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Carmeras are rolling in Toronto on the filmed adaptation of Cully Hamner and Warren Ellis' spy comic 'Red'.
In a press release dated January 12th but issued last night, Summit Entertainment announced the production start on the film directed by Robert Schwentke. Confirmed cast members include Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine, Julian McMahon, James Remar and Rebecca Pidgeon.
According to the release, 'Red' is the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life. That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sarah (Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.
Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber ('Whiteout') wrote the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing. Executive producers include Jake Myers and Gregory Noveck. Di Bonaventura Pictures’ production executive David Ready serves as co-producer.
"I’m so excited at the phenomenal cast that Robert and our script have attracted," said di Boneventura. "I think audiences are going to have a great time."
Summit’s President of Production Erik Feig said, "'Red' is that classic project with a little bit of something for everyone. We are thrilled to see it come to vivid life with an outstanding cast, incredibly talented director, and top notch producing team. It's gonna be a good one!"
Other crew members include director of photography Florian Ballhaus, film editor Thom Noble, production designer Alec Hammond and costume designer Susan Lyall.
Cameras roll in Toronto for nine weeks before heading down to New Orleans in late March.
'Red' is due in theaters October 22nd.
Director Martin Campbell is out making the rounds for his new movie 'Edge of Darkness', but what fans really want to know about is his next film 'Green Lantern'.
The director told the Hero Complex blog that he's excited to do his first true super hero movie.
"What I like about this hero and this story is it's all about will power," the director said. "It's also about fear and about courage. It's not just a spandex suit movie. He doesn't just put on the suit and fly off and face evil kryptonite and all that."
Also appealing are the space opera elements that cast Hal Jordan as an interstellar hero.
"There is a Flash Gordon element to it, this is a superhero who goes to another planet and that's different than the rest," Campbell said. "That opens up a lot of interesting options."
Elsewhere, the director denied to MTV Splash Page rumors that Superman, or perhaps just Clark Kent, would make a cameo in the movie.
"No, that won't happen," Campbell said. "None of the other DC characters will appear in the film."
In an interview with Collider.com Campbell said he sees parallels between Hal Jordan and a certain Marvel character.
"It will be much more in the tone of 'Iron Man'. It’s got to be. Certainly not 'Batman Begins', which is a pretty dark movie. No, he’s the Hal Jordan character who’s the sort of shoot from the hip, irresponsible kind of cocky test pilot if you will," Campbell said. "In fact, the character seems to be the least likely to be chosen as Green Lantern. Well, of course that’s the fun of it. So no, it’ll be much more like Iron Man. So it’ll have one foot in reality if you see what I mean."
Then the director gave SCI FI Wire some insights on how he aims to keep things real.
"I think the thing to do is keep a sense of reality about it. Any time we talk about it, we sit in meetings, we have a cheese meter. We talk about de-cheesing any scene. So it's quite funny," Campbell said. "We've all sort of got a sort of cheese meter where that becomes our sort of yardstick in terms of keeping it, giving it some sense of reality."
To Campbell, that means depicting violence with some level of reality.
"So often in these superhero movies, nobody seems to get hurt. I remember seeing Wolverine, and he picks people up and hurls them 100 yards into a brick wall," the director said. "These people, apparently unhurt, sort of get up and continue to fight just as strongly as they did before. Well, there's something absurd about that, in my opinion."
Marvel.com has unveiled two new images from the February 2, 2010 animated feature film 'Planet Hulk'. The movie adapts the recent comic book saga of the same name which find Hulk transported to a distant world where he rises up as a champion gladiator. It arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray next month.
Check out the pics:
Actor Clark Gregg is slated to take his 'Iron Man' and 'Iron Man 2' character S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson across the Marvel universe for a cameo in the now-filming 'Thor' movie, according to Variety.
Fans will recall Agent Coulson had a small but critical role in the first 'Iron Man', aiding Pepper in her flight from the villainous Obadiah Stane. He later acts as Tony Stark's liaison, helping to concoct a cover story which Stark famously blows a few minutes later.
In related news, it's possible that Robert Downey Jr. may also appear in 'Thor'.
Sharp-eyed CHUD noticed Downey was sporting the trademark Tony Stark goatee at the Golden Globe Awards this weekend. This is somewhat strange because the actor wrapped work on 'Iron Man 2' back in the fall and appeared clean-shaven when he did his 'Sherlock Holmes' press tour in December. So what prompted him to re-grow those oh-so-specific chin-whiskers?
One notion is that he'll be needed for some pick-up photography on the superhero sequel. However, just last night director Jon Favreau tweeted, "Began 'locking reels' today. It's the beginning of the home stretch on 'IM2.'"
So it sounds like he isn't the director in need of an appearance by Tony Stark. Could it be that Kenneth Branagh will be calling Downey to the set for a cameo in the thunder god pic as well?
We would love to see Tony Stark dropping in on 'Thor'.
The inclusion of actors across Marvel movies is part of the "shared universe" feeling that's always been in the comics and was recently introduced into the film side, with Robert Downey Jr. showing up in 'The Incredible Hulk'. Just about a year ago Marvel famously signed Samuel L. Jackson to a nine-picture contract to play Nick Fury in a variety of movies. And don't forget actor Jeremy Renner spilling the beans that Marvel had talked to him about appearing as Hawkeye in 'Thor' as well.
And it all leads up to Marvel's plans for the first super-group sequel: 'The Avengers'.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you excited to see the Marvel Universe come alive on screen? Post you comments below...