Michel Gondry talks 'Green Hornet'. Plus: Meet 'Wolverine'''s Gambit. Check out reports from the set of 'Iron Man 2' and 'Dead of Night'. Heroes return to 'Smallville'. 'Transformers' toons return. 'Fathom', 'Green Lantern', 'The Spirit' and more! Rethinking its planned swim in the polar bear pen, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.14!
KryptonSite reports that future 'Nightmare on Elm Street' star Kyle Gallner will be appearing as Bart Allen, aka Impulse, in the May 14 season finale of 'Smallville'. Also returning will be Alaina Huffman as Black Canary and Ryan Kennedy as Rokk Krinn/Cosmic Boy.
Art house fave director Michel Gondry is making the round promoting his new video release 'Michel Gondry 2: More Videos'.
During his phone tour, SCI FI Wire took a moment to ask him about the 'Green Hornet' movie. The site got a number of interesting, yet elusive comments. Given that Gondry's movie's aren't necessarilty made for broad appeal, they asked him how he forsees the proecess of working on something so decidedly mainstream.
"It's all going to be something different, but that's successful, so I guess there is no problem now," Gondry told SCI FI Wire. "We have a producer, Neal Moritz, who's pretty damn successful; he released 'Fast and Furious', which had [one of] the biggest openings of all time, so he's going to guide us in our differences, and so far all of my ideas, he loves them and says 'I like the ideas, and I'm open to them.'"
Gondry also talked about his learning process from one movie to the next and how he always aims to "be as human as possible" in his storytelling.
The director also chatted with SuperHeroHype. Gondry told that site that he views 'Green Hornet' as a highly collaborative work.
"Seth [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg], they are the writers, but they really listen to my ideas on the movie. I think the story is getting much better and better and I feel like I'm really a part of the process," Gondry said.
He also affirmed that he, Rogen and Goldberg are not looking to mimic their past works, but rather grow artistically. "I think we're all trying to be a little different than we were before on this project, just by interacting with each other and the producer Neil Moritz adds a different taste as well, so all that will create a new universe."
He also said he doesn't not plan to use animation (as he has in past works), except maybe for the film's titles or credits.
TF08.net have posted detailed photos of the Megatron toy based on the upcoming 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' movie. The verbiage printed on the back of the toy's packaging contains some information about the evil Decepticon's role in the new movie. We're reproducing the text here for the curious, but presenting it in invisible type to help avoid SPOILERS. Swipe the text with your mouse cursor to reveal it.
"Trapped in the black, crushing depths of the sea, his mind inert in the grip of stasis lock, Megatron knew nothing of the desperate search mounted for his remains by the other Decepticons. When he was finally brought back online their effort and sacrifice meant little to him. The only thing that had any meaning was revenge. He would have his vengeance against the human boy who cheated him of his prize and he swore to celebrate over the smoking wreck of Optimus Prime."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Shout! Factory has entered into a multi-year pact with Hasbro to bring many of their brands to the home video market.
Plans call for classic 1980s episodes of 'The Transformers' and 'G.I Joe' to be released on DVD.
'The Transformers: The Complete First Season -- 25th Anniversary Edition', is set to arrive in stores on June 16, just in time for the big-screen sequel. It'll be a three-DVD set with all 16 episodes of the 1984 show. The DVD will set you back about $29.99.
Look for a similar 'G.I.Joe' set later in the summer.
The big news is that there'll be a new animated feature based on 'My Little Pony'. You know you want it.
'The Spirit' arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Check out this alternate ending, storyboarded by Frank Miller, with voice acting by Gabriel Macht.
'Terminator: Sarah Connor' actor Brian Austin Green continues his tour and campaign to land the lead role in the 'Green Lantern' movie. His latest stop is Comic Book Resources, who as a great, in-depth Q & A with the actor.
Here's an exceprt:
...I haven’t seen a script yet. I haven’t talked to producers but my agent and my manager have talked to producers and casting. It’s just a tough thing. I understand that I’m kind of a tough sell. I wouldn’t be what somebody would normally be looking for in a film like that. I mean I don’t have film draw. I haven’t been in anything that has gotten people into a movie theatre. So it would be a big risk for a company to take, I get it. But at the same time, sometimes those risks are the things that seem to work and pay off the most. Instead of just going for the names that seem to be drawing people into the theatres now.
