Is Robert Rodriguez closer to signing on for Deadpool? Plus: Welling confirms Superman in Smallville. Spider-Man gets a production start date. World of Quest lands on DVD and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.2!
SuperHeroHype has the production start dates for Sony's two big comic-based franchise movies.
According to their report, Marc Webb's Spider-Man movie, starring Andrew Garfield is set to roll cameras this December in Los Angeles. It's set for a July 3, 2010 release.
Men in Black III will go before cameras this September, shooting in New York. The movie stars Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Jemain Clement, with Barry Sonnenfeld directing. It's due out May 25, 2012.
Going into season 10 of Smallville, knowing that it's the last go-round for the show, it would be inconceivable if Tom Welling's Clark Kent didn't don the red and blue Superman suit at some point.
"That's the plan," Welling said when asked about a full-fledged appearance as The Man of Steel. "I don't know how they're going to do it, but I know that inevitably, that's where we get to."
After nine-plus years of build up, the reveal of the superhero is not something that anyone is taking lightly.
"I think it's a huge responsibility for Clark and for me," explained Welling. "And hopefully, we can get to a place where the fans feel as though we did everything that we could. We serviced the character the way that will make them all happy."
Welling has apparently seen the costume but has not worn it yet. Regardless he says it "looks good."
Season 10 of Smallville arrives on The CW September 24.
One comic-based cartoon that has largely escaped the notice of the online comics press is World of Quest, based on the Harvey-award nominated graphic novel series by Jason T. Kruse.
The show was developed by Cookie Jar Entertainment and ran for one season on The Kids WB (just before it became CW4Kids). The show ran for additional seasons in various foreign markets.
Last week, it made its debut on DVD. Fans can pick up the first volume of the DVD series at outlets like Amazon.com. Volume one comes with ten complete episodes, which seems like an odd number considering there were 13 in the first season. It could be that they're rationing out out the show in 10 episode blocks, rather than season-related sets. Hard to tell but this could be the first chance for many fans in the U.S. to watch beyond season one.
Although the show is for younger audiences, it carried a continuing story line about young (and annoying) Prince Nestor who uses a magic binding spell to force the reluctant, exiled hero Quest to help him find his kidnapped parents. Quest wants no part of this but is forced to help, while tormenting Nestor as often as possible.
Kruse, of course, is also the series artist on Scratch9, the new comic book created by Comics2Film writer Rob Worley.
Lost producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach tells his followers on twitter that he's landed a gig writing the screenplay for the movie version of Josh Howard's comic Dead @ 17.
The book focuses on a teen girl named Nara Kilday who is killed and revived -- twice -- leaving her resurrected as a demon hunter. Previously Vanessa Hudgens had been loosely attached to the role.
The comic was initially published by Viper Comics, who also published Grillo-Marxuach book The Middleman, which Grillo-Marxuach then set up as a short-lived but well-regarded TV show on ABC Family.
Back in June, rumors broke that rebel director Robert Rodriguez was talking to 20th Century Fox about directing the big-screen adaptation of Deadpool, which actor Ryan Reynolds has been attached to star in for some time now.
More recently, the L.A. Times 24 Frames blog says that talks have progressed significantly. According to the reports, things have moved beyond casual conversations and the two camps are now in initial negotiations about the movie. Rodriguez reportedly has the script by Zombieland's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
There's no deal on the table yet but if things moved in a positive direction, that would be next. Rodriguez is prepping his Grindhouse feature Machete for its September 3 release and will then move on to Spy Kids 4.If everything works out, Deadpool would go into production after that.