Will 'Iron Man 2' feature a crossover cameo from a certain superhero star? Plus: Here's 'G.I.Joe''s Destro. Another 'Kick-Ass' clip. Your first look at Paul Bettany in 'Priest' and more! Insisting that health care reform is not the first step towards Soylent Green, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.4!
According to the Hollywood Reporter, comics illustration legend Neal Adams has signed with the ICM agency with a goal towards converting his comics into film franchises that he would write and/or direct himself.
Although he's best known for drawing 'X-Men', 'Batman' and the ground-breaking 'Green Lantern/Green Arrow back in the day, Adams later made a stab at independent comics publishing under his Continuity Comics imprint. Titles under that line included 'Knighthawk', 'Ditz the Scatterbrain', 'Crazyman', 'Ms. Mystic', 'Toyboy' and 'Bucky O'Hare'.
O'Hare was previously turned into a short-lived animated series.
Director Marcus Nispel, currently developing the new 'Conan The Barbarian' movie, chatted with fans on the Conan Movie Blog about his plans for the Robert E. Howard update.
Nispel said to expect an adult take on the character and that he would make the film X-rated if he could. He also denounced rumors that actor and Schwarzenegger clone Roland Kicklinger had been cast in the lead. Finally, he told fans that he aims to do right by the character.
The original 'Conan' movie was written by two master storytellers, Oliver Stone and John Milius, giving us a tough act to follow! Their movie also features the best beheading ever in a major motion picture. Besides, perhaps “Let the Right One In”, which is another perfect example of creativity over special effects.
Like all movies they have to be understood in the context of the time they were produced. Our collective consciousness changes every generation, though and we can’t step into the same river twice. “Conan the Barbarian” was initially released in the disco era, on the heels of “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back”. The original film must have hit people like a freight train upon its release. Today is a different time entirely. As a society, we are more cynical in times of depression. We have been overfed with high gloss and contrived CG imagery and seek something we can grasp. As our consciousness has shifted, so will the image of Conan.
Nispel has a lot more to say so click throuh to Conan Movie Blog for the complete Q & A.
Rick Remender told MTV Splash Page that Universal's planned adaptation of his awesome pulp science fiction comic 'Fear Agent' will likely require a massive budget.
"I met with a couple of the guys involved in San Diego this past weekend and had a really good chat about it," he expalined. "It looks like the home is going to be Universal. I don't want to say anything definitive about any of the details yet, but it sounded like 'Fear Agent' might be a giant, $100 million movie."
Remender says he favors Jon Hamm or Aaron Eckhart for the starring role as Earth's two-fisted, burned-out savior Heath Huston.
"Put either of those guys in [the film] and give them a flask of whiskey and put some Hank Williams on and I think you've got a pretty cool [movie] that would film well, potentially creating a franchise with some blockbuster potential," he said.
Yesterday the Stephen Sommers blog site unveiled a clear image of the Destro mask created for actor James McCullen in 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'. It's a bit less shiny than the original but still looks pretty true.
Here are the comments that were posted with the image:
James McCullen has been called many things – arms dealer, heartless mercenary, war profiteer – yet none of those chilling titles sums him up as simply or as brutally as the name by which he’s referred to only in whispers: Destro. Here, exclusive to the site, is a first look at the concept art for Destro’s appearance in G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Illustrator Matt Codd was provided with references from G.I. Joe comics, action figures and episodes of the animated series in order to ensure that careful attention was paid to maintaining the character’s unique and iconic look – all while making him appear as realistic as possible. Click on the image below to see a larger version, then let us know what you think of the design.
Sony Pictures Entertainment have opened up the new website supporting the feature film version of the TOKYOPOP Manga 'Priest'. There's not much there except for the chance to submit your email for updates, as well as the first image of actor Paul Bettany in makeup for the title role.
We knew there was a fourth 'Kick-Ass' clip from Comic-Con circulating, but we couldn't find it in time for yesterdays' C2F.
Well, here it is, a poignant father/daughter moment from the film as Big Daddy teaches Hit-Girl in a very important crime-fighting lesson...
Before we get too riled up I think we can safely file this one under "It's never gonna happen". Still, with some prodding by MTV Splash Page 'Ghost Whisperer' Jennifer Love Hewitt admits she'd love to play 'Wonder Woman' on the big screen, and then proceeds to demonstrate why she'd be a terrible choice for the role.
Marvel.com has rolled out a trio of images from the set of 'Iron Man 2'. Nothing too exciting, no costumes or action, but here they are for your clicking enjoyment...
Fans at Comic-Con were handed business cards for Stark Industries that lead to the first A.R.E. site for 'Iron Man 2': StarkIndustriesnow.com. At the Stark Industries website they were asked to fill out a job application, which your's truly did.
Well, we got our response via email yesterday and, quite frankly, we don't feel too encouraged about our prospects at Stark Industries. Here's the response:
Subject: Stark Industries Job App
From: Kay Baker <email@example.com>
Thank you so much for being one of the first people to apply for a job at Stark Industries. So far, the response has been incredible. You are among the best and brightest and your interest in joining our ranks is truly appreciated.
Already we have an overwhelming number of applicants and we plan to take our time thoroughly investigating each one. It may be a long process, but it is the only way to ensure that we find the absolute best candidates to work at Stark Industries.
We will contact you soon as we narrow down our selection.
All the best,
Did anybody else submit an app and receive a different response? If so, clue us in below...
Gossip site Nuke The Fridge claims to have an insider scoop on a Marvel crossover cameo that could appear in 'Iron Man 2'. Their sources tell them that Edward Norton has "a possible cameo" as Bruce Banner and the CGI Incredible Hulk in the Marvel sequel.
On the one hand, it seems a bit unlikely as Marvel has downplayed Hulk's involvement in their film plans so much in recent months. It seems more likely they would do a more forward-looking link to 'Thor' or 'Captain America'.
On the other hand, Nuke says their source is the same one that first clued fans in to the nature of Stan Lee's cameo in 'IM2', so this source may have some credibility.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you ready for your first Marvel crossover action scene?