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By Rob M. Worley     August 13, 2009
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Comics2Film: Crisis on Two Earths
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'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!



Super-indie: CIRCUS GALACTICUS and THE OZ WARS Optioned by Vangaurd

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Yesterday, Variety reported that Vangaurd Films picked up the film rights to two unpublished graphic novels (said in the article to be in "galley form") at the con in San Diego.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."



Maggie Q to hunt vampires in PRIEST

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.



Get up to Speed on SMALLVILLE

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.




Mostow says SUB-MARINER Film Is In Question

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry and WISEGUY562 for the submission.




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.



Saldana talks LOSERS

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.



Zombie hope for theatrical run for EL SUPERBEASTO

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...



Rockwell talks IRON MAN 2

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.



DEAD OF NIGHT is Awesome

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.


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Flint521466 8/13/2009 7:34:31 AM

Of course Diaz "expressed enthusiasm" regarding Rogen.  What else is she gonna say? "I can't wait to smooch all over that overrated, unfunny tub of shit." Probably not.

"Crisis" should be solid.  WB/DC animation always put out quality.

I had no idea "Smallville" was still on the air.


Wiseguy 8/13/2009 8:07:08 AM

LOL and ditto on your first, second and last Flint,  and a big WHAT on your third, Smallville is must see tv

Universal just refuses to let Namor's rights revert back to Marvel, they keep paying the licensing fee and still haven't done anything. Too bad cause I would love for him to join the Marvel movie universe. I wonder who'll we see first Namor or Aquaman

Iron Man 2 baby

Priest and Losers sound pretty cool, don't know much about either but will check them out

Rob, you better be getting a cut of Dead of Night or at least demand one


Cheesey1 8/13/2009 8:22:08 AM

Yeah it's frustrating that Universal doesn't want to let Marvel reclaim the rights.  They should just let Marvel reclaim them and do a distribution deal, that way Marvel takes all the risk and they can still get a piece of the pie.

Flint, I agree, Rob Zombie seems to live in a world where he's actually a talented film maker.  Further proof that heroin is very bad for you.

SONYMANswallows 8/13/2009 9:08:10 AM

Awwe someone does not like Seth Rogan what a shame. He is just so fat and smelly. Whatever he has been working out and is funnier then most vets in Hollywood.


Mostow should not direct SUB MARINER, how the fuck can Universal have NAMOR and FOX has the fucktastic four?

He should not direct but with Waterworld under his belt Costner should be consulted on the working with a world of water thing.

gauleyboy420 8/13/2009 9:40:21 AM

I agree Sony,

Everyone has to hate on the geeky guy that made it, and gets to make out with a hottie.


I don't understand the hate for all the funny comedians on this site...

Rogen is hilarious, as are many others out there right now (Farrell, Stiller, ect...)


But Fanboys are a fickle lot, and once someone is succesful and the fanboy feels that he is no longer privy to something that no one else knows about he begins to hate it.

CaptAmerica04 8/13/2009 10:41:36 AM

Since Hanso isn't here yet, I'll jump in and say that Smallville is FUN.

Actually, it's not.  It's not even close to fun.  It's retarded.  I have this horrible love/hate thing going where I was heavily attached to the show after 5 seasons, and then it just got redundant to the point of being ridiculous.  All the same, I can't seem to stop watching.  It's like a car crash in INCREDIBLY slow motion, with a lot of rewinds (since they KEEP bringing fuckin Lana back).  About once a season, they have a REALLY cool episode... and then it falls back into "90210-with-superpowers."

I have nothing against Rogen.  I never thought Stiller was funny, even before he was huge.  I don't think his dad is that funny either.  And Ferrell's just not my kind of humor.  Rogen's a proud comic nerd and fanboy, so I support him.  He was hilarious in "Zack & Miri."

I am lovin the DC animated stuff, even if most of their feature films suck ass.


Flint521466 8/13/2009 10:52:01 AM

Right....and sometimes fanboys like it when comedians are actually funny.  Go figure.

silversurfer 8/13/2009 11:14:13 AM

This is all good news except for Cameron Diaz...of course she's going to say that she's on board..

DC Animation is what their live action movies should be....I don't know why no one over there has figured that out? (with the exception of the Batman Franchise)

Cheesy 1: Love the comment on Zombie....

scoxocs 8/13/2009 11:52:58 AM

I like Rogen,  I just hate Shea LAH-boof.

gauleyboy420 8/13/2009 11:58:24 AM


According to 90% of posters on this site, every comedianout there currently is unfunny...toilet humor...immatuure... blah blah blah...

I issue a challenge Who's fuckin funny!?  Then after 3 movies when they are popular, will you still like them (even though they're just as funny)

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