'Supergirl' rumors swiftly shot down. Plus: Rogers writing 'the forgotten'. Silver talks 'Swamp Thing' 3D. A report on '30 Days of Night: Dark Days' and more! It's beginning to look a lot like your Comics2Film 9.12.23!
From a press release
Studio 407 announced that their sci-fi horror property 'Night and Fog' has been optioned for film by renown producer Gil Adler and Shane McCarthy. No stranger to comic book material, Adler has produced such comic book films as 'Constantine,' 'Superman Returns,' as well most recently 'Dead of Night' which was based on the popular Italian comic book Dylan Dog.
Said Adler: “This material is definitely in my strike zone in more ways than one. And having produced the “Tales from the Crypt” series and some Dark Castle horror films, I can say horror’s a genre I know intrinsically. But what really appealed to me wasn’t so much the genre trappings, but rather the characters that really drive this story.”
Tied to an unsolved mystery from World War 2, Night and Fog, tells the story of a “Frankenstein” like infectious mist unleashed on a military base that transforms its victims into preternatural creatures of the night. But when the survivors try to kill them, they adapt and change into something even more horrific and unstoppable. Caught in between, is a security officer on the base who must escape this gauntlet of horror to save his children before the creatures kill them or the fog infects them.
Added Adler: “When I read this I knew I had to take it off the market. It’s a great high-concept that blends the gothic horror of the Hammer films with the sci-fi horror of “Aliens” and “The Thing.”
“We’re really excited to see Gil’s take on the story,” remarked Studio 407 Managing director Alex Leung. “We’re also honored to be working with an experienced guy like Gil, who knows how to play up iconic figures and can tie them into a horror setting. He’s the perfect person to bring Night and Fog to life”.
Adler and McCarthy are also working together to produce the adaptation of “Havana Nocturne” along with Eric Eisner, and recently optioned Ken Bruen’s crime thriller “Tower.” Leung will also serve as a producer on the film, having worked on Jackie Chan’s “Around the World in 80 Days” as an associate producer, and most recently executive produced the horror film “Hunter” with Stallion Media (“Punisher: WarZone”).
Night and Fog is currently available in comic shops in the single issue format and digitally on I-Phone through Comixology. It will be hitting stores in a trade format April/May 2010.
Shock Till You Drop has an in-depth talk with J.R. Young, producer of '30 Days of Night: Dark Days'. Young tells you everything you need to know about the just-wrapped sequel based on the comics of Steve Niles.
A few weeks back C2F at Mania told you that producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford of Angryfilms and Claire Polstein and John Wells of John Wells Productions had renewed their option on the film rights to Jareth Grealish and Evan Young's comic 'the forgotten' (lowercase intentional).
In our report Grealish talked about a high-profile writer being on board although he could not disclose the writer's name.
Now /Film is reporting that the writer is none other than John Rogers. Rogers has previously teamed with Angryfilms on the early drafts of the first 'Transformers' movie. He's also the creator of the buzzworthy TNT original series 'Leverage' and the writer of some fine DC Comics titles as well.
Out promoting 'Sherlock Holmes', producer Joel Silver also chatted with MTV Splash Page about his plans for various DC Comics Characters.
Although director Guy Ritchie has been cagey with his recent comments about the 'Lobo' movie, Silver said that he aims to make the film "very soon."
Silver was less optimistic about the long-languishing 'Wonder Woman' project, which seems to currently be stalled. He said his people are awaiting word from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment about how they want to handle the character.
The producer refused to address reports that the 'Sgt. Rock' movie would be set in the future, but expressed that there's good momentum on the project right now. The most recent news on that one is that director Francis Lawrence is on board.
Finally, he got to the project C2F is waiting for: the return of 'Swamp Thing' as a moody horror film. As with the previous film, Silver was terse on details but confirmed that he hopes to do the movie in 3D.
"Yeah, if we pull it together and if the script works, that's our intention," he said.
One of this week's rumors had music star and Kanye West victim Taylor Swift "in talks" to play 'Supergirl' in a feature film. Hollywood Scoop published the report citing an "industry insider" as their source.
Although the story rang absurd enough to really need no debunking, we asked a source at DC Entertainment if there was any truth to the Swift talk.
"None," our source said of the report. "Pretty funny though, but no truth whatsoever. I'd love to know who the 'hollywood insider' is because that's as clueless a thing as I've heard all year."
So, those of you who were actually looking forward to 'Supergirl! The Love Story' starring Taylor Swift: Sorry. It's not happening.