Frank Miller Film Watch: 'Sin City 2' & 'Hard Boiled' Plus: More rumors about 'Spider-Man 4' villain. More Rogen reassurances on 'Green Hornet'. More photos from 'Solomon Kane' More, more, more! Threatening a filibuster because it makes us feel important, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.28!
Today MTV Splash Page continues their five-part Halloween Week retrospective on 'The Crow,' celebrating the film's 15th anniversary with cast and filmmaker interviews that explore its origin and legacy.
The the goth fantasy cult comic 'Chi-Chian' is set for a new feature film deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Created by indie artist Voltaire, the comic is said to be the Cinderella story for the year 3000 and focuses on a young, innocent girl who battles mammoth worm trains, giant insects, a samurai robot and her own twisted family to save a dark, future New York from its imminent destruction.
Framelight has optioned the rights to the comic. Jeffrey Erb and Robert Robinson Jr. will produce for the shingle.
The comic was previously adapted as animated shorts for SyFy channel, with actress Bai Ling providing the voice for the character. The movie has been optioned on and off for feature film development over the past 10 years.
The guess-the-'Spider-Man 4'-villain derby continues with suspicion recently falling on the ascension of Dylan Baker's character Dr. Connors to the role of the monstrous villain the Lizard.
The Market Saw blog is creating ripples today by stating that they've confirmed that the Lizard is the villain of the piece. Further, they're stating that the Lizard is the only villain in the film.
Market Saw give no indication as to where their insider exclusive comes from, so we're taking it as just another rumor at this point.
Actor Seth Rogen is out promoting the home vid release of 'Monsters vs Aliens'. Which means, of course, that he's talking about the controversial 'Green Hornet' movie.
Rogen who wrote and stars in the action comedy, is also a producer. He told SCI FI Wire that being on the set ever day has him wearing his producer hat constantly. "I'm there all the time, so I can make sure everything's going well. There's a lot of pressure. I understand that. I've been talking about this movie for years, and if it sucks, no one will be more disappointed than me, believe me," Rogen said.
The actor also suggested he's felt the push-back from fans and is determined to make the movie so good that nobody will be pointing fingers at him after the fact.
"Even if it sucks for another reason, people will blame me, and that's why I have to be so involved to try to make sure that it doesn't suck," Rogen said, and then added, "I will blame [director Michel Gondry if it sucks, though. No, I'm just joking. We're all in it."
Comics2Film at Mania.com spoke exclusively to producer Stephen L'Heureux of Solipsist Films who gave us the scoop on his slate of many comic-based films. Among them are two projects in orbit around comics creator and filmmaker Frank Miller: the 'Sin City' franchise and an adaptation of Miller's 'Hard Boiled'.
L'Heureux confirmed for us that the long-awaited sequel 'Sin City 2' will go into production in the second half of 2010. Unlike the first movie, which used the graphic novels as both screenplay and story boards, the sequel will be based on an original script by Miller. As with the original, Miller will co-direct with Robert Rodriguez.
The producer also told us that Miller is hard at work on the screenplay for 'Hard Boiled', based on his comic series from Dark Horse from the early 1990s. Miller is attached to direct that feature.
The ultra-violent comic featured a troubled tax collector named Nixon who slowly begins to realize that his life is nothing like what it seems and he is some kind of robot doing the bidding of a shadowy organization. The book was printed in an oversize format to accommodate the intricately detailed artwork of co-creator Geoff Darrow.
However, L'Heureux told us 'Hard Boiled' is still in the early stages.
"We're still developing it. We got the project in turnaround from Warner Bros and Frank. It's such a pleasure to work with someone like Frank Miller. He's so smart and passionate about story at all levels from 1940s noir pulp to modern film," L'Heureux said.
So when can fans expect to see the movie? The producer said it all comes down to scheduling Miller's time.
"With 'Sin City' just on the horizon I don't think we'd be able to do it with Frank right away. As simple as 'Sin City' seems, it's a very complex scheduling with all these actors and it's a very demanding shoot to be on a sound stage all day long," L'Heureux told us. "We have to space it for Frank. There's also talk, of course, of 'Sin City 3'."
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you ready to see a balding cyborg kick in the grill of a vintage car as it's trying to run him down? Post your comments below...