Lionsgate to release 'Kick-Ass' in 2010. PLUS: 'The Losers' set photos. JSA coming to 'Smallville'? Goyer talks 'Blade' future and more! Double the caffeine and twice the sugar, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.18!
The L.A. Times has a look at the newly revitalized DreamWorks. The studio had previously operated in conjunction with Universal Pictures as a distribution partner. Last year the two entities parted leaving Steven Spielberg to reform his outfit as a completely independent studio. Now they've secured the funding to achieve that and are looking to roll out a slate of films.
According to the article, the slow-brewing 'Cowboys and Aliens' is among four "priority projects". The film is based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel of the same name, which (very obviously) deals with cowboys in the old west repelling alien invaders. Robert Downey Jr. had previously been attached to star in the film. 'Star Trek', 'Transformers' and 'Fringe' golden boys Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have written a script (along with 'Lost' mastermind Damon Lindelof).
The other three hot projects at DW are 'The 39 Clues,' 'Real Steel,' and 'Motorcade.'
KryptonSite is reporting that the Justice Society of America may be a guest on an episode of 'Smallville' this season. That episode would be written by none other than Geoff Johns, who brought the Legion of Superheroes onto the show in season 8.
"The Justice Society will be heroes that come out of 'retirement' to see how the current generation operates," Johns told KryptonSite, adding, "can't say much more than that right now."
ComingSoon.net has snagged some intel on 'The Losers' currently filming in Puerto Rico. That intel comes in the form of a set of photos featuring Idris Elba and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and some action involving a big gun and a yellow car. Check out the complete photo set.
A few months back we told you how director Steven Norrington and actor Stephen Dorff were working on a secret plan to film a spin-off of 'Blade'.
Now MTV Splash Page put the question to the man who is inextricably linked to the franchise: Mr. David S. Goyer.
Unfortunately, Goyer had little to say about any future 'Blade' projects. ""It's been rumored over at New Line," Goyer told MTV News. "There's been murmurings."
From Comics2Film's point-of-view, the original 'Blade' movie marks the begining of Marvel's rise to dominance in Hollywood. It spawned one successful sequel but began to collapse under the lackluster 'Blade: Trinity'. Once the film franchise ran its course Goyer tried to relaunch as an edgy TV show on Spike. The show was a mixed bag, with latter episodes showing some of the flare of the first two films, but ultimately it couldn't survive past it's initial short season.
For Goyer, the question of Blade's return is a matter of "when", rather than "if."
"I think when you revisit these characters, the question is, how long should they stay off the shelf?" he said, pointing to Batman who waited eight year before his uber-successful return.
It's been a while since we dipped a toe into the daily photo stream of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' director Edgar Wright. One of yesterday's photos marks the end of actor Mark Weber's involvement of the film. Webber plays Stephen Stills, the charismatic frontman for Scott's band Sex Bob-omb.
Is it just us, or is this movie taking forever to film?
According to last week's report, Lionsgate was throwing elbows against the likes of heavyweight studios Paramount and Universal to secure the rights to distribute the picture in the U.S. and Canada. Variety says they came up with a competitive number and a commitment to market the film's edgy content. Sources say that Lionsgate's commitment may be around $45 million, although the studio itself is keeping quiet on the actual number.
Stephen Spielberg recently wrapped principal...er...suit work...on 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn', the motion-capture animated adaptation of the classic comic book be Hergé.
Now, producing partner Peter Jackson has talked exclusively with MTV Splash Page about the film and its sequel, which he personally will direct.
"The first one's based on 'The Secret Of The Unicorn' largely, with a little of 'The Crab With The Golden Claws' put in," explained Jackson. "We wanted to have the meeting of Captain Haddock and Tintin. ... We're kind of taking bits from a couple of different books."
But for the next one, Jackson said, "I'm partial to 'The Seven Crystal Balls' [and] 'Prisoners of the Sun,' that was always one of my favorites," said Jackson. "I love 'The Black Island,' as well."
Check out the video interview:
War Machine is a funny man!