Katee Sackhoff as Typhoid in the 'Daredevil' reboot? The rumors are flying! Plus: 'Grunts' screenwriters talk Arcana deal. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' still has strong B.O. Set photos from 'Scott Pilgrim' and 'Iron Man 2'. More! The #4 physician recommended treatment for hemorrhoidal discomfort, it's your Comics2Film 9.5.26!
In their latest newsletter, Acrana Comics has an in-depth interview with screenwriters Rock Shaink and Mark Jonathan Stanley of Romark films about their involvement with the recently announced slate of films based on Arcana titles, which includes 'Grunts' [review], 'Ripped' and 'Coma'.
"We decided to dive in to 'Ripped' first, while we chatted with [creator Shannon Eric Denton] from 'Grunts' on some ideas for where the book could go beyond the page," Stanley said.
Shaink adds, "With 'Ripped' we’re staying inside the world created, while bringing some new unique elements to it, but in chatting with Shannon on 'Grunts', he had some excellent ideas for where the story could continue off the page, so we wanted time to work that out with him while we attacked 'Ripped'."
Stanley goes on to say that both project have an interesting mix of fantasy and reality. "You see, Rock is more of the reality guy, whereas I tend to lean more toward fantasy. We’ve always been able to combine that to good effect, and usually end up with something that’s absolutely unique on both terms. So finding 'Ripped' and 'Grunts', two projects that jump in and out of both elements, and pull it off in spades, was something I knew we needed to sink our teeth into."
The pair also talk about 'Coma' which started as a film treatment. Plans now call for Arcana to produce a comic based on that, while development of the movie continues.
Click through to the Arcana Comics site for the complete Q & A with Shaink and Stanley.
TwitchFilm took a look at 'Blood: The Last Vampire' and felt pretty uninspired by it:
"Bottom line is, Blood: The Last Vampire is a straight forward action film. Forget the wafer thin plot and try to ignore the potential where certain scenes could have been made better. It’s nice to look at with plenty of style over substance, and unfortunately nothing more..."
Here's a rumor that broke out over the weekend while C2F was reflecting, taking stock and flipping burgers: 'Battlestar' babe Katee Sackhoff is allegedly doing research into the Marvel Comics character of Typhoid (sometimes called Typhoid Mary).
The rumor broke from the official blog of the Golden Apple comics store in Los Angeles. The store blogger reports:
"So we got a little visit in our comic shop last week by Katee Sackhoff, also known as Starbuck for her role on BSG. She proceeded to grab all the Typhoid Mary comics we had and has hopes to get a part for a marvel movie...."
Fans know well that Typhoid is a 'Daredevil' villain (and sometime love interest...man DD gets around) who previously appeared on film as a stock henchwoman in the tedious 'Elektra' movie.
Fans will also recall that, since last October 20th Century Fox has been making rumblings about revisiting the 'Daredevil' franchise. The new DD flick will probably be a clean-slate reboot with a new leading man and director. With Marvel's Hollywood hand being red hot these days, you can bet that Fox will continue to crank out 'Daredevil', 'Fantastic Four' and 'X-Men' movies for as long as they are contractually able.
So what can we make of this rumor? It could be that the 'Daredevil' relaunch is on the fast track. It could be that the studio has settled on Typhoid as one of the villains. It could be that Katee Sackhoff is in contention for the role.
One thing is certain: If you're a Hollywood actor doing research on a comic book role and you want to keep things on the down-low, you won't be doing your shopping at Golden Apple.
Our friend Antonello Blueberry provides a translation of an interesting article from the Italian language website Cronacaqui.it concerning the Italian fave thief/stud/adventurer 'Diabolik'.
The article details the roll out of 'Diabolik' comic books on the iPhone platform. Mario Gomboli, the editor of comics also revealed that a movie based on the black-clad criminal is still in development for a planned release date on 2012, 50th anniversary of the first comic-book issue.
There's also active talk of a 12-episode TV series, co-produced by a French and an Italian company.
Finally a Playstation game is also in the works.
'Diabolik' was last seen on TV in an animated series that saw limited airings here in the U.S. However, the 1960s-era live-action film 'Danger Diabolik' remains a favorite and is highly recommended by your C2F correspondant.
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is still doing reasonably well at the box office in its fourth week of release. It dropped to #6 this week, falling three spots behind three new openers according to Mania's weekend box office report. The domestic tally now stands at a healthy $165 million.
other milestones for 'Wolverine' (courtesy of Box Office Mojo):
Thanks to the latest photos from the set of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', published by Edgar Wright on his personal website, we can now see that Pilgrim girl Knives Chau (played by Ellen Wong) is not only super-cute, but super-brainy as well.
The new photo set shows images from a bus shoot, which fans have identified as the scene where Chau first meets Pilgrim, and drops her text books. Check out the photo to see Chau's intimidating academic curriculum.
Superhero Hype has the scoop and photos of construction of a large-scale set for 'Iron Man 2'. The site is near the foot of the Sepulveda Dam in L.A. and visible from the 101 Ventura Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.
The site has a number of photos including a "Rasputin" sign near the dig. Rasputin is known to be the code name for the Marvel production.
Click through for the complete photo set.
It's pretty amazing what ambitious fans can do with desktop video editing software these days. Check out this fan-made reel for a 'Green Lantern' movie, which would star Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan.
Bonus points for Maniacs who can identify the films and 'Firefly' episodes from which the various clips are taken. Post your observations in the comments below.