'Ghost Rider 2' to roll this year? Plus: 'Green Lantern' to start in March? 'Thor' gets another new cast member. 'G.I.Joe 2' writers named and more! Who's scruffy-looking? Your Comics2Film 10.1.8!
Yesterday, Collider.com broke the news that a writer has been hired to pen the script for 'G.I.Joe 2', but they could not tell us who the writer might be.
Today IESB.net breaks the news that none other than current hot hands Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are the team taking over Joe duties. If those names seem familiar it may be because we just reported yesterday that they are the writing team on Fox's 'Deadpool' movie. They also wrote the summer hit 'Zombieland' and Sony's 'Venom' script.
As of today, there are more people in the world appearing in Marvel and Kenneth Baranagh's 'Thor' than there are not appearing in it.
The Hollywood Report adds actress Adriana Barraza as the latest cast member. Barraza is said to be in negotiations for a part in the film. Little is known about her role, but she is said to be playing one of Earth's mortals, not one of the Asgardians. If we had to guess, we'd say she's playing "lady who works at hospital" or "patient of Jane Foster".
Still, the exciting news here is that cameras roll on 'Thor' next week!
It looks as if the 'Green Lantern' movie is cleared to begin production in March.
One Karen Goulekas, visual effects supervisor for the film, actually posted the info on her blog this past Wednesday. She wrote:
Wow! Been a long time since I posted! But today is a day worth posting about!
Green Lantern got the official green light today! And not a second too soon - only 10 weeks out from shooting!
While it's great news we are a go - now we have to actually get our prep done in 10 weeks!
But we have an amazing crew - so we will make it happen!
Will post again soon!
However, Goulekas hastily removed the post from her blog after it spread like wildfire around various movie sites yesterday afternoon. Likely it was pressure from studio spin doctors that caused her to yank the news. Unfortunately, on the internet you can't unring the bell, especially with the Google Cache holding on to everything.
So we may not see many more 'Green Lantern' info on Goulekas' site any time soon, but with 'Thor' and 'Green Lantern' filming, it's going to be an exciting 2010 and 2011 for C2F readers!
MTV Splash Page was doing press for the new movie 'Daybreakers' and took the opportunity to ask actor Willem Dafoe about whether or not he's involved in 'Spider-Man 4'. Dafoe, of course, played Norman Osborn in the all three movies, no mean feat considering his character died in the first one.
"It all depends on the story," said Dafoe of the chance of him returning for a fourth go. "The Green Goblin, there's plenty more to do, because that's not so well defined. And the Norman Osborn character is a good, solid, half-comic, half-dramatic character, so I could always revisit that."
However, he also admits that it's not on his radar at the moment. Check out his complete video comments below:
Collider.com chatted up producer Mike DeLuca and extracted a great many details about plans for the 'Ghost Rider' sequel.
The producer says that the working title for the follow up is 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'. The film aims to be a soft reset (as opposed to a complete reboot) which takes David S. Goyer's original, edgier screenplay vision for the character and updates it. The film will aim for a hard PG-13 (think 'The Dark Knight'). The story has tweaked at the suggestion of leading man Nicolas Cage.
"We have an outline that David wrote that kind of adapts his 2001 script into today’s times with incorporating kind of an original idea of Nic’s that Goyer thought added to the mix in good way - that we all thought added to the mix in a good way - that gets Ghost Rider into a bigger arena to kind of apply our story in," DeLuca said. That larger arena is Europe, which allows them to tap into old religion and the attendant themes that go with it. "So Goyer has just delivered that outline to us in the studio and we’re waiting to hear back and then we’ll know if we can go to like that revised script. But since we’re starting from something already written, it’s been a pretty speedy process."
So speedy, in fact, that the producer is predicting a production start this year. That seems a little ambitious given that fact that there's no director.
DeLuca also revealed that Mark Steven Johnson, producer/director/writer of the original is not expected to return. Nor is actress Eva Mendes. Goyer is being considered for directing chores on the film, but that will largely depend on his availability, given that he's busy with the TV series 'Flash Forward'.
Because everyone is doing it, 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' is expected to be in 3D.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you psyched for a darker, edgier GHOST RIDER movie? Post your comments below...