Silver says 'Swamp Thing' movie will be 3D. Plus: 'Super Hero Squad' trailer debuts! 'Deadman' gets a director. 'Green Hornet' waits for holidays and more! Smooth as a baby's bottom, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.31!
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In its fourth week of release, 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' is still hanging on to a spot in the box office top 5 according to Mania's box office report. The toy/toon/comic film dropped two spots in the face of two strong openers: 'The Final Destination' and 'Halloween 2'. Still, 'Joe' collected another $8 million, bringing the domestic tally to over $132 million.
It's still doing well in other territories, bringing in a total of $124 million there. The movie is now the #15 film of 2009, displacing 'Terminator: Salvation'. Next week it'll likely topple 'Angels & Demons' and claim the #14 spot.
Box Office Mojo reveals that Sony has pushed back the release date of Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's 'Green Hornet' from July 2010 to December 17, 2010.
The move is certain to have fans on the interweb declaring doom for the pic (because we do like to grumble about Rogen's foray into the super hero genre). However, HitFix caught up with the actor/writer/producer for comments on the new release date and Rogen assures us it's all good.
"We're both relieved and psyched about the change. It gives more time for post, which would have been immensely rushed if we were to come out in the summer," Rogen told HitFix. "It also affords us more time to promote the film, (now we can go to Comic-Con with more than a car!) and ultimately is a great vote of confidence from the studio. We got the same date that movies like 'I Am Legend' and 'Avatar' are getting, so we're thrilled to be there."
Warner Bros. appears to be circling around for another attempt at 'Deadman'. Bloody Disgusting reveals Danish director Nikolaj Arcel is attached to helm an adaptation of the DC Comics title.
The comic focuses on Boston Brand, a circus acrobat who is killed, but lives on as a ghostly figure who can inhabit the bodies of the living. He must use his ability to bring his killer to justice.
Guillermo del Toro, who has long been attached to the project, is still on board to produce the film. Longtime readers of Comics2Film will recall that Del Toro became attached to direct the film back in summer of 2006. He viewed the story as an epic fantasy and even called it his 'Lord of the Rings'. He even talked about filming a three minute demo reel for the studio although we're not sure that ever happened.
Since then del Toro has exploded as a filmmaker and is directing 'The Hobbit' (which we're pretty sure he now feels is his 'Lord of the Rings'). Bloody Disgusting indicates that the new take on 'Deadman' is more like 'The Crow'.
Kids who love Marvel Super Heroes will get an all new cartoon to enjoy staring in a few weeks.
Cartoon Network has unveiled the official website promoting 'The Super Hero Squad Show', which features super-deformed versions of Marvel characters in big, bombastic fun segments. There's a trailer available at SuperHeroSquad.com so you can see the "Squaddies" in action right now.
Back at a Comic-con, an all-star cast of voice talent was revealed, including the likes of Tricia Helfer, Mark Hamill, James Marsters, George Takei, Michelle Trachtenberg, Robert Englund, Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar. Of course, Stan "The Man" Lee appears as the Mayor of Super Hero City.
Looks like big fun for the junior Maniacs out there!
The show debuts on Cartoon Network September 19th.
What seems to us like an usually long production (for a film about the love-life of a slacker musician who gets into videogame-esque battles) has finally wrapped. Director Edgar Wright has announced that, as of last Friday, principle photography on 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' is finished. Wright posted a cast photo to commemorate the occasion.
Wright reports that he's been in Toronto working on the film since January. Over the weekend he also posted photos of various principle cast members with their perspective wrap gifts. Each received artwork created by the comic's author, Bryan Lee O'Malley featuring their character from the film.
Next stop: The 'Scott Pilgrim' trailer!
Producer Joel Silver is out promoting 'Whiteout' but also talking about his numerous other projects, including the long-gestating 'Swamp Thing' movie.
SCI FI Wire reports that Silver has big plans to bring DC Comics' muck-monster out of the big screen:
"I'm going to hopefully do 'Swamp Thing', which is a movie we've had for a long time. We think that might be great to do in 3-D. I've seen the Avatar presentation in 3-D. It's very impressive," Silver said. "It's really cool. I think it's great. I think it's just another tool in the arsenal of the filmmaker to make something great and unique. I don't think all movies need to be in 3-D, but certain movies fit really well into that situation. As of right now, there still are less 3-D houses than 2-D houses. When the day comes that there are as many 3-D houses as 2-D houses, then I may change my mind about it."
Last we heard, comics scribe Len Wein, who created 'Swamp Thing' had turned in a script for the film, but that was back in 2003.