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SPIDER-MAN 4 Snagged on Script


By Rob M. Worley     January 06, 2010
Source: Various

'Spider-Man 4' snagged on script squabbles. Plus: 'Deadpool' grows a pair...of writers. 'Iron Man 2' to land at Super Bowl. 'Cowboys & Aliens' rolling in July? More! Bringing pre-emptive security against terror through shock and awe with daisy cutters, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.6!



Michael Cera on SCOTT PILGRIM

Collider.com recently chatted up actor Michael Cera about his work on 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'.

The actor, who is traditionally a bit of an inaction star, talked about the fight choreography for the comics adaptation. "There’s an amazing fight between Mae Whitman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead where they’re using these weapons, and it’s really amazingly done. And, there are some other things, like battles with music in it and the sword fighting."

Cera says he doesn't expect a sequel to the movie. "I don’t know about that. That’s hard to say because the movie encompasses the whole graphic novel series."

Bryan Lee O'Malley's story is told in a series of 6 graphic novels, the last of which will be published in 2010 by Oni Press. It's unclear what the future of Scott Pilgrim will be beyond that last volume and the movie.

Regardless, Cera says he hasn't signed on for a sequel.




Speaking of 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World' it appears that Bryan Lee O'Malley may be as frustrated as the rest of us about the lack of trailer, although it's probably because we all keep asking him where it is.

Earlier in the week, O'Mally posted on Twitter, "I do not have a 'Scott Pilgrim' trailer. I'm not hiding it, it isn't here in my pants, I haven't seen it, it doesn't exist."

The man who would have the trailer is director Edgar Wright, who responded to O'Malley with his own tweets. "I would like to contest that," Wright wrote, "and observe that you have a suspicious trailer like bulge in your pocket."

Wright then quickly followed up with, "I'd like to add that a 4D 'Scott Pilgrim' trailer was attached to all 'Avatar' prints. Maybe you didn't have right the glasses on."

Later, O'Malley tweeted a more serious trailer report, albeit no less frustrating. "I think we're all being coy about the 'Scott Pilgrim' movie because we want you to literally shit your pants when you see footage."

That's "literally" people. So lay hands on some Depends in anticipation of the trailer drop.



IRON MAN 2 To Land At Super Bowl

Advertising Age rounds up the current list of companies purchasing ads for this year's Super Bowl.

They're reporting that Paramount Pictures has three ads planned, one each for 'Shutter Island', 'The Last Airbender' and 'Iron Man 2'.




Fans who missed last weekend's 'Batman: Brave and the Bold' can tune into the Cartoon Network website for the complete episode "Revenge of the Reach", featuring the Blue Beetle, The Green Lantern Corps and a super-cool Challengers of the Unknown cartoon-within-a-cartoon!




For quite a while now, director Sam Mendes has been attached to direct the adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's ground-breaking Vertigo series 'Preacher'. But the news of the day is that Mendes is likely to be the director on the next James Bond film.

This could mean a couple of things: 'Preacher' could end up waiting for 'Bond', in which case we're looking at 2012 as the earliest date for the film. Or the producer of the comics adaptation could shuffle in a new director.

Franky, we're open to either option. We do love Mendes' films, but there are many capable directors out there who could do 'Preacher' proud.




Variety reports that Lionsgate has positioned the comic-based 'Kick-Ass' as the opening film of the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival. The festival runs in Austin from March 12-21.

"'Kick-Ass' is a truly fun ride, with non-stop action, clever humor, and even heart, which is exactly what our audience has come to love and expect from SXSW every year," said Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson.



COWBOYS & ALIENS to Film in July?

DreamWorks and Platinum Studios long-gestating 'Cowboys & Aliens' movie may have a production start date. The film has had Robert Downey Jr. attached as a leading man for over a year now. Last fall Jon Favreau also became attached as director. However, a month later Favreau downplayed both his and Downey's involvement in the film, characterizing things as being "in discussion".

This week, a blog post on The Daily Beast discussing the 'Avatar' phenomenon seems to shed new light on the project. In discussing studios who are scrambling to take advantage of the 3D fervor, Beast reports that DreamWorks is now looking to go that route with 'Cowboys'.

The report also states outright that Favreau is directing and the movie will film in July.

'Transformers', 'Trek' and 'Fringe' boys Robero Orci and Alex Kurtzman have written the script for the film.



