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GREEN LANTERN casting rumors false, says Guggenheim

Plus: G.I.JOE, THOR, AKIRA and more

By Rob M. Worley     June 15, 2009
Source: Various

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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!



G.I. JOE Rumors Refuted - Part II

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.



Skarsgard Wore THOR Costume

'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).

Thanks for the submission from Antonello Blueberry  would would like to try on the Thor suit too, if it came in a medium size.



The ANT-MAN Update You've been Waiting For

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.

Ant on! 

er...Ants Away!

uh...Shrink! Shrink! Justice in the Sink!

Does Ant-Man have a catch phrase?

Thanks to fft5305 for the submission!




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.



Guggenheim talks GREEN LANTERN

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."



Live-Action AKIRA is Dead

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


Angelina Jolie doing WANTED 2? 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.



DEAD OF NIGHT at San Diego Comic-Con

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!!!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



TRANSFORMERS on the Red Carpet in Berlin

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:



Rockwell on IRON MAN 2

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."



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middlerealm 6/15/2009 7:56:48 AM


I must admit, the news that the live action Akira has been canned is the best news of the day. Akira is probably in my top 3 animated movies and I was gutted when I heard that DiCaprio was trying his luck with it, and apparently 'americanising' it. It is not something that can be considered lightly. I doubt anyone would be able to do a live action version properly and I hope they leave it alone.

jedibanner 6/15/2009 8:42:59 AM

Everything that should not be made is being re-made anyway and soemtime it's good so, it could've been nice to see Akira in real life.

Ah well.....nerds around the world wins.

todd890 6/15/2009 9:04:53 AM

I hope Wanted 2 is set before Wanted, it would explane a few things.

Wiseguy 6/15/2009 10:03:39 AM

Timur said he had a way of bringing back Jolie from the dead as well as the russian actor who started in his Nightwatch films that died earlier in the movie. Wanted 2 already smells like it jumped the shark or nuked the fridge even before filming starts.

Obviously the buzz isn't the same now as for when Cap was killed but he still made the news. I think they could've held off a little longer (1 more year) for the buzz to coincide with more solid news from the film. But alas I'm glad to see Steve back, we all knew it was inevitable.

I said it before, I'll say it again Ant Man will be the second film from Marvel 2012. I guess they want to see how Wright's latest adaptation is received before giving the green light.

I saw a report where it was said that Feige plans on bringing back all the actors who read for Thor for future Marvel projects. So we still may see some of these guys don some spandex.

Akira, makira, Shakira, the latter one is the only one I like to look at.

SgtTechCom 6/15/2009 10:09:18 AM

I hope Wanted 2 is a continuation of James McAvoy's character. Im glad he's returning. It sounds like if he's in the movie then this wont be a stupid prequal.


If Skarsgard is not Thor then he should be cast as Captain America - either way he's be great for both roles.

Transformers 2 is so long i heard but thats great i can never have enough of Autobot Vs Decepitcon puke action !

hanso 6/15/2009 11:04:28 AM

Remember when the Los Angeles Lakers went 16-7 in the playoffs?

When they did something that hadn't been done in 20 years, losing a finals only to get back the following year and win it?

When they won 4 rings and went to 6 finals in the last 10 years?

When the Lakers won their 15th championship?

When Phil Jackson won his 10th ring?

When Kobe won his 4th?

When Kobe won Finals MVP?

When the Los Angeles Lakers became the team with more championships in this decade than any other team in any of the major sports?

You don't? Then check the news son cause all this happened last night.

The NBA where the Los Angeles Lakers owning your team happens!

lancedenier 6/15/2009 11:26:39 AM

SgtTechCom 6/15/2009 10:09:18 AM
If Skarsgard is not Thor then he should be cast as Captain America - either way he's be great for both roles.

I'm right there with you Sarge.  When I saw him in Generation Kill I thought he was perfect for Cap.  Then, in True Blood as Eric Northman - Vampire, they may as well have put a friggin hammer in his hand. 

redhairs99 6/15/2009 11:39:30 AM

Hanso, it just goes to show you that if you opt out of college, bitch and whine about your teammates so they'll be traded and if you like raping women, then you too might just be able to win an NBA championship.  Plus you get the added bonus of starting riots in the Los Angeles (okay, maybe that one is so hard to do afterall).

SgtTechCom 6/15/2009 12:07:45 PM

God basketball along with baseball win the awards for who really cares about these sports lol

Too bad Hockey is done with , the NHL playoffs were sick this year.


SgtTechCom 6/15/2009 12:09:38 PM

iancedenier.. i was totally thinking the same thing regarding his role in Generation Kill.  He's basically captain america in that lol He'd be great.

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