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Sarsgaard is GREEN LANTERN Villain

Plus: SPIDER-MAN 4, TRANSFORMERS 3, NEMESIS and more

By Rob M .Worley     January 13, 2010
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Sarsgaard is 'Green Lantern' villain. Plus: More 'Spider-Man 4' revelations. Tyrese ready for 'Transformers 3'. Millar hyping 'Nemesis' movie and more. We are currently experience unusually high call volumes. Please remain on hold for your Comics2Film 10.1.13!

 

 

Meet the WOLVERINE Pirate

The New York Times takes a look at Gilberto Sanchez, the Bronx man arrested in the infamous 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' piracy case. Sanchez was identified as pirate zero, who first posted the movie online via the file-sharing site megaupload.com.

While Sanchez played a critical role in the situation, he is clearly a small fish and not the root source of the leak. C2F had speculated that the arrest could lead to the party or parties that actually took the unfinished work print from the studio system and put it in Sanchez's hands. However, that possibility is looking pretty slim, according to the Times' reporting.

Sanchez told authorities that he simply purchased the film from a street vendor at a Chinese restaurant, a man he can't identify and will be virtually impossible for the authorities to track.

At any rate, Sanchez is the only person on the hook for the crime and he's currently awaiting his fate in the court system. "I’m out on bond, waiting for them to sentence me or give me a pat on the hand and tell me, ‘Don’t do it again,’" he said.

 

 

SOLOMON KANE to Open Fantasporto

Fans in Portugal will get a look at Michael J. Bassett's adaptation of Robert E. Howard's 'Solomon Kane' at next month's Fantasporto film festival, according to Variety. The dark fantasy film will open the festival, said to be the country's largest.

The event goes from February 26th to March 6th in the capital, Oporto.

 

 

Budget a factor in Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 4 Resignation?

Reports from Monday attributed director Sam Raimi's flight from 'Spider-Man 4' to creative and scheduling concerns. However, the L.A. Times goes in depth on the situation and their sources tell them there's at least one more component to the dispute.

Their insiders tell them that Raimi was ordered to get the budget down below that of the $300 million 'Spider-Man 3'. Raimi allegedly refused to agree to these constraints.

Check out their excellent summary of the situation here.

 

 

Millar Stomps/Fuels NEMESIS Movie Rumors

Mark Millar is already starting the Hollywood hype on his upcoming creator owned title 'Nemesis'. The book basically takes the Batman character (billionaire, highly trained, strategic genius, etc) and gives him the personality of the Joker (chaotic terrorist).

Early this week Millar leaked news that his agents in Hollywood were approached by an A-list director interested in the project. The news coincided with director Sam Raimi walking off from 'Spider-Man 4'. This lead some to speculate that the two news items were connected and that Raimi is circling 'Nemesis'.

Millar refuted the rumors on his message boards writing, "Can I just stomp this rumour before it gets any further?"

He went on to explain, "I just want to make it clear that Sam is not the guy who contacted my agent. I actually think he's one of the three best living directors and would be honoured to have him on anything I do, but he's not the guy who got in touch and the truth is that I'm not taking this out until March as originally planned. I want to have the whole thing finished before anybody reads it as Steve and I think we're onto something pretty special here. Civil War and Old Man Logan were massive hits, but the interest in this from the moment we even said the title has just been unprecedented. We want to make sure this goes to the right guy, though Raimi would actually be an amazing choice and it would be a hilarious middle-finger to all the suits he just walked away from."

But then this morning, Millar turned around and Un-stomped the rumor, starting a thread called "Raimi Directing NEMESIS Might Not Be Crazy After All!"

"Things move fast in Hollywoodland. I just woke up to some VERY unexpected emails," was Millar's cryptic post. "To be continued."

Later, when asked if he took the project out to directors Millar responded with, "Nobody has seen the scripts yet. The interest in based on 'Wanted' doing 350 mill, insane buzz around town on 'Kick-Ass' and that CBR interview where the 'Nemesis' high concept was explained and visual released. It's pretty crazy, but a lot of people are trying to get this before it goes elsewhere. Have another thing coming with Leinil after Summer and someone made an offer for this without even knowing what it is. Crazy times."

Not content to have all the focus on Raimi, Millar also admitted he wanted to take the project to 'Sherlock Holmes' director Guy Ritchie, a known associate of Millar's 'Kick-Ass' partner Matthew Vaughn.

"I was actually going to talk to Guy about it in the next couple of weeks, but wondered if a brilliant cop versus brilliant supervillain might be too much like Sherlock Holmes," Millar wrote. "I'm seeing Matthew this week and will see what he reckons."

So there you go. Millar is doing what he does best (aside from writing cool comics): whipping up hype!

 

 

Rock Waits For SHAZAM!

Dwayne Johnson has a new movie coming out. This means it's time for the latest round of answering questions about the 'Shazam!' movie. Johnson has long been attached to the role of Black Adam in the film, which is to be directed by Peter Segal some day. However, that project has seen it's share of hurdles over the past year.

So is it still happening? MTV Splash Page put the question to Johnson yet again.

"I don’t know," says The Rock. "I can never say that with truth. The truth that I can tell you is that I would love to play Black Adam."

Johnson does admit that he and Segal still want it to happen.

"There’s a lot of [factors in play]. The studio will have to decide on that, whoever the director is – hopefully, it will be Pete Segal – who is still very passionate about the project. Both of us are, by the way. I’m not too sure where it’s at right now, but I would love to [do it].”

The actor also talks about playing other comic book characters in the video clip below:

 

 

Tyrese Gibson Ready for TRANSFORMERS 3

Actor Tyrese Gibson, out making the press rounds for 'Legion' told IGN that he's looking forward to working on 'Transformers 3' this summer.

