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Marvel creates Hollywood Bullpen


By Rob M. Worley     March 27, 2009

Power Man and Iron Fist would make a swell FX Channel TV show
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Marvel is looking for a few cheap writers. Plus: New clips from 'Dragonball'. Sam Rockwell on 'Iron Man 2'. Javier Grillo-Marxuach to deliver 'Couriers' script. Eric Powell on 'The Goon'. Nic Cage wants in on  Nolan's 'Batman 3'  movie! Falling asleep in front of '30 Rock' so we don't have a clever catch-phrase to steal, it's your Comics2Film 9.3.27!



MIDDLEMAN creator to adapt COURIERS

The Hollywood Reporter says Javier Grillo-Marxuach is on board to writer the screenplay for Brian Wood's indie comic 'Couriers'.

The book, illustrated by Rob G and published by AiT/Planet Lar features kung fu action and follows two gun-toting mercenary couriers named Moustafa and Special who take on jobs other couriers will not tackle, involving intelligence, large cash transfers, protection, assassinations and blockade-running.

Grillo-Marxuach may be best known to readers here as the creator of 'The Middleman' -- both the Viper Comics series and the ABC Family TV show. He's also served as a writer and/or producer on 'Lost', 'Medium' and 'Charmed'.

The 'Couriers movie is set up with Intrepid Pictures.



Marvel's Hollywood Bullpen

The big news for budding screenwriters who love the comics is that Marvel is hiring. Variety reports that the comics/movie shingle is looking to assemble a small staff of house writers to tackle lesser projects that the company is looking to develop.

The new writing staff would sign to two-year deals and would be paid a salary in the ballpark of $50k. They could work on polishing in-development storylines like 'Iron Man 2', 'Thor' and 'Avengers' or coming up with complete scripts on things like 'Luke Cage', 'Iron Fist', 'Black Panther', 'Cable', 'Doctor Strange', etc.

Variety says Marvel may draw from the ranks of comic writers already working for the company, or up-and-coming screenwriters from Holywood.

In her Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, Nikki Finke takes some of the sugar-coating off the deal.

Her sources claim that the terms of the deal "are apparently more onerous than the terms of the Disney Writers Program. Before the writers are even allowed to come in and meet, they must sign a non-disclosure agreement and a 70-page, non-negotiable contract. Among other things, the contract gives Marvel ownership over everything the writers create during the one year term of [the] deal, plus a first look and last refusal to any and all projects the writers have previously written or will write for 24 months in the future."

So if you work for Marvel for a year and then leave, they apparently still own your ass for the next two years. Still, Marvel is Marvel and many up-and-comers will see this as a great way to gain some valuable experience, maybe a screen credit, and build their resume.




MTV has a clip from the upcoming 'Dragonball: Evolution' movie. And be sure not to miss Mania's chat with James Marsters on the set of the film!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.  


Cage Wants to be Bad for BATMAN 3

Nic Cage loves his comic book movies. After near misses as Green Goblin in 'Spider-Man' and the lead role in 'Constantine', the consumate collector finally quelched his comic jones as 'Ghost Rider'. But it's not enough. Cage told MTV Splash Page that he wants in on Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' franchise.

"I would love to play a supervillain. I think that would be a whole lot of fun," Cage told MTV while promoting 'Knowing'. He said specifically he's love to be in the next Batman movie. "Yeah. If they call and invite me, I’d do it. Certainly."




Sam Rockwell at the production offices for IRON MAN 2

IRON MAN 2 Tweet of the Day

Jon Favreau is tweeting again. Here's the latest from the 'Iron Man 2' pre-production:

"Rehearsed today with Mr. Rockwell."

 Mr. Rockwell being Sam Rockwell of course. The 'Choke and 'Green Mile' actor is set to play Stark nemesis Justin Hammer in the sequel. Favreau even provided a photo of the man hanging out at the production offices.



Eric Powell says Fincher "gets" THE GOON

MTV Splash Page has a clip of Eric Powell explaining why he was more than thrilled that David Fincher wanted to produce 'The Goon' animated movie.


Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




Burbank Alert: Hang Out with DC Superheroes/Win Stuff!

The publicists at Warner Animation have asked us to extend the following invitation to fans in the Burbank, CA area for the unveiling of a new Warner Animation Billboard. Fans can come in costume, meet the likes of Bruce Timm, James Tucker and Glen Murakami and win prizes.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009,
6:00–6:30 p.m.: Media and Guest Arrivals
7:00 p.m.: Entertainment Program Begins
7:20 p.m. (approx.): Billboard Reveal

Warner Bros. Studios -
Animation Plaza – Gate 2 (Guest Parking at Gate 3 Structure)
4301 W. Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91522

Warner Bros. Animation is hosting a celebration of nearly 80 years of classic animation with the public unveiling of the new Warner Bros. Animation billboard (the first such update in 15 years), featuring beloved characters from Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics.

