'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' breaks Wed box office record. Plus: 'The Dark Knight' collects Saturn awards. Writer talks 'Avengers' . 'Watchmen' to return to theaters. 'Scott Pilgrim', 'Dead of Night' and more! Walkin on a sidewalk, hotter than a match head, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.25!
Ain't it Cool News received an interesting tip from an "untested" scooper regarding that rumored 'Smallville' spin-off. By "untested" they're saying that they've never heard from this scooper before, can't verify his claim, and caution readers to take this as a rumor. However, they also say that the scooper sent in additional information, which they aren't publishing that lends credence to his story.
The scooper claims to have laid eyes on some signage that is being prepped for Comic-Con next month. The signage bears the worlds "Metropolis - Christmas 2010". He also describes the sign as being, "on black, with crimson/red text in the same font lettering that Smallville uses, and a transparent grey Superman 'S' watermark behind the text."
Could 'Metropolis' be the spin-off that was rumored last week? Ain't it Cool News speculates that we may be looking at a made-for-TV movie that caps off the series, rather than a new show altogether, with the cast and crew of 'Smalliville' filming 'Metropolis' directly behind Season 9.
Could 'Metropolis' see Tom Welling don the super suit after all these years? Or is this just an internet hoax? Hopefully we'll learn more at Comic-Con.
Optimistic estimates of the 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' box office seem to be well-founded.
The film raked in $16 million on midnight screenings alone, at the wee hours of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This doesn't touch the record set by 'The Dark Knight' for earlybirds (that one raked in $18.5 million) but it's still pretty impressive.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" stormed about 3,000 locations Tuesday night, and the first midnight screenings of Michael Bay's action sequel captured a mighty $16 million.
However, Variety reports that 'Fallen' now holds the top spot for a Wednesday, having collected a full $55 million by the end of the day. The puts it well ahead of previous record holder 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' and its paltry $44.2 million.
Predictions that the film's 5-day opening would best 'Spider-Man 2' now seem to be a done deal. It only needs to collect another $98 million between now and Sunday to kick the Marvel flagship down a notch.
The ballots have been counted and the results are in. 'The Dark Knight' is the most-honored film in the 35th Annual Saturn Awards, collecting five trophies. 'Iron Man' and 'Hellboy II' were also among recipients.
Here are the highlights for comic fans. The complete list is at the official Saturn Awards website.
Best Science Fiction Film: IRON MAN
Best Horror Film: HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: THE DARK KNIGHT
Best Actor: ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. (Iron Man)
Best Supporting Actor: HEATH LEDGER (The Dark Knight)
Best Director: JON FAVREAU (Iron Man)
Best Writer: CHRISTOPHER NOLAN and JONATHAN NOLAN (The Dark Knight)
Best Music: HANS ZIMMER and JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (The Dark Knight)
Best Special Effects: NICK DAVIS, CHRIS CORBOULD, TIMOTHY WEBBER, PAUL J. FRANKLIN (The Dark Knight)
If you live in Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York you'll have a chance to watch Zack Snyder's directors cut of 'Watchmen' on the big screen before it debuts on DVD, according to Variety. The film will see screenings in those select locations on July 17th with the DVD and Blu-Ray coming on July 21st.
The film has been expanded by 25 minutes.
Snyder is also set to host a "BD Live" screening from Comic-Con on July 25th.
So what will you see in the extra 25 minutes?
Well, CHUD has a write-up of one of the extra scenes, which is the death of Hollis Mason, the original Night Owl. Mason's murder is a critical scene in the graphic novel, but only referenced in dialog in the theatrical cut of the movie.
Write's CHUD's Devin Faraci, "I was able to see a bit of the extended cut, specifically the death scene of Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. Usually scenes that are added back into new movies aren't that interesting; for one thing, they usually deserved to be on the cutting room floor. For another, the newer a film is the less exciting it is to see deleted scenes. The movies where cut scenes are the grail are old ones, movies you know well that will take on a new life when viewed with the new footage."
Click through for his complete remarks.
SCI FI Wire caught Zak Penn hosting a panel at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Tuesday. The writer talked about the challenges of screenwriting Marvel style as the chief pen behind 'The Avengers'. The film is unique as it may be the first time three (or four) protagonists from recent movies are brought together in one blockbuster film.
