Jackman reassures fans on Vancouver filming of 'Wolverine'. More 'Scott Pilgrim' casting. 'Human Target' heads for TV (again). 'Watchemen' movie site updated. THIS is your Comics2Film 9.1.18...
A Friday mention of new pilot pickups from The Hollywood Reporter tips a new TV show based on DC Comics' spy character 'Human Target'.
The show is set to be developed for Fox by Warner Bros. TV, McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision, and DC Comics. The show is to be written by 'Jericho' co-creator Jonathan Steinberg.
While the character has never sustained a long-running comic series it's seems to be a perennial favorite for Hollywood due to its strong concept hook: the main character is a master of disguise who doubles for clients whose lives are in jeopardy.
'Human Target' was developed as a TV series back in the early 1990s with rocker/actor Rick Springfield in the lead role. More recently it had been in development as a feature film with producer Mark Canton, and in a separate effort with Eagle Cove / Deluxe Entertainment.
The Reporter indicates that Fox is close to greenlighting the show's pilot.
Many are calling the upcoming Vancouver filming of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' reshoots and painting them as a necessary consequence of a problematic principal shoot in Australia. Mania reported on Friday that the studio was denying this spin on events. Instead they told us point blank that the Vancouver leg of the production was planned early on to capture winter weather and to accommodate the schedule of Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool in the film.
Which verion of the story is accurate and which is spin is hard to say, but Hugh Jackman posted an open letter to fans on Ain't It Cool News. In it, he basically confirms the studio's version of the story and assures fans he's deeply committed to making the best 'Wolverine' film he can make:
Hey everyone -
It's Hugh Jackman, sending this note from freezing Vancouver. I have read a lot of your online comments regarding the footage that we are currently shooting and I share your passion for the Wolverine character and the movie - I owe it all to you guys!
I wanted to reach out and let you know that due to scheduling conflicts with certain cast members and location/weather considerations, we had to wait until now to shoot a couple of scenes. Please rest assured that WOLVERINE will be badass and hopefully meet all of your expectations. I am stoked by the positive response to the teaser, which clearly reflects the tone and scope of the film. If you like that, we've got much more in store!
In the meantime, here's an exclusive shot of some characters you may recognize...
The production of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' seems to be revvving up, with a bevy of casting announcements coming out this past week. As we reported Thursday actress Aubrey Plaza and actor Kieran Culkin join leading man Michael Cera and co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the film version of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic.
Now Ain't it Cool News is reporting that rising star Chris Evans is on board to play skateboarder/movie star Lucas Lee in the film.
Comic book movie fans know Evans well for his show-stealing turn as The Human Torch in the 'Fantastic Four' movies, not to mention his voice acting as Casey Jones in 'TMNT'. Evans also top lines the upcoming 'Push' which has comic book tie-ins.
Color us excited.
Meanwhile, 'Pilgrim' director Edgar Wright is posting a photo blog on Myspace giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the production offices in the frigid environs of Toronto where the movie will apparently be filmed.
The official website for the now-unencumbered 'Watchmen' has been updated with new footage from the film. Clicking on each character's name in the menu will take you to a film reel featuring that character as well as a monologue from the character describing his actions and motivations in the movie.
These are tough times for everyone, it turns out, and even a boy robot can feel the sting of the sagging economy.
Forbes takes a look at some of the goings on behind-the-scenes of Imagi studios, as they work to bring 'Astro Boy' to the big screen as a CGI animated movie. The effort has apparently been hampered by the same money woes that plague everyone else. Here's an excerpt:
Their boss, Douglas Glen, Imagi's chief executive, had just come back from the American Film Market in Los Angeles, which was devastated by the gloom and doom spanning the globe. "If markets don't return to some semblance of normalcy, it is going to be difficult to keep operations going," an ashen-faced Glen told a visitor. Only two months before he had triumphantly secured $30 million in financing for his movie animation company. Then $20 million of it fell through.
But things didn't stay grim for Imagi:
But just like the animated hero of Astro Boy, Imagi has proved a survivor. In December it was promised $20 million in replacement financing, allowing the movie to go forward and the Hong Kong animators to keep their jobs. "At the last second we got untied from the railroad tracks," Glen says. "It's a little cinematic."