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SPIDER-MAN 4 Writer to direct VENOM?

Plus: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, 300 2, POWERS and More!

By Rob M. Worley     October 08, 2009
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'Spider-Man 4' writer to direct 'Venom'? Plus: '30 Days of Night' follow-up ready to shoot. Butler unsure of '300' sequel. Bendis talks 'Powers', 'Torso' and more! Kinda scared to sleep in its own bed last night, it's your Comics2Film 9.10.8!



PRIEST, HORNET Get New Release Dates

Sony has adjusted the release dates on a pair of their comic-related films according to Box Office Mojo.

The now-filming 'Priest' has an extra month and a half with Screen Gems moving the release from August 13, 2010 to October 1st.

The also in-production 'Green Hornet' has been pushed closer to Christmas, moving from December 17th to December 22nd.



30 DAYS OF NIGHT Sequel Ready To Shoot

Shock Till You Drop checked in with producer Rob Tapert who told them to expect the '30 Days of Night' sequel to roll cameras soon.

Comics creator Steve Niles wrote the script based on his 'Dark Days' comics series, with director Ben Ketai (who produced and/or directed the '30 Days' webisodes for FEARNet).

"Ben Ketai is up in Vancouver now getting ready to shoot," Tapert told Shock, " I think principal photography is coming along in two weeks. It's a really good script."



SUPER FRIENDS Season 1 Coming to DVD

From a press release

BURBANK, CA (October 7, 2009) –  SUPERMAN, BATMAN, ROBIN, WONDER WOMAN,  AQUAMAN, and the rest of the DC SUPER HEROES squad, team up again to protect the world as Warner Home Video (WHV) and DC Comics release on DVD SUPER FRIENDS! Season 1 Volume 1 on January 5, 2010 for $26.99 SRP.  Available for the first time since its debut on ABC in 1973, this highly-anticipated Two-Disc Collector’s set features eight one-hour adventures starring America’s favorite DC SUPER HEROES.

SUPER FRIENDS! Season 1 Volume 1 showcases some of the greatest DC SUPER HEROES of all time including SUPERMAN, BATMAN, ROBIN, WONDER WOMAN, and AQUAMAN as they combine their special powers to save the world. The Fab Five along with the help of hero trainees Wendy, Marvin and WONDER DOG must focus their abilities on saving lives and stopping unthinkable disasters by the hands of evil villains. SUPER FRIENDS! Season 1 Volume 1 also features memorable appearances by PLASTIC MAN, THE FLASH and GREEN ARROW! Each exciting hour is packed with timeless adventures as these comic book heroes pave the way for a brighter future.

The Two-Disc Collector’s Edition also features:

  • Over 20 minutes of bonus content complete with extra footage of the SUPER FRIENDS! series!
  • An interactive trivia game featuring everyone’s favorite DC SUPER HEROES.

“Warner Home Video is thrilled to release the latest edition in the SUPER FRIENDS! collection with SUPER FRIENDS! Season 1 Volume 1,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands Marketing.  “SUPER FRIENDS! has remained a pop culture sensation for over 35 years and now fans have an opportunity to relive the hit series’ unforgettable first season for the first time on DVD.”

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



Jane Wants Another Shot at THE PUNISHER?

Filmmaker Thomas Jane, out promoting his directorial debut in 'Dark Country' told MTV Splash Page that he feels nobody has yet done 'The Punisher' justice on the big screen and would like to return to the character if the opportunity presented itself.

"['The Dark Knight'] made $500 billion at the box office, so I felt vindicated—because everybody in the business who was familiar with what I was trying to do with 'Punisher 2' recognized that as the tone I was going for in 'Punisher 2,'" explained Jane. "Now that somebody actually accomplished that and put it on film and it received that response from the audience—[that] validates the idea that a Frank Castle movie needs to be a gritty, reality-based film."



LITTLE NICOLAS is the #1 Movie

The filmed adaptation of the kids comic 'Le Petite Nicolas' (known as 'Little Nicolas' in English-speaking markets) is the #1 film in France right now, according to box office reports filed by Allocine.fr.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Butler Uncertain of 300 Sequel

Actor Gerard Butler told MTV Splash Page that, if Frank Miller can somehow craft a sequel to the breakout hit movie '300' he would be interested in returning to the part. But if there were never to be a sequel he'd be OK with that too.

