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' 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
A few tidbits from the Twittersphere:
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.
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...