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!
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A WARNER BROS. ANIMATION CELEBRATION
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!