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By Rob M. Worley     October 01, 2010
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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!




Nick Actress Cast in RUNAWAYS? 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.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Comics Continuum and numerous other sites are reporting that Comic-Con International will remain in San Diego via a new agreement between the con organizers and the city. The current contract carries the con into 2015. Good luck getting a hotel room.
  • Deadline reports that Emma Thompson will join the cast of Men in Black III. She'll be playing Oh, head agent of the MiB. It's unclear if she's replacing Rip Torn's Zed character or playing the head in the time-traveling past sequences. Cameras roll on the movie in November.
  • has revealed a new promo poster for Conan which indicates the movie will be released in 3D by Lionsgate.



RED Reviews

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." "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."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




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!

 Promo artwork for FIREBREATHER



GHOST RIDER 2 Cast Expands

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!


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animefanjared 10/1/2010 7:58:51 AM

Why why WHY are they making another Ghost Rider?  The first film was absolutely terrible!

Chris Beveridge 10/1/2010 8:12:36 AM

 Terrible, but exceedingly profitable!

Tevii 10/1/2010 8:16:55 AM

I really could care less about another Men In Black or Ghost Rider.

Red looks great, and Conan looks like it might actually be good. Since I dont think it was shot in 3-D, I could care less about that fact then.

jfdavis 10/1/2010 8:33:59 AM

The first GR wasn't great.  In fact, I don't think it's a coincidence that te superher films I liked least (Daredevil and GR, top the list) were comics I didn't, and still don't, read aside from an issue here or there.  Anyway, I felt the first one had enough pontential that, with a few minor changes, it might be pretty decent.  Change number one: Dump the love interest; which they have done.  Change number two: get a more interesting villian which remains to be seen...

MIB- With Rip Torn's legal problems of late, Thompson very well could be his replacement.  Given the society's attitude towards women, especially in power, at that time, I don't really believe she was the head then. Unless she was the mistress of JFK or LBJ, then maybe...  

todd890 10/1/2010 9:58:03 AM

Dare Devil I liked and still do to this day. GR not so much- that needs a reboot not a sequel

Looking forward to MIB:3 and Conan

lusiphur 10/1/2010 11:03:03 AM

That's funny, because those are two of my favorite books from the 80s and 90s.  I liked Daredevil for the most part, but GR was downright horrible.  To add to your list of changes - Change number three:  Recast Johnny Blaze with someone other than Nic Cage.  I thought that role was horribly miscast.  If they had stuck with the kid who played the younger version at the beginning, I wouldn't have had a problem with that.  Change number four:  Cut Cage's salary a bit and invest in some GOOD CGI this time.  The CGI in the first one looked like a SciFi Original Movie.

SkunkApe 10/1/2010 1:37:55 PM

When I found out Neveldine and Taylor were directing I lost all interest in Ghost Rider 2, and I somewhat enjoyed the first one. Crank 1 was all right but Crank 2 and Gamer sucked very very bad. Their style of directing will have to improve before I give this a chance.

LocoLobo73 10/1/2010 2:08:28 PM

Hola, ok so as far as GR , I agree with what most of what everyone was saying, IMO the man problems with GR and Daredevil was the director and mis casting the lead. I dont care what anyone says Mark Steven Johnson should never be allowed near another comic book property again. Now as for the rest both movies did have redeeming qualities but the problems out wieghed the positives. I for one didnt think the CGI was bad in either movies. Cage really should begone, and he should remove himself from the film, if he truly cares about the film. I personally feel the next film should be done with the MIDNIGHT SONS story line and tie GR to Blade and DR strange.  But we all know until Marvel gets its titles back we are going to stuck with studio driven picturewhich equals shit. Im actually hoping that the part of Johnny Blze will only be in the first quarter of the film and then Danny Ketch takes over, or even if they started with Danny becoming GR and him be tracked down by Blaze and then taught how to control his new powers, take the flame head from Blaze give him the Hellfire shotgun and let them take on BLACK OUT. Ketch 's story is a much better movie plot. Also I say you get Ray Parks to play DD in the new movie. at least he can do the martial arts , RED looks great, Id love to see Runaways , but I think Robert Rodreguez should have directed that.

violator14 10/1/2010 2:16:01 PM

I for one enjoyed Ghost Rider coming to life on screen. Ya it was cheesy for the most part, but whenever he got on his bike with the crazy ass engine sounds tearing thru the streets and spoke with that creepy voice, it was pretty awesome imo. They just need to do a lil better with the scripts and i'll enjoy it even more.

Calibur454 10/1/2010 3:23:50 PM

Daredevil sucked- sorry boys but it did they just made it into a campy boy meets girl love story leaving out all the material frank miller made the comic famous for. There was no stick in daredevil and that was my biggest pet peeve... and buy the way have you noticed that mnearly all of the movies that have fallen flat when it comes to the storyline of comic book movies have followed the same formula... Think about it Catwoman and Daredevil can be compared to side by side in most of their film when it comes to what happens in the story...

I wont bother with mib 3 it will be a rental for me. I simply despise the fact that ghostrider 2 is a 3d romp fest. And if I remember right they are not sticking to any of the comic book material that made the flaming skull head famous.


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