Vanderbilt working on 'Spider-Man 5' and '6'. PLUS: 'Iron Man 2' concept art. 'Midnight Mass' gets a network deal. 'G.I. Joe' a box office hero. More! It's the daily column that walks around in the summertime saying, "how about this heat," it's your Comics2Film 9.8.17!
Although it dropped a spot to the buzzed-about 'District 9', 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' still held solid ground at the weekend box office according to Mania's weekend report.
The toy and comic based film was #2, taking in a respectable $22.5 million in its second week. It lost almost 59% of its audience over week one, which is a smaller drop than 'Transformers 2' or 'Wolverine' saw.
According to chart data published by Box Office Mojo, the film is now in the top 20 high-grossers for 2009, both domestically and worldwide. It's in the top 10 for domestic PG-13 movies of 2009.
Variety reports that the film has had plenty of muscle in foreign territories. The film grossed $43 million from 6,117 playdates in 35 markets. Reportedly giving the Joes an international flavor helped it succeed.
John Rozum's excellent DC/Vertigo title 'Midnight Mass' is headed for the small screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (writers and producers on the also excellent 'Pushing Daisies') are set to write and produce the concept as a TV series for NBC.
The book focused on a contemporary married couple Adam and Julia Kadmons who are private paranormal investigators operating out of the town of Midnight, Massachusetts. The enjoyable comic read as sort of a 'Hart to Hart' with demons and ghosts.
The comic, while never a huge hit in its own right, has been attracting attention in Hollywood since its publication, with talk of a TV show dating back as far as 2002.
KryptonSite has learned that the twins from the fifth episodeof 'Smallville' season 9, a pair of familiar faces from the 'Super Friends' TV series, have now been cast.
David Gallagher ('7th Heaven') will be playing the character many are assuming will be "Zan" and Allison Scagliotti ('Warehouse 13') will be his counterpart "Jayna."
We're just crossing our fingers that Gleek shows up. He's a monkey that wears a cape! And he's purple!
IGN has unveiled a new set of publicity photos for the Bruce Willis robot thriller 'The Surrogates'.
Late last year it looked as if director David Fincher was set to begin production of a film production of Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko's graphic novel 'Torso'. The film was set up at Paramount, had a blue-chip cast and filming locations all picked out. Then Paramount pulled the plug.
Rachel McAdams was part of that cast and she told MTV Splash Page that she's not sure what's happening with the film.
"I don't know what's going on with that project. I don't know that it's actually happening," said McAdams. "[Fincher] might be doing something else."
'Torso' tells of the real-life serial killer that plagued famed-lawman Elliot Ness during the latter part of his career as the Director of Safety for Cleveland. The graphic novel stands as one of Bendis' more compelling crime books.
Stop us if you've heard this one: James Vanderbilt, writer of 'Zodiac' and 'The Losers', has been hired by Sony to write the scripts for two 'Spider-Man' sequels that could be interlinked and filmed back-to-back. That was the rumor just over a year ago when the writer had been hired to write 'Spider-Man 4' and was allegedly setting it up as a double-feature with 'Spider-Man 5'.
Eventually 'Spider-Man 4' became a stand-alone movie and director Sam Raimi brought in playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite the script.
Today Variety reports that the studio has indeed commenced Vanderbilt on writing the fifth and sixth chapters as a two interlinked films that would film back-to-back. Sony has allegedly been feeling the pain of the expanding breaks between franchise installments and may be a bit envious of tracks like 'Twilight that can pump out chapters with less than an year in between.
Raimi's status with the franchise remains unclear. He plans to start filming 'Spider-Man 4' next year, but has no long-term commitment to the franchise after that. Neither do stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. So Vanderbilt's double-bill could be an all-new, all-different Spidey saga.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is Vanderbilt building to a Sinister Six? Post your comments below...