For Penn, the task is to reconcile the styles and ideas presented in the other Marvel films.
"They're doing Captain American and Thor first, and then Avengers is coming out," Penn said. "They want to see that they're all connected, not like the Fantastic Four can't come into the X-Men world, like I was told. I'm taking a meeting next week with the Thor and Captain America people, and we are all going to get together, and I will see what is going to happen. I'll see where they are leaving the characters; it's pretty complicated. ... There's a board that is tracking what is happening. [We'll see] how this movie overlaps in that movie. ... Marvel is autonomous now. It is night and day: Everyone has read every comic. They know how to make a cool movie."
Penn also offers this disclaimer to eager fans: "We all have the best intentions, and it still might suck."
'300' director Zack Snyder told press attending a recent press event that Frank Miller is writing and drawing a follow up to '300', which will appear as a comic before any movie sequel is made, reports Comingsoon.net.
"Just from what [Miller] told me, it would be bigger as far as landscape and terrain. We're going to see Athens and the Aegean and other places. There would be an opportunity for bigger visions, though I'd hope for the same aesthetic," Snyder said.
Thanks to Antonello Blueberry who wonders, "Will the title be 300+1? Or 300²=90000?"
AnimeVice.com has a chat with screenwriter Peter Craig who has been tasked with bringing 'Cowboy Bebop' to the big screen as a live-action film. Craig said he liked the show when he caught a few episodes on Adult Swim, but really became a fan when he started researching his screenplay:
"...once I watched all of them in order, I really became a full convert to the show. I've probably watched every episode at least three or four times now - and I really adore what a complete world Watanabe and Nobumoto created. I was also extremely drawn to all of the characters' backstories: Faye's amnesia after being taken out of cryogenic freeze, and the con played on her; Spike's history in the Syndicate and with Julia; Jet's days as a cop on Ganymede, and his run-in with Udai Taxim. Every character was new and interesting, and I felt like I was looking at an encyclopedia of some imaginary world."
Click through for an in-depth Q & A with Craig about the movie.
You'll find daily photos from the set of 'Scott Pilgrim vs the World' on Edgar Wright's blog. Today Wright posted a shot of actor Mark Webber on the set. Webber plays Pilgrim's band mate Stephen Stills. Here's how Wikipedia describes the character:
Lead singer and guitarist of Sex Bob-omb. 23 years old. Named after Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Scott always refers to him by his full name. Birthday: "Last Tuesday," August. Employed at The Happy Avocado vegetarian restaurant as a cook. He is referred to as "the talent" of Sex Bob-omb.
As always, visit EdgarWrightHere.com for the latest 'Scott Pilgrim' set photos.
Longtime Comics2Film scooper Antonello Blueberry sure gets around.
He gets a shout-out in today's posting on the 'Dead of Night' production blog, which reproduces an article from the Italian magazine L'Espresso. Regular readers know that the film is based on Italy's wildly popular 'Dylan Dog' comics, so the producers of the film are biting their nails to a certain extent over the reaction from fans in that country of their Americanized take on the character.
"Gioy (our resident expert in all things Italian) and the good folks at Bonelli all seem very happy with the way the article turns out. And I think there might be one or two fans of Brandon’s on here that enjoy the article, even without being able to read Italian."
Antonello also points out "this article announces officially some news that I had hinted at in a previous post, that Bonelli would be handling the graphic novel adaptation of the Dead of Night tale."
Development Exec/blogger Dan Forcey says the Bonelli edition is as much an "extension" as an adaptation of the film "because we’re going to be doing something very, very different to bridge the worlds of the Dylan Dog comics and Dead of Night. We’ve got a really great writer that ALL Dylan Dog fans will know (name to be announced soon…) writing this bridge for us and EVERYBODY concerned is excited about how it is shaping up. Bonelli will be publishing it worldwide and Platinum Studios will be handling it in the US, so save up in the meantime."
And we wrap up with a wrap-a-delic wrap-around edition of...
An important tweet came from John Favreau's Twitter feed just a short time ago...
# Wrapped. Exhausted. About 5AM PT Today
Earlier tweets include...
# Thanks to all for the Saturn Awards. Sorry I couldn't be there. I'm filming nights. Midnight
# I'm looking at the biggest green screen I've ever seen. Midnight
# Spy helicopters hovering. 1 AM PT Today