Locke & Key hires pilot director, star. Plus: Green Lantern's Parallax revealed? Bale talks Dark Knight Rises secrets. Renner preps for Avengers and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.23!
Actor Jeremy Renner told MTV Splash Page that he's starting to get himself prepped to play Hawkeye in Joss Whedon's Avengers movie. He's been in communication with Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr and hasn't seen a script for the film. However it's the costume fitting that will really represent a threshold for him.
"That's when I'll feel, 'Oh, I'm really going to have to start working out,'" he told MTV with a laugh.
For now he's been doing some light research.
"I don't know a lot about the Hawkeye character, but I've been digging around a bit and there are things from his past I think I could play out physically," he said. "I have a few ideas of certain styles of training I want to do for that character. Bow-and-arrow stuff is the obvious one. I think I'm going to have to do some lifting for that. I'm curious to hear what Joss and the Marvel guys think about when I run a few ideas by them."
He revealed that there's been a creative meeting with Whedon, the Marvel suits and the rest of the cast. At this point he doesn't know if his character is more rooted in the classic version or the Ultimate version, but he's excited about the collaborative spirit so far.
Actor Christian Bale told MTV Splash Page that he's kind of in the dark about the storyline for The Dark Knight Rises.
"[Director Christopher Nolan] will let me know what I need to know when I need to know it," he told MTV. "It's our fourth movie together, and I probably know a little bit more than maybe some people out there, but I think most people will be surprised by how little I do know."
Bale said info is given to him on a need to know basis and right now he doesn't need to know. "I know he'll give me plenty of time to prepare whatever I need to for it and I'll discover it. He's a pretty damn good filmmaker I trust that he's going to come up with something wonderful," Bald said.
Plans are for Nolan's final Batman film to hit theaters in July 2012.
The directing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are off filming Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance and occasionally tweeting about it. Let's get caught up:
November 16: "Serious props: Idris Elba's command of physical action is straight up Statham-like"
The versatile Elba is playing some sort of warrior monk in the movie.
November 18: " LOL Johnny Whitworth bitch-slapping Tony Head."
This is apparently a reference to actor Anthony Stewart Head (Merlin) and not Tony Head (The Wire). According to the former's website, he's also playing a Monk in the movie. Whitworth plays a bad guy in league with The Devil.
November 19: "I think every smart hot girl in the world is in love with Giles from Buffy."
This is another reference to Head, who played that character on TV.
November 20: "Tomorrow we dive into one of the most intense VFX/action scenes in the movie.......3 days of freezing hell night work ... massive explosions.... Mud, fire and heavy metal"
And finally last night: "And now the rain.... The mud is going to be 3 feet deep.... Fuuuuuuuuck"
Showbiz ain't all fun and games, kids! Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance starring Nicolas Cage is due in theaters in 2012.
Superhero Hype has the international trailer for Green Hornet. It's quite similar to the previously released domestic trailer, but with a bit more Kato and Cameron Diaz. Enjoy!
This is fun: Director Jon Favreau sat down with MTV Splash Page to provide director commentary for last week's Cowboys & Aliens trailer. Audiences in the U.S. can enjoy the clip...
Deadline.com has a pair of scoops regarding Fox TV's in-development series based on Joe Hill's outstanding comic Locke & Key.
First up, Deadline reports that actress Miranda Otto has signed on to one of the lead roles as Nina Locke, the matriarch of the show's family of characters. She's moved her family back to her deceased husband's family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. And it's a house of mystery and supernatural intrigue, and home to an otherworldly entity that has plagued the family for generations.
The second bit of news is that the pilot episode is to be directed by Mark Romanek. He's best known as a music video director who has recently transitioned to feature films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go. Romanek is said to be in negotiations for the directing gig on the show.
Locke & Key is produced by Fringe creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Josh Friedman (of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fame) wrote the pilot script. 20th Century Fox TV, Kurtzman and Orci's K.O. Paper Products and DreamWorks TV are producing.
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