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SPIDER-MAN 4 Director Loves The Lizard


By Rob M. Worley     October 13, 2009

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'Spider-Man 4' director Sam Raimi says he "loves the lizard Plus: Bendis likes 'Thor' script. Plaza talks 'Scott Pilgrim'. Imagi contemplates 'Astroy Boy II' and more! This was no boating accident, this is your Comics2Film 9.10.13!




Bendis still likes THOR Screenplay

At last weekend's Pittsburgh Comic-Con, comics creator Brian Michael Bendis dropped a mention of the 'Thor' movie development. Remember, Bendis and other Marvel writers were called in to consult with director Kenneth Branagh on the script for the film, and were regaled with a one-man-show by the actor/director who played the whole story out for them.

Comic Book Resources covered the Pittsburgh show in which Bendis was asked about the movie.

"I'm Thor. A Jewy Thor," Bendis said when asked about the film's casting but then added, "I was reading the new script just last night. Very, very good."

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



THE PRO Going Live-action?

Comics2Film recently broke the news about a Spike TV animated pilot for Garth Ennis and Amanda Conner's comic 'The Pro' that was in development.

On his blog, comics great Jimmy Palmiotti (who also co-created and inked the book) says the effort to bring the concept to Spike has run aground.

"As you guys know, we have been going the animation route with adapting the comic book that Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and myself created, The Pro. Well, we have given up on that since we did a killer demo that went nowhere...and no, we cannot show you it because we don't own it and would get sued...and I am sick of lawyers as is," Writes Palmiotti.

The comics creator now says they're thinking of taking the project into live-action. And who do they favor for the lead role of a prostitute superhero?

"...my first and favorite candidate is Sarah Silverman. First off, she is funny as hell and I think has the right attitude. Second, she can act...which is important for this to work and last, she has more balls than most people I know and would be willing and able to pull this off just right, in my opinion. I also think the big screen needs to see more of her."

What do you think, Maniacs? Could you go for a live-action version of THE PRO starring Sarah Silverman? C2F could! Post your comments below...

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



Aubrey Plaza talks SCOTT PILGRIM

The video interview site MakingOf.com chatted with comedic actress Aubrey Plaza, currently seen on the TV series 'Parks & Recreation'.

She'll also be seen in the upcoming 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' in which she plays Julie Powers. Plaza talks about the casting process (which included getting actors who resembled their comic book counterparts). She also describes the quirky young love + kung fu + video games vibe Edgar Wright's movie going to throw at audiences next year.



ASTRO BOY II in the works?

Well, 'Astro Boy' hasn't yet arrived in theaters, but word from The Hollywood Reporter is that the Hong Kong based Imagi is contemplating a sequel.

The film opened in Hong Kong last week, and hit Japan on Saturday. It'll continue to roll out throughout Asia before it hits U.S. theaters on October 23rd. Early reaction in the East is that the movie is an acceptable Americanization of the Japanese original.

If the positive reaction continues, the film may spawn a sequel. We just caught the flick yesterday and can tell you that it definitely ends on a "continuing adventures of" beat.

However, next up for Imagi is the 'Gatchaman' relaunch.



SPIDER-MAN 4 Director Loves the Lizard

MTV News scored an exclusive phone interview with Sam Raimi and took the opportunity to quiz him about the upcoming 'Spider-Man 4'. Specifically, they tried to get the goods on the villain of the piece.

Raimi was mum on the specifics but admitted that he loves the character of The Lizard.

"There's a great story there in the Marvel comic books about Dr. Connors," Raimi said, referring to the scientist (played in previous films by Dylan Baker) who tragically turns himself into a reptilian monster.

Raimi also admitted he's less familiar with the Carnage character, who is a spin-off from part three's villain, Venom. But for this go-round, Raimi aims to return to the finely-honed story-telling that made the first two films great. The villain will act in service to that.

"What we're trying to do right now is really understand the journey Peter is going to go on this time and have the villain maybe be a counter to that growth, something that he has to overcome," Raimi told MTV. "Or maybe he has to grow in a way to overcome the villain, because there always seem to be stories of coming of age, of a young man growing up and learning things about life, so once we are identifying the exact movement that Peter has to grow to, I think the villain—and we're trying this right now; we're trying to choose a villain based on who would be the proper counter to that growth, so we really have dramatic conflict."

Here's the audio of the interview for Raimi's complete comments:

What do you think, Maniacs? Is Raimi going to do Spidey proud this time out? Post your comments below...

Thanks to Matador for the submission.


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SgtTechCom 10/13/2009 7:42:52 AM

He Better get familiar with Carnage because he destroys Lizard lol. The Lizard alone cannot sustaine my interest.

