'Lobo' F/X Talk. Plus: Bay loves Fox for 'Transformers 3'. 'Silver Surfer' solo story sacked. More '30 Days of Night' sequels possible. More! A twiddler, a dreamer, a silly heart and a jabberbox, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.23!
In case you missed it during Mania's weekend reportage, the trailer for the preview of 'Smallville's January 2010 return went online. Check it out for a look at upcoming show appearances by Dr. Fate, Sandman and (dramatic pause) Green Lantern!
Way back in 2007, when buzz on the second 'Fantastic Four' movie was still good, Fox was eager to get a 'Silver Surfer' spin-off going. To that end, they hired J. Michael Straczynski to whip of a script for a solo film for the scion of the spaceways.
Collider.com chatted with Straczynski at the press junket for 'Ninja Assassin' and asked him about the current state of the project.
"What happened was when FF2 didn’t do as well as they hoped it would do, it caused them to call into question a Silver Surfer movie," Straczynski said. "The script that I wrote picked up right where FF2 left off. So if they do a Silver Surfer film down the road, it’ll have to be its own separate [thing]."
They also asked if his script took a light tone, like the 'Fantastic Four' movies.
"It was definitely adult fare. I wanted to tell the origin of the Surfer and get into that whole thing," he said.
Fox is reportedly planning a 'Fantastic Four' reboot.
Click through for the complete Q & A with lots of interesting comments from Straczynski about the 'Forbidden Planet' movie and more!
During the same 'Ninja Assassin' chat, Collider.com also talked with the movie's other writer, Michael Sands.
"I’m working on a giant Timur Bekmambetov sci-fi project called 'Red Star' over at Universal. Again, I’d like to think that could become a movie soon but whether it actually is, beyond my control," Sands revealed. "[I've] finished a number of drafts," Sands said of the project. "It’s a giant sci-fi project based upon a graphic novel by Christian Gossett."
He also commented on how budget can affect a "giant sci-fi project" in the writing stages.
"I’m always given a rough sense of a budget. That can change though. You can be writing a $200 million movie and be told, 'Oh, it’s 50 now.' Or you can be writing a $50 million movie and suddenly it becomes a $200 million movie. Yeah, you have to be aware of who you’re writing for," Sands said.
Fans of Gossett's comic know that the story is epic in proportions so here's hoping the budget accommodates its ambitious scope.
Click through for more from Sands including talk of his upcoming Denzel Washington film.
With the '30 Days of Night: Dark Days' sequel filming in Vancouver, Bloody Disgusting chatted with creator Steve Niles about the future of the franchise.
"Right now we’re just trying to get this one in the can," Niles said. "If that goes well, we’re set up to move forward. We got a great young cast that we can bring along if this works out well, and we’ll be ready to keep going with the story. Plus, the comics are done. God, what do we have, like seven different graphic novels now if it actually took off?"
Sobbing and overwrought, like a male version of Chris Crocker, director Michael Bay has a message for the ravening pack of wolves out to get his lovely leading lady Megan Fox: "Leave her alone!".
OK, Bay probably wasn't sobbing or overwrought, and he didn't really say "leave her alone" exactly. He did come to the actress' defense at a recent Victoria's Secret show.
This after a summer of perceived sniping between the pair in the wake of their mega-hit 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.
To quickly recap: Fox was quoted by a magazine calling Bay "Hitler" among other things. Then, a mysterious "open letter" allegedly (and anonymously) authored by three of Bay's crew members appeared on Bay's own site excoriating the actress for across-the-board bad behavior during the filming. The letter quickly disappeared and was replaced with a message by Bay saying he doesn't condone such things, even though it got posted on his own website. Another crew member came to Fox's defense writing an open letter of praise, while Fox told EW that she had hugged it out with Bay. Still, rumors persisted and last month a story surfaced that Bay planned to kill Fox's character off in the sequel.
Which brings us to the weekend's story, where Bay told USA Today that everything is fine with the actress and he's growing weary of the Megan Fox backlash. He told the national paper that he loves the actress and attributes some of her behavior to her being young and under the pressure of suddenly being a world symbol.
"She called me (after the Hitler comment) and goes, ‘It’s all bullsh—t, Mike.’ The press, they just like to prey, and stalk, and pounce and find a good little juicy thing. But she’s always wanted to do these crazy comments. That’s just her. She’s great," Bay said, and added that the story that she's going to die a sudden and terrible death in the sequel is completely untrue.
"She’s got a great part in 'Transformers 3'," said Bay.
Guy Ritchie's 'Lobo' movie seems to be on the fast track. With 'Sherlock Holmes' bowing in a month, the director should be clear to jump to his next project, which will hopefully be the DC Comic's butt-whoopin' bastich. The weekend interwebs have yielded a pair of stories about the direction of special effects on that movie.
As Comics2Film at Mania reported last month Ritchie and the producers are still working out exactly how to depict the title character, with his cartoon, 'roided-up physique, his pale white (and not blue) skin, his blood red eyes and his painted face. Sources told us they're exploring everything from an all-CGI creation to a muscle suit.
Eyecrave.net chatted with an unnamed source at Legacy Effects, the special effects house formerly known as Stan Winston Studios. They learned that Legacy is working on Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Captain America' movies, as well as 'Lobo'.
The mystery man at Legacy said they've been doing concept designs for the film on body casts that they have in the shop. This source was of the mind that getting an actor who is more of a physical match for 'Lobo' would be the better way to go.
Meanwhile, the folks at Latino Review spoke with producer Joel Silver about the movie. They asked him to weigh in on the question of CGI vs muscle suit.
"There's been some interesting tests. It's pretty spectacular," Silver said. "So that's gonna come about soon I think."
AntoBlueberry also send in this cool bit of footage to brighten up your Monday blahs. According to Antonello, it's an Italian fan movie about the giant Japanese robot Grendizer and the aliens from Vega fighting over and amidst the city of Lucca, where the biggest comic-book convention in Italy is held.