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Idris Elba Guards THOR's Asgard


By Rob M. Worley     November 20, 2009
Source: Various

Idris Elba guards 'Thor''s Asgard as Heimdall. Plus: 'Kull' movie in the works? More details on AMERICAN CRIME. JUDGE DREDD movement and more! Sounding the Gjallarhorn to usher in Ragnarok, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.20!



JUDGE DREDD Takes A Meeting

It's been almost a year since plans for a new series of 'Judge Dredd' were announced. The movie is set up with DNA Films and Fox Searchlight. Allon Reich ('28 Weeks Later') is producing. Alex Garland ('28 Days Later', 'Sunshine') is writing.

We also know that the amazing 'Dredd' artist Jock (also of 'The Losers' fame) is involved as some kind of production designer. We know this because Jock has been tweeting about the project here and there, as well as posting some of his artwork for the film online.

Earlier this morning Jock made another Twitter post about the project.

He wrote: "then a DREDD movie meeting with DNA in london on monday. really glad not to be missing this weekend."

At this point no director has been named for the project. Perhaps Monday's confab will yield some new momentum to get bring 'Dredd' back for the 21st century.



SMALLVILLE Mid-Season Finale Tonight

'Smallville' fan's will want tune in to tonight's mid-season finale "Pandora". The episode offers a glimpse into a world subjugated by Zod and his army.

Then the show goes on holiday, airing repeat episodes for those who need to catch up.

The season nine opener "Savior" runs on Friday the 27th. Then a villain straight from the comics arrives for the December 4th episode "Metallo".



Rogers Responds to GLOBAL FREQUENCY 2.0

Remember yesterday when we told you that The CW was developing Warren Eliis' 'Global Frequency' for TV, just four years after spiking a previous pilot developed by comics writer/screen writer/TV producer Jon Rogers?

Well, Rogers (who is currently working on the show he created for TNT called 'Leverage')  has caught wind of it and unleashed his wrath on the network and the new producers of the show.

On his blog he writes, "I have a lovely show on right now, and although the whole GF thing was a personal heartbreak, I wish the new guy all the luck in the world and many, many residual checks for Warren with which he can buy replacement robot parts for his ailing meat-being."

Hmmm...OK. Not really wrath at all. Just totally gracious well-wishing for producer Scott Nimerfro's efforts.




Wednesday night, Comics2Film at exclusively broke the news that actor Sam Worthington had signed on to star in the film version of Rick Remender's comic 'The Last Days of American Crime' from Radical Publishing. Yesterday, Radical officially announced the film project and provided many more details.

Before we get into the new details we'd like to apologize to producer Michael Schwarz, whose name we misspelled in our original piece (an error which was then repeated on several other sites). The original article has been corrected and the proper spelling appears there, as well as in this column.

Now the new news:

Radical Publishing has announced that Worthington has signed on as both star and producer for the film.

Worthington will be a producer along with producing partner, Michael Schwarz, and Radical’s president and publisher, Barry Levine. Rick Remender (who wrote and created the comic) will be the executive producer/screenwriter for the film and Radical’s Executive Vice President, Jesse Berger, will executive produce.

"I had met Sam’s producing partner, Michael Schwarz, at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, who loved the concept for 'The Last Days of American Crime,'" said Radical Publishing’s President and Publisher, Barry Levine. "I figured that since Sam had done three tentpole movies back-to-back with 'Terminator Salvation', 'Avatar' and 'Clash of the Titans', that he would want the more character driven role of Kevin Cash, the sociopathic partner to Graham Bricke. Michael had set up a meeting between Sam, CAA agents Kimberly Hodgert and Jon Levin along with myself to discuss 'Last Days'. During the two hour meeting, we hit it off and Sam had committed to both star and produce."

Rick Remender commented with, "Sam is the perfect guy for this. He's a scene stealer, made up in equal parts charm and intelligence. Seeing him play violent sociopath safe cracker Kevin Cash will be a treat all the world will enjoy."

Readers can preview the first 15 pages of 'The Last Days of American Crime' on Radical Publishing’s MySpace page.

The Last Days of American Crime #1 appeared in the October 2009 issue of Diamond Previews and features two separate covers, one by Alex Maleev (DCD# OCT091056) and another by series artist Greg Tocchini (DCD# OCT091057).

The Last Days of American Crime #2 appears in the December 2009 issue of Diamond Previews and features two separate covers, one by Alex Maleev (DCD# DEC090978) and another by series artist Greg Tocchini (DCD# DEC090979).



Vaughn Movie to KICK-ASS All Over the World

International distribution rights for Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic 'Kick-Ass' have been secured according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Universal Pictures International are teaming with Focus Features International and Lionsgate's Mandate International unit to roll the costumed hero pic out inthe U.K., Germany, Australia, Latin America, Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand.




Is the first 'Iron Man 2' trailer going to roll out with December's 'Sherlock Holmes' movie? Director Jon Favreau may be hinting as much on his Twitter feed.

Early yesterday, Favreau posted this:

"RT @Ann_Howard: @Jon_Favreau PLEASE tell us the trailer is coming soon - w/Sherlock Holmes, perhaps??"

Now, if you're unfamiliar with the Twitter parlance, "RT" means "re-tweet". That is: the person tweeting (Favreau) is just re-posting something that someone else wrote (in this case, someone named Ann Howard).

So Ann Howard asked Favreau a question and, instead of answering it, he just reposted the question. Why would he do that? 

Maybe it's because Ann Howard's guess that the trailer will run with 'Holmes' is correct and Favreau wanted to suggest that to his followers without actually announcing it early. Or maybe not, but that's the current speculation.

