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Team IRON to ride with COWBOYS & ALIENS

Plus: SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN 2, KICK-ASS and more!

By Rob M. Worley     September 02, 2009
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Comics2Film: Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau on the set of IRON MAN
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Team 'Iron': Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. to ride with 'Cowboys & Aliens'. Plus: Sony gives a little bit of 'Spider-Man' back to Marvel/Disney. 'Iron Man 2' rumored for 3D treatment. 'Kick-Ass' gets a release date and more! Waiting patiently for its own $4 billion deal, it's your Comics2Film 9.9.2!


Get ready to KICK-ASS Next April

Lionsgate has announced via Twitter that Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic 'Kick-Ass' is officially targeted for release on April 16 of 2010.



Romita Jr. on KICK-ASS Animated Sequence

Speaking of 'Kick-Ass', John Romita Jr. chatted with MTV Splash Page about the animated sequence he worked up for the film. Romita revealed that the sequence focuses on Nicolas Cage's Big Daddy character and his descent into vigilante justice.

"There's a comic book that Nicolas Cage's character has drawn as a shrine to his victims," Romita told MTV. "It's basically an origin of him."

Romita also reveals a spoiler about as-yet-unpublished events in the comics, so click-through if you want to read those.



IRON MAN 2 - 3D?

Ain't it Cool is reporting a rumor that someone has put together a one minute demo of 'Iron Man 2' converted to 3D. According to the report, Marvel, Paramount and Disney are checking it out and considering whether or not to convert the entire film to 3D for its release next summer. Marvel is said to be taking bids from three companies to see how feasible it would be to convert the entire movie.

Plans may also call for the original 'Iron Man' to see a theatrical re-release in 3D.

We're no experts, but doesn't a movie have to be "filmed" in a special way in order to truly conjure up the 3D effect?


Stephen Frears to direct TAMARA DREWE

Although it may be heretofore unknown to us, the British comic-strip 'Tamara Drewe' is set for adaptation on the big screen, according to Variety.

Posy Simmonds' strip ran in the U.K. newspaper the Guardian and focuses on "a sexy flirt who returns to her small country village and stirs up dark passions among the locals." The strip, collected as a graphic novel, is a modern reworking of Thomas Hardy's classic novel 'Far from the Madding Crowd'.

Director Stephen Frears ('High Fidelity') is directing. Gemma Arterton ('Quantum of Solace', 'Prince of Persia', 'Clash of the Titans') will star as the title character.

Also cast are Dominic Cooper, Roger Allam, Luke Evans, Bill Camp and Tamsin Greig.

Ruby Films and BBC Films are producing the project, along with West End Films, which is handling international sales.



SPIDEY Toons Back in the Marvel/Disney pocket

So, there's been much discussion of the Marvel/Disney deal, and whether or not the entertainment conglomerate can wrangle back the film rights to key Marvel characters that are currently farmed out to the likes of 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Sony.

This week, animation producer Greg Weisman, currently employed as Supervising Producer on the 'Spectacular Spider-Man' TV series, reveals that some horsetrading has already begun. Here's the post from his blog:

Okay, in the period of just a few days, I have been rocked by two incredible pieces of news.

1. Last Thursday (8/27/09), Vic Cook and I were informed that in exchange for some concession vis-a-vis the live action Spider-Man features, Sony returned the television rights (including the animated television rights) for Spider-Man to Marvel. This took place the day before ComicCon, I'm told. But I was only informed of it this past week.

2. Today (8/31/09) comes the news that Disney has purchased Marvel outright.

So, in the run-up to the Disney announcement, Marvel managed to bring the TV 

rights to Spidey back into the fold. We wonder where direct-to-DVD movies fall in that equation? Will this mean some animated Spidey movies coming out of Marvel studios?  For now it sounds like TV series rights only, but who knows what will be revealed tomorrow?



Favreau Joins Downey on COWBOYS & ALIENS

Bloggers at both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter claim that Jon Favreau is looking to come on board DreamWorks/Universal's 'Cowboys & Aliens' as director.

He would join his 'Iron Man' star Robert Downey Jr., who has long been attached to the project.

The film is written by this summer's hot hands, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel of the same name. Damon Lindeloff is also working with the pair on the current draft.

Producing are Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg of Platinum, Steven Spielberg, Kurtzman and Orci.

Filming would start next summer, while 'Iron Man 2' hits theaters.

Favreau's attachment is somewhat surprising as the expectation has bee that he would helm Marvel's 'Avengers' movie, although there still may be room in the schedule to do both.



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avidfan 9/2/2009 7:24:57 AM

Ironman and Ironman 2 in 3-D.  I'm there.

Wiseguy 9/2/2009 7:29:38 AM

Conversion to 3D is almost as good as filmed in 3D. The movie G-Force was filmed then converted to 3D and from all reports it looks just as good (I haven't seen it). And the conversion route is what's planned for the LOTR trilogy, Titanic has been rumored for conversion and the Toy Story films are scheduled for re-release this fall after undergoing the process. Since 3D has taken off there are many rumors flying about which films may get the treatment. I'm hoping for a Matrix 3D myself

Wiseguy 9/2/2009 7:40:41 AM

If Favreau has any intentions on directing Avengers he better kick that idea to the curb. AVENGERS is a once in a lifetime job, it'll be a milestone for a superhero team movie bringing the characters together from their own films and the first real superhero team movie. Yeah, I don't put the X or FF films in the same category, AVENGERS are the pinnacle of super teams

Anyway the Avengers is going to need 100% dedication, no half assing doing some side job and it'll need that dedication for well over a year I'd imagine

Kick Ass sounds like it took a cue from Kill Bill with an animation sequence. So it'll be released about 2 weeks prior to IM2, sounds good to me

Boy, I'd like to know what concessions Marvel made to Sony for the toon license, maybe that they'd let them film the next 3 movies before attempting to regain the live action license. We're going to be hearing a lot about the repercussions of this deal for years to come


monkeyfoot 9/2/2009 7:52:48 AM

I'm hoping Faverau can do the jump from IM2 to Cowboys & Aliens to Avengers. He's the perfect director forthe Marvel team-up. We'll see.

littlemikey979 9/2/2009 8:20:31 AM

They should reformat the incred. hulk for 3-D, that would be bad ass to see hulk and abom. go round and round, and the army vs hulk scene at the university. That wave/sonic gun, whatever it was..... that'd be too cool. I know everyone is IM happy right now but i think hulk was a better movie.

Matador 9/2/2009 9:04:34 AM

Faverau probably needs a small break from Marvel a bit so he can come back refreshed and bring in some new ideas, I gots faith in him he'll do good for Avengers film. Not to mention his got those directors from Thor & Cap movie particpating in Avengers flick. No sweat.

Wiseguy 9/2/2009 9:15:05 AM

We're just assuming Favreau'll get the Avengers gig. Remember the film is slated for 2012 and will require lots of pre and post production work where the director needs to be heavily involved. Cowboys/Aliens sounds like it would need lots of work as well, I don't think he'll have the time to do both if Marvel gives him the job. And that wouldn't be a break nor time to come back refreshed if he's doing C/A

hanso 9/2/2009 9:24:45 AM

Maybe he can squeeze it in if he cuts back on his acting though that would suck.

Chopsaki 9/2/2009 9:47:06 AM

What kind of tone does Cowboys & Aliens have, is it comical or steer more to the serious side?

Matador 9/2/2009 10:05:49 AM

Is Cowboys vs Aliens any good and will Bruce Cambell have an acting part? Will we ever run out of Jena Jameson movies? Will never know.

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