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Meet WALKING DEAD's Bicycle Girl

Plus: GREEN LANTERN 2, GREEN HORNET, AVENGERS and more!

By Rob M. Worley     August 06, 2010
Source: Various

Meet Walking Dead's bicycle girl. Plus: Green Lantern 2 already prepped for filming? Green Hornet plays musical chairs. Did bad blood keep Favreau away from The Avengers? More! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.6!

 

 

 

GREEN HORNET Plays Musical Chairs

The Playlist reports that composer Danny Elfman will not be scoring the Green Hornet movie as had been previously announced. Elfman is citing scheduling conflicts as the reason for his departure.

James Newton Howard is said to be in talks to replace Elfman on the project. Howard is, of course, well-known to C2F readers as half of the dynamic duo who scored Christopher Nolan's Batman movies.

As Green Hornet seems to be the red-headed stepson of the superhero movie scene there's a temptation to frame this report as "more bad news," but it seems like a pretty routine personnel change for a movie that isn't due out for another five months.

 

 

GREEN LANTERN 2 Ready to Roll?

Bleeding Cool reports a rumor, sourced only to New Orleans bar-room talk, which purports that Warner Bros. will go into production on Green Lantern 2 before the first movie even hits theaters next summer.

Apparently the studio is happy with what they've seen of the first movie that they're expecting big things. And if the first one does well, they'll supposedly extend the filming on the sequel to encompass a third film as well. The scheme would allow them to roll out three Lantern movies in three years, a much fast pace than most superhero epics.

Of course, BC cautions that this report is entirely derived from some open boasting by someone working on the current movie, overheard at a New Orleans bar, and that person may have been exaggerating, lying, drunk or any/all of the three.

If the report is true, it would certainly screw with Ryan Reynolds planned role in the Deadpool movie.

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • It's not a C2F but we're really digging the look and feel of the new Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video game. Last night we posted a new video from that one featuring the Noir universe version of The Vulture. Check it out!
     
  • Also announced yesterday was the release of the DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection featuring the previously release animated short films TheSpectre, Jonah Hex and Green Arrow, along with the all-new short Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam. Click through for details.

 

 

Is There Bad Blood between Favreau and Marvel?

Although we've seen hints of it in the past, a new "insider" report from Cinema Blend suggests that the relationship between director Jon Favreau and Marvel Studios has soured quite a bit in the past year or so.

2008's Iron Man was a noteworthy success on many levels, two of which were that it cemented Marvel's status as a stand-alone studio and propelled Favreau to the A-list. And there's no downplaying Favreau's role in making that movie into a massive hit. The man "campaigned" for his audience for years prior to the film's release, showing up numerous conventions and trade shows and using the internet's emerging social media to win over his audience.

And yet, when it came time to talk sequels, the notoriously-frugal Marvel had trouble making an acceptable offer for the director to return. Negotiations got contentious to the point where, late 2008, Favreau started making some public insinuations to let the fans know Marvel was dragging its feet on the deal.

Of course, they signed him, but the Cinema Blend report goes on to describe a high degree of creative interference that came from Marvel on Iron Man 2. As was apparent to most critics and many fans, there were numerous moments in the film designed to build up to The Avengers that had little to do with the story of the film. Reportedly, Favreau was also unhappy with the aggressive production schedule, which forced him to roll cameras on the film with an incomplete script.

And for a time, Favreau seemed a likely candidate to direct The Avengers. Cinema Blend's insider claims that Favreau wanted that job very badly. However, Marvel didn't want to pay him at the same level they did for Iron Man 2. Instead they went with the less-expensive Joss Whedon who, understandably, has a huge fan base but very little practical experience directing feature films.

Cinema Blend's insider also suggests that Robert Downey Jr. is disenchanted with Marvel as well. He's locked in for The Avengers and Iron Man 3 but the insider says "chances are that will be his last movie."

 

 

Marvel Chief says Branagh Chased THOR

MTV Splash Page chatted with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about how director Kenneth Branagh came to be the director of Thor. The short answer? Persistence.

"He chased it pretty hard," Feige told MTV. "We had a number of good meetings, he flew himself over to meet with me, [and] we had a number of phone calls, a number of sessions — more meetings than I’ve had ever had with a director before we’d brought them on."

Like most people in the industry, Feige was well-aware of Branagh's Shakespearean pedigree, but was surprised by the degree to which he was a Thor fanboy.

"When you have someone who’s as talented as Ken is in one arena and bring him into another one, he is going to succeed," Feige said.

In related news, Collider.com had a sit-down with screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz who talk about how they landed the gig, how Thor fits into the Marvel movie universe, the influences of Jack Kirby and Walt Simonson and more.

Give it a look:

 

 

Meet THE WALKING DEAD's Bicycle Girl!

AMC's official blog for The Walking Dead continues to pump out material hyping the October TV show based on Robert Kirkman's much-adored comics series.

The latest clip reel goes behind the scenes of the creation of the zombie known as "Bicycle Girl" -- ripped from the pages of the first issue as a near-skeletal living corpse. Special Effects Make-Up Designer Greg Nicotero explains to process of transforming an actress into an emaciated ruin of a human being, and shows you the three-hour plus make-up process through tame-lapse photography.

Enjoy!

 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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ElBaz13 8/6/2010 7:42:16 AM

I call total bull**** on this a new "insider".

It's someone from DC/Time Warner trying to stir crap with Marvel just like the EIC/artists/writers have been doing it for years. I'm guessing DC/Warner didn't like RDJ's dissing of their golden boy (Nolan) twice now. So they feel the need to stir up crap.

1) Favreau still heavily promoted Iron Man 2 and is the executive producer of the Avengers.

2) If I'm not mistaken, when talk of an Avengers movie occured last year, Favreau admitted he wouldn't be able to do it and preferred focusing on the tech heavy Iron Man franchise. Plus, he said it last fall that he wouldn't be available.

3) Iron Man turned Favreau into an A-list director (Cowboys and Aliens)

4) If I'm not mistaken, Avengers is the last Marvel film to be distributed by Paramount/Marvel. Any Marvel movie after that (part of Marvel rights ownership) will strictly be produced/paid for by Disney/Marvel. DIsney is not cash poor and not frugal. If they want Favreau and RDJ for Iron Man 3, they will pony up the cash.

5) Did anyone see RDJ at the comic con. He looked pretty enthused for Avengers.

Calibur454 8/6/2010 7:46:36 AM

cant wait for october the walking dead will own. period. the moment the dvd of season 1 pops up on movie stops radar I'm there with a preorder.

Marvel vs Favreau- This is going to be a big trend with marvel if they keep it up. Favreau is one of the main reasons that Iron Man was such a success. However Favreau is to blame to for being greedy. accept the lower pay and you continue to have a great franchise. Don't and have a newcomer come in and direct risking that very franchise that you have worked so hard to develop. What will marvel do when Downey's contract is up. I think they already know that he will ask for more money. They also know that if they turn him down they will have to reboot the franchise again. Fans wont accept an iron man 4 without RDJ in it.

The whole thing with Downey and Marvel is new to me. I'm rather surprised at it. He's kicking down the success that made him a superstar again. However with the type of power he has now I think he has a right to complain about a script he doesn't like even if he is under contract.  I don't feel to sorry for him with the Sherlock Holmes Franchise also under his belt.

I think Marvel is to blame a little here too for being  a little to stingy with money issues and pushing to hard for a goleden egg product (Like Iron Man) to come out with a quality movie far too soon. Don't get me wrong I loved the movie IM2. It is a double edge sword. But take a look at what a TV show Like American Idol did. Every couple of years Simon would renegotiate his contract for more and more money and FOX would pay him (for the simple fact that they knew that with simon on board the show would continue to make the millions more in profit.

Wiseguy 8/6/2010 7:51:46 AM

I still trust more in Marvel more than any director out there and don't blame them for holding the line on how much to pay these fat cats. I like Favreau but before IM he wasn't regarded, nevermind highly regarded. If 4million wasn't enough then he probably didn't want it

And RDJ is getting a little long on the tooth to play IronMan forever. Avengers and then IM3 to wrap up his arc and bye bye. Rest the franchise for a bit while other characters get the spotlight and recast the role  later on.

I always maintained that these characters are bigger than the actors, they'll be around long after these actors are gone. Just like in the comics, new writers and artists is what keeps them somewhat fresh. Why should the films be any different? Marvel has often taken chances with new writers/artists and it has paid off, maybe Feige has that Midas touch too when it comes to directors for their movies

WB/DC may have concocted that plan for Green Lantern just to screw Fox/Marvel/Deadpool out of Reynold's services. Conspiracy?

Tevii 8/6/2010 7:55:27 AM

I dont get Marvel. They are owned by Disney now, they have no reason to continue being cheap-asses.

Norton, Sam Jackson, Favreau and Downey all are having issues? That isnt a way to cement your position in the industry Marvel, its a way to chase all the creative power to your competitors.

AND IM ALL FOR IT,  DC has the better, more interesting characters these days anyway. Im sure DC would love to take all that creative power. 

 

ElBaz13 8/6/2010 8:10:26 AM

Wiseguy...you are bang on for the DC conspiracy and Ryan Reynolds.

Marvel and DC have been going at it for years. The past few years, they've been signing artists and writers with exclusive contracts (meaning they can't work for both at the same time). And don't forget the Paul Levitz vs Joe Quesada feud.

And now this "insider",  probably a DC guy stirring the pot.

almostunbiased 8/6/2010 8:31:48 AM

I thought Iron Man 2 was a very weak following.  No where near as good as the first.  And yes seemed to much like a set-up and not enough of a good story on its own.  That said Iron Man is one of my top 10 movies of all time.  LOVED IT.  I wondered what happened, so maybe it was Marvel and not Fav.

almostunbiased 8/6/2010 8:35:57 AM

Oh and Tevil I disagree.  I think Marvel has always had better stories and Characters than DC.  Remember I am only almost unbised, anyway I love Supes, but most of DC's stuff is more cheesy than Marvel in my opinion.  To each their own though.

Muenster 8/6/2010 8:47:10 AM

Remember folks, entertainment is business, and sadly when the money stakes get higher, so too get the egos. It's nothing new, actors come and go, but good stories that form the art to hopefully fund the business are increasingly harder to come by. There's no need to reboot a story when there is such an ocean of talent to choose from. I assure you all, despite the fantastic performance and execution of Mr.Downey and Mr. Favreau, respectively, there are a least 40 (or more) other actors and directors that could have done the same work as good, if not better. The only hard part is that if those with the money are willing to rake the risk. So the questions from the bean counters (who may or may not have knack for the art) is: 

Do I keep paying the talent more and more and risk not making back as much the last time?  Do I have the talent sign contracts for multi movie deals at set wages? Offer the talent scale and profit sharing OR do I offer scale and an associate producers credit with profit sharing?

There's many more ways they can go, and I'm certainly not defending the producers guild, but ultimately whether or not a film get's made rest entirley upon the people willing to take the risk with their own money,  and or the share holders money in a publicly traded company. Actors should charge whatever the market can bare, and they certainly have the right to walk if their requests are not honored. Mr. Downey and many like him can be every bit as shrewd as a the producer can, and his level of talent of fame, well... He can afford to.

 

On another note, can someone please explain the fascination of zombies and the whole undead thing? Maybe being a medic has made me less squimish to the horror of such things, but really, what is this recurring fad of zombies? (I did like Zombieland though, but only because it was funny) 

  

8man 8/6/2010 8:52:20 AM

Not worrying about the change for the musical score on the Green Hornet.  This is just the latest in a long line of bumps for the Black Beauty.  Bumps it's managed to get past, might I add.

I don't understand why more studios don't crank out sequels and movies quicker.  If that is true about GL and it works, it could become the new model.  Think about it.  Three summers, three movies.  Each year the movie is on DVD for Christmas.  And then in year four, you put out a trilogy special on DVD.  Ultimately, that is where the money is; DVDs.

Pissed about DC putting those shorts on a DVD with one new one including Captain Marvel.  I paid extra for the DVD's those shorts originally came on.  Seems like double dipping to me.  Bastards!

 

Calibur454 8/6/2010 9:23:57 AM

@muenster- The Walking dead is one of the best zombie comics out there on the shelves. The writing is excellent nd the artwork is good too. That is why so many are psyhced up for the walking dead. If this turns out to be as faithful and gory as the comic itself you will see why people have a fad with zombies.

I liked Zombieland to but I doubt I will see the sequel

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