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SPIDER-MAN Casting Down to 5?


By Rob M. Worley     May 27, 2010
Source: Various

'Spider-Man' casting down to 5? Plus: Tommy Lee Jones confirmed for 'Captain America'. New images from the 'Jonah Hex' toon. 'Dilbert' gets 'Office' director and more! Thinking America made da wise choice, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.27!




Disney Battles Kirby Estate

Disney has waded into the legal dispute between the Jack Kirby Estate and Marvel Entertainment, according to THR Esq blog. The proud new parent has filed a memo supporting Marvel's attempts to dismiss the case, in which the heirs of Jack Kirby lay claim to numerous Marvel characters by attempting to sever the company's copyright.

C2F isn't a legal expert but Disney's filing is available online for those of you who are.




This might be a perfect hiring or too on-the-nose, but Pajiba.com is reporting that director Ken Kwapis has been hired to direct a live-action take on the workplace comic-strip 'Dilbert'.

Kwapis has directed feature films like 'She's Just Not That Into You' and 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' as well as episodes of 'The Office'. The Steve Carell TV show drinks from the same well as Scott Adams long-running strip about a put-upon engineer struggling with the daily travails of cubicle hell.

The movie is said to be set up at Phoenix Entertainment, the production company behind 'Shutter Island'  and 'Zodiac'. Tariq Jalil ('Marmaduke') is producing.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Kirkman Says WALKING DEAD As Nasty As Fans Want It

Ain't it Cool has a nice, in-depth interview with comics creator Robert Kirkman about AMC's 'Walking Dead' TV series. And it looks like we can add "TV writer" to Kirkman's resume.

"I’m actually writing the fourth episode in the six episode first season, so I’ve been spending time in the writer’s room and working with them plumbing out the season," Kirkman said. "I just turned in my outline for the fourth episode a week or so ago. I’m going to be pretty involved in the series up to the point of actually writing a few episodes here and there, hopefully as we move into the second season. So yeah, it’s pretty exciting."

Kirkman is also quick to add that there are currently no plans for a second season, but was just throwing that out there as a possibility. He also said fans needn't worry that just because 'Walking Dead' is on basic cable that it'll be some sissy, watered-down version of the story.

"They push the limit in [the AMC series] 'Breaking Bad' quite often. There’s severed heads on the back of turtles, there’s liquefied bodies falling through ceilings, somebody just got their head blown off recently," Kirkman explained. "I don’t want to spoil anything, but there’s very graphic nasty stuff that’s on 'Breaking Bad' all of the time and the thing that I was very excited to learn about AMC is that there is no limitation to how much of that you can have per episode or per hour or per minute."

He continues the comparison saying, "Anything you have seen in 'Breaking Bad' we can do every minute of our show. And then also there’s a lot of things you can get away with, because they are zombies, so you will be seeing all kinds of cool stuff that you would expect to see in 'The Walking Dead: The TV Show,'  so while it isn’t a pay cable channel, I think that people are still going to get what they want. "

Click through for the complete interview.



The New JONAH HEX Trailer

There's a new 'Jonah Hex' trailer up:



What do you think, Maniacs? Does this improve on the previous one?

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



JONAH HEX Toon Images

Did you like that 'Jonah Hex' trailer? Well, there's a short 'Hex' cartoon arriving this summer as well, bundled on the 'Batman: Under the Red Hood' home entertainment release.

This is the second animated short in the "DC Showcase" series, following 'The Spectre' which appeared on the 'Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths' release. 

Scripted by renowned author Joe Lansdale and starring the voices of Thomas Jane (Hung), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), Michelle Trachtenberg (Mercy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder), the DC Showcase short is based on the award winning comic series. The short is rated PG-13.

In the DC Showcase story, the tough-as-nails bounty hunter Jonah Hex always gets his man - until someone else gets to him first - in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just her bounty from Jonah Hex.

Warner Bros has provided three new images from the toon show. Enjoy!



Tommy Lee Jones Confirmed For CAPTAIN AMERICA

At the top of the month, it was rumored that actor Tommy Lee Jones had landed some unspecified role in Marvel's 'Captain America: The First Avenger' movie. Now it's been confirmed by one of his co-stars.

Actress Hayley Atwell, who plays Peggy Carter in the movie recently did a TV interview at the Bafta Television Craft Awards 2010 and talked a bit about the superhero movie.

"[I'm] so excited. I was sick the morning of my final screen test because I was so nervous and really loved it so much, the project," she said. "I'm training at the moment, six days a week to make her a little but more military and make it convincing that I could kick butt."

Then, when asked about her co-stars she said, "I've met up with Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans who play Bucky and Captain America," adding that they went to see 'Iron Man 2' together. Then came the confirmation.

"I have yet to meet Tommy Lee Jones although I think I have a scene with him, which I'm really looking forward to doing."

Check out the video interview for her complete comments about the movie. Forward to the 2:20 mark if you want to skip the non-Cap chatter.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Is this your SPIDER-MAN Final 5?

Heat Vision blog is reporting that they know who the top five candidates are to lead director Marc Webb's 'Spider-Man' reboot. Word is Webb has been in a series of meetings with young contenders since he took the job earlier this year, but he's circled in on his favorites in the past few weeks.

The list is said to include Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane, Andrew Garfield and Josh Hutcherson. That's a list that's likely to elicit a collective "who?!" from fandom. Let's look at their respective bona fides.