"I had an incredible time doing the first one, and I think that if the first one was a stand-alone, as a one-off, there’s no bad thing in that," Butler said. "But, you know, let’s see what it might bring forward with a second one."

Check out his complete comments in the video interview...



Bendis talks POWERS, TORSO and THOR

The lovely Blair Butler at G4 chatted with comics scribe Brian Michael Bendis during his recent stop in Los Angeles.

Bendis dished some interesting details about the demise of the 'Torso' movie, and how quickly it went from a "go" project to complete ruins.

"Two days before Christmas [2008] I got the call: Green light," Bendis told Butler. "It was two days after Christmas I get a call from my lawyer, 'Something's wrong. Hold on.'"

The project had all the elements in place: David Fincher directing, a full cast of big-name actors and locations for filming approved.

"Something happened behind the scenes where it just went away," Bendis said.

The comics created praised director David Fincher and talked about the work Fincher did on the movie. He said at this point the property is back in his and co-creator Marc Andreyko's hands, they will just start the development process over with new people.

Then Bendis revealed to Butler that the reason he was in town was to take meetings on the 'Powers' TV show, which is set up for a pilot at FX Network.

"We had a big meeting with the president of the network about the direction it's gonna go," Bendis said. He revealed Kevin Falls, who has producer credits  on numerous TV shows like 'The West Wing', 'Sports Night' and 'Journeyman' is the showrunner. Michel Dinner, known for directing episodes of 'The Beast' and 'Sons of Anarchy' is directing the 'Powers' pilot.

Bendis also described how he and several other writers were invited to the set of 'Iron Man' to review and consult on the script with director Jon Favreau. This has lead to an "Illuminati" of sorts, that now consults on all Marvel movies including 'Thor', 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers'. Bendis goes on to describe the now-famous conference with director Kenneth Branagh in which the Shakespearean trained actor basically performed his vision for the 'Thor' movie.

"Thor could be the big surprise. Thor is an extravaganza," Bendis enthused.

Check out the complete video interview:



Gary Ross to direct VENOM?

Gary Ross, who wrote and directed 'Pleasantville' and 'Seabuiscuit', and is the latest writer to lend his pen to the 'Spider-Man 4' script, has been tipped as the new scribe working on the 'Venom' spin-off movie.  Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter filed reports on the news that would see Ross reworking the current script from 'Zombieland' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Most interestingly, Ross is eying the project as a potential directing vehicle.

Reports are vague as to if and how the movie will tie in to 'Spider-Man 3' which provided a disappointing introduction to the character for movie fans. Venom was played by Topher Grace in that one and there's no word as to whether plans call for Grace to reprise the role for the spin-off.

Ross will also produce the movie, along with Avi Arad and Marvel Entertainment.

What do you think, Maniacs? Is Ross the right man to do Venom right? And what does it mean to do Venom right? Post your comments below...


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Flint521466 10/8/2009 6:32:12 AM

They can move "Green Hornet" around all they want.  It aint gonna help.

Enough already Tom Jane!

Was really lookin' forward to Fincher's "Torso".  The graphic novel is great and, in the right hands, would make a great movie.

I was jacked up when I heard Branagh was brought on for "Thor".  Thought he was the best choice nobody thought of. 

I couldn't care less about "Spider-Man 4" let alone a "Venom" movie

littlemikey979 10/8/2009 6:53:41 AM

100% agree with Flint, I think Jane is just looking for a bigger paycheck that, i don't remember his Punisher being that out of touch with reality, he is just mad cause he didnt bank like the others did.

I can't even sit thru spidey 3 these days, and we are expected to pay to watch another installment of that titanic-ing series. I dont even want to think about the kind of crap story they would come up with for a Venom movie.

Can't wait for Thor, actually I can't wait to see what Avengers' Easter Eggs they are going to add in. Maybe more Cap stuff, he seems to be the center point for that stuff.

KillerTomato 10/8/2009 6:54:27 AM

The writers of Zombieland are writing Venom?  Really?  Zombieland was freakin awesome...as far as the director...I really have substantiated opinion...

I like hearing that Marvel's big names (currently) are collaborating with Marvel Studios on the big screen translations of the Marvel entities.  Maybe Fox/Sony should look into that kind of comic writer/film maker team-up, I think it would ultimately lead to better translations of the tights-wearing crowd.  As far as Thor goes, I'm really looking forward to it, I mean it's going to be either hit or miss, but I'm erring on the side of hit.  I mean comic fans will watch, I'm also hoping the fantasy crowds will be drawn in...

