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THOR Cameo Talk

Plus: RED, GREEN LANTERN, PLANET HULK

By Rob M .Worley     January 19, 2010
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Comics2Film: Downey, Gregg cameos in THOR?
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Downey, Gregg among 'Thor' cameo talk. Plus: 'Red' begins production. Martin Campbell talking 'Green Lantern' all over the place. New 'Planet Hulk' stills online. Bringing results that aren't typical but for you they're fantastic, it's your Comics2Film 10.1.19!

 

 

RED Rolls Cameras

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.

 

 

Campbell talks GREEN LANTERN all over the place

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."

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.

 

 

New PLANET HULK Photos

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:

Hulk and his allies face a fearsome beast in the arena.

Hulk is forced into a life of violence and anger as he rises through the ranks and becomes Skaar's most feared gladiator!

 

 

Marvel Characters Crossing into THOR

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...

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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silversurfer 1/19/2010 8:29:13 AM

"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."

That phrase scares me....I can't help but to have visions of the very bad Flash Gordon Movie from back in the day....please don't let this happen? 

 

silversurfer 1/19/2010 8:32:00 AM

As far as the Avengers are concerned...it would make sense to keep building momentum for the Avengers movie...that would be cool if they could work him into the end of the movie....smart marketing.

AntoBlueberry 1/19/2010 8:41:50 AM

The first draft of the Green Lantern had some unnecessary cheese, epecially near the end. I'm happy they'ra taking away slices of it from the movie. And I think at least another superhero will stay in the movie.

Wiseguy 1/19/2010 10:10:36 AM

How effing cool would it be to have IronMan, even if for just a quick scene, appear in THOR. Starks is cool too but we've seen that already with Hulk. I want to see the 2 actual heroes meet if just for a  second.

Btw, didn't Renner deny the Hawkeye rumors. If he isn't doing Hawkeye I'd like to nominate Sam Worthington for the role. I think he fits it like a glove.

Too bad DC/WB aren't spicing up Green Lantern by having others or just one other superhero cameo in the film. I think they need to start thinking long term and start cross pollenating their films if they plan to follow Marvel's lead. They have to see all the hype and buzz this brings. Then again GL is already heavy with characters due to appear so I take that back. Maybe just mentioning other DC characters can be good enough this time

cromulentcat 1/19/2010 11:59:18 AM

GL is really making me nervous. I hope it comes out great but im really not sure it will.

I cannot wait for Thor! Im really really excited for what its shaping up to be. Were the Hawkeye rumors ever confirmed?! Having Hawkeye in Thor would be awesome btw!!!

Avengers is gonna own!!! 2012 cannot get here any faster!!!

jfdavis 1/19/2010 12:01:49 PM

Unless Natasha reports only directly to Fury, having Coulson in IM2 makes sense. Him appearing in Thor makes sense for similar reasons. Jackson may be The Man but he can't be everywhere all the time.  I'd guess Stark would appear with him or Fury. Perhaps Coulson gives Thor an offer and Stark sweetens the deal? Or maybe all this just leads into Cap...

silversurfer 1/19/2010 12:01:52 PM

Wiseguy it would be awesome if Stark showed up IN the Iron Man Costume....that would be something to see....

I think the reason why we don't see anything like we do in the Marvel Universe in DC/WB is because they have no real balance with the characters that they've put on screen...in other words, the ego's that be will not allow for that to happen, which means if and when a JLA film is on screen, they don't have any carry over from the films because those actors and their movies are so far apart, that there isn't any synchronicity in their worlds....that's too bad, because it would be interesting to see Bale's Batman share with some of the other's.....we're not going to get that, so they have to cast in the hopes that they can cast someone who can come close to what they want, each and everytime....which sucks....

monkeyfoot 1/19/2010 12:51:06 PM

Green Lantern: Campbell is actually saying all the things I want to hear. I don't think his Flash Gordon ideas is the cheesy 80s movie version kind. Probably more in the vein of Star Wars type space adventure.

Iron Man 2: Is Agent Coulsen in the comics? I had thought that part could be done with the agent Jaspar Stiwell who was in SHIELD in the comics. Is he still? Tony Stark in Thor will be great if true. A cameo I'd love to see though is Ed Norton. Have some tag after the end credits of him as Banner walking along a lonely road. Then hear the malevolent voice of Loki an his evil eyes appear in the clouds as he says, "Hmmm, here is a mortal I can use."

fft5305 1/19/2010 12:54:49 PM

Wiseguy, I think Renner denied the Cap rumors by stating that Marvel had approached him about Hawkeye, not Cap. Then, the discussion was - How does Hawkeye fit into Thor's world?  I'm more curious about why Coulson is doing a cameo when the aforementioned 9-picture deal was signed with Sam Jackson. Unless perhaps, Coulson, Fury and Stark/IM appear together to recruit the Thunder God.  How sweet would that be?

SONYMANswallows 1/19/2010 5:06:57 PM

No Mad Mel as Sinestro? He looks like him and Campbell directed the Edge of Melness.

No other DC heroes? So no other GL's like Kilowog? No Guardinas cast yet?

I have faith in Campbell with his perfect Bond films. Hopefully this will be structured differently than most DC/Marvel films.

As long as OA does not look like PORNDORA it will be fine.

 

Daybreakers was awesome.

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