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Gondry talks GREEN HORNET


By Rob M. Worley     April 14, 2009
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Michel Gondry directs Sony/Columbia's GREEN HORNET
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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!



Heroes returning to SMALLVILLE

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.



Gondry Gears up for Mainstream GREEN HORNET

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



TRANSFORMER Spoilers Revealed on Toy Packaging

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 Alternate Ending

'The Spirit' arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Check out this alternate ending, storyboarded by Frank Miller, with voice acting by Gabriel Macht.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Brian Austin Green Wants to be GREEN LANTERN

'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.



DEAD OF NIGHT Inhabits New Louisiana Studio

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



DEAD OF NIGHT to Feature Trademark "DYD 666" Ride

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…

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



TRANSFORMER Animated Returns - Sneak Peek

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.

Click and view!



IRON Tweets

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



Meet Gambit!

Here's your latest bit o' 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' goodness, with an intro from Taylor Kitsch, aka Gambit...



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Wiseguy 4/14/2009 9:03:06 AM

This Kitsch guy seems ok as Gambit. He has a bit of the accent going. Hopefully he pulls it off.

I'm going to start the anti Brian Austin Green as Green Lantern campaign. I love how everyone all of a sudden is a comic book fan, trying to ingratiate themselves with the fans. Get the eff outta here. I like the guy but he's no Hal Jordan. I could see him as Guy though. And Fathom, I just think it'll bomb despite Megan Fox or maybe because of her, we'll see.

Not much of a spoiler really for Transformers

Tweet, tweet. Love Favreau, he needs to stop listening to Stern though

SaintDemon 4/14/2009 9:16:48 AM

I agree not much of a spoiler but still a good piece of information. I wonder how Megatron's quest will factor into the whole Fallen idea.

The alternate ending for The Spirit wasn't much of an ending either. I saw the movie in theaters quite some time ago, but the alternate ending just doesn't seem to fit or explain anything.

I can't wait for the new Wolverine movie. I know it won't be perfect, however, it looks interesting and like it will have some memorable moments. Plus, anything better than X3 is a welcomed release.

Batman15 4/14/2009 9:19:22 AM

The information about Transformers Animated is old. It's been back for a while. This is 6th episode of the season, or 9th if you count the premier movie, Transwarped, as a 3-parter.

Batman15 4/14/2009 9:21:37 AM

The information about Transformers Animated is old. It's been back for a while. This is 6th episode of the season, or 9th if you count the premier movie, Transwarped, as a 3-parter.

redhairs99 4/14/2009 9:22:47 AM

I agree with you Wiseguy, that really wasn't a much of a spoiler (if at all) about Megatron.  It doesn't even tell us why he's a tank now all of a sudden.  I mean I know they can change their shapes, but it's not like he now looks like an earth tank.  The box says "Cybertron Tank."

Good to see that I was correct in my assumption that the second Justice Leaguer returning would be Impulse.  For everything that Smallville does wrong on the show, they always seem to do well in certain areas like with several of the extra DC Universe characters they've brought onto the show.  It seems the producers know them better than than they know Supes sometimes.  Anyway, looking forward to the monster-sized throw down between the JLA, the Injustice League, and Clark and Doomsday.

So far, I like Kitsch.  I'm reserving all my judgments for the Wolverine film until after I see the movie on May 1 despite Sonyman's constant spoilers and negative comments.

Also, I hate all the damn DVD releases!  I already own all the 1980's Transformers DVD set, so I'll be passes on the new ones.  I'd probably like some of the new extras, but not enough to buy them all over again.

hanso 4/14/2009 10:03:39 AM

Have no fear, if we all ignore Brian Austen Green's insane talk he will go away.

Gambit = cameo.  As are all the other mutants not named Wolverine/Sabretooth.  I wouldn't have a problem with it since it's a Wolverine movie, except that Fox keeps marketing like these guys are major players.

jmg134 4/14/2009 10:25:27 AM

Maybe Fox is prepping certain characters on Wolverine to have their own spinoff just like Deadpool.  I can kinda see Gambit having his own movie.  He does have an interesting backstory in the comics being a thief and the Thieves Guild.  Don't know if someone like Taylor Kitsch can carry a solo movie like this by himself, but who knows.  Oh and should Gambit have a more Cajun drawl?  Didn't think I heard it in this clip.

Say what you want about Brian Austin Green, or BAG, lol.  He seems genuine about making comic book movies happen...whether they be good or bad.  I think he would be best as Kyle Rayner than Hal Jordan in my book.  Plus here's hoping Fathom does look good production wise and not look cheesy.  And I actually like him in T: Sarah Connor Chronicles.

xenomorph 4/14/2009 11:28:40 AM

Fox is probably setting up these characters for a sequel to Wolverine. I would be interested in a DeadPool movie though.

Brian Austin Green. I didn't really like him on TTSCC. He is all wrong for the part of Hal Jordan.

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SgtTechCom 4/14/2009 12:40:14 PM

Brian Austin Green rocks on TTSCC. I could definately see him in another role.. Green Lantern? eh i dunno im not much of a Green Lantern fan so i can't say. But Id love to See BAG in something upcoming he deserves it.

I can't wait for the showdown in smallville either. The Justice league vs Injustice League and Doomsday and Clark in a brawl =) im ready.

Transformers um did you really think Megatron was not going to be back? LOL no brainer and hardly a spoiler.


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