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Hopkins cast as Odin in THOR

Plus: MEN IN BLACK 3, POWERS, SCOTT PILGRIM and more!

By Rob M. Worley     October 30, 2009
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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!

 

 

 

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Here Come the MEN IN BLACK...again?

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...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 


Wright Challenges SCOTT PILGRIM Fans

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Bendis talks POWERS

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:

 

 

 

Anthony Hopkins is THOR's Odin

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...

Thanks to CaptainSigma, AntoBlueberry and fft5305 for the submission.


 

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Cheesey1 10/30/2009 7:03:42 AM

Hopkins as Odin, now that's a proper scoop.  V. v. nice.  Although I thought it was a bit ironic, in a completely harmless way, that you called him all seeing, when he has only one eye, but I understand what you meant..

xenomorph 10/30/2009 7:22:25 AM

Let's just hope that the Hopkin's news desn't turn out to be bogus, like the Jude Law/Robert De Niro news.

littlemikey979 10/30/2009 7:51:06 AM

Hopkins is a fine actor and from him to get on board is a very good sign that this movie is being taken serious.

Another Men in Black could be cool. As long as Will Smith doesnt write another cheesy song to go along with the movie.

Cheesey1 10/30/2009 7:53:02 AM

Xenomorph, even Reuters has the story, although it says that he's in negotiations, so I think that it's the real deal. 

Wiseguy 10/30/2009 8:15:06 AM

Hopkins as Odin is fan-FUKKING-tastic. littlemikey is rightn in that the film is been taken serious but we knew that already when Branagh was chosen to direct. I think this movie is going to be a surprise hit, surprise because I know a lot of people seem to have doubts about the great effing THOR

I'm ok with more MiB but like Rob said, 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.

I never read POWERS but I'm eagerly anticipating this series. fx channel does really good mature subject matter series, Sons of Anarchy is currently one of my faves. And on top of that Bendis is one of the great comic book writers today

Wyldstaar 10/30/2009 8:19:15 AM

As long as it turns out to be true that Brian Blessed is playing Volstagg, it's fine with me.  He's perfect for either role. 

silversurfer 10/30/2009 8:55:17 AM

Hopkins as Odin makes perfect sense to me.....it looks as though this is on the right track! It will be intresting to see how this all comes together though....a lot of thespians could potentially lead to a diva status while making the movie, but I'm for this one! 

MIB- I would be interested in another take on it, as long as most don't think about the first installment of it...could be good fun? Hard to tell though....maybe once an actor or actors are attached to it, it will flesh itself out?

Darkknight2280 10/30/2009 9:03:35 AM

Yeah i read this on yahoo.com this morning around 7:30AM Eastern time. Hopkins is an amazing actor. Shows you how the big names and talent are paying attention to the marvel movies, hell super hero movies in general! This will start bringing some credibility to the genre. Maybe if things go well soon we will see one in the best picture category at the oscars! Like DARK KNIGHT should have been last year, glad they uped the amount of availble noms becasue of Dark Knight getting screwed.

SONYMANswallows 10/30/2009 9:24:38 AM

That's beccause The Bark Knight was a poorly written patchy garbage. Im sure the hookers on Bruce Wayne's boat were completelyclueless to the surroundings, even when they flow home unseen on the plane.

 

Yeah Blade, Xmen, Batman (1989) these gave no credibility to the genre. Neither did CBS's Flash. Yup its only the new stuff, has to be.

Wiseguy 10/30/2009 9:33:51 AM

Right on Sony, right-motherfuckking-ON

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