Breck Eisner wants his 'Flash Gordon' movie to be "gritty and real". PLUS: Meet 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine''s Wraith. 'Transformers 2' gets longer. Marvel gets a mouthpiece. Gondry says something revealing about 'Green Hornet'. 'Iron Man 2' tweets and more! Impregnated with freaky gene-spliced creature larvae, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.15!
Variety reports that Marvel Studios has hired Douglas Finberg as Vice President of International Marketing to help sell the likes of 'Iron Man 2', 'Captain America', 'Thor' and 'The Avengers' on the worldwide stage.
Finberg most recently held the same title for Paramount Pictures International and will continue working with Paramount marketing and PR to oversee the campaigns for Marvel movies.
Fans recall that last year Marvel announced a pact with Paramount to distribute all of their upcoming theatrical releases.
Favreau isn't the only one tweeting away. Michael Bay also has been employing the annoying micro-posting system.
Yesterday Bay dropped some knowledge on fans awaiting 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.
"'TF' news that you have been waiting for, The runtime will be just under 2 and 1/2 hours," tweets Bay.
MTV got more specific with the director. He told them that the movie is four minutes longer than the first one. They crunched the numbers through the MTV supercomputer and call the new movie's length at 147 minutes.
Here's another intro clip from 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. This time Will.i.am schools you on his character John Wraith:
Ain't it Cool is the latest site to catch some face time with 'Green Hornet' director Michel Gondry, who is making the rounds promoting the DVD 'Michel Gondry 2: More Videos'. They actually got the director to say something specific about the upcoming action movie.
"It would be safe to say there are going to be funny moments, but it's certainly not going to be a spoof of the genre. If we did that, we'd get killed by the GREEN HORNET fans. They already hate us," Gondry said.
Jon Favreau's Twittering from the set of 'Iron Man 2' is slowing a bit, as the production goes into its second week. Here's the latest summary:
# Standing in Tony's workshop. 8:50AM APR 14
# Sitting next to Pepper Potts. 3:50PM APR 14
# Back from lunch. More Tony and Pepper in the workshop. 6:00PM APR 14
Last year 'Transformers' star Shia LeBeouf missed several weeks of filming due to a car accident. According reports, LeBeouf's car was struck by a vehicle whose driver ran a red light. The resulting hand injury required immediate surgery and had to be written into the film's story to allow the actor to continue working.
Now, LeBeouf tells EW.com that, with a third surgery planned, the hand is doing better but will never be back to normal.
"I'm on my third surgery. That's coming up in a week or two [from April 2]. My middle finger is still crooked as a f---ing noodle, so they've gotta straighten it out and put a screw in it," LeBeouf told the website.
The prescribed recovery period is two months, although LeBeouf didn't rest for the appropriate period after the first one. He told EW.com he couldn't ignore his obligation to everyone who was working on the film and returned to the set against doctors' instructions.
Presently, he doesn't expect full usage of his hand. "Probably about 80-something percent. I'll be able to make a fist again. There's a knuckle I'll never be able to move again, but that's probably the only permanent damage, other than the scarring," LeBeouf said.
Fans may be trying to forget the recent, lackluster TV series that aired on SCI FI Channel in 2007 and 2008, but director Breck Eisner still aims to do right by Alex Raymond's great space hero 'Flash Gordon'.
Speaking to Joblo.com from the set of his new movie 'The Crazies', Eisner said he plans to focus on the pulp hero once the new movie is complete.
"We broke story with the writers [Matt] Sazama and [Burk] Sharpless for the last five or six months or so. They went to draft just as we started shooting ['The Crazies'], and they're going to get to me a draft at wrap. I'll read it and do notes and we'll do a polish on that and give it to the studio a couple months from now," Eisner said. "Hopefully the studio will like it and we'll go forward. It's a big movie and the studio has got to love the script."
Based on his comments fans shouldn't fear a retread of the SCI FI Channel show, nor should the expect a campy romp, like the fondly-remebered Sam J. Jones film.
"The thing about 'Flash' is, you've got to throw away the 80s version of it. I want it to be intense, aggressive, gritty and real," Eisner explained. "For me it's about reinventing 'Flash' - we're still staying true to the adventure origins of it, and the adventurous spirit in that movie, absolutely. It's this man brought to another planet and uniting the disperate groups on Mongo, but there is a gritty, intense, dynamic, active quality to the movie. Very modern. It's not camp."
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