Jango Fett is Abin Sur in 'Green Lantern'. Plus: 'Kick-Ass' garners good buzz as SXSW. Fincher aims for 3D 'Heavy Metal'. 'Conan' gets new cast members and more! The daily column that wants its lost hour back, it's your Comics2Film 10.3.15!
Deadline.com reports that David Fincher hasn't given up on filming that animated 'Heavy Metal' movie and now he's aiming to go 3D with it.
Fincher had the ball rolling on the film a few years back with Paramount, but has since had a famous falling out with the studio. He's still working on it though and Deadline reports Zack Snyder and James Cameron are filming segments. These attachments were widely reported last year, along with names like Gore Verbinski and Mark Osborne.
Kevin Eastman (publisher of Heavy Metal and co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) may direct as well.
Right now Fincher is looking for financial backing and a distributor for the project.
Variety reports that a film version of the Toma's manhwa 'X Diary' is headed to the big screen. The movie is to be produced with a $10 million budget by Netcomics, the U.S. affiliate of Korean comic publisher Ecomix Media. Plans are to roll cameras in October.
Toma's story focuses on a cartoonist and a musician as they end their romance and test the murky waters of platonic friendship. First time director Kalman Apple is at the helm. Indie screenwriter Kevan Peterson wrote the script. Netcomics' VP Soyoung Jung is producing.
New production shingle C2 Entertainment (no relation to C2F) has picked up the feature rights to Daniel Clooney's independent comic 'Dana Valentine: Brains, Beauty and Bullets'. Variety reports that plans are to develop the film in the $25 million to $30 million range. Anna Cordova, one of the principals at C2 is producing and has the project out to writers and directors.
The comic tells of a hit lady and "explores the impact of her morally questionable profession, which makes her a liability to everyone she has met, in addition to herself."
Clooney publishes the book under his Red Eye Press imprint.
Two more members have been added to the cast of Marcus Nispel's 'Conan' movie.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Said Taghmaoui (recently seen as Breaker in 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra') is on board as "a leader of thieves who is saved by Conan and later offers him aid."
New York Magazine's gossip blog The Vulture, reports that Ron Perlman is boarding the pic in the role of Conan's father, Corin. Mickey Rourke was previous rumored to be taking that part, but scheduling conflicts likely have prevented it.
Shooting on the film is slated to start this week in Bulgaria. Jason Momoa is playing the title role.
Latino Review continues their series of insider reports on the Marvel movies. The latest segment focuses on 'The First Avenger: Captain America' and 'The Avengers'.
This one features fewer spoileresque details and seems to veer more towards opinion and speculation from the anonymous source. There is one interesting bit about the Captain America film, although most of this has already come out elsewhere:
"It’s a period piece. The first half of the movie starts off in World War II, then, I believe, the film concludes with him getting frozen in the ice and being discovered by S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers. That actually makes sense. Why wait until The Avengers to have Cap meet Stark, Fury and the team and then sign up? Time is limited and you waste it if you spend the first act establishing relationships between Cap and the others. This way, when The Avengers story begins, he'll be somewhat familiar with his new comrades and the main plot can kick into gear immediately."
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Speaking of 'The First Avenger: Captain America', director Joe Johnston has filed an opinion piece for 30Ninjas.com. In it, he tells readers that he will not be employing previsualization techniques on the Marvel movie.
"I hate previz. I’ve never used it, and I will never use it. I didn’t use it on The Wolfman, and I won’t use it on Captain America. Hate it. Previz tells the crew this is exactly what you want, and I think it’s much more of a crutch than anything else. It sends a message to the crew that you’ve worked out all of your problems, you’ve had your meetings and you’ve figured out exactly what you want to do, and here’s the movie, take a look. But nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a sequence that was created in a computer, and it has no relation to what it’s going to be when you’re really out there, on location, on a stage, with real actors who are hitting their marks and saying their lines. It’s completely useless."
He goes on to to talk about what techniques he will use. There are no specific details about the movie for the casual fans, but would-be filmmakers may want to check it out for his insights. He does sum up by revealing:
"There’s no hard Captain America news I can share with you right now. I’m really pleased with the team we’re assembling, though. We’re shooting in the UK, so we’ll be hiring some people over there, and I’ve got Rick Heinrichs as my production designer (he was also my production designer for The Wolfman). Shelly Johnson is shooting the picture, and Rick Whelan (who saved my life many times on The Wolfman) is my first assistant director. We don’t have an editor yet, but we’re pulling the team together. Stay tuned, though; we’re going to be assembling a tremendous cast."
Back in 2008 IDW optioned the film rights to its comic 'Snaked' to producer Richard Saperstein. The comic was written by Clifford Meth and described as "a horror-noir that follows the personal and political exploits of a government employee with supernatural, snakelike abilities."
Now, Bleeding Cool points out that Meth has filed an installment of his "Meth Addict" column for ComicsBulletin.com (something he hasn't done since May 2008 apparently). The column details his frustrating dealings with Hollywood, including attempts to bring Dave Cockrum's 'The Futurians' to the big screen. It also describes bad-faith dealings around the 'Snaked' movie, which he was contracted to provide some writing for.
