros produced Wild Wild West. Were lessons not learned?
Designing a movie by committee is always a problem and accounts for the films schizophrenic tone.
Further, we can never understand why anyone wants to adapt something and then throw away the source material. There are many fine stories to be pulled from the Hex comics. Pick one and adapt it. The reason the good comic movies work is that the filmmakers recognized the core, important elements of the comics and brought them to the screen, rather than trying to fix things for the mainstream.
Actor Walton Goggins seems to be on a roll. After seven stellar seasons on FX Channel's The Shield, he transitioned over to a fascinating character on the same network's Justified. He'll be seen in the upcoming Predators movie.
Now, Deadline.com reports that he's also joined the cast of Cowboys & Aliens in an unspecified role.
Also in the film is Mexican hottie Ana De La Reguera, who you might have seen in last year's Cop Out. Apparently Ms. De La Reguera is facing some adversity on the set of the film. Last night she tweeted, "There where [two] scorpions in my trailer! In my t-shirt! Plus the mouse I saw on set hehe!"
Also having a good time is Irish/American hottie Olivia Wilde.
"Another fun night on Cowboys & Aliens," Wilde told her followers. "All I can tell you is that Keith Carradine is a bad ass and I love explosions."
The guy running the show is Jon Favreau who is learning some new tricks as a director.
"Another first for me. Stampeding horses," was the tweet before last night's shoot.
Cowboys & Aliens arrives in theaters July 2011.
We're loving what we've seen so far from Frank Darabont's TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic The Walking Dead.
Yesterday AMC released two new images from the set of the show. The first shot depicts Officer Rick Grimes (portrayed by Andrew Lincoln) aiming his revolver; the second features a fresh look at the undead.
The Walking Dead is currently being filmed on location in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on AMC this October.
Wired has a funny feature from Scott Pilgrim vs The World in which leading man Michael Cera and director Edgar Wright attempt to interview one another about the year's most anticipated comic-based movie. It's a fun read as the pair have a hard time staying on topic but here's some stuff that actually relates to the movie:
Cera: So has Bryan Lee O’Malley seen the movie yet?
Wright: He saw it a while ago, and he loves it—which was such a relief. Before I signed up to direct the movie, I had to make sure he was happy about the idea. If I hadn’t had access to Bryan, I wouldn’t have done the film.
Cera: Why did you want me for the part?
Wright: Most of the time in both the book and the film, Scott Pilgrim is having a major meltdown because of the women in his life. His world is falling apart, and there are times when he’s not a nice guy, so we needed an actor audiences will still follow even when the character is being a bit of an ass. Also, you’re Canadian.
Cera: What’s that supposed to mean?
Wright: It’s about the sense of humor. A question I find interesting is when people ask me about British humor versus American humor. Simon Pegg and I were talking about how it’s not a matter of cultural references, it’s a point of view. You know, my sense of humor is British. But, Michael, can you pinpoint something that’s Canadian humor? Tone? State of mind? If I had to pinpoint something, and what typifies moments in the film, it’s that you’re seeing insane things happen and yet the humor is very laid-back. Your reaction undercuts what’s going on.
Cera: Stupid Canadian docility. You know, something that people might find interesting is all of the videogame effects you used as visuals—and music, too.
Wright: I haven’t told you this yet, but Shigeru Miyamoto—the Mario creator from Nintendo—has seen part of the film. We had to get his permission to use this piece of music from The Legend of Zelda for that dream sequence. So when I was writing to Nintendo to get permission, I was saying, “This music is like nursery rhymes to a generation.” I remember seeing you get all misty-eyed any time Super Mario Bros. 3 was mentioned.
And then, there's this video clip of a failed interview attempts for the modern age:
Scott Pilgrim vs The World arrives in theaters August 13th.
In case you missed it, yesterday we posted an interview with Bruce Timm in which he discussed the upcoming DC Universe original animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood.
Today, Warner Bros have released a new video clip from the film, in which Batman confronts the Red Hood and learns his master plan.
Batman: Under the Red Hood arrives on the home entertainment market on July 27th.
Yahoo! movies have posted the first trailer for Red based on the Wildstorm comic by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.
We have to admit, it wasn't quite what we were expecting. The book plays a bit more as a thriller whereas this starts off looking like "Grumpy Old Assassins". Of course, we'd direct skeptics to that December blog post from Warren Ellis in which he talks about the inherent difficulties in adapting the sparsely-written three issue series into a feature length film.
On the upside, Bruce Willis does kick some ass in the latter half of the trailer and Helen Mirren blows the shit out of a great many things.
The trailer also points fans to the official website for the film at Red-TheMovie.com, although there's nothing there but the trailer at the moment.
Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren are retired CIA agents who have to get back in the game to stay alive. The movie opens October 15th.