Donner says 'New Mutants', 'X4' among X-Plans. Plus: 'G.I. Joe 2' talk. 'Archie' gets an agent. 'Origins' director likes 'Magneto' and more. Four out of five dentists recommend chewing your Comics2Film 9.9.22!
Some cross-Mania linkage: in case you missed it: There's a new clip from 'Surrogates' up on the site. This one spotlights the way surrogate robots have changed the way guys like Bruce Willis do their jobs. Check it out!
We here at C2F have knew Kevin Feige back when he was just an assistant to producer Lauren Shuler Donner. We watched Marvel snatch him away from the Donners after his stellar work developing 'X-Men'. Then we watched him climb the heap and become the top dawg at Marvel Studios, which is now a Hollywood powerhouse.
Well, according to Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily blog, Feige's next stop could be...Chairman of Disney?
Last Friday Richard Cook resigned as Chairman of Disney leaving the field open for a successor. Finke speculates that Disney CEO Bob Iger may have an eye on the Marvel man. Supposedly they spent a lot of time together hashing out the acquisition deal and Iger is quiet impressed.
However, Finke also offers up other potential candidates, including DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider.
When Avi Arad abdicated the President post at Marvel Studios, Feige was clearly the man to act as successor. However, if Feige goes to Disney, we're not sure who that leaves to take the reins at Marvel.
America's favorite teenager is getting married and now, according to Variety, he's getting an agent as well.
Archie Comics Publications, one of the longest-running comics publishers is poised to make some moves into the exploding market of comic-based films by signing with Creative Artists Agency. CAA will rep the Archie brand to Hollywood for exploitation in film and TV.
In addition to the exploits of the red-headed, sometimes-musical Archie, the publishing house also controls Sabrina the Teenage Witch (who was the subject of a successful TV series many years ago) and Josie and the Pussycats (the last Archie property to reach the big screen). Variety also mentions obscure Archie characters such as Cosmo the Merry Martian, Super Duck and Dotty and Ditto.
Variety does not call out the Red Circle superheroes, who are currently licensed out to DC Comics. Presumably the DC license does not prevent Archie and CAA from developing the Red Circle line in film.
CAA has been repping toy-maker Mattel on a similar deal which has yielded puzzling film projects such as 'Major Matt Mason' and 'Battleship'.
While it may not have attained mega-hit status, 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' is a solid box office hit. Of course, that means its time to talk sequel.
Actor Dennis Quaid, who plays C.O. General Hawk in the film told SCI FI Wire that he's ready to enlist for another tour.
"I'm definitely on board if they do another one," Quaid said. "I don't know if they have a script yet, but I'm definitely interested."
He also added that the first film was, "exactly what it was meant to be. Stephen Sommers really knows what he's doing, and he really hit a home run with that."
Quaid says he hopes to see more action in the next one and jokingly said he hopes to ride a horse with an accelerator suit.
Meanwhile, Korean language site NATE.com offers some news on the sequel as well. An article translated by Korean Film site Hancinema claims that Lee Byeong-Heon who played the ninja assassin Storrm Shadow (and credited in the film as Byung-hun Lee) is all set to film the sequel.
That article claims that the new movie will be filming by the end of 2009, which seems pretty unlikely.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you up to go with 'Joe' again? What should the storyline be? Post your comments below...
C2F readers pretty much know that any 'Batman 3' casting and villain talk up to this point is pure rumor.
Still, it's fun to watch Michael Caine talk with MTV Splash Page about the crapstorm he walked into when talking about villain casting rumors last year, thus whipping up a new crapstorm by talking about them some more.
The man is incorrigible
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' director Gavin Hood told MTV Splash Page that he would love to play more in the Marvel Mutant universe and take on that other spin-off movie 'X-Men Origins: Magneto'.
"I think the character of Magneto is still a phenomenally interesting character," Hood told MTV News. However, he also admits there have been no conversations with the studio about the project, which previously had David Goyer attached to direct. "I think that the studio right now is waiting to see how we do with the ['Wolverine'] DVDs, and who knows where we’ll all be if and when a ['Wolverine 2'] script is ready."
Last Friday rumors spread like Ebola that that actor Tim Pocock was cast in 'X-Men: First Class' which would begin filming early next year.
The source of the rumors was a twitter post apparently from Pocock himself, who played Scott Summers (aka Cyclops) in the 'Wolverine' movie.
The actor posted a retraction on twitter informing fans that the story is untrue. Pocock writes [capitalization and punctuation corrected], "[I was the] victim of cruel prank. Last tweet=NOT me. AM filming Aussie show till 2010. No official word on ['X-Men: First Class'] but am interested. Please post retraction."
So there you have it. No 'X-Men First Class' filming in early 2010. No casting so far.
/Film also sat in on the recent 'Wolverine' DVD publicity and managed to elicit some commentary from the franchise's producer, Lauren Shuler Donner.
Donner confirmed that the 'X-Men: First Class' movie is still in development, has cast attachments and no scheduled start date. The young mutants who appeared in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (such as Tim Pocock above) all have option clauses in their contracts, so they could possibly appear in another movie, but nobody is locked.
Donner did reveal that she is also actively developing 'X-Men 4' which would serve as a proper sequel to the previous mutant movies. Another project on the burner is 'New Mutants' featuring a younger team of students at Xavier's Academy (which seems like it would conflict with 'Fist Class'). However, the 'New Mutants' movie hasn't been pitched to the studio yet.
As a matter of personal opinion, C2F always wondered why they didn't do 'New Mutants' or 'Generation X' as a TV series. Get Patrick Stewart or James Marsden (or other TV-friendly cast members) to make cameos. See which characters rise in popularity and then promote them to the 'X-Men' films while cycling out characters who have run their course (like Halley Berry's Storm).
What do you think, Maniacs? First Class or New Mutants? X-Men 4 or Wolverine 2? Post your comments below...