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By Rob M. Worley     December 23, 2010
Source: Various

Comics2Film: Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in GREEN HORNET
© Mania

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!




Dorff Fills in Details on Alleged BLADE Spin-Off

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.



AVENGERS Are Headed to New Mexico

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.

Thanks to Calibur454 for the submission.



FIREBREATHER Gets Home Entertainment Release

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.




C2F Quick Hits

  • Mark Millar said big things are brewing for the movie version of his Superior comic. Via twitter: "Huge News: Superior movie just locked down most high profile actor of 2010. Official release in January. PS Issue 3 is out today. GET SOME!!" So he's gotta be talking about Sam Worthington, right?
  • revealed photos of the toy version of Megatron from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. They've got the image in both autobot and truck form, and have a shot from the set that verifies the truck in the movie matches the truck form of the toy.
  • Sony/Columbia have released a new image and poster from the Smurfs 3D movie.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry and gauleyboy420 for the submission.


An image from SMURFS 3D

SMURFS 3D Poster Art




In spite of snark coming from "fascist" fans and Carl's Jr haters, Heat Vision reports that Seth Rogen and Michel Gondry's Green Hornet is shaping up to be a surprise hit.

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 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:

Cameron Diaz Aids and Abeds...


Ad - "This City Belongs to Me"


Ad - "Let's get ourselves some justice."





Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #3 arrives in stores December 22nd. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit for news and info!


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Calibur454 12/23/2010 7:45:29 AM

with snipes in jail for tax problems the directors had to milk money from the blade franchise somehow 10 to 1 odds that snipes will try to do another blade film once he is out.

green hornet will be a rental for me.

could care less about transformers and smurfs. I'll rent those too.


kelso454 12/23/2010 10:54:37 AM




SarcasticCaveman 12/23/2010 2:00:36 PM

I don't plan on seeing Transformers, could care less, but curious all the same...what the hell is up with Megatron being an Autobot truck?

samson 12/23/2010 3:20:03 PM

I think Green Hornet will be good inspite of Seth Rogen. Whereas, Batman was good because of Micheal Keaton. Micheal Gondry will be the reason why this film will be entertaining.

johnwhitetoledo 12/23/2010 3:23:57 PM

Deacon Frost went boom.  I saw it i was there. Reboot Blade if you have to, but dont make a blade movie without Blade. And for Gods sake don't make another Damn Vampire movie. Just stop...I'm sick and tired of Vampires...everyone is sick and tired of Vampires. 


Avengers in New Mexico? Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmm.


I swear to God If i see another post of  "The Green hornet is going to be awesome!" I'm going to look for bell Towers after a quick stop at Wal-mart.

Okay First off A live action Smurf Movie was a bad Idea. A live action 3D movie was a HORRIBLE Idea, and making it a Light hearted romp in the Big Apple was an idea worth of death. Please people just because you can do a thing does'nt mean you should do a thing.

Didnt the remake of Nutcracker into a action move with Rat Nazis teach anyone anything?

(yes seriously they did that. Opening weekend 90K on a 90 Mill movie. I swear to God its true)

I'm going to go see True Grit and wait for Thor and Cowboys and aliens.




Calibur454 12/23/2010 4:51:22 PM

@johnwhitetoledo- I'm sure they did the avengers shoot that way for money constraints. it was proabably cheaper to do it there and you know how marvels rep for being penny pinchers has started to grow. 

af far as hornet goes I can understand how you feel I will rent this to begin with. But remember thanks to Bruce Lee I'm sure the movie focused more on Kato and the car rather than the hornet.

And if you didn't know this already True Grit is actually a remake of an old western Staring John Wayne himself- however critics have praised the movie for its darker tone and being faithful to the book. Even I am looking forward to see this. I'll give cowboys and aliens a rental.

After the last Thor trailer I saw I'm willing to give it a chance It keeps looking better and better. It lets me have high hopes for Captain America.

madmanic999 12/23/2010 5:31:51 PM

Didn't Rob hate Green Hornet Yesterday????  Am I in Bizarro world??? Where are my pants???


wessmith1966 12/23/2010 8:23:26 PM

True Grit is the best movie I saw in 2010. I grew up on John Wayne movies and railed against this movie when I first heard about it. Then I realized how hypocritical I was because I'm not against remakes. Then I saw the trailer and the movie looked good. I saw it opening day and it was absolutely fantastic. Go see it!

As for Green Hornet. It's going to pull a good first weekend because of when it's being released but it will drop 70% after the first weekend when word of mouth about how bad Rogen is gets around. I've watched the trailers and I admit that it looks pretty cool BUT IT'S STILL GOT SETH ROGEN AND HE JUST PLAIN STINKS. Watch the trailer; some good scenes, but every time Rogen is on the screen I just cringe. He's truly awful. The production team is starting to push clips and commericials and media down our throat because they know the movie's bad and want to bank as much as they can as quickly as they can (like they did with the bombs Scott Pilgrim and Land of the Lost).

Smurfs? Really? Throw that in the crapper with Yogi Bear and Rocky & Bullwinkle.

Mark Millar spewing BS on Twitter? Now there's a big shock.

SarcasticCaveman 12/24/2010 1:02:48 AM

I think Green Hornet will do fine, especially coming out in January.  For every person on here who is panning it already, there is at least 1, probably 2 people out there who generally really like Seth Rogen and will go see it because he's the star.  I honestly don't see what all the hate toward him on here is about.  He's a pretty funny guy who does good starring and does great as secondary characters.  My theory is that all the fat, pot smoking dorks with jew fros on here are jealous.

RedHood2010 12/24/2010 4:45:29 AM

Are you profieling Caveman?  lol  For the record, I am a white. slightly overweight, kinda Christian, balding, non-smoker male who just doesn't dig the story.  Action looks good and I am sure I will rent when it comes out, just not too excited for it.

Watch Smurfs be a sleeper hit.  Lord I hope not.

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