DEADPOOL Gets a Pair

Variety reports that the hot writing duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have come on board 20th Century Fox's 'Deadpool' movie. The guys are known for their hit 'Zombieland' and have also penned a draft of Sony's 'Venom' movie.

They have plenty of time to turn in a draft as 2010 is going to see 'Deadpool' actor Ryan Reynold's schedule dominated by 'Green Lantern'.



SPIDER-MAN 4 Troubles Confirmed

Just a few weeks ago, the folks at IESB.net floated an unsourced story that work on 'Spider-Man 4' had been called to a halt. The purported reasons had to do with over a dispute over the script for the film and the villains involved.

The publicity flacks at Sony quickly clamped down on the story, issuing a rebuttal to numerous websites, dismissing the story and citing the holiday break as the reason Spidey workers were sent home.

Last night, news broke that the IESB story was correct from the start.

Nikki Finke at Deadline.com has also been tracking the story since she received a tip-off (perhaps the same one that IESB laid hands on) on December 11th from members of the visual effects crew.

What she's discovered since then is that Sam Raimi has, in fact, been fighting the studio over the (then) current script and apparently has been heard to have said he "hated it." Since then, Alvin Sargent, who script doctored or wrote every other screenplay for the franchise, has been brought on board to try to fix things.

The production start, which was to have been early this year, is now undetermined. Given that the state of things, Sony's currently-planned May 2011 release date seems untenable. Finke says the studio is now looking to July of that summer as a fall-back.

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal has reportedly told sources close to the film, "I'm going to do everything I can to make May, but I'm not going to start a movie where the script isn't right yet. Not unless I want my career to be over."

With regards to casting, Raimi is insistent that John Malkovich play the villain in the movie (most likely the Vulture). However, the previously rumored casting of Anne Hathaway in the Felicia Hardy role now seems less likely, both due to scheduling and the possibility that the Hardy character may or may not be in Sargent's script.

Frankly, we have to applaud Raimi for sticking to his guns, and Sony for not forcing production on a weak script. C2F supports the notion of making movies, not deadlines (yes, we're looking at you, Fox). We'd rather see a fine-tuned Spidey 4 than another debacle like 'Spider-Man 3'.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is this good news or bad news for Spider-Man 4? Post you comments below...

Thanks to PAGE for the submission.




'Smallville' is set to return on January 22nd. The CW has released a trailer teasing the second leg of the season, including new glimpses of the JSA. Check it out!

Thanks to redhairs99 for the submission.


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dragon261 1/6/2010 7:17:00 AM

I think that this time the studio will blink and let Raimi have his way or risk him walking away pushing things back even further. 

Having an actor of JM's caliber play the Vulture would be awesome.

Wiseguy 1/6/2010 7:27:42 AM

Raimi and Sony need to scrap all these ridiculous ideas and do a Lizard/Kraven story, period. Who am I kidding? Whatever they put out I'll be there opening day. I just hope it's better than part 3, which by the way I'm reluctant to place all the blame on the studio like so many. Raimi was the one that directed it after all. Btw, I also wouldn't be surprised if this is in 3D, Sony is co launching a channel and will be marketing 3D tv's big time this year as well, it just makes sense for them to doi this in 3D

Can't wait for Smallville to return. I only watch a very limited amount of live action tv series and Smallville  is one of my favorites

DEADPOOL, can't wait for that. I want to see if they'll have the balls to go with the a true costume adaptation. This is another that should go the 3D route, it's a Fox film and with AVATAR's success it seems like a no brainer way to maximize profits

Hopefully those SuperBowl ads will show new material and not just use the same stuff from the trailer. IM2 is gonna rock

Cowboys and Aliens in 3D? Hell yeah, let the movement continue. I'm a bit surprised since Fav seemed a bit intimidated by this in the past.

3D movement is fully on now, ESPN said they're going to launch an all 3D channel,  so are I-Max/Sony/Discovery in a joint venture  and DirecTV is launching 3 3D channels, all this year. S3D is even launching a 3D content service for the internet according to marketsaw.

ElBaz13 1/6/2010 7:27:53 AM

Good for Raimi for sticking to his guns. Sony pushed Venom on him for the last movie and the result was a mess. i'm guessing Raimi doesn't want to go through that again. I'm thinking the studio is probably pushing for Carnage or something like that just to have a "Dark Knight" tone to the movie. Didn't Sony and Fox say they wanted their hero franchises darker a la DK? Of course this would be stupid for the Spidey franchise. Spidey is a fun character and I find the movies have failed to potray him that way. Maybe it's Tobey Maguire (he's very monotonous) or the scripts he was following. I just think they need to step away from dark tones and make this franchise fun.

