Mickey Rourke talks about his 'Iron Man 2' armor. Plus: Raimi teases 'Spider-Man 4' villains. Megan Fox thinks 'Wonder Woman' is lame. 'Tintin' gets release dates. 'Transformers 2' game and tunes and more! Ploughmen dig its earth, it's your Comics2Film 9.5.29!
From a press release
Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment yesterday announced their release plans for the long awaited 3-D motion capture feature film 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn' directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy. The highly anticipated film will be released by Paramount in the U.S. on December 23, 2011. The film will launch internationally in late October and early November, 2011 with Sony Pictures Releasing International handling Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and India, and Paramount distributing the film in Asia, Australia, UK and all other English speaking territories.
Starring Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot") as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig ("Quantum of Solace,") as the nefarious Red Rackham, the international cast also includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.
The film, which began production in late January 2009, is the first of a planned series of 3D motion capture films based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, better known to the world by his pen name "Herge." Executive producers are Nick Rodwell, Stephane Sperry and Ken Kamins.
The second feature in the series is scheduled to be directed by Jackson, with a potential for a third film as well.
As we continue to puzzle over whether or not Mickey Rourke's 'Iron Man 2' character is Whiplash, Crimson Dynamo, or some Hollywood hybrid of the two, he did share some comments about the part with Empire Online.
"I'm having the time of my life!" Rourked told the UK magazine. "It's been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It's sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison."
Meanwhile, director Jon Favreau also talked about the film with Emprire.
"[Tony Stark is] expected to be a role model and I don't think he's ready to be one. He's under a great deal of pressure and when you're under pressure, I think you find outlets for that," Favreau said of the sequels storyline. "That's one of the tensions of the film: it's one thing to say you're Iron Man, and another thing to actually become Iron Man."
MTV Splash Page exhaused another of their seemingly endless chances to ask Sam Raimi who the villains will be in 'Spider-Man 4'. Once again, Raimi is tight-lipped and revealed little. He did say that he prefers to let the storyline select the villain, rather than starting with a villain and constructing a story around it.
"I’m trying to, with [writer David Lindsay-Abaire], find Peter Parker’s story primarily," Raimi told MTV. "And find the right conflict for him to come up against. So that either he can grow as a human being and overcome this thing, or perish. It’s more about finding the villain that represents the best story for Peter."
Raimi tried to keep his comments open to as many interpretations as possible, even refusing to confirm that the villain would be a villain, and not a "villainess."
Don't tease the villains, Sam.
From a press release
Santa Monica, CA – May 28, 2009 – Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that the Transformers™: Revenge of the Fallen video game will be showcased at BotCon 2009, the official TRANSFORMERS fan convention, which is being held at the Pasadena Convention Center from May 28 – 31. Consumers can visit the Activision booth and be among the first to play the highly anticipated video game, which was developed under license from Hasbro, Inc., and participate in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen multiplayer challenges for prizing. In addition, consumers will have the chance to jam to the latest downloadable track for Guitar Hero® World Tour, “The Touch” from Stan Bush, which is available now for free from Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and as a single for Wii™.
"We are thrilled to bring the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game to the thousands of fervent Transformer fans attending BotCon," said Rob Kostich, head of marketing for licensed properties, Activision Publishing, Inc. "It’s the perfect opportunity for us to give them a chance to experience massive multiplayer battles as their favorite robots before the game launches on June 23.”
For more information and to receive exclusive updates on the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game, visit TransformersGame.com. For more information on BotCon 2009, please visit www.BotCon.com.
Is it just us or has the buzz on 'Kick-Ass' gone from warm to cold?
Well, over at HitFix.com, Drew McWeeny's report from last year's set visit to Matthew Vaughn's movie version of Mark Millar's comic may help regenerate interest. Check it out.
The movie is due out later this year.
From a press release
Reprise Records will release the soundtrack to 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' on June 23rd — the day before the film hits theaters nationwide.
The film’s director and executive producer Michael Bay asked Warner Bros. Records’ multiplatinum rock band Linkin Park to provide the sonic backdrop to the live-action robot fantasy film. Not only did the band write and record the film’s theme song, entitled “New Divide,” specifically for the soundtrack, they were also asked by Bay, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, and award-winning composer Steve Jablonsky to contribute to the score. “New Divide” is currently available for purchase on iTunes.
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Album' also features music from Green Day (who contribute “21 Guns” — a song from their new album 21st Century Breakdown), Taking Back Sunday, The Used, The All-American Rejects, Cavo, The Fray, Staind, Nickelback, Cheap Trick and more.
In addition to the original soundtrack, Reprise will be releasing 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Score', which will also be released on June 23rd.
The track listing for 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Album' is as follows:
Actor Christopher Showerman, famouse for starring in 'George of the Jungle 2', told SciFiScoop.com that he did try out for the 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' movie years ago, but the project has changed shape considerably since his reading.
"I cast myself in Masters of my Livingroom. I haven’t spoken to anyone involved in the current incarnation of the He-Man movie yet, but my name did come up back in the days when John Woo and Fox2000 were developing it," Showerman said. "Would love to be considered for the film – but it depends on what young Joel Silver wants to do with it, and I hear he’s talking tweenager."
Nobody wants to see a 'Barbarella' update more than me, except maybe frequent scooper Antonello Blueberry. So I take it as good news when Moviehole reports that the film project is still active, in spite of the fact that director Robert Rodriguez bailed out on it earlier this year.
Moviehole cites "reliable insiders" who tell them that Universal Pictures and producer Dino De Laurentiis are actively pursuing the project and meeting with writers.
So, the cycle of development hell repeats. The Comics2Film wayback machine on the film go back some 10 years and have seen players like Drew Barrymore, Peter Webber and a rumored cast of thousands come and go. It seems like Rodruiguez had a real vision for the project but couldn't be persuaded to take the show to Germany for an extended shoot.
Back to the drawing board!
While fans would undoubtedly love to see 'Transformers' babe Megan Fox don the red, white and blue one-piece of 'Wonder Woman' it seems unlikely that the actress would even consider it.
In an interview with the Times Online, Fox expressed her befuddlement over the #1 female superhero in comics.
"Wonder Woman is a lame superhero," Fox told the Times. "She flies around in her invisible jet and her weaponry is a lasso that makes you tell the truth. I just don’t get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role but I don’t want to do it."
Fox is, of course, attached to a few other comics-related things, like the currently-filming 'Jonah Hex' and the slowly developing 'Fathom' movie. The actress also admits that if she wasn't so smokin' hot she probably wouldn't get any work at all.