I actually want to see Green Hornet, just to see how Seth Rogen performs in the role.

As far as Thomas Jane goes, I mean that ship has sailed buddy, and you fell over-board.  Warzone was no cinematic masterpiece, but it did have elements I really liked...but then again I'm a fan of over-the-top violence...plus I really liked Ray Stevenson in the role, he had that gritty, war-torn element that Thomas Jane lacked. 

aegrant 10/8/2009 6:57:38 AM

I could give a rat patoot about Green Hornet but I am interested in Priest cause I like vampire movies.

I got the second Punisher movie for $5 the otherday (I had a gift card to use up) and it was much better than I expected.

Since i never read the 30 days comic i wonder how they are going to make a sequel to the movie since all the major characters (read Vampires) died?

No sequel needed for 300 - like George Costanza once said "leave while you're on top"

They showed the "Illuminati" bonus disc for Iron Man - I like the idea and hope they can make all these movies flow and gel well

robbo 10/8/2009 7:13:08 AM

aegrant - in the 30 DAYS comics, there is a secret society of vampires that stretches all over the world. Only a handful of them went vacationing in Alaska. The Dark Days story tells of Ella (Josh Hartnett's wife in the movie) who joins the underground vampire hunters and also writes a book to expose the vampires.

Calibur454 10/8/2009 7:17:23 AM

I really could care less who directs spiderman at this point as long as the story line is decent.

Superfriends season 1 would just be an interesting rental for me.

I agree with aegrant in saying no sequel needed for 300. It would be pointless

I don't really care to see a Venom movie

Thor would be a rental at blockbuster for me

A Powers tv show on fx is a great move for bendis. Sons of anarchy is one of my new favorite tv shows so I'm getting psyched about the powers pilot.


Wiseguy 10/8/2009 8:21:09 AM

Thor is going to awesome, from the cast to the director everything seems to be on point. I don't know why all the doubters but I bet most will end up in the theater with the rest of us and praising the mighty God of Thunder

300 sequel? I'm ok with it, not bursting with anticipation but if they make it I will come (to the theater)

Green Hornet? We knew they would pull out of that date cause Tron was going to do light cycle circles around it til it crashed and burned, and it still may only one week up

Venom? Why not, even though we know they'll never do it justice I'd still like to see their take

I loved 30 Days of Night so I'd really love the sequel ala the comics

Punisher? I have to believe that they'll let the character rest before trying something else. The money just doesn't justify another one so quick

pilgram 10/8/2009 8:37:35 AM

Jane you suck.

Warzone sucked but not Stevenson's fault. He was "The Punisher" the Director jumped the shark with the.... well the...... Hell the whole thing except casting him. Punisher needs a small budget heavy grit. Should feel and look like Boondock Saints (in scope not "cool factor"), Borne or Bond (not spies but real). This should be in your face gritty broken nose Gunnbunny violence.

AFWICK14 10/8/2009 9:11:32 AM

Yeah I agree that the Green Hornet is just missing it, it kind of reminds me how bad The Phantom was back in the 90's.  As for Thomas Jane doing another Punisher movie, I am up for his idea, but keep the Ray Stevensons he got the look. 


NervClaX 10/8/2009 9:13:57 AM

Thomas Jane was not a bad Punnisher.  He couldn't play the demonic war-torn anti-hero of violence and grit because the script wouldn't allow it.  Nor should he.  That's over the top.  Like the previous article said, you shouldn't use the comic as a storyboard.  You need to take the characters and bring them into the present in a respectful way that makes sense.  In the comic, the random mafia gunbattle in the middle of a public park always bothered me.  The movie put Frank Castle's family in the mafia's crosshairs when he killed the son of Howard Saint.  Now you're giving both the hero AND the villain to go kill each other.

His time as a soldier was alluded to in the film.  Many parts of the film were too bright but I liked what they did with the budget they had.  The budget could have gone a lot further if they didn't hire John Travolta.  I've never liked him as a villain in any film.  Not in Broken Arrow, not in Battlefield Earth, not in Pelham 123, not anywhere.  A Punnisher movie should never have visibly evident CGI or slow-motion bullet-time camera tricks.  The Punnisher should have straightforward no-frills action movie in the tradition of Dirty Harry and Bullitt.

Now, with not one but TWO recent films not living up to the character's potential, Frank Castle needs to cool off before talking reboot.

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