Solipsist Films adapting Joe Casey's 'Full Moon Fever'. Plus: Rockwell bites into 'Iron Man 2'. Duke shows his Authority over 'Kick-Ass'. Schwartzman girds for battle with 'Scott Pilgrim' and more! The hairy-handed gent who ran amuck in Kent, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.4!
Actors Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Clark Duke, both of whom appear in next year's 'Kick-Ass', told MTV Splash Page they were avid comic readers before they landed their respective roles in the movie.
Mintz-Plasse, who plays the costume-wearing Red Mist, had not read 'Kick-Ass' before the movie appeared on his radar. However, once he got the script he recognized it's four-color roots and dug the comics out of his father's collection.
On the other hand, Duke (who plays the protagonist's high-school buddy) was following the comic's creators well before 'Kick-Ass' came along.
"I've been a big fan of Mark [Millar] ever since 'The Authority' and followed everything he's done since then," Duke revealed. "And John Romita, too, obviously—he's drawn every major character in the world over his career. So yeah, I definitely had the comic first."
Variety today confirms the weekend reports that actress Helen Mirren is now among the cast of Summit Entertainment's 'Red', based on the WildStorm/DC comic by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.
The article offers no details about Mirren's role, but does provide one bit of new information: Summit aims to release the movie on November 19, 2010.
As C2F first reported, cameras roll on the production in January in Toronto.
Say what you want about the quality of movies like 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra', but the box office of the pair have Viacom laughing all the way to the bank this quarter.
The corporate parent of Paramount Pictures credits the two with boosting profits some 15% in the third quarter or 2009, according to Variety. That some $463 million in walking-around money.
Of course, not all credit can go to the pair of comic/toy-based films. It's been a good year all around for Par. Click through for greater detail on Viacom's various winning strategies.
Actor Sam Rockwell is dishing new details on his 'Iron Man 2' villain turn to MTV Splash Page. He told the site that his Justin Hammer character is "a bit of a shark", and he's a shark that has his teeth in Tony Stark's ally James Rhodes (played by Don Cheadle in the film).
"Don's character, Rhodey, needs to work with me. He has no choice," said Rockwell. "So we team up and we build this fabulous War Machine."
While the pair may be in bed together, Cheadle drew the line at letting Rockwell wear the new armor.
"I really wanted to, but Don wouldn't let me," said Rockwell.
Check out the complete video interview from MTV:
Filmmaker Edward Norton is making the rounds promoting his extraordinary documentary 'By the People' about the making of U.S. President Barack Obama and Ain't It Cool sat down for an extensive interview with him.
Good then. Let's talk about 'Incredible Hulk 2'.
Norton says of the prospect of returning to the role: "I don't… Knowing you guys, you will probably have updates on that quicker than I will, so if you find out, call me!"
OK, fine. He doesn't know about Hulk. We get it. But, does he want to return to the role?
"Things like that to me are always completely dependent on what they make of it," Norton said. "It’s like anything can be the crappy version of itself or the great version of itself and if it’s the great version of itself, then that’s one thing. If they don’t get it right, then I don’t know, then I think… A lot of it depends on what they come up with."
Norton does actually talk at great length about 'By the People', so click through for the complete Q & A.
Access Hollywood chatted up actor Jason Schwartzman who appears in Edgar Wright's 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. He plays Gideon Gordon Graves, the seventh evil ex-boyfriend of Ramona Flowers. In the film, the titular hero (played by Michael Cera) must fight all seven to win the heart of his girl.
Fans thinking 'Pilgrim' is some namby-pamby chick-flick about young slackers in love, know that there is a lot of video-game styled fighting in the movie.
"It's very stunt heavy," Schwartzman said of the shoot. "Edgar let us do all of our own stunts."
All of that is fine with the actor.
"I had so much fun," he said. "I was working with two people I admire so much, Edgar Wright, [the director of] 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz,' and Michael Cera, who in my view is the best [actor] working. I got to learn how to sword fight and battle and I got to go up on the wires for some flying kicks and stuff."
Look forward to 'Scott Pilgrim' in 2010.
So, where's the worst place in the world to run into a werewolf? The Scottish higlands? Downtown London? The Colony?
Nope, the worst place to encounter a werewolf is on the freakin' Moon! That's the premise of Caleb Gerard and Joe Casey's 2005 graphic novel 'Full Moon Fever', which is one of the many comics properties in the works at Solipsist Films.
Although the book had previously been optioned for development with director Renny Harlin, it more recently fell into the hands of producer Stephen L'Heureux. The producer tells Comics2Film at Mania.com that they're working on the movie version with none other than Casey himself.
The book, published by AiT/PlanetLar, finds a lunar waste disposal technician (read "space plumber") Zeke Kirby visiting Intercorp's lunar sci-station to unclog their zero-G pipes. However, when he arrives on the station he finds something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.
While the concept sounds a bit cheeky, L'Heureux told C2F that fans can expect a film that delivers plenty of thrills and laughs. "It's a lot like 'Alien' and 'Aliens'. It's fast-paced and really fun," he said.
However, unlike other Solipsist projects we've reported on recently, L'Heureux said this one is "a young project." Currently they're talking to financiers and shopping the movie to directors.
L'Heureux also told C2F that they're also in the early stages of developing the comic 'The Gray Area' for film. The book, created by Glen Brunswick and John Romita Jr. focuses on a corrupt cop who is killed, but finds himself in a purgatory state with a chance to redeem himself. Brunswick is currently writing the screenplay for that one.