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Norrington Talks Nick Cave and THE CROW


By Rob M. Worley     July 28, 2010
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Norrington talks about the Nick Cave rewrite of The Crow. Plus: Captain America's mighty shield. X-Men: First Class evolves its cast. Young Justice footage from Comic-Con and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.7.28!




Nothing New With THE PUNISHER

Thanks to everyone who has been sending links to the Punisher "news." It's a story that's been given a puzzling degree of prominence on some sites, while we've declined to report on it. Yet the links keep coming in and it seems some of you are quite upset by our lack of reporting.

Here's what happened: at the Marvel panel Saturday, studio chief Kevin Feige was asked about the Punisher and he responded with a very vauge statement that Marvel holds the rights to the character and that they plan to do another one "shortly".

So why haven't we mentioned it? Because it's not news.

The Punisher is under the Marvel umbrella? Yep. Since before Punisher War Zone. That one was a Marvel production too.

Feige says they plan to make a Punisher movie? Yep. This shouldn't surprise anyone.

Will it be a reboot? Nobody said that. Not at all.

We'll get excited if and when some specifics emerge but so far, Comic-con statements not withstanding, there's nothing new with the Punisher this week.



Darwain to Appear in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Fox seems to be dipping deep into the mutant well to come up with some obscure characters to populate the X-Men: First Class movie. The latest addition: Darwin. reports that actor Edi Gathegi, seen recently in the Twilight films, is set to play Marvel's mutant "reactive evolution" powers. That is, he can instantly grow adaptations to suit his current circumstances.

C2F is suspicious that some of these obscure mutant roles are code for better-known characters. At the top of the month there was talk that the shape-shifting X-Men 2099 character Willow would be in the movie, which we suspected was code for Mystique. A few weeks later the role of Mystique was actually cast. That doesn't prove our theory, as both Mystique and Willow may well be in the film.

We'll see if Darwin is actually fit enough to survive in the long run.

Thanks to Wiseguy for the submission.



Mandeville has Top Cow in the CROSSHAIR

Variety reports that the Top Cow comic book Crosshair is set for development as a feature film by Mandeville Films and Top Cow Productions.

The book, created by Marc Silvestri and Jeff Katz, focuses on a former CIA assassin-turned-suburban superdad who must race against the clock to stop a program inside his brain from turning him into an unstoppable killing machine whose target is the U.S. president.

Mandeville toppers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce. Katz is set to co-produce. Mandeville's David Manpearl, Silvestri and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins will executive produce.

The two companies are also working on the film version of the Top Cow comic Alibi.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Yesterday you saw the photos. Today Latino Review has the actually footage of what was apparently a demo reel that actor Josh Hutcherson created to get noticed for Spider-Man. The scene involves a very elaborate fight scene, including wire work, which takes place at Peter Parker's school.
  • Summit Entertainment has released some new images from Red. We've got three of them here, but additional photos can be found at Blogomatic3000. The film arrives February 11, 2011.

  • Jon Favreau commented to IGN on the loss of Ed Norton as Bruce Banner in The Avengers and other upcoming Marvel movies.

  • Much to the surprise of nobody actor Brandon Routh told that he'd love to return to the role of Superman.

  • Fans who went to Comic-Con got to see that complete Blue Beetle test footage, directed by Alex Winter on a teeny-tiny budget. You can watch the clip now at Looks pretty sweet to us. Bring on the TV show!

  • If you must see them, Superhero Hype as yet more videos from the set of Transformers 3.

  • Yesterday's rumor had Eva Longoria "still in the mix" to play the Wasp in The Avengers. Longoria says she's not in the mix, nor was she ever. "I don't know anything about that character. I don't know who or what that is," the actress told Superhero Hype, adding, "I think it’s a fantastic rumor! We're just going to go with it. Maybe it'll get me hired!"

  • The Robot 6 blog at CBR says Thunder Road Pictures is developing a feature film based on Grant Morrison's comic Joe the Barbarian. The news comes from Morrison himself, who says he's not writing the screenplay.

  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



CAPTAIN AMERICA's Mighty Shields

Actor Chris Evans told MTV that Marvel's star spangled hero will see several versions of his costume throughout Captain America: The First Avenger.

"There's a couple stages [of the suit]," Evans told MTV News. "Initially in the script, Steve [Rogers] isn't Captain America right away. He gets the injection and isn't asked to go to war right off the bat, he's used in different areas and different facets. So he has a couple different stages of the suit. I don't think he jumps in the final suit until the third act of the film."

As regular readers already know, the U.S. Army tries to first employ the captain as a morale booster, putting him on tour with the USO. During that sequence he has a specific costume...and shield. After he goes AWOL and gets his hands dirty in the field, they upgrade him to something more combat ready, including a new shield. Hopefully that means we'll see the badge-shaped shield after all!