"They're saying that my character is definitely gonna have way more screen time," said the actor, who also revealed he parties with director Micheal Bay on a regular basis. Check out the video comments below...

 

 

Sarsgaard up for GREEN LANTERN Villain Role

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the latest 'Green Lantern' casting.

Actor Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations to play Hector Hammond in the film, Green Lantern's psychic nemesis introduced in the 1960s.

The move is somewhat surprising in that fans have anticipated Sinestro would be the primary villain in the movie. Some online sources are reporting that Sarsgaard will the chief villain.

Comics2Film has confirmed that Sinestro is definitely in the film, so it's unclear if Sinestro will rise to his full status as a villain, or if the movie will simply groom either Hammond or Sinestro as an emerging threat to trouble Hal Jordan in a sequel.

'Green Lantern' begins filming this March with Ryan Reynolds in the lead role and Martin Campbell directing. Blakey Lively signed on earlier this week to play Carol Ferris.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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ddiaz28 1/13/2010 7:29:52 AM

Cool, my wife loves Peter Saarsgard so maybe I can get her to actually see a superhero flick in the theaters.  It worked for Star Trek because of Eric Bana and she ended up loving it.

Wiseguy 1/13/2010 7:50:44 AM

Well of course Sinestro needs to be in Green Lantern if his origin is being told. And it makes perfect sense that Sinestro would be the villain later on and not right away. Give him time to develop as his authoritarian rule of his home planet gets worse. Hector Hammond as the main baddie the first time around sounds perfect to me and I like Sarsgaard so I think he'll do a great job whatever role he gets

Transformers 3, I find the shots taken at this series by fans as entertaining as the movies. And why can't Megan Fox be as grateful Tyrese Gibson is on that video towards Bay for being cast in this huge franchise, bitch

Like Dwayne Johnson and think he'd be perfect as Black Adam. Hopefully they'll make that dang Shazzam movie some day. Anbd with all the frezy over comic book films I'm a bit surprised no one has approached this cat for something anything would be better than a dang tooth fairy

Millar hyping his own stuff up? Nah, it can't be. But studios jumping on stuff before being published is nothing new.

So now we're going to get a million different reasons and versions why the split between Sony and Raimi.

Fukk the Wolverine pirate, let him walk the plank

Do we have a N.America release date for Solomon Kane yet?

hanso 1/13/2010 7:54:31 AM

Man wtf is the matter with The Rock?  The Tooth Fairy looks like complete shit, I felt embarassed for the guy just watching the trailer. 

I thought it was always known that Hammond would be the main guy?  I know I read something awhile back.  You remember right Wiseguy or have I gone mad?  I think it works though, get to know Sinestro a bit and then turn him loose for the sequels.

Off topic but I would really like you guys help.  If any of you have heard anything about Garland, Texas like what it's like, cost of living, things of that nature.  All I know is that is like 20-30 mins from Dallas.  Anyway, there may be job for me there so I'd appreciate anything you guys can share. 

wallyrus 1/13/2010 8:19:49 AM

 The Green Lantern is gonna rule!   

violator14 1/13/2010 8:22:03 AM

Hanso- SERIOUSLY. Wat was the Rock thinking? The title completely describes the actor willing to play the part. "DO YOU SMMMEEELLLLLAAAALLAAAALAAAAALAAAA  WHAT THE fairy IS COOOOKKINGGG?!?!"

Cerak 1/13/2010 8:47:41 AM

I'm starting to smell the faintest wafts of suck coming from the Green Lantern camp. I pray that I'm wrong.

monkeyfoot 1/13/2010 9:09:51 AM

Mark Millar is a publicity/promotional machine! Whether you like his stuff or not, he knows how to keep his name and his projects always running through genre websites. By so doing, he helps keep them in the eye of Hollywood. One day we'll read him saying, "It's such an honor that Jim Cameron and I are working on my new project together. It was my privilege to allow him to direct this for me."

redhairs99 1/13/2010 9:11:52 AM

The Rock and The Tooth Fairy = Hulk Hogan and Mr. Nanny?

KillerTomato 1/13/2010 9:33:59 AM

I hope the Wolverine Pirate is fined out the hutzbah...I am a strong disbeliever in pirating things, I refuse to download movies or music from sites like limewire or any of those other shows.  If it's a movie I want to see I'll pay the fee, if its music I want I'll go to iTunes, the only thing that I don't mind is stuff like Hulu, at least the studios know their stuff is there.

Seriously, Solomon Kane needs to get a US release date, dad blast it...

Sam Raimi and budget disputes?  I mean this is the man who did the Evil Dead films on a next to nothing budget...I really don't see him walking off a project for something like that...

Ah, Millar...whatever...

I really don't know why people bash actors for playing in movies like Tooth Fairy, I think it just shows that an actor isn't full of themselves.  I mean he's probably doing it just because it's fun to be is something so cheesy, or they may be doing it because they want a movie that their kids can go see.  Dwayne Johnson went from wrestling to movies (successfully) and therefore he's probably just trying different roles so as not to suffer from type-casting.  Though he would be awesome as Black Adam, I mean he already looks like the character to begin with.

Transformers 3 needs to get rid of Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf...make a Transformers Movie about...I dunno...Transformers?  Of course you can keep the military characters there, I like seeing them team up with huge robots and jointly blowing up stuff...

Green Lantern?  Wait and see...

invisioner 1/13/2010 9:36:07 AM

 Why Cerak? Sinestro being the villain off the bat would be a terrible. You need a movie for GL to situate himself, and it might as well be Hammond, although, with the current continuity, I would have loved for it to be Atrocitus, but I am sure some of the audience would be older GL fans that would have never heard of him, so there you go.

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