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SMALLVILLE Goes to Season 9

Plus: Marvel, WATCHMEN, CONAN and More in your Comics2Film 9.2.25

By Rob M. Worley     February 25, 2009
Source: Various

'Smallville' is going to a ninth season. Plus: Marvel announces earnings and previews its development slate. The script for 'Conan' gets reviewed. A little-known comic called 'Godkiller' is being animated. 'Astro Boy' is funded and on track. And guess what: we've got some 'Watchmen' clips and buzz to report on. With swervy hips like a Latin dance craze it's your Comics2Film 9.2.25!

 

 

HEX and LANTERN release dates

Box Office Mojo has updated it's release schedule for Warner Bros. movies. Two items of interest to Comics2Film fans:

  • Green Lantern: December 17, 2010
  • Jonah Hex: August 6th, 2010

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Blinding WATCHMEN with Science!

Letting no stone remain unturned in the pursuit of 'Watchmen', Ain't It Cool chats with Dr James Kakalios - the Science Consultant  on the film.

 

 

Another WATCHMEN clip

Seen enough 'Watchmen' yet? No? Then Borders has a new exclusive for you. Here's another minute or so from the film in which Rorschach and Nite Owl discuss the mask-killer theory and what their response should be.

Thanks to Tenchichan and Antonello Blueberry for the submission

 

 

GODKILLER movie gets voices

Cover art to GODKILLER #1

We don't know the comic, but you can read a preview of 'Godkiller' online at Kings Mob Studios website. It was created by a writer name Matt Pizzolo and artist Anna Muckcracker. Now, Pizzolo is turning it into an feature film and has lined up four noteworthy voice actors to speak the parts, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Lance Henriksen, Bill Moseley, Justin Pierre and Davey Havok have been cast in the venture, which will be produced by Halo-8 Entertainment. The adaptation is being referred to as an "illustrated film" mixing elements of anime, radio drama, video games and comics.

That may sound like the recent wave of motion comics or an attempt to keep an animation budget small, but Pizzolo says that's not necessarily the case.

"When we decided to make an anime adaptation of the comic book, I couldn't see how a traditional animated approach would do justice to Anna's incredibly lush and detailed illustrations," Pizzolo said. "It made perfect sense to adapt the medium to suit her art, rather than vice versa."

Halo-8 intends to release limited-edition, serialized, shortform DVDs to comic book stores through the spring and summer before releasing the full-length feature theatrically in the fall.

 

 

SMALLVILLE is set for a ninth season

The CW announced yesterday pickups of six series. Genre fans can look forward to ta ninth season of 'Smallville' and a fifth season of 'Supernatural'.

The 'Smallville' renewal is somewhat surprising. Many expected the show to end with season 8, which saw two of the primary cast members (Michael Rosenbaum and Kristen Kreuk) flee for greener pastures. Furthermore, most expected Tom Welling to move into new adult roles after an already long run on the show that made him famous.

However, the show's new producers have injected new energy into the series by featuring more DCU characters like Doomsday, The Legion of Superheros and The Justice League. As a result ratings are up and the network wants more.

 

 

 

CONAN script review

Latino Review has laid hands on the script for Brett Ratner's new 'Conan' revival. They review that thing and present their review in video format.

To sum up: "A gore-soaked R-Rated film with lots of sex, nudity and violence"

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Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

ASTRO BOY is on track for October release

Variety reports that the feature film version of 'Astro Boy' has been cleared for takeoff on October 23rd this year.

The film caught some bad buzz as rumors circulated that the producer Imagi Entertainment had lost some funding for the film and failed to secure backing at the American Film Market. However, today Imagi has announced it's completed a $25 million financing plan.

The funding also puts the 'Gatchaman' movie back into motion as well.

Last month Imagi had to stop work on the film while waiting for the money to come in. Some 100 staffers were laid off during the shut down. All but 23 are back on the job, working on the film.

The financing plan for Hong Kong-based Imagi includes raising operating capital both from new investors and from existing shareholders.

 

 

WATCHMEN Reviews

A couple of embargo-busting reviews of 'Watchmen' have surfaced on two popular websites.

CHUD - 9 (out of 10) - "This isn't Watchmen beaten into submission for movie screens, it's Watchmen being allowed to exist as itself on movie screens."

Hitfix - "But more than anything, what I found most bracing about the experience of finally seeing this onscreen is that it pushes the genre further than it's ever been pushed before.  It demands more of viewers than any superherho movie previously released.  It sets up a moral question at the end of the film that can't be easily answered, and it doesn't even try."