Jamie Bell debuted as the lead actor in 'Billy Elliot' and has appeared in many period Brit dramas. He's also got the lead role of another big-screen comic character: 'Tintin' in the upcoming Stephen Spielberg/Peter Jackson series. You may also have seen him as the young ship mate in Jackson's 'King Kong' as well as roles in 'Defiance' and 'Deathwatch'.

Alden Ehrenreich will be harder to peg. He appeared in the Wendigo episode of 'Supernatural' and also in 2009’s 'Tetro.'

Frank Dillane is perhaps the most obscure name on the list, having only bit parts in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Welcome to Sarajavo' on his resume.

Andrew Garfield has a bit more meat on his IMDB bones. He's appeared on 'Doctor Who' and in the cult fave British TV movie trilogy titled 'Red Riding' as well. Most recently he had a prominent role in 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' where C2F liked him quite a bit.

Josh Hutcherson is the most recognizable name on the list, having lead roles in 'Zathura', 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' and 'The Vampire's Assistant', although none of those movies are likely to score him any points with the fans.

Interestingly, the twice-rumored Logan Lerman ('Percy Jackson') is not on the list even though he was once said to be "almost 100% locked" by certain factions of the internet rumor mill.

The movie is due to begin filming some time this year, so Webb will need to make a choice soon. And while none of these actors necessarily get C2F excited, that's only because we're not all that familiar with them.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who is your preference from the list above? Who else should Webb consider for SPIDER-MAN?

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.


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jfdavis 5/27/2010 6:45:08 AM

Garfield looks most like the part to me but being the oldest on that list, makes his casting tricky...

Casting Linda Hamilton in that Hex cartoon makes me think they missed an opportunity to reunite her with Ron Perlman...

Calibur454 5/27/2010 6:53:24 AM

As much as the avengers continue to keep my interest are there any takers to who will guess how long this movie will be with so many charachters involved.

Live Action Dilbert?- Is hollywood really that stupid- Dilbert was already a tv show though I  cant for the life of me remembver if it was live action or not. I think it was a toon.

Captain America- I'll wait for a trailer

Jona Hexx- aw helllllll no


Kirby estate- everybody is out for a buck now adays- does anyone know if the kirbys made an agreement with marvel like the speigels did for Superman. (getting a byline and a token of the profits.

Calibur454 5/27/2010 6:55:55 AM

jfdavis- I'm rather surprised at your comment about Hamilton- who knew you were such a fan of Beauty and the beast? I had to suffer through it when my mother caught on to the show- but still youre right- it would be interesting to see the two of them together again. However Pearlman is pretty busy lately with Sons of Anarchy

timesobserver 5/27/2010 6:56:22 AM

The new Jonah Hex trailer is OK, but I really wish they stuck with the more interesting source material, such as how he got his scars and that he's not supernatural.

As far as the new Spidey movie, I'm looking forward to it but I have a question though:  With 'Iron Man", we saw Nicky Fury and "Iron Man 2" we saw Thor's hammer. And with "The Incredible Hulk" we saw Tony Stark and a quick flash of Captain America's shield in a deleted scene.

So, with the new Spider-Man movie, will Spidey have a brush with any of these characters? Will he be in their "movie universe"? I personally think he should.

SelectiveRealism 5/27/2010 7:43:51 AM

 I actually enjoyed the Dilbert cartoon but I wonder what can they do to separate the show from other workplace comedies like The Office, Parks & Recreation and the upcoming Outsourced.   I guess they will also have to change the anthropomorphic animals that are in Dilbert

cinemaman72 5/27/2010 7:54:55 AM

Why is no one considering Kevin McHale from 'Glee' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Michael_McHale) for the Spiderman role? I mean seriously take a look at this guy he screams Geeky High School kid, plus if they are going to put in any musical numbers (as a nod to the Sam Rami films), he is very apt for that too.

Someone needs to start a Facebook campaign for him lol

Matador 5/27/2010 8:02:49 AM

Would be cool for a live action Dilbert with Drew Carey as Dilbert yes I went there cause he looks like Dilbert.

Could care less for the live action Jonah Hex flick but I'd rather watch the animated Jonah Hex D.C animation they have not failed me yet.

CaptAmerica04 5/27/2010 8:21:12 AM

WTF?!  Who is Tommy Lee Jones playing?!?!!?  That's AWESOME!  He's one of my favorite actors!

millean 5/27/2010 8:26:25 AM

timeobserver - Since SONY has all of the rights to the Spider-man characters (just like FOX does with the X-Men characters), then no, you won't see Spidey interacting with any of the Avengers.  As a regular of this site, I'm surprised you didn't already know that, but guess we all can miss some things from time to time.  :)

Spider-man - can't say I'm overly excited with any of the choices (or the overall direction of the movie).  I hope Spider-man doesn't become the next Transformers.  You know, the totally awesome property that a movie studio/director has turned into almost complete garbage.

I found myself wandering through the Toy section at Wal-Mart last night.  I got mad at Michael Bay because not only are the movies less than stellar, but he has managed to turn almost the entire Transformers toy line into garbage thanks to his awful character designs.

jfdavis 5/27/2010 8:36:50 AM

@Caliber454 I actually own the entire series...I was just thinking Perlman's voice would be great for Hex...

I forgot to comment on the live action Dilbert.  Drew Carey as Dilbert, Kathy Griffin as Alice and maybe Brian Posehn as Wally.  I had an idea for The Pointy-haired Boss but it's now escaped me...Not having Dogbert and Catbert woud suck though as would live action versions...  

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