First Green Lantern footage hits web. Plus: It's just The Wolverine, bub! Thor Trailer coming next month? Americanize Akira script skewered. More! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.15!
The movie version of Warren Ellis and Cull Hamner's comic RED continued to ring up receipts this week, it's fifth in the top 10. The movie slipped three notches in the face of three new studio openers. The weekend take brought another $5 million in for the aging agents film, bringing its domestic cum up to almost $80 million.
More details about the weekend film derby can be found in Mania's box office report.
Superhero Hype is offering up the rumor that the hotly anticipated trailer for Thor is set to run with Tron: Legacy which opens on December 17th. Word is that it will be a teaser, not a full trailer. SHH also admits that they have not been able to confirm the information with Disney or Marvel and ask that this be viewed as a rumor for now.
Fans got their first look at the movie at Comic-Con in San Diego over the summer. The footage shown there has made the rounds on the internet. It's quite amazing and still out there, although Marvel and Paramount have done their best to lock it down.
Screenrant took a look at Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby's script for Akira, which bears a 2010 date. The review contains a littany of examples of and complaints about the Americanization of Katsuhiro Otomo's landmark manga and anime story. The overall verdict finds the reviewer luke warm on the story at best and offers a dim assesment of the script as it stands.
Currently the Hughes brothers are attached to direct the movie.
Director Brett Ratner told MTV Splash Page he's still committed to building a feature film franchise from Rob Liefeld's Youngblood comics. However, things have not yet advanced beyond the screenplay stage.
"There were some rights issues," Ratner said. "We actually waited for over a year for the rights to these comic books that were made by independent comic books. There was a lot of owners of these comic books and a lot of people were claiming they had the rights. It's taken a long time but I think we've finally cleared the legal part of it."
The director also said it was their mutual respect for one another's creative visions that caused this union between the two.
"Rob brought it to me...Rob was like, 'My favorite X-Men [movie] is yours. And you're a comic book geek?'" Ratner recalled. "So Rob came in and came after me and said, 'I want you to do this comic book. I believe that you could do this great.' I was happy."
I think we can all agree that Rob Liefeld and Brett Ratner are well matched for one-another.
The Live Feed blog at The Hollywood Report says Smallville scored a ratings win by bringing former Lois Lane Teri Hatcher on for a guest shot. The show got a boost in its numbers of about 18%. The episode is tied with a previous as the ratings winner for the series this year.
Allocine.fr reports that French comedian Fabrice Luchini will play Julius Caesar in the new live-action movie Asterix Chez le Bretons. Luchini is the fourth actor to take the role in the Asterix franchise. Caesar was previously played by (Gottfried John, Alain Chabat and Alain Delon).
Director Edgar Wright talked with MTV Splash Page about an alternate ending to Scott Pilgrim vs The World, which finds Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) transforming into a giant robot. The moment confused test audience and didn't sync with Brian Lee O'Malley's plans for the final graphic novel so Wright ditched it for the one that's in the movie. However, fans can check out the giant robot scene on the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the movie.
The Motion Captured blog at HitFix scored a couple of interesting bits of information about the move that we've all been calling by the unwieldy title X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. Both came out during publicity events for director Darren Aronofsky's new movie Black Swan.
First up, Motion Captured encountered Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens cinematographer Matthew Libatique. He's a frequent Aronofsky collaborator (working on every movie the director has done except The Wrestler). Libatique revealed that he's re-teaming with Aronofsky for the new Wolverine movie.
Then, while chatting up Aronofsky himself, the director revealed that we can stop calling the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. He said that the movie is simply called The Wolverine (a bit odd as you don't often see the article attached to Wolverine's name like that, although Magneto did say it like that in X2).
More importantly, Aronofsky said there would be no numbering of the movie and that it is not a sequel in any conventional sense. He referred to it as a "one-off". This is fairly interesting as it suggests this new movie will stand freely on its own and will not contain any labored efforts to tie into pre-existing continuity.
That's all fine with C2F. We didn't really care about seeing Professor X rounding up young mutants at the end of the previous movie, or the puzzling questions raised by the early encounter with Cyclops and an Emma Frost who is too young to be the one in the First Class movie. Better to focus on creating a great story for the film at hand.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you getting excited for THE WOLVERINE? Post your comments below...
Affable actor Jon Hamm sat in on Conan O'Brien's new show. During the seven-minute segment Hamm commented on rumors (which broke late in the Summer) that he was a contender to play Superman in Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's planned film.
Once again, Hamm poked fun at the rumors and the prospect of his 40-something self getting into the blue tights. Look for the conversation around the 6:30 spot in the clip below.
The hot, hot clip hitting the net on the weekend was Entertainment Tonight's preview of their upcoming Green Lantern report. It gave us our first glimpses at Ryan Reynolds in costume, power ring constructs, the planet Oa and, best of all, Kilowog!
ET's full report hits the airwaves on November 16 and I'm sure we'll all be glued to the set for the the real deal. For now, here's a nice, high-def version of the teaser footage:
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