Writer Marc Guggenheim talks 'Green Lantern'. Plus: More debunking of the 'G.I.Joe' rumors. 'Akira' live-action movie is dead. Pre-production on 'Wanted 2' set to begin. 'Transformers' hit Berlin and more. With a dipsy-doodle, a kit-and-kaboodle, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.15!
Variety took a look at last week's rumor that 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' director Stephen Sommers had been fired off the movie after a disastrous test screening. The rumor was emphatically refuted by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura the same day it spread.
Variety's sources tell them Sommers was never dismissed from the project. In fact, Paramount are contractually obligated to give Sommers final cut over the movie, so forcing him from the editing bay is virtually impossible.
Variety also reports that test screenings have garnered mostly positive reviews, a far cry from the career-ending train-wreck the anonymous originator of the rumor described.
'True Blood' player Alexander Skarsgard confirmed to MTV Splash Page that he was, in fact, a contender for the lead role in 'Thor' and even got to the point of testing with the costume on.
"Yeah, I met with [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director [Kenneth Branagh]," Skarsgard said, adding that he filmed an audition with a complete Thor costume. It's unclear whether or not this was a protoype costume for the movie, or one that Skarsgard whipped up for his audition (as actors like to do sometimes).
Last week we reported on some comments from Marvel Mucky-muck Kevin Feige about various Marvel movies. Feige did talk about 'Ant-Man', which we neglected to mention, as he had little new to say about it.
However Maniac fft5305 put it back in front of us just to make sure we weren't neglecting Marvel's tiniest hero, so here goes:
Feige said that 'Scott Pilgrim' director Edgar Wright is still working on the film and is "finishing up" another draft of the script. They'll be considering the future of 'Ant-Man' after 'Scott Pilgrim' comes out next year.
uh...Shrink! Shrink! Justice in the Sink!
Does Ant-Man have a catch phrase?
Fans will recall that last week there was some buzz about the fact that Marvel was releasing Captain America #600 on a Monday, instead of the traditional Wed, so comic shops could capitalize on some media hype that was supposed to drop today. Speculation was that there could be an announcement of the actor cast in the film today, to help drive up sales on the event comic.
Well, at this point, it seems that the sole point of publicity that Marvel has put out there is that Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, is returning to comics some two years after his death, with a story that begins in #600 and continues in "Captain America: Reborn" next month.
I'm an avid reader of Ed Brubaker's outstanding 'Captain America' run and will be picking up the comic on Wednesday for sure. But, while Marvel scored a big sales win by killing off Cap a few years back, it's hard to imagine that they'll see the same kind of feeding frenzy over this issue.
Comics writers, TV writer/producer and screenwriter Marc Guggenheim is out promoting his new TV show 'Flash Forward' but SCI FI Wire is putting the questions to him that fans really want to know about: What's up with the 'Green Lantern' movie?
Guggenheim said that he was delivering a new draft of the script the very same day as the interview. While he was loathe to reveal any details about the story he did reiterate past statements that they aim to be very true to the character.
And what of rumors that Bradley Cooper or any of another handful of actors are contenders for the lead role?
"They're all false," Guggenheim said. "I mean, they're all false in so far as we haven't chosen anyone yet. They're still in the negotiations, you know? There's a lot of names being talked about, and there's a lot of people being met, and a lot of ... actors reading the script. But if you read online [that] Pauley Shore's been cast as Hal Jordan, I can guarantee you we have not cast anyone."
Fans may breath a sigh of relief over the news that the unnecssary live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo ground-breaking anime 'Akira' is "dead as a doornail."
That proclamation comes from unnamed sources cited in a report on Bloody Disgusting.
Leonardo DiCaprio was set to produce the film and it's always possible that he or another producer could revive the project.
ComingSoon.net translates a report from a Russian news website saying that Timur Bekmambetov is gearing up to begin pre-production on 'Wanted 2' this July. James McAvoy, who starred as Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' anti-hero Wesley in the original, will return for the sequel. Interestingly, Angelina Jolie is supposedly on board as well.
"In July we will start preparation for the film. I think in the late autumn or winter shooting will be performed. The shooting will take place in America, India and Russia," Bekmambetov said.
The director supposedly has a $150 million budget to work with this time around.
From the 'Dead of Night' Production Blog:
Those of you in the San Diego area who happen to be attending Comicon International this July might want to save some time for some Dead of Night goodness. More details to follow, but there will be LOTS to see there. Woo hoo!!!
The cast and crew of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' continue their red carpet tour, hitting major cities throughout the world. Recent stops included Berlin and London. Here's some footage of director Michael Bay signing autographs in Germany:
Sam Rockwell has a cool new movie in limited release right now, the Duncan Jones thriller 'Moon'. While out promoting he also dropped a bit of 'Iron Man 2' knowledge on Latino Review:
"It's not dissimilar to other studio movies, but the things that's different about it is [the director, Jon Favreau] really likes to improvise," said Rockwell. "So we get to play more on this movie than you would on a lot of studio movies."