The new Transformers 3 teaser trailer is now online! Plus: Kelley can't commit to Wonder Woman? Powers writers revealed. Lady Sif talks Thor and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.9!
Zap2It reports that, despite announcements from a few months back, famed TV creator David E. Kelley has not signed a deal to develop Wonder Woman as a new TV series. Although that's not to say he doesn't want to do it.
"There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it," Kelley tells Zap2it. "I've been working on it between scripts for Harry's Law. It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going."
The TV creator said that cracking the project is essential before he commits to working on the show.
"If I can't, I don't want to delude Warner Bros. or anybody else that I should be doing it. The way I've always worked has been to write a script and discover, in the process of the writing, if it's a fertile and creative place where I want to live. If I feel I can make the characters my own and it's a world rich enough for me to revisit, that's a good sign to me that it's a series worth doing," he said.
Kelley said he received a flurry of submissions from agents trying to position their clients for the lead role, but the show's producers have made it clear that the project is still in the early stages.
The PopcornBiz blog at NBC New York puts the spotlight on actress Jaimie Alexander, who plays warrior woman Lady Sif in Marvel's upcoming Thor movie. And the girl is ready to kick some ass.
"When I first got the part Kenneth Branagh came to me and said, 'Listen, everybody has to work out and get into shape, but if you start to get too thin we're going to make you stop working out. I don't want you skinny,'" Alexander recalled. "It was great to hear that, because unfortunately in Hollywood you don't really hear that there is such a thing as too skinny. The guys at Marvel, they're not into the whole stick figure thing. And I'm not either!"
The role also has her wielding a sword and fighting frost giants like any good Valhalla-bound Asgardian would.
"I should be able to take out anyone after all that training, but I'm naturally just insanely clumsy, so it took a lot of finesse and a lot of practice to make sure that I wasn't smacking someone in the face on accident – which I did twice! We had a great stunt team and they were very forgiving," Alexander said.
She also confessed that she loves hearing from the fans about comic book lore and thinks our obsession with modern culture is a relatively healthy one.
New York Magazine's Vulture Blog followed up on the recent stories of the Walking Dead writing staff moving on to other projects and unearthed an interesting nugget o' info for Comics2Film readers.
Regular readers will recall that at the top of the month, word broke that Frank Darabont had supposedly "fired" the entire writing staff of the show. Executive producer and comics creator Robert Kirkman then responded to those stories suggesting that they were blown out of proportion. After all, for the six-episode first season, Darabont had written two of the episodes and freelancers had written two more, leaving the season one staff to write the remaining two. The primary exile from season one is Charles H. "Chic" Eglee, who was looking to take over as showrunner in season two. With Darabont wanting to stay on as show runner, Kirkman says Eglee wanted to move on to a new project.
So now, Vulture is reporting that Eglee's new project is nothing short of the long-gestating TV show for FX based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's beloved comic Powers. He'll be writing and executive producing for that show, which finds a gritty pair of homicide detectives investigating crimes in a world populated by supeheroes.
Supposedly Eglee has been working to get on board with the show for months.
The news was quickly confirmed by Bendis himself who tweeted, "OK. I rarely do this, but the Powers TV rumor that hit the net today: confirmed as fact!
Getting back to the zombie show, Vulture reports that other writers from Dead season one are feeling a bit stung by recent turn of events. They would love to stay on staff with the hit show, but Darabont and Kirkman are asserting themselves as the main creative voices of the series who will guide it to season two success or failure. Insiders predict that the pair's relative inexperience in TV may prove that model to be unworkable and prompt a swift return to using staffers instead of freelancers.
Director Jon Favreau told MTV Splash Page that the development of Marvel's shared universe across movies like Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers will have a very definite impact on his plans for Iron Man 3.
"If you remember, Iron Man was a very normal world. It was based in our real world, with a few little things exaggerated," Favreau told MTV News. "The technology was exaggerated slightly, but really it didn't feel like you were stepping into a superhero world. It didn't feel like you were stepping into the Marvel Universe.
"By the time 'Iron Man 3' happens, you will have had three other superheroes revealing themselves at least, in addition to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Black Widow and whoever they have in Avengers,'" he explained. "So now you're going into a world where you open up the paper and you're reading about villains and heroes and a lot of people with different types of powers."
So while the first movie didn't really allow for it, Favreau says that the Marvel Universe is a place where a magic-themed character like The Mandarin is perfectly at home and he hopes to use the character in the third film.
Here it is: the teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon! View the embed here or click over to Apple.com for the hi-def versions.
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