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By Rob M. Worley     October 05, 2009
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Stellan Skarsgard cast in 'Thor'. Plus: Ryan Reynolds talks 'Green Lantern'. Mandeville options 'Cla$$War'. New 'Iron Man 2' photo and more! Born in a house where the television's always on: it's your Comics2Film 9.10.5!




The comic-based  'Surrogates' starring Bruce Willis dropped three places this week, falling from #2 to #5 according to Mania's box office report. The film took in another $7.3 million this week, bringing its two-week domestic gross to some $26 million. The movie gave up ground to three new openers 'Zombieland', 'Toy Story/Toy Story 2' and 'The Invention of Lying'.



Mandeville Options CLA$$WAR

Variety reports that  Mandeville Films has picked up the option on the Com.x title 'Cla$$War'.

Created by writer Rob Williams, the comic's timely subject deals with a superman created by the American government, who decides to battle the corporate power-brokers that control his country. Here's the description from the Com.x website:

Modern day America - a sedated nation, a land of authoritarian corporations, corruption and imposing wealth. A society controlled by money and the media. Two men are going to change that. An ex-CIA operative and one of the government’s own genetically-enhanced soldiers now question what they were fighting for. Together they’re going to battle for the truth. They’re going to show the ordinary people the real rulers of the “free” world. But the secret monarchs aren’t just going to sit back and let them speak. The renegades know too much. They need to be silenced and it’s going to take all-out war to do it…

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman to produce. Rick Alexander of Alexander Content will serve as co-producer. 

Mandeville is behind the current comic flick 'Surrogates' and the recently-announced adaptation of Top Cow's 'Alibi'.



Grant Morrison signs with ICM

The Hollywood Reporter says that comics superstar Grant Morrison has changed representation from CAA with the ICM agency. In addition to writing for DC Comics, Morrison is consulting on upcoming DC Entertainment films as well as developing his creator-owned works like 'We3' as movies.



Tiny poster image for THE PHANTOM from RHI site


RHI, the producers behind the new 'Phantom' mini-series for SyFy Channel, have unveiled a poster promoting the show on their website. The image (presented in tiny form only) shows the back of Ryan Carnes combat armor for the show.

The site also posts this description of 'The Phantom':

Young urban daredevil Kit Walker finds himself recruited by a secret organization, unveiling a heritage he never could have dreamed possible. Revered as the twenty-first "ghost who walks," he must now uphold and honor his ancestors' creed-to fight crime and injustice throughout the world. But it's a new world out there, and going up against high-tech savvy criminals will take training and discipline unlike anything bestowed on the Phantom.



ABC Warriors

We've run across a cool bit of animated footage for fans of the UK's flagship '2000 AD' comics magazine.

Firestep Animation has created a brief trailer based on the comic 'ABC Warriors'. At present we have little information about what the trailer actually represents. Firestep states that it was made with the full cooperation of Rebellion, who holds the rights to the 2000 AD catalog. The Manchester-based animation studio is best known for 'the Infinite Quest', an animated Dr Who adventure for the BBC.

'ABC Warriors' focuses on a team of war robots designed to defend against Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical warfare.



Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in IRON MAN 2

IRON MAN 2 Image

Entertainment Weekly posted a gallery of new images from upcoming movies and TV shows, including a shot from 'Iron Man 2'.




This is a bit off the beaten path, not a film based on a comic, but a film about comics. Still, it looks very interesting...

'Comic Book Literacy' is an independent documentary film that showcases the utilization of comic books to promote literacy and education. Throughout the film educators, researchers, writers and artists give commentary in both an historic and contemporary context on a variety of subjects related to the topic.

Visit for more info.





Actor Ryan Reynolds appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last week. Fallon asked him about 'Green Lantern' and 'Deadpool'.

As expected, Reynolds couldn't say much about the DC Comics project, except he did confirm they expect to shoot four or five months from now.

Fallon humorously admits to knowing little of 'Green Lantern' so Reynolds has to school him a bit, before unleashing his super powers on the TV screen. Observe:



Stellan Skarsgaard cast in THOR?

Although for months it was speculated that Alexander Skarsgård ('True Blood') was a contender for the lead role in 'Thor', it appears that his father, actor Stellan Skarsgård has actually landed a role in the film.

