'Crisis on Two Earths' the next DCU animated feature? Plus: Maggie Q joins 'Priest'. Mostow talks 'Sub-Mariner'. Diaz talks 'Green Hornet' and more! Covering the sides of its station wagon with "Death Panels", it's your Comics2Film 9.8.13!
Comic-Con International is, among other things, a chance for hungry movie studio execs to go trolling for unsigned intellectual properties.
Yesterday, Variety reported that Vangaurd Films picked up the film rights to two unpublished graphic novels (said in the article to be in "galley form") at the con in San Diego.
'Circus Galacticus' from screenwriter-author Michael Walker tells of "a fantastical circus with mythic creatures, fantasy aerialists and heroic guerrilla fighters. They navigate the dark realm ruled by despotic tyrants who've taken control of Earth and have designated the circus as the only permissible form of entertainment."
'The Oz Wars' is an action film set in the Emerald City, where a fierce war is waged by the Witches in their evil citadel against the resistance fighters led by the beleaguered Wizard. The storyline was penned by an established screenwriter who's using the pseudonym "Dorothy Gale."
Actress Maggie Q will hunt vampires alongside Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet in the big screen adaptation of 'Priest'. Q is said to be playing another vampire hunter in the film.
Based on the Min-Woo Hyung's manhwa, published domestically by TOKYOPOP, the book tells of a world ravaged by war between man and vampires and follows a warrior priest (Bettany) who teams with a sheriff (Gigandet) to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.
We're still waiting to find out who is playing the bad guys in this movie. Sony is touting a 2010 release for the movie.
A lot of stuff went down in 'Smallville' season 8, setting the stage for season 9. Are you up to speed? If not, The CW provides the Cliff's Notes version of last year's slug fest to get you caught up in a jiffy.
While speaking with Collider.com from the editing bay of 'The Surrogates', director Jonathon Mostow said the status of Marvel's 'Sub-Mariner' movie, which he's long been attached to direct, has a question mark on it.
Namor is one of the few Marvel characters who is not completely under Marvel's control. Universal Pictures still holds the film rights.
Mostow told Collider that the movie is being actively developed but, like many big studio features, there's no telling if and when the studio will actually move forward with it.
MTV Splash Page chatted with actress Cameron Diaz who was a bit less cagey about discussing her attachment to the 'Green Hornet' movie.
Diaz told them she'll be playing Lenore "Casey" Case, gal pal to Britt Reid who discovers that the man fights crime as the Hornet. According to MTV, "Casey will be reimagined as a forensics-TV-show loving amateur sleuth who remains in the dark about Green Hornet’s true identity—and is smarting from a recent divorce."
Diaz expressed her continued enthusiasm for director Michel Gondry and star/producer/writer Seth Rogen and promised a very modern take on her classic character.
Babe-a-licious actress Zoe Saldana may have been cast against type to play the embittered, deadly Aisha in 'The Losers', but she's apparently going at the role full-throttle and, at Comic-Con, showed off the brurises to prove it.
"She's just lethal... completely lethal," Saldana told MTV Splash Page. She's happy to continue her role of action women after playing another tough lady in James Cameron's 'Avatar'. "There's no such thing as me playing a weak role for a woman. I'm addicted."
Here's the video interview:
It's always interesting what you can find on the back of a DVD box. MTV Splash Page uncovered the title of the next DCU Animated feature on the back of the packaging for the upcoming 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'.
The box promotes a "sneak peak" at 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths'. Few other details are known, although we can presume it relates somehow to the original "Crisis" stories from the 1960s, which saw the Justice League meeting up with their classic counterparts the Justice Society. Back then, the teams existed in separate dimensions, which were first bridged in the two-issue crossover stories "Crisis on Earth-One!" and "Crisis on Earth-Two!".
DC has made use of the title "Crisis" at various points ever since, with perhaps the most noteworthy being "Crisis on Infinite Earths" which ushered in a the age of "event" crossovers in comics, and had far-reaching implications for storytelling in the DCU.
Reportedly Dwayne McDuffie, who wrote numerous episodes of the 'Justice League' animated shows, has written the script for the film.
Rob Zombie told MTV Splash Page that his much-delayed animated feature 'Haunted World of El Superbeasto' could see a limited theatrical run before it comes home on DVD. The disc arrives on September 22nd. Check out Zombie's remarks...
Sam Rockwell plays Justin Hammer in 'Iron Man 2' and told MTV Splash Page that he felt he could take some liberties with the character for the sake of the film. In the comics, Hammer is a gray-haired senior business rival of Tony Stark's. Obviously Rockwell is a bit younger.
"We're kind of reinventing the character of Justin Hammer a little bit," he said. "I walked into a lot of comic book shops and even some comic book store owners didn't know who he was. So, it's not as much pressure as playing Iron Man obviously, that's like playing Elvis Presley or something. With Justin Hammer is a little more elbow room for interpretation."
Rockwell id reveal that his character is just as cunning as his comic book counterpart. Hammer allies himself with Mickey Rourke's Whiplash in an effort to get at Stark.
So sayeth Platinum Studios development executive Dan Forcey in his latest entry in the official 'Dead of Night' production blog:
Probably more worthy of a tweet than a blog post, but I just saw the director’s first cut of the movie and it is AWESOME! It can only get better from here and it’s really freakin’ good. Just too much of my ugly mug, but I’m sure they’ll get rid of a lot of that. :-) Was kind of surreal to see it all put together, especially the scenes I hadn’t seen in filming, but very, very exciting!!!
OK, so maybe Forcey isn't exactly impartial, being intimately involved in the production. We're keen to see some footage from the film ourselves as it sounds like it may just be pretty cool.