More 'Spider-Man 4' casting rumors. Plus: Red Mist talks 'Kick-Ass'. Fuqua and Lee develop 'Miss'. Aurora Productions waits for 'Nightfall'. More! Wondering why even the Visitors call themselves Visitors, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.18!
Michael Ausiello at EW.com comes through with the latest 'Smallville' scoop.
As was reported earlier, the two part "Justice Society" story is being run as a one-night event on The CW.
The new details are: the shows will be cut together as a two-hour movie, rather than aired as two back-to-back episodes. The movie is being called "Absolute Justice". It's now set to air on February 5, 2010.
Director John Woo told MTV Splash Page that he's not directing the big-screen adaptation of the Radical Publishing title 'Caliber: First Canon of Justice' (a favorite of the No Fly Zone here at Mania).
"It didn't work out because it's not good timing for me to take on the movie," Woo told MTV News.
The book is retelling of Arthurian Legend, set in the western American frontier. The title refers to the mystical sidearm that fires thunder in the name of justice.
Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse (affectionately known as McLovin' forevermore) talked with MTV Splash Page about his role in 'Kick-Ass', and how he's a different kind of costumed adventurer.
"My character is very more out there," the actor said, contrasting his Red Mist to Aaron Johnson's lead hero. He continued, "Very open with smoking weed and is like, 'let's go out there and fight crime!' and Kick-Ass is very aware of what's going on around him."
The actor also tipped that he has "one-and-a-half fight scenes" in the movie, but remained mum on the details.
Look for 'Kick-Ass' in theaters next year.
Curious about the Luc Besson's new comic-based film 'Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec'? The French language website TF1.fr has behind-the scenes video from the set of the film. There's no embedding so you'll have to click through if you want to see it.
Moviefone chatted up Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson about his upcoming movie 'Planet 51' and took a moment to ask him about two comic flicks he has been linked to.
The first is 'Shazam!', which he's long been associated with, sometimes as the lead hero Captain Marvel and more often as his nemesis Black Adam. Director Peter Segal and The Rock himself have both expressed interest in the film. The second is Marvel's 'Captain America'. Now, Rock's link to that one is pretty thin, but Moviefone does their best to try to draw a line between the two and asked Johnson if he would do either movie.
"I would love to, of course," Johnson told Moviefone. "Especially 'Shazam,' Black Adam -- we have talked about that for such a long time. I am not quite too sure what is happening with that right now. I am still always excited about that. As far as for 'Captain America,' sure, absolutely. If it's entertaining for the audiences, yeah."
The former wrestler certainly has the physique to be a superhero (or villain) but admits he's not comics literate by any means.
"I was never big into comic books when I was a kid, but I do like comic book movies. I like the way they have gone. The adaptations are generally pretty cool," Jonson said.
Variety reports that Vigilante Entertainment is developing the Humanoids Publishing graphic novel 'Miss: Better Living Through Crime' for the big screen.
Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day') is set to direct from a script by John Ridley ('Red Tails'). Spike Lee is an executive producer.
The film is based on the French graphic novel written by Philippe Thirault and illusrrated by Marc Riou and Mark Vigouroux.
The Humanoids catalog offers this description of the story: "Set during the early 1900’s in New York, Miss tells the tale of two unlikely partners in crime, Enola and Slim. Enola is a poor white girl who has learned to survive by hook or by crook since being expelled from the orphanage. Slim is a black pimp with an uncertain past, trying to keep one foot out of the grave. When their paths cross, and their options run out, Enola and Slim forge a partnership as murderers for hire."
Vigilante chief Hicham Benkirane (formerly with Humanoids) is producing the film.
While we await next summer's 'Iron Man 2', Moviefone is talking with actor Faran Tahir about his role in the first movie, and a potential return for future movies. He played Raza, the leader of the Ten Rings sect in the first one. The name of his organization is a direct nod to the Iron Man villain, The Mandarin. Some have speculated that Raza may, in fact, have been The Mandarin and his demise in the first movie may not be permanent.
"Jon Favreau and [the producers] are not stupid. They're also listening in on all of this and wanting to get the pulse of where the audience is," Tahir said when asked if he hopes to return for part three. "But at some point, they want to introduce Mandarin into the storyline and my character, like Mandarin, was the leader of the Ten Rings. We're leaving it open because, partly, it makes good business sense for us to leave a little bit of uncertainty for people to speculate on."
Tahir also confirms that the both the 'Iron Man' and 'Avengers' franchises are being carefully constructed and whether or not Raza returns will be part of the grand plan.
"[Favreau] has known for a long time where he wants to take it and I don't want to speak for him, but my feeling is that the second movie didn't want to just follow a singular storyline. They wanted to expand the characters to show that it's not a linear saga like 'Lord of the Rings.' There's a linkage somewhere in there," Tahir said, "but the big idea is to do at least one more 'Iron Man' movie and then go into 'The Avengers.'"
Click through for the complete interview with the actor.
While their 'Dead of Night' film wends its way through post production, Platinum Studios continues to set up future projects.
The latest is based on the 2007 comic 'Nightfall' by by Scott O. Brown and illustrated by Ferran Xalabarder. The book which finds a right-wing survivalist sent to a Texas prison which is secretly run by...gasp...vampires! The inmates are just livestock.
Variety reports that Aurora Productions are developing the feature film with Platnium. William Stuart of Aurora is producing along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Former Universal Pictures exec Randy Greenberg will exec produce.
Actress Zoe Saldana commented to ComingSoon.net that her turn in the hard-as-nails Aisha in 'The Losers' is going to be a bit more violent than her fans may be used to.
"She's a blend of [Star Trek's] Uhura and [Avatar's] Neytiri," Saldana said. "Toss in a couple of guns and some tattoos - she's really badass. At times I was kind of afraid of her. I don't know why it's a PG-13 movie to be honest."
'The Losers' is based on the DC/Vertigo comic by Andy Diggle and Jock. It'll be in theaters next year.
SpoilerTV has gotten their hands on casting sides for another role is the film. Is it the mysterious villain we've been wondering about? Well, no. The 'Spider-Man 4' team is looking for...
2 or 3 year old boy to play 2 year old, Caucasian with RED HAIR, an adorable toddler with an engaging personality, on set experience preferred. IDENTICAL TWINS ONLY
So who is this toddler boy character? There's been plenty of speculation. Some are saying "red hair" could indicate an offspring of Mary Jane's (and Peter's) while others are pointing out that Cletus Cassidy (aka Carnage) has red hair.
There's no telling for sure based on the info in the casting sheet.
In other Spidey news, UGO.com says you can add actress Julia Stiles' name to Rachel McAdams and Romola Garai on the list of actresses auditioning for 'Spider-Man 4'.
The site reports that Stiles, seen recently in the 'Bourne' movies had a meet-up with the casting folks in New York. UGO has not, however, confirmed that Felicia Hardy is the role she's going after, but it seems likely.
And to be clear: Stiles auditioned for a role. She has not been cast. She is not a lock.
What do you think, Maniacs? Do we like the lovely Julia for Black Cat? Post your comments below...
And we close with the triumphant return of...
Things have been quiet on the Favreau twitter front but he did raise an 'Iron Man 2' blip this week. On Monday he wrote:
"Digital animated shots starting to come in. The movie is beginning to take on it's final look."