Ghost Rider set footage online. Plus: Dark Knight sequel to film in April. Spider-Man's parents set for film. First look at The Rabbi's Cat and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.10!
What's Playing has scored some casting information about Marc Webb's planned 3D Spider-Man reboot for Sony.
They say that the studio has bumped up the age for candidates to play young Peter Parker in the movie. Whereas 4-6 year-olds were previously being sought, the production now wants a 6-9 year-old.
Most interesting is the reveal that the scene that the boy appears in will also include Peter Parker's mother and father, and provide the back story of how Peter came to be in the care of Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
Given that Webb has referenced the Ultimate Spider-Man comics so frequently, we're reminded of the Venom story-line, which revealed that Peter's father and Eddie Brock's father were researchers working on the same project. Peter and Eddie (who is a few years older) were childhood friends. They both end up losing their parents in the same accident. When Eddie re-enters Peter's life as an adult, he's trying to restart their father's research, which involves a bio-organic black body skin aimed to protect and heal its wearer. But Eddie is a less talented scientist than the younger Parker, which is a source of conflict.
The movie starts filming in December. Andrew Garfield stars. Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans and Martin Sheen are also among the cast.
A new set of photos are online, depicting some interesting action from Transformers: The Dark of the Moon.
INF Daily has the shots which include Shia LaBeouf and co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are seen here filming a blue screen action scene against a faux glass building. From the looks of things, the pair are free falling down the wall (or sliding down an inclined wall).
Click through for the images.
Batman-News.com has some info about the filming of Christopher Nolan's hotly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises.
The are confirming (with sources unknown) that the movie will be filming in New Orleans. Their sources says the filmmakers are looking at the city's Warehouse District as a potential location and a studio set is being constructed for the movie. Plans are to film there in April.
The movie will also film in Chicago and use it as the stand-in for Gotham City. Other world locations will be used as well.
Collider.com has your first look at the animated feature film, based on the graphic novel The Rabbi's Cat.
The movie is co-directed and written by French director/author/artist Joann Sfar, who created the graphic novel.
The official synopsis for the movie is:
Algiers, 1920’s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter is becoming a teenager and above all, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking! The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa. Convinced that the city exists, he sets off on an incredible adventure, taking with him the Rabbi, his cat, a wise old Arab Sheikh and an eccentric Russian billionaire. Sfar’s style and vision carries a universal message of tolerance, in this highly original, beautifully crafted film, celebrating a joyful and multi-colorful return to hand-drawn 2D.
We've posted one of the richly detailed publicity stills from the movie here, but for more images from The Rabbi's Cat click through to Collider.
If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, you'll want to download Sony's Green Hornet: Wheels of Justice app for free.
The game is, of course, a tie-in to January's feature film starring Seth Rogen as the hero of radio, pulp, TV and comics. It puts you in control of the Hornet's war wagon, the Black Beauty as you navigate "through dangerous downtown streets while defending the city against villainous gangsters."
According to the press release, users can play by themselves or with friends using the turn-based multiplayer capability. The Facebook enabled game utilizes: 1) touch or tilt-based steering with left or right-hand controls, 2) a special street fighting style mini-game that is unlocked after select missions, and 3) the App Store's Game Center for showcasing achievement badges.
It's a free download with five levels. An upgraded version with 15 levels costs 99¢.
Here's a video promo from Sony showcasing the features from the game...
The Marvel Movies Facebook page points out footage taken from the Romanian set of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. There's not much happening in the way of action, but we do see Nic Cage in riding leathers (quite similar to the ones he wore in the first film) chatting up co-director Brian Taylor. We also get a look at his new bike, which looks to be a wide-tired Star Vmax, beaten and weathered by Blaze's quest.
What was not captured was Cage's trademark BIG acting style, which the directors tweeted about early this morning:
"Nicolas just almost physically transformed into a werewolf in mid-take..... We are tripping balls"
Here's the footage:
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