Runaways rolling cameras in March? Plus: Captain America director talks continuity. Transformers 3 stunt player injured. Superman/Shazam box art and more! T.G.I. your Comics2Film 10.9.3!
In some sad news pertaining to the production of Transformers 3, the Hollywood Reporter reports that a woman working on the film suffered what sounds like be a very serious injury.
Initial reports by local ABC affiliates identify Gabriela Cedillo as an "extra" although the circumstances make it sound like she was a stunt player. The 24-year-old woman was involved in some car-oriented filming when disaster struck.
A witness said that Cedillo was in a vehicle that was being towed via cable towards another vehicle. The tow cable snapped, impacted with the car and struck Cedillo in head. The car was dragged along a center divider for another half-mile before the vehicle was stopped.
Cedillo was airlifted to a nearby medical center. Her current condition has not yet been reported.
300 producer Gianni Nunnari has suffered a tentative ruling to pay some $14 million to his former partners at the Italian film production company Cecchi Gori Pictures, according to a report on THR Esq.
Nunarri was president and COO of the company while simultaneously running his Hollywood-based shingle Hollywood Gang Productions. Producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori sued Nunarri in Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Amy Hogue issued a ruling last week finding that Nunarri breached fiduciary duties to Cecchi Gori and engaged in concealment and constructive fraud.
The upshot seems to be that Nunnari used Cecchi Gori resources to further projects that were under the Gang label and neglected his duties to his Italian employer. Among Hogue's findings were that Cecchi Gori lost $8.6 million in revenue from 300.
THR Esq adds that the ruling is tentative and there will be additional arguments presented to the judge in coming weeks.
Director Joe Johnston talked with Earth's Mightiest about how Captain America will play into the larger Marvel Universe.
"There are links between all the Marvel films, mostly ones that only the fans will pick up on," Johnston said. "We have several subtle references to certain elements in Thor, but since Captain America is a period picture taking place in the 40's, there are fewer opportunities for contemporary links to the rest of the Marvel universe. We can, however, create events in our story that will be paid off in Avengers and other Marvel pictures."
Last month Warner Premiere announced the November release of DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection bringing together the recent animated shorts and featuring the never-before-seen Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam.
Now Warner has released the packaging artwork to the November 9th release. Check it out:
Marvel's Runaways movie seems to be ramping up in stealth mode. The teen supes on the run concept has a director attached in Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist). It also has a screenwriter in Drew Pearce (No Heroics).
And, in spite of the fact that there's been very little of the usual casting burps and speculation, the movie is apparently going into production in seven months.
Via twitter Production Weekly reports, "Marvel's The Runaways (aka Small Faces), is scheduled to begin filming in March in L.A."
So Small Faces would be the production code name. Watch out for it Los Angelinos.
Bryan K. Vaughn created the series for Marvel, focusing on a tight-knit group of teens who discover their parents are an enclave of super-villains. They go on the run, vowing to use their own powers for good instead of evil.
So what do you think, Maniacs? What young stars should Marvel tap to play Alex, Chase, Gert, Karolina, Molly and Nico? Post your comments below...
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9 which arrives in comic shops on September 9th! Come see him on 9/9 at Comic City in Novi, MI where he's signing pre-release copies of the first issue of the new book!