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THOR Movie to Succeed with Stan


By Rob M. Worley     December 07, 2009
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'Thor' movie to succeed now that Stan Lee's cameo is set. Plus: Tarantino skips 'Green Lantern'. More gushing praise for 'Scott Pilgrim'. Debney scoring 'Iron Man 2' and more! Born in a house with the television always on, it's your Comics2Film 9.12.7!



What would Tarantino's GREEN LANTERN have been like?

Quentin Tarantino is clearly a comics fans, with shout-outs appearing in many of his movies like 'Reservoir Dogs', 'Kill Bill' and 'True Romance' to name a few. Reportedly he's responsible for the humorous Silver Surfer debate that runs throughout 'Crimson Tide' (on which he did some uncredited work). Very recently he told MTV Splash Page that 'Inglorious Basterds' was influenced by Marvel's 'Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos'.

So when is Tarantino going to do a comic book adaptation of his own? Well, MTV Splash Page reports that he was one of the first director's Warner Bros. sought for 'Green Lantern'.

"I was offered the 'Green Lantern,'" Tarantino said. "Not since it's been a script, but just like, 'Hey we own the 'Green Lantern.' Would you like it?'"

But, Tarantino passed on the opportunity, and the film is now in the hands of Martin Campbell. Tarantino has commented in the past that comic fans are too hard to please and he echoed that sentiment to MTV. He also said that he's not ruling out the idea of doing a superhero movie.

"It wouldn't be an existing comic book character," he said. "I'm a writer. I'd want to use my imagination and not have to fight with geeks' memories of how this character should be and, 'Oh, I cast an actor as opposed to a bodybuilder' or it's not as good as the way [DC Comics artist] Neal Adams drew him.' If I were to do something like that, I would want the fun of coming up with the superhero myself."



Debney scoring IRON MAN 2

C2F isn't sure exactly if or when this was previously announced, but via Twitter, Jon Favreau has revealed that composer John Debney is providing the score for the 'Iron Man 2' movie. Yesterday afternoon Favsy posted, "More weekend editing as well as scoring session with @JohnDebney."

Debney is a veteran composer with a career of scoring film that spans 30 years. He's worked with Favreau previously on 'Elf' and 'Zathura' but our favorite Debney score is the brassy, driving music that backed Robert Rodriguez's 'Sin City'.



More praise for SCOTT PILGRIM

C2F has been anxiously awaiting the trailer for 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', Edgar Wright's adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's awesome comic series. The film stars Michael Cera in the lead role. Wright has been screening bits and pieces for his inner circle, who have been twittering praise for it.

The latest is Greg Mottola, director of 'Superbad', 'Adventureland' and the upcoming 'Paul', who may be one of the first to actually see an entire cut of the movie. Mottola liked what he saw, offering a number of effusive posts o' praise via Twitter yesterday morning.

  • Be very jealous of me. I've seen an entire cut of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Edgar Wright has made a classic (again)! It's amazing.
  • I would say that Scott Pilgrim is the wittiest action movie you'll ever see, but that's just the half of it.
  • Needless to say, Michael Cera is perfect. In fact, every single performance is incredible. You've got something special to look forward to.
  • one last SP rave: the filmmaking is so insanely good, I retired halfway through the movie. (looking forward to the pension checks, tho)   

'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' is due out in 2010 from Universal Pictures.

Come on, Wiseguy. Are you on board yet?



THOR to Succeed with Stan Lee

You gotta love Stan Lee. Even with the limitations of Twitter's 140 character limit, the man can lay on the hyperbole. Take for example his account of a recent conversation about his upcoming 'Thor' cameo, which he shared with his followers last night.

