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Marvel calls "Action" on THOR


By Rob M .Worley     January 12, 2010
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Marvel calls "Action" on 'Thor'! Plus: Downey dumps 'Cowboys & Aliens'. 'Transformers 3' to roll cameras in May. 'G.I.Joe 2' confirmed and more! Doing whatever a spider can, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.12!



SPIDER-MAN 4 Scuttled. Studio Starts Series form Square One

In case you missed the late-breaking news yesterday: Sam Raimi has walked away from 'Spider-Man 4' and Sony has announced plans to restart the series with a new cast, crew and storyline. Read all about it!




Since summer of 2008 he's been the highest-profile attachment to Platinum Studios and DreamWorks' 'Cowboys & Aliens' property but now it appears that uber-hot actor Robert Downey Jr. won't star in the film after all.

The L.A. Times reports that Downey has backed out of the project for scheduling reasons. The actor has been back in-demand since wowing audiences 'Iron Man' and rumor has it that a 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel is on the fast track. The official line is simply that he's now too busy to accommodate the western/sci-fi mash-up.

'Iron Man' director Jon Favreau is still attached to helm the movie, which is supposed to begin filming this summer, for a 2011 release. Of course, that all depends on them landing a new lead cowboy.

'Cowboys & Aliens' is produced by Steven Spielberg. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci wrote the latest drafts of the screenplay, which reportedly is far afield of Platinum's graphic novel of the same name.



TRANSFORMERS 3 Rolls Out in May? reports that Autobot fans can look for 'Transformers 3' to roll cameras this May. The film is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2011.



G.I.JOE Sequel Confirmed

Variety confirms details about the 'G.I.Joe 2' movie which have already been reported by Collider and IESB. Paramount is committed to making a sequel thanks to the $300 million plus worldwide box office of the first one. 'Zombieland' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been hired to work out the screenplay.



Checkmate coming to SMALLVILLE?

We already know that Pam Grier is on board to play Amanda "The Wall" Waller in the upcoming 'Smallville' movie 'Absolute Justice'. Now Kryptonsite reveals that there's an episode coming titled "Checkmate".

Are the producers of the show just employing the game-ending chess term for a compelling title? Or could it be that they're bringing the U.N. Covert Ops team of the same name in from the DC Universe? After all, Waller has commanded Checkmate from time-to-time.

"Checkmate" is slated to be the 17th episode this season.



David Mattey Joins THOR

Towering actor David Mattey has revealed via his official website that that he is one of the swelling ranks of cast members in Marvel's 'Thor' movie.

Back in December he told his fans, "Been super busy lately with rehearsals for Marvel Studios' upcoming 'Thor' movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh.  I'm not at liberty to say what I'm doing on it (it's all classified), but we've been rehearsing since mid-October so far.  The actual shooting begins in mid-January, and the release is slated for 2011."

The 6 foot 10 actor usually plays thugs and bit roles in films. He's also done makeup-oriented work on shows like 'Buffy', 'Star Trek: Enterprise' and other films. Given his size and background, our guess he's playing one of those frost giants they were casting for last October.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Marvel calls "Action" on THOR!

Get excited, Maniacs! Marvel Studios announced yesterday that they have commenced principal photography 'Thor'.

The announcement confirms much of what we know about casting. Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character with Tom Hiddleston in the role of Thor’s brother Loki, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster.  Additionally, the studio has cast actor Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Renee Russo as Frigga, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Josh Dallas as Fandral, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Idris Elba as Heimdall, as well as Colm Feore and Kat Dennings. They also confirm Stellan Skarsgård is in the picture. Feore and Skarsgård's roles are not identified.

The film is slated for release in theatres domestically on May 6, 2011 via Paramount Pictures which will also release the film on a worldwide basis.

Here's the official description:

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard.  At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.  Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment.  Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Credited screenwriters include Mark Protosevich, Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. 

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D'Esposito, will executive produce.

Marvel also pegs the 'Captain America' movie at July 22, 2011, and 'The Avengers' on May 4, 2012.


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DarthDuck 1/12/2010 7:05:48 AM

Why reboot? Seriously?  I'll get over Raimi not doing it but why do we have to start over?

I don't know nearly enough about Cowboys and Aliens to comment other than, every movie is better with Downey.

I will never EVER see Transformers 3.  ...unless Ms. Mania herself doesn't do Spidey 3 and they recast Megan Fox's part for her.

I may see G.I.Joe 2...

Don't watch Smallville.

THOR!  Have at thee box office!!

Wiseguy 1/12/2010 7:19:21 AM

I couldn't be more excited for THOR and the fact that story is still shrouded in mystery actually excites me even more. I would've guessed that Mattey may be Loki's father but probably one of the lead frost giants is more likely

Hooray for more GI Joe, I think I said that before but it's worth repeating

I'm really looking forward to Smallville and love that they keep intergrating the DC Universe in this mythology

I'm surprised Transformers 3 is rolling so soon since Bay seemed to be whinning about doing big spectacle movies and wanting a break. Bring on more robot mayhem

RDJ just needs to be sure he's available for IronMan and for whenever Marvel needs him for any of their films, everything else can suck it. But I am looking forward to this Cowboys and Aliens crap, sounds like tons of fun, and I'm a fun hog

CaptAmerica04 1/12/2010 7:20:06 AM

"Have at thee, box office!!"  Now THAT is funny!!  Nice touch, DD.

So, "First Avenger: Captain America" has been bumped up to 2011?!?!?  REALLY?!  Is that a typo, or is someone just TEASING me?!  Please, oh please, Mr. Worley, tell me that's confirmed!  Last I heard it was being held off until 2012 with "The Avengers."

Wiseguy 1/12/2010 7:24:57 AM

CaptainAmerica04, I think we may have to strip you of that name :) First Avenger was always slated for 2011. Originally THOR was due this year with First Avenger and Avengers in 2011 then Thor and Avengers both got pushed back one year, just to set the record straight and up to date but may yet change again as we know

SONYMANswallows 1/12/2010 7:25:06 AM

Its all Jeesers fault

BatmanForever 1/12/2010 7:39:39 AM

 < --------Anxiously anticipating THOR!!!

noahbody 1/12/2010 7:59:58 AM give us some pics!

ddiaz28 1/12/2010 8:05:27 AM

Can't wait for more Transformers! 

And I'm really worried about Spidey's future.  Why high school?  I don't want to see all that teen angst BS.  Just start him off in college like where we left off.  It's too soon for another origin story.

Cheesey1 1/12/2010 8:06:32 AM

Happy to hear that.  Agreed, looking forward to some pics, but I'm sure that Marvel will do a great job of releasing them at the right time.

javaone 1/12/2010 8:07:25 AM

They need to give Transformers a rest for a little while, then come back in a few years with new actors and better story line.

I'm actually in the camp of looking forward to another G.I.Joe, as long as it's done right.

Smallville has been mediocre so far this past fall, but I think the newer episodes coming up are gonna be fun with the Justice Society.

RDJ was awesome in both Iron Man & Sherlock Holmes, so can't wait to see what's next (besides IM2, of course).

Man we need more news on Captain America!!

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