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Routh done with SUPERMAN?

Plus: SLEEPER, DEADPOOL, THOR and more!

By Rob M. Worley     July 03, 2009

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!

 

 

ICE AGE tops TRANSFORMERS

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'.

 

 

BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE Opens Next Week

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.

  • Los Angeles - Mann Chinese 6 / Hollywood, CA, University Town Center 6 / Irvine, CA
  • Chicago - Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema / Chicago, IL
  • San Diego - Hillcrest Cinemas / San Diego, CA
  • Seattle - Varsity Theatre / Seattle, WA
  • Boston - Kendall Square Cinema / Cambridge, MA, Embassy Cinema / Waltham, MA
  • DC - E Street Cinema / Washington DC
  • San Francisco - Metreon 15 / San Francisco, CA, Shattuck Cinemas 10 / Berkeley, CA
  • Honolulu  - Kahala Theatres 8 / Honolulu, HI, Pearlridge West 16 / Aiea, HI
  • Dallas - Magnolia Theatres / Dallas, TX
  • Houston - Angelika Film Center / Houston, TX
  • Las Vegas - Village Square 18 / Las Vegas, NV
  • New York - Empire 25 Theatres / New York, NY
  • Village Theatre 7 / New York, NY

Visit BloodTheLastVampire-Movie.com for trailers and info.

 

 

Jean Dujardin stars in LUCKY LUKE

LUCKY LUKE Official Website is Up

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?

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Routh done with SUPERMAN?

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'.

Found via ThinkMcFlyThink. Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Ryan Reynolds says DEADPOOL will Break The 4th Wall

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."

 

 

KICK ASS Sale To Begin

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.

 

 

Canton talks 300 Sequel

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."

 

 

Exclusive: New SLEEPER Writer Revealed

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.

 

 

Clifton Collins not in THOR

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.

 

 

Michael Bay is a Friend to Actors

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.

Thanks to SONYMANswallows for the submission.

 

 

A Script for SIN CITY 2

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."

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SONYMANswallows 7/3/2009 7:54:13 AM

You guys actually gave me credit for submitting something, Im flattered.

Now how is there a diffence in film quality of Batman Begins vs Dark Knight? Begins was a better planned and written film. It flowed well from scene to scene. Dark Knight was the Heath Ledger show even before he died. There may be 2 better scenes in DARK KNIGHT like the convoy scene with the trucks flipping and the bat pod and the other is the opening bank robbery  oh and the scene where Joker meets with the TV and Gamble was good but the rest was filler. Alot of it wreaked of Improv also and I love Improv but Heath seemed to be on and everyone else seemed to be uh ok waht do I do now.

Dark Knight was good but Batman Begins was better.

And Brandon Routh has a  3 picture deal for Superman and with WB pushing the date back for a sequel and not even having a set release date makes me wonder how you can possibly have an experation date on a contract for a role in films like this franchise?

Darkknight2280 7/3/2009 7:54:26 AM

Megan Fox was right about what she said..but not sure she should have said it. No one can deny she has a career becasue of transformers. Im sure eventually we would have seen her somewhere...but transformers launched her and made her what she today (which isnt much more then a highly recognizable hot chick) . So Megan.. YOu are SMOKIN HOT babe, but shut that pretty mouth, never bite the hand that feeds you.

Darkknight2280 7/3/2009 7:57:07 AM

Sony i beleive they were talking about the comparison of Superman vs batman begins in the sense of how they were were recepeted by critics (ie..suiperman most hated and batman begins most acclaimed) So they made a sequel to a movie that was critically acclaimed vs making a sequel to a movie that was midocre at best (even though i did enjoy Superman..but could have been sooo much better)

SONYMANswallows 7/3/2009 8:05:56 AM

Micahel Bay has let those poor CGI superimposed exlosions get to his head, I bet Spielberg selected Fox not Leonard Nimoy's step nephew.

 

Nicholas Coppola pre rock VALLEY GIRL, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, Wild at Heart, Fire Birds

MOON STRUCK and Raising Arizona

Will Smith-Ever hear of FRESH PRINCE OF BELLE AIR or DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?

Made in America, Six Degrees of Separation

Ben Affleck pre Arrmpitageddan= Phantoms, mall rats, Good Will Hunting, Dazed and Confused

He wouldnt even have Armpitageddon if he had not gotten the script for DEEP IMPACT and rewritten it.,

And Shia was in Constantine, I Robot and Disturbia before pigformers and they are all better films then anything Bay was associated with.

