Sir Anthony Hopkins has been cast as Odin in 'Thor'. Plus: 'Men in Black 3' gets a new writer. Bendis talks 'Powers'. Edgar Wright challenges 'Scott Pilgrim' fans and more! Funnier than two hobos sharing a bean, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.30!
Mania cross-link: Tune in to Cartoon Network tomorrow morning for the debut of Black Widow on 'Super Hero Squad'. We've got 8 new images from the episode.
MTV Splash Page continues thier retrospective of 'The Crow', with this part of their series focusing on the film's soundtrack.
The original 'Men in Black' was a break-out hit for actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and stood for years as the most successful comics adaptation of all time (until 'Spider-Man' came along anyway). Then the studio let the project cool until the point of total fan disinterest before delivering 'Men in Black II', a lackluster retread of the first film. Now that the franchise is all but forgotten, the Hollywood Trades are reporting that Columbia is working up a new sequel.
Etan Cohen of 'Tropic Thunder' fame has been hired to write the script, according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Barry Sonnefeld, who directed the first two, is attached to direct this although he hasn't signed a deal yet.
Both reports indicate that neither Smith nor Jones have committed to the project. However, The Reporter indicates that Jones is aware of it and interested in it.The Reporter also speculates that Smith's dance card is open and he could also board. Variety speculates that Columbia would not move forward without its two leading men.
C2F thinks that Cohen had better come up with something original enough to merit revisiting the franchise, which really shouldn't be that hard given the richness of the premise.
What do you think, Maniacs? Any interest in seeing the Men In Black back in action? Post your comments below...
Director Edgar Wright posted a photo of some postcard-sized character breakdowns from his new movie 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. He challenges fans to spot the one "unintentional but ironic mistake" contained in the model sheets, cobbled together from artwork by creator Bryan Lee O'Malley. If you've read the books, maybe you can spot the error! The solution is revealed in the comments on the photo.
Brian Michael Bendis gave MTV Splash Page the scoop on the fast-tracked FX-Network pilot based on his 'Powers' comic.
Bendis expressed confidence in show-runner Kevin Falls ('Journeyman', 'Shark'), indicating that he seems to understand the material and is asking all the right questions. He indicates the the tone of the show is skewing towards to 'The Shield'.
However, the comics creator cautions fans not to expect the characters of the show to be replicas of the characters from the books. To illustrate the differences he points to Showtime's 'Dexter', which is based on a series of novels.
"The 'Dexter' of the show and the 'Dexter' of the books are different," he explained. "But no one's offended by the diversion. I think we're headed toward the same mindset, as far as the books will be the books, and the TV show, as it evolves, will have its own thing. But it starts at the same place for sure."
Check out Bendis' complete comments in the video interview:
Variety reports that Actor Anthony Hopkins has been cast in Marvel's 'Thor' movie. The actor is set to play the all-seeing Odin, father of the title character (played by Chris Hemsworth) and the primary villain Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston).
Kenneth Branagh is, of course, directing the film.
Earlier in the year the rumor mill offered up actor Brian Blessed as a virtual lock for the role of Odin. However, regular readers of this column quickly learned the reports were untrue.
Our debunking was apparently a surprise to the Bleeding Cool website, one of the originators of the Brian Blessed rumor. That site had great confidence in their story and with good reason.
Today, Bleeding Cool revealed that their source on the story was none other than Blessed himself. "I don’t suppose there’s any chance he got a little confused and is playing Volstagg of The Warriors Three," posits BC ringleader Rich Johnston.
The Hopkins news also puts a question mark on early October reports that actor Stellan Skarsgård is in the movie. The actor revealed as much to a Swedish newspaper a few weeks back and many (C2F included) assumed he would be playing Odin. So what role is Skarsgård playing in the movie? Or is he even in the move? Or is this another case of something getting lost in translation?
The wacky 'Thor' casting speculation continues...