'Surrogates' Tech Just 10 Years Away. Plus: Wayans eyes 'The Mask' franchise! 'G.I.JOE' figures spring into action! 'Clockwork Girl' animated teaser online! Infused with probiotics for you digestive health, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.6!
Well, Variety caught a screening of 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'. Their assessment won't surprise anyone:
"Playing more like a highlights reel from an established franchise than a movie intended to launch it, 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' interrupts its barrage of CGI action for only the barest minimum of anything resembling character development. Still, young auds switched on to precisely this sort of entertainment should turn this futuristic, military-themed pic into a significantworldwide hit..."
Some fans are having a hard time with the casting of Marlon Wayans as Ripcord in 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra'. That reaction is nothing compared to the negative buzz created when he was "rumored" to be Robin in the Tim Burton-era Batman movies.
Wayans told MTV Splash Page that the rumors were a reality and that he had actually been cast as Dick Grayson in 'Batman Returns'. However the role was struck as the movie already had too many characters to develop. However, Wayans said that even after being cut from the film he was paid for his work and still gets residuals from the film.
Still, if fans can't accept Wayans as Robin or Ripcord, is there a comic book superhero that they will let him play?
"I would like to do 'The Mask'," Wayans told MTV, referring of course to the 1994 feature which helped lauch Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz to super-stardom, and was a pretty darn good comic book movie in a period where comic book movies pretty regularly sucked. Of course it also inspired the lesser 2005 sequel 'Son of the Mask' which featured Jamie Kennedy in the lead role. "Jim Carrey did one, Jamie Kennedy did two. I would like to do three."
Now, if you ask us, that's a project that would play to Wayans' strength and actually could be a good idea!
Promoting 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra', Paramount and Hasbro have rolled out a web mini-series 'G.I.Joe: Invasion of Cobra Island'. The toon features Robot Chicken style animation with G.I.Joe action figures running through the story paces. Check out episode 1 and then click through for the rest at movie.com/CobraIsland...
Wired.com takes a look at the science fact behind the science fiction of the new comic-based movie 'The Surrogates'.
In the future depicted by the film, everyday people can send a robotic surrogate out into the world in their place, as they sleep at home and mentally control their android double.
In reality, such robots already exist, although they are far less sophisticated than the ones in the movie and require more typical keyboard, joystick, microphone and monitors to control the surrogate robot's off-site actions.
Still futurist Dr. James Canton tells Wired, "In the near future, robots are going to start to look like humans. I think within 10 years we are going to have the world of the Surrogates."
Check out the fascinating video...
The animated teaser trailer for 'The Clockwork Girl' based on the Arcana Comics title is now online.
The comic and film follows the story of a nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator, while exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.
The animated teaser is directed by Frogchildren's Kevin Hanna, produced by Sean O'Reilly. The comic has won the Moonbeam Award as well as Graphic Novel of the Year at Book Expo America by Foreword Magazine. Last year it was announced that Telefilm funded the development of the screenplay by Jennica Harper allowing The Clockwork Girl to move into production.
Arcana' s O'Reilly said, “It's incredible to see these characters take their first steps. Kevin truly is a visionary and I am thrilled to be working with him on this project.". The Clockwork Girl is currently being developed into a feature length film by Arcana Studios.
Check out the trailer below or watch the hi-res version at TheClockworkGirl.com