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New Writers Launch 'ZMD'

Also: THOR, POWERS, PILGRIM and more in your Comics2Film 9.2.9

By Rob M. Worley     February 09, 2009
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ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (slideshow)
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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!



More DARK KNIGHT Awards and Noms

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.



Bendis Takes POWERS to FX Channel

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."

Here's the video:

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


Blackman and McCain launch ZMD

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.



KUKI NINGYO a Sex Doll Movie

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



More Watchmen Portraits and Art

UGO has the latest promo images from the 'Watchmen: Portraits' book. 

Click and view! Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers in SCOTT PILGRIM

Here's SCOTT PILGRIM'S Ramona Flowers!

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!



Review: YATTERMAN...Not So Much!

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..."   

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Marvel's big THOR Confab

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."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




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Wiseguy 2/9/2009 9:27:24 AM

That bit about Thor just brought on an ear to ear smile. I haven't been looking forward this much for a film since IronMan. I was getting a little nervous because the lack of news. Happy to see it's progressing.

I didn't know that Grevioux also created Underworld. Now he's got a comic being adapted and also wrote Blue Marvel. Let me give the guy some props. Nice way to branch out.

I never picked up Powers even though I'm a big Bendis fan, too much on my plate already. But I will definitely check this out on FX. Short of putting it on HBO, FX is the best option for adult material IMO. Maybe I'll pick up a couple of trades.

xenomorph 2/9/2009 10:53:25 AM

Sounds like Branagh knows what he is doing. Good to hear.

ZMD. You can never have enough zombie movies.

fft5305 2/9/2009 10:59:45 AM

FX definitely rocks. The Shield was one of the best shows ever on TV.

I'm a little nervous about Thor, but am hopeful with Branagh at the helm. I will wait to see more before I make rash judgments.

Wallace85 2/9/2009 6:21:48 PM

Really looking forward to seeing Thor on the big screen Branagh was a smart choice to bring on board.

I'm a fan of FX with their shows like Always Sunny,Testees,Nip/Tuck and the Shield are all well executed shows.Never read Powers though but I do like Bendis's work so I don't have any doubts that this could not work.I would like to see 100 Bullets adapted into a show too but it should be on Shotime or HBO.Also I've always wanted to see an animated Punisher show that was done like Spawn was done on HBO and have either Michael Ironside or Tom Jane voice Frank Castle.And of course have Garth write for the animated series.

FilchX 2/9/2009 6:55:15 PM

Thor...all I can say is I cant wait. I live in canada so I dont no if we even get FX up here. So Powers might be something I half to invest in once season 1 is done. Wiseguy I would Highly recomend powers the trades are great. Wallace nice Idea about a punisher animaited tv show ala Spawn.

fft5305 2/10/2009 9:09:09 AM

Filch, if you have Netflix, check out The Shield through that. Otherwise, go to the website (, I believe) and you can watch episodes online.

Wallace, I forgot about Sunny! That show is so wrong! But so funny!!

Wallace85 2/10/2009 11:18:34 AM

I know right it's like why are these people in jail yet ha ha ha ha but hey I love the show.The one with Michael Rosebaum and the whole gang getting a gun was hilarious!!



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