The evening festival event will feature entertainment, prizes and fun, for families and fans.

Live, special performance by the Beat Freaks, the phenomenal all-girl dance crew from the 2009 edition of “America’s Best Dance Crew”


  • Come dressed as your favorite DC Comic super hero (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc.) or other Looney Tunes or Hanna-Barbera character
  • Many prize giveaways, including tickets to the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour, as well as DVDs, toys and more 
  • Meet Bruce Timm, James Tucker and Glen Murakami, the creative team who bring your favorite super heroes to life. Learn from our team of animators how to draw your favorite characters.
  • Refreshments will be provided
  • And much more…

Visitor check-in is located at Warner Bros. Gate 3 (Parking Structure), across from the Gate 2 entrance to the Studio lot. Everyone attending the show must have a valid photo ID available for security purposes.

Any of you Maniacs who attend are expected to take pictures and then send them in for publication here!


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Wiseguy 3/27/2009 8:27:19 AM

50k to work for Marvel in this economy? Shit I'd do it for less if I was creative enough but unfortunately God didn't see me fit for that gift. Sounds like a good way to break in for me despite the terms.

That DB movie looks bad enough to be worth some laughs, unintended laughs of course.

Cage in Bat 3? No effing way. I can't see Nolan even entertaining the idea, Cage is terrible


fuckyoumania 3/27/2009 9:50:35 AM

Keep Nicholas Cage away from the Dark Knight franchise, thank you very much!

In fact, keep him away from all movies in general.


Also, how does one go about getting hired by Marvel 's film studio?

fft5305 3/27/2009 9:57:29 AM

50k to sign away your past, current and future works?  I can't exactly see people lining up for this deal, but then again, I'm not a screenwriter...

No way Cage gets anywhere near B3. That's just him trying to get his name out there. Nolan's got better taste than that. And I say that as a Cage fan.

xenomorph 3/27/2009 11:00:43 AM

I actually summited a comic story to Marvel a few years ago. I was young and stupid but hey, it was worth a shot. And even if they publish my idea and claim it as their own I still wouldn't care because at least it got published.

Mr. Nolan, take out a restraining order on Nic Cage. I f you want the third BatMan film to be good, you'll make sure that he is not allowed anywhere near it.

BlindJustice 3/27/2009 12:14:22 PM

I have a few ideas for TV & movies (some good, some not so good) but unfortunately Hollywood has a transmitter in my head that broadcasts them out. Young Sherlock Holmes was my idea till Spielberg read my mind....I had been telling everyone at work that they should make Captain America a period piece ending it with him getting frozed to be thawed out at the end of credits or start of Avengers and it looks that way


now all I have to do is concentrate real hard on Jolene Blalock as Wasp and we're golden.

hanso 3/27/2009 12:38:48 PM

Nic Cage?  EXCELLENT!  He'd be an awesome Two Face in the LEGO Batman film franchise.

That Twitter stuff is terrible.  They need to stop with that.  I don't care if you rehearsed with whoever!  What's next, Jon gonna tweet when Downey goes to the bathroom? 

almostunbiased 3/27/2009 12:43:58 PM

No on Nic.

So DragonBall is for little kids, huh?

ThrillerSam 3/27/2009 12:44:56 PM

Ok as a screenwriter trying to break into the business for years, I wouldn't even take this deal. Maybe 50k per script, but when most sell in the six figure to seven figure area, not a chance. Plus the terms of the contract. Locked into 50k a year for two years. I make more than that in my rinky dink job, then I write an amazing script or make a script of theirs better and I have no say so or control into who gets it during that time? Ummm no. I would have to wait until the contract expired before I even started shopping it around. Sure I might take it to marvel, but at least then I have some leverage.

SONYMANswallows 3/27/2009 1:39:49 PM

Fuck Nicky Cage. He isnt that good of an actor. The next Ghost Rider needs to be without him and his phobia of Superman's red outerwear briefs.


Paul Rudd as Plastic man.

Lou Ferrigno as SOLOMON GRUNDY

avidfan 3/27/2009 1:58:53 PM

If they hired me at $50K to work on some of the most valuable media properties in the world: I would steal a sh*t load of paper and pens from those cheap f*cks.   I would definately screw my bosses wife.



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