Ain't It Cool - "It isn’t the perfect 5 hour wet dream that I always dreamt of, but I love it."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

Marvel Announces Film/TV slate with Earnings

Marvel filed thier fourth quarter 2008 earnings report yesterday. As usual, the report contains a rundown of their upcoming film and TV productions.

This quarters report yields no real surprises, except maybe some soldification of the 'Super Hero Squad' and 'Black Panther' TV shows. The surprise of omission is that the does not mention of the 'Spider-Man 4' movie.

Marvel Prouced Films

  • 'Iron Man 2' - May 7, 2010
  • 'Thor' - July 16, 2010
  • 'The First Avenger: Captain America' - May 6, 2011
  • 'The Avengers' - for July 15, 2011

Licensed Films

  • 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' - Fox - May 1, 2009

Self-Produced Animated TV Series Line-Up

  • 'Super Hero Squad' - 26, 30-minute episodes in production with Film Roman; scheduled for Q3 2009 release on Cartoon Network
  • 'The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes' - 26, 30-minute episodes in production with Film Roman; scheduled for Q3 2011 release

Licensed Animated TV Series Line-Up

  • 'Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes' - Moonscoop SAS (France) - 26, 30-minute episodes airing internationally and on Marvel.com and Marvelkids.com
  • 'Spectacular Spider-Man' - Culver Studios (U.S.) - Will air on Disney XD in the U.S. beginning in March and currently airing on various networks
    internationally
  • 'Wolverine and the X-Men' - Marvel Animation / First Serve Toonz (India) - 52, 30-minute episodes. Episodes 1-26 are currently airing on Nicktoons in the U.S. and are on air internationally. Episodes 27-52 are currently in pre-production
  • 'Black Panther' - Marvel Animation / BET  - 8, 30-minute episodes in production; scheduled for Q2 2009 release on BET
  • 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures' - Marvel Animation / Method Films (France) - 26, 30-minute episodes in production; scheduled for Q2 2009 release in the U.S. on Nicktoons and various networks internationally

Licensed Animated Direct-to-DVD Projects

  • 'Thor: Son of Asgard' - Lionsgate - Scheduled for September 2009 release

 

 

Gordon's WATCHMEN Quandry

After fighting for over a decade to get 'Watchmen' made, producer Larry Gordon may find the success of the film to be a double-edged sword.

A report from The Hollywood Reporter looks at how the big box office could mean a big loss for Gordon. Fans don't need to be reminded of the Warner Bros. vs 20th Century Fox lawsuit that almost scuttled the release of the movie. That dispute was settled with Fox receiving a percentage of the film's gross.

Still in question is whether or not, and to what degree, Warner is holding Gordon responsible for the Fox situation. Arguments have been made that the legal debacle that forced Warner into settlement may have been avoidable, and that Gordon's actions created or contributed to the problem.

If the movie does gangbusters, Gordon could end up paying an eight-figure sum to Warner as reimbursement of money paid to Fox.

Click through for the complete analysis.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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miket@jartrealestate.com_home 2/25/2009 7:00:27 AM

 Marvel is starting to worry me. With all of the background stuff with Iron Man 2 and trying to be cheap with paying the actors, Marvel might kill a good thing. After wasting money on Fantastic Four 2 and X-men 3 they want to play cheapskate with Ironman 2, a movie that made them a ton of money, WTF!!!

monkeyfoot 2/25/2009 7:23:32 AM

SMALLVILLE is set for a ninth season. WTF!!!! The show is silly bizarro world fun with the way it plays with thewhole Superman mythos but it really has long run its course. I assumed the show would rightfully end this season with Welling as Clark Kent hearing a cry for help, stepping into a storeroom, taking off his glasses (they still have to put them in), and opening his shirt with a close-up of the big S oin his chest. Then a cut to a shot of an open window with a red & blue blur streaking of into the sky. The end. But I guess that ratings/money train keeps rolling so let's squeeze some more blood outta that kryptonite!

Mike10, Marvel doesn't own the movie or TV rights to the FF, the X-men, or Spidey, so they aren't wasting any of their money for those films and animated series. They just get some small percentage of the profits from the studios that are using them.  

Hobbs 2/25/2009 7:54:40 AM

I didn't think Marvel has control over FF2 and X-3, I thought Fox was the studio and I wouldn't say they wasted money.  Not liking it is one thing but the movies make a lot of money.  Has something else come out about IM2 that shows they are cutting corners? Is offering less to an actor really cause for concern? 