Interestingly, the column has been pulled offline, presumably because it makes some very pointed insinuations about Sapperstein and puts a negative spin on the film project, which isn't good for IDW's business dealings. Fortunately, the column is still available via Google cache.
Meth says that he was contracted to write a treatment for the film which, if found suitable, would lead to him writing the first draft of the screenplay. Meth went through a torturous 16 drafts of his treatment (even though he was only obligated to do one draft), earnestly hoping to get it things right and protect his baby. After the 16th iteration of notes and drafts, Meth stopped working on it.
According to Meth's account, the producer eventually said he was going with another writer, which is all part of the deal, but what happened next is where the pointed insinuations come into play. See, Saperstein still owed Meth a kill fee for the treatment work, a sum of $5000, which the writer expected to collect. After some round-and-round with Saperstein's office, the agent representing IDW allegedly told Meth to let it go.
"He's pretty sure you won't sue him. The fee is too small and you'd have to fly to Los Angeles to file for damages. Apparently this is how he does things," the agent supposedly told Meth, "Sorry Cliff. Welcome to Hollywood."
However Meth had one last trick up his sleeve. He (for reasons that aren't made clear) had the address of Saperstein's parents handy. He told his agent to deliver the address back to the producer with a message. "Tell Richard his parents didn't raise him right," was the message. When the agent protested Meth apparently told him, "Welcome to New Jersey."
And then his check arrived two days later.
The soundtrack for 'Kick-Ass' promises to be a mix of conventional scoring and music from various artists, according to a listing provided by The Playlist:
Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic 'Kick-Ass' bowed at the SXSW film festival this weekend. Reviews are pouring in from around yon interwebs.
Mania's own Rich Kuras was on the scene. While he hasn't filed a formal review yet, he did tell us via IM that the movie is a "solid B+" and says the movie is "funny. Nicolas cage is great. Chloe Moretz is awesome. It is violent but I thought great.". Watch for coverage of SXSW from Rich and the lovely Tara Perry this week on Mania!
Hollywood Reporter: If the film's extreme violence will counteract its good-natured humor for some multiplex audiences (since when do caped crusaders go out of their way to kill the bad guys?), its balancing act between innocence and gore perfectly matches the expectations of genre fans, who should embrace the movie.
Variety: "Kick-Ass" most certainly does. Equal parts audacious dark comedy, wish-fulfillment fantasy and over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek action-adventure, Matthew Vaughn's bloody funny adaptation of a cult-fave comicbook series manages to be sufficiently faithful to its source material to please fervent fanboys while remaining easily accessible for ticketbuyers unfamiliar with the superhero storytelling conventions Vaughn ("Layer Cake") and co-scripter Jane Goldman satirize as well as celebrate. Scenes of hilariously overstated violence perpetrated by an 11-year-old girl doubtless will discomfort many and incense quite a few. But this deservedly R-rated Lionsgate release should nonetheless score a knockout in theatrical and homevid venues.
Bleeding Cool: Kick Ass is what it is - entertaining, joyful and most definitely quotable but it’s an example of fluff over substance with hard edges super glued on. What’s even more surprising, given all that, is how effective a narrative it is.
HitFix: This is just plain fun done right. I'm glad Matthew Vaughn made this movie almost just so he could prove wrong all the people who wouldn't make it. It's uncompromising, and it's borderline ridiculous, and it's very sad and serious and it's laugh-out-loud funny. All at once. It's just plain "Kick-Ass."
IGN: 5 out of 5 stars - The result is utterly compelling from start-to-finish; an adaptation that perfectly captures the anarchic nature of the comic while at the same time eliciting unexpected emotions from a film about a crime-fighting kid in a wet-suit.
Cinematical: ...yeah, Kick-Ass lives up to its name and then some, but is there anything else to it? I don't think so, which is why I definitely felt afterward like my ass had been kicked, but I'd have preferred if my mind was even remotely roused at the same time.
And, here's Michel Gondry talking to MTV News about 'The Green Hornet', the trailer and what he's tried to do with the movie.
Temuera Morrison, best known to fans as Jango Fett in the 'Star Wars' movie, has been cast at Abin Sur in the 'Green Lantern' movie, according to the Heat Vision Blog at THR.
Fans know well that when Green Lantern Abin Sur crash lands on Earth, his dying act is to pass his ring along to Hal Jordan to take up the mantel of the protector of the planet's space sector.
Also joining the cast is Taika Waititi who will apparently play Thomas Kalmuka, an engineer at Ferris Aircraft who befriends Jordan and knows his secret identity.
The movie rolls cameras today in New Orleans, with Martin Campbell directing and Ryan Reynolds in the starring role.
In related news, On Location Vacations reports that fans in New Orleans can head over to Old Point Bar at 545 Patterson Drive today to witness the first filming on 'Green Lantern'. Apparently the bar has been re-dressed as "Broome's Bar." The crew will be on hand through Wednesday.