Mickey Rourke says he's not doing 'Iron Man 2'. PLUS: 'Green Lantern' movie makes project. Casting talk for 'Conan' and 'Thor'. 'Dark Knight' wins again! Here to do whatever it can, it's your Comics2Film 9.2.19!
As amazing a film as 'The Dark Knight' is, equally amazing was the intricate hype machine put together by Warner Bros. Flash mobs, bus tours, automated phone calls, global scavenger hunts all supported an interlocking array of dozens of websites designed to draw fans into the world of the film, teasing and gradually revealing its elements.
Warner Bros. publicists were rewarded for their efforts at the ICG Publicits's showmanship awards last night. Check out The Hollywood Reporter for a rundown of the night's events.
SCI FI Wire chatted up screenwriter Michael Green, who is co-writing the upcoming film adaptation of DC Comics' 'Green Lantern'. Things are looking good for the the filmed adaptation of DC's long running superhero.
"'Green Lantern' seems to be moving ahead," Green said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday while promoting his upcoming NBC series 'Kings'. "I love the material. I was fortunate enough to get to adapt something that I've loved for a long time.
They have a director [GoldenEye's Martin Campbell] attached to it now and seem to be moving forward, they being Warner Brothers. And I hope they do, because, as a fan of [the character and title], I just want to see the movie."
As do we all, sir.
The recently relaunched Corona Coming Attractions has scored a casting side for the 'Thor' movie which reveals details about the film, and the leading man the filmmakers have in mind.
Here's what the castings sides call for:
Male MUST BE MID-LATE 20'S and SIX FEET OR TALLER. LEAD.
Physically powerful, very handsome, occasionally egotistical, petulant, and wild. A natural warrior with a quick charming wit who must be genuinely and severly humbled before becoming the compassionate, mature [hero] of our film.
The start date of filming is given as July and the wrap is September.
One wonders if Marvel and director Kenneth Branagh are taking note of the extended guerrilla campaign being waged by one James Preston Rogers, the beefy, blond, long-haired actor who recently appeared in the Viking pic 'Outlander'. The would-be wrestler has been staging an extended public audition online, connecting with fans of FaceBook and whipping up support for casting him as the Norse Thunder God.
Here's a stop on his Thor tour, where he talked to MTV news about the possibility:
The 'Iron Man 2' casting blues continue. New York Magazine's Vulture gossip column reports that Oscar-nominated actor Mickey Rourke will not appear in Marvel Studios and Jon Favreau's sequel.
Vulture chatted with Rourke at the Domenico Vacca fashion show and quizzed him about the movie.
"Right now, we're not doing 'Iron Man 2'," Rourke said grimly.
The key phrase there is "right now", which suggests Rourke is still open to the role, but the right deal would have to be offered.
Brett Ratner's next project won't be 'Conan' or even 'Youngblood' but rather 'Beverly Hills Cop 4'. Still MTV Splash Page couldn't resist asking the director about his plans to bring Robert E. Howard's barbarian back to the big screen.
Ratner said, if he has his druthers, Conan will not be portrayed by a big Hollywood star.
"I believe it should be an unknown," Ratner told MTV News. "Conan is kind of iconic. It’s kind of like when you do Superman."
The direct also says he's not worried about how his new leading man will compare to California Governator and former Conan Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"Look, it’s difficult to fill those shoes," Ratner said, "But they came up with a new Batman, they came up with a new James Bond, you know?"
'Heroic Ambition' is the upcoming superhero entertainment documentary, produced by HeroicWorld Productions. This film was written by Scott Cranford, founder of HeroicWorld.com. Cranford was the official "Superman" of Metropolis, Illinois for eight years.
Co-directed by Cranford and filmmaker Kevin James, Heroic Ambition uncovers the ambition of the city of Metropolis and the people surrounding the Annual Superman Celebration.
Check out the film's website at HeroicAmbition.com. Here's the trailer...