Stephen Norrington Talks Nick Cave and THE CROW

News broke yesterday that musician/screenwriter Nick Cave was coming on board the planned Crow movie to work on the script. Details were vague and it left many reporting sites questioning if the producers at Relativity Media were discarding director Stephen Norrington's previous script or if this was more of a polish an material that was already reported to be "terrific."

Comics2Fiim at Mania talked exclusively with Norrington about the development. It turns out, Cave's involvement is a bit less dramatic than what it seems.

Cave has already wrapped his polish on Norrington's script. His work was completed "weeks ago," according to Norrington. Indeed, it may be that version that producer Ed Pressman was going around calling "terrific." No one is happier about the rewrite than the director himself.

"We were psyched when Nick agreed to get involved," Norrington told us. "He enriched the character relationships and clarified some stuff, took it to a new level. He's a most gracious fellow. He protected the script and improved it at the same time"

The director exercised the typical amount of caution in saying what is next for the film, but plans now call for a Fall production start.




Here's your first look behind the scenes of Cartoon Network's new Young Justice TV show...


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jedibanner 7/28/2010 8:30:13 AM

Say what you will but, those filming shots about Transformers 3 looks cool and I can't wait. I like a movie that blows sh%# up and this film does it.

BUT, i just think what's her name who's replacing Megan Fox looks so ugly, she's a walking twig and needs to eat a bit more...damm this new era of 77lb woman who apparently looks good....looks good like my ass.

Wiseguy 7/28/2010 8:41:25 AM

Lions Gate had the rights to the Punisher not Marvel. They co-produced like they do with all their characters that are licensed out. But the last 2 Punisher films were Lions Gate films. Not to mention that Feige has maintained that Marvel would not make any R movies under their banner. So yeah, it was news when the rights reverted to Marvel

Young Justice looks sweet. When do we get to see it?

I'd been saying all along that I wanted to see the original shield and it looks like we may. Maybe we'll even see FDR awarding Cap the shield most fans know in the movie too, that would be cool.

I see that First Class has no intentions on sticking with the chronology of the comics. I was holding out hope that they may but guess not. Still trying to remain optimistic about this

Grace Park for the Wasp.

Rob didn't mention that Wright said that AntMan won't be in the Avengers because his script is an origin story that would conflict with the Avengers timeline. Wright said this was discussed with Marvel already. I find it a little bit disheartening that such a prominent member won't be in the Avengers but at least he's getting his own feature plus the 3 big guns are in the Avengers. I also assume that the Wasp will be saved for the Ant Man film since Pym is the one that hooks her up

Note to Favreau and all others misusing "continuity", recasting a role does not affect continuity just like a new writer or artist on a comic has no affect on continuity. Rebooting or resetting the storyline now that's messing with continuity


Wiseguy 7/28/2010 9:00:03 AM

Just watched those Transformers videos. Sure enough, it looks like a blast. Would've loved to seen those explosions live. Some of those cats were standing right next to the explosions, them stunt men deserve lots of props including the guys that did that base jumop. Bay is the master of the boom BOOM.

Looking forward to that next year, along with all the comic book movies it's going to be one hell of a summer

lancedenier 7/28/2010 9:18:22 AM

Young Justice looks pretty good.  I can't wait.

Cap's costume changes sound good, an evolution if you will.  I just hope it isn't an excuse to peddle action figures.

Wiseguy 7/28/2010 9:26:52 AM

When has a studio ever influenced changes in a movie for the sake of selling merchandise? lancedenier you're just too cynical ;->

monelonmonday 7/28/2010 9:30:24 AM

 i'd like to see tom jane do another punisher

monelonmonday 7/28/2010 9:32:08 AM

 CBM caught up with "Captain America: The First Avenger" director Joe Johnston at the San Diego Comic-Con and asked him to confirm that The Invaders will be in the movie.

"Oh yeah," said Johnson, adding that Namor will be one of the members. However, the decision has been made for Namor not to have the little wings on his feet.

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redvector 7/28/2010 9:40:50 AM

In Ironman the armor went through three different versions before the final one at the mid-point of the movie. So the concept images we saw of Caps uniform a few months ago are likely not of the final version we see at or near the end of the movie.

Wiseguy 7/28/2010 9:40:57 AM

 monelonmonday, Johnston was pretty vague with  his answers to Namor so I think wether or not he'll be in the film is still speculation IMO, although I had your same conclusion when I first read it

Rheul_home 7/28/2010 11:01:39 AM

The way I understood it, Marvel had the rights to Punisher and it was technically the first Marvel Studios film although in partnership with Lionsgate... but that's neither here nor there. I know I'm in the minority, but that last Punisher film was great. It was faithful to the Ennis stuff and I loved Jigsaw and his speech with the flag. I don't know what people are looking for in a Punisher film but that last one delivered everything I was looking for. Bring on a sequel!

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