Singer talks 'X-Men: First Class'. Plus: New 'Kick-Ass' clips! Gondry talks 'Green Hornet'. Burton wants to make 3D 'Addams Family' and more! Oh no no no no no no no, it's your Comics2Film 10.3.19!
ComingSoon reports that actor Josh Duhamel is slated to go a third round with the deceptions in 'Transformers 3'. Word comes directly from the actor himself, who played Major Lennox in the previous two films. Duhamel spoke to ComingSoon at the Showest convention.
Hopefully everybody checked out yesterday's edition of the No Fly Zone by our indie comics columnist Kurt Amacker, which focused on Charles Burns' graphic novel 'Black Hole'. Coincidentally, comics great Rick Remender tweeted yesterday about a short film based on the book which is now available online. Click over to the (very difficultly organized) website of director Rupert Sanders to check it out!
The Comics Continuum is reporting that Warner Brows Animation is planning a new direct-to-video 'Green Lantern' animated film that would coincide with the release of the live-action movie in 2011. They say this is a separate project from a recently hinted-at animated TV series.
Warner released the toon movie 'Green Lantern: First Flight' last year which served as an origin story for the character. The new project allegedly will explore the origins of the Green Lantern Corps, including the first ring wielders.
The studio would not confirm the project.
A report from Collider.com indicates that 'The Flash' will be picking up speed shortly as Warner Bros. plans to roll out new announcements about their DC Comics-based movies.
With the 'Harry Potter' series about to run its course, Warner is looking for their next franchise and the DC Universe is clearly ripe with potential.
In addition to lesser properties like 'Jonah Hex' and 'The Losers' this year, Warner is looking to 'Green Lantern' to be the big tentpole movie of 2011. Then, according to sources, plans for 2012 include the next 'Batman' movie, along with 'The Flash'.
'Green Hornet' director Michel Gondry told MTV Splash Page that he hopes to redfine big-screen fights in his own style. Writer/producer Seth Rogen stars as the title character in the film, and is joined by Jay Chou as the kung fu fighting Kato.
"There are many things happening at the same time," he said. "There is an anticipation, a planning of the fight by the hero. He sees a different element he has to deal with ... he calculates the best trajectory to fight them.
"Then there is some weird change of speed that occurs at different parts of the frame in one single frame, which makes the dynamic of the image really weird," he told. "I don't know — I tried to do something original. I don't know if it's successful, but I'm trying."
Fans will see how it looks when 'Green Hornet' arrives in theaters later this year.
Charles Addams' macabre comic strip 'The Addams Family' has been adapted as a classic TV series and a modern live-action film.
Now Deadline.com reports that director Tim Burton is set to take it on once more as a stop-motion animated feature film. Universal Studios-based Illumination Entertainment has picked up the film rights to Addams' original strips from New Yorker Magazine.
According to the report, Burton aims to bring out the edgy, ghoulish wit of the original comics, rather than base the film on the better-known TV show.
And, of course, the whole thing must be in 3D, a format which has given Burton his most commercial success to date with the currently-running 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Illumination topper Chris Meledandri will produce the film. Kevin Miserocchi of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation will be executive producer.
Three new clips from April's 'Kick-Ass' movie have arrived online.
Click over to Apple.com for the latest official trailer from the film.
Also, courtesy of YouTube, we've got two new clips from the TV ad campaigns.
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The L.A. Times Hero Complex Blog had an exclusive sit-down interview with director Bryan Singer and producer Lauren Shuler Donner. The interview takes a long, backwards look at Singer's role in develop 'X-Men' into a hit film franchise for Fox, and the impact that the serious-minded superhero film had on the Marvel revolution in Hollywood. It's a very interesting read if you haven't been following the development of Marvel movies from the late 1990s on.
Hero Complex also got Singer talking about his return to the franchise, which sees him directing the rebootish 'X-Men: First Class'.
"I genuinely like the people [involved with the 'X-Men' movies], and my personality meshes more with this universe than it does with other universes, I think; I see that now at this point," Singer told Hero Complex. "I feel a connection to the X-Men characters and also the ensemble nature of the films. If you look at 'Usual Suspects'' or my last film, 'Valkyrie,' I feel especially comfortable with ensemble juggling. In the space between all the characters you can disguise a central thought that's hidden in all the discourse. I missed that with the singular relationship story of Superman."
Singer revealed that the 'First Class' movie will include some new mutants as well as younger versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and the Beast. However, a key element will be a theme he's visited in his previous two X-films.
"Just doing younger mutants is not enough. The story needs to be more than that. I love the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, these two men who have diametrically opposite points of view but still manage to be friends -- to a point. They are the ultimate frenemies," Singer said.
Surprisingly, the producers of the series are also talking to Singer about doing a straight-up sequel that would follow 'X-Men: The Last Stand'. Apparently actor Hugh Jackman has met with Singer to try to court him into doing a movie that would be separate from the oft-discussed 'Wolverine 2'. On top of all that, Singer still owes Warner Bros a film called 'Jack the Giant Killer'.
During the chat Singer asked Shuler Donner if she could hold off on 'X-Men 4' until he was available. "I will, I will ... I'm holding it open with high hopes. It's totally different [from 'First Class'] and it will be so interesting for you," she said.
Some very interesting revelations there!
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you more eager to see FIRST CLASS or X-MEN 4? Post your comments below...