Kirkman responds to Walking Dead rumors. Plus: Miller says Sin City 2 starting early 2011. Liefeld gets all Deadpool on Fox's ass! There's some new Smurfs artwork on the interwebs and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.3!
In an in-depth interview with NYC Graphic Novelists, Frank Miller discusses the prospects for the long-delayed Sin City 2 movie. As always, the film appears to be just around the corner.
"We’re planning on it early next year," Miller told the website. "We’re getting both of us happy with things, and we’ve both gotten a bit feistier."
"Preproduction will be early next year. Preproduction with Rodriguez takes about ten days. The guy is a lightning bolt. We’ll cast the movie across the later months of this year, and a lot of it will cast itself, since a lot of people want to be back."
As has been previously reported, the sequel will draw from A Dame to Kill For, which puts Clive Owen's Dwight character front and center (but also has something for Mickey Rourke's Marv to do as well).
We're not sure what's precipitated it but Rob Liefeld took to the twittersphere yesterday to call 20th Century Fox out on the much-discussed Deadpool movie.
For those coming in late, actor Ryan Reynolds has been attached to star in the movie ever since he played a version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The studio rapidly went into development on the film, based on the buzz from that movie and commissioned Zombieland hot hands Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to pen a script. Word in late October was that stylish TV commercial director Adam Berg was in the crosshairs as a favorite of Reynolds and the producers to direct the movie.
All this was coming together in the interest of hitting the window of opportunity for Reynolds' availability during a period next year where he has not other movies going on.
Then, yesterday morning, Liefeld started taking jabs at the project:
So, why the sudden cajoling on the part of Liefeld? Does he know something new about the project that we don't. Is it in danger of imploding under the crossbeams of studio indecision and Reynolds' busy dance card?
At some point a follower named JStud_ asked, "Why the sudden burst of anti-FOX tweets?? Are they trying to mess with that AMAZING [Deadpool] script?"
To which Liefeld responded, "FOX is always worrisome to me @JStud_ Not exactly the greatest track record. DP is in their hands."
So maybe Mr. Liefeld had an early morning anxiety attack about Deadpool. Or maybe he's heard some insider stuff. Our understanding is the movie has to film before summer for Reynolds to make the show. Stay tuned...
The big Walking Dead news from Wednesday was that showrunner Frank Darabont had let go of his writing staff in favor of working with freelancers for season two. This action supposedly included powerhouse TV writer Chic Eglee who had come on board in the interest of taking the reins after Darabont guided the launch of the series.
Comics creator Robert Kirkman, who is also an executive producer on the show, chatted with TV Guide to do some spin control on the story, which he criticized as being based on some erroneous presumptions.
"It makes Frank look bad. I don't think Frank wants it out there that he's just firing people off of a successful show seemingly for no reason," Kirkman said.
First up, he addressed the false notion that Darabont fired Eglee from the show.
"Chic Eglee is a high-level television writer. He was brought onto The Walking Dead with the idea that Frank was going to work on the first season and then go off and do movies," Kirkman said. "Chic didn't want to be second-in-command on a show when he's used to being a top dog, and so he decided to go off and do something else, which is something that happens and is not a big deal."
Kirkman also said that the report that season two will not have a dedicated writing staff, but rather farm out assignments to freelancers, is also premature. Those decisions are still being made.
At the end of the day AMC has their most successful series launch to date with The Walking Dead. Kirkman suggests that the idea that the current developments are some sign of trouble is overblown.
"Everybody knows what they're doing," Kirkman says. "AMC has done a few television shows before, and Frank Darabont is a professional. Whatever is decided, I don't think it will affect the show one way or another."
The final episode of season one of Walking Dead' airs Sunday at 10/9c on AMC.
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