Meet the new 'Conan' (the Barbarian, not the O'Brien). Plus: First photos from 'Red'. New 'Planet Hulk' clips. Franco comments on 'Spider-Man' and more! Purrrrr-fect, like a cat birthday, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.22!
Before the current version of 'Jonah Hex' went into production with director Jimmy Hayward, the film was developed by the 'Crank' duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
The pair have now launched an official website at NeveldineTaylor.com which features cool behind-the-scenes stuff, including storyboards from their version of the DC Comics western.
Click over to their Flickr page for a look!
MTV Splash Page got an exclusive reaction from actor James Franco about the recent news that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are no longer attached to future 'Spider-Man' movie. Franco, of course, co-starred in all three movies so far as Peter Parker's Best Frenemy Forever Harry Osborn.
"I guess I'm a little sad for Sam and Tobey," Franco said during the Sundance premiere of 'Howl'. "I think they were a really good team. I think Sam invested so much of himself in that and he had the perfect connection to that character and that franchise and that world. He was doing probably his best work. I'm sad for both of them that they won't get to continue to do that. And Tobey I think was an excellent Peter Parker."
On the other hand Franco sees the value in letting different creative voices speak through characters like the web-slinger, and admits it worked out well for the 'Batman' franchise.
Director Edgar Wright has begun the process of test screening 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' for select people in his inner circle. So far the reaction has been good.
"There’s a bit of everything, really," Wright said when asked about the fight scenes. "We try to represent the art of the books, and there’s also the element of graphics and animation, and there’s digital work too, but then at the same time there’s a lot of stuff that’s in-camera — so there really is a combination..."
Wright likens the fights to dance choreography and credits a certain Asian superstar with influencing the way such sequences are carried out in 'Pilgrim'.
"There’s an element of spectacle to it, in terms of the fights are like dance numbers in a way, which is where Jackie Chan’s school of fighting comes from," Wright said.
Sounds cool to us! Now where's our trailer?
My Entertainment World has listed a number of production start dates and locations on their Hollywood calendar, many of which are of interest to C2F readers:
COWBOYS AND ALIENS - July, 2010 - Randsburg, CA; Details Are only Available By Subscription.. STORY: In Silver City, Arizona, Apache Indians and Western settlers must lay their differences aside when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city.
FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE - June 28, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA; Details Are only Available By Subscription.. STORY: The film is about the heroic alter ego of Steve Rogers, who is rejected by the Army for being too sickly and undergoes an experiment that takes him to the pinnacle of human form. Paired with an indestructible shield, he became a symbol of the war effort, in and out of comics.
GREEN LANTERN - March 10, 2010 - New Orleans, LA; Details Are only Available By Subscription.. STORY: The film is about a man is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
CONAN - March 15, 2010 - Bulgaria;
Blogger The HSX Dude has scored the first photos of Bruce Willis and Mary Louise Parker filming 'Red' in Toronto. We've got one for you here, but click through for the complete set.
Check out two new clips from the upcoming Marvel animation release 'Planet Hulk'.
The first finds warriors Laven and Hiroim fighting in the gladiator arena:
The second, from MTV Splash Page, actually features old Jade Jaws himself:
'Planet Hulk' will be available February 2 as a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Special Edition Blu-Ray, Standard DVD, and Digital Download. You can get more info at PlanetHulkDVD.com.
Deadline.com tipped the story last week as a rumor and today they've confirmed it: Jason Momoa has been hired to topline the new 'Conan' movie.
The six-foot-four Momoa is best known to genre fans for playing the dreadlocked Ronon on 'Stargate: Atlantis'. He's also a regular on 'Game of Thrones' at HBO.
Filming begins with 'Friday the 13th' director Marcus Nispel on March 15 in Bulgaria. Millennium Films, Lionsgate and Paradox Entertainment are behind the project.
According to Deadline, Momoa toppled the competition by filming test scenes that included sword play and a bit of Ah-nuld like barbarianism.
In the wake of the news, Latino Review has offered up a casting rumor. They're unnamed sources tell them that an offer has been extended to Mickey Rourke to appear in the movie as Conan's father, Corin.