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Marvel + Disney Deal Imminent

Plus: BUCK ROGERS, IRON MAN 2 , CONAN and More

By Rob M .Worley     December 03, 2009
Source: Various


Comics2Film: Marvel + Disney
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It's the eve of a new year for Marvel & Disney. Plus: Another new 'Iron Man 2' poster. 'Conan' gets distribution. 'Buck Rogers' coming to the web. More! The daily column with no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness, it's your Comics2Film 9.12.3!

 

 

THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME Updates

Mania cross-link: A few weeks back Mania broke the news that that actor Sam Worthington had signed on to appear in 'The Last Days of American Crime', the new comic from Radical Publishing. This week we're posting the transcript of our exclusive interview with Rick Remender, creator of the comic and screenwriter and executive producer of the movie. Check out parts one and two already online, with part three coming on Friday.

 

 

Chris Noth in JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS

Mania cross-link: Warner Bros have provided us with a Q & A with actor Chris Noth ('Law & Order', 'Sex in the City') who voices the heroic Lex Luthor (yep...you read that right) in the upcoming 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths'. Check it out!

 

 

Thor takes Center Stage in SUPER HERO SQUAD

Mania cross-link: Marvel dropped a set of stills from the upcoming episode of 'The Super Hero Squad Show'. This episode features on squabbling siblings Thor and Loki. Check it out!

 

 

TWILIGHT Studio Establishes Their ALIBI

Back in August it was announced that Mandeville Films was set to develop the comic 'Alibi' for the big screen. Now Variety reports that Summit Entertainment, the studio that's living large with their 'Twilight' films, is on board the project.

The studio has hired John Hlavin to write the script for the film, based on the Top Cow comic created by Matt Hawkins and Michael Renegar, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Jeremy Haun. Hlavin's prior experience includes episodes of 'The Shield' and the fourth installment of 'Underworld'.

Mandeville chiefs David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing. Hawkins is executive producing along with Top Cow CEO Mark Silvestri.

 

 

Zenescope's PIPER Gets Film Deal

Zenescope Entertainment's horror comic 'The Piper' is set to be produced as a feature film according to the Hollywood Reporter. Persistent Entertainment and Pantry Films are teaming with Zenescope on the venture.

The comic is a contemporary story of a bullied Florida teen, with roots in the classic fair tale of the Pied Piper.

Matthew Rhodes is producing for Persistent. Dan Keston is producing for Pantry. Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco of Zenescope and Dave Brown of Sleeping Giant Entertainment are executive producers.

The project is currently seeking a screenwriter.

 

 

SOLOMON KANE Poster

SOLOMON Kane French Poster

The IMPAwards site has your exclusive first look at a new poster for 'Solomon Kane'.

The film is directed Michael J. Bassett and stars James Purefoy as Robert E. Howard's Puritan gunslinger battling demons and other creatures in the America of the 1700s.

Footage from the film wowed fans at Comic-Con International this past summer, yet (much to the disappointment of C2F and our friend Antonello Blueberry) there's still no word on distribution and release of the film in certain major territories suche as the U.S. or Italy.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

CONAN Gets German Distribution

Speaking of Robert E. Howard, fans in German-speaking territories and the Benelux countries can rest assured they'll be among the first to see the new 'Conan' movie. Variety reports that Cologne-based Splendid Film has picked up the rights to distribute the new film in those territories.

The movie is set to go into production early next year with Markus Nispel directing the updated version of the famous barbarian king.

 

 

IRON MAN 2 Poster

IRON MAN 2 Poster and Interview

And speaking of new posters, Empire Online scored another exclusive on the 'Iron Man 2' front. They unveiled the second poster for the film. This one featuring an unmasked Robert Downey Jr. in the battle suit.

Meanwhile, Dark Horizons chatted with actor Sam Rockwell during the press tour for 'Everybody's Fine'. Rockwell, of course, plays Justin Hammer, villainous rival to Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 2'.

Here's an excerpt of the Armored Avenger bits of the interview:

Question: And then you’re also coming out next year in this tiny indie movie called Iron Man 2.

Rockwell: Yes. Yes, that’s a little train that could, yeah.

Question: I mean, we don’t normally see you do such huge, tent pole films.What was the major reason that you wanted to be a part of that?

Rockwell: Cash, baby. [LAUGHTER] No, no, no. No. It’s a really good group of actors, actually, when you think about it. I mean, you’ve got Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Robert Downey Junior. Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson. Not to mention a lot of other actors. Gary Shandling. Jon Favreau and I worked together on a movie called Made, and he’s a lovely guy. He’s really good with actors, really good director. The Marvel guys are great guys. Kevin and Jeremy, they’re really low key and very helpful. Justin Theroux, who’s a friend of mine, wrote the script,. We did theater in Williamstown back in the day, and he wrote Tropic Thunder, so it’s got really good pedigree behind it.

Question: You’re a weapons guy?

Rockwell: Yeah. I’m a rival to Tony Stark. I’m a weapons dealer.

Question: But we don’t know if he’s really a bad guy or not, do we?

Rockwell: He’s kind of more of the plucky comic relief, but he’s got a little bit of an edge. He’s a little pissed off.

Question: How is it being the plucky comic relief? I mean, does that give you a certain bit of freedom? I mean, it’s the antithesis of the kind of acting you would do in that movie, versus the kind of acting you’d do in Everybody’s Fine, obviously.

Rockwell: He’s a little more Salieri than he is the plucky comic relief, but Mickey Rourke is really the bad guy.

Question: So, you’re saying you’re the Salieri of Iron Man 2.

Rockwell: I wouldn't even go that far. I’m more of a cross between the agent character in Entourage and Salieri and maybe Bill Murray in Kingpin.

