There's a new Thor pic online. Plus: More X-Men casting talk! More Conan photos online! A bunch o' Scott Pilgrim videos online and more! T-minus 60 hours until lift-off, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.19!
Pop culture does have a tendency to recycle, rehash and regurgitate. Consider this chain of influences: George Lucas was inspired by early serials of Flash Gordon and made a phenomenal little movie called Star Wars. Eager to cash in on the popularity of that movie, ABC commissioned a highly derivative TV show called Battlestar Galactica. Some 20-plus years later Battlestar was given a major upgrade as a SyFy Channel original series and was warmly embraced by modern fans for it's edgy style and intellectual storytelling.
Now, in speaking with Air Lock Alpha, Breck Eisner says he hopes his new Flash Gordon movie will have the same edgy feel as the modern TV series, which he had a hand in creating.
"I was originally involved with ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and broke the initial script with Ron Moore," Eisner said. "He done a great job executing and bringing it up for modern era. He made it edgy and it goes to show that if you have the right DNA in a project, then you can do something amazing. Technology does now what comic books used to do. What was done with pen and ink is now done with actors and we turn comic book adventures into a real experience. ‘Avatar’ proved that."
There's certainly one SyFy Show that his movie won't emulate, and that's their recent low-brow/low-budget version of Flash Gordon.
"It was crap, total crap," Eisner said of the Syfy series. "I watched one episode. I don’t want to look at something like that – it was a real disservice to Flash and nobody watched it. What it did was pollute the ‘Flash Gordon’ name. The series was only interested in doing it on the cheap and ‘Flash Gordon’ is not a cheap shadowy show in small, dark ships. It’s about Flash saving the whole planet."
Eisner said the Flash Gordon movie will detail the character's journey to Mongo where he establishes himself as a hero. Not surprisingly, the film is being crafted as the launch of a Franchise.
Bryan Singer recently confirmed that he was, in fact, pursuing rising star Taylor Lautner for a role in X-Men: First Class.
Blastr.com reports that Singer, who is producing the film with Matthew Vaughn directing, made a recent appearance as a guest speaker at a Hollywood church over the weekend. That's where he fielded questions about the movie.
"I wanted Taylor to do it, I really did," Singer revealed, but went on to say that Lautner's busy schedule didn't permit him to join the cast.
Singer did confirm the casting of James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy and Kevin Bacon as...well, Singer isn't telling.
But the internet abhors a vacuum of facts and rushes to fill it rumor and speculation. Many have jumped to the conclusion that Bacon would play a version of the comic book villain Mr. Sinister.
However, ForcesOfGeek claims that their sources are pegging Bacon as Sebastian Shaw, leader of the Hellfire club. They say that this could be revealed at Comic-Con.
This may or may not be true, but its important to bear in mind that FoG's sources have been wrong before. For example, the were assured that Olivia Munn was playing Janet Van Dyne in Iron Man 2, which, of course, was not the case.
And there are two new posters for Summit Entertainment's Red online. The latest feature Karl Urban and the lovely Mary-Louise Parker.
Last February, Imagi Holdings in Hong Kong announced that it was closing its CG animation arm, Imagi Studios. The studio had produced the outstanding TMNT and last year's lesser effort Astro Boy and was busy working up a CGI version of Gatchman (known to some as Battle of the Planets).
With the studio closing its doors, many jumped to the conclusion that the Gatchman project was dead. This in spite of Imagi Holdings' stated intentions to continue to produce movies, while simply contracting out the animation work to other studios. Well, it seems Imagi has made good on its promises.
Twitchfilm has uncovered an all-new teaser trailer for the project, and we gotta say, it looks pretty sweet!
The Conan Facebook group has published nice-res copies of the photos from the film that recently appeared in Empire Magazine.
There are two that we haven't seen before depicting Jason Momoa as the main man.
Universal Pictures have been rolling out video remixes from Scott Pilgrim vs The World by DJ Osymyso.
We've been remiss in reporting them to you, dear Maniacs, but if anyone here is unaware of them, here are the five that are online so far...
Well, C2F seems to be in the minority in that we're not griping about the Thor photos we've seen. Now, there's a new photo from the film online, originating from the L.A. Times weekend edition.
It's a wide shot of Odin's throne room. Chris Hemsworth as Thor kneels before the all-father, played by Anthony Hopkins who sports a Kirby-esque tuning-fork helmet! Off to the left we have Tom Hiddleston as Loki, with the full curled-horn helmet (black, not gold) and Rene Russo as Frigga. On the far right are Tadanobu Asano as Hogun and Josh Dallas as Fandral. And, perched on Odin's throne are his raven familiars Huginn and Muninn.
Check it out!
What do you think, Maniacs? Lets have it!
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. It's been called "Sophisticated, playful and sweet" by the Comics Buyer's Guide and a melding of We3 and Avatar: The Last Airbender by AudioShocker! He would love for any Maniacs bound for Comic-Con in San Diego to stop by, shout "Litter Bricks" and check out the new comic! Click here for the Scratch9 Comic-Con Schedule.