Here's another new 'Iron Man 2' photo. PLUS: 'Thor' cast and location info. Next DCU animated movie is 'Batman: Red Hood' film. 'I Saw You...' gets Dreamworks deal and more! We love our comfy sweaters, we're your Comics2Film 9.12.14!
Marvel Animation Age has the first installment of a weekly three-part interview with Joshua Fine, Director of Development for Marvel Animation and Associate Producer for the first season of 'Wolverine and The X-Men'. This three-part interview will look back at the first season of the successful Marvel Animation series Wolverine and The X-Men, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and progression of this lauded animated series. Each installment will be posted on the Thursday of its respective week and also feature production artwork released by Marvel Animation. Please note this three-part interview will contain spoilers for Wolverine and The X-Men.
The Craigslist to comics to film project 'I Saw You...' is the big winner in a bidding war according to today's Hollywood Reporter. DreamWorks studio has agreed to pony up a mid six-figure sum for screenwriter Andrea McCloud's pitch.
Pic is based on a comics anthology edited by Julia Wertz which features the work of over 100 cartoonists including the likes of Peter Bagge, Jesse Reklaw and Tom Hart to name a few. The book features humorous interpretations of "missed-connection" ads from Craigslist as well as local papers.
George Tillman Jr. ('Notorious') will direct and produce under his State Street Pictures shingle. Robert Teitel and Wertz are also producing.
The movie will focus on four love stories based on the ads and is being compared to other ensemble romcoms like 'Love Actually' and 'He's Just Not That Into You'.
Out promoting 'The Book of Eli', screenwriter Gary Whitta also talked a bit with Coming Soon about the live-action 'Akira' movie, which he's worked on in the past.
"...I haven't worked on it for about a year," Whitta told CS, "The version I worked on was about going back to the source and doing the manga version. We were going to adapt the whole six-episode graphic novel."
He also reports that creator Katsuhiro Otomo was providing some oversight on the project, although Whitta received notes, rather than dealing with him directly.
"We did a couple of drafts of the script but, when I was there at least, it never got wrapped up to the point where I think he would get really hands on."
The project has since passed into the hands of 'Iron Man' scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.
In other "whatever happened to the live-action version of the anime" news, director James Cameron told Collider.com that his version of 'Battle Angel' is still suspended in the future somewhere.
"'Battle Angel' is one of the films I’ll be considering when I decide what I’m going to do next," the director said. When asked if the movie would fall before an 'Avatar' sequel he replied, "Not necessarily, that’s part of the decision making process."
'Batman: Under the Red Hood' looks to be the title of the next DC Universe animated feature film, following February's 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths'.
A feature at Blu-Ray.com unveiling the contents of the 'Crisis' Blu-Ray release, lists of preview of the next DCU release and thereby drops the name of the film. Interestingly, press materials on the Warner Home Video site keep the name under wraps listing only a "A First Look at next DC Universe Movie".
There's no info about the plot of the movie. Fans know well that the villain who becomes the Joker, first enjoyed a life of crime as The Red Hood. The identity has been revived several times over the years and is currently appearing in Grant Morrison's 'Batman and Robin' comics.
The 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' DVD and Blu-Ray release will also feature a short film focusing on DC's long-running spirit of vengeance 'The Spectre'.
Actor Joseph Gatt revealed on his official website that he has been cast in Kenneth Branagh's 'Thor' movie. Gatt has appeared in many UK feature films as well as a turn in the recent Wes Craven movie 'Pulse'. He may be best known as the voice and motion capture actor behind the character Kratos in the video games 'God of War 2' and 'God of War 3'.
Gatt's bio includes this line: "Currently, Gatt is prepping for his most prominent job to date: a (secret) role in the forthcoming Marvel Studios film 'THOR', slated for release in 2011"
There is no word on what that secret role may be. Some are speculating the he may be cast as the classic Thor villain The Executioner, probably due to the fact that Gatt has a clean-shaven head.
In other 'Thor' news, OnLocationVacations reveals that the movie will be filming at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studio which shouldn't surprise anyone. The official web page for the studio lists it as Marvel's World Headquarters and lists all of Marvel's "big five" slate as upcoming movies being filmed there.
The site does reveal one interesting nugget. The working title for the film is "Manhattan". So if you're in L.A. and you spot a filming location working with the name "Manhattan" stop, gawk, take some photos and send them to Mania, because that is some 'Thor' filming happening right there.
And MTV Splash Page got Stan "The Man" Lee on the phone to offer more effusive praise for the 'Thor' movie.
"Kenneth Branagh, he is the greatest guy," Lee told MTV. "I think they are so lucky they got him to direct 'Thor.' ... He's Shakespearean, he's acted, he's written and he's directed Shakespearean plays and movies, and all of a sudden we get him to do 'Thor,' which should have an old classical feeling to it, you know? I think it's just going to be the greatest movie under him."
Lee praised the all-star cast but jokingly bristled at the fact that he wasn't personally cast as Odin. Lee will, of course, enjoy the traditional cameo in the film.
