Jon Favreau unveils the first set phto from 'Iron Man 2'. Plus: More casting rumor and buzz surrounding 'Thor'. 'Dark Knight', 'Iron Man' and 'Hellboy II' clean up at Saturn noms. Chatter on 'Hoxford' and 'Goon' movies and more in your Comics2Film 9.3.11!
Variety reports that Marvel Entertainment has has formed an international advisory board to seek opportunities to promote its key characters in foreign territories, especially India and China.
The board includes Bollywood film producer Manmohan Shetty and China-based digital entrepreneur Peter Yip. Other seats on the comittee would include members that represent Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Latin America. James Halpin chairs the board for Marvel.
We're not sure if this means Marvel will be creating new material for the various world audiences, or repackaging the current slate of production. The article does remind us that Marvel is currently producing anime versions of their characters for Japanese viewers with Madhouse.
Last week the trades announced that Chris Columbus' 1492 productions had grabbed up the film rights to Ben Templesmith's IDW graphic novel 'Welcome to Hoxford'.
MTV Splash Page caught up with the comics artist and got his take on the deal.
Templesmith seemed please to have Columbus manning the ship, in spite of the fact that the filmmaker isn't known for edgy horror fare.
"Good sir, I’ll have you know the guy wrote ‘Gremlins’ — [and that was] actually one of the more formative films of my youth. Back then, it scared the hell out of me!" Templesmith corrected that notion. "Basically, he’s someone with a track record and a long list of films under his belt. You can’t really ask for more than that."
Templesmith says he hopes to be involved in the movie, but admits its up to Columbus and 1492 to hire him to participate.
“I’m definitely gunning to do something if I can be useful — most definitely on the visual side of things,” said Templesmith. “As a storyteller and creator I would definitely like to have some form of input. Most people would."
Over at Ain't It Cool, Harry Knowles takes a look at the 'Watchmen' spinoff DVD 'Tales of the Black Freighter' which also features the 'Under the Hood' documentary, and he likes what he sees:
"I put this in at approximately 5am this morning - and it absolutely riveted me."
Comics creator Eric Powell recently set up his amazing book 'The Goon' (see review) as a CG-animated feature with Blur Studios (the folks behind the 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance' games.
Powell, who is writing the screenplay for the film, told MTV Splash Page that the comic is proving challenging to adapt, given it's loosely episodic nature.
“Obviously the comic is not set up where you can do a direct adaptation,” Powell told MTV News. “The issues are too episodic, and it’s basically a bunch of individual stories that link to a bigger story. So we’re having to take the gist of ‘The Goon’ and condense it into a format that works as a film.”
Powell also says fans can expect tweaks, but not major revisions, to the characters they know and love.
"There are a few little changes we’re throwing in here and there just to make it work as a film, but we’re not overhauling it or turning it upside down just for the sake of being different or turning it into a movie," said Powell.
There's been a lull in the reporting of awards and nominations for 'The Dark Knight'. Fortunately the Saturn Awards have announced their 2008 nominees. The bat-film dominated the list, garnering 11 nods. 'Iron Man' is no slouch either, getting 8 nominations. Comic films 'Hellboy II', 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Wanted' also made a dent.
For Best Science Fiction Film 'Iron Man' and 'Hulk' both got a nomination.
For Best Fantasy Film 'Wanted' gets a shot.
Then, somehow, 'Hellboy II' gets the tip in Best Horror Film, although that one seems more appropriate in the fantasy category to us.
For Best Action / Adventure / Thriller Film it's 'The Dark Knight' of course.
In the Best Actor Christian Bale and Robert Downey, Jr. are among the competitors.
Best Actress gives nods to Maggie Gyllenhaal and Gwyneth Paltrow.
No surprises in the Best Supporting Actor categories where Jeff Bridges, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger all got nods. Can we just award this one now?
We also approve of Best Director nominees Jon Favreau and Christopher Nolan.
In the Best Writing slot we have Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway for 'Iron Man' and Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan for 'The Dark Knight'
The Best Music category puts James Newton Howard ('The Dark Knight') and Hans Zimmer ('Iron Man') in the mix.
There's another bat-nod in the Best Costume category where Lindy Hemming is recognized.
For Best Make-Up we have John Caglione, Jr., Conor O’Sullian ('The Dark Knight') and Mike Elizalde ('Hellboy II: The Golden Army') making a showing.
Best Special Effects nods go to Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber, Paul Franklin ('The Dark Knight'), John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick, Shane Mahan for ('Iron Man') and Michael J. Wassel, Adrian De Wet, Andrew Chapman, Eamonn Butler ('Hellboy II: The Golden Army').
Another Batman showing in Best DVD Special Edition Release for 'The Dark Knight' (Two-Disc Special Edition)
And one last comic book nod in the Best Retro Television Series Release on DVD which features 'The Incredible Hulk (The Complete Series).
We've pared the list down to just the comic-based movies. For the complete list of nominees visit the Saturn Awards website.
With 'Dead of Night' now filming in New Orleans, star Brandon Routh (who plays the iconic Italian Horror Comics character Dylan Dog) talked with About:Movies about the movie.
"It's about Dylan Dog actually who is a private investigator. He investigates supernatural and the undead phenomenon that happen so he kind of works with the undead," Routh explained. "It's kind of like Men in Black minus the aliens, but with undead – werewolves, zombies, vampires… That type of situation. So the world of the undead lives among the living every day, we just don't know it."
But Routh is quick to correct the comparison to 'Men in Black' pointing out that the movie is not overtly comedic.
"Not as campy as 'Men in Black', but there's a lot of humor, action, horror, thriller… It's like no film you've ever seen before, I'll be that bold as to say. And we've got the effects guys who just won the Academy Award for Benjamin Button, Drac Studios, working on the picture. Gilbert Adler is producing the film who produced Superman Returns, so we've got a good team."
Routh said after 'Dead of Night' he'll move on to 'Scott Pilgrim'.
"I'm Todd Ingram so I'm learning to play the bass guitar, which has been a lot of fun," Ruth said.
Years before 'Iron Man' hit the big screen, director Jon Favreau entrenched himself in the fan community by leveraging MySpace to create a direct link to his audience. It's hard to estimate how this influenced the popularity of the film, but the effect was tremendous. Fans felt involved with the production.
Favreau is at it again, possibly switching over to Twitter as his social network tool of choice. Favreau has his own twitter feed and, this week, used the mechanism to unveil the first photo from the set of 'Iron Man 2'.
So here's a look at Jon Favreau and cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the soundstage where the interiors of Tony Stark's penthouse are being built.
What's the #1 movie this week? That's right! It's 'Yattaman'. In Japan anyhow. Box Office Mojo reports that Takashi Miike's colorful manga-based movie has topped the charts there.
The rumor of the week foucsed on a meetup between 'Thor' director Kenneth Branagh and actor Alexander Skarsgård.
IESB.net confirms with inside sources that the director favors Skarsgård for the lead role in the film. However, there are other meetings with other actors to be had, and apparently 'G.I. Joe' star Channing Tatum is one of them.
The site also rumors Josh Hartnett as the leading contender for the malevaloent Loki. Supposedly the actor's name tops a very short list.
On his own message boards, director Michael Bay told fans that he's working to bring voice actor Frank Welker back into the fold for 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'. Welker is known as the original voice of Megatro, a role he lost to Hugo Weaving in the first film. Bay says he's hoping to hire Welker to be Soundwave in the follow-up.