Favreau tweets an 'Iron Man 2' update. Plus: Rogen talks 'Green Hornet'. A new clip from 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. A new clip from 'Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter'. New casting for 'Dead of Night'. A new poster for 'Gatchaman'. New fights for 'Scott Pilgrim'. All this and two bonus items! Cranking a hard cutback as it hits the wall but watching out for the screaming bottom curve...it's your Comics2Film 9.3.25!
ShockTillYouDrop adds another bit of 'Dead of Night' casting news today. They're reporting that Anita Briem will play Brandon Routh's love interest in the film. The actress recently appeared in 'The Tudors' and 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'.
The movie is based on the wildly popular Italian comic book character Dylan Dog. Antonello Blueberry, our resident Dylan Dog expert, tells us that Briem is no Mary Jane to Spider-Man's Peter Parker. Rather, "readers of the Dylan Dog series know that he changes love interest in every issue."
So Dylan is a player. Let the games begin.
Set Rogen is back on the publicity circuit once more, promoting his estimated twenty-seventh movie of 2009 so far, 'Observe and Report'. Of course, the Rogen film we all care about is 'Green Hornet', so that's what the press is asking him about.
Rogen told Superherohype that plans are to start filming with director Michel Gondry in June of this year, in hopes of making the June 2010 release date. He also said he's not sure where actor Stephen Chow stands.
"He's kind of our mascot. (laughs) He may be Kato. I'm not 100% sure if that's the case, but it's a very likely possibility. I'm not sure. Honestly, we're kind of in the very early phases right now. We're just putting those elements in place so I'm being honest. I honestly don't know yet," Rogen said.
Rogen said he's not worried about being hidebound to 'Hornet' canon, since the canon seems to change every time the character resurfaces.
"He's actually the Lone Ranger's grandnephew. The Lone Ranger is owned by Jerry Bruckheimer so that probably limits the amount of involvement we can actually have in that movie. We were inspired by the original. We kind of took what we thought was good and left what we didn't. Honestly, we didn't feel any real obligation living up to the original because the radio plays totally different than the TV show which is different than the comic book. There is no real set way."
Meanwhile, the good folks at Collider.com also quizzed Rogen on the subject. They asked about Gondry's artistic style and whether or not he will employ it for what is meant to be a studio tentpole movie.
"You know he really does not want to. Me and Evan have actually approached him with ideas like maybe we could do something like this…you could do some of your weird people made out of string and shit like that. He’s like, 'No, I don’t want to any of that. The fact that you think I want to do that drives me crazy and makes me never want to do anything like that again,'" Rogen said. "He hates being predictable and repetitive and doing what’s been done before. As soon as he starts to feel like he’s expected to do something he doesn’t want to do it at all."
Fox-owned IGN has an exclusive new clip 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' entitled - "War". Check it out:
'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau nicely leveraged MySpace during the development and production of the first movie as a way of staying in contact with the fans and cultivating a community around the film. This time around he's adding Twitter to his arsenal.
Case in point: Last night's tweet:
"Great rehearsal today with Gwyneth, RDJ and Don Cheadle."
So, there you have it. Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr and Don Cheadle are walking through the 'Iron Man 2' script in prep for filming in April.
Six hours earlier, Favreau also tweeted:
"I'm sitting here with Gwyneth. She wants to know why she should tweet."
Our response to Favreau's query is best summed up by this instructional clip from Current.com.
We were unable to translate the originating source, which appears to be Japanese, but a foreign-language blog devoted to 'Gatchaman' has posted a photo of a poster promoting the new film by Imagi. The poster promotes a 2010 release date.
The poster appears to have been on display with a new offering of 'Gatchaman' toys, possibly at a trade or licensing show.
Imagi is the same CG studio behind 'Astro Boy', which debuts later this year and 'TMNT' which hit back in 2007.
Still not sure about picking up the 'Tales of the Black Freighter' on DVD, Blu-Ray, On Demand or iTunes this week? Empire Online has a clip from teh DVD extras to further entice you...
MTV Splash Page chatted up actor Mark Webber about his work on Edgar Wright's 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', currently filming in Toronto. Specifically, Webber relates an early meeting in which Wright showed him his vision for the film's fight sequences.
"Back in October, [Edgar] whips out his laptop and he shows me a rough sequence of one of the fight scenes, staged out with just some stunt actors,” Webber told MTV News. “I have such a hard time describing it other than that Scott’s character was flying through the air, and when there was a kick, there was — stuff! But it looked so realistic."
Webber goes on to say that the tech behind what Wright is planning seems like something new and unique.
This clip really needs no introduction, but I feel I must write something in this space.