There's a "say-it-isn't-so" type 'Spider-Man' rumor crawling the web. Plus: Johnston talks 'Captain America'. A 'Losers' movie poster is online. A new 'Planet Hulk' clip is online and more! Grabbin' your honey and your beer and breakin' south, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.1!
We've known for a while that, as a producer, Sam Raimi has been developing a new film version of the classic pulp hero 'The Shadow'. However, IESB.net is now reporting that Raimi also aims to quelch his super-hero jones by directing the movie as well. The site rightly points out that they were way ahead of the curve on the 'Spider-Man 4' meltdown (reporting on it a month prior to official confirmations) and suggests we can take that as an indicator that they know what goes on inside the Raimi camp.
They've also laid hands on the script for the film, which they report is very violent and edgy. Here's an excerpt from their review.
I hope that if this film does indeed make it to screen because if you are a comic-book fan you will love this script and a possible film, it is the general public that might not get on board as they should.
Another factor working against possible commercial success is the content. There is nudity and some brutal fight scenes. A man thrown into meat grinder and coming out as ground beef on the other side. Broken bones at every turn. Body parts strewn around a train station. Hookers servicing males. You're looking at an "R" rating which ultimately can hurt box office if not given right type of marketing.
The 'Judge Dredd' movie has proven somewhat enigmatic. Word of its development leaked out towards the end of 2008 and we've heard little of it since then, save for a tweet here and there from artist Jock, who worked on the comics and has been doing design work for the film.
Now, over at the 2000ADReview site they've got an interview with John Wagner, creator of the iconic Brit character. Wagner shed a little bit of light on the movie project.
"I have read the script (by Alex Garland) and seen Jock’s visuals. While I can’t go into detail about the content I can say that it’s high-octane, edge of the seat stuff, and gives a far truer representation of Dredd than the first movie," Wagner said, adding, "I hated that plot. It was Dredd pressed through the Hollywood cliché mill, a dynastic power struggle that had little connection with the character we know from the comic."
So is Wagner confident that the movie is going forward and will be better than the first?
"I will be once I hear they’ve started filming. There’s many a slip," he said.
Before becoming joined at the hip with comic creator Mark Millar, 'Kick-Ass' director Matthew Vaughn helmed the highly-enjoyable adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel/graphic novel 'Stardust'. In an exclusive interview with Comic Book Resources, Vaughn said there's another Gaiman comic that he'd want to try his hand at.
"You know what, I would love to do 'Sandman,' but I think it's stuck in development hell," the director said, "But that could be like a 'Lord of the Rings' – just a huge movie."
Gaiman's 'Sandman' is considered by many to be a high-water mark for comics as literature. It was an ongoing story centering on the lord of Dreams that deftly incorporated DC Universe mythologies with classic world mythologies.
"The idea that no one has made 'Sandman' yet is weird," says Vaughn.
There have been rumblings of a movie that's been tied up in development hell for over a decade, and thankfully so. Previous plans seemed committed to dumbing down Gaiman's rich fantasy story to the point where the author has denounced the movie several times over.
However, we've seen the 'Green Lantern' movie go through a similar torturous path (including a comedic version that would star Jack Black) and finally land right with a script that seems to do the character justice. So if 'Kick-Ass' is as great as the buzz indicates, then perhaps an epic 'Sandman' feature from Vaughn is well within the realm of possiblity.
Click through for the complete interview for much more on the 'Kick-Ass' movie.
In an interview at FilmJournal.com, director Joe Johnston confirmed details about the 'First Avenger: Captain America' movie that many of us already suspected.
That the film will take place, or at least start off in the World War II era. In terms of the source material the filmmakers are drawing from, Johnston said they're avoiding the comics of the 60s and 70s. "We're going back to the ’40s, and then forward to what they're doing with Captain America now."
So it sounds like the movie will find Cap propelled into present day at some point in the first film. Of course, he'll have to be positioned in contemporary times for the immediate follow-up film 'The Avengers'.
"We're in prep," Johnston said of the current state of the project. "Rick Heinrichs is production-designing and we're set up down in Manhattan Beach [California]. It's the part of the process that I love the most. We have eight or ten really talented artists, and we all just sit around all day and draw pictures and say, 'Hey, wouldn't it be cool if we could do this?' It's that phase of the production where money doesn't matter: ‘Let's put all the greatest stuff up on the wall and [then later] see what we can afford."
Next up, Johnston's movie 'The Wolfman' arrives in theaters February 12.
The Hero Complex blog sat down and chatted with Sylvain White, director of 'The Losers'. He talks extensively about the film, and provided this insight into the tone and type of movie that this will be.
"When I first read the screenplay, what struck me, the initial spark, was the opportunity for a really interesting mix of tones. It struck me almost as a comedy disguised in an action film," White said. "I felt recently there had been a lot of action movies that embrace grittiness and realness but also fall into a very straight and dark tone, generally. I thought here there was a really interesting balance drawn from the 2004 and 2005 [comics] reinventions of ‘The Losers’ that had hard, gritty action with a fun, light tone."
He also dropped off the new poster for the film. Regular readers of 'The Losers' comics by Andy Diggle and Jock will recognize the poster as an evolution of various art pieces. It's a photographic poster but it's based on the illustration Jock did for the 2009 teaser poster that was distributed at Comic-Con. That poster was in turn based on Jock's cover for 'The Losers' #12. Check it out:
Fans are also directed to the official website for the movie, which can be found at The-Losers.com.
'Planet Hulk' drops on DVD and Blu-Ray this week! Marvel.com has posted a new clip from the film, which is based on the recent comic storyline of the same name.
Check it out:
So we're in the silly stages of the 'Spider-Man' casting process. New franchise director Marc Webb only just took over from Sam Raimi a few weeks ago, and he's got plenty of foundation to lay with regards to the story and development of the film. So it's unlikely anyone has been cast at this point, but that's not going to stop dubious sources from throwing attention grabbing headlines out there to see what sticks.
Having said that, tabloid site OK.co.uk is reporting that Zac Efron is officially cast as Peter Parker in the new film series. They are claiming that the 'High School Musical' heart-throb signed on for a £9million paycheck. They're also alleging that the producers are talking about Vanessa Hudgens to co-star with Efron in the movie.
We have to point out that OK's report has obvious factual misstatements as well, such as, "[Tobey Maguire] stunned bosses at Universal Pictures last year when he announced he was quitting the megabucks franchise." Regular readers know that the 'Spider-Man' franchise is at Sony and Tobey didn't quit so much as he was dismissed with the rest of the old guard after Sam Raimi bailed out on the show.
So, C2F is going to go out on a limb and call bullshit on OK.co.uk. We're guessing somebody saw the news last week that Efron is set to star in the filmed adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel 'Fire'. Given that there's a movement afoot to see Bendis translate his 'Ultimate Spider-Man' work into a screenplay for Webb's new film, we suppose somebody started getting creative with connecting the dots.
What do you think, Manics? Our guess? Don't bet on Spider-Zac.