Casting begins on Superman so let the rumors fly! Plus: Dark Knight start date tipped? Clowes preps Wilson for big screen. Government Bodies gets TV deal and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.19!
Indie comics creator Dan Clowes has seen a number of his comics adapted into film, with the critically acclaimed Ghost World being prominent among them. Now Deadline.com reports that Clowes is penning the script for a film based on his graphic novel Wilson.
The movie is being lined up at Fox Searchlight as a potential directing vehicle for Sideways director Alexander Payne, who is also producing. Josh Donen of Sam Raimi's Stars Road is producing as well.
Wilson focuses on an embittered divorced man and his attempts to re-engage with the world while staving off his own overwhelming pessimism. The work is Clowes first original graphic novel, which is to say it's not a collection of previously-serialized work.
Indie comics shingle Frozen Beach Studios announced recently that its comic book series Government Bodies has been optioned for television development by Reservoir Films. Nu Image, Inc. is the sales agent.
According to their press release, the Government Bodies are a secretive squad of covert operatives, led by a rogue FBI agent, who attempt to destroy the criminal enterprise that has set up shop along the Gulf coast. Set in New Orleans, this tightly-knit group of ex-Special Forces officers, tactical geniuses, and former hitmen use the most advanced weaponry and tactics to strike fear in the hearts of the bad guys. Pursued by a suspicious high-ranking FBI official and a dangerously psychotic criminal overlord, the Government Bodies must operate with exact precision, and then disappear into the shadows without a trace.
The four-issue comic book series originally published in 2005 under the Across the Pond Studios label and is available for purchase through IndyPlanet.com.
Nobody loves to project Batman-filming start dates more than actor Michael Caine. If he's not filming a Batman movie, he's talking to the press about when the next one starts. And he's been incorrect more often than not.
With that in mind, Caine recently laid out a proposed production schedule for The Dark Knight Rises to Empire Online.
"Emma [Thomas], the producer, said we'd get the script in January. [Director Christopher Nolan] said: 'Script in January, shoot in May, finish in November.'"
So, there you have it. As far as Michael Caine knows, The Dark Knight Rises will be shooting in May.
OK, so we've already heard a number of rumors and suggestions about who will play Superman in Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan's franchise relaunch. But Deadline.com is reporting that casting has only in earnest this week, as the filmmakers aim to cast a "wide net" in their search for their leading man.
As with Donner's series and Singer's attempted refresher, the studio aims to cast an unknown, or at least little-known, actor. It could be someone from TV who hasn't had a lot of exposure yet. Supposedly they'll see hundreds of actors before making a decision. The target age range is 28-32 (sorry, Jon Hamm).
Production is due to start next June, which may preclude TV series regulars from taking the role.
Word is that David Goyer is working over his script with freshly-minted director Snyder.
So now the internet can truly begin speculating on who might land the part. but it looks like when the Man of Steel emerges, it may be somebody we've never heard of.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is there an up-and-comer that you think would fill the role of SUPERMAN? Post your comments below...
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