'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!
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.
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."
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:
“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.”
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."
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.
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...
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  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, 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...