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Right Here, Right Now: A SPIDER-MAN Casting Rumor


By Rob M .Worley     February 01, 2010
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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!



Raimi to direct THE SHADOW?

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Wagner Talks JUDGE DREDD Movie

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.



Vaughn Says SANDMAN Should be RINGS Level Franchise

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Johnston talks CAPTAIN AMERICA

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 LOSERS Poster and Website

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:

THE LOSERS Poster. Clockwise from top left: Chris Evans, Óscar Jaenada, Columbus Short, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

THE LOSERS movie teaser poster for SDCC2009 by Jock

Fans are also directed to the official website for the movie, which can be found at The-Losers.com.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.




'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:



Efron for SPIDER-MAN?

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.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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timesobserver 2/1/2010 6:58:53 AM

For the love all of that's holy, don't turn Spider-Man into Twilight. We don't need Zack as Spidey.

Get someone who looks and can act the part of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

And we don't need any crying or emotional drama in this movie either. Have our favorite Wall Crawler enjoy himself when he's beating the hell out of the bad guys. And there's nothing wrong with throwing the bad guys in jail either!

everdreaded 2/1/2010 7:08:22 AM

RAmi doin the Shadow has me curious...I loved DARKMAN as campy as it was but it was his style and it fit, I liked the look of the Baldwin SHADOW movie but the story was corny and not edgy enough for me..And screw it if it gets an r rating, make a good movie and itll put asses in seats..

Calibur454 2/1/2010 7:11:41 AM

amen to that one timesobserver I can't stand twilight as it is.

as for the rest-

possible sandmovie- would be cool if done the right way. I loved the series done by gaiman and it would be interesting to see who would play what role. Especialy the femal goth chick aka death.

The Shadow and Judge Dread- Keep Stalone away from Dread that movie was just awful. The shadow with Blaldwin was bad enough. Lets get it right this time.

Wiseguy 2/1/2010 7:13:09 AM

I'm actually ok with Efron as Spidey. The kid is not a bad actor at all. I know he's going to attract hate for his pedigree but I think he'd be ok, especially if they want a high schooler where most of the popular choices are 10 years too old. I know it's a rumor mbut I'm giving it my blessing if they go this route

Raimi already did the Shadow, it was called Darkman. Forget the Shadow and get to work on World of Warcraft

Gaiman may be too smart for Hollywood. None of his material has translated well or been a hit in movie form. Btw, don't really care for Sandman, give me the Flash, Wonder Woman or Justice League first

Judge Dredd sounds lijke it will be good if they make it. I actually liked Sly's version but I'm definitely down for a grittier and more loyal look at the character

Looking forward to Planet Hulk big time and The Losers too even though I never read the book



Jakester 2/1/2010 7:24:35 AM

Honestly, Efron isn't a bad choice.  As Wiseguy notes, he's not a bad actor, and his looks and Disney fan base would automagically draw in a new audicence to the reboot. 

What intrigues me more is Matt Vaughn's interest in The Sandman.  If he could pull it out of Development Hell, and pick one of the larger stories to do as a trilogy, that would be completely awesome.  Perhaps even more interesting would be to make it an ongoing HBO or Showtime series, which would allow for the brilliant "one off" stories to be told.  Heck, I'd even be okay with not adhering strictly to the series itself.  It seems to have done alright for True Blood, no?

wessmith1966 2/1/2010 7:27:41 AM

 The Spider-Man report is more than likely a load of BS. The producers will probably go after a three-picture deal with either a no-name cast or an almost-no-name cast to keep costs down. The franchised is well-established after three successful movies, so I doubt they need big names for the re-vamped cast. People will go anyway to see Spider-Man in action swinging through the city.

Stardust was a huge bomb, and although Sandman was brilliant, I doubt it will get a green light because of Stardust tanking. I can't see a studio spending the money on a property that just isn't well known outside genre fans.

I'd love to see Raimi make a real Shadow movie. The Baldwin movie was crap.

Never cared much for the Judge Dredd character, so don't really need another movie.

I can't wait to see some cast announcements, production work, drawings, photos, trailer, etc...on the Captain America movie. I've been waiting for this movie since I was a little kid. I like that the movie will be set in WWII and hopefully end with Cap being discovered in the ice by Tony Stark and Nick Fury or even general Ross during the pursuit of The Hulk.

Wiseguy 2/1/2010 7:43:39 AM

I got a feeling that Johnston is referring to Ultimate Captain America when he says "what they're doing with Captain America now." No matter what I'm anxious to see and hear more about casting and storyline

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 2/1/2010 7:50:19 AM

This all seems like good to potential good news - except for the Efron thing - I'm not going to hate on him but I do want to see what he can do in a serious role.  I mean if Justin TImberlake can act - and pretty damn well at that - Efron has the possibility of turning his image around as well - but I wan to see it elsewhere first.

Vaugn seems like one of the few directors that would make Sandman kick ass.  I think Del Toro or Jackson are one of the few others as well.

jedibanner 2/1/2010 8:25:32 AM

Well....SM was dead to me in comics....now...he's dead to me in movies also.

AH well, there's always IM2 and the Avengers to look for in the future.

hanso 2/1/2010 8:46:05 AM

Mr.Jaw, I believe Efron did a more serious role in the Richard Linklater film about Orson Welles but I haven't seen it.

My peeps, there is also a rumor on Marc Webb's Facebook Group page that he's looking into up&comers for the new cast of Spider-Man and there is mention of Mania's own Movie Maven in that page.  I went straight to the source to find out that piece of info.

Also, I would like to add that the Tara Perry Mary Jane Watson Group is now up and running in Facebook and it's coming along nicely.  It was at around 220 last time I checked it so if you still haven't joined, do so and support the Mania talent. 

There will be more news regarding our next step whenever the Lost Movie Maven drops. 

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