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Frank Miller Film Watch: SIN CITY 2 & HARD BOILED

Plus: SPIDER-MAN 4, GREEN HORNET, SOLOMON KANE and more!

By Rob M. Worley     October 28, 2009
Source: Various

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!

 

 

THE CROW: 15 Years of Devil's Night - Part 2

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CHI-CHIAN Feature In the Works

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.

 

 

SPIDER-MAN 4: So it's the Lizard then?

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.

 

 

Rogen on GREEN HORNET

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."

 

 

SOLOMON KANE

New SOLOMON KANE Photos

IGN just posted a plethora of stills from the upcoming 'Solomon Kane'. Check 'em out!

 

 

Frank Miller's HARD BOILED Waits For SIN CITY 

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...

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Wiseguy 10/28/2009 8:32:34 AM

Jim at marketsaw, like a real reporter never reveals his sources but I know he has been right a lot. So even though it isn't a done deal I believe it that they're [planning on going Lizard only for Spidey4 but hopefully they'll set up Kraven for the next film or eff it, add Kraven to this one.

I don't see why Rogen feels pressure. Most believe GreenHornet will suck so he's basically playing with house money. Now whoever does the next Superman or Deadpool, they'll have some pressure. Nobody really cares about Green Hornet

I was hopimg Sin City 2 would take on A Dame To Kill For. That was one of the best SC stories IMO. Maybe they don't want Rourke and Owen back. Still I'm looking forward to see what Miller has in store. And definitely up for Hard Boiled too

SgtTechCom 10/28/2009 9:32:25 AM

Boring Spiderman 4 is gonna suck. The Lizard is a terrible character. How bout Shocker? Mysterio? Electro? and Hobgoblin wich in my opinion is far great foe then greengoblin.

another movie who's already done the better villians much like the reboot of batman. 

Cheesey1 10/28/2009 11:39:53 AM

I think the Lizard's a great villain.  He's extremely dangerous and the fight scenes could be brutal.  Spidey doesn't really want to hurt him, but has no choice.  I think Dr. Connors' remorse after changing back from the Lizard would add a cool subplot and they could introduce Connors' wife and son.  I won't complain if they add Kraven, which would make sense i.e. hunting the Lizard. 

pilgram 10/28/2009 1:26:47 PM

Best thing here for me today was "Hard Boiled". What a great FU! that story was. It is a new Blade Runner in my opinion. Can they pull it off? I hope it is without Miller Directing. Sprit Sucked.

SelectiveRealism 10/28/2009 8:24:42 PM

 I wonder if makers of Spiderman 4 would be confident enough to step out the norm and try a villian like Red Hood or Mister Negative.  Although I don't personally endorse the Lizard he fits in with the "tragic character"motif of the first 3 movies.  Norman Osborn wasn't a bad guy the gas made him insane.  Doc Oc wasnt a bad a guy the accident and death of his wife made him insane.  The Sandman wasn't really a bad guy but a man who was trying to do right by his daughter but made all the wrong decisions.

The problem with the Lizard is that unless he is the more feral incarnation there is no real antagonism between he and Spiderman and a feral Lizard is pretty boring.  The Lizard has some cool powers that could work well like his agility, healing factor and ability to secrete pheremones to make people violent and the intelligent Lizard would make a good adversary but do they really want to go the "experiment made him crazy" card for a 3rd time?

Electro would probably make a better villian or they could retcon Scorpion's origin and tie to Miles Warren which opens up a lot of possibilities.

muchdrama1 10/28/2009 9:49:18 PM

"Hard Boiled" would be nigh impossible to adapt...and how could you possibly do it justice when it's literally beyond NC-17?

Leave it alone.

ponyboy76 10/29/2009 3:44:07 AM

The Lizard is a logical choice considering they set him up prior having Doc Connors but I still think Kraven the Hunter would be better. Actually since there are supposed to be three more movies, maybe they will set up Kraven coming to New York City to hunt for the Lizard. At the end of the movie, Spidey has already helped Connors, so Kraven sets his sights on another more formidable prey, Spiderman. And there you have Spidey 5.

I`m kind of pissed that they decided to go with an original story for Sin City 2. I don't understand why they couldn't have just done "A Dame to Kill For" and linked it with a few of the shoter stories in  the "Bullets & " book. Maybe Rourke couldn't do it, because he has a pretty busy schedule these days. I was also hoping for Jolie to play the titular character. Oh well..

manjisan 10/29/2009 5:02:00 AM

Hard Boiled can be done properly and still get a hard R. Look at Seven or the  up Saw series. Or any torture porn. That tripe deserves NC17 more than anything. And don't get Nicholas Cage to play Nixon. Please god, no no no! And get Fincher to direct Hard Boiled. Or maybe Neil Blomkampf! Imagine how sick that  would be with Neil behind the lens. It would be under 60 million to make and would make its budget back in one weekend. 

Calibur454 10/29/2009 7:13:06 AM

Hard boiled  would be an interesting movie- if done the right way.

With no comic story backing Sin City 2 it will be interesting to see what millar has in store for the  franchise. I'm betting it will center around the ladies of Sin City. That could be an interesting tale. How the lasdies managed to get control of Sin City in a prequel style story. 

The lizard as a main villian in Spidey-4- This sounds promising but I'll wait for a trailer in order to  comment more.  

Green Hornet and Solomon Kane will just be a rental for me.    

 

manjisan 10/29/2009 7:54:05 AM

I also am disappointed he is creating an original story for Sin City as opposed to just sticking to the trades. Hell and Back, Dwight's story, and even the Family Values stories would have been awesome to work off of. Although Hell and Back would be better as a Sin City 3 movie but who knows. Spidey 4 would be cool with the Lizard and Kraven the Hunter though. Would be a classic throwback but with Disney acquiring Marvel, it'll probably be Scrooge McDuck and Howard the Duck vs Spiderman and Spiderham.

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