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THOR Ready to Rock


By Rob M. Worley     November 13, 2009
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'Thor' ready to rock and roll cameras in January. Plus: 'Red' cast expands. 'Solomon Kane' is not with Lionsgate after all. 'Super Hero Squad' clip and more! Now with 50% fewer calories than the regular brand, it's your Comics2Film 9.11.13!



RED Cast Expands

You can add four new names to the cast list for the movie version of 'Red'. Actors Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox are all in negotiations for the film according to THR's Heat Vision blog.

McMahon, known to C2F fans for his off-note performance of Doctor Doom in the 'Fantastic Four' movies, would play a shifty Vice President at the center of the plot to kill Bruce Willis' character.

Borgnine is a CIA archivist. Dreyfuss is set to play a business mogul, made rich by lucrative government contracts. Cox is a former Willis foe from the Cold War days.

The film is set to roll cameras in January under the direction of Robert Schwentke. Previously announced cast members include Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly and Mary Louise Parker.

'Red' is based on the DC/Wildstorm graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Marvel Studios Promotes Louis D’Esposito to Co-President

From a Press Release:

Manhattan Beach, CA – November 12, 2009 – Marvel Studios has promoted Louis D’Esposito to Co-President of Marvel Studios, the Hollywood subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL).  In this new role, D’Esposito will work alongside Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, to oversee the studio’s production schedule as the company continues to produce high-quality films based on Marvel characters.  Prior to this promotion, D’Esposito held the role of President of Physical Production of the studio and oversaw the budget and timeline of all Marvel Studios features, including the blockbuster IRON MAN.  The announcement was made today by Ike Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment, to whom D’Esposito will report.  Feige and D’Esposito will both have dotted line reporting to Alan Fine, Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive and Chairman of Marvel Studios’ Creative Committee.

Feige stated, “I am delighted to have Louis join me as my Co-President in the next chapter of Marvel Studios.  He has proven to be an incredible friend and collaborator, and his expertise within the film industry steering the budgetary and operational demands of moviemaking is instrumental in taking our characters from the pages of comic books to the big screen.”

“I am honored to lead Marvel Studios alongside Kevin and further our commitment to producing high-quality films,” said D’Esposito.  “Together with the incredible executive team here at Marvel, I look forward to building upon our success by creating entertaining films for our worldwide audience.”

Louis D’Esposito served as executive producer on the blockbuster hit 'Iron Man' as well as its highly anticipated sequel 'Iron Man 2

Marvel Studios is currently in production on the highly anticipated sequel IRON MAN 2 starring Robert Downey Jr. which will be released in theatres on May 7, 2010.  The studio’s next feature THOR, starring Chris Hemsworth in the title role, Tom Hiddleston playing Thor’s brother Loki, and Natalie Portman as Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, will commence production in early 2010 and be released on May 20, 2011.  Other Marvel Studios projects in development include THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA scheduled for release on July 22, 2011, and THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



Lionsgate Not Distributing SOLOMON KANE

Reports out of the American Film Market this week indicated that Lionsgate had picked up the North American distribution rights to much-anticipated 'Solomon Kane' movie, featuring Robert E. Howard's puritan hero.

However, director Michael J. Bassett told fans on his blog that these reports are incorrect.

"Lots of notes and emails coming through telling me that Lionsgate have picked up Kane. Yes, it seems like a good fit but no, it isn’t true," Basset wrote. "Don’t know where this rumour started but sorry folks in  North America, you are no nearer to seeing Solomon Kane.   Everyone else; early next year."

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



So what is Anvil doing in GREEN HORNET? posts a video interview with Sacha Gervasi, director of the underdog hit film 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil' which aptly enough tells the story of Canadian metal band Anvil. We learned earlier in the year that Anvil was taking some role in Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's 'Green Hornet' movie.

In the video Gervasi describes to MakingOf how the band came to be in the movie, and how they'll be kicking that film off with a bang.

Thanks to Matador for the submission.



SUPERMAN RETURNS: The Director's Cut

'Superman Returns' is always a topic that sparks some debate in the comments section. While some fans would rather see as little of the movie as possible, it turns out other fans are pushing Warner Bros. to release more of it, according to Latino Review.

There's a new website out there called that wants WB to release a director's cut of the film. Such a cut would include some 15 minutes or so extra footage, including the scenes where Superman returns to Krypton.

The site has cut together a trailer promoting such a cut which includes images of Brandon Routh in the black Superman "resurrection suit" (although there's no resurrection in the movie). 

Visit the site if you want to support the movement for the Bryan Singer cut of 'Superman Returns'.



SUPER HERO SQUAD Show's Silver Surfer

Are you watching the 'Super Hero Squad' show on Cartoon Network? If not, you're missing out on the cuddliest Silver Surfer ever. He only wants to be friendly towards you. He's the friendlier than the friendliest ghost I know.

