Singer wants to return to the 'X-Men' franchise. PLUS: Raimi calls March as 'Spider-Man 4' start. Megan Fox to be killed out of 'Transformers 3'? JSA on 'Smallville' and more! Running late because of boy-robot drama, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.12!
We'd like to extend our apologies to regular Comics2Film readers. We had every intention of getting this column in place for it's regular morning read. However, we didn't plan our morning correctly and, with an early screening of 'Astro Boy' in town, failed to get things into shape. Please accept our apologies and enjoy the Monday morning column late, rather than never.
The comic-based 'Surrogates' fell two spots during a slow movie-going weekend, according to Mania's box office report. The film took in over $4 million landing it #6. It lost ground to the newly-opened 'Couples Retreat' as well as the upwardly-mobile 'Paranormal Activity' (the latter of which nabbed over $7.5 million on only 160 screens, compared to 'Surrogates' nearly 3000 screens).
'Surrogates' now enjoys a total domestic gross of about $32.5 million.
USA Today's Pop Candy blog has an image of the cover art for the 'Planet Hulk' DVD, painted by non other than Alex Ross.
Fantagraphics has announced that FOX TV is developing animated pilot based on cartoonist Peter Bagge's characers 'The Bradleys'.
Bagge first published the exploits of Buddy Bradley's family in the pages of his 1980s anthology 'Neat Stuff' and continues to publish the family adventures in 'Hate'.
"The only details we can reveal just yet are that Bagge has a pilot script deal with FOX for an animated prime time series featuring The Bradleys (i.e.: the pre-HATE era when Buddy Bradley was a teen and still lived at home). We'll reveal more news when we can..."
This isn't the first go-round for the Bradleys. Some 10 years back MTV and HBO were both sniffing around 'Hate' as potential TV fodder. It was subsequently picked up for movie development by New Regency.
Fox could be a good fit with their Sunday night Animation Domination.
KryptonSite has posted more spoilers for the tenth episode of Smallville's ninth season, featuring a returning appearance by a DCU character.
Additionally the site has confirmed that Laura Vandervoort will NOT be appearing in the upcoming episode "Kandor" as some had suspected.
Sam Raimi revealed exclusively to MTV News that he has a start date in mind for the much-anticipated 'Spider-Man 4'.
"We're hoping that it's the first week in March," said Raimi. The director also said that Ross is working on addressing his notes from a previous draft of the script.
"I've got a production designer who is starting to design the sets and the environments that the picture will take place in. We just brought aboard Scott Stokdyk as one of the two visual effects supervisors, and I worked with him on all three 'Spider-man' pictures," Raimi also revealed.
It's not exactly a comic-to-film, but Robert Tinnell has created his fair share of comics (see last week's 'The Living and the Dead' report). Now he's directed a web series for Fangoria, which also has a history of crossing over from film to comics and back. His new series is called 'Here There be Monsters'
Last week Fangoria issued this press release:
Fangoria Entertainment will premiere the web series HERE THERE BE MONSTERS on Friday, October 9th 2009 on their official website, www.fangoria.com. Set at the Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program at Douglas Education Center (DEC), the four-part story follows a student who comes to believe his new neighbor is a vampire after a series of strange murders.
Directed by Robert Tinnell (director of FRANKENSTEIN AND ME, producer of SURF NAZIS MUST DIE and co-author of the graphic novels The Living and the Dead and The Black Forest), the series was produced by students of The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas in conjunction with the Tom Savini’s Make-Up Effects Program, as well as the Cosmetology Programs at DEC.
"It was an amazing experience," said Tinnell, "watching these students be thrust into the pressure cooker of a professional production and turning out such a great show. Their talent and work ethic is inspiring."
Factory student Bob Keith, who acted as gaffer on the show, had this to say about his experiences on the production, “This project exceeded all my expectations about film school. I never dreamt that so quickly we’d be in a situation in which we could create something of this caliber. Plus, we got to shoot a scene where a little dog was torn in half – at least, the make-up effects students made it look that way. Which was pretty sweet.”
"We are thrilled to premiere the Douglas Education Center’s new series," said Fangoria Entertainment vice president Scott Licina. "Robert Tinnell is a real talent, as are the students at DEC, and this web series proves it. The quality of HERE THERE BE MONSTERS is just stunning, and really shows off the incredible creative pool that exists at DEC."
HERE THERE BE MONSTERS consists of four episodes of approximately 7-10 minutes each. New episodes premiere on www.fangoria.com every Friday through October 30th.
And, the series is embeddable so here's the first episode!
We've heard all about the alleged dust up between actress Megan Fox and director Michael Bay. We've been told that everybody has kissed and made up now.
Or have they?
Hollywood Scoop (sourcing In Touch magazine) claims that feelings between the pair are still bitter and Bay aims to eject the actress from 'Transformers 3'. In fact, Bay may be planning some on-screen revenge in the process.
Supposedly Industry execs say Fox's character may suffer "a gory death scene in the first few frames of" the sequel, with Bay positioning a new hottie in her place for the rest of the film.
"Michael’s pretty much discovered Megan and now he’s very quietly looking for her replacement. He hasn’t decided if he’s going to kill her off in the next movie, but he just wants to be prepared," says an alleged insider.
Now, C2F can't say it really trusts a bunch of anonymous sources whispering in the ear of a gossip rag like "In Touch" so this all may be nothing more than a sensational fabrication.
Still, it would be fun to see Megan blowed up real good.
An L.A. Times piece focuses on the the metal group Anvil, currently enjoying a renaissance due to the documentary 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil'. Apparently folks everywhere are rolling out the red carpet for the band, or in this case the green carpet.
The group has apparently filmed a cameo in 'The Green Hornet' with director Michel Gondry. According to the report "they (literally) explode playing in a rock club."
Bryan Singer spoke at the South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival over the weekend and he re-asserted his desire to return to the franchise that made him great: 'X-Men', according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'm still looking to possibly returning to the 'X-Men' franchise. I've been talking to Fox about it," Singer said. "I love Hugh Jackman. I love the cast."
Singer said the franchise is a rich playground for discussing important issues in a metaphorical way.
"The excitement about working in science fiction and fantasy is — the stories, if they are good, are about the human condition," Singer said.
What do you think, Maniacs? Should Singer Return? Post your comments below...
And we depart Jon Favreau momentarily to bring you a special guest star for...
After penning last year's hit appearance by the Legion of Super Heroes, comics great Geoff Johns has written another episode of 'Smallville'. This one will debut the Justice Society of America (in some form) on the show. Johns has been filling in fans via his Twitterline.
Here are the tweets, for what they're worth:
# Went over costume designs for the JSA Smallville. They kicked ass on these!! Sticking close to the source is always the way to go. :)
# Oh, Smallville: Society airs January 29th. :) We shoot in two weeks so I'm packing up my winter clothes for Vancouver.
# I can't divulge the three members in the episode yet, but one of them is someone that should be obvious. A girl. Who likes stars. :)
# To answer the Smallville inquiries: Glen Winter, who directed my "Legion" episode, is directing "Society." So you know he's AWESOME.
Fans of Johns work can probably guess that "A girl. Who likes stars" is probably Stargirl, whom Johns created in his revival of "Stars and Stripes". The character was originally dubbed "Star" and was the step-daughter of the retired sidekick Stripesy. Later when Starman retired he bequeathed his star wand on her she became Stargirl, where she's now a regular character in Johns' JSA comics.