Mark Valley says he's already got his 'Captain America' costume ready. Plus: 'Barbarella' gets a new writer. 'Smallville' adds wonderful guests? 'Lucky Luke' trailer online and more! Traveling to the future, one second at a time, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.7!
As the cycle on the long-churning 'Barbarella' development resets, the Hollywood Reporter tells us that the project has acquired a new screenwriter in one Jo Gazzam. He joins director Robert Luketic as the latest team to try to tame the notorious space vixen taken from the pages of Jean-Claude Forest's sexy comics.
According to the article, the new film will eschew the campiness of the 1968 Jane Fonda movie, but will keep the sexuality and focus on adventure instead.
Gazzam most recently penned scripts for a film reboot of '21 Jump Street' and the comic-based 'CryptoZoo'.
KryptonSite reports SPOILERS for episode 5 of the new season of 'Smallville' including some intriguing guest stars. We'll post the synopsis in white text to protect those who wish to avoid SPOILERS. If you want to read it, swipe the text with your cursor.
According to KryptonSite, the episode will feature two teens who idolize the Blue Blur (Clark). These teens may, in fact, be Zan and Jayna, aka The Wonder Twins. KryