Bradley Cooper is the latest rumored 'Green Lantern' candidate. Plus: More on that 'Deadpool' movie. Feige talks 'Thor' and 'Avengers'. Paltrow getting kinky in 'Iron Man 2'? 'Transformers' posters and more! Prettier than Clint Howard on most days, it's your Comics2Film 9.5.6!
Fans at Mania read about it first, and now we're receiving confirmation on multiple fronts to the news we exclusively broke yesterday morning: the 'Deadpool' movie is happening.
As source close to Fox contacted Comics2Film at Mania with this statement about the project:
"We are developing a spinoff with Deadpool...It is one of the two different 'Easter egg' scenes after the credits of WOLVERINE and hints at two different movies that are coming FROM THEM. One is the Japan backstory which was announced earlier, the other is about Deadpool. The film, which would be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel, has Ryan Reynolds attached and would be a complete exploration of this unique character - his origins, his emergence as the Merc with with the Mouth, etc. We are looking for writers as well."
Some 18 hours after Mania.com broke the news, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter were also posting confirmations. The Reporter piece contains some interesting info, namely that the movie Deadpool would "regain the ability to mouth off, with the movie going back to the roots of the character known for his slapstick tone and propensity to break the fourth wall."
It's also unclear if Reynolds would be willing to suffer the disfiguring makeup that would make him consistent with the character's appearance in the comics, or if the studio would want him to.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige told Empire Online that fans can look forward to casting announcements on 'Thor' in the next month or so.
"We’re looking to cast Loki and Odin soon, and the main female role. And we’ll also hopefully have lockdown shortly, gearing towards the beginning of production, which will be early next year," Feige said.
He also said work on preproduction with director Kenneth Branagh is underway and animatics for actions scenes have already been completed.
He also commented on the status of the unprecedented crossover pic 'The Avengers' which would funnel three or four Marvel features into one super film.
"Zak Penn is already on board The Avengers [as writer] and he’s spending a lot of his time looking into what we’re doing with Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, seeing how we’re tying it all together. And he’s beginning to outline the script now – he’ll be doing that over the summer."
The UK's Daily Mail has a blurb about actress Gwyneth Paltrow getting into shape for her role in 'Iron Man 2'. Supposedly Paltrow has a scene in the film where she dresses up in a dominatrix outfit, with a leather corset and a bullwhip, as part of some kind of Tony Stark fantasy.
Because nothing makes you fit to be a real American hero like a double-bacon Whopper, 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' is among the movies doing licensing tie-ins with Burger King. Variety reports that Paramount is lending the toy and comics based film, along with 'Star Trek' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' to the fast food chain this year.
Movie tie-ins were once a common to increase profitability on a film, while enjoying some cooperative marketing. Lately it seems Burger King is the only major fast food restaurant doing such deals. Outlets like McDonald's and Taco Bell seem to be shunning these kinds of summer movie crossovers as of late.
However chains like Papa Johns, Pizza Hut and Subway are still playing along, teaming up with 'Wolverine', 'Terminator: Salvation' and 'Land of the Lost' respectively.
IGN caught up with Robert Rodriguez to talk about the long-languishing 'Sin City 2' movie.
"Next week we're going to talk about it some more and get a timing on when we'd be doing it. But there's a lot of people who are interested in it. ... We are definitely going to do that one," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez admits there has been constant interest in the sequel, but he has a few other commitments before he'll get to it. The director also made the now-usual comments about the many stories from Frank Miller's series he'd like to adapt.
IGN did not ask about the apparent dispute between Frank Miller's reps and The Weinstein Company over who actually holds the film rights to the franchise.
MTV chatted up actor Sam Rockwell about his part in the now-filming 'Iron Man 2'. Rockwell said there are clearly some differences between his character in the film and the white-haired, senior Justin Hammer from the comics.
"They wanted to go with a rival for Tony Stark who is closer to his age, and make him American," Rockwell told MTV News.
The actor also confirms that, as with the first movie, the actors have freedom to engage in a lot of improv for 'Iron Man 2'.
Drew McWeeny over at HitFix just threw a new name in the hat for the 'Green Lantern' casting derby.
According to McWeeny's various sources actor Bradley Cooper is "now one of the guys most likely" to land the lead role in the DC Universe/Warner Bros movie.
Cooper is currently appearing in 'The Hangover' but has appeared in a number of diverse roles over the years, including the sensitive guy-who-doesn't-get-the-girl in 'Alias' and the hyper-aggressive loutish fiance in 'The Wedding Crashers'.
McWeeny cautions his readers that Cooper has not been cast, but the actor is well beyond the point of merely being on a wish list or taking a first meeting. Others may yet read for the part and snag it. Cooper may or may not receive an offer and he may or may not accept it. A lot can still happen.
What do you think, Maniacs? Does the idea of a Hal Jordan by way of Bradley Cooper excite you? Post your comments below...
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