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Goyer to Kick Start GHOST RIDER 2


By Rob M. Worley     September 24, 2009
Source: Various

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!



Conroy Voices Dark Knight in SUPERMAN/BATMAN

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'.



WOLVERINE is Home Entertainment Champ

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.



HE-MAN Goes to Sony

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.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.


Terry Moore Talks ECHO Film

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.



Platinum Restarts MAL CHANCE

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.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Norton Talks about Hulk in AVENGERS

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.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Michale Bay Hosts TRANSFORMERS Charity Fundraiser Online

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:

  • Transformers Revenge of The Fallen DVD (2-disc) - USA Orders - $40
  • Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Blu-Ray (2-disc) - USA Orders - $50
  • Transformers Revenge of The Fallen DVD (2-disc) - International Orders - $45
  • Transformers Revenge of The Fallen Blu-Ray (2-disc) - International Orders - $55

Order a copy and help out the Make A Wish Foundation!

Thanks to Matador for the submission.


Owen Says SIN CITY 2 Could Start Next Year

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:



Goyer to Kick Start GHOST RIDER 2

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...

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



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Calibur454 9/24/2009 7:32:50 AM

Okay some interesting news in this article-

A film based off of Echo could be good if it is done right. I hae always like terry's work.

He man goes to sony- Hopefully they won't screw this one up as badly as they did the Blood Plus TV series by waiting nearly a year and a half too realse the second half of the season.

Hulk as a possible villian in Avengers movie- This could kick some major ass if it is done in the (World War Hulk style of story telling.) Just don't make it look to fake and have a decent story it will be a hit.

Ghost Rider 2- this one is good news but it could turn bad. They have to get the story right for this one. Cage reprising his role is a good thing I thought he was great in Ghost Rider 1. Hopoefully things will be okay the first movie was a decent origins story and didn't get as much credit as it should have.

Transformers fundraiser-  I suppose it is a good thing since it is for charity but I could care less about what michale bay does now.

Calibur454 9/24/2009 7:34:10 AM

As For Sin City 2- I suppose this is good news but I'll wait for a more concrete anouncement before I get excited

KillerTomato 9/24/2009 7:59:12 AM

I've pretty much given up on Sin City 2...it's been supposed to start production for years as is.

Hulk should definitely be in the Avengers, I mean even if we go the original Avengers story that also ives us Loki somehow involved.  I mean I honestly want to see the Hulk onscreen again, I loved "The Incredible Hulk," and since it doesn't look like the sequel is a go (not yet anyway) Avengers is an excellent outlet for him.

The problem with Ghost Rider is that he's not really meant for mass public enjoyment.  He dwells in the supernatural, and that's where he belongs, and well in Hollywood, supernatural done right is rarely kid friendly.  I'm not one of those people who think everything should be rated R (ya know those who scream that Wolverine/Deadpool/Captain America/etc...should be R to be a good movie).  I mean those characters are great for the public, and most people know who they are (except for Deadpool), they exist just fine as PG-13.  Characters though like Blade, Ghost Rider, Punisher, even someone like Moon Knight, they are meant to be in the R-rated department, I mean look at Blade that series did exceptionally well and played in the R-realm quite successfully.  That's not to say that it's impossible to do PG-13 versions, but as the first Ghost Rider proved...it's not quite as good...that and Mark Steven Johnson should just stay away from super-hero movies...David Goyer hopefully can help steer Ghost Rider in the right direction, he could probably do it successfully as a hard PG-13...only time will tell.  Though I would rather see someone else in the role...Nicholas Cage is just too old to be a "young, hot-shot stunt man."  Ah well, we'll see what happens.

Matador 9/24/2009 7:59:39 AM

That's pretty cool that Norton seems intersted now maybe he cna play nice with others.

I say tnay on Cage being GR again!

Cool we might actually see a He-Man film just as long it's not so watered down and has nothing to do with Earth like in the 80s.

littlemikey979 9/24/2009 8:27:48 AM

I know seeing the Hulk in the Avengers movie would be cool, but i think i would rather see like Ultron or an actual villian. Unless they are taking like the Ultimates like story where the avengers are a government team pulled together to take Hulk down. It would be cool, but do we really need Ed, yes he did a good job, but the movie wasn't called Bruce Banner. It would be cool if he came back along with every one else, but i dont see it being a "WE GOTTA HAVE HIM BACK!!" kinda thing.

Hopefully with GR1 already establishing the origin the GR2 will be better, i got to meet Mark Steven Johnson at a convention in Dallas before GR came out, nice guy, but after DD and GR i am glad they are looking for someone else to direct.

dragon261 9/24/2009 8:43:36 AM

I've seen some some Pg13 movies that should have gotten an R rating. 

KillerTomato 9/24/2009 8:57:43 AM

Somes scenes in Dark Knight pushed the PG-13 rating to the max...

jsmulligan 9/24/2009 9:02:55 AM

The problem with the first GR wasn't Cage, it was the horrible vllains.

Matador 9/24/2009 9:19:02 AM

Well that and Cage his just not very belivable he looked as bad as Chris Klein in SF Legend of Chun Li.

Honestly if I'd picked an actor for the roll of GR would have been Thoams Jane he would have been a far better Johnny Blaze. He probably would have done a far better acting when it came down to know how F'ed up your life is now. And I liked Ray Stevenson better as the New Punisher.

But it's just my opinion.

Cheesey1 9/24/2009 9:24:07 AM

Re. GR, just keep Goyer away from the camera and then this is definitely good news. I like Mark Steven Johnson as a director (anybody who hasn't seen the director's cut of DD really hasn't seen his DD, which was so much better than the fox butchered version) and I thought that Cage was a good enogh Blaze. He definitely captured the tortured JB that is the real JB. Jsmuilligan, I agree that the villains in GR could've been much better, they really misused Blackheart, but I thought that Peter Fonda as Mephisto was cool.

I think Ed Norton is being picked on for no reason. I can understand other idiotic comics sites acting like tabloids and making up stuff, but I was dissapointed when I read " 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." To that I have to say he's given no strong indication that he doesn't want to return to the role either. What's he supposed to do, cartwheels? Come on C2F, no need to make a mountain out of a mole hill, I expect more from this site. Anyway, he was a perfect Banner.

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