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RED Director Joins R.I.P.D.


By Rob M. Worley     September 08, 2010
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RED Director Joins R.I.P.D. Plus: A new Spider-Man casting rumor. X-Men: First Class goes younger still. Guggenheim talks Green Lantern 2 and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.9.8!




Guggenheim on GREEN LANTERN 2 and THE FLASH

Newsarama had a chat with comics and screen writer Marc Guggenheim, who fans know co-wrote the script for the much-anticipated Green Lantern movie.

Rumors erupted recently that Warner Bros. was keen to go before cameras on the sequel next summer, the same time that the first movie would just be reaching theaters. Rumors also indicated that parts two and three would go back to back

Guggenheim downplayed the rumors but confirmed that he and partners Greg Berlanti and Michael Green have begun working on a treatment for the movie's sequel.

"I think where that came out of was, when Greg Berlanti originally pitched the movie to Warner Bros., he pitched three movies. So there's always been, and he's said this publicly, that there's always been enough story for a trilogy," Guggenheim said. "The scope of the character and the character's world requires that. But we're really just focusing on the treatment for Green Lantern 2."

Guggenheim also confirmed that the trio have turned in their treatment for The Flash. When asked if the Green Lantern movie carried an Easter egg or cameo beat that would set up a Scarlet Speedster movie he replied, "I actually can't confirm that. I wish I could. The truth is, those sort of decisions get made high above my pay grade."

However the writer admits that he's all in favor of such things. Click through for the complete interview.



SPIDER-MAN Rumor of the Day

Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper is the source of the latest casting talk for Marc Webb's upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The paper (which does not know how to properly spell the web-slinger's name) profiled Hockey player Mike Comrie, who happens to be newly wed to singer/actress Hilary Duff of Lizzie McGuire fame.

The article makes a passing mention that among the possessions in their new home, "a script marked 'Spiderman' [sic] sits on the table, with lines for a character simply called 'girl' highlighted in yellow (rumours swirl about who Spidey's love interest will be in the series' next installment.) "

No other details are provided but it looks like maybe Duff is reading for a role in the movie.



IRON MAN 2 Coming to Blu-Ray and DVD

IRON MAN 2 Target Exclusive Packaging

Marvel's big summer hit Iron Man 2 comes home to Blu-Ray and DVD on September 28th.

Target stores and will be offering an exclusive, limited edition Blu-Ray combo with metal packaging to its customers.

This exclusive metal case holds all 3 discs and is packed with these features:

  • Limited Edition of 30,000
  • Each case is individually numbered, with printing stamped into the metal on the top right corner
  • 3D Lenticular cover image features the MACH-IV Iron Man suit
  • Interior image is Target’s exclusive image of Tony Stark’s “Hall of Armor”
  • The back of the case includes both Iron Man and War Machine
  • Blu-ray sized metal case, from MetalPak, holds all 3 discs

In related news, MTV Splash Page has posted one of the featurettes from the release. This one focuses on DJ AM, a.k.a. Adam Goldstein, who filmed a cameo in the movie's party scene and died of a drug overdose months later. In the clip Favreau recalls Goldstein's time on the set and the effect the musician's death had on him.



C2F Quick Hits

  • chats with cinematographer David Boyd on developing the look of the Walking Dead TV show from the comics by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore.
  • Bleeding Cool reports that actor Laurence Belcher has been cast Young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class.
  • Comics creator Brendan McCarthy talks with about the collected release of his comic series Spider-Man: Fever, which features Dr. Strange. In spit-balling on things he'd like to do with Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme (team-ups with Sandman and Lady Gaga), McCarthy let this little detail slip: "Curiously enough, I was over in Hollywood earlier this year mooching about, and I had a meeting at Disney and the conversation drifted around to Pixar animating a Dr. Strange movie... Now, wouldn't that be nice."
  • Comics Continuum talks with Marvel Animation's Josh Fine about the voice cast for Disney XD's Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.



RED Director Joins R.I.P.D. reports that RED director Robert Schwentke has signed a deal to direct R.I.P.D., based on the comics mini-series by Peter Lenkov.

Actor Ryan Reynolds is attached to star in the film about a dead cop given the chance to stop his killer by joining the "Rest In Peace Department", and after-life police squad populated by dead lawmen from throughout the ages. He's partnered with a long-dead sheriff.

Plans are to film the movie next summer as is permitted by Reynolds' schedule. The movie has a script for Clash of the Titans writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Original Film's Neal Moritz and Dark Horse's Mike Richardson and Lawrence Gordon are producing the movie for Universal Pictures.

The comic series was originally published by Dark Horse Comics.



New RED Clip Online

Speaking of Robert Schwentke and RED, Yahoo! Movies have posted a clip reel for the movie. This one focuses on Helen Mirren's character Victoria, and reveals a bit of her backstory. The movie opens October 15.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrives in comic shops on September 9th! Come see him on 9/9 at Comic City in Novi, MI where he's signing copies of the first issue of the new book! And if you're in Massachusetts, visit Friendly Neighborhood Comics on September 11 to meet series artist Jason T. Kruse!