"[Branagh] told me that he has a good, small cameo," Lee said. "I loved the word 'good,' [but] I wished he hadn't used the word 'small."
Listen in for Lee's hyperbolic comments in their entirety:
The annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon closed recently, and Quint over at Ain't it Cool is declaring 'Kick-Ass' as the big winner of the weekend.
While he freely admits that the high-adrenaline experience of seeing the film at the festival may color his opinion, he does give hit a couple of big thumbs up.
"It has been widely reported that KICK-ASS’s big premiere at Butt-Numb-A-Thon stole the show from such veteran filmmakers as Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron in terms of sheer audience enjoyment and that’s 100% true. The audience fucking loved the movie, cheering throughout, laughing at all the in-jokes and comedic moments, clapping in rhythm to the music as Hit Girl painted a bloody masterpiece of gore and violence across the screen and just plain old buzzed about the flick for hours afterwards. Hell, at dinner tonight the conversation was 80% Kick-Ass," Quint reports
Also screening at Butt-Numb-A-Thon was the world premiere of the 'Iron Man 2' trailer. In the same article Quint describes the trailer somewhat.
"Most of the first theatrical 'Iron Man 2' trailer contains footage that screened in the Comic-Con sizzle reel (you can read my description of that trailer here) which was bootlegged a bit if I remember correctly, so there’s a good chance some of you fine folks saw that already."
If you weren't at BNAT, you can expect to see the trailer closer to Christmas. It's slated to run with 'Sherlock Holmes' in theaters, and will likely pop up online before then.
Actor Robert Downey, Jr. chatted with Rotten Tomatoes about his new movie, 'Sherlock Holmes' as well as next summer's 'Iron Man 2'. Downey discussed the challenges of the sequel, including how to make it bigger without losing the grounding of realism that the first movie had.
"My take - Jon [Favreau] was in agreement, and Marvel supported us - was that once you tell an origins story pretty well, that's usually where things start to get dull, and one or two or three things start to happen over and over again," Downey said, "So, we made Tony Stark's challenges very much outside the usual realm of activity. As much as anything else, it's much more of a side job for him the second time around. And the great thing, too, is that the Marvel universe is wild; it's so far out. That's the big balance to strike. It would be so easy to go so far out it would intergalactic and nothing would be grounded in reality any more."
He went on to describe the reality of the 'Iron Man' movie world as he sees it.
"I think what worked for Iron Man is that it almost seemed like something from the cover of Popular Mechanics. These kinds of suits were starting to be made in the States and Japan, so people were responding to Iron Man almost as though it was a more of a high-tech James Bond. So how could we start to introduce elements of the storylines in the comics without becoming too outlandish, where it wasn't rooted in some kind of reality? That's my big thing, and the only thing that's really been of been of any benefit with my - quote, unquote - successes recently, is that they have allowed people to trust my instincts more comfortably, and to give me a little more creative leverage. And that's all that matters, because all the other stuff comes and goes.
"I'm really, really, really hell-bent on protecting what's beautiful about my relationship with Marvel and my relationship with Jon Favreau first and foremost, then, secondarily, Iron Man at large," he continued. "And the tertiary element is always the audience: what would I pay to see if these schmucks had me roped in to come see the movie again? Because I kinda know I'm going to go anyway, and I hope that I'm not sorry I went."
Click through for the entire Q & A with Downey.
Elsewhere, The Daily Record puts the spotlight on Miss Scarlett Johansson, who plays the Black Widow in the film, who talks about the rigors of being an ass-kicking super heroine.
"I feel much stronger than I've ever felt just because I've had to build so much strength. I had no choice, I had to do it," Johansson said. "You want to do these stunts and you just have to be strong in order to do them. So a lot of that was just being able to have stability, to have balance, and flexibility and strength and all of that stuff. "It involved a lot of training. Stunt training, strength training and weight training."
She also shed some light on the fighting style we'll see Natasha Romanoff employing in the film.
"The character does a lot of hand-to-hand combat, it's a sort of defensive style of fighting because she's small," Johansson said. "A lot of the wire work was really challenging, just because you have a lot of resistance against you and you're moving forward and the wires are all pulling back. That's frustrating but I have to say we had such a great stunt team that was unbelievably supportive and they were like, 'Do it! You can do it!' Sometimes you just have to be like 'Here I go!' You've just got to believe you can do it and then that's when it works."
Hit The Daily Record for more from Johansson.
There's a new photo from 'Iron Man 2' making the rounds. This one is the latest in the series of Tony Stark in-the-lab images. Click the thumbnail for a larger view.
Via Twitter, Jon Favreau tells us to watch Screen Rant for the second clue in Marvel/Paramount's perplexing 'Iron Man 2' alternate reality game/viral/marketing/do-you-reall-care-at-this-point "thing" that they're doing.
The first clue dropped Thursday night following the release of the Whiplash poster.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you playing along with the clues? Do you have "viral fatigue?" Post your comments below...