Ready or not, here comes Green Hornet. Plus: Avengers filming in New Mexico. Smurfs gets new artwork. Firebreather gets Home Entertainment release and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.23!
In the middle of last year, news broke that actor Stephen Dorff and director Stephen Norrington had hatched a scheme to create a spin-off movie from 1998's Blade that would focus on the actor's vampire overlord character Deacon Frost. Norrington confirmed the plans exclusively to C2F at Mania, but admitted that any such project was only at the earliest stages.
Now, with Dorff out promoting Somewhere, Superhero Hype got him to comment on what that proposed movie was all about.
"Me and Steve Norrington had a cool treatment for that," Dorff said, "and when vampires got all this trending again, we thought we should do the adult version, more of like a Scarface Deacon Frost movie... Blade was such a '90s thing. I didn't want to do a Blade movie, I just really wanted to take Deacon and do then do a whole other thing which was much more today."
Apparently Dorff hasn't given up on the idea, but admits that if it happens, the character probably won't be Deacon Frost or connected to the Marvel universe.
From a press release...
Governor Bill Richardson and Marvel Studios’ Co-President Louis D’Esposito announced that Marvel Studios will film the comic book Super Hero adventure film The Avengers primarily in New Mexico. The production will be the largest feature film ever made in the state as well as the largest Marvel production to date. The film is estimated to employ hundreds of New Mexican based cast and crew, and use hundreds of local service and supply vendors. Pre-production is already underway, with principal photography scheduled to start in April 2011 and running through September, 2011.
"In addition to being our biggest production to date, The Avengers will be the most technologically advanced and will provide cutting-edge training opportunities for our crew," said Richardson. "I’m announcing this as a Christmas present of sorts to the people of New Mexico. This is a perfect example of the incredible job creation, economic impact and global visibility this industry has brought our state over the past eight years, and of the need to keep it moving forward."
"We are incredibly excited to be returning to New Mexico with The Avengers. We had a terrific experience shooting portions of Thor in the Land of Enchantment and we are looking forward to making New Mexico even more of a home on our next production. The Avengers is our biggest film to date and New Mexico is the right place for us to shoot the film," said Louis D’Esposito, Co-President, Marvel Studios.
"We welcome The Avengers to Albuquerque and look forward to hosting Marvel Studios over the coming year," said Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. "Clearly, Albuquerque remains a premiere city in the U.S. for production."
The production will occupy the available stages at Albuquerque Studios for the better part of a year in addition to considerable location work in regions still to be announced. Parts of the film will also be shot in New York and Michigan.
In May 2012, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes unite for the Super Hero team up of a lifetime. Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor assemble in the spectacular summer film event Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson. Marvel Studios’ The Avengers is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.
Joss Whedon is set to write and direct The Avengers. Kevin Feige is the Producer alongside Executive Producers Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Patty Whitcher and Co-Producers Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso.
Warner Home Video has released deatails on the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of Firebreather. The CGI film aired to record-setting numbers on Cartoon Network near the Thanksgiving holiday. It's directed by Peter Chung and based on the comics by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn.
Firebreather will be available for pre-order on February 15, 2011 and will hit the shelves March 22.
According to tracking reports, the January 14 movie is attracting strong interest among teen boys. Reports show that the film scored hit with that group as well as "young men." In fact, the numbers are on par with what Sony would expect from summer event movies.
Compare to movies like Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim, who fans embraced online but displayed poor tracking in the run up to release. These both turned out to be box office weaklings. So it looks like Green Hornet might kick some ass at the box office next month.
Speaking of kicking ass, the craptacular Screening Room at MSN.com has a clip of Kato puttin' the move on a bunch of chump bad guys during a cool chase scene from the movie. The clip is not embeddable (like we said, "craptacular") but you can watch it here.
Meanwhile, Sony has released a number of new clips that are in embeddable form:
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