Spider-Man casting update: web-slinger still up in the air. Plus: Kurtzman and Orci talks Cowboys & Aliens. Donner talks Deadpool and Wonder Woman and more! Gushing news like a BP disaster, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.28!
This week two comic-based movies has slipped the top 10 leaving only one hanger-on.
Jonah Hex is the sole C2F remaining in the top 10 this week. held the #10 spot losing ground to new openers Grown Ups and Knight & Day. It took in a mere $1.6 million in its second week, according to Mania's box office report. That brings the domestic gross for the Warner Bros. dud just up above $9 million.
The tally was enough to push Iron Man 2 out of the top 10. That one only scored about $1.4 million in its eight week of release. The Marvel movie has now grossed almost $307 million domestically.
And the comic strip based Marmaduke also slipped the chart, falling to 13th place. The dog pic has taken in about $30 million in receipts so far.
And so, it looks like the weekend chart will be without a comic book movie for a period, as we wait for the August release of Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
Last week, when we reported that actor Michael Fassbender was probably confirmed to play young Magneto in X-Men: First Class, we left a question mark on the headline. The original report was not sourced and written in a way that was not verifiable, hence an iota of lingering skepticism on our part.
However, the story has since been corroborated by Heat Vision with their own independent sources, so we're willing to call it a done deal.
Heat Vision also includes some additional interesting information in their report. Apparently there's been a minor shake up in the casting department for the film. Mindy Marin (Book of Eli) has been serving as the casting director up until this point, but she's left the project. Joseph Middleton (Donnie Darko) is now the casting director for First Class.
This is interesting to us because of earlier rumors about actress Rosamund Pike circling the project. Those rumors were the result of a lot of conjecture about Pike taking a meeting at casting director Lucinda Syson's offices. Speculation was that Syson could be working as the casting director on the movie and therefore she might be talking to the actress about a role in it. It looks like Syson may not involved be with First Class in an official capacity. Of course, she has worked with director Matthew Vaughn on several films in the past, so she still may have been meeting with Pike about the movie in an unofficial or semi-official way.
Collider.com was out working the red carpet at the Saturn Awards last week. They've posted a pair of video interview with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who talk about a great many things, including the now-filming Cowboys & Aliens, which they are producing. They also co-wrote the script, first with Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and then with Damon Lindelof.
During the development of the script, Robert Downey Jr. was attached to star in the film. Later he was replaced with Daniel Craig. The pair were asked how the change in leading man affected things.
"It's not that it changed dramatically, it's just that it became specific," Kurtzman explained. "We had been talking broadly with Downey beforehand. I think as the story evolved it felt like the character had changed somewhat. Daniel feels like a perfect version for us."
Orci chimed in, "The story and structure are the same but the voice changes. Once you get an actor you tailor it to thier strengths and what makes sense for them."
The pair also talked about the addition of Harrison Ford to the cast.
"We just never thought he'd say, 'yes.' I don't know if its some kind of magical thing that Steven Spileberg did because they're old friends. Maybe he mentioned it or left it in the back of his car," Orci said. "He came in and he looked at the art and made sure we were all speaking the same language tonally and visually. And just from sitting with him it looked like we were gonna all be able to get along."
Kurtzman further described the character Ford will play saying, "What fans will love about it, it's a throwback to certainly a lot of what we loved about [Ford in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark']."
Watch the video interviews for more from the Hollywood wonder boys about Cowboys & Aliens and projects like Star Trek 2, Fringe and View Master.
Now that Christopher Nolan is out promoting Inception he can expect to field a lot of questions about Batman 3. First up, MTV.com got him talking about the much-anticipated sequel. Not surprisingly, Nolan kept his cards close to the vest.
"We know we're aiming for 2012 [as a release date]. That's been talked about. We're just working on the script, really. My brother [Jonah Nolan] has been hard at work on it for quite some time. It's based on a story that myself and David Goyer have written," Nolan said of the film.
In semi-related news, Robin Williams, who worked with Nolan on Insomnia said he'd love to have a role in a Batman film. While nobody but Goyer and the Nolan boys know who the villain is, the rumor mill has been speculating that the Riddler would appear.
"I would do Batman in a second, playing anyone," Williams said to Empire Magazine (transcribed by MusicRooms.net). "I’d play The Riddler in the next one, although it would be hard to top Heath as the villain and I’m a little hairy for tights."
Williams also related that he's not getting his hopes up, as he's been stung by Bat-courting in the past.
"The Batman films have screwed me twice before: years ago they offered my The Joker and then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me The Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey," Williams said. "I’d be like, ‘OK, is this a real offer? If it is, then the answer’s yes. Don’t pump me again motherf**kers."
Collider.com also chatted up producer Lauren Shuler Donner about her superhero movies. As fans know well, she's been the producer on the X-Men franchise since the start and is developing not only X-Men: First Class but the Deadpool spin-off movie starring Ryan Reynolds as well.
"You're gonna love Deadpool," she told reporters at the Saturn Awards.
She also said she sees no conflict with Reynolds playing costumed characters from both the Marvel and DC universes, likening the situation to Harrison Ford playing in Star Wars and Indiana Jones simultaneously.
"Ryan is so comitted to being Deadpool. He worked with the writers on the script. Even though he's doing Green Lantern he stayed involved in that project," she said adding, "I'm hoping we'll get it off the ground next year."
Even more interesting is the revelation that she's going after DC Entertainment's Wonder Woman film franchise.
"I'm campaigning to producer Wonder Woman for DC and Warners," Donner said. The producer told reporters that she's reached out to the studio several times and aims to continue to do so.
"She's the greatest character. She's right up there with Superman and Batman. She's a goddess and a superhero. How great is that?" Donner enthused.
In speaking about about her vision for the Amazonian princess she didn't get very specific but said, "You need to stay close to the myth but...make it accessible, contemporary."
Check out the complete video interview:
Deadline.com reports that Sony may be closing in on a decision about who will wear the mask of Spider-Man (and hopefully keep it on) Marc Webb's reboot of their uber-successful franchise.
Reportedly Friday was the day that the suits at Sony were viewing the screen tests of Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro). Deadline also reports that Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) and Michael Angerano (Lords of Dogtown) are being considered, although they didn't film tests.
Production is slated to start this year so Sony is keen to get the role cast and (probably) get the actor into training. However, the movie isn't due out for two years, so it seems to us there's some time. However, Webb will probably benefit from additional prep time since he is previous directing efforts, including the wonderful (500) Days of Summer, have been very modest in comparison to this one.
In spite of all this, Deadline hedges its bets and adds that Sony may not settle on a wall-crawler from the aforementioned names and if none of the tests click they could continue searching.
And, of course, Sony is confirming nothing.
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