'Watchmen' scribe David Hayter lands in 'Deadworld'. Plus: 'Transformers' revving up. Nasty 'G.I.Joe' rumor surfaces. 'Lone Ranger' on hold. Megan Fox on 'Jonah Hex' and a cool 'Gundam' video. Delivering the perfect cheer, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.11!
After hyping up 'Lone Ranger' as the successor franchise to 'Pirates of the Caribbean', Disney is now apparently pulling the reigns back on the heroic cowboy's relaunch.
Jerry Bruckheimer, a producer on both tracks, told HitFix that the focus is currently on a fourth Pirate movie.
"I think for Disney it will mostly be 'Pirates,' obviously," Bruckheimer says. "That's a great franchise for them and for us too. Beloved, with a great character and [actor Johnny Depp is] really excited about coming back to Captain Jack. "
When Dis announced 'Lone Ranger' Depp was trotted out as an instant attachment to the franchise. He would play Tonto in the movie.
Latino Review has posted a grim assessment of the state of affairs on Paramount Pictures 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'. Their article is based primarily on an anonymous post on producer Don Murphy's message board, which immediately raises red flags as to its credibility. However, Latino Review claims that their own sources are telling them similar things.
Allegedly: Director Stephen Sommers was removed from post production on the film by Paramount executive Brad Weston, due to a disastrous test screening of the film. According to the message board post, the film attained the lowest score "in the history of Paramount."
Stuart Baird was supposedly brought in to try to mold the film into some kind of usable shape.
The scooper claims that Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner "is frantic that this will destroy the brand" and is trying to wash his hands of the project.
And supposedly Sommers has been allowed back into the editing room just to keep up appearances that all is well in Joe-land.
Of course, the message board post is not substantiated by any credible on-record sources, so it could just be vindictive B.S. However, El Guapo at LR writes, "I've heard through various sources that this story is true," so there's a corroboration of sorts.
Fans will find out just how good or bad 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' is on August 7th.
'Watchmen' and 'X2' scribe David Hayter has boarded the 'Deadworld' film adaptation as a screenwriter and producer, according to Variety.
Hayter's partner at Dark Heroes studio Benedict Carver is also one board as an executive producer.
'Deadworld' depicts a post-plague wasteland in which intelligent zombies torment the remnants of humanity as part of a supernatural natural mission. Their leader is the the Harley riding King Zombie.
The mulit-talented Hayter (who fans may also know as the voice of Solid Snake) is said to be working on character designs for the film as well.
"It's very much about the design of the Deadworld and creating cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures," Hayter said. "I am a huge fan of zombie mythology."
Dark Heroes joins Pandemonium and Framelight, who announced the project last September. Bill Mechanic of Pandemonium and Robert L. Robinson Jr. and Jeffrey D. Erb of Framelight are also producers. Gary Reed who wrote the comic for much of its run and created many of the characters and concepts therin, is also an executive producer.
Production is due to start in 2010.
What do you think, Maniacs? Any Deadworld fans out there? Post your comments below...
Here's a new 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' ad to keep you amused:
Megan Fox chatted up MTV Splash Page and dished some details on her role in the upcoming 'Jonah Hex' movie.
"The director Jimmy [Hayward] is a lunatic, and he might be a genius. From some of the things I’ve seen him shoot, it’s a badass movie,” enthused Fox.
She also went on to say that she plays a "working girl" named Leila, a love-interest of sorts for Hex. She said her character is not drawn from the comics and the description she gives makes Leila seem a bit generic.
The film is due out August 2010.
This isn't really comic book movie news, but it's pretty cool anyhow. Antonello Blueberry points us to this video of the construction of a 60-foot tall Gundam mobile suit for its 30th anniversary in Tokyo. There are also photos here.
Nikki Finke reports that pre-sales of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' tickets are already impressive, two weeks ahead of its release. MovieTickets.com is reporting that the movie accounts for 13% of sales.
Finke previously predicted that the film would break the $160 million mark in its opening weekend.