At least get Mysterio or Shocker i mean like Batman the best spidey villians have been done.

If done right id love to see Carnage but of course every fruit cake would be against seeing that oooooooo nooooooo it will be another Venom travesty lol.

DrSpiderhead 10/13/2009 7:57:08 AM

What I think would be really cool would be the "Kraven's Last Hunt" story, but replace Vermin with the Lizard.. ... that could be part 4 and then part 5 be the full battle with the Lizard.

Or do those as 5 and 6 and have Bruce Campbell turn out to be Mysterio for part 4. Carnage just doesn't interest me.

WarCry 10/13/2009 7:59:41 AM

I like the fan/internet idea of Bruce Campbell being Mysterio and tying all of his earlier cameos in together, but if they were to do that, my idea would be to jump into that, give the movie a 'prologue' type of beginning - jump right into it with Spidey and Mysterio in the middle of a fight and fill in the blanks with a little exposition. Just have a little fun with it. You can always bring him back later in the same film or another later on.

As for the Lizard, I think it's a perfect character based on Raimi's description. Why? Because if you're looking for a "growth moment" for Peter, what more could you ask for: A personal hero - Connors - becoming a dangerous monster/creature that Peter has to take down. Does his loyalty lay with his friend and mentor or with the safety of the public. Does Peter the student take precedence, or does Spider-Man the hero have the lead.

The one thing I WISH they'd do, however, is recast Mary Jane. I love Kirsten Dunst, I think she's a great actress, but she's just absolutely not right for this role. I don't know why, I've yet to put my finger on the exact reason, but they need someone else. Hell, the chick who played Scarlett in GI Joe would be a better choice in my opinion.

But, alas, no one at the studio bothered to ask me my opinion.

littlemikey979 10/13/2009 8:17:17 AM

I think maybe ol'sammie may finally be listening to the fans and is smart enough to realize if he wants he wallet to have futher growth he needs to do something better. people have been screaming the lizard since spidey1, and save carnage for the venom spin off movie.

Thank you WARCRY, they need to replace MJ, ain't nothing jackpot about Kirsten Dunst there tiger.

I am sure whatever character Bruce plays will be Ash worthly......"baby, you got real ugly"

Muenster 10/13/2009 8:19:04 AM

I would really like to see some cameos from the Fantastic-Four, Dare-Devil, Dr, Strange, or even The Punisher. As for a villain this time around. The Lizard is not enough, gonna need a minor antagonist, perhaps "The Cult" from the 1970's comics mashed up with Mysterio.

Well it's just a thought. I'll go see whatever Raimi puts up on the screen, and probably like it.

Whoever thinks they are going to correct me about movie rights on characters. Please do not even bother. Fact is if some producer or director wanted to use some other films character in their story, it could be negotiated, albeit at high price and with numerous restrictions. Hence we rarely see team-ups. 

DarthDuck 10/13/2009 8:26:05 AM

I really, really hope its the Lizard and agree with WarCry's reasons.  Dr. Connors has been there since the first one (although he's only mentioned) and his role gets a little bigger each time.  I think there is great potential for Dr. Connors/The Lizard.

Raimi was heavily pressured to use Venom last time and we all saw what happend there.  He almost didn't come back and I seriously doubt he wants anything to do with Carnage.  I'm a huge Venom fan but Carnage is one of the worst characters/Spidey moments ever.

I would love an opening sequence with Spidey taking on a minor villian like the Shocker and just laying him out by the time the credits finished.  Just to get more villians on the screen and also show that not every villian he fights takes such a toll on him.

And would it be too much to ask to see the Rhino on the big screen someday?

DarthDuck 10/13/2009 8:27:55 AM

and is that a picture of the Rancor photoshopped for the article?


monkeyfoot 10/13/2009 8:32:56 AM

Raimi sounds like he's on the right track. Keep a-goin'.

Matador 10/13/2009 8:37:40 AM

No its a Brumat from GOFW!

Hopefully Sammy will go with his gut instinct and make it right this time around and hopefully stay away from emo dancing too. And this time around would be great to see The Lizard and Mysterio. 

The Pro gotta be X-Rated but then again now is that a film or porn? 

Wiseguy 10/13/2009 8:37:55 AM

A villain to counter Peter's growth? WTF is he talking about

Anyway bring on the Lizard and Kraven, those have been my top choices for a long time and it's a natural fit.

I wonder if the new script for THOR is a totally different story from the one Branagh recited for them at Marvel hq. Can't wait for this and for some Capt America info, wtf is the delay with that. Isn't Johnston done with the Wolf Man movie yet

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