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SCALPED Headed for TV?

Plus: IRON MAN 2, KICK-ASS, PREACHER and more!

By Rob M. Worley     November 09, 2009
Source: Various


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Is Jason Aaron's 'Scalped' headed for TV? Plus: Favreau edits 'Iron Man 2'. 'Kick-Ass' gets a website. Cusack kinda, sorta, maybe talks about  'Preacher' (or not). More! Digging through the ditches and slammin' in the back of your Comics2Film 9.11.9!

 

 

ASTRO BOY Box Office

'Astro Boy' is barely hanging on to a top 10 spot at the box office in its third week of release. The kids' flick dropped three spots to #10, after firing up another $2.6 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to Mania's box office report. It lost ground during a competitive frame to four newly-opening films, but won a spot back against the faster-falling 'Saw VI'. The total domestic gross for 'Astro Boy' has reached a mere $15 million.

 

 

Remender's SORROW in Development

ShockTillYouDrop.com is reporting that Rick Remender's comic mini 'Sorrow' is in the works as a film by the folks who brought you the 'Saw' franchise.

Twisted Pictures has picked up the film rights and tapped scribe Michael Hidalgo to write the script. Michael Bay's horror film company Platinum Dunes is said to be putting the movie into production soon.

The comics focus on a young Native America woman who happens upon the town of Sorrow, a Nevada village ravaged by nuclear testing.

 

 

John Cusack is Maybe Interested in PREACHER (or some other movie)

The folks at io9 had a chance to talk to Mr. Endo D. World himself, actor John Cusack. Like any website worth its salt, they asked the man if he has any aspirations to appear in a movie based on a comic book.

Cusack said he had run across a project that struck his interest but couldn't quite remember what it was.

"I think... it's a vampire and a killer, and they're on the road, and it's this really strange story. I thought that sounded pretty cool," Cusack struggled to recall his dream project.

The interviewer connected the dots for him and suggested the movie in question might be Sam Mendes' adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's 'Preacher'.

"I think it might have been Preacher," Cusack admitted and then asserted that he's trying to get involved with it. He added that he'd like to play, "either the vampire or the priest."

C2F can't really picture Cusack as the Irish vampire Cassidy but thinks he could possibly fit as Jesse Custer.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

KICK-ASS Gets Release Date, Website. Trailer Coming

If you're interested in the filmed adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's 'Kick-Ass' then you can point your browser over to IAmKick-Ass.com. That's the new website promoting director Matthew Vaughn's movie.

The site touts a release date of April 16th, 2010 and promises a trailer is on the way. New footage will debut on Myspace on November 22nd (which seems like a weird date for a trailer drop, falling on the weekend as it does).

There's not much else happening on the site just yet, except for an animated view of last week's posters and a chance to provide your email address for updates.

 

 

SUPER MAX Movie Not Dead, Just Resting

A few years back, David Goyer's 'Super Max' film project was creating buzz. The movie aimed to put DC Comics' 'Green Arrow' into a maximum security prison, where he'd have to fight for his life against the supervillains he'd put behind bars.

Recently the film hit a few new stumbling blocks. Last July news broke that DC Entertainment was also developing a straight-ahead 'Green Arrow' movie that would ditch the prison angle. More recently, news broke of a film called 'Supermax', which would involve someone trapped in a prison that houses supernatural entities (read "ghosts").

MTV Splash Page chatted with Goyer to ask "what the what?"

"I don't think they're mutually exclusive," Goyer said of the similarly-titled-and-themed movie. However, he did admit that movement has slowed down on his Oliver-behind-bars pic, but could pick up steam as DC Entertainment gets organized. "Right now, there's not much to report."

 

 

Twitterbits: IRON MAN 2, SCOTT PILGRIM, THE LOSERS

A few tidbits from the Twittersphere:

When he's not busy making playing Twitter meme games like #realfilmsnotpornfilms  and #cowfilms, Jon Favreau reports that he's hard at work on 'Iron Man 2'. He tweets:

  • Nov 5th - Edited Iron Man instead of watching New York win the World Series.
  • Nov 6th - The end of a long night of editing.

