Blackman and McCain board 'ZMD'. Marvel and Branagh have a 'Thor' meet up. 'Powers' heads to FX Network. Wright posts a cool 'Scott Pilgrim' pic. More awards for 'Dark Knight'. Buzz on live-action 'Yatterman' and 'Kuki Ningyo' and more! It's the one with the Comics2Film 9.2.9!
Kudos for 'The Dark Knight' continue to trickle in. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have just announced the recpients of thier 2009 awards.
Heath Ledger gathered a "Best Supporting Actor" trophy, edging out Robert Downey Junior ('Tropic Thunder'), Brendan Gleeson ('In Burges'), Philip Seymour Hoffman ('Doubt') and Brad Pitt ('Burn After Reading').
The film aslo collected a prize at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer got the "Best Score" trophy.
After languishing in development hell at Sony, Brian Michael Bendis' breakout indie hit 'Powers' is now set up as a TV pilot on the FX network.
From the floor of NYCC, Bendis told MTV that he's writing the screenplay for the project.
"I just handed in a draft to the network and we're getting our notes from the network as soon as this thing is over. So next week I'll get the notes, and as long as they don't involve sock puppets and some sort of orgy scene that I'm not interested in, then hopefully it will go in the right direction."
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Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain The writing team behind 'Underworld: Rise of the Lycans' and 'Outlander' is now attached to pen the script for the filmed adaptation of the Red5 comic 'ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction'. News comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
'Underworld' creator Kevin Grevioux created the comic about an elite team of soldiers sent on a covert operation into hostile territory in the Middle East to stop what they soon discover to be a government-created army of the undead. Benderspink's Jake Weiner and Josh Feldman are overseeing the project.
Heh. So then there's Yoshiie Goda's 'Kuki Ningyo' manga which is apparently known in the U.S. as 'Blow-Up Doll'. According to Anime News Network, the comic has been filmed as a live-action movie under independent Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. The film is currently scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in the fall.
UGO has the latest promo images from the 'Watchmen: Portraits' book.
Edgar Wright, director of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', continues to post great photos from the film's production in Toronto. The latest one features a near-reveal of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead in character as Ramona Flowers. Check out Wright's MySpace Blog!
Anime News Network saw one of the screenings of Takeshi Miike's manga-base 'Yatterman' at the NYCC show this weekend. They didn't really love it so much:
"Yatterman is an explosion of color, noise and exhuberance. It's also shrill, disjointed, poorly paced and in places utterly without charm..."
Marvel EIC Joe Quesada talked to MTV Splash Page about a recent meet up he and his Marvel bosses had with director Kenneth Branagh about the 'Thor' movie. The assesment? "Wow".
"We spent seven or eight hours with Kenneth where he meticulously took us through the beats of the 'Thor' movie along with [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige and our friends at Marvel West," Quesada told MTV. "We just sat there, and it was almost like he acted out the entire movie."
Interestingly, Quesada made it seem as if Branagh is not shying away from the Marvel superhero Thor in favor of something that skews more towards the Norse myths.
"You just thought, 'Wow. This guy has immersed himself in the Marvel culture — not just in Thor — but in the Marvel universe in general," said Quesada. "He knew a lot of stuff — some things that I didn't even know.
"He was reciting Thor stuff from the past, continuity events, quotes from different books, little bits and pieces from stories that he really found fascinating — whether they were old [Jack] Kirby and [Stan] Lee stories or [Walter] Simonson stories or modern stuff that we're doing," continued Quesada. "He really got it."