The internet has focused in a a lead actor for 'Green Lantern'. PLUS: Favreau looks forward to 'Iron Man 2' start. Millar talks 'Superman' and 'War Heroes'. Reporting from outside the beauty bubble, its your Comics2Film 9.3.20!
Ain't it Cool News reports that 'Lord of the Rings' costume designer Ngila Dickson is doing the costumes for the 'Green Lantern' movie as well. Buzz yesterday was that the producers and director of the film were in Australia scouting locations for a shoot that is set to begin in September. AICN says pre-production work will start in April.
A website for the short 'Street Angel' movie, based on the sassy comics by Jim Rugg, is now online at StreetAngelShortFilm.com. There's a trailer for the film up as well.
The story follows a scrappy skate punk girl who battles ninjas and mad scientists, and is just a whole heck of a lot of fun.
Mark Millar provided fans on his website with an update of some of his Hollywood projects.
First up, Millar talked about his fabled 'Superman' reboot, in which he teamed with an A-list director and a producer for a pitch. Millar says he's moved on from putting his efforts into the big-screen man of steel.
"Warner's talked to us and a few other writer/ director teams, but things seem to be in stasis right now. As far as I understand, nothing is happening with Superman at the moment and so the director and I are just working on another project. If it happens, great. If it doesn't, no biggie."
In a follow up post he added:
"We're one of three teams they were in serious chats with (more for the director than me) and if Superman is available when we finish our next film who knows? But we're starting production on the new movie in June and so Superman absolutely not on our dance cards anytime soon. A shame, really, as we'd have completely reinvigorated it, but then again I like the idea of complete control over everything I'm doing now (which I have on all my projects). The idea of taking notes from the guys who liked the idea of Superman lying in bed for the final act of Returns doesn't sound good to me :)"
Later he commented on the 'War Heroes' movie, based on his latest creator owned comic (which, truth be told, we lost track of. Did that series finished? Or is it on the same "relaxed" schedule as 'Kick-Ass'? Anyone know?). The story of super-soldiers pulling a heist in the middle east was picked up by Sony last year in all the post-'Wanted' frenzy:
"War Heroes is just getting a first draft done at the moment so probably still quite a while before Sony starts filming. June is a big, big secret, but you'll hear very soon. If this happens (and anything can thwart these plans) you're going to get an announcement where one of the biggest stars in the world is attached to my new thing. Chosen, maybe, but then it might just be something I've never released as a book..."
Reporters in Australia got a chance to view five minutes of the 'G.I.Joe' movie. IGN has a report with SPOILERS! Click if you dare...
Actor Chris Pine will star in one of the year's biggest blockbuster movies when he plays the reinvented Captain Kirk in 'Star Trek'. Last night, the internet was abuzz with rumors that he has also been offered the lead role in the 'Green Lantern' movie.
IESB.net was first to press with a piece of the story. They didn't source the rumor and only reported that Pine was on the short list for the part.
Latino Review followed up with their own report, not only confirming the interest in Pine, but stating that the studio had actually exteneded an offer to him.
Corona Coming Attractions also jumped into the fray, citing a "deep cover source" who confirmed that an offer was out to Pine.
However, throwing a wet blanket over everything is Collider.com. Over there, Frosty states outright, "I’m sorry to be the one to report that these stories are just NOT true."
He invokes his own unnamed source who purportedly "would know" and has debunked previous casting rumors about the film.
Whatever the truth turns out to be, the movie is fast-tracked to start production this year and they're going to need to announce their leading man soon.
IESB.net claims that Warner Bros. is feeling the sting of the under-achieving 'Watchmen' movie and, as a result, is laying down a mandate for no more R-Rated superhero tent poles.
Simple demographic math tells us that the potential audience for a PG-13 movie is much larger than that of an R rated movie.
Marvel has a similar policy of shunning the R rating. Although the R-rated 'Blade' franchise put them on the map, the third installment of that came out as a PG-13 film. The only other R franchise Marvel supports is 'Punisher' but even that was released as a "Marvel Knights" film, instead of Marvel proper. And, of course, Punisher has been the worst-performing franchise that the comics studio has.
Of course there are arguments to be made that the question is much more complex than just the rating on the film. Quality is an issue. Marketing is another. Perhaps 'Watchmen' would have fared better if it hadn't been marketed as a straight-up superhero movie, leaving the audiences bewildered by the lack of action they'd expect from such a film.
At any rate, don't look for any edgy DC/Vertigo superheroes to be flying with an R rating in the near future.
EW.com chatted up Jon Favreau at the red carpet premier of 'I Love You, Man' this week. The director of 'Iron Man 2' talked about the impending production, which starts very soon.
Favreau says he's gathering his cast together in the coming week for a script reading and rehearsal. "I'm getting the old-timers together again and introducing them to new cast members," Favreau said. "We're gonna shake the Sherlock outta junior! I'm a little nervous because the first one set a high bar but we have put our all into this so far."
On the other hand...what script?
"We have a rough basic outline [that is] always evolving as we bring in actors and have rehearsals," Favreau told EW. "I like to adjust it for the specific actors but the action sequences are very far along."
The director reportedly allowed plenty of improv on the first movie, trusting the actors to find their characters and bring them to life.
What do you think, Maniacs? Will IRON MAN 2 kick ass? Or will it kick ALL ass? Post your comments below...