'Thor's Warriors Three cast? (Maybe). Plus: McAdams addresses our 'Spider-Man 4' scoop. 'Smallville's Hawkman is revealed. 'Alien Legion' movie going again. More! Not to put too fine a point on it. It's the only bee in your bonnet. It's your Comics2Film 9.11.17!
Back in the day, Marvel had a line of comics called Epic that, at its onset, was a strictly creator-owned imprint. Among the more long-running of the creator-owned titles to emerge from the line was Carl Pott's 'Alien Legion', which was basically a sci-fi twist on the old French Foreign Legion stories, except this grouped a bunch of extraterrestrials into a fighting force.
Well, the concept has been in development as a film, TV show and animated series on and off over the past 20 years. And a mention buried in an interview with HeyUGuys tells us that it is back on again. Screenwriter Derek Haas ('Wanted', '3:10 to Yuma') told HUG that he and partner Michael Brandt were developing a script based on the comic.
"We’re writing a movie for Bruckheimer Films and Disney called 'Alien Legion' based on an old comic book series," Haas revealed.
Potts had more to say about the film to USA Today in an article discussing the comics revival with collected editions by Dark Horse.
"Alien Legion has been optioned for some time," Potts told USA Today. "The script is currently in its third rewrite."
He also expressed his support for the producer of the film. "Bruckheimer's never done a science-fiction before, so that challenge, I think, is something that would hold his interest. The success they've had with blending CGI and live-action characters in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series could translate easily to an Alien Legion film," Potts said.
"Legion is painted on an immense canvas, and today's effects can really carry that off. The themes and characters have a lot of depth and resonance, and ultimately that's what storytelling is about. Good stories are always good stories."
'Alien Legion' fans are crossing their fingers that this time is the charm.
Last week, Comics2FIlm at Mania broke a major scoop when we reported that Sony and Marvel had begun casting the major supporting roles in 'Spider-Man 4', that Black Cat was one of the characters being cast and that actress Rachel McAdams is a contender for the role.
Then the story spread all over the internet and was repeated with decreasing precision (as these things usually will) until the story morphed into something different. Several sites began reporting that McAdams had been cast in the role, which is not what we had reported. Concerned about these inaccurate rumors that grew out of our initial report, C2F posted a clarification the very next day.
Which brings us to the Hollywood Insider blog at EW.com who asked McAdams if she has been cast in 'Spider-Man 4'.
"That’s a total rumor, I have to say. I was hanging out in Toronto the other day and someone came up to me and said, ‘I just heard you’re doing Spider-Man 4.‘ And I said, ‘Really? No one told me!’ It’s not true," the actress is quoted as saying.
So, lets pay close attention here: McAdams is saying that it's not true that she's doing 'Spider-Man 4'.
She's not, however, denying that she met with the producers of the film about the role of Black Cat, as Mania reported last week.
We stand by our report and can further reveal that that meeting was an audition. While she may not be signed for 'Spider-Man 4' at the moment, she definitely was (and still may be) in the mix.
The long-gestating 'Hack/Slash' movie may finally be on the fast track. Back in July it was announced that Fredrik Bond had come on board to direct the film.
Now Bloody Disgusting reveals that screenwriter Stephen Susco (of the American 'Grudge' movies) is writing the script.
Marvel.com is promoting their new hit cartoon 'The Superh Hero Squad Show' on cartoon network.
Fans of the show will find a look at concept art for the Squad's youngest member, Reptil. According to Marvel.com, Reptil is young, opinionated, and brings extra firepower to the Squad with his dino powers. The character first appeared in comics form not so long ago in 'The Avengers: The Initiative'.
Marvel also posted a video featuring the crankiest Squaddie, the ever-lovin' Hulk! According to the site, Hulkster is a monster first, lovable second and childlike never. Here's the clip:
TV Guide unveils fans' first look a actor Michael Shanks in the Hawkman costume for the much-anticipated "Society" event on 'Smallville'.
The first reactions around the interwebs seems to be kind of negative, saying that the costume is remarkably true to the comic and very, very cheesy looking. We have to say that Hawkman's outfit must be one of the hardest to pull off and we've never seen a really cool live-action version before.
Hopefully when put into motion on the show, Hawkman will look like a badass space barbarian.
There's also an extensive Q & A with Shanks where he talks about his own work towards that end: "I need to ace this so I don’t make Hawkman look like a goofball. It’s traditional wire work that involves strapping on this harness so that large men with giant arms can lift me up and manipulate me. I’m also swinging around Hawkman’s giant mace as a weapon."
Click through for the complete interview.
Batman-on-Film went in search of an update on 'Batman 3'. Aside from an inconclusive hiccup from actor Michael Caine last week, there's been no real solid news on if and when Christopher Nolan will turn his attention to the project.
BOF reports that we could be hearing something in January. Their sources also warn that if Nolan isn't signed by some time next year, then he's probably not returning. Nolan is, of course, enmeshed in his new movie 'Inception which has his full attention at the moment.
Meanwhile MTV Splash Page chatted with 'Ninja Assassin' director James McTeigue, who may have been a leading choice to take over the 'Superman' franchise for Warner Bros.
"It's in a weird place at the moment," the director told MTV News. "They're trying to work out what they're doing. Warner Brothers is trying to figure out their next move on it. There's some things you can do with the 'Superman' franchise, there's other things you can't do. So it hasn't gone anywhere."
Draw what conclusions you will.
In a case of a magically disappearing article, Variety reported last night that Stuart Townsend ('The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'), Ray Stevenson ('Punisher: War Zone'), and Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano ('Mongol') have been cast as The Warriors Three in Marvel's 'Thor' movie.
The article wasn't specific about who is playing which role, but if we had to speculate we'd have to assume that either Stevenson or Asano are playing Hogun the grim. We'd guess Townsend fits best as Fandral the dashing. Which leaves the Volstagg the Valiant. Neither of the three are exactly the right body type to match the Marvel Comics character, but if they're going for big rather than portly, then Stevenson could fit that bill.
What's puzzling is the abruptness with which Variety yanked the article during the night. Again, if we had to speculate, we'd say that the article came down over the protests of one of the actor's reps, or one of Marvel's people. It's possible there was a deal there that wasn't completed and was potentially jeopardized by the early leak.
However, the genie is out of the bottle and echoes of the Variety report (like this one) are all over the web.
UPDATE: The Variety article is back online and confirms Townsend is Fandral, Asano is Hogun and Stevenson is Volstagg.