Production wraps on Green Lantern while development begins on the sequel! PLUS: Tony Scott to direct Nemesis. Spider-Man villain rumors look doubtful. Tarzan going the 3D toon route and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.9!
Over the weekend The Playlist published a story purporting that actor Christoph Waltz (who sizzled in Inglorious Basterds and plays the villain in Green Hornet) is on tap to play Dr. Curtis Conner, aka The Lizard in Marc Webb's highly-anticipated Spider-Man reboot.
The Playlist cites Production Weekly as the confirming source of a rumor they were tipped to earlier in the week.
However, Bleeding Cool, who was also tipped to the rumor ahead of PW's report, lends some interesting perspective to the story and rightly points out that there may be very little substance to the reports.
Bleeding Cool, like Playlist (and probably as with Production Weekly as well) had the rumor e-mailed to them by a source who picked up the info from industry tracking boards. However the source couldn't pin down who exactly posted the info on the boards in the first place. After digging into the situation a bit, the source said that there were plenty of reasons to doubt the information.
So, the story is out there and, as with rumors such as Nathan Fillion being Ant Man, it'll likely continue to have legs, unearned as they may be.
Although it's still not a done deal yet, director Adam McKay still seems to be the primary candidate to direct Sony's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson's anti-superhero comic The Boys. McKay recently chatted with SuperheroHype about the prospect.
The Boys focuses on an small but elite squad of government agents tasked with keeping the world's corporate-owned, arrogant super heroes in check.
"Hopefully it'll be my next project. They already have a script for it and it was a pretty faithful adaptation. It's all in sorta how you shoot it as far as the violence goes and the sex and obviously, it's gotta be an R and it also gotta have that swing and a groove to it," McKay said. "If it gets too gory, it's a little bit of a tricky thing, but yeah, I look forward to it. A lot of the decisions are going to be about tone and visuals, and yeah, it is a tricky one though, you're right, because kinda the whole point of the thing is how rough and real it is."
The director is currently basking in the success of The Other Guys, which tore up the box office this week and finally took the #1 spot from Inception. While it definitely falls into the Will-Ferrel-zany-comedy category, The Other Guys does feature numerous action sequences which are filmed in a straight-faced manner. McKay says they cut an action reel for Sony to demonstrate his chops.
"After seeing this action, they were pretty happy, and I think I convinced them I can do this kind of thing," McKay said. "Granted, it's in a completely different context here, it's a comedy, but just seeing some of those scenes and, 'Okay, he has a bit of a feel for it.' It never occurred to me when we were doing it. The Boys didn't come up till the very end, but it was a nice coincidence."
So he's convinced Sony that he can do action, and now he's demonstrated that he's a hit-maker as well. Hopefully that all adds up to a production start on The Boys by end of year. Click through for more of McKay's thoughts on the potential film.
Variety reports that there's a 3D, CGI animated Tarzan feature film in the works with Germany's Constantin Film.
Constantin has the animation rights to the iconic character, which they purchased from the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The film will be produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil: Afterlife) and Reinhard Klooss (Animals United).
The character was last seen in animated for in various projects from Disney starting with the acclaimed 1999 film which spawned two direct-to-video sequels. Warner Bros. are also developing a live-action movie based on the character.
After months of teasing the announcement, word dropped on Friday of the a-list director that is set to helm the filmed adaptation of Mark Millar's much-hyped comic Nemesis.
Bleeding Cool broke the news, hours ahead of the official announcement that Tony Scott is the mystery director that's been circling the project since summer. The prolific brother of Ridley Scott, Tony has directed numerous hit movies such as True Romance, Top Gun, Enemy of the State to name a few.
Deadline.com was given the official announcement which ran shortly after BC's revelation. The announcement includes important details like the fact that 20th Century Fox is the studio who has purchased the screen rights. Tony Scott's Scott Free Productions will, of course, produce.
No writer is set for the movie, which will most likely not be Scott's next film. Expect Nemesis to unfold at a slower pace than the independently made Kick-Ass, which is good as it will actually give Millar and McNiven time to put the comic series out before the movie hits theaters.
Millar is understandably giddy about the announcement. While he's already enjoyed some Hollywood success with Wanted and Kick-Ass, this is the first movie he's had developed by such a pedigreed director. And, it turns out, Millar is a huge fan. On his message boards he writes:
The man who shot Maverick in Top Gun, Bruce in the Last Boy Scout, yelled action for Will Smith in Enemy of the State, directed Denzel in Man on Fire (one of the finest revenge movies ever made), had Tarantino rework Hackman's dialogue in Crimson Tide and gave me Deneuve's naughtiest performance in The Hunger is directing our movie. Oh, AND he did True Romance, for my money the best of all the Tarantino flicks. Tony Scott: I can't even pretend to be cool about this.
Bryan Hitch and I would reference Tony on a weekly basis when we were doing The Ultimates. Our dream was an Ultimates movie with Scott directing because he can do the character work and the intensity, but also handle scale and action like practically no other. The idea of a him helming a superhero movie had us giddy and here he is directing the one Steve McNiven and I created. We found out last Friday night and managed to keep a secret from all but a few of our closest friends and family. But this is the call I had a couple of weeks back, which I described as the most exciting of my career; Tony on the blower chatting about how he wanted to shoot certain scenes if we gave him the rights. He was buzzing about it, describing Steve as the best comic book artist he's seen in over twenty years. We talked casting, we talked budget (and we're talking way more than Wanted and Kick-Ass put together here in terms of money for him to play with) and we talked with Fox about making this into a major franchise, something they're really going to invest their time and energy into.
As you can imagine, I'm more than excited. Steve is delirious and this puts our books instantly in an entirely different league in Hollywood terms. Tony said this was a very timely project and Fox want to get this moving as soon as possible. Next up is a script and the writer we talked about did one of my top five movies of all time. The actor he's shooting for as the lead character is going to blow your socks off.
I'm happy and Steve's happy. This has been the most exciting week you can imagine and we're enormously appreciative of all the people who have been waiting around for the twenty-four hours we've been waiting for the news to go live. It's incredibly affirming to have people so into the work that they care enough and apologies for the delay in getting this out there, but we hope you agree this is awesome news.
Sony has released a montage of snippets from the Green Hornet presence at Comic-Con. Enjoy!
Over on Twitter, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and Green Lantern guru Geoff Johns tells fans, " GREEN LANTERN IS WRAPPED!!!! Finished the last shot today!!! Celebrating in New Orleans. :)"
He goes on to tweet, "As co-producer of the film, I am very, very proud of what we've got in store. Much more to come. Martin Campbell FTW."
As an added bonus, Johns also published a photo of a Red Lantern he discovered in New Orleans.
With the release of the first movie still about 11 months away, Variety reports that Warner Bros. have already gotten started with work on Green Lantern 2.
Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, the writers of the current movie's screenplay were commissioned to outline their treatment for the sequel a few months back. Now Warner has hired Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) to write the script from their treatment.
Presumably the story will see Sinestro (played my actor Mark Strong) rise up as a nemesis for Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). In keeping with Lantern lore, Sinestro is Jordan's mentor for most of the first film.