Soto to Direct Ultimate Spider-Man. Plus: McCay to helm The Boys? McFarlane developing Sam & Twitch TV show. Another joins the Walking Dead cast. More! The perfect time to be hysterical -- with your Comics2Film 10.6.21!
For the first time in quite a while there are three comic-based films in the top 10 according to our Box Office Report. But don't expect that situation to last for two weeks in a row.
Jonah Hex, based on the DC Comics character, is this week's new entry on the chart, making a not-unexpectedly weak debut at #8. The film took in a mere $5 million, making it the worst opening for a comic-based movie since last fall's Whiteout. Plagued by production difficulties and poor reviews, the movie is dead on arrival. It's a shame too, because the character is enjoying some of the best writing in comics right now in the current series. The source material is there. The filmmakers just opted not to use it.
Still flying strong is Iron Man 2 which held its position at #9 in spite of two new openers. The movie took in another $2.7 million in its seventh week to bring the domestic tally up to nearly $305 million. To hold the #9 spot it outdid the previously-higher-ranking films Sex and the City 2 and...
Marmaduke rounds out the top 10 in the bottom position. In its third week of release, the comic-strip-based dog pic snarfed up just less than Marvel's movie, and brought its domestic tally up to about $28 million.
We'd expect Marmaduke and Jonah Hex to disappear from the top 10 next week, with the only question being if Iron Man can extend the streak to eight weeks.
Comics creator Todd McFarlane told Comic Book Resources that he's developing a live-action TV series based on his Sam & Twitch characters which spun out of Spawn. The buddy cops originally appeared as supporting characters in the flagship book and have appeared intermittently in their own title as well.
Apparently McFarlane is working with a well-known producer on the show. He told CBR, "It would be an hour-long drama with a little bit of the mystique stuff in it. Twitch, more than Sam, sort of understands that there are odd things in New York that come as a byproduct of the melting pot. Everybody brings their culture and their beliefs and their superstitions with them, so part of their job is to wade through what's fact and what's fiction, because people get worked up over things. Every now and then, the stuff that they come across is inexplicable," McFarlane said. "But Twitch, to me, is the kid from The Sixth Sense, now grown up. He's now an adult and has to deal with seeing things off and on his whole life, so now he sort of understands it. Sam still doesn't quite go for the ride, but because he has so much respect for Twitch, he'll trust Twitch when he says, 'I'm telling you something.'"
He said the show aims to be more subtle with the supernatural elements, saying it won't as extreme as X-Files or Fringe.
"It's the stuff where you go, 'The room was locked and the windows were locked and everything was locked from the outside. Somebody couldn't get out, but we found a dead body on the 21st floor and the autopsy says that they drowned to death, and by the way, it's salt water. What the hell does that mean?' Sam and Twitch are the ones that get sort of these goofy, freakish [cases] and everybody in the precinct thinks that they're these losers," McFarlane said. "Sam and Twitch will see whether or not there's something a little bit odder [to the case] or if someone's just taken some superstitions and made it seem a little more dastardly than it really is. If you go to the parts of New York where there's a bunch of people from Jamaica, let's say that voodoo is a big part of it. You can sort of get people worked up without it having any real sort of reality base to it. But in some cases, there will be some real head-scratching stuff where they go, 'Nobody has the answer to it.' But Twitch understands that as just part of being in the world - this stuff will happen from time to time."
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Collider.com has heard from two independent sources that director Adam McKay is close to inking a deal with Sony Pictures to direct their adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's edgy comic The Boys.
The comic satirizes comic book superheroes and world politics by focusing on an elite task force designed with keeping them in check. In the world of The Boys, superheroes are largely self-involved celebrity types who are mere puppets to a corporate super-power that exerts influence over the entire world.
McKay is apparently well-liked by the studio, who are perhaps happy with his work on the upcoming cop comedy The Other Guys. Official word on a director for the feature is expected shortly.
Actor Josh Hutcherson (Cirque du Freak) confirmed to Movieline.com that he is, indeed, one of the top contenders for the job of playing Peter Parker in Marc Webb's soon-to-lens Spider-Man reboot.
"Yeah," the actor replied when asked if he was still in the mix. "I mean, it’d be an amazing role, I think. I grew up loving the movies, so we’ll see. It’d be an amazing movie to be a part of."
He also confirms that the casting process has been slow and methodical.
"They’re trying to figure out who exactly it is and what they want it to be and lock that down."
Even though the role hasn't been cast yet, Hutcherson is already feeling the pressure of fan scrutiny.
"It is [a very public process], but it’s kind of exciting at the same time to see how much excitement there is already built up about it. I’m really excited for the restarting either way," Hutcherson said. "People are like, 'Did you read the comics growing up?' No, not really, but the first movie came out when I was nine years old! I grew up watching those movies."
In a potentially exciting development, Latino Review has heard from a "trusted source" that Marvel may start introducing moviegoers to characters like Luke Cage, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther sooner rather than later.
According to their report, they plan to steal a page from the Pixar playbook by running 10 minute short films of lesser characters in front of feature films.
Details are sketchy and Latino Review cautions that this is just a rumor, but it could be a pretty cool little addition to Marvel's already-exciting slate of films.
Share the excitement of film making with a set visit of the next installment in the highly successful film series, X-Men to meet producer Bryan Singer. Although cast information has not been announced, the next X-Men film, X-Men:First Class, is sure to be an action packed classic. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will also give the winner a chance to meet some of the actors who may be on set that day. This set visit will take place in Fall 2010 in the United Kingdom.
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN.
After making one of the most talked-about films of the 1990s, The Usual Suspects (1995), director Bryan Singer was tagged as being one of the more talented filmmakers of his generation. The surprise success of the film – as well as its submergence into the cultural zeitgeist – gave Singer the proverbial keys to the kingdom, allowing him unfettered access to some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Though he followed The Usual Suspects with the lesser appreciated Apt Pupil (1998), Singer directed what many considered to be two of the better comic book adaptations of recent memory – X-Men (2000) and X2: X-Men United (2003), confirming that his previous success was no fleeting matter. Because both films garnered considerable critical acclaim and were big hits at the box office, he was a natural fit to make Superman Returns (2006), a reboot of the once popular, but fallen franchise, which propelled Singer into the upper tier of working directors, as well as making him a popular figure among comic book and science fiction aficionados. Singer is also the founder of Bad Hat Productions.
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Comics2Film at Mania.com can exclusively reveal that animation director Alex Soto is taking the reigns of Disney/Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man animated TV series.
Soto has credits at Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network where he's directed numerous episodes of Teen Titans and, more recently, Ben 10. He's currently doing storyboard work on Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness which debuts later this year on Nick.
The show is expected to feature the usual assortment of villains (filtered through the Ultimate lens) as well as guest appearances from heroes like Nick Fury, Iron Fist, Iron Man and Nova.
Marvel announced plans for Ultimate Spider-Man back in April. The new series is set to debut on Disney XD in Fall 2011.
Marvel's press release states:
"Ultimate Spider-Man will be a unique journey exploring our favorite web-slinger as he teams up with other fan favorite Marvel Super Heroes in never before seen stories with a new life filled with great challenges, new friends, intense action and character growth," said Eric S. Rollman, President of Marvel Animation.
Along with his new powers, the challenge for the young web-slinger in the new series is balancing his relationships with his friends and family and his super colleagues who can help him gain an understanding of his parent's legacy and his destiny.
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