MTV Splash Page has a clip showcasing the squishy scion of the spaceways:



THOR Bringing The Thunder In January

Marvel's big screen adaptation of 'Thor' is approaching it's start date. A tweet from Production Weekly provides the details.

Camera's roll on the God of Thunder in Los Angeles in Mid-January. The shoot then moves to Santa Fe, New Mexico in March and continues there until mid-April.

Kenneth Branagh is directing the film. Chris Hemsworth stars as the arrogant lightning lord, cast down to Midgard (that's "Earth" to you mortals), by the all-father Odin (played by Anthony Hopkins). He's plagued by the malevolent Loki (Tom Hiddleston). 

Also cast are Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Jaime Alexander as the Lady Sif and Colm Feore.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce 'Thor'.  The film will be released in the US on May 20, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

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DarthDuck 11/13/2009 6:56:45 AM

I'll not pretend I know what the promotion at Marvel Studio will mean, but I'm glad they promoted from within.

Green Hornet - don't care

SuperHeroSquad is actually quite hilarious.  I've caught it a few times and its really fun.

Thor - about time! now if we could get some momentum with Cap we'd be all set!

Flint521466 11/13/2009 7:06:30 AM

Red is shaping up w/ a nice cast.

While I was extermely disappointed w/ SR I would give the directors cut a viewing.  I couldn't get  any worse right?

Really lookin' forward to Thor!  Can't wait to see what Branagh does w/ it.

Green Hornet = epic failure

Calibur454 11/13/2009 7:10:33 AM

the only thing of intrest for me here is red. I'm with flint521466 on this one. It looks like it is shaping up nicely.

the rest is something i could care less about

Ozymandas 11/13/2009 7:25:37 AM

Thor: so it looks like they will be playing up Thor's arrogance - which is what got him banished from Asgard in the comics as well - in the movie. I don't think his arrogance was played up so much once he was earthbound (unless you're looking at the Ultimates version, where it hasn't been revealed what got him tossed from Asgard - if he was banished there at all). Not quite sure how I feel about this. If they make it a big factor then the ending of the movie become obvious: in his time of need, Thor learns his lesson in humility & therefore regains his strength/Mjolnir/Asgardian assistance/whatever and is able to vanquish his foe(s). I usually push for the 616 versions in the movies but methinks the Ultimates approach may serve best here, regardless of what costume Thor may be wearing.

Wiseguy 11/13/2009 7:25:38 AM

Feige has been doing a MARVELous job as the studio headman. IMO I think this means Disney has bigger plans for Feige and perhaps Marvel is just grooming D'Esposito to take his role once Feige moves up. Afterall Marvel's slate hasn't gotten any busier so I don't see the need for this

Don't know jack about RED but agree that the cast is noteworthy to say the least

Branagh visited the Craig Ferguson show to promote Pirate Radio but the cat didn't say anything about Thor. I tuned in just for that and it was a waste of time even though I like Ferguson. Can't freaking wait for this

BTW, Captain America is scheduled to come out a month after THOR yet we don't have jack on that cast yet. Somebody needs to start grilling Johnston for info

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 11/13/2009 8:46:54 AM

Anybody find it weird that on the new Marvel cartoon they're supposed to be kids - at least I guess so - and Marvel Girl still has huge knockers?  Which, I say knockers for comedic affect not because I'm a goon.  And thereby I kill the comedic affect with an explanation.  That which I create, I destroy.

Wiseguy 11/13/2009 9:13:37 AM

Actually they're not supposed to be kids. In this universe everyone is proportioned like a dwarf. Oh and that is Ms Marvel not Marvel Girl

DeeJay4ADay 11/13/2009 9:44:30 AM

Wise... get used to these creative types being tight-lipped.  Considering the manner in which they were able to keep the Disney acquisition of Marvel under wraps, I think they'll continue to make a point of keeping their mouths shut (and this may even involve some non-disclosure agreements that they sign up-front).

Matador 11/13/2009 10:43:03 AM

I would be curious to see SR: Singers Edition besides like someone said how worse could it get. But to bad they didn't use Mongul as a villan at the begining of the movie like they did for the videogame. What a waste.

As for Thor if Natalie Portman is gonna be Thor's girl does that mean she's Lady Sif? 

jfdavis 11/13/2009 10:48:43 AM

Red's cast: Holy Crap!

Thor: Conceivably best Marvel Film since the first Spider-man (Maybe better.) I can't wait!

Green Hornet: What are they doing for the theme? The radio was straight up "Flight of the Bumblebee" while the TV show was a slightly more original verson of the piece. I can't picture a band named Anvil coming close to either...

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