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NEW MUTANTS, X4 among X-Plans

Plus: G.I.JOE 2, ARCHIE, MAGNETO and More!

By Rob M. Worley     September 22, 2009
Source: Variety

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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!



New SMALLVILLE Episode Summary

More cross-Mania linkage: We've also posted the synopsis for the third episode of season nine of 'Smallville'. "Rabid" focuses on a plan by Zod to infect Metropolis. Check it out!


Marvel Chief headed to Disney?

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.



ARCHIE Gets An Agent

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'.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



G.I.JOE 2 Talk

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 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...

Thanks to CaptainSigma and Matador for the submission.



Caine Debunks Already-Debunked BATMAN 3 Rumors

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

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Gavin Hood wants MAGNETO 

'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."

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Pocock Not Cast in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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.



Donner Talks X-MEN Future

/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...

Thanks to CaptainSigma and Matador for the submission.


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DarthDuck 9/22/2009 8:03:13 AM

I hate to admit it but I would welcome a G.I.Joe sequel.  Aside from some ice that didn't float I was able to just sit back and enjoy myself.  However, I will never again watch Transformers 2 or the inevitable Transformers 3...

I want a Batman 3 as much as anyone but I'm sick of all the speculation.  Tell me when Nolan confirms he's coming back and then I'll start listening.

Magneto movie would almost certainly be a huge flop.  There are way too many potential X-films to spend time on a Magneto movie.

Speaking of X-films, I'd rather have a 'New Mutants' or true sequel than another prequel.  They went against so much in Wolverine using only cameos at the end.  Move on, Marvel.  I'm all for more X-movies but lets move forward, not back.

Matador 9/22/2009 8:12:47 AM

You know I'd be hopeing Disney just take back the rights from FOX now for X-Men franchise. This way just maybe Pixar can make an X-Men movie and personnally it be cool to see The Phoenix Saga there way, PG-13 of course.  Provided Marvel has the say so on the story line they can incorporate.

jedibanner 9/22/2009 8:24:26 AM

I hate to say it but.....GI Joe was not a good movie....and I don't hate to say it afterall.

Now this won't be a ''this sucked'' rent but, I am not surprised to see a JI Joe 2 will come out. Maybe with this they might consider using some of the characters of GI Joe and not some young punk kid who has nothing inspiring about him....and maybe they might want to re-design the Cobra Commander costume because......DAMM was that ugly or what. But anyway....will not pay to see the second for sure, thank god for the internet.

A Magneto movie will sunk so bad, it's not a good move. Other then the comic geeks (us), who would be interested in Magneto? The average people don't care anymore about comic book movies (Whiteout, Hellboy 2 anyone). It should be done as an anime, not a movie.

Matador 9/22/2009 8:30:59 AM

I could be wrong......

Didn't Xavier meet Magneto during the Korean War and also where Xavier's step brother Marko Cain turned into the Juggernaut? That would be a cool animated Marvel movie.

Wiseguy 9/22/2009 8:34:10 AM

I'm all for GI Joe 2. I had a blast with the first. I think it really was the most fun I had at the movies all summer, not the best movie, just the most fun action movie

I hope Feige stays on at Marvel Studios, he really has a head for the film adaptations and a good grasp of the characters.

I think because Fox has the movie license for X-Men doesn't mean they have tv rights. I believe cartoons, live action tv and feature film fall into different categories, I think. I know cartoons do for sure

Fox may end up making the same mistake Marvel is guilty of, TOO MANY X BOOKS TOO MANY X FILMS. I'd see them all just like I read most of the books but it does take that uniqueness away

I want Nolan to finish that damn Batman 3 so we can move on and get another take on the character from someone that maybe enjoys the comic books. I had enough of Nolan's vision after the boring Batman Begins


Ghostsith 9/22/2009 8:38:13 AM

They had a Generation X movie a wile ago on FOX that was going to be a series. It just wasn't very good.

Wiseguy 9/22/2009 8:40:28 AM

I find it funny that Hood is dropping hints about Magneto when Goyer is supposedly attached to it. Anyway I'd rather see Hood's take than Goyer's. I have no confidence in Goyer outside of writing where he seems to excel.

