'I Am Legend' director commands 'Sgt. Rock''s battalion into..the future? Plus: Lots of 'Smallville' bits. Dolph Lundgren circling 'Conan'? Kiele Sanchez in 'Dark Days' and more! On our way to where the air is sweet, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.10!
Mania Cross-Link: In case you missed it we broke a good bit of 'Spider-Man 4' scoop yesterday.
We've also seen our story go round the web and morph into something different that what we reported. So a bit of clarification: Actress Rachel McAdams took a meeting on 'Spider-Man 4'. She has not been cast. She is not "set to appear". She may be cast at some point in the future. But all we're reporting is that she met with the producers.
And McAdams isn't the only one. UK Actress Romola Garai wrote a piece for The Guardian and revealed she had also put together a taped aution for the film. She writes:
"'Love is at the root of everything good that has ever happened and will happen.' This phrase swam into focus as I moved up the escalator at Oxford Circus tube on Tuesday morning on my way to put myself "on tape" for a part in Spider-Man 4. This is the acting equivalent of the London Marathon in that it's important to try your best as long as you understand that you aren't going to win.
Garai offers no other details beyond that paragraph.
Mania Cross-Link: We posted 15 images from Friday's episode of 'Batman: the Brave and the Bold'. Check 'em out!
A bunch o' bits of news about the current season of 'Smallville'.
First up, even if you checked out the trailer for Friday's episode we posted yesterday, look again: We just updated with a webclip that shows a bit more Wonder Twins action, including another animal form for Jayna.
Meanwhile...KryptonSite has posted the titles for the 13th and 14th episodes of the current season.
And guess who's coming to 'Smallville'. Pam Grier, that's who.
Michale Ausiello at EW.com, he of the endless Kyrpton scoopage, says Grier will play Amadna Waller. In the comics the character tends to be a power-broker, pulling the strings of super-human puppets, most notably the 'Suicide Squad'. "The Wall" will appear in the second half of the Justice Society two-parter airing late in January.
Finally, Matt's TV News Blog at Fancast.com has a Q & A with the real star of the show, Justin Hartley who plays Green Arrow. Hartley discusses a great many things including the upcoming confrontation with his nemesis, the Dark Archer.
"That’s going to be interesting," Hartley said. "Steve Bacic plays Dark Archer. He’s a really good-looking guy, but when they did him up with the beard and this black costume, he becomes a gnarly, menacing dude. We had a good time."
Click through for the complete Q & A.
Fans who were dreading Stephen Spielberg and Will Smith's Americanized film version of 'Old Boy' can breath a sigh of relief today.
Latino Review has declared the project dead. Their "trusted sources" tell them DreamWorks has walked away from the project.
Ain't It Cool has scored your first look at actress Kiele Sanchez in costume and makeup on the set of '30 Days of Night: Dark Days'. The movie is a low-budget follow-up to the original movie, based on Steve Niles' comics of the same name. Ben Ketai is currently directing the picture in Vancouver.
Sanchez replaces Melissa George who played the character in the first film.
C2F admits that it knows little of the 'Buskers' graphic novel. It appears to be the creation of music producer Jeymes Samuel (of Gorillaz fame) and Sean Michael Wilson. The book just debuted in October from Insomnia Publications.
Well, HeyUGuys report that Samuel is working on a film version which would star Kevin Spacey, Damon Albarn, Ian Brown and Mos Def. It'll featgure music by London-based The BulliTTs. Cameras are set to roll in December.
Here's he description of the book from Insomnia's website: "Timothy Book seems on top of the world but a botched suicide attempt sends him to the doorstep of ex-best-friend Cabbage, a streetwise busker, and he experiences a kind of life he never knew existed."
Click through for more details on this and a planned Gorillaz movie.
Actor Dolph Lundgren told MTV Splash Page that he's interested in landing a part in Marcus Nispel's planned 'Conan' movie.
"I've talked to the producers about doing something for 'Conan,'" Dolph Lundgren told MTV News but didn't get specific about what that something may be. Lundgren doesn't expect we'll hear more about the movie until next year.
What's the status of the 'X-Men Origins: Magneto' movie? Filmmaker David S. Goyer (who was once attached to direct the film) echoed sentiments expressed by producer Lauren Shuler Donner last month. That is, the movie is now a low-priority for Fox, compared to the prospect of 'X-Men First Class', 'Wolverine 2' or 'Deadpool'.
"[Fox is] still trying to figure out what they want to do, whether or not they'll do a different 'X-Men' movie next or another 'Wolverine' movie next. If they want to make 'Magneto,' that's awesome. In the meantime, I'm just going to move on with my other projects," Goyer told MTV Splash Page.
Before Louis Leterrier's bombastic 'Incredible Hulk'...before Ang Lee's sulky 'Hulk'...there was screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh's version of the character that teetered close to the brink of going into production waaaay back in the stone age of the late 1990s.
Well, eventually the project fell apart and Hensleigh went on to direct the maligned Thomas Jane 'Punisher' movie.
But special effects guy Steve Johnson actually did some significant work on the film, creating a towering animatronic version of the Green Goliath that would have been used in the pre-Gollum era.
Now, Johnson has started his own video channel on YouTube and aims to pull the curtain back on his creations, with copious behind-the-scenes footage that has never seen the light of day before.
Check out this intro clip which reveals several intriguing glimpses of the full-sized Hulk toro, the mechanical skeleton, as well as hand appliances that stunt actors could wear. There's even something that looks like it might be Hulk's torso with green gamma energy pulsing through it! Cool stuff indeed.
Keep watching as near the end you'll get a glimpse of some weird, translucent Superman suit from the failed Tim Burton project as well:
The Heat Vision blog at THR reports that 'I Am Legend' and 'Constantine' director Francis Lawrence is now attached to direct a feature film version of DC Comics' classic war character 'Sgt. Rock'.
There have been plans for a 'Rock' film for decades now, with producer Joel Silver holding the reigns on the franchise but never finding the right formula for launching it. Heat Vision asserts that the main sticking point is that period war movies, with a few notable exceptions, don't do great at the box office. So a big budget WW2 pic was a problem for the studio.
So, they're setting it in the future.
Yep. The future.
DC Comics iconic World War II character, fantastically realized in 1959 by Joe Kubert, and recently treated to an intensely-researched, historically-aware comic by Billy Tucci, is now going to be fighting a future war.
Akiva Goldsman, no stranger to Comics2Film controversy, is on board to produce this movie. Andrew Rona of Silver Pictures and Kerry Foster of Weed Road are also producing.
What do you think, Maniacs? Will you be able to watch a futuristic Sgt. Rock movie? Post your comments below...