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TREK Doc Joins RED


By Rob M. Worley     December 21, 2009
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'Trek' doc Karl Urban joins the cast of 'Red'. Plus: New 'Green Lantern' casting rumors. Wright talks 'Scott Pilgrim' music. 'Planet Hulk' gets bi-coastal bow and more! Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it Comics2Film 9.12.21!




GREEN LANTERN Casting Rumors - Round 2

Latino Review (who says they don't usually like to report casting rumors, and if they do and the rumors fizzle, people must understand that it's because publicists and actors lie to the press) is offering up the latest round of casting rumors on the 'Green Lantern'. They are presenting an outsourced report of what they claim is the list of actresses up for the role of Carol Ferris in the film.

Their list of rumored candidates: Eva Green ('Casino Royale'), Keri Russell ('Felicity'), Diane Kruger ('National Treasure'), Blake Lively ('Gossip Girl') and Jennifer Garner ('Alias').

The LR's report runs under the headline that one of the five will [emphasis theirs] be cast in the role, and since the movie is set to film early in 2010, the casting folks better start making decisions soon.

Ryan Reynolds, of course, plays the lead role of Green Lantern Hal Jordan, in the film directed by Martin Campbell.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Wright on SCOTT PILGRIM soundtrack

/Film points its readers to a two-hour BBC Radio 6 broadcast hosted by Edgar Wright, director of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. Apparently Wright talks a bit about the soundtrack for the music-oriented film.

Fans can listen for the music of Metric, Kevin Canning, Handsome Boy Modeling School, a Cornelius remix of Beck’s "Mixed Bizness" and Frank Black doing "I Hear Ramona Sing".

The site also presents some quotes from Wright about the above music choices. Check out /Film's report for more details or give the show a listen at the link above.



PLANET HULK Bows in N.Y.C. and L.A.

Before the 'Planet Hulk' animated movie drops on DVD if February, it'll enjoy bi-coastal theatrical premieres in New York City and Los Angeles, according to Newsarama.

On January 14th, the Paley Centers for Media in both cities will host "An Evening of Planet Hulk" which includes a screening and panel discussion. Tickets are free and will be distributed via beginning on December 23rd.

Thanks to CaptainSigma for the submission.



ADELE BLANC-SEC Teaser Trailer Online

The first teaser trailer for Luc Besson's comic-based period genre pic 'Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec' is now online.

The film is based on the Franco-Belgian comic series of the same name. We can tell you that the teaser offers up a nice-looking glimpse of a Pterodactyl terrorizing  Paris!

There's also a website for the film at, although for now it's nothing more than an email collection form.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Rodriguez talks SIN CITY 2

Various websites are reporting on a press conference held on the set of Robert Rodriguez's currently-filming 'Predators'. The director also chatted about plans (or lack thereof) for 'Sin City 2'. 

"Yeah, we still talk about doing that as early as later next year. I haven't gotten to that yet," Rodriguez is quoted as saying by The director also admitted he can't be sure when it'll actually film.

"I know Frank wants to do it. I know I want to do it. It's always sort of a 'time permitting' kind of thing. But it's not like I can tell you definitely we're starting . It's not my next picture, I know that. It doesn't mean that it's not the picture right after 'cause that's still a possibility," Rodriguez said.

There's been a script prepared for the film since 2007 but the director said they'd likely revisit it before going into production.

"It's one Frank wrote and we have to look at it now and go, 'Is this really the one?' I think it's built up so much that, like, are we really going to satisfy everybody with what we have or should we add to it? It's the thing we had always talked about doing, but now two years later we'd probably make some adjustments. Nothing that would take a long time. We could already start and in pre-production fix anything we wanted to," he said.

Last October, a producer on the film told C2F that the sequel would be based on an original screenplay by Miller. However, Rodriguez says the script they have in hand is based on pre-existing graphic novels, "with some original stuff added to kind of catch us up to the character."



Rodriguez talks MADMAN

Rodriguez has also been sitting on the film rights to Mike Allred's 'Madman' comics for over a decade now.

At the same press event Rodriguez told reporters, "Yeah, I still have that. It's at Weinstein. They still have that for me to produce. So after doing this I have some ideas on how to bring that to life. But that would be good to do."

The filmmaker purchased the option for the film in 1999, back when Allred's comics still had an audience. At various times it appeared to "the next film" on Rodriguez's radar but, for whatever reasons, would always get bumped in favor of another project. Since then interest in Madman comics has cooled significantly.