 

Whats next will he take credit for making Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre popular horror stories by saying no one knows about films in the 1980's and 1970's.

SONYMANswallows 7/3/2009 8:14:21 AM

Superman Returns was a well made film of extremely high quality.

That being said the script hurt it. There were plenty of ways to keep that as a dedication to Christopher Reeve and still have an awesome film. But the kid hurt it. I thought the rescure scene was well filmed and well made but it could have been shorter.

I think Singer needed some more time and thought to cut out some of the filler. The acting was great but there was to much excess. Brainiac folowing Kal back to Earth would have been so much better then giving him a kid. Plus Lois has a healthy back so Kall could not have blasted inside her.

everdreaded 7/3/2009 8:15:28 AM

 Megan Fox really does need to watch it with what she says...wolves are always waiting to devour..such is the way of the biz and she is too young and her clout aint that up there yet..otherwise she'll be on a sitcom in no time...

Routh..if what he says is true in that interview, has no ground to stand on..even if Batman Begins wasn't up to expectations..it was a fresh start as opposed to basically what i saw as a rehash of script to the original Superman movie. Its not his fault  i think Singer should have known better and denied the inner fanboy and started totally fresh.

Deadpool breaking the wall is definitely a step in the right direction and interest...wish they could work the old lady into the story from his early on stories..I found that whole sadistic relationship hilarious..

Not sure about a 300 sequel...300 was great but I think to continue dilutes it as a fable of inspiration it claims to be in myth and tale..but this is hollywood...it is what it is...

SONYMANswallows 7/3/2009 8:40:18 AM

Good for Megan Fox, she was actually allowed to act in THE UNBORN,

dragon261 7/3/2009 9:27:45 AM

And Brandon Routh has a 3 picture deal for Superman and with WB pushing the date back for a sequel and not even having a set release date makes me wonder how you can possibly have an experation date on a contract for a role in films like this franchise?

Sure you can if the contract stipulates that the company has to start production for the rest of the film's in the franchise within a certain timeframe. You can't keep an actor on the hook forever for a franchise that may never happen. I think that's what DC Warner's is doing letting all those contracts expire so they can start over with a totally new creative/production team.

SONYMANswallows 7/3/2009 9:53:04 AM

Um why would WB put an expiration date on a contract when they dont have a solid plan for sequel release dates? Tentative date was 2009 originally then in late 06 early 07 the date for the next superman film was 2010 and still is but it most lkely wont happen.

This article even states that what is being said is being translated.

In 2005 and 2006 they were hyping this new Superman and now not so much do to split reactions. They new the plan was for the 2nd film to nothing but action when the first wasnt lite on action just heavy on filler. Not to mention that this is the first time an expiration date has ever been mentioned.

LocoLobo73 7/3/2009 11:26:53 AM

WELL ITS BEEN A BIT SINCE I'VE SEEN ANYONE THAT DESERVES A TOUNGE LASHING FROM OLD LOBO HERE, BUT SWALLOWS HERE HAS GOT MY FUR STANDING UP.  So first of all SWALLOWS,  they originally signed that deal because they thought that SINGER was going to deliver a block buster hit like BEGINS was, thats didnt happen. Now me being a huge SUPERMAN  fan , can appreciate some of what Lives delivered however 20 mins of GREATNESS in a film does not excuse a entire movie of crap. Kevin Spacey as Lex , was a waste a complete waste. Bosworth as Lois was just terrible casting altogether. Oh and please dont get me started on the kid, I mean wow what was he thinking. I mean didnt anyone sitting at the table when they where going through the script say hmmmm doesnt superman  being a PEEPING TOM creep you out just a bit. It was a near total flop with meer sparks of greatness, the racing the fire through the tunnel , awesome, the plane rescue, amazing, moments of deranged Lex, outstanding, but pretty much everything else gets the old FF ON MY DVD PLAYER. VISUALLY it looks good , but story line , SUCKED, acting, PRETTY BAD. HELL even Bryan Singer thought it was horrible. Thats why HE'S  not doing another one. The entire Comic book community pretty much put that movie right along side the HULK and its GAMMA POODLES  as a giant steaming pile of Poo. Finally I will say this Routh did make for a GREAT clone of REEVES and he did HONOR  his portrayal of REEVES' SUPERMAN WELL. However there is a reason that after the second SUPERMAN fans panned the rest, cause they where as campy as campy gets, I mean Solar man and Richard Pryor.... and the words of THE MAN, "NUFF SAID."

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