Judge Dredd enjoys early success at TIFF. Plus: Reynolds talks Deadpool and Green Lantern! Kill Shakespeare gets a movie prize! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.15!
Comics creators Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col have scored a win in the sum of almost $10k to develop their breakout comic Kill Shakespeare in other media. The pair won the award as part of their participation in the Telefilm Canada Pitch This! contest, held Tuesday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, according to Variety.
The comic, in print from IDW Publishing, finds the heroes and villains of the Bard's various plays enmeshed in a supernatural drama, with William Shakespeare himself appearing as a reclusive wizard (reminiscent of Hans Rodionoff's graphic novel Lovecraft which recast the horror author as a reluctant guardian of the Earth, holding the line against the horrific ancient ones through his use of story).
The fifth issue of the comic is in stores now.
McCreery and Del Col are said to have finished a script for the film version of the story and are meeting with film-making partners.
While all of the focus for Ryan Reynolds seems to be on Green Lantern and his new thriller Buried these days, he's not forgotten about his commitment to play Marvel's fan-fave anit-hero Deadpool. The actor talked with Hero Complex about the role and the challenges of bringing out a character that may confuse and repel mainstream movie-goers.
"It goes in such a different direction than a superhero movie usually goes. It’s a nasty piece of work. It’s just based in so much emotional filth, completely. It’s like ‘Barfly‘ if it were a superhero movie," he said, referring to the film featuring Mickey Rourke as a drunken, ruin of a man. "It sort of treads into the world of an emotionally damaged person. I always say that Deadpool is a guy in a highly militarized shame spiral…. It’s so different than the superhero movies to date, it departs so far from that."
Reynolds acknowledges that Marvel's motor-mouthed killing machine may cause him to lose some of the good will a movie like Green Lantern engenders, but he says he's up for the challenge.
"As an actor you have to be willing to do something like … back in Vancouver we used to call it a [nasty] burger. ’You gotta eat the [nasty] burger to get to the cookies,’" he said.
Still the future of the Deadpool movie remains sketchy. Robert Rodriguez has been circling the project, but has yet to lock in a deal and has other films competing for his attention. Likewise, Reynolds is super-busy with a potential Green Lantern sequel and the proposed R.I.P.D. movie. But give Reynolds' devotion to the comics and his strong interest in the character we sure hope he gets this one off the ground.
Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, the actor is the focus of a feature in GQ. While the article spends considerable time delving into the actor's private life with superhero spouse Scarlet Johansson, and on his ab-crunching routines, it also gives some insights into Green Lantern.
As we already know, Reynolds does not wear a practical superhero costume in the film, but rather acted with a grey, motion capture body suit with the Green Lantern uniform being generated solely by power ring (and CGI). And you'd think the mocap duds would be more comfortable than, say, Michael Keaton's super-restrictive rubber Bat-suit.
Not so, says Reynolds, who calls the suit, "My fantasy dancing jammies."
Jammies? Yes. Comfortable as jammies? Not so much.
"It's made of actual woven misery," Reynolds told GQ. "Whatever material they've used, they've managed to make it the most heat-conducting substance known to man. I literally begged them to just put me in a nonbreathable rubber unitard."
The hot weather during the New Orleans shoot didn't help the actor much. "It was like shooting an entire movie inside Alec Baldwin," he quipped.
GQ also reveals a scene that was being filmed during their set visit. In the scene grey/mo Reynolds is acting against an alien Corps member, represented by another mocap actor on stilts. Could this be a scene with our favorite GL, Kilowog? Hard to say based on the dialogue.
"You smell funny," the would-be alien tells him.
"You smell," the Green Lantern improvises, "like a bag of assholes."
Click through for the complete interview.
While the super-anticipated Walking Dead TV show has yet to debut on AMC (that happens on October 31st) and the network has yet to commit to more than the initial six episodes, showrunner Frank Darabont is already looking towards the future.
He told MTV Splash Page, "I can't wait to get to Michonne and The Governor. I can't wait to get to those characters. I love those characters."
Readers of Robert Kirkman's comic know that Michonne is the hard-nosed lone wolf who first arrives at our survivors' camp with a samurai sword in hand and two pet zombies on leashes. She throws in with the good guys and becomes a trusted and dangerous enforcer for the group. The Governor is a man who has set up a town as a safe haven against the zombie horde but rules his empire in a completely tyrannical manner. The escalating hostilities between the Governor and Michonne are possibly the most intense, and disturbing stretch of story in the entire series.
"I'm champing at the bit to get to that part of that narrative," Darabont told MTV. "Of course, you've got to earn it. We've got to lead up to it with what we're doing. But I really can't wait to get those characters in play. And Tyrese [too]..."
Tune in to the show at 10pm EST on AMC on Halloween Night.
Paramount are rolling out the Iron Man 2 bonus clips in anticipation of the film's release on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 28th. This latest clip takes you behind the scenes of the film's climactic battle pitting Iron Man and War Machine against a dozen battle drones.
Variety is crowning the Dredd the big winner of the Toronto International Film Festival in terms of pre-sales.
The long-awaited film, based on the mega-popular British sci fi comics character, has rung up more than $30 million in sales to foreign markets against the movie's $45 million budget.
Stuart Ford's sales company IM Global was repping the 3D movie for DNA Films. They've successfully placed it in Germany (Universum), Spain (Aurum), Australia (Icon), Canada (Alliance), Russia (CP Media), Benelux (eOne), Latin America (IDC) and Scandinavia (Svensk). A deal with a UK distributor was also closed and a U.S. outlet is expected to be announced within the week. Variety states that IM Global has covered 90% of the world territories for the film by showing up at TIFF.
Pete Travis (Vantage Point) is set to direct from a script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine). Karl Urban (RED, Star Trek) is set to don the helmet of the iconic street judge. Filming is slated to begin in South Africa this November.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you psyched for a DREDD movie done right? Post your comments below...
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrived in comic shops on September 9th! Come see Rob at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, MI today and then at the GFA Pet Expo in Madison Heights on the 18th and 19th!