Topher Grace in the dark on VENOM film reports that, during the same 'Predators' press conference, actor Topher Grace said he's heard nothing of the planned 'Venom' movie. Sony announced the project this year as a spin-off featuring the character Grace played in 'Spider-Man 3'.

Grace said he hasn't been approached about the movie.



TREK Doc cast in RED

If we're not reporting a new 'Thor' cast member today, then it must be time to report on a new 'Red' cast member.

Comics2Film at Mania can exclusively report that actor Karl Urban has joined the swelling ranks of the film. Already cast are Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, John C. Reilly, Helen Mirren, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss.

Urban was seen recently playing Doctor "Bones" McCoy in 'Star Trek'. He also recently completed a turn in the manhwa-to-film adaptation of TOKYOPOP's 'Priest'.

The film, based on Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's comic, focuses on a retired CIA agent targeted for death by a mysterious assassin. The film expands greatly on the comic series (which Ellis says should be thought of as a "short story").

Our source tells us Urban is playing the role of "Cooper" but offered few details about the part. We've also that McMahon ('Fantastic Four', 'Nip/Tuck') is playing none other than the Vice President of the United States. Finally, our source confirmed that Borgnine and Dreyfuss have signed their deals for the film.

'Red' rolls cameras this January in Toronto.


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Wyldstaar 12/21/2009 8:05:13 AM

Not really surprised to hear that Topher hasn't been approached about Venom.  I doubt he is all that surprised, either.

everdreaded 12/21/2009 8:39:59 AM

Ernest Borgnine is still alive...? WOW! Did he outlive everybody on mchales navy or what?

don't you guys think a Venom movie is kind of a stretch I mean i dont even get the appeal in the comic..its kinda just a novelty gone out of control that people can take or leave..

TheXenos 12/21/2009 10:38:58 AM

 Wow. Red is really getting quite the cast.  And I keep hearing about that Priest adaptation from TokyoPop. I'll belive it when I see it. Got a couple of volumes and it seemed like a neat series.

FerretJohn 12/21/2009 10:49:52 AM

OH hell yes Borgnine is still alive, and chances are if you reach the age of 92 you'll only be wishing you're as active as him.  And Tim Conway and a couple others of the McHales crew are still alive too.

dragon261 12/21/2009 11:21:10 AM

Borgnine is still alive and when he was asked a few years ago what his secret was for staying acitve he said and I and I kid you not "I masturbate alot." It was on live tv on one of the morning shows. I thought the interviewer was going have a stroke and the other two anchors sitting next to Borgnine looked about to piss themselves. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to pass out. What made it so funny he said so deadpan you couldn't tell if he was serious or not.

silversurfer 12/21/2009 11:33:47 AM

I can't see Eva Green in GL. I don't know if she can do that kind of role? Kerri Russel would be interesting though...I though her moments in MI:3 were good.

Borngnine is as tough as nalils; kudos to him wheter he spanks the monkey alot or not! 

Topher would love to get a chance at Venom, but he knows it isn't going to happen. Although I could see him showing up in other capacities as far as comic movies are concerned. Hate to say it, but he would be great as a sidekick.....

jfdavis 12/21/2009 11:48:56 AM

I like all the choices for Ferris except Lively.  I have no idea how she is as an actress but she's a nobody compared to even Green.  If they were seriously concidering off the wall choices for the role more would be in the mix.  I think Green and Russell work best.

Recasting Brock with something like Urban for instance is the way to go for the totally unnecessary Venom movie.  (Unless it get Sony to shut up about the Vulture issue then I'm all for it.)

By the way, my first thought after reading the headline was "But Deforest Kelly is dead..."

Wiseguy 12/21/2009 12:59:52 PM

I have to go with Kruger for Carol. I think she'd be great. The Lively girl looks good too. Garner would be a wreck IMO

So that Adele film is about newspaper salesmen?

Venom? For some reason I think this will stay in development hell for a very long time

The cast of RED is looking pretty awesome. Don't know jack about the comic but will definitely give the film a shot

Not really that interested in Madman but would see it if it gets made. Sin City 2 is where Rodriguez needs to get to work.


yourafoolmugen 12/21/2009 7:10:17 PM

I can't wait to see Red!

Wyldstaar 12/22/2009 11:35:38 AM

Well TK421, I'd say a Venom movie with no Spidey ties would have seen as much success as a Catwoman movie with no ties to Batman.  What is it with people in Hollywood who decide to make a film based on a much beloved book, think they can use the original version as toilet paper, and still make a successful movie?  The fact that these bastardized versions always fail miserably doesn't seem to educate them very much, either.



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