Still I agree with jedibanner, I don't think they should be expecting a blockbuster. This is definitely for the comic book fans. I don't even think the fake fans (ones that only know the characters from film or tv) would see this

shac2846 9/22/2009 9:02:27 AM

Wise you can hate on Nolan's next Batman movie but it is going to be a monster hit regardless. I think Nolan is brilliant, seen all of his movies even his short films, and I think he's got a big future ahead of him. Nolan brought a better representation of batman to the screen than Burton and as for not reading comics the July issue of Script magazine Johnathan Nolan said they read virtually every batman comic they could get their hands on. DC provided them ulimited access to archived material. Burton said he never liked comics, just the character of batman.

But I ain't haitin' on you, I don't think there are that many people as pumped to see Avatar as maybe you me, and Hanso.  Maybe some others. You should pick up the new issue of Empire magazine if you haven't already, it has an avatar cover story, check it out Wise. 

Oh, and I thought GI Joe was really really one of the worst films I think I have ever paid money to see. Not the worst but definitely up in the top five. It sucked Shirley Manson, like Hanso said, Stephen Sommers should be fired for making kids retarded! 

thecheckeredman 9/22/2009 9:31:59 AM

SURROGATES -- Looks interesting, but I don't know...something just won't let me pull the trigger on this one...

SMALLVILLE -- Oh how I loath what this show has just gets more and more sad...

ARCHIE -- This was bound to happen, too bad it will probably feature Archie and Co. in a modern world with cell phones and the internet; the charm just isn't there.

G.I.JOE 2 -- I won't go see this until it hits my cheapie theatre and only then will I wait and see it on a 1/2 off $0.50 Tuesday.  Why?  Because T2:ROTF was horrible and even at $0.50 I felt cheated.  Hasbro should be embarassed that Bay had made such a joke out of their property, but of course they are selling lots of toys...  However, I digress....where was I?

BATMAN 3 -- ...will hopefully be better than TDK which was mediocre folks!  FACE IT!

MAGNETO (THE MOVIE) -- Are we really still talking about this?  Bad idea.  B-A-D!

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS -- This would make a far better TV series.  Let's face it, most comics would.  Film only allows for about two hours of development, where a TV series gives time to grow characters.  An X-MEN: FIRST CLASS series using the original 5 students could be great!  I've been developing the idea since X3 (blech)...  PS, imagine a character like DAREDEVIL in a Law & Order type show.  How amazing!  It's a no-brainer!      


KillerTomato 9/22/2009 9:37:02 AM

We all knew that GI Joe would get a sequel, I mean even now the movie is still making money in theaters.  Personally I thought the movie was a lot of fun, and apart from Ripchord and what they did to Baroness I actually liked parts of the movie.  So a sequel?  I'll see it.

Now as far as the X-Franchise is concerned...I'm kind of on the fence.  I mean I'd like to see another film, hopefully to make up for X-3...though subtract Wolverine from the film, focus on the other characters...and I'd love to see Kelsey Grammer return as Beast (one of the best parts X-3).  Honestly I'd like to see Wolverine 2 though, provided it takes place in Japan and kind of limits the mutant cameos...also get rid of the shiny, CG claws, go back to the hand-held type claws they used in the first X-Men movie.  Deadpool I want to see, but that's it make it a Deadpool movie, not gratuitous cameos, no ridiculous Wolverine:  Origins Deadpool villain...I want to see Ryan Reynolds from the beginning of that movie...make him into the 4th wall breaking mutant who has more one-liners than Spider-Man.  Now if they went the route of First Class...that could be interesting...but I'm not sure I'd really want a prequel...I'd rather see the proper sequel (that could end the current run on the franchise...then begin First Class as a new franchise). 

Ya know if Kevin Feige took over at Disney...I mean maybe that would help Disney break away from it's kiddie/tweenage-girl motif it's been going with for years.  Maybe we can see a Disney that produced things like Drakwing Duck and Gargoyles again, instead of one the constantly shoves Hannah Montana down everyone's throat...

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