Lost art from Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman movie arrives online. Plus: New art for Scott Pilgrim vs The World! More casting buzz on X-Men: First Class. New reports from The Walking Dead and more! Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.7!
Out doing press for Predators, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez told Movieweb that he still aims to make the comic adaptations Sin City 2 and Madman.
The former seems like a no-brainer. They hit it big with the first Sin City (ranked as the #4 comic book movie of all time on Mania's mega-list) and the sequel was already charted out by the graphic novels. Still, five years later, Rodriguez still does not appear to be chomping at the bit to return to that franchise.
"It's in the same place as always, I'm working on the script," he answered. "I'm trying to actually find the time to do it because I know I'm doing Spy Kids 4: Armageddon next."
He said Sin City 2 could fit in after the Spy Kids movie.
More frustrating for Mike Allred fans is the long-languishing Madman movie. Rodriguez has held the film rights for about twelve years. At frequent points, revealed in numerous interviews over the years, both Allred and Rodriguez seemed to think the movie would be "the next thing" the filmmaker does. With the Madmen comics all but faded from existence many fans are probably thinking the movie will never happen. However, Rodriguez says it's still in the works.
"Yeah that's still on the plate too," he said. "I love that project and I talk to Mike Allred about that all the time."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Transformers 3 will shoot scenes next week at the Milwaukee Art Museum. However, the planned filming at the old Tower Automotive plant on the city's north side will be delayed until August, after principal photography in Chicago is wrapped.
Empire Online has scored a nifty Scott Pilgrim vs The World exclusive. They're the first to unveil the new international poster for the film. Check it out!
Directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera, the movie opens in theaters August 13th.
Showbiz411, who has been a fount of X-Men: First Class casting news of late, confirms the news that Benjamin Walker is no longer in the movie. The blog reports that Walker has opted to do another run of his breakout stage role in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" on Broadway.
Their spin on things: Fox is terrified over the poor box office string of 'Knight and Day, The A Team and Marmaduke and they want to make sure First Class lands on the Avatar side of the ledger.
As such, Showbiz claims they'll be looking to cast some more familiar, sexy faces in the young X-Men roles. Allegedly, they've even been inquiring as to the availability of Twilight hunk Taylor Lautner.
Fans looking for an update on The Walking Dead can click over to USA Today. They've got a chat with Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics on which the show is based.
Meanwhile, over at the show's official blog is a Q & A with production designer Greg Melton. Melton talks about creating the grim, zombie-infested world of the show, and how the comics influenced his designs. Here's an exceprt:
Q: How did you approach designing for The Walking Dead?
A: I did Tales From the Crypt for many years, and I always approached that show from a realism standpoint -- trying to set up a realistic world, and then let the surreal horror spin out of it. And that's the strategy I've taken with this, to root it in reality as much as possible and let Rick move through this world and see it get more and more skewed. A great example is when he wakes up in the hospital. It just gets worse and worse. It's like there was a running gun battle through this hospital. There were grenades. He comes outside and it looks like Dachau. Then as he comes to the parking lot, there's going to be an entire military hospital unit that's been overrun. It just keeps unfolding. When you read the comic, Rick walks outside and there's a car crashed into a tree. [Laughs] I'm like, "OK yeah, we'll do this burned out bus and dump trucks stacked with bodies."
Q: What visual inspiration did you get from the comics?
A: It's like having a storyboard of the whole production. Usually I get a storyboard of an effects sequence or an action sequence. But it's very interesting to have something from beginning to end. There are a lot of iconic images in that graphic novel that we have taken into the series. People will go, "Oh yeah that's the downtown Atlanta shot." For instance the police station in the graphic novel: One day I was driving around and saw right behind our production office this little brick building that looked exactly like the police station. So there are a lot of points like that, and then the hospital is something we really took to a whole new level as far as the devastation and really showing for the first time the scale of the apocalypse in Rick's town.
There's a new International Trailer for The Green Hornet online. To be honest, it looks a lot like the previous one:
Last week yon interwebs were grumbling over DC Comics' plans to revamp Wonder Woman's costume and continuity. To the horror of some, the Amazon Princess' new look has her wearing black pants and a black jacket. Speculation by many is that this was all some attempt to make her more film-friendly for the development execs at DC Entertainment.
Now, Hollywood costume designer Shawna Trpcic has posted her designs for the character, which were commissioned by Joss Whedon a few years back when he was attached to direct the movie. Guess what? Black jacket and black pants, at least on a few renderings. However, these designs retain more of the traditional Wonder Woman elements than the new comic designs do.
Trpcic (it's pronounced "terp-sick") has worked with Whedon on Firefly, Angel, Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse. Click the thumbnails for a larger images:
Click though for the complete interview.
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