Ghost Rider 2 cast expands. Plus: Nick actress cast in Runaways? Thompson cast in Men in Black 3. Firebreather to cast spell on NYCC and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.1!
Essence.com has an interview with actress Keke Palmer, star of Nickelodeon's show True Jackson VP. Buried in the Q & A is an interesting mention of a certain comic-based movie.
"I've had a nice little break with the steady TV show but I'm definitely ready to do some more films again. I was just asked to join a new Marvel comic project called, Runaways," Palmer told Essence.
Bryan K. Vaughn created the series for Marvel, focusing on a tight-knit group of teens who discover their parents are an enclave of super-villains. They go on the run, vowing to use their own powers for good instead of evil.
Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist) is attached to direct. Screenwriter in Drew Pearce has written the latest draft of the script. Recent rumors had the movie filming in March.
A smattering of reviews of RED, based on the comic mini-series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner are trickling in from Fantastic Fest, mostly positive.
Variety: "This goofy diversion gets by with a cast of pros who can steal a scene and wield semiautomatic weapons with seasoned aplomb. While a toplining Bruce Willis ensures some young viewer turnout, Summit release will fare best with older audiences in likely quick playoff and solid ancillary."
The Hollywood Reporter: "Smirks meet semi-automatics in Red, a comics-derived action flick that offers self-conscious casting and a wink here and there without feeling as jokey as, say, Knight and Day. Although tailor-made for genre fans, it benefits from flavors of humor and romance that keep its appeal from being fanboy-only."
Collider.com: "With its amazing cast, exciting tone and slew of awesome action moments, Red is an undeniably fun piece of Hollywood action entertainment fluff. The plot is paint by numbers, but it’s a turn your brain off and smile film that’s exactly what the trailer and commercials are selling."
On his blog, superstar comics artist/rock star Andy Kuhn tells his fans to be on the lookout for a screening of the Firebreather movie at New York Comic-Con.
The movie is Cartoon Network's CGI feature based on the comic Kuhn created with writer Phil Hester. It features a teenager struggling to fit into the high-school scene, with his big problem being that his father is an ancient, fire-breathing dragon. It's a great comic which C2F recommends highly.
Here's Kuhn's post:
Big doins' here at FIREBREATHER central!
In case you didn't know, Cartoon Network has produced a Firebreather movie for TV which will air on the network in late fall. The art for this post is art from the movie that CN gave away at Comic-Con. The film was directed by animation legend Peter Chung (aeon flux, the animatrix), who is a super-genius!
Phil and I saw an 80% finished version of the film at Comic-con, and it's incredible. I knew the story and I still got caught up. If you can't wait till late fall, and you're in the New York area next weekend, come to the New York Comic-Con. Sunday morning at NYCC Cartoon Network is going to screen the film. This is the first time it's been seen anywhere, and I can't wait! This movie will blow your face off!
The second big news is that new Firebreather comics are on their way! Phil and I have been busy on the next part of the Firebreather saga. It's a four issue story titled Holmgang, and it will be out the first week of December. The story picks up right where the last issue ended, and it gets crazier every issue!
Please pick up the new Firebreather comic, and watch the Firebreather movie. If you're going to NYCC please come to the screening sunday morning!
We'll be catching the movie in NYCC next week!
Heat Vision has the scoop on new cast members for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Columbia's sequel to the 2007 Marvel movie.
Ciaran Hinds is in negotiations to take over the role of the devil (previously played by Peter Fonda). Italian actress-singer Violante Placido is in discussions to play the female lead.
As previously reported, the movie finds Nic Cage's Johnny Blaze struggling to deal with the Ghost Rider curse in Europe when he encounters a woman (Placido) who has born the Devil's son. The Devil will take over his son's body on the boy's upcoming birthday.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are directing from a script they wrote, based on a previous script by David Goyer. Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael De Luca, Ashok Amritraj and Steven Paul are producing.
Filming is targeted for November in Romania and Turkey.
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at Detroit Comics on October 6th and the New York Comic Con on October 8th-10th!