Has Jeremy Renner signed for 'The Avengers'? Plus: Ennis discusses 'The Boys'. 'Marmaduke' fun and games online. Sirtis voicing 'Young Justice' and more! Talking directly to the drone camera hovering high above the earth, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.26!
Deadline.com reports that Platinum Studios, the comic-to-film company behind the upcoming 'Dylan Dog: Dead of Night' and the soon-to-lens 'Cowboys & Aliens', has signed on with the Hollywood agency ICM.
Platinum has been slowly built up by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg over the past decade or so. Rosenberg scored a hit early on when he plucked the obscure comic 'Men in Black' from his previous publishing concern Malibu Comics and worked it through the Hollywood system until it became a hit movie. Since then Platinum has obtained a library of 5600 comics properties, many of them from foreign publishers.
They were the producers of the 2002 Showtime original series 'Jeremiah' (based on the Belgian comic of the same name) and recently gained enough traction to get two of their movies into production. Their current slate of announced film projects includes 'Atlantis Rising' at Dreamworks, 'Meet the Haunteds' with director Steve Carr, 'Unique' at Walt Disney Pictures and 'Witchblade' with Top Cow Productions and Arclight Films.
The ICM deal will presumably allow them to broker more film deals. Strangely, they have separate representation at CAA for their TV projects.
As we close in on the June 4th release date of the comic strip-based Marmaduke, 20th Century Fox has release some new images of the goofy Great Dane (voiced by Owen Wilson) , as well as some online amusement for the kids.
If you click over to TheMarmadukeMovie.com you can turn yourself into a talking animal. Youngsters can also play Jump & Fetch, Toilet B-Ball, Surfin' With Marmaduke and the ever popular Destructo Derby.
Marmaduke, the world's most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame (appearing in 600 newspapers in over 20 countries) to big screen stardom. In this family comedy event, the "Duke" is helping his family adjust to its new life in Orange County, California. But fitting in with his new four-legged friends - and a potential romantic interest -- isn't always easy for a super-sized teenage dog.
Our long national nightmare has ended. The role of "hot eye candy" in the 'Transformers 3' movie, vacated last week by Megan Fox, has finally been filled.
Deadline.com reports that, as of last night, the producers have settled on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the part. Her contract still needs to be worked out, but all intentions are to hire her for the role.
Huntington-Whiteley is a Victoria's Secret model. She was recently tipped by GeekWeek as having won the part, although apparently the studio was still talking with ladies such as Sarah Wright and Brooklyn Decker as of yesterday.
In related news, over at MTV.com, actor Tyrese Gibson expressed his own dismay at Fox's abrupt departure from the franchise.
"I was sad about it, man. Genuinely," he told MTV News on the red carpet for the E! 20th anniversary celebration Monday night. "We built something here. We all did. We all put our own sauce and stamp and energy on this franchise."
We had to follow a trail of links through various Star Trek sites to get to the root of this story:
Actress Marina Sitris, best known for playing Counselor Troi-Riker on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', will provide voice talent for Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' animated series. She revealed as much in a video interview with Toxic Pop during her recent appearance at the Motor City Comic Con.
She told TP she's playing a villain in the show, none other than Queen Bee and it will be a recurring role.
Comics writer Garth Ennis told MTV Splash Page that adapting his current hit comic 'The Boys' for film is "reasonably simple", especially compared to his other work 'Preacher' (which has languished in development Hell for many, many years).
'The Boys focus on a tight-knit task force whose mission is to keep the world's corporate-controlled superheroes in line. While the core group of characters are Ennis originals, the superhero characters are largely riffs and spoofs on existing characters from the Marvel and DC Universes.
But while 'Preacher' was told as one long story in a series of graphic novels, the concept of 'The Boys' is much more encapsulated.
"Once you start plucking enough of 'Preacher' to make a two-hour film, you have to leave so much out of it. And once you start taking bits out of it, the whole lot collapses," Ennis explained. "On the other hand, it would be quite easy to take 'The Boys' and take the core team of five and just have them as a team that surveils and occasionally beats up superheroes. That's a simple enough concept that you could isolate it and put into a two-hour film as a self-contained story."
Ennis said he's not directly involved in the film development, aside from some early conversations with screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay.
He also commented on the book's primary point-of-view character, an kindhearted Irishman named Wee Hughie who is recruited by the team in the first issue. The character, as drawn by co-creator Darick Robertson, bears a strong resemblance to actor Simon Pegg. However, Ennis revealed that having met Pegg recently, he now realizes he's too tall to play the diminutive Hughie.
Harry Knowles at Ain't it Cool filed a cryptic rumor report regarding 'The Avengers'.
According to some source, who may or may not be reliable that actor Jeremy Renner is "possibly" going to be in Marvel's 'Avengers' movie as Hawkeye.
Renner, who blew up in last year's acclaimed Iraq war movie 'The Hurt Locker', revealed last November that he had taken meetings with Marvel about playing the character in 'Thor' as a cameo and as part of the run-up to the super-group pic.
So is AIC hearing a re-hash of last November's story? Or is this new information confirming that Renner is on board? It's hard to say given the vagueness of the report. Knowles cautions his readers to take the typically-prescribed dosage of salt and admits that there's an element of confusion to his understanding of the information that's been given him.
If 'The Avengers' movie is loosely following Mark Millar's 'Ultimates' as its model then Hawkeye is a natural fit for the story. In the Ultimates storyline, he's simply a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a very specific skill set, much like Black Widow was depicted in 'Iron Man 2'.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is Renner a good fit for HAWKEYE? Post your comments below...