Swedish site Ystads Allehanda reports that the actor has confirmed that he's landed a role in the Marvel film.

"They wanted me to sign without reading the script.  That I refused to do. Then they sent one to me that was coded that I could only print one copy," Skarsgård is quoted as saying.

The actor would not reveal what role he may have. He'll join Chris Hemsworth (who plays the lead), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster),
Jaime Alexander (Sif) and Colm Feore.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who might Skarsgard be playing? Odin perhaps? Post your comments below...


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thecheckeredman 10/5/2009 6:55:10 AM

THOR -- Meh...I'm not a big Thor fan.  It'll all depend on some early pics and maybe a trailer to sway me.  'Course, I'm not an Iron Man fan either and IM blew me away, so.....

thecheckeredman 10/5/2009 6:57:41 AM


RYAN REYNOLDS -- I like Reynolds okay, but this guy just isn't Hal Jordan.  He would have made such a good Wally West that this whole GL thing just kind of sucks.  There has to have been someone else better to play Hal out there....poop...

lancedenier 10/5/2009 7:13:35 AM

Wrong Skaarsgard...  Although it would have been Epic to cast father and son to play All-Father and son.

aegrant 10/5/2009 7:28:10 AM

Thor is the s@it . I collected the comics as a kid and read all the norse mythology i could. I wonder how they are going to do this though - if it goes like hulk and iron man they may follow the Ultimate universe and make Thor kinda crazy save the whales type or go traditional/classic marvel with the doc as his alter ego.

If Skasgard (the son)is playing Thor he definately needs to gain some muscle weight. It would make sense to cast Boot Strap Bill as the Odin - of course he too would need to gain a ton of weight.

Matador 10/5/2009 7:34:49 AM

To late for that lets roll the dice!

mbeckham1 10/5/2009 8:15:29 AM

Stellan Skaarsgard as Odin will be awesome. loved him as the brooding King Hrothgar in Beowulf and Grendel. i mean look at the dude in that picture. I mean put an eye patch on him and bleach his beard white and he practially looks like a thinner version of the comicbook Odin. I would love to see him in a live action fight against Surtur. It would be like an even more awesome version of the Gandalf/Balrog fight in Lord of the Rings.

DarthDuck 10/5/2009 8:15:52 AM

I have a bit of a man-crush on Ryan Reynolds so I'm all for seeing him do whatever he's going to do.  Currently in the comics Hal is the more laid back guy and Barry is the current tight-ass.  I think DC knows it has a huge potential hit on their hands and carefully made their choice regarding casting for Hal Jordan.

I can only assume that Skarsgard is playing Odin and that would be awesome.  The potential of real life father and son is a cool idea but I really think that Hemsworth is a great choice.  I am excited for Thor I just wonder about everyone else...

I will definately be checking out the Comic Book Literacy movie.  That was me as a kid, reading Dad's comic books, learning how to read.   And my wife has a masters degree in children's literacy so I'll definately have to show her that trailer.

littlemikey979 10/5/2009 8:44:56 AM

good new for green lantern and thor, glad both are making forward progress. i think if they give ryan his space he will do ok as hal. i just wish they would hurry up and get filming with thor they have been casting for what, like over a year now, i am not sure how long it actually takes. i guess i am just excited to see this

the ABC warriors looks kind of interesting, have never heard of it before, but you can never go wrong with fighting robot in the future

cyberbilly 10/5/2009 9:00:20 AM

 Casting Stellen now just highlights how much of an opportunity they missed with Alexander a couple months back.  That would have been such fantastic casting but now we're just left with "what ifs?"  Either way, Stellen is a fantastic actor so its still a boost to the film.  Looking forward to it already.

xenomorph 10/5/2009 9:18:16 AM

DarthDuck, I also have kind of a man crush on Ryan Reynolds. I'm really looking forward to Green Lantern. I'm also excited about DeadPool, because he and Gambit were the only good things about Wolverine.

I live in the states, so I've never read 200 A.D. or ABC Warriors, but that teaser trailer did look pretty cool. I just wonder if it will be a movie or a television series.

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