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Raimi says no SPIDER-MAN 5 planned (yet)


By Rob M. Worley     April 09, 2009

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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!



Howard Looking to Bring Down the LIGHTNING?

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."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Weinsteins Debunk SIN CITY 2 Talk

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Downey uncertain of COWBOYS & ALIENS

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



DEAD OF NIGHT Production Blog

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




It opens tomorrow. Are you psyched?

Either way, here's some video interviews with the cast of 'Dragonball: Evolution'.




Raimi says reports of back-to-back SPIDER-MAN 4 and 5 are wrong

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.




SCI FI Wire reports that Sony has hired new writers for the 'Venom' movie. When it was announced last summer writer Jacob Estes was penning the script.

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."



Marvel Announces Production Start on IRON MAN 2

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.



IRON Tweets

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.

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Wiseguy 4/9/2009 7:05:40 AM

So basically Dragonball sucked, what a surprise. I still may see that before I see Observe and Report.

Damn, I thought it was a done deal that Raimi was doing 4 & 5 together. I was expecting a huge storyline encompassing both films. Still, I'm happy to be getting #4 even if I sometimes have some reservations about the cas.

Howard is too effeminate to play Black Lightning who comes off as a hard ass, especially as of late. Maybe he can do Blankman 2

Venom headlining his own film? I need to hear more about this, right now I'm a bit pessimistic.

monkeyfoot 4/9/2009 7:58:25 AM

T. HOWARD: He doesn't come across as a headlining superhero. I think he'd make a great villian though. Maybe for Black Panther or something.

COWBOYS&ALIENS: Only knowing the basics of the plot (Cowboys and Indians fighting and coming across alien tech) I don't know if Downey in the movie is essential. He is a fantastic actor and whatever character he would play would be worth watching. But if they can't get him there are a load of good thespians to choose from. Just don't use crappy people just to keep the budget down (AvP:Requiem).

VENOM: Yes, they've been talking about spinning Venom off into seperate movies which I think is a great idea. If they make it as horror movies and not comic book movies that would be a great franchise. A new Freddy Krueger type character instead of remaking an older horror franchise.

gauleyboy420 4/9/2009 10:41:48 AM

Can't wait for more Spidey, Love raimi, Love Spidey 1&2 hope the studio lets him take back his vision for#4.


Venom movie MEH!!!! they blew it w/ #3 and Venom is only good as a villain against Spidey, so a Venom Movie just doesn't interest me at all


I like T Howard. He might have a soft voice, but I see the dude as a badass. Speak softly and carry a big stick.

I like him in all of his movies.

fuckyoumania 4/9/2009 10:45:47 AM

I have zero interest in seeing a Venom solo flick. ZERO.


Also, anyone else sick of hearing Terrence Howard whine about Iron Man? I swear to god, every day he's got some new quote. I feel slightly bad for the guy, because you can tell he really wanted to be a part of IM2, but he got greedy and now he's hurting. I think he was just playing some power game with Marvel and he lost out. He probably demanded all sorts of money after the first film did well and they said no. In another interview, he talks about how the cast of Iron Man should have stood together and held out like the cast of Friends. All I can say is, if the money is such a huge deal to him, then I'm glad he's not on the movie. I'd rather see someone who's in it to portray a character and make a good film play Rhodey than some whiny, money-hungry actor who was, frankly, the weakest actor in the first movie.

almostunbiased 4/9/2009 1:00:46 PM

Venom, lame.

Spidey 5, I was done after 3.  (Who am I kidding I'll probably waste my money again, hoping that somehow they can save the franchise, and in turn give them money so they keep making the same crap.  What is wrong with me?)

Wow we've officailly started making a movie, that everyone already knew we started, who really would follow that sort of news anyway.  Did that sentence make any sense?

Ok and am I the only one who thinks Twitter is the dumbest name out there.

TayDor 4/9/2009 2:05:49 PM

Keep Howard away from superhero movies.  He doesn't have the macho presence to pull it off.  His voice is too soft.  Criminals would laugh.

celt_6@yahoo.com_home 4/9/2009 3:09:41 PM

Howard would work as Mr. Terrific, I think.  Perhaps as John Stewart, but I doubt the GL franchise would depart from Hal Jordan.  He lacks the on-screen strength to be a real frontline hero.

They need someone halfway between Howard's weak voice and Wesley Snipes' overblown efforts.

I was never much of a Spidey fan.  The first was good.  Second wasn't bad.  Don't really need more.

I'm so excited about IM2, I get an inappropriate male reaction to every scrap of news.  I'm totally depressed that I have to wait til 2012 for my Avengers!!!  boo!!

hanso 4/9/2009 3:12:46 PM

To you all cats hatin on Terrence Howard.  He's got something to say:

I'ma make these suckers recognize I ain't playin' hoe
If you violate off the top trick you gotta go
I den held in a lot of shit and I'm bout to flip
Now I think it's time to show you bitches who you fuckin' with
DJay that's the name and I came to bring the pain
Ana on my chest got me bustin' at you lemon lames
You ain't know you fuckin' with a street nigga
From the gutta pimp tight slash drug dealer
Born and raised in the "M" Memphis Tennessee
Before it's said and done you bitches gon remember me
This only the beginning I got a lot to say
It's been a long time and you got hell to pay
Ain't no love hoe just bring it the door
I'm bar none let my nuts hang to the floor
So if you want some this is your death wish
Better come correct cause I came to break you off trick

krathwardroid 4/9/2009 5:51:12 PM

Why is everyone so against a solo Venom flick? His solo comic book does well, so why not a movie? I think everyone is just pissed on how he was portrayed in Spider-Man 3. I agree, they crammed too many villains into that one and wasted the appearance of the black suit and subsequent Venom villain. They could have rectified that in two ways: 

1. They could have saved Venom for a future film (maybe a back-to-back story like the original Spider-Man 4 and 5 deal) where Parker has the suit for one film and the Venom villain appears in the following film. This would have been better than rushing the character for Spidey 3. You can thank fan pressure on this decision.

2. They could have gotten somebody bigger and more intimidating physically to play Eddie Brock. Topher Grace didn't work. As it is, I've read where they intend to replace the actor with someone different in the solo Venom flick because they don't believe Grace can carry a film on his own as the main character.

xenomorph 4/9/2009 7:18:43 PM

I love Venom. He is my favorite Spider-Man villian. But I don't think the character alone can carry a movie. Besides, sony pictures will just fuck up the character again like they did in spidey 3.

Sherlock Holmes isn't even out yet, and already the studio wants a sequel? I didn't know that it was going to be a franchise. What this leaves for cowboys & aliens, I do not know.

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