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By Rob M. Worley     March 15, 2010
Source: Various

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!



Fincher to go 3D on HEAVY METAL 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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



X DIARY Film Coming

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.



DANA VALENTINE to Hit the Big Screen

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.



CONAN Books Two More

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.



Insider report on CAPTAIN AMERICA and AVENGERS

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."

Click through for the complete comments.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Joe Johnston says "No Previz" on CAPTAIN AMERICA

Speaking of 'The First Avenger: Captain America', director Joe Johnston has filed an opinion piece for 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."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



IDW's SNAKED Movie Sparking Controversy

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 (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.



KICK-ASS Soundtrack Listing

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:

  1. "I'm Kick-Ass"
  2.  Stand Up - The Prodigy
  3. Kick Ass - Mika Vs Redone
  4. "I Never Said Batman"
  5. Can't Go Back - Primal Scream
  6. There's A Pot Brewin' - The Little Ones
  7. "Bring It On!"
  8. Omen - The Prodigy
  9. "Butterfly Knife"
  10. Make Me Wanna Die - The Pretty Reckless
  11. "Mayor's Office"
  12. Banana Splits - The Dickies
  13. Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
  14. This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us - Sparks
  15. "Who Would Win In A Fight...?"
  16. We're All In Love - New York Dolls
  17. Bongo Song - Zongamin
  18. "I Never Play"
  19. Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu (For A Few Dollars More) - Ennio Morricone
  20. "No Power, No Responsibility"
  21. Bad Reputation - The Hit Girls
  22. An American Trilogy - Elvis Presley
  23. "Show's Over..."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



KICK-ASS Review Roundup

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!

Other reviews:

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Michel Grondry on GREEN HORNET

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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fft5305 3/15/2010 8:04:35 AM

Interesting casting on Abin Sur. I like it.  Glad they're starting on filming now. Can't wait to get our first glimpses!

All the Kick-Ass news coming out sounds good.  Can't wait to see it.

I could only understand about 30% of what Gondry said. What I did hear, I didn't particularly like, but could chalk it up to language differences. I'll reserve judgment until I see the trailer.

Wiseguy 3/15/2010 8:10:58 AM

I like that Meth story. Good for him. That scumbag should've paid him extra. Btw, never heard of any of the titles mentioned on that piece

Perlman as Conan's father? Conan isn't suppose to be half ape. I would've rathered Rourke

So does Cap getting found by the Avengers in Captain America's film mean that we'll get to see them as a team a year in advance? Man I can't wait to see this

I expect Abin Sur to be in heavy make up but I do like the casting. Green Lantern is going to rock

Heavy Metal in 3D with Cameron and Snyder? Sign me up. I really hope this gets done

Ozymandas 3/15/2010 8:58:59 AM

Captain America and The Avengers: "Why wait until The Avengers to have Cap meet Stark, Fury and the team and then sign up?". I'm not so sure I agree with this. Let Captain America get his own movie, like Iron Man and the rest. Thaw him out towards the end. Knowing Red Skull is the baddie of the movie, and knowing that they wouldn't have Cap's business with him conclude only 1/2 way through the movie, tells me that the plot is going to be reminiscent of Demolition Man.

monkeyfoot 3/15/2010 9:15:33 AM

All the news sounds good to me.

Michel Gondry: Huh!?! What did he say?

gauleyboy420 3/15/2010 9:30:16 AM


See Wiseguy, even the proffesionals use the same (predictable) line I used last week! I WIN! 1 to Nothin!

ncatcollectible 3/15/2010 9:37:34 AM

kick-ass will live up to its name...down goes avatar j/k

nightwingDG 3/15/2010 10:46:26 AM

Ozy, it says the film concludes with Cap being found in the ice, you won't see Aveners till the very end.

Green Lantern - Things are sounding pretty good, hope so but I'm still skeptical.

The Heavy Metal movie sounds interesting.

The Meth thing was funny. Well played sir, well played.

DarthDuck 3/15/2010 11:02:01 AM

I don't The Avengers to be Captain America 2.  He needs to be introduced to the team at the end of his movie and pick up with him on the team a few months later.  That way they're free to use the team correctly and still not have too much time pass, still keeping Cap as the 'man out of time'.  Hopefully this is how they do it!

I also love the casting of Abin Sur.  Morrison may not be the best actor on the block but he's far from awful and his look and voice are perfect for the part.

I knew I was going to see Kick-Ass as soon as it was optioned.  The rest is just icing on the cake.  A cake that is sounding more and more delicious all the time...

SONYMANswallows 3/15/2010 12:08:27 PM

The Prodigy blow. Didn't those heroin meth heads die yet?

A review on wgn 720 AM in Chicago from SXSW said KICK ASS is Violent on a ROBOCOP blood bath level and that HIT GIRL has the mouth and temper of the kid from Robocop2.

Hobbs 3/15/2010 1:01:18 PM

A whole Cap movie set in WW2....that sounds good to me and a new take on a Marvel movie.  You could end it with the death of Bucky right before Cap gets frozen.  It will tie in better with Incredible Hulk when they brought out the super solider formula and Stark coming at the end saying they are forming a team.

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