Swedish newcomer to direct Deadpool? Plus: Batman casting female lead. Guggenheim talks Flash influences. Ghost Rider 2 gets a budget cut? More! It's your Comics2Film 10.10.27!
Moviehole is reporting that the Warner Bros has stepped up casting efforts on Christopher Nolan's next Batman movie. Insiders claim that the studio and director are taking meetings with actresses in search of the female lead for the film.
According to the report, information is being meted out in a cautious manner and several of the women reading for the part aren't being told anything about it other than they're meeting with Nolan.
Details about the nature of the role are sketchy. Moviehole's insider "suspects" that they're reading for Catwoman, but admits he's uncertain as Nolan is carefully controlling the flow of information. The role could just as likely be another Rachel Dawes style love interest.
What do you think, Maniacs? Would you like to see Catwoman in the movie? If not, is there another of Batman's femme fatales you'd prefer? Post your comments below...
Newsarama chatted up Green Lantern and Flash movie screenwriter Marc Guggenheim at New York Comic-Con recently. In their video interview, Guggenheim offers the usual deflections to questions about his work on the Scarlet Speedster film, but he did comment briefly about certain aspects of the film.
When asked about reports that there was a CSI flavor to the movie, Guggenheim confirmed it, saying they wanted to strongly incorporate the idea of Barry Allen being a police scientist. He said the movie is Part Silence of the Lambs style thriller, part superhero movie and "part sports movie because there's an athleticism to this character that other superheroes don't have."
He also commented on which comics influenced him the most in writing for the film. Guggenheim said he's a huge fan of Mike Baron's run on the comic, but the movie draws from many different eras, including Geoff Johns' work and Mark Waid's stretch. "The stuff [Waid] wrote with the philiosphy of speed and the philosophy of running has been a big influence," Guggenheim said. He also cited the fun and wonder of the silver age Barry Allen stories.
As far as crossing over with Green Lantern, Guggenheim said he's the biggest proponent of cameos and Easter eggs and is usually the one trying to slip them into the story. Unfortunately, the decision of whether or not to include those in the movie is in the hands of higher-ups.
Click through to watch the complete video interview.
The Wrap reports that Ghost Rider 2 is set to go into production soon, but with a significant budget cut.
According to their report, Sony (who has a lot of their production capital tied up with Men in Black 3, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Spider-Man) has brought on Hyde Park Entertainment as a co-financier. The movie had originally been budgeted at $135, but when cameras roll on the project, the budget will be pared down to $75 million. Reportedly Nicholas Cage ate some of the cut, knocking $5 million off of his star fee.
The 3D movie has Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds and Placido Violante lined up to appear in the movie. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Gamer) are set to direct. The film will largely be shot overseas. Mike deLuca, Avi Arad and Ashok Armitraj are producing.
The L.A. Times 24 Frames Blog reports that Robert Rodriguez is no longer in the running to direct Fox's much-anticipated Deadpool movie.
Instead, their sources tell them that a relatively unknown commercial and video director named Adam Berg has the studio's eye.
You may not have heard of Berg, but he's garnered some buzz for a short film he directed called Carousel, which features a bullet-time style tour of a chaotic and violent bank heist gone wrong. The camera moves through the frozen moment in time as police shoot it out with clown-masked robbers. It's a cool visual to be sure and one that has raised Berg's profile considerably, winning him the Cannes Lions International Advertising award.
The producers of Deadpool like the director and apparently star Ryan Reynolds does as well, which bodes well for Berg.
Fox is going to have to hire a director soon if they want to give him enough prep time to hit Reynolds' window of availability which should happen in late winter/early spring of 2011.
Berg's Carousel is on YouTube (and presented below). Check it out and let us know what you think about him as a director, Maniacs!
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Come see Rob at the Detroit Fanfare Comics Convention on October 30th and 31st!