Of course, we wouldn't have these problems if Marvel had the rights to the movie franchise and was producing the film themselves. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man 2 and Avengers will probably be better than Spidey 4.

keithdaniel 1/6/2010 7:29:44 AM

I'm glad to see that both Sami Raimi aren't forcing or rushing Spiderman 4 through. It's good to see that their still might be some sanity left at the studios! However,my advice for Sony would be to LEAVE RAIMI AND COMPANY ALONE AND LET THEM MAKE THEIR MOVIE!!! The last thing that they or anyone else needs is more studio interference and arrogance!!! That being said,I hope they go with Raimi's ideas and omit the Black Cat if they are going to cast Anne Hathaway because I don't think she's right for the part. She's certainly a wonderful actress and she's relatively attractive and although I don't want to be rude,I just don't think that is she pretty enough to play her. The Black Cat should be beautiful and I don't think Hathaway has that kind of beauty. I know looks aren't the only requirement but when casting a major and famous comic-book role like the Black Cat,it certainly has to be a huge part of the equation!

FilchX 1/6/2010 7:36:04 AM

All 3 Spidey flicks have sucked and until Raimi is off the project for good or Marvel buys the rights back I have no intrest in another Spidey film! And I really wish peolpe would stop saying that spidey 2 is the best cause its not, all  it is a remake of the 1st Frakn Movie with the added scene of Jesus Spidey(subway Car scene) I no I shit on spidey here all the time, but its because I love the web head( he's tattoed on my calf) and I just wont to see him done right.

Surprise, surprise that there will be an Iron Man trailer during the superbowl. I live in Canada so I dont get all the cool adds so here's to hope that I at least get to see the trailers.

keithdaniel 1/6/2010 7:44:14 AM

One more thing. Regarding Spiderman 3,I know there's a lot of people who didn't like it and while I understand why to a degree,I don't think it's as bad a movie as many of you have whined about! Too many genre fans go overboard when criticising some movies. Let's not get disappointment confused with debacle because those two things aren't always the same! I too was disappointed with elements of Spiderman 3 including the story. However,I still enjoyed the film overall because of the performances,effects,and action. It's not great or as great as the first two,but I still think it's a decent movie;certainly not a bad one! I watched it again recently on tv and I still stand by my opinion.

Hobbs 1/6/2010 7:56:14 AM

Though I agree Spiderman 3 sucked balls big time this isn't the first I heard Rami didn't want Venom in the last movie. 

FlichX, 3 billion dollars later I would have to say you are in the minority about all 3 of them sucking.  1 & 2 were top notch and if they can get back to those roots more power to Rami. Otherwise I would support him leaving the project.  He doesn't need Spiderman anyways, he has made his mark and can do whatever movie he probably wants to.

SuperFan 1/6/2010 8:29:46 AM

 REEBOOT Spidey in 5 years, let Toby and Sam's crybaby take of my mask for everybody and their mom Spidey franchise die!!!

SONYMANswallows 1/6/2010 8:43:09 AM

Hold up a minute, now wait just wait okay. Sheesh. Okay. Let's look at what we know from the information gathered. 

There is no way there was ever a script for a Spider Man Film. That's like saying Catholics created the bible and used facts and not scare tactics based on hate.  We all know there has been no Spiderman scripts for a live action production since Nicholas Hammond played the only believable Peter Parker.


Why is everyone looking for another movie with a guy confused about his sexual identity that chases old men in a ribbed body condom suit that he wears to throw white sticky spider sperm at. And then he wears a mask to kiss a girl that loves him because he is ashamed and does not want the old men in tights to quit hugging him real tight. I mean if you are goin to rip-off Mel Gibson don't rip off Passion of The Christ. Rip off Tim.

axia777 1/6/2010 8:43:55 AM

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing Deadpool? AWESOME!!!!! Zombieland was hilarious so I am glad to see them writing it.

Sony is messing with Rami over Spiderman 4? Gee, that is no surprise at all. I did not like Spiderman 3 much at all and I know it was Sony that made it suck, not Rami.

So go Rami! Stick to Sony where the sun don't shine till they give over and let him do the movie HE wants to make. Damned executives. They are all MORONS.


Iron Man 2 at the Super Bowl?  Who cares.  American football sucks.

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