  • Hey, I got an email from the [multi]-talented director of Thor, Kenneth Branagh. Not enough space left to tell what he said-- stay tuned--
  • Kenneth Branagh (of course I call him "Ken!") said my cameo's set for the upcoming Thor movie. --To him, it's a cameo, to me-- it's a ROLE!
  • I went easy on Ken Branagh when we discussed my role in Thor. Told him I wouldn't insist on my name above the title, I think he was grateful
  • Yeah, I mentioned Ken [Branagh] a few times, but I warned you I was a name [dropper]. Seriously tho', with him directing, Thor's a sure winner
  • Of course, my previous tweet revealed the extent of my innate modesty. I really wanted to add "With me doing a cameo, Thor's a sure winner" [emphasis ours]
  • Can't tweet anymore. Due to Thor, I must start rehearsing my thee's and thou's. So, if thou objecteth not, I wish thee well! 'Nuff saideth

What do you think, Maniacs? Can we now rest easy that Thor is going to be a smash? Post your comments below...


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monkeyfoot 12/7/2009 7:28:35 AM

Green Lantern: I see QT's point so clearly! You will never win with some of the fanboys out there. X-Men 1, Spider-Man, Iron Man, TDK, are not only only critically and financially very successful, they are beloved by most fans. But you still have your hardcases out there who think everything about them sucks and the director sucks for even trying. And why? "How dare you not read my mind and make the movie I have in MY head!"

Stan Lee: I was wondering about the Captain America movie? Will he make a cameo in that? He didn't create the character. I was thinking they ought to have Cap meet up with two soldiers in WWII era  portraying Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the original creators, and then later in The Avengers movie he runs into them again. They casually say they are happy to see someone being Captain America again. He then says something to them only they would know from the first movie and with shock and reverence they realize this is the same Cap. Might be cute.

Wyldstaar 12/7/2009 7:45:14 AM

I doubt he'll do a cameo in Captain America.  He didn't do it for the Blade films, Ghost Rider, Daredevil or Elektra, and he didn't create them either.

I can certainly understand Tarantino's reluctance.  Not only that, but I don't think he's really the director to go with for most comic book films anyway.  He is an excellent director, but the kinds of stories he likes to tell, and the ways he prefers to tell them to not mesh well with traditional comic book tales.

Darkknight2280 12/7/2009 7:55:37 AM

Stan is the MAN!!

IRON MAN 2: I hope they keep the same music theme they had in the 1st movie for Iron Man..i love it i listen to it on my iphone all the time! Justa  great punding sweet a$$ theme!

Wiseguy 12/7/2009 8:39:09 AM

Gotta love Stan the Man, God bless him. I'd love to see him make a cameo in all these films, afterall it's just a bit part.

Rob, I have to admit that although I'm not fully onboard yet with Scott Pilgrim I do have a leg in the door. Will the positive things being said about it I'm almost ready to jump in, a nice trailer may due the trick

Tarantino directing GL? I couldn't see it either, Punisher maybe, Kick Ass for sure.


Jasinner 12/7/2009 8:45:27 AM

 Stan Lee was in Daredevil and he did create the character. Although after the movie I don't know how proud he would be of that character.

ludite 12/7/2009 8:48:53 AM

I thought his cameo in Daredevil was the hight point.  Seriously, how many pedestrians get saved by a man with a white cane?

CaptAmerica04 12/7/2009 9:31:05 AM

Tarantino is a great writer, and a decent director, but he's not the kind of guy I want butchering a comic character.  Props to him for knowing his limits (even if he wants to blame it on picky geeks).

I love finding Stan Lee's cameo in Marvel movies.  It's like the Where's Waldo of comics.  lol.

Thor will succeed because of Kenneth Branaugh.  The man has vision and a history in Shakespearean theater.  I have faith in him.

hanso 12/7/2009 9:58:32 AM

If Tarantino directed Green Lantern it would feature a scene where Hal Jordan, Killowog and one of the Guardians are talking for 15 minutes discussing how Flash Gordon is really about Flash wanting to have sex with Ming. 


Cerak 12/7/2009 10:24:18 AM

Yeah, um, Thor was around way before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby got a hold of him, so that cameo/creator theory doesn't really apply in this instance. :)

jfdavis 12/7/2009 10:50:09 AM

Developed is the same as created really... ;-)

I think QT is right not to bother as comic fans wil complain no matter how faithful he is.  The Marvel characters he could do would be Blade, Ghost Rider, Punisher, Daredevil, Elektra and Silver Sable. On the DC side, Lobo and Jonah Hex though his Wonder Woman would be amusing...  

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