I have to agree with you monkeyfoot...let me throw my WTF in there as well for Smallville.  Though geting rid of Luthors and Lana's salary this season probably saves them a lot of money.  i wouldn't be surprised to see another cast member gone next year.   Plus isn't Welling like 55 or something like that?  I think I can see the grey in his hair this season.  If they have another season I don't know why they just don't spin off the series and make him Superman.  You have a better chance of getting another 5 seasons of something if you make it fresh again. 

StarlightGuard 2/25/2009 7:55:55 AM

Smallville Season 9?

I thought it would end this year as well. I watched the shows from earlier in the season, wasn't impressed, and just let it fade away from my viewing schedule.

So is it really better?

I ask this because Nielson just reported that TV viewership is up across the board, most likely due to the crappy economy.

maybe I should start watching Super Clark again

fft5305 2/25/2009 8:52:55 AM

I think Smallville should end with this season, but I am not philosophically opposed to a 9th. As long as they actually progress with the mythology of the show.  They've done better this year than in previous years bringing Clark closer to his destiny, but they're still leaps & bounds away from the Superman we all know and love.

Bryzarro 2/25/2009 9:59:18 AM

I have to say i've kinda enjoyed Smallville this season what with Clarke at the Planet, and Lois, the bad hiccup this season was the whole Lana think.  How can she just come back and the writers trump the whole Lois build up.  And then you know he'll go back to her like there is no issue. 

But anyways I enjoyed more because I though this would be the last season and now they are going to drag it out again.  You can't really call it Smallville if the bulk of the stories are in Metropolis.  Change the name so it's like the Brave and the Bold to higlight teamups.  But the good news in it all is that Supernatural is getting another season.  I love that show and can't wait to see how this one ends and where they go from here. 

As for IM2 I don't think they are really cutting corners.  I mean they cut Howard because why pay huge bucks when he isn't the main focus or even secondary focus.  And any other news so far has been on casting choices.  As long as Downie and Favreau are attached it still has the chops to go forward.

Wiseguy 2/25/2009 10:39:19 AM

I have a funny love/hate thing for Smallville but in the end I'm glad it's coming back. I rather have a somewhat  questionable superhero show than no show at all. And I still enjoy it despite all the drawbacks. So count me in.

Marvel can do no unforgiveable wrong in my eyes. This is my one true love. If only I could find a way to marry it and have sex with it.

2010 it's going to be a hell of a year if the release schedule holds up. Thor, IronMan, Green Lantern, Jonah Hex and whatever other goodies that may be in store.

Wiseguy 2/25/2009 10:57:12 AM

Damn, listening to that review of the Conan script watered my mouth. I'm not a Ratner hater but I think I'd prefer if he just produced, especially since he has so much on his plate.

I'm also conflicted as to who they should cast as Conan. I was an Arnie fan from his bodybuilding days before he took on Conan, so I'd like to see them go that way. Is there a bodybuilder worthy with any type of acting experience. Jay Cutler maybe but no real acting experience.

Then again a beefed up solid actor may be better but won't look the part as we remember it. A wrestler? Maybe John Cena, he is no worse than Arnold was back in the day IMO, but then again I think he may make a decent Captain America. Never thought I'd see the day when I'd start endorsing wrestlers for roles but here it is.

xenomorph 2/25/2009 11:44:43 AM

The script for Conan sounds awsome! Butler would be an excellent choice for the lead, but I don't think he wan'ts to do another period piece. However, knowing rattner, he'll find some way to fuck this up.

fft5305 2/25/2009 1:49:30 PM

WISEGUY, the bigger "if" is not if the release schedule holds, but if they can make halfway decent movies out of these properties! Personally, I'd rather see a kickass Thor movie coming out in 2011 than a shitty Thor movie making its release date.

Btw, since you brought up the topic of Captain America, lately, I've been thinking Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome from Chuck) would make a good Cap.  He'd need to beef up a little, but not much. He's got that clean cut, all-American square jawed look.  And he plays Awesome with a pretty fair amount of wholesome earnestness that is necessary to pull off playing Cap. According to IMDb, he auditioned twice for Superman, so he's not averse to playing a costumed hero.  Finally, he's not an A-list celeb, so he wouldn't break the bank. Think about it...  Oh, added bonus - his wife is smokin' hot, and she'd spice up all the photo ops, publicity tours and premieres.

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