Raimi says reports of back-to-back 'Spider-Man' sequels are incorrect. Plus: 'Venom' work underway. 'Dragonball' chat and review. 'Iron Man 2' buzz and more! Meeting the monster and realizing the monster is us, it's your Comics2Film 9.4.9!
With the 'Iron Man 2' debacle leaving a bad taste in his mouth, actor Terrence Howard seems to have sworn off working with Marvel, but not the idea of being a big-screen superhero.
"I think they always wanted Don Cheadle from the very start," Howard told MTV News, "and it’s nice that they get what they want. They could be a little nicer about it. You don’t make 800 million dollars and then try and shake everyone down. That’s not nice."
Of course, Howard doesn't need Marvel to make him a big-screen superhero, when DC is on the rise. While Howard would love to play 'Green Lantern', he realizes that the franchise is starting with Hal Jordan and it could be a long time before it reaches John Stewart. But the actor points out there are other great black heroes on the DC books for him to play.
"Black Lightning," is one that Howard named. "I don’t think he’s really been explored."
Yesterday we carried a rumor that The Weinstein Company (or TWC) was about to lose the big screen rights to the 'Sin City' franchise. The implication there was that such a development would actually clear the way for the long-discussed sequel to happen.
However, TWC attorney Bert Fields caught wind of the rumor and sent a message to MTV Splash Page saying it is untrue.
"TWC’s rights to produce sequels to Sin City remain intact as they always have been. Any suggestion to the contrary is complete hogwash," writes Fields.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. told MTV Splash Page that he may not topline Platinum Studios' 'Cowboys & Aliens' after all. Last June it was announced that the actor was negotiating to star in the film, which is currently being rewritten by 'Transformers' and 'Fringe' masterminds Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
"I don’t know," Downey responded to MTV News when asked whether the film was still on his radar. "I don’t know what I’ve got coming up."
Downey's dance card has become incredibly busy in the wake of his one-two punch of 'Iron Man' and 'Tropic Thunder' last summer. With 'Iron Man 3', 'Sherlock Holmes 2' and 'The Avengers' in the mix, he may have a hard time clearling the way for another big-budget feature.
Nobody told us, but the production team on the Dylan Dog movie 'Dead of Night' launched a production blog a few months back. It's been sparsely updated since February, but you can check it out at deadofnightmovie.wordpress.com if you're interested.
It opens tomorrow. Are you psyched?
Either way, here's some video interviews with the cast of 'Dragonball: Evolution'.
Buzz around the 'Spider-Man' sequels dating back to last summer have persistently indicated that parts 4 and 5 could be filmed back-to-back. However, in a recent interview with Ain't it Cool, director Sam Raimi denied such talk.
"No one’s talked to me about making part 5 at this moment. Right now I’m hoping to make part 4," Raimi said.
The director went on to say that work is underway on the next installment, which is due out in 2011. "It’s a never-ending process. Basically we are talking about the story right now, shortly artists will come on and I’ll start giving them shots to draw. We are supposed to start talking to a production designer soon, so it will just keep getting larger and larger," Raimi said.
He also talked a bit about the process of updating the technical design of the movie from one installment to the next. Read the complete interview for more.
But SCI FI WIRE talked to Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who scripted the latest undead film 'Zombieland' and they say that they're on the job, although they're sword to secrecy. However, the pair are fans of the character.
"We read [Venom] growing up, but we were not experts," Reese said. "We certainly know the mythology of Venom, but went back and learned more when it became clear that we could actually get this job."
However, the pair expressed some trepidation about handling a fan-fave character.
"I'm terrified," Reese said. "It's source material that everybody knows and everybody's familiar with and everybody loves. There's a burden on you to meet the expectations of people. A lot of people are curious about Venom."
Well, you've probably heard that filming on 'Iron Man 2' is underway, but yesterday Marvel issued a press release to make it official.
Perhaps the most interesting item in the announcement is the inclusion of actor John Slattery in the principal cast list. However, there's no word on what role the forty-something 'Mad Men' actor might be playing. Let the speculation begin!
Here's the complete announcement:
Los Angeles, CA April 8, 2009 – Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) has launched the production of IRON MAN 2 starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, John Slattery, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson. Jon Favreau will direct IRON MAN 2, the sequel to IRON MAN, with the screenplay by Justin Theroux. IRON MAN 2 is being released in theatres domestically on May 7, 2010 and distributed worldwide by Paramount Pictures. Tele Munchen will distribute the film in Germany and Austria.
IRON MAN 2 is being produced by Marvel Studios' President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Louis D'Esposito, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Denis Stewart and Susan Downey.
Based on Marvel's iconic Super Hero, IRON MAN 2 continues the story of the 2008 summer box office blockbuster IRON MAN, the first feature film to be produced independently by Marvel Studios. The first film in the franchise has grossed over a half billion dollars worldwide at the box office.
In addition to IRON MAN 2, Marvel Studios is also scheduled to release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including THOR on May 20, 2011, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on July 22, 2011, and THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.
We know you love them. Here are the latest from director Jon Favreau's Twitter feed.
# Mickey Roarke's first day. Apr 8 - 1pm
# Rourke does not disappoint. Apr 8 - 7pm
# Stayed late to watch dailies. It's great to see these characters come to life. Apr 9 - 10pm
Screenrant is apparently not having any trouble locating an early screening of 'Dragonball: Evolution' (although the movie has opened in several countries already. They've reviewed the movie and scored it a half-star out of 5.
"Short version: Dragonball: Evolution is a badly written film with horrible dialogue, lackluster action and a sense of fun that’s nowhere to be found."
'Dragonball: Evolution' opens in theaters in the U.S. tomorrow.