David S. Goyer may be kick starting 'Ghost Rider 2'. Plus: Norton likes the idea of Hulk fighting 'The Avengers'. Clive Owen says 'Sin City 2' could roll next year. Bay auctions 'Transformers 2' stuff for charity. Hot like wasabe when it busts rhymes, it's your Comics2Film 9.9.24!
Mania Cross-Link: Be sure to check out the Q & A with voice actor Kevin Conroy, who returns to his signature role as the Dark Knight in the upcoming 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'.
20th Century Fox's 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' tops the charts this week.
The Hollywood Reporter says the film, released this week, is the #1 seller on both Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart and Nielsen's Blu-ray Disc chart. Over 25% of the home video units sold were in the high-def Blu-Ray format.
The movie was also #1 on Home Media Magazine's video rental chart.
After toiling in development for years at Warner Bros., 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' have a new home at Sony, according to Variety.
Mattel is finalizing a deal with the studio, with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists developing the project. The new producers are starting over and will not make use of the gushed-about script from Justin Marks.
No director is attached at this point.
Newsarama has an in-depth Q & A with comics creator Terry Moore who recently optioned his comic 'Echo' for the big screen.
Moore talks about the process by which 'Hellboy' and 'Watchmen' producer Lloyd Levin became involved with the property and a bit about what the process of developing the film has been like so far.
Moore said he believes the filmmakers appreciate the deeper themes of the book, in addition to the more surface science fiction trappings.
"I think the action is what draws people to it initially, but its the deeper stories that make it worth your time. And I think they get that. They are always looking for what's below the surface," Moore told Newsarama. "In the past, I have had conversations about, say, Strangers in Paradise, where I only talked about the surface story to somebody who didn't know it, and their questions were always about, 'What is the understory? What is the point? What is the meaning?' So they do think that way, especially the good ones. It's the human interaction within these events that everybody is looking for."
As far as casting goes, Moore said he didn't really have a favorite actress for the lead role, but thinks Thomas Haden Church ('Spider-Man 3'), "would make a really good bad guy, the homeless guy."
Moore has quite a bit more to say about 'Echo' and 'Strangers in Paradise' so click through for the full interview.
Like 'Cowboys and Aliens', 'Mal Chance' is a film that Platinum Studios has been trying to get launched for over a decade. Variety reports that the project, based on the Spanish comic book by Martin Pardo and David Morancho, has taken a step forward.
Producer Tony Krantz is now on board to develop the feature, which focuses on an assassin named Lola who has a price on her head thanks to a powerful gangster. She teams with an FBI agent to bring down the organization and save her own life.
Platinum's Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is also producing. Randy Greenberg and Ross Dinerstein are executive producers.
Variety mentions screenwriter Scott Murphy, who wrote a script for the film some seven years ago.
Edward Norton told MTV Splash Page that if Marvel chooses to include the Hulk as a villain in 'The Avengers' movie, there would certainly be plenty of precedence from the comics to support that.
"In the comics, there was always a tension between the rest of the superhero community and he was always this problem... They treated him as this problem," said Norton. "I think that's a fun way to go with it."
Norton is right, of course. A Hulk rampage (instigated by Loki) was the basis for the founding of the super-team in Avengers #1. The Green Goliath has continued to clash with Earth's mightiest heroes on numerous occasions. His most recent blockbuster storyline had Hulk waging war with every superhero in the world.
Sadly, there's still no indication whatsoever as to whether or not Norton or Hulk will appear in 'Avengers'. And while Norton patiently answers questions about it every time MTV interviews him, he's really given no strong indication that he cares to return to the role.
The director of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' is selling swag on MichaelBay.com as a charity benefit .
The site is pre-selling copies of the film autographed by Michael Bay. Bay will be signing the 2-disc Special Editions on both DVD and Blu-ray with proceeds will be going to the Make A Wish Foundation.
The site is taking orders for the autographed discs up until October 16th.
Here's the pricing:
Order a copy and help out the Make A Wish Foundation!
Clive Owen, out doing the press for another film told MTV Splash Page that production on 'Sin City 2' could finally start next year.
"I'm hearing it might be next year," Owen told MTV News. "I heard that from a very good source... recently."
In the video interview, Owen playfully suggests that his source may be either Frank Miller or Robert Rodriguez. He also confirmed that he's very interested in resuming the role of Dwight for the sequel.
The production will come just in time to capitalize on the fervor for Frank Miller created by 'Sin City' and '300'! (Yes, read that last sentence with a sarcastic voice).
Check out Owen's interview:
Already a hot commodity, Marvel characters got even hotter this month with the earth-shattering Disney announcement. To that end, any studio who still has their mitts on a Marvel property will never let that property go, and that means they have to be actively developing it.
The latest news from the Deal Memo blog at Variety is that Sony is revving up the sequel to 'Ghost Rider 2' in spite of the original movie's middling performance.
Filmmaker David S. Goyer is said to be in early talks to "create the story and supervise writers", which is a quirky new role in filmmaking that seems to have grown out of the comics-to-film movement. Nicolas Cage is on board to return to the role.
Former Marvel big-shot Avi Arad will produce along with Michael De Luca and Steven Paul. Gary Foster will serve as an executive producer.
Goyer, as fans may recall, penned several scripts for the first 'Ghost Rider', which was to be darker, R-Rated and more in the vein of Goyer's successful 'Blade' franchise. At some point the mandate from Marvel and Sony was to keep the show PG-13, and lighten it up for broader audiences. The result was the enjoyable but forgettable original directed by Mark Steven Johnson.
Odds are that the new move will be PG-13 too, but hopefully carry some of the scary elements that Goyer intended for the original.
The article also mentions numerous other Marvel properties that are still locked up by other studios. Most are well-known to fans: 'X-Men', 'Fantastic Four', 'Silver Surfer' and 'Daredevil' at Fox as well as 'Spider-Man' at Sony. One that rarely gets mentioned is 'Sub-Mariner', which is still submerged at Universal.
Also of note is the mention that Avi Arad, who is an independent producer these days, is actively developing the manga-based 'Ghost in the Shell' movie as well as the comic-strip based 'Popeye' as a CGI-animated movie.
What do you think, Maniacs? Ready for a new Ghost Rider movie? What should the story be? Post your comments below...