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KICK-ASS Bidding War

Plus: WOLVERINE 2, IRON MAN 2, G.I.JOE 2 and More

By Rob M. Worley     August 11, 2009
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Kick-Ass 2 enters theaters on August 16, 2013.
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Post Comic-Con 'Kick-Ass' has many studios vying. Plus: 'G.I.Joe' sequel confirmation. Jackman talks 'Wolverine' sequel. Cheadle talks 'Iron Man 2' and more! Nominated for zero teen choice awards, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.11!

  

 

Brent Strickland talks WONDER WOMAN, VILLAINS

Screenwriter Brent Strickland,  who wrote the most recent 'Wonder Woman' script, with writing partner Matthew Jennison, recently talked to Cinefools.com about his experiences with the character, and blending the expectations of comic fans with those of the film's producers.

"Hollywood kind of insists that you embellish source material - a movie is different than a comic book or graphic novel and needs to be addressed differently. We certainly took liberties on our spec Wonder Woman, but we also used a ton of stuff from the comic. My feeling is that ultimately something iconic like Wonder Woman needs to be a hybrid of the source material and the writer's original inspiration," Strickland said. "We feel an obligation to the fan base not only to treat the property with respect, but also to make it fresh - to reinvent the story without reinventing the wheel, so to speak. We enjoyed the research because her backstory often revealed things we could use and build on. I think fans would dig it."

He said the goal, at the end of the day, is to create an exciting story.

"I want it to be a ride. It should be a lot of fun in a world taken seriously. There should be breathtaking action sequences alongside character beats that allow the audience to relate to this Amazon princess, and moments where they get to laugh but not because it's campy," Strickland said.

The pair are also developing Viper Comics' 'Villains', which Strickland says they are very focused on.

"We take these worlds seriously as places where good and evil face off and show down. If you have a movie tracking the rise of the ultimate villain in a world of superheroes, it's going to be hard hitting. There's a lot at stake. As our producer Sean Bailey said, he wants it operatic and epic. That's an exhilarating challenge," Strickland said.

Click through for more of the writer's comments on both projects.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

G.I.JOE Sequel In the Works

Last week actor Byung-Hun Lee told Mania that he has signed on to appear as Storm Shadow in one ore more sequels to 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'.

Now Paramount Studio Vice Chairman Rob Moore, confirms for the L.A. Times that a sequel will soon go into development. The Times also reveals that the lead actors are contractually obligated to return for another film. Director Stephen Sommers is not contractually bound to the sequel.

 

 

Fassbender on JONAH HEX

Actor Michael Fassbender told SCI FI Wire that his costume and makeup from 'Jonah Hex' helped him define his character of Burke in the film.

"You draw your inspirations from so many different areas, and the people working around you have so much play with that," Fassbender said of his tattooed character.

"Burke on the page was a certain sort of character, but then when I arrived in New Orleans and met up with Michael Wilkinson and Christien Tinsley, who did the tattoo, they really gave me all of the information I needed," he said. "I put on this three-piece suit, and then I was going through hats, and I just put on a bowler hat, and I was like, that reminds me of Clockwork Orange, and that reminds me of Frank Gorshin's Riddler. So that would be my physicality—I wanted to try and make him quite angular and quite rakish, and I definitely got the inspiration through the hat. So I found it all in that bowler hat, to be honest."

Fassbender also talks about director Jimmy Hayward's filming technique and trying to bring reality to a fantasy setting. Click through for his complete remarks.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

COWBOYS & ALIENS Has Script

SCI FI Wire chatted with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman about their long-gestating film project 'Cowboys & Aliens'. The pair say they turned in the latest draft of the screenplay on August 5th.

Orci said that at this point it's a waiting game to see what the reactions is. The producers could ask for changes. Leading man Robert Downey Jr. could suggest changes. The studio could move forward or could pull back.

The film is tentatively scheduled for release in 2011.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

Olmos in GREEN HORNET?

Website HollywoodSnitch.com claims to have encountered 'Battlestar Galactica' actor Edward James Olmos at the recent Chicago Comic-Con (formerly Wizard World). According to the report, the actor dropped the news that he's landed a role in 'Green Hornet'.

"I'm on my way to do 'The Green Hornet,'" Olmos is quoted as saying. "It'll be a lot of fun with Seth [Rogen], Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz."

So far this news has not been confirmed with Olmos' people or the producers of the film.

 

 

WHITEOUT one-sheet, featuring Kate Beckinsale

WHITEOUT One Sheet Poster

Warner Bros have released a new one-sheet poster promoting the much-delayed comic adaptation 'Whiteout', due to arrive in theaters next month.

Kate Beckinsale stars in the film directed by Dominic Sena and adapted from the graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber.

 

 

SMALLVILLE Comic-Con Panels

If you're a 'Smallville' fan and weren't able to attend Comic-Con, The CW have put the show's panels online for your viewing enjoyment and edification.

 

 

 

Jackman says WOLVERINE 2 development is underway

MTV Splash Page caught winning actor Hugh Jackman at the Teens Choice Award (where he and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' collected trophies). Jackman confirmed that development on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' is underway and they're intent on exploring Logan's time in Japan.

"Japan is where we're heading, [and] we're starting to work on it now. We're in the ... first steps of developing that story," Jackman told MTV news. "That's a movie I've longed to make from the beginning."

Check out his complete comments:

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

KICK-ASS Grab Ass!

Score another for Mark Millar. The hyperbolic writer has been telling fans for months that 'Kick-Ass' is the movie no studio wanted to make, but every studio is going to want to buy. Quite frankly, we didn't believe him and dismissed the comments as more of his Barnumesque huckstering.

Now, two weeks after the film created an uproar at Comic-Con (and continues to make waves online) Variety reports that Lionsgate, Paramount and Universal are all placing bids on the independent film.

Director/Producer Matthew Vaughn single-handedly raised funding for the pic after the Hollywood mainstays passed on the violent and vulgar script. Now the studios smell a ready-to-serve franchise and they're reportedly offering him a solid seven figures for the completed movie, along with significant budget for print and advertising.

Variety cites 'Kick-Ass' as a new, emerging model of production, with filmmakers indepently funding big-budget, commerical movies and assuming the risks that the studios used to.

At any rate, Millar, Romita, Vaughn and Comic-Con can take a bow for turning an creator-owned (and terminally late) comic into a phenomenon.

 

 

Cheadle talks War Machine in IRON MAN 2

Don Cheadle took a moment at Comic-Con to talk with MTV Splash Page. The actor said that taking on the War Machine armor in the film is a significant part of the storyline for 'Iron Man 2'.

"What's interesting is that there are so many different iterations of War Machine and Tony Stark from all the different comics," Cheadle told MTV News. "It was really trying to find the common thread, the through-line... [And] the through-line really is their friendship. They're actually really good friends.

"We kept asking ourselves: How does that play out with Tony Stark being an independent contractor doing what he wants to do, and Rhodes actually being in the military," he said. "There's a real chain of command he has to follow. What's the conflict that creates?"

Here are the actors' complete comments:

 

 

The Ballad of G.I.JOE

Sumbitted for your amusement: "The Ballad of G.I.JOE". It's a little slow getting going but just wait until Destro and Baroness arrive...

 

Thanks to WarCry for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wiseguy 8/11/2009 8:27:44 AM

A solid 7 figures for the completed Kick Ass film? I'm not in the biz but that sounds like chump change to me when it seems that we often haer about 7 figures for scripts or the rights to books alone. Hell, almost all the risk has already been eliminated, except for the advertising budget. Anyway let's just get the film out there asap

Can't wait for the next Wolverine film. That mini was one of my all time favorite Wolverine stories, maybe partly because he was still fairly new and had not been commercialized and over-exposed to today's point. Hopefully the price on the original mini will sky rocket also

IM2, hell effing yes, I think we've all said how much we want it. I just know we're in for some surprises they've yet to let out officially

GI Joe sequel yeah. I didn't think they'd greenlight it so soon but not surprised. I figured they'd wait to see a return on toys and dvd sales

FukUMania 8/11/2009 8:33:56 AM

I thought 7 figures sounded low too.  Didn't the film cost 8 figures to make?

Matador 8/11/2009 8:35:59 AM

Damn another Bad Joe flick & Wolverine mess great! I'd rather watch Green Hornet over those two any day.

Ironman 2 will be top notch can't wait!

pilgram 8/11/2009 8:37:26 AM

Wonder Woman = Wait and See.
GI Joe = Sequel what a surprise. Shouldn’t it make money first?
Cowboys & Aliens = This has been in Development Hell since I was 20ish, and that was
a long time ago. Why is it taking so long? Must not be very good.
Kick-Ass = Best news of the day. Very disserving and refreshing to see original work and
risk being rewarded.
War Machine = This will be a spin-off no doubt.
 

pilgram 8/11/2009 8:40:03 AM

The seven figures does not address "points" or a backend on the film. That is only what is being paid by studio to play ball with the producers of the movie. Think of it as only there base pay check no bonus yet.

littlemikey979 8/11/2009 8:44:28 AM

BRING BACK SGT. SLAUGHTER!!! That was freakin funny as hell.

Matador 8/11/2009 8:44:28 AM

If shit don't go right with GI Joe there always Thundercats and He-Man they can fuck up next.

hanso 8/11/2009 8:45:41 AM

Interesting about a JOE sequel so quick considering the movie made less each day it was out during opening weekend and that due to advertising costs they are looking at around $325 million to break even.

What I would like to know is, sure the cast is under contract for more but what about the accelerator suits?

hanso 8/11/2009 8:47:36 AM

Jrod, didn't they already F up He Man with Masters of the Universe?

Matador 8/11/2009 8:47:41 AM

They were contracted out to the Ironman 2 movie so they still have a job.

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