Click through for the entire Q & A with Sam Rockwell.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

The Eve of a New Year for Marvel + Disney

The most buzz-worthy story of 2009 has to be Disney's plans to acquire Marvel Entertainment. Well, those plans are soon to become a reality. Marvel has announced that they'll hold a special stockholders meeting on December 31 to vote on the merger.

Here's the press release...

Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1939, announced today that it has set December 31, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. EST as the date for its special meeting of stockholders. At the special meeting, stockholders will consider and vote on the adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger entered into by Marvel and The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”), which provides for a merger in which Marvel will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney. Stockholders who owned Marvel common stock at the close of business on November 23, 2009 are entitled to vote at the special meeting.

Assuming shareholder adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger at the special meeting, Marvel anticipates that the merger will be completed on December 31, 2009.

The special meeting will be held at the offices of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, 75 East 55th Street, New York, New York.

Important Merger Information and Additional Information:

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed transaction, Disney filed a definitive proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424 on December 2, 2009 (the “Proxy Statement/Prospectus”). Investors are urged to read the Proxy Statement/Prospectus regarding the proposed transaction, because it contains important information. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this transaction, including the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, free of charge at the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to The Walt Disney Company, 500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521-9722, Attention: Shareholder Services or by directing a request to Marvel’s proxy solicitor, MacKenzie Partners, Inc., 105 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016 or by calling Mackenzie Partners, Inc. at (800) 322-2885 (toll free) or (212) 929-5500 (call collect).

Disney, Marvel, their respective directors and certain of their executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Marvel is set forth in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus. Information about the directors and executive officers of Disney is set forth in its definitive proxy statement, which was filed with the SEC on January 16, 2009.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the anticipated time of completion of Marvel’s merger with Disney. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as Marvel’s inability to obtain the vote necessary to approve the merger, possible termination of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, potential regulatory impediments to completion of the merger and other risks disclosed in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus.

 

 

BUCK ROGERS On The Web

While the big Hollywood players puzzle over what to do about bringing the classic comic strip character 'Buck Rogers' to the big screen, leave it to the more agile independent filmmakers of the web to crack it.

It turns out that early in the year the folks who made the well received fan films 'Star Trek: The New Voyages' signed a deal with Dille Syndication Company to generate an authorized web serial based on the original space cowboy, a man out of time who wakes up in a 25th century world marked by high technology, warring tribes and women's lib!

TrekMovie.com reported on the deal way back in January. James Cawley, who shepherded the 'Trek' series under his Cawley Entertainment Company banner, is producing and (persumably) directing the serial. Flint Dille is also executive producing. Bobby Quinn Rice (who played Peter Kirk in the 'Trek' series) stars as Buck.

The recent buzz on the web serial is due to this gorgeous teaser trailer the crew has release for the series. Clearly they're aiming to capture the retro designs of the 1930s, rather than reinvent the whole thing. And that's just fine with C2F.

We're not sure where or when the serial actually goes online, but we'll certainly be hearing more about this in 2010.

For now, enjoy the teaser...

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wiseguy 12/3/2009 8:15:02 AM

I'm eager and nervous for the Disney/Marvel deal to go through. Eager cause the possibilities to take the Marvel characters to new heights are there but always nervous that Disney may eff up the brand. It feels like the dawn of a brand new day is approaching. I do admit that I'm more on the side of "the glass half full". I think and hope that great things are in store MARVEL.

Darkknight2280 12/3/2009 9:07:51 AM

I agree wiseguy! i think this deal is a good thing. This is a great time to be a Marvel fan! Cant wait to see the fruits of this deal!

monkeyfoot 12/3/2009 9:10:47 AM

That Buck Rogers teaser looks cool. I love the retro look done with modern FX. I'm glad to see it has none of the influence of the 80's series. I hope to see some well done webisodes from that.

dragon261 12/3/2009 10:09:45 AM

It's looking more and more like that Solomon Kane may never seen the inside of a movie theater anytime soon. I smell direct to DVD release or going to the Syfy Channel which ever comes first.

axia777 12/3/2009 3:44:51 PM

I just want Disney to give Marvel enough cash to buy back the rights to every single Marvel IP from all the other movie studios.  Most importantly I want to get the rights to X-Men back from Fox!  That way a full re-boot that is faithfull to the X-Men can happen.

almostunbiased 12/3/2009 6:10:33 PM

HA, Buck rogers, huh.  Ok we'll see.

DeeJay4ADay 12/3/2009 6:18:48 PM

WiseDark... I concur, as well.  I'm getting the impression that things such as the Marvel/Pixar collaborations will start sooner than planned (Pixar's tech may actually help transform the look of Marvel's comics before they release their first film).  I've also got the feeling that Disney's team has some big, big, big surprises in store for us over the next 5-10 years.

By the way-- yes, I actually think a modern corporation such as Disney still keeps a 5-year plan.

Redshirt1 12/3/2009 9:07:38 PM

Crawly has done some wonderful stories with Star Trek.  He's also managed to score some heavy hitters in terms of guest appearances from both the TOS, TOS and DS9.  Im looking forward to seeing what they will do in the Buck Rogers universe.  Also I loved the nose art on the space ship and the retro sci-fi look to the scene.

goldeneyez 12/4/2009 3:14:23 AM

Wiseguy, I don't know if you did that on purpose or not, but using the term "a brand new day" and Marvel together isn't the best choice of words... at least to me. I really wish they would retcon "a brand new day" already.

Don't get me wrong, I actually agree with your sentiments entirely.  I think this merger does bode well & maybe with the backing of Disney, Marvel will reach new heights.

Wiseguy 12/4/2009 9:59:55 AM

Well, yes goldeneyez, it was a nod to Spidey but not meant in a cynical way

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