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Kirkman Responds to WALKING DEAD Rumors

Plus: SIN CITY 2, DEADPOOL, WOLVERINE and more!

By Rob M. Worley     December 03, 2010
Source: Various


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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!

 

 

 

Miller on SIN CITY 2

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).

 

 

Liefeld Calls Fox out on DEADPOOL Movie

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:

  • Dear FOX studios, get your act together. Deadpool is not Green Lantern, not a family film. DP is "filthy" think Expendables $$ w/ RR
  • Also FOX, find your balls and film the script from Rheese[sic] and Wernick. You will make loads of money and thank yourself later.
  • Dear FOX, these five will show up and slice your nutz if you screw DP up!
  • It boils down to this, Ryan Reynolds, Mr. Sexiest Man alive paired with best comic script ever written, no-brainer....make Deadpool happen!
  • 43 is the new 72 for me....i just speak my mind and don't give a crap....grumpy old Liefeld.

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...

 

 

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Kirkman Responds to WALKING DEAD Stories

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.

 


 

Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wiseguy 12/3/2010 8:08:04 AM

Doesn't sound like Leifield knows anything we don't about Deadpool but maybe suspects that Fox is trying to "kiddie up" the script. At least that's what it sounds like to me. The script must be bloody as hell as it should be being DEADPOOL and all

I don't care who Darabont fired or not from Walking Dead. As long as he and Kirkman remain intimately involved I wouldn't loose any sleep over the writers

Sin City 2 is taking forever. I'm looking forward to it but I really doubt that it's going to be the hit the first one was. I just don't think most regular movie fans will be that intrigued by the look the second time around

Remain hopeful that they do Wolverine justice the next time around

AVENGERS is my new favorite superhero cartoon, love it all around

This is funny to me "Sharlto Copley confirms for Bleeding Cool that he may or may not be in Men in Black 3." So why bother even writing it

 

 

LocoLobo73 12/3/2010 8:22:21 AM

SIN CITY 2: never going to Happen

DEADPOOL: Liefeld, must have forgotten that he has no rights to the character he created 

Avengers: EMH : MASTERS OF EVIL, NUFF SAID

THE Wolverine: He hasnt even thought about it, yeah got to love how hes getting ready for the movie, maybe we will see it made by 2015

The Shadow: jeez there is one rumor that I wish was true.  Tarantino would have been awesome for tis pulp hero

The Walking Dead : Im not worried in the least

Calibur454 12/3/2010 8:52:11 AM

I'm with wiseguy on the walking dead staying faithful to the source material is key to success

Sin City 2- until rodriguez himself announces the project I'm not holding my breath. I do hope that it will hit theaters late next year.

mib3 and wolverine- I'll wait for a trailer but not holding my breath

Avengers- I want the live action movie trailer to come out asap.

 

axia777 12/3/2010 8:55:26 AM

Sin City: Like Bond and the Hobbit GET WORKING ALL READY!!!!

Deadpool:  DAMN I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I wish they would all DIE.  DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE!!!!!  Marvel's HUGEST mistake was EVER even TALKING TO THOSE RAT BASTARDS.  Please Disney, buy back all rights to all Marvel properties to GET RID OF SONY AND FOX FOREVER.  Fox is the WORST THING to ever happen to anything Marvel in the history of comics.  Their X-Men movies sucked ballz for any REAL X-Men fan and now they are pissing all over Deadpool too!  F*CKERS!!!!!

The Walking Dead:  Who cares as long as Darabont is still on  the job and the show is still made with the same high level of quality as it has been.

The Avengers too:  Now THIS is what Marvel properties are supposed to look and feel like!  This is the best thing to happen to cartoons in SUCH a very very very long time.  Why are not all Marvel properties handled with such awesomness?  DIE FOX!  DIE SONY!!

jfdavis 12/3/2010 9:30:58 AM

Deadpool- As much as we don't want it to be "too kiddied up" our society contains imcompetant, but litigious,  parents who wil take their 6-10 year old to see this movie no matter what the rating just because it's a superhero movie so It would be smart of Fox to avoid the potentially expensive, though in reality baseless, litigation and avoid gorey decapitations, etc.  Honestly, I'm not big on senselessly-violent-extraneous-of-plot movies anyway...

axia777 12/3/2010 9:38:45 AM

 @jfdavis - Sorry dude, but that is one huge load of drivel. Fukk those parents and fukk Fox. That is the same kind of attitude that blames violent video games for violence done by teens. WHICH IS A HUGE LOAD OF CRAP. If parents can't do their jobs then that IS THEIR FAULT.

Btw, I am a parent.....

krathwardroid 12/3/2010 9:39:01 AM

Yeah, this article certainly was interesting. Same ol' talk about the same ol' rumors. Geez. 

flinshadytoo 12/3/2010 11:43:00 AM

 Just managed to watch the first episode of Walking Dead, finally a decent zombie story, better than most that has come out on the big screens for ages. The production is fab.

Deadpool Meh! It will probably be as crap as Wolverine.

& the smurfs-YUK! Never be the same since I wandered into a news-agents in Holland as a kid & saw a picture of the lady smurf (don't know her name) doing something unmentionable to papa smurf. Now they just creep me out Brrrrr...

jfdavis 12/3/2010 11:53:06 AM

@axia As a librarian, I fully agree lazy parents suck and should handle their own crap.  I just don't want it to interfere with (and it has in the past) my enjoyment of the movie  but, as I said, I may not anyway if there's no plot...

violator14 12/3/2010 12:58:44 PM

@axia on Deadpool: once again u take the words right out of my mouth... that's including all the expletives AND ur response to jfdavis... so ya... what Axia said.  You tell them Liefield!!!!! You know what, we should create a website or a group called "F.U.C.K.U.F.O.X."

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