Sony chiefs say a 3D 'Spider-Man 4' is possible. Plus: They also mention 'Men in Black'. Niles mentions '30 Days of Night' sequel. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' has a new clip online. 'G.I. Joe: Resolute' has new episodes online. All this and more! The daily column with the love monkey riding on its back: it's your Comics2Film 9.4.24!
MTV Splash Page caught up with Steve Niles who told them that there will definitely be a feature-length sequel to '30 Days of Night', based on the comic book sequel 'Dark Days'.
"There will be a sequel," Niles told MTV News. "The script is in. I’ve been working on it with a buddy of mine, Ben Ketai, who directed the last round of the online webisodes."
Fans of the comic will recall that 'Dark Days' follows Stella Olemaun's campaign to expose the vampires by writing a book about the events of the first storyline, and joining the network of vampire hunters. The vampire hunters weren't seen in the first movie, but they were seen in the FEAR.net webisodes.
Niles also said that the 'Dark Days' movie would likely not see a theatrical release.
"We didn’t hit that magic $100 million, but I had a long talk with Sam," explained Niles. "He called me and just said, ‘Don’t be too quick to judge this direct-to-DVD market, especially with the sci-fi market.’"
Niles sees the DVD marketplace as a path to adapting all the comics, through less expensive production.
Forbes.com posts an interesting Q & A with Sony Pictures Entertainment chiefs Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton. The studio is, of course, the shepherds of two of the biggest comic-to-film franchises: 'Spider-Man' and 'Men in Black'. And while the latter (based on an obscure Malibu comics title) seems to be moribund, Pascal seems to feel the Will Smith vehicle may have some life yet.
"Between 'Spider-Man' and 'Men in Black' and 'Angels and Demons', those are the anchors of your slate," Pascal said. "It starts with a character people are going to want to see a lot of stories about. It's about making the audience fall in love with the character."
That's the second name-drop by Sony for the missing franchise this month. Could it mean that the extraterrestrial immigration agents are gearing up for another go-round?
Pascal also said their upcoming 3D animated film 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' is a bellwether of a trend that will see all future animated films enjoying a 3D release. "You're not going to see a lot of animated movies that aren't in 3D any more," Pascal told Forbes.
She goes on to say that James Cameron's 'Avatar' will be a good test of how receptive audiences are to new 3D technology applied to live-action films. That statement prompts the question about whether or not 'Spider-Man 4' might be released in 3D.
"Could be," says Pascal.
"People are paying a premium to see movies in 3-D and that's a very big deal," adds Lynton. "It's never been done before that someone says you have to pay more to see Spider-Man than a romantic comedy."
What do you think, Maniacs? Do you want to see 'Spider-Man 4' in 3D? Post your comments below...
Here's another look at next week's big release 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. This clip finds John Wraith (Will.i.am) dropping some harsh knowledge on our boy Logan (Hugh Jackman)...
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' opens in theaters next Friday.
Episodes 9 and 10 of 'G.I. Joe: Resolute' are online now at the [Adult Swim] website.
The final installment of the serial is set to air on the Cartoon Network channel at midnight on April 25th. It will also appear online at some point after that.
Warren Ellis, who wrote the scripts for the show, offers a few insights about his creative process on his official website.
FAQ: the Dial Tone character. Originally, she was just Lead Tech or similar. The producers said that, since she was getting so much dialogue, she should be a Joe, with attendant codename. They gave me several to choose from, and I chose Dial Tone, because it amused me. I may drop some more notes after the whole thing’s aired on TV, so’s not to spoil.
FAQ: why do so many “important” GI JOE characters have little or no dialogue? Simple. Budget. Voice actors cost money. I originally wrote WAY too many speaking roles, and had to remove a bunch of them in the second draft of RESOLUTE, move some dialogue from excised characters to remaining characters, and so on. We could only support so many speaking roles. So some of your favourites didn’t get a line.
Check out 'G.I. Joe: Resolute' online now.
SCI FI Wire chats up Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, co-writers of Michael Bay's upcoming 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'.
"Actually, I think you'll find that it has all the same tone of the first movie," Kurtzman said. "The story's a little smoother, and it's a little bit darker, so it does dip in there a little bit, but it has all the same humor, if not more than the first movie."
Click through for the complete interview...
And now another nail-biting episode of...
Actually, in his latest round of twittering, Favreau reveals something potentially interesting...
# On set with @DJ_AM. About 11:30AM April 23rd
# Big day today. Lots of extras. The shows first pyro gag. I have to admit, it's fun to blow things up. About 10:30PM, April 23rd
By @DJ_AM, Favreau is referring to L.A. area celebrity / musician / club owner DJ AM Adam Goldstein. As you can see, Favreau offers no word on what Goldstein was doing on the set. Dropping some Iron beats? Hanging out with the cool crowd? Filming a bit where Tony Stark shows up at his night club LAX?