Of course, running an 'Iron Man 2' trailer with 'Sherlock Holmes' seems like a logical choice, since both movies feature Robert Downey Jr. and the detective revamp seems like it will be tonally similar to the Marvel movie. In other words, they'd be putting it in front of their target audience that way.

Stay tuned for an official announcement from Paramount.

Meanwhile, Favreau also posted a link to a photo the 'Iron Man 2' mini-mate figures. Check 'em out!

Thanks to SONYMANswallows for the submission.



KULL Movie Coming?

The works of Robert E. Howard seem to be on the brink of a cinematic renaissance. 'Solomon Kane' is building buzz and arriving in theaters next year. 'Conan' is set to roll cameras in February. Director Marcus Nispel is directing that one.

Now Emmanuel Beiramar at has learned that plans are afoot to bring Howard's original barbarian king back to the big screen.

Fredrik Malmberg, CEO of Paradox Entertainment (and producer on the 'Conan' movie) told the French language website that they are developing a new film for 'Kull of Atlantis'.

Kull, who predates Conan, first appeared in Weird Tales in 1929. In fact, the first Conan story is said to actually be a rewritten Kull story.

Kull previously appeared on the big screen in 1997, as 'Kull the Conquerer' starring Kevin Sorbo.



Idris Elba Guards THOR's Asgard

One thing is for sure: this 'Thor' movie is going to have a lot of people in it!

THR's Heat Vision Blog broke the news today that actor Idris Elba is the latest to join the cast of Kenneth Branagh's epic comics adaptation.

Elba, best known for his role as "Stringer" Bell on 'The Wire', but also seen in the upcoming comic adaptation 'The Losers', will play the Asgardian gate-keeper Heimdall. In both the classic myth and the comics, Heimdall is known for standing guard over the Bifröst (or Rainbow Bridge).

Elba joins a cast that's confirmed to include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Stuart Townsend as Fandral, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Jaimie Alexander as Sif and Colme Feore in an as-yet-unrevealed villain role.

In other 'Thor' news, apparently the sets for Asgard are under construction and Marvel bigshots like Joe Quesada and Brian Michael Bendis have been touring them and tweeting about it.

Earlier in the week Bendis wrote, "Broadcasting live from marvel west. Thor movie meeting with Ken branagh was over the top amazing. Visited the sets! I was in Odin's chamber!"

He later added, "U should get in line for the Thor movie today. Just saying."

Quesada posted around the same time, "I could listen to Branagh talk about Thor all day long. Cast is in place, sets are being built and screenplay is brilliant. Marveldom rules!"

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you psyched about THOR's mighty cast? Post your comments below...



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Calibur454 11/20/2009 7:24:50 AM

best news from this little article is the first iron man 2 trailer coming out with the sherlock holmes movie. although people will be able to see the trailer on youtube within the next couple of days afterward it will still be cool to see on the big screen I definetly want to check out the sherlock holmes movie.

Flint521466 11/20/2009 7:49:13 AM

I was really lookin' forward to "Sherlock Holmes" before the IM2 news.  Now I'm offically tweeked!  IM2 is my #1 summer movie.  Can't wait!!

monkeyfoot 11/20/2009 7:49:18 AM

Well the obvious bit of news everyone will be commenting on is Idris Elba. He certainly doesn't look like the typical Scandinavian trudging through the northern snows.  But I suppose if Hogun can be Asian in appearance, why not?

ponyboy76 11/20/2009 8:03:36 AM

Great news about the IM2 trailer.

Yes, Heimdall isn't black in the comic or in mythology but I think his is one of those roles where race isn't a factor. I mean, even in the comics, you barely ever see Heimdall's face under that helmet. I don't think its a big deal. I`m sure some people will though. oh well.
I actually always thought that the dude from Underworld would make a good Asgardian, Grievoux.

EvilMonkey 11/20/2009 8:41:10 AM

Yes, Heimdall isn't black in the comic or in mythology but I think his is one of those roles where race isn't a factor. I mean, even in the comics, you barely ever see Heimdall's face under that helmet. I don't think its a big deal.

I'm not saying it is a big deal, personally I don't care.  I just wanted to point out that Heimdall is Sif's brother in the Marvel universe.  (Not sure in actual Norse mythology)

fallensbane 11/20/2009 8:54:19 AM

I enjoyed the original Kull even though it was watered down tp PG-13. I would love to see a more faithful adaptation so bring it on.

DeeJay4ADay 11/20/2009 9:20:39 AM

EvilMonkey... like Pony has already mentioned, it's doubtful that we'll even see Neimdall's face.  Monkey... while we know the Norse mythos come from Scandanavia, there's an inherent problem in assuming that they characters should look Nordic.  To put it bluntly, Asgard is not Scandanavia, Asgardians are not part of the same isolated gen pool as Scandanavians and, as a result, there is no logical reason that Asgardians should look anything like Scandanavians.  It's already a stretch to assume they appear as homo sapiens to begin with.

When the mythos were originally developed, the storytellers had limited knowledge of this topic, and it shows.  One challenge that the filmmakers have is working around that flaw (modern characters such as Galactus have built-in work-arounds, but that's not the case here).  Having a Elba in the role of Heimdall is far from a problem, as it actually helps grounds the mythos in reality.

fft5305 11/20/2009 9:30:26 AM

Oh Snap! No props for submitting the Thor info today?  Hmph!

EvilMonkey 11/20/2009 9:56:39 AM


Like I said I don't really care, I was only pointing out that in the Marvel universe Sif Heimdall are brother and sister.

DeeJay4ADay 11/20/2009 10:02:06 AM

EvilMonkey... my mistake... I meant to adress that response to Monkeyfoot.  I hope you understand how I could make that error!  :-)

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