New Photos of JSA on 'Smallville'. Plus: Tobey Maguire talks about 'Spider-Man 4'. Ellis and Hamner talks about 'Red'. First photos from 'Adele Blanc-Sec' and more! Seeing the Bedouin fires at night, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.30!
Here's a story from the summer that went under our radar:
Back in June, ICv2 reported that actress Jessica Alba and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez obtained the screen rights to Dargaud's graphic novel series 'The Insiders'. The news is said to have originated from various French language websites.
The comics focus on a Columbian operative named Najah Cruz (as deadly as she is beautiful), a sort of female James Bond. The White House puts her into service infiltrating a worldwide crime cartel composed of businessmen and politicians.
The books, created by Jean-Claude Bartoll and Renaud Garreta were first published in 2002.
Actor Tobey Maguire, out doing press rounds on 'Brothers' spoke to the Boston Globe about about his goals for the soon-to-film 'Spider-Man 4'.
"Hopefully I’ll be able to evolve the character in a new direction," he says. "He'll still be Peter Parker, but I hope I can move him forward a bit and take him to a place where there will be new challenges for me as an actor."
Tobey's been playing the character since the 2002 original. It was unclear if he would continue playing Peter Parker after the less-than-well-received third installment of the series.
"It’s not that I was reluctant," he told the Globe, "For me, it’s a big process to decide whether or not to do a role. . . . I have to want to wake up in the morning and feel like I can’t wait to get to work. I’ve got to feel OK about leaving my kids for 12 or 13 hours a day for five months. It’s a big commitment."
Maguire will return along with director Sam Raimi and co-star Kirsten Dunst. At this point we know that Felicia Hardy a.k.a. the Black Cat will be in the mix as well as a male villain. Filming on 'Spider-Man 4' is slated to begin next year.
Slashfilm has the first photos from Europacorp's 'Les Aventures Extrodinaire d’Adele Blanc-Sec'.
The movie, directed by Luc Besson and starring Louise Bourgoin, is based on the comics of Jacques Tardi. Adele is an early 20th century adventurer and (while the photos at Slashfilm may not reveal it) she's a journalist who hunts down all manner of supernatural and mythic creatures.
With Besson at the helm, expect some cool visual effects in this one.
Comics art great Cully Hamner chatted up Newsarama this week. He talks about his current and upcoming works at DC Comics, and also lent his opinions about the movie 'Red', based on the Wildstorm title he co-created with writer Warren Ellis.
The film stars Bruce Willis. This month it filled out its all-star cast with such names as Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, John C. Reilly, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Bryan Cox and Ernest Borgnine.
"The book that we did has really only got four major characters in it. It's a tight little book. Paul Moses, in the book, is a pretty lonely guy. But this has a bigger cast than the book ever did," Hamner said. "Bruce Willis is a good choice to play, well, the character in our book is Paul Moses. I'm not sure he'll have exactly the same name in the movie, but I could be wrong about that. But he's a good choice."
Willis plays a retired government agent who finds himself hunted down by a high-tech assassin in the comic. Reports have indicated that the movie will expand greatly on the source material's spare storytelling. Hammner says he has no problems with that.
"I am totally cool with it. I understand the fact that, when you translate a comic to a movie, there are going to be some things that are either not going to make the translation or are going to add to it and become more than what you did," Hamner said. "And with a comic like this that was three issues long -- I mean, we're talking 66 pages -- it has to be fleshed out a little bit. So I'm totally cool with that. I am looking forward to seeing it."
Hamner did say he's not going to be involved in the development of the film, so he'll be watching things unfold along with the rest of us.
In related news, Warren Ellis commented on the script for the film by Jon and Erich Hoeber.
He told readers of his "Bad Signal" email list: "Read the RED script. Not bad. Not the book, but not bad. Funny. Especially when you know the casting. Very tight piece of work. Talked to the producers last week. They're all kind of giddy over the casting coups. Who wouldn't want to see Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle?"
Director Robert Schwentke rolls cameras on 'Red' next January in Toronto.
Via Twitter, 'Iron Man 2' director Jon Favreau directs fans to a candid photo of himself and actors Robert Downey Jr and Don Cheadle on the set of the film.
The CW is taking full advantage of the building buzz around the Justice Society of America's appearance on 'Smallville'. Having already revealed Hawkman in an earlier photo, not to mention Sandman and Green Lantern in their mid-season teaser trailer, the network has now unveiled two new images from the two-hour movie event.
Michael Ausiello at EW.com reveals the JSA's Stargirl (Britt Irvin) along with new looks at Dr. Fate (Brent Stait) and Hawkman (Michael Shanks).
Check 'em out:
"Absolute Justice", the 'Smallville' movie airs February 5th on The CW.
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