It looks like Brandon Routh may be done with the 'Superman' franchise. Plus: We reveal the new writer on 'Sleeper'. Reynolds talks 'Deadpool'. One 'Thor' rumor ended and more! Eye to eye, station to station, hand to hand, across the nation, it's your Comics2Film 9.7.3!
After day one of he holiday long weekend box office battle, 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' has landed in the #2 spot behind the newly opening 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs'. The threequel toon took in almost $14 million on Wednesday which was a few more acorns better than the autobot money machine, reports Variety.
Earlier in the week box office prognosticators were predicting that 'Transformers' would handily best all comers over the 4th of July weekend, and it still may. But round one goes to 'Ice Age'.
If you live in select cities, you'll be able to check out 'Blood: The Last Vampire' in theaters next Friday. Here's a list of cities and theaters that will be screening the film on July 10th.
Visit BloodTheLastVampire-Movie.com for trailers and info.
If you're a fan of the French/Belgian comic 'Lucky Luke' and eager to know about the new live-action movie version of it, you can direct your browser to the official website at Lucky-Luke-le-Film.com. What you'll find there is a happening blog populated with lots of still images from the movie. It's all in French though, so we here at C2F at Mania.com can't readily read it.
Any translators out there?
Actor Brandon Routh chatted with Brazilian website Omelete.com on the set of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. They quizzed the actor about the status of the 'Superman' franchise.
Omelete's article is not in English so we can't be sure what Routh said but a Google translation of the piece seems to indicate that Routh is saying his contract to return to the franchise has expired. However, if the studio wants him he's happy to return to the role that made him famous.
In the interview Routh also grouses a bit about how Chrisopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins' didn't totally live up to studio expectations, yet they found room for the sequel. Of course, the actor doesn't own up to the arguable difference in quality and critical reception between 'Batman Begins' and 'Superman Returns'.
Empire Online chatted with Mr. Ryan Reynolds about that much buzzed-about 'Deadpool' movie. Reynolds continues to champion the idea that they need to come as close to the comics as possible.
“Break the fourth wall? Oh yeah, he’s got to. I want to see him break the Great Wall," Reynolds said and insists that he wants to do right by the fans of the comics. "I’m one of them. I’ve always been a fan, at least for the last eight or nine years. I feel a bit of validation because I knew going into Wolverine that there’s a huge fanbase for this and I don’t think anyone else did."
Posting on his message boards comics creator Mark Millar said that he and producer/director Matthew Vaughn will see studio distribution for the movie after Comic-Con in San Diego. Vaughn and company are headed out to the show to screen clips from the movie for fans, but the first full cut will be seen by studio suits aftewards.
"...we're not putting it out to auction [until] after SDCC. Nobody sees it before then but then all the studio heads get to see the completed movie. And can pay through the nose for it," Millar writes.
Producer Mark Canton talked a bit with MTV Splash Page about the rumored-yet-puzzling '300' sequel. As has been repeated numerous times in the past year, Frank Miller is said to be working on a graphic novel follow-up, although nobody's certain what the focus of the story will be.
"[The key to the sequel] is about getting it right, you know," explained Canton, who is promoting a new Blu-Ray release of the film. "Frank is a perfectionist, and so is Zack. And I think they set the bar pretty high."
But surely any film follow up could not include actor Gerard Butler, whose King Leonidas met his historic end in the previous film.
"Never assume anything; never assume anything," Canton said. "It’ll be what it’ll be. But if we really do it, in this case, we have a visionary creator and a visionary filmmaker."
A little over a week ago, comics creator Ed Brubaker dropped the news that a new screenwriter had been hired to take over scripting chores on the 'Sleeper' movie.
Comics2Film at Mania.com can now exclusively reveal that British writer John Brownlow is the man charged with adapting the story of DC/Wildstorm graphic novel.
Brownlow most recently wrote the script for 'Sylvia' starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig but the buzz on him late last year had to do with his attachement to the pirate epic 'Captain Blood' for Warner Bros. He takes over for Brad Ingelsby who wrote earler drafts of the script.
'Sleeper' tells the story of Holden Carver, an operative for a metahuman government task force who goes undercover as muscle for a notorious terrorist. When Carver's handler is incapacitated, Carver is left inside the terrorist cell with nobody on the outside to vouch that he's one of the good guys.
Sam Raimi and Joshua Donen, partners in Star Road Entertainment, are producing the film. Early reports indicated that Tom Cruise was instrumental in setting the film up at Warner Bros, but it's unclear at this point if he is attached as either a producer or actor at this point.
A month back, actor Clifton Collins Jr. was all a-Twitter about prepping for some kind of meeting regarding 'Thor'. The actor posted multiple messages on Twitter alluding to his preparation for the meet-up.
Now TheDeadBolt.com asked the actor what that was all about.
"Absolutely nothing. I have nothing to do with that piece," was the actor's response who also characterized the audition being "a long time ago."
Still, pressed for details Collins elaborated further, "I wasn't really getting into it. I was just preparing stuff. It's a fantastic director, a great piece, but I have absolutely nothing to do with it."
One movie he does have something to do with is 'Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day' which is due out soon.
Sure he likes big explosions and copious CGI, but if it weren't for Michael Bay, the world would never know Will Smith, Nic Cage, Shia LaBeouf or Megan Fox. At least that's what the director said to US Magazine when his sassy ingenue had the temerity to suggest humans take a back seat to F/X in movies like 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.
See, Fox told Entertainment Weekly, "I mean, I can't s--- on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don't want to blow smoke up people's a--. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting."
When The Wall Street Journal asked Bay to respond he said, "Well, that's Megan Fox for you. She says some very ridiculous things because she's 23 years old and she still has a lot of growing to do. You roll your eyes when you see statements like that and think, 'Okay Megan, you can do whatever you want. I got it."
But Bay insists that it is Fox that doesn't apprecaite what he does for actors. It's because of him that Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Ben Affleck, Shia LaBeouf and indeed, the Foxy one herself, are all big stars today.
"Nobody in the world knew about Megan Fox until I found her and put her in Transformers," he says. "I like to think that I've had some luck in building actors' careers with my films."
On thing Bay is 100% correct about: Megan Fox can do whatever she wants, which includes things like messing with Harry Smith on CBS' Early Show.
Actress Alexis Bledel told MTV Splash Page that things may be moving forward with the MIA 'Sin City' sequel and she's heard there's a script for the film.
"I don’t know what their source was," Bledel said, "but they said they read the second script. … Apparently, [I’m] back because it’s a prequel. Because [I’m] supposed to die in the first one. But you don’t see it, so maybe she doesn’t."