New 'Ninja Turtles' Toon Part of Major Nick Acquisition! Plus: Raimi talks 'Venom' movie. Dave McKean to direct 'Cages' feature. 'Dead of Night' progress report and more! Your mom busted in and said, "What's that noise?" Mom, you're just jealous it's the Comics2Film 9.10.22!
Remember that groovy 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' clip that went around the web a few weeks back? The one in which the current animated Turtles met the 1980s pizza-crazy toon Teens?
Looks like the episode is set to air on Satuarday, November 21st, according to TVRage.com.
'Spider-Man' franchise director Sam Raimi told MTV Splash Page that he's unsure if or how Sony's planned 'Venom' movie would link to the character who appeared in 'Spider-Man 3'.
"It hasn't come up to me," Raimi said, indicating he's not directly involved with the film.
"I think that the studio is just letting me work with the writers and trying to make the best stories possible for this universe," Raimi continued, referring to the 'Spider-Man' films as. "I don't know whether 'Venom' is a separate universe or not."
Way back in 1990, 'Sandman' cover artist Dave McKean wrote and illustrated an engrossing comics mini-series called 'Cages' for Kevin Eastman's art house comics shingle Tundra Publishing. The 10-issue limited series took about six years to complete, eventually closing out with Kitchen Sink Press.
The award-winning book is hard to summarize as it focused on a variety of people living in an apartment complex and their different intersecting stories. It stands as a much-loved example of comics as a means of artistic expression beyond the popular genres that are often represented.
Since then McKean has continued to grow as an artist and branched out into filmmaking as well. He's expanded his multimedia approach to digital motion pictures and directed two movies that capture his unique style: the obscure 2002 movie 'N[eon]' and the Henson Company fantasy pic 'Mirrormask' (which was scripted by his 'Sandman' collaborator Neil Gaiman).
Now, it appears a filmed version of 'Cages' may be in the work with McKean directing. McKean broke the news to his fans with a Twitter post, which went up Wednesday morning.
"Great first meeting about 'Cages' film," McKean wrote, continuing, "a long term possibility, but good to know all interested parties are on the same page."
The artist and filmmaker then followed up with some additional details. "I would be adapting + directing.I did 'Cages' 20yrs ago, think it could grow into unusual animated film."
Definitely interesting news if you're fans of McKeans work in comics and in films, as we are here at C2F.
Platinum Studios development executive Dan Forcey updated fans of the 'Dead of Night' movie about the post-production progress of the film on the movie's production blog this week.
Right now we’re in the long, somewhat tedious portion of movie-making known (with an almost universal groan) as POST. (And I put it that way for dramatic effect, not because I think people don’t know what “post” is.) What that means from my perspective is that, while [director Kevin Munroe] and Paul Hirsch (our editor) lock themselves in a dark room in Burbank and go over every inch of footage of the film again and again and again, every few days myself and Gioy Demarco (our resident Dylan Dog expert) get a new cut of the movie with some scene tightened or some new shot inserted or, sometimes, with an entirely new scene that, two weeks ago, had been eliminated completely now put back in. I have to say that not since I went to see Star Wars 27 times when I was a wee lad have I seen a movie this many times in such close proximity.
Effects shots are slowly being layered in with wires suddenly disappearing and sometimes also complete body parts disappearing. (Part of the fun of having zombies in your film!) In addition, every day Gioy pours through the shots coming in from our partners at Prana Studios who are doing the effects, approving them, providing notes or just generally enjoying watching the magic come together. It’s exciting, but it’s also slightly tedious, I have to admit. Makes me long for the days of getting thrown off balconies where you do it and it’s over and you move on to the next gag.
This part is really about fine-tuning and tweaking all the great stuff you have to make it the best it can be. And Kevin, probably due to his background in animation, is really shining in this part of the process. Not that he’s becoming a “Lucas” and using technology to shape what is in his head, he’s just incredibly detail oriented and is willing to tweak and tweak and tweak until he has things exactly like he wants them. It’s actually been amazing to watch. I know I don’t have the patience for that sort of work.
Anyway, things are progressing nicely and the film just keeps getting better and better. Looking forward to our next test screening to see how the audience reacts.
SCI FI Wire talked to actor Nick Frost about his recent work as one of the Thom(p)sons in Stephen Spielberg's upcoming CG animated film 'Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'. Frost, out promoting 'Pirate Radio' said that he considers producer Peter Jackson a co-director of the film, even though Jackson was never physically in the studio.
"They co-directed, so Peter was in the studio on iChat every day," Frost told SCI FI Wire. "So we had a laptop with Peter's face on, and he had kind of two, three cameras pointed at the action and pointed at us, too, so we could actually talk to him via some link or hookup. So it was odd. It was quite weird."
Frost was enthusiastic about working the Spielberg and Jackson. He also said he expects the film to work well for both young moviegoers and adults.
The movie is due out in 2011.
One of the biggest success stories in indie comics just got bigger.
Nickelodeon announced yesterday that it has acquired the global rights to the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' for $60 million.
The kid net, part of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. purchased the rights from The Mirage Group (which grew from the original creators of the heroes on a half-shell) and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (who presently produce the animated TV adventures).
Plans call for an all-new CG-animated TV series featuring the teens supreme, which is slated to hit the airwaves in 2012. That's the same year a new movie will hit theaters. Some are speculating that the news trumps the announcement of a new feature film from earlier in the year. However, in all likelihood, the people involved with that film will likely continue the work they were doing with Nickelodeon and Viacom's Paramount Pictures.
The deal includes merchandising rights, which have been a never-ending cash-cow for Mirage over the years. Plans are to continue to work with Playmates Toys, makers of past TMNT action figures and such.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shares a comedic sensibility with the Nickelodeon DNA, with added layers of action and fantasy that have kept this property an evergreen favorite with multiple generations of audiences," said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. "We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to be able to focus on this property and creatively re-introduce it to a new generation of kids."
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a property that maintains a very passionate global fan base, is rich with opportunity for a tentpole movie, and is exactly the right property for us to work together with Nickelodeon," said Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Pictures.
"Mirage has been the proud keeper of the Turtles' brand since 1984, and in 2009 we celebrated their 25th anniversary with our legions of fans," said Gary Richardson, CEO, Mirage Studios. "Nickelodeon is a powerhouse global brand, and we are confident that the company will be a wonderful steward for Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and all the other TMNT characters and take them in all kinds of exciting and new creative directions."
What do you think, Maniacs? Is this good news for the TMNT brand? Are we looking forward to a Nick-produced CGI TV series and movie? Post your comments below...