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Wiseguy 9/8/2010 7:32:47 AM

Pixar tackling Doctor Strange? How can anyone say no to that. But would that be an "in-house" movie or just them providing their cgi services to someone else's script.

I can see Hilary Duff playing Gwen Stacy don't know about Black Cat though.

It would be nice if WB threw in a couple of easter eggs in the GL movie even if they have no plans of uniting the heroes in the immediate future. Just to acknowledge that they inhabit the same universe is a nice start IMO and just opens it up for hopefully a JLA movie in the future.

Wiseguy 9/8/2010 7:40:00 AM

Boy, Ryan Reynolds is going to take the title of most comic book roles from Chris Evans at this rate. Just make sure you squeeze Deadpool in there before that RIPD, which doesn't sound all that great to me or original really

jfdavis 9/8/2010 8:01:31 AM

Yeah, Duff could pull off Gwen Stacy or Harry's future wife Liz for that matter... 

shac2846 9/8/2010 9:09:31 AM

An animated pixar film of Dr. Strange. Almost sounds too good to be true.

I like the way Marvel connects their films with the shared universe and a little easter egg here or there would be nice in Green Lantern but I want to movie to stand on it's own. I think Iron Man 2 got a little croweded and the filmmakers were so focused on future movies it's almost like they forgot about the movie at hand. I thought Iron Man 2 was good but could have been better and I'm hoping GL or the Flash doesn't fall into that trap.

monelonmonday 9/8/2010 12:07:59 PM

 lantern sounds good but not sure about the flash  it would have to be a really good story more plot driven than effects unless they made it a group outing like say green arrow,green lantern, the flash  -just someone else to help the plot,really liked the the show when it was on ,tv might be a better venue


Rheul_home 9/8/2010 1:20:29 PM

Pixar Ant-Man cool. Pixar Dr. Strange, not so much. Dr. Strange should be dark and spooky not bright and cuddly. I really don't need to see Dormammu as a goofy Skeletor type villain... I really cant understand how anyone who is familiar with Dr. Strange can think this is a good idea. I have no doubt that Pixar could make a really cool Strange film, but unless we see Pixar make a huge departure from their standard fare in terms of character design and tone I'd rather see Dr. Strange as a live action film.

littlemikey979 9/8/2010 1:59:25 PM

I'll be getting the special edition for sure from Target. Not sure what to say about the DJ fellow. Drugs are bad, who doesn't know that already. It is sad, but it's hard to feel sorry for people to o.d. these days.

I think Dr.Strange being animated would be the best way. I enjoyed the Marvel released movie awhile back. And what has PIXAR made what hasn't been awesome?

Calibur454 9/8/2010 2:34:09 PM

Dr strange is something that would be interesting to see if pixar was behind it I would at least wait fro a trailer before commenting on it.

I will be at movie stop for the midnight release party of Iron Man 2- Iron Man 2 RULES!!!!

Green lantern 2- we havent even seen a green lantern one trailer yet. I am not holding my breath

As for the flash I hope it is better than the last attempt they did with the tv show.

@Wiseguy- Yea I could see duff playing Gwen but not black cat. Black Cat always had that middleage hot woman vibe about her.

Wyldstaar 9/8/2010 2:52:25 PM

I suppose it's possible that Pixar is looking to expand their film making into new directions.  Since they began, Pixar has stayed in their comfort zone of kids movies that parents can enjoy as well.  While this is no doubt a very profitable market in the movie industry, it's also very limiting in what you can do in any given story.  Dr. Strange would be an interesting direction to go in, due to the subject matter.  Since Strange usually battles with non-human opponents who are easily identified as being totally evil, any story involving the character could potentially be done without actually killing anyone.  The evil spirits or demons or whatever don't die, but are instead simply banished to the dark dimension which spawned them.  I don't know if they could manage to get a PG rating, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility.  I suspect that any decent story would be too intense for that to happen, but Pixar could still pull off a PG-13 with no problems.

It might also be possible that Pixar isn't planning on using Dr. Strange for a feature length movie.  They do an animated short before all of their full length films, so perhaps they simply plan on making one of those using a Marvel character.  A Dr. Strange short could probably be done at the PG level.  That way they can see what kind of reception they get.  If they get a positive response, Pixar can look into the possibility of doing a feature.  If not, so be it.

krathwardroid 9/8/2010 3:40:49 PM

Hilary Duff in the Spider-Man movie... I thought there was a reason why she stopped appearing in movies. What happened to those other potentials they listed for Parker's love interest?

For a second there, I thought it was going to talk about Reynolds pursuing the role of The Flash, too. :P At the rate he's going, he just might be cast as every comic book character from here on out. 

Calibur454: It was the silver hair. Always made Black Cat look older. 



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