'Thor' fills 'Spider-Man 4' void. PLUS: Your first cool look at 'Scott Pilgrim'! Millar still talking about the 'Superman' movie. 'Watchmen' snubbed for VFX Oscar. More! Giving you a longing look every every day we write the Comics2Film 10.1.7!
Bob Layton, one of the great Iron Man artists and creator of War Machine, recent visited the set of 'Iron Man 2'. MTV Splash Page checked in with him to talk about the set visit in which he immediately found himself in a dispute between director Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey, Jr.
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Fans of 'G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra' will be happy to learn that Paramount is apparently moving forward with a sequel. The film was a box office winner so it's not too surprising.
Now Collider.com is reporting that a screenwriter is on board to write the script for the follow up. Collider could not report the name of the writer. Nor could their sources confirm or deny the participation of director Stephen Sommers.
Although it made the short list of 15 films under consideration for a visual effects Oscar, 'Watchmen' didn't make the most recent cut by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to qualify for that honor.
Today's Hollywood Reporter tells us the visual effects branch of the Academy narrowed the field to 7 films: 'Avatar,' 'District 9,' 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' 'Star Trek,' 'Terminator Salvation,' 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and '2012.'
The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Feb. 2.
Last week saw the release of a cool live-action 'Star Blazers' trailer. Now a teaser for another live-action manga-based film has arrived online. Check out the cryptic clip for the adaptation of Hiroya Oku's 'Gantz':
With tremendous buzz already on Matthew Vaughn's filmed adaptation of Mark Millar's 'Kick-Ass', the comic creator is once again lobbying for his shot at the film version of the world's most iconic superhero. Fans will recall that Vaughn and Millar had previously worked up a pitch for a 'Superman' reboot that Warner Bros. was (and perhaps still is) considering.
Now Millar posits on his message boards the question of doing more indie movies based on his comics, or driving hard at the big, red "S". He writes to his fans:
"Financially, it makes so much sense for us to do one of our own properties next, either Nemesis or American Jesus or whatever. But Matthew and I talk all the time about the notion of revamping Superman for a new generation (and YES, 30 somethings, that DOES mean an origin to explain where the Hell he came from to my daughter and her pals). Obviously, there's some legal shit to sort out but anyone who thinks Superman is gone is just plum crazy. Should we pursue this aggressively, especially given the buzz on Kick-Ass is just astronomical and Matthew is being offered pretty much anything he wants to do?
"We had so much fun casting around on all this, just idle chats in the pub as we scribbled our notes. Imagine Daniel Craig as Lex Luthor, Clint Eastwood as Pa Kent, Daniel Day-Lewis and Julianne Moore as Jor-El and Lara. And the idea one of our production team had for Jimmy Olsen is just GENIUS! But let's not get ahead of ourselves. What do YOU guys think? You wanna see the Kick-Ass team REALLY go after Superman or develop something else?"
What do you think, Maniacs? Does a Vaughn/Millar take on SUPERMAN intrigue you? Do you have a different writer or director in mind? Post your comments below...
Universal has released a pair of photos from Edgar Wright's adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comics 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'.
The first is a fairly typical cast shot showing Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, Johnny Simmons as Young Neil, Ellen Wong as Knives Chau, Alison Pill as Kim Pine and Mark Webber as Stephen Stills.
The second, however, is pretty dang sweet, giving us Cera wielding a flaming katana in a pitched battle with two evil minions as their master Gideon Graves (Jason Scwhartzman) and Winstead look on.
Check 'em out!
Variety reports that studios are scrambling to fill the void created by the recently revealed 'Spider-Man 4' delay.
Suitably enough, Variety reports that Marvel and Paramount called dibs on the now possibly-vacant May 6, 2011 release date, slotting 'Thor' into that spot, up two weeks from its previous May 20th timeslot.
Marvel parent Disney then jumped onto the May 20th spot for their 'Pirates of the Caribbean' sequel.
The caveat here is that Sony hasn't officially abdicated May 6 for 'Spider-Man 4'. Should the project get on track quickly, they may still claim the date and 'Thor' will once again fly elsewhere.
Your humble C2F columnist would like to encourage everyone to check out the upcoming comics publication from Arcana Comics 'Grunts: War Stories'.
This trade paperback continues the adventures of the hard-nosed WW2 soldiers created by Shannon Eric Denton and Keith Giffen in a collection of short stories, one of which is written by yours truly. Other heavyweights penning stories include Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman ('The Authority') and Kevin Grevioux ('Underworld'). The whole thing is illustrated by Wildstorm artist Matt Jacobs. Here's the official description:
During World War Two, an American squad encounters a superhuman German unit and starts a Eugenics Race that carries into present day. Collecting the War Stories of the Grunts, there are contributions from Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors), Christopher E. Long (Wetworks), Dwight MacPherson (Archibald Saves Christmas), Howard Wong (After The Cape), Marc Bernardin/Adam Freeman (The Authority), Mike Bullock (The Phantom), Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), Rob M. Worley (Scratch9) and many more!
Interested parties should ask their retailers and give them the secret Diamond ordering code JAN10 0720!