Ruffalo talks Avengers and taking a role from Edward Norton. Plus: Clockwork Girl adds a major cast member. Lore gets a movie deal. Kick-Ass 2 details emerge and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.7.30!
The Heat Vision blog reports that Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise's Lore is headed for the big screen.
Cory Goodman, writer of the manhwa adaptation Priest, will partner with Jeremy Lott on the script for the movie, which will be produced by Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion.
The comic, published by IDW, tells of a young man who reluctantly becomes a member of an elite secret order charged with protecting humanity from the beasts of folklore who invade our world. Producers are said to be veiwing it as a Men in Black style franchise.
Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion are producing. Goodman is co-producing. Wood, along with IDW's Ted Adams are executive producers.
Movieweb had a chat with Mr. Mark Millar, out doing rounds for the home entertainment release of Kick-Ass. Millar talked about two of his upcoming movie projects.
Millar expects to begin work on the Kick-Ass 2 movie in April, after director Matthew Vaughn wraps principal photography on X-Men: First Class.
"We left things off with [Hit-Girl] being adopted by this extremely nice man. He is a cop. And she has to stop killing people, you know? That seems like an interesting starting point in the next one in regards to her character. She is going to be like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, where she hasn't picked up a gun in years," Millar told Movieweb. "I like the idea of doing that with an eleven year old girl. She was part of this massive cacophony of violence. But she's not allowed to kill people anymore. She is consumed with anger, and forced to watch TV shows instead. Halfway through the movie, or the comic, we will follow her as she picks up a gun again. It is going to be awesome."
In the first movie, the Red Mist was a bit of a conflicted character, inadvertently befriending Kick-Ass when his intention was initially to destroy the would-be hero. For the sequel, Mist graduates to a full-on villain.
"This is a guy who has had his entire family killed by Hit Girl. He heads off and develops his martial arts skills. He learns how to become a better villain," Millar said. While Mist gears up to be a major bad-ass, in reality he's still the spoiled son of a millionaire gangster. "In reality, he just comes back and gets stoned, and he spends a lot of money. He can't do anything, so he hires this bad ass girl from Russia, she comes into the story, and her plan is to kill Hit Girl."
From there his schemes gain momentum.
"He goes on-line and influences a bunch of young villains to go against Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The whole thing ends up as a big gang fight like you'd see in The Warriors. There is going to be a big gang fight in the middle of Times Square between all of these costumed heroes. And at the head will be the Red Mist and Hit Girl."
When asked about his other Matthew Vaughn collaboration, American Jesus, Millar admitted that one was looking less positive every day.
"I think that film is going to remain in development Hell. Several people came forth to talk to me about American Jesus, and they wanted to make so many changes. Jesus movies are really hard for Hollywood. For some reason, Hollywood is very abashed to doing them," Millar said. "So I have put it on the back burner. Because Matthew and I are going to do Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall this next time around."
Last week Comics2Film at Mania.com got a look at the CG animated Clockwork Girl, based on the Arcana Studio comic book written by Kevin Konrad Hanna and Sean O'Reilly.
Hanna, who has worked as animation crew on such TV shows as Max Steel and Starship Troopers: Roughnecks, will be directing the feature-length adaptation of his comic for CJ Entertainment. This is his first turn as a feature director.
Hanna presented numerous pieces of artwork for the CG-animated film and talked about casting the movie. Alexa Vega, who previously appeared in Repo! The Genetic Opera is set to star as Tesla, the titular Clockwork Girl.
The big reveal, however, was the news that actress Carrie Anne Moss is on board as the primary antagonist of the movie. Her character is a new villain created for the movie and apparently does not appear in the comics.
Clockwork Girl originally appeared in the 2005 Komikwerks anthology "Thrills and Chills" as a short story by Hanna. The all-ages story was expanded into a 2007 comic book series for Arcana with O'Reilly co-writing. According to the Aracan website, the comic focuses on a nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator, while exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.
For all the money spent by big studios at Comic-Con vying for everyone's attention, it's most gratifying seeing something like Clockwork Girl go from a small, personal comic story, to a full-length comic and then to a feature film, all under the guidance of its creator. Hats off to Sean O'Reilly's Arcana Studio for making that happen!
The production team had previously revealed this trailer for the movie:
Although the The CW released their official Smallville season 10 trailer this week, industrious fans fave also posted a good quality hand-cam recording of the preview footage that was screened on Sunday at Comic-Con. It's much more revealing with plenty of good teases of upcoming character appearances and episodes.
In the wake of last weekend's big announcment that Mark Ruffalo is, indeed, Marvel's newest Hulk, Entertainment Weekly sat down with the actor to talk details. As exciting as it may be to be part of The Avengers (and potentially Incredible Hulk 2), the elephant in the room for the actor and this role is the fact that Edward Norton was so firmly attached, then abruptly fired just before Ruffalo was hired.
"I’m a friend of Ed’s, and yeah, that wasn’t a great way for all that to go down. But the way I see it is that Ed has bequeathed this part to me. I look at it as my generation’s Hamlet," Ruffalo said of the occurrence.
And it may have been nerve-wracking for the actor to debut at Comic-con in that way, he's looking forward to playing a character that he has a lot of affection for.
"He’s a guy struggling with two sides of himself — the dark and the light — and everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control. I grew up on the Bill Bixby TV series, which I thought was a really nuanced and real human way to look at The Hulk. I like that the part has those qualities," Ruffalo told EW.
Click through for more of his comments on Avengers and his current film The Kids are All Right.