He's not the only one. Director Edgar Wright is working weekends editing 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. Yesterday he posted his latest photo from the editing bay.

And the amazing comic artist Jock tells his followers that he's doing more work for the 'Losers' movie.

  • Earlier today - morning! in early today... LOSERS movie art, concept paintings and a side order of BATMAN to draw today. anything for dessert sir?

 

 

Cover art to SCALPED: Indian Country TPB by R. M. Guéra

SCALPED Headed for TV?

Comics2Film at Mania.com has learned that one of the priorities for the newly-formed DC Entertainment is a TV show based on Jason Aaron's outstanding Vertigo title 'Scalped'.

Call it 'The Wire' on a reservation or 'The Sopranos' on a reservation, the book is gritty mix of crime fiction set in the world of modern Native Americans. The protagonist is a boozing, bitter young tough guy named Dashiell Bad Horse who returns to the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation where he was born. There he becomes muscle for Lincoln Red Crow, the highly-corrupt chief of the Oglala Lakota tribe there. But the embittered, self-hating Dashiell is actually an FBI agent, working to bring Red Crow down from the inside.

Sources tell us that DC has been working to set the project up since the book's debut in 2007, and efforts are likely to intensify under the newly formed Entertainment brand. The project has attracted an ongoing parade of high-profile writers eager to pitch it around, but thus far has been unable to find the right home for it. Apparently they're committed to a TV series, rather than a feature film, in order to accommodate Aaron's slowly unfolding thriller of a story.

With outlets like FX, HBO and Showtime producing great, edgy fare a 'Scalped' TV show seems like a no-brainer to C2F.

What do you think, Maniacs? Have you read SCALPED? Who would you like to see developing this for TV? Post your comments below...

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wiseguy 11/9/2009 8:12:03 AM

I rarely venture outside mainstream Marvel and DC but did read 2 arcs of Scalped and I think it would be a perfect fit for HBO or FX. Of course if they want to be as graphic as the book then it has to be HBO or SHO.

I read some reports from folk that supposedly saw Kick Ass and they strongly compared it to The Matrix and some even said it surpasses it and that it may be the most entertaininmg superhero flick yet. I love the book but after reading the praises it has jumped up several levels in my anticipation. As good or better than The MATRIX? HELL EFFING YEAH,I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS TO DROP NOW

Goyer let the title Supermax title out too early and some dipsh!t stole it and the idea it seems to me and just switched it up a bit so he can't be sued

I ike Cusack but if he can't even remember his dream project then it sounds like he's just trying to hop on the comic book adaptation wagon

Favreau is a good bloke, finish the IronMan movie first, you can catch the Yankees be crowned kings again next year for the 28th time

rgtchtiger 11/9/2009 8:15:22 AM

Never heard of Scalped before, but it sounds ripe for the type of programming FX goes after.  Although, I imagine the ACLU and other similar organizations would cry racism and stereotyping of Native Americans if/when the show hits the air.

savagelee 11/9/2009 8:27:28 AM

 Scalped is one of the best things Vertigo comics has published - real human drama about a section of North American life that people don't like to think or talk about very much. It could easily make a pretty great TV series, and would be a bold new vision as far as TV dramas go.

I can't see John Cusack as Jesse or Cass. He's way too old for Jesse, who's supposed to be about 28 during the majority of PREACHER (though that age gets harder to pin down, seeing as Jesse was born several years after his dad got back from the Vietnam War). I really love John Cusack, but I don't think he'd work as Jesse Custer, not unless John was willing to put on about 30 extra pounds of pure cowboy muscle.

Very pleasing to see Astroboy failing in theaters as it should. That movie looked like one of the worst things I've seen advertised in quite a while. 

silversurfer 11/9/2009 11:23:51 AM

I like Cusack, but he would have to loose weight for the role....I think he could pull it off....really liked him in 1408...great movie. I don't think he would make a good vampire though....maybe his sister, but not him.....

Ozymandas 11/9/2009 1:48:18 PM

"New footage will debut on Myspace on November 22nd (which seems like a weird date for a trailer drop, falling on the weekend as it does)." -Seems like a weird place to me, rather than a weird date. I popped in MySpace yesterday after several months away - it's a veritable ghost town.

 

 

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