Is Frank Miller's 'Buck Rogers' kaput? Pluse: 'Human Target' gets pickup order from Fox. 'Thor' casting imminent? 'Watchmen' Blu-Ray specs. 'Iron Man 2' and more! The daily column that thinks it's too soon to use the WTC for a cheap cliff-hanger reveal, it's your Comics2Film 9.5.13!
It's been rumored for the past week but today it's being confirmed. Variety reports from insiders that Fox TV will announce the DC Comics-based 'Human Target' as part of their new fall season during their upfront presentation next Monday.
As we've previously reported, the show stars Mark Valley as Christopher Chance, with Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley in starring roles. Jon Steinberg wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Brad Kern, Peter Johnson and McG.
Newbie scribe Evan Daugherty has been tapped to write a new draft of 'Grayskull', the 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' film that's been long percolating at Warner Bros, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Daugherty takes over from Justin Marks, whose previous script had some online commentators ready to name their babies over it.
'Kung Fu Panda' co-director John Stevenson is attached to direct the film, based on Mattel's popular toys, comics and toons.
Daugherty's previous work is an unproduced script called 'Shrapnel'.
Top Cow's Matt Hawkins chatted with Newsarama about the announced 'Witchblade' feature film, which was to start filming last September. Top Cow has a financing deal with Arclight Films, which still has some life in it, but is due to close in the not-too-distant future.
"We simply do not yet have a script yet that we all like. We had a window to go into production that has clearly passed but the project is very much alive and kicking," Hawkins said. "I don’t think I’ll lay out any dates at this point given the delays but we’re in the process of working with a new writer."
The previous round of writing gave the unnamed screenwriter some freedom to write the script on their own, but the current round is following the more traditional cycle of outlines, treatments and notes before scripting commences. Hawkins told Newsarama that Top Cow would rather have no movie at all than a 'Witchblade' movie that was not the best it can be. That said, there's still an opportunity to see the project catch fire.
"Best case we could go into production by the end of the year but that’s overly optimistic with no script at this point," Hawkins said.
Steve Niles told MTV Splash Page that the filmed adaptation of his teen Frankenstein update 'Wake the Dead' has been moving slowly. The reason? Creature designers at WETA seem to be pre-occupied with a little movie called 'The Hobbit'.
Niles and director Jay Russell had wanted to get the movie ready for this summer's Comic-Con International in San Diego.
"We were kind of racing against time a little with WETA because they’re about to take on ‘The Hobbit’ and God knows that’s going to consume all of New Zealand for the next five years,” Niles said.
Still, Niles said he and Russell talk daily and, if 'Wake the Dead' doesn't go they may work on something completely original.
Warner Home Video have released the specs for the upcoming release of 'Watchmen' on DVD and Blu-Ray, due out July 21st.
Watchmen Director’s Cut 2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition DVD:
Watchmen Director’s Cut Blu-ray Disc:
'Thor' director Kenneth Branagh is still trying to attract the press' attention to the PBS minseries 'Wallander' but MTV Splash Page took the opportunity to ask him who will play the God of Thunder in the Marvel movie.
Sadly they came up empty-handed.
"We’re down to the final stages of it," Branagh told MTV News. "The reason one has to be properly diplomatic, is simply that some talented peopled have been patient, kind, creative and really committed to working with us in this process."
Branagh also said that he's not naming names out of the mutual respect between himself and the actors who have read for the part. When asked specifcially about the guerilla self-promotion campaign waged by James Preston Rogers, who has been lobbying online for the part, Branagh was similarly diplomatic in his response.
"I am aware of certain campaigns, and I think everyone is grateful for them and knows that there is a great anticipation," said Branagh. "We have every intention of doing everything humanly possible to live up to that anticipation."
Over at the 'Dead of Night' prodcution blog, Dan Forcey puts the spotlight on crew-member Geoffrey Hall, the director of photography on the film. Here's an excerpt:
"Dylan Dog’s artists have always done an amazing job of conveying the damp, dark streets of London as Dylan walks through them, on the tail of the latest nightmare, while at the same time letting the lighter moments (mostly with Groucho) to be lighter and happier...Geoff and [director Kevin Munroe] wanted to let the way things are lit in the movie reflect that same thing the artists had captured for years and have consistently referred back to comics almost every day to make sure they’re getting it right."
Rob Liefeld revealed to MTV Splash Page that screenwriters J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani are hard at work writing the script for the 'Youngblood' movie for director Brett Ratner.
Liefeld says the movie will primarily focus on the characters of Shaft and Chapel.
"They don’t like each other," said Liefeld. "Shaft is the new kid on the block in the movie, and he and Chapel have to put aside their differences to save the Youngblood program."
However, the film will lack fan-fave Badrock because the character "doesn't fit in the first film."
In what appears to be, in part, fallout from the underperformance of Frank Miller's 'The Spirit', Variety reports that Odd Lot Entertainment chief Deborah Del Prete is paring ways with the company after 23 years.
According to Variety's sources, the spectacular crash-and-burn of the comic-based movie is a contributing factor, although Odd Lot CEO Gigi Pritzker denies that it is the sole reason behind the departure. Indeed, Odd Lot has embarked on a multiyear first-look deal with Del Prete's new shingle Coronet Films.
Also contained in the article is mention that Del Prete and Pritzker have "moved off" of plans to have Frank Miller direct the revamp of 'Buck Rogers'. However, that shouldn't be taken as a sign that they're swearing off the comic-creator-turned-filmmaker.
"Frank was a fantastic partner, and while everybody was disappointed the film didn't perform better, it wasn't the end of the world," Pritzker said. "You always try to mitigate risk, but this is a very mercurial business and you take a swing and sometimes you don't hit it. At the end of the day, we'll be OK. Certainly, when things don't go as planned, it presents an opportunity for people to step back and think about where you are going. Deborah and I have been together for 23 years, and we've been fortunate enough to enjoy many triumphs, but we had the desire to go in different directions. We are friends as well as partners and we will continue to do projects together."
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Things have grown a little bit quiet on the Favreau feed of late...
# Shooting some scenes at Edwards Air Force Base. They have some pretty cool toys out here. 12:00pm May 12
# Dusk in the high desert. The wind is blowing hard. 8:25pm May 12