He also talks about the 'Fathom' movie, which he's producing.
Well, Jordan Mechner (“Prince of Persia”) is writing the script now. I think we’re expecting the first draft within a couple weeks but we’re in the early stages of pre-production. Fox-Atomic is completely on board and they’re excited by it. All of our paperwork is done so it’s cool. It came together rather quickly. It’s something that Megan and I have been talking about for years. Like when we first met, you know, she always talked about “Fathom,” loving the comic and loving Aspen.
Click through for the complete Q & A.
The Associated Press has an article detailing a new 25-acre movie studio lot that's been built in a suburb of New Orleans and is said to be one of the largest outside of Hollywood.
Louisiana Film Studios is built on the site of a former Winn-Dixie grocery distribution center.
Having just opened in March, the LFS is playing home to the Dylan Dog movie 'Dead of Night' as well as the much discussed actioner 'The Expendables'.
Click through for more about the new Studio.
Speaking of 'Dead of Night', fans of the 'Dylan Dog' comics will be happy to know that European hero will drive his trademark VW Beetle when he arrives on the big screen. The scoop comes from the film's official production blog.
We've been puzzled about who, exactly, is writing the blog, since the individual posts lack a byline. However, some tedious rooting around reveals that the site is maintained by Platinum Studios VP of Content Development Dan Forcey, who is also doing stunt work on the set.
Anyhow, of the car, Forcey writes:
For the American fans that may not know Dylan Dog very well, I’ll put it out there that this is not an action movie. Dylan is not an action hero. He’s not Batman or John McClane, heck he’s not even John Constantine. I’ll let some of the Italian folks who read this add their own comments, but I see him as the cousin of Chinatown’s Jake Gittes, the younger brother of Casablanca’s Rick Blaine and a distant descendant of Sherlock Holmes. He’s the hero who doesn’t get the girl. He is constantly trying to finish his model ship, he plays the clarinet badly and carries his heart on his sleeve. He’s claustrophobic, afraid of bats and gets motion sickness. And he drives a bug. Yes, that’s right, and not even a super new, snazzy VW beetle. I’m talking a convertible Volkswagen beetle that breaks down quite often and has the license plate “DYD 666?.
I bring this up because some of you have mentioned concern about this being an action movie or a remake of Constantine and that’s probably my fault for talking about being a stuntman in it. While there are stunts, it’s really not about that. It’s about Dylan and who he is. The bug is a perfect example of that. We were actually pressured quite heavily to change it into something “cooler”. People were worried about a hero driving such a car. They were also worried about how it might look silly for the quite tall Brandon Routh to be sitting in a VW. But, to Dylan (and his fans), the bug is an external manifestation of who he is. He’s a relic of a different time that refuses to change, because he just doesn’t see the need. The bug is a classic, like Dylan himself. That model of that car has stood the test of time, despite having it’s flaws. Just like Dylan. It’s appealing because it isn’t flashy or shiny and bright. It stands out because it’s not.
So while there are stunts, you won’t see Dylan in an amazingly complex kung fu fight against Larry Fishburne. I do get to take a few lumps from him, though. I just hope my ego can withstand getting smacked down by a guy who drives a bug. At least he’s not a vegetarian. Oh, wait…
The new 'Transformers: The Animated Series', which launched after the release of the first live-action movie, is set to return to Cartoon Network. The net is providing fans with a sneak peek at the first new episode on their website.
Tweet, Tweet! Jon Favreau is back with his mini updates from the set of 'Iron Man 2' via Twitter.
# Can't wait to get back to work. The long weekend was much appreciated. - 10:49 PM Apr 12th
# Just crossed 40K followers. Thanks, gang, I'll do my best to keep it up during filming. - 11:17 PM Apr 12th
# Driving in to work. Howard Stern reruns. 9:00 AM Apr 13th
# Completing work in one set today with Mickey, then into Tony's workshop tomorrow with RDJ. 10:00 AM Apr 13th
# Still shooting. 11:00 PM Apr 13th
# Back to work. Not much sleep last night. 7:15 AM Apr 14th
Here's your latest bit o' 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' goodness, with an intro from Taylor Kitsch, aka Gambit...