Ryan Reynolds and Martin Campbell talk 'Green Lantern'. Plus: Kate Mara hints at her 'Iron Man 2' role. An inside look at 'Walking Dead'. New actor among 'Jonah Hex' cast and more! At the tender age of three, it was hooked to a machine, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.25!
Another comic-to-film record has fallen according to our weekend box office report. That massive domestic gross for 2008's 'The Dark Knight' is now the #3 all-time domestic gross in the wake of James Cameron's 'Avatar'. The new movie's $552.7 million bank after just six weeks in theaters makes it the #2 domestic movie of all time, behind Cameron's other winner 'Titanic'.
The actor wrote on Thursday, "[I] just found out I got a part in JONAH HEX...excited to work on a western !"
C2F readers know Michael Papajohn well as the burglar who shot Uncle Ben in 'Spider-Man' but then didn't shoot him in 'Spider-Man 3'.
Marvel.com has an in-depth Q & A with Greg Johnson, writer of the 'Planet Hulk' animated movie. Johnson talks about how the movie differs from the comic series and consulting with comic writer Greg Pak on the story. The film arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray February 2nd.
We're definitely psyched by the prospect of a 'Walking Dead' TV series on AMC guided by Frank Darabont. And C2F was very encouraged by the news last week that AMC was going to pilot on the show, based on Robert Kirkman's comic series.
If you're wondering how Darabont's vision of the comic will translate, Coming Attractions has an exclusive look at the script for the pilot. Here's an excerpt:
"The director's script covers the broad range of the zombie horror emotional spectrum, such as giving us moments of extreme gore (hey, any zombie TV show wouldn't be a zombie show if it didn't have folks being munched on!), moments of shock value (hey, you didn't think that there was a zombie hiding behind that car, did you?) and the moments that I believe are the best indicator that The Walking Dead TV series has what it takes to transcend the boundaries of being simply labelled a horror show, the psychological horror scenes. Those scenes are the hammers that you're going to remember and the ones that are going to propel this show to be viewed as something more important than just a scary show."
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The comic-based 'Surrogates' is coming home to DVD and Blu-Ray next week.
Courtesy of MTV Splash Page: here's a look at one of the bonus features from the package. In "Breaking the Frame," Venditti describes the long, strange trip "Surrogates" has taken from the mailroom at Top Shelf Productions to a feature film starring Bruce Willis.
Last April we reported that the lovely Kate Mara had been cast in this summer's 'Iron Man 2' but there's been precious little talk of her involvement in the film since then. MTV Splash Page sat down with Mara at the Sundance Film Festival to get the scoop on Mara's role.
Mara was reluctant to comment on her role, revealing only that it was "very small", that she only has one scene in the movie and she'd prefer you find these things out by seeing the movie. She refuted rumors that she plays Bethany Cabe in the film, although didn't deny that she may be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
After some persistent questioning from MTV she did give up that her scene is with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, who plays Happy Hogan in the film.
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Director Martin Campbell talked with ComingSoon.net recently at the press junket for 'Edge of Darkness' and gave some additional insights to his plans for 'Green Lantern'.
"Actually, it's the origin story really. You may or may not know but there are five human Green Lanterns over the period of some 60 years, since 1940, which is when they first wrote it, and ours is Hal Jordan, who happens to be the most popular Green Lantern. He's the fighter pilot from Ferris Aviation so that origin story is fairly clearly in the comics, and it's fairly well known so we're sticking in principle fairly closely to that," Campbell said of the direction of his film.
The director also revealed he hopes to continue with the character beyond the first movie, as he did with past franchises such as James Bond and Zorro but sees Hal Jordan as potentially more interesting than those two iconic heroes.
"You get a little protective about the franchise sometimes, you sort of say, 'I've done it once so I'll do it again,'" Campbell said. "I'm just interested in the origin story of 'Green Lantern' because I think he's just more complex and with more hang-ups as those superheroes and probably a lot of the others."
Campbell also admits that, unlike Marvel's current strategy of universe-building, his task on 'Green Lantern' is focused solely on these specific characters and where they may go in future films.
"I think it will stick closely to the origin story, but of course, we all know that Sinestro for example is a character who goes over to the Dark Side, and of course, we have Carol. She'll be played by Blake Lively. I think people will be able to see forward in the characters, that in the comic went on to become... in Sinestro's case, he goes over to the Dark Side and indeed Carol in later versions becomes a bad guy as well. (laughs) But people will be ahead of us on all that I think."
Click through for more from Campbell about 'Edge of Darkness' and 'Green Lantern'.
While prowling the Sundance Film Festival, MTV Splash Page caught up with actor Ryan Reynolds (whose claustrophobic one-man thriller 'Buried' is creating buzz and picked up a quick sale to Lionsgate). They asked the man to dish some secrets about 'Green Lantern'.
Reynolds declined to lay down any major scoops about the movie but did comment on the casting of actress Blake Lively as love interest (and, perhaps, future villain) Carol Ferris.
"She's amazing — that girl is nobody's fool," Reynolds told MTV. "She came in and, much like everyone else in the film, had to fight for the role and read [for the character]. She did such an amazing job. She's going to be flawless, she's going to be perfect."
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