There's a new 'Surrogates' trailer online. Plus: 'Bazooka Joe': The movie? Producer admits 'Superman Returns' could have been punchier. 'Iron Man 2' set pics and 'Scott Pilgrim' discrepancies. Come with me if you want to live. It's your Comics2Film 9.5.22!
It's a comic. It's getting turned into a movie. Therefore it is the sworn duty of Comics2Film to tell you about it, no matter how painful it may be for all of us.
Long running star of candy wrapper comics 'Bazooka Joe' is set to be a major (with a capital M) motion picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Michael Eisner's Tornante Co are producing. Newbie screenwriter Mark Hammer is writing the script.
'Bazooka Joe' has been the face of Topps' Bazooka bubble gum for decades, with each chunk of sugary , bubbly candy coming wrapped in a tiny little piece of wax paper that had a short Bazooka Joe comic strop printed on it.
The movie deal is the latest in Hollywood's drive to turn anything into a movie, following such announcements of films based on 'Battle Ship'. But hey, if Disney can turn a 2 minute theme park ride into a blockbuster franchise, whose to say former Dis chief Eisner can't blow this concept up into big business as well?
Scott Mednick, executive prodcuer on 'Superman Returns' (as well as other fine comic-based fare) told MTV Splash Page that, in hindsight, he can see the need for the film to have more action.
"In retrospect, hearing from audiences, watching reactions, and having the film get out there, the core fans wanted Superman to kick some serious butt. And we lost several of the villains when the island started to crumble and the large slab fell on them," Mednick said of the previous film. "A lot of the fans wanted to have Superman just beat the crap out of them. So that’s an interesting, fan-based point of view, and you have to listen to those fans and try to weigh their wants, needs, and wishes are along with the storytelling."
Mednick says all movies he's made provoke "what if" scenarios that could have been done differently. He also admits that, when Superman gets another go-round, it'll be Bryan Singer at the helm.
"Bryan Singer is, as we all know from ‘X-Men‘ to ‘Superman’ to ‘House’ on television, a genius, and if anybody can bring [Superman] again to the screen, it’s going to be that team."
Jon Favreau is on vacation, so instead we bring you...
The creator of the 'Scott Pilgrim' comics, which are the basis for Edgar Wright's new movie, is on the Twitter. Yesterday he was tweeting up a storm about the movie, his involvement and how it will differ from the comics.
All of these were posted around 4pm ET on May 21st.
# Knives Chau's Dad is not in the movie
# Lisa Miller is not in the movie
# The "fight" in Honest Ed's is not in the movie
# None of Vol 6 is in the movie. Note that I haven't finished writing it yet, but they're already making a movie. Their ending is their ending
# NOTE: I Am Totally Pleased With The Movie. Subplots from 6 books do not fit in one 2-hour movie, and I'm glad my adaptors [sic] know this.
# It was always going to be one movie, guys; when they optioned the book, remember, it was 2005 and it had only sold around a thousand copies
#About the movie: YES: they used my ideas/suggestions/plans, BUT: I am free to change all of my ideas at the last minute, they can't stop me!
Super Hero Hype has a smattering of spy photos from the production of 'Iron Man 2'. These are shots of Robert Downey Jr. engaging in some fight training. Enjoy!
The first official trailer for 'The Surrogates' is now online at MySpace.com.
The film, based on the Top Shelf Comix graphic novel, features Bruce Willis as a cop in a world where citizens live vicariously through robotic surrogates. The movie is due out this September. Watch the easy Flash version below, or click the link for the High-Def.