Kick-Ass creator John Romita Jr's Gray Area gets a screenwriter. Plus: Scott Pilgrim vs Avatar! Walking Dead news chunks. The sun sets on Cowboys & Aliens and more! Still happy with the Hornet trailer a day later, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.23!
Eisner confirmed that he's attached and said he loves the concept, for which he provided some additional details.
"Mark gave a bit of the pitch, Jack the Ripper vs. Dracula," Eisner told FEARnet, continuing, "but really Jack the Ripper is the hero and he's trying to save the world from Dracula and his vampire brides. It's just a cool, aggressive, awesome pitch and I'd love to make that."
Eisner said he sees the movie as dark and edgy. While he's pitched it to the studio as a PG-13 film, he wants to push the rating as far to the edge is it can go, much like The Dark Knight did. "Dark Knight was aggressive by avoiding sexuality and language allowing you to push the intensity and violence right to the edge of PG 13. I'm hoping to be able to do that for Blood of the Innocent, although if we're able to scale back the movie a little bit and go a little more gritty or dark then we'll go into R territory for sure."
However, whereas Wheatley made it seem as if the project was a sure thing to go into production after Eisner tackles Escape From New York, the director was a bit more tentative in his comments.
"It's dark and aggressive and intense, but kind of expensive so we'll see if I can get a studio to commit the resources to really take a chance on a movie like this," Eisner said.
He also talked about scheduling between Escape and his other big comics adaptation Flash Gordon. "It depends on how the projects come to fruition; Flash Gordon is a total passion project for me. We've just extended the option and the studio's very committed in trying to make it happen. It's just a gigantic 3D experience with years of prep, it’s one of those movies you get once in a lifetime to make and for me it's been a passion of mine since I was a kid. If I could pick and just control everything I would love to make Flash Gordon, it's really kind of my dream job, but it's multi-year, in terms of writing and designing."
The Walking Dead podcast reports that actor Keith Allen Hayes has joined the cast of The Walking Dead. Their sourcing the news to Imdb, which is notoriously unreliable when it comes to casting info on in-production or pre-production projects. Hayes has numerous credits to his name but most of them are bit parts such as "Church Member", "Gang Member", "Father of a Young Boy" and the like. So in all likelihood he's not filling a major role in the show.
Meanwhile, L.A. based composer Kevin Riepl has applied his orchestral/industrial/electronic/ambient music style to an animated trailer storyboarded by artwork the original Walking Dead comics. It's apparently a demo piece that Riepl cut together in hopes of landing the job scoring the show. You can watch it on Facebook (sorry, no embedding). Riepl has worked extensively in the video game biz, scoring such releases as Gears of War, Aliens: Colonial Marines and various Unreal titles.
If you're on the Facebook you may be wondering why all your friends suddenly look like character's from Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novels. Well, the reason is the cool new Avatar Creator found on the official website for Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Fire up the creator and you can conjure up a Pilgrim style character that may vaguely resemble your own self. Click the thumbnail at right for a look at C2F's Rob Worley, rendered O'Malley style.
In other Scott Pilgrim news, MTV chats up the Toronto-based indie band Broken Social Scene who (along with Beck) has crafted some of the music for the movie. Bandmates Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin talk a bit about the movie, but aren't permitted to say much about how they stood in for the ficticious band Crash and the Boys.
Cowboys & Aliens is in the midst of a series of night shoots according to the enlightening tweets of director Jon Favreau.
Yesterday afternoon he lamented, " Last night was the shortest night of the year. The sun started coming up before 5. Tough when you're shooting nights."
He then added that they'll be continuing the night filming until the fourth of July.
Apparently the night photography isn't keeping the film's leading lady (and prolific twitterer) Oliva Wilde all that busy. Wilde tells her followers that she's catching up on old western's like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid while standing by for some action on the set.
"Shooting nights makes me feel like a real doctor...or a cop..or Batman! I'm on call at any moment in case they need me to swoop in and act," Wilde tweeted.
Wilde's co-stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are apparently not twitterbugs so they've offered nothing in the way of micro updates. Cowboys & Aliens is due out July 29, 2011.
Last November C2F exclusively reported that Solipsist Films was developing the comic The Gray Area for film.
The book created by Glen Brunswick and John Romita Jr (of Kick-Ass fame and other Marvel glory) tells of a corrupt cop who is killed, but finds himself in a purgatory state with a chance to redeem himself.
Now we've learned that screenwriter Mark Kratter has come on board to pen the script for the film. Kratter is a relative newcomer but has made some waves with his award-winning horror spec Endangered and recently adapted the Daina Graziunas' novel Thinning the Predators for Warner Bros.
Look for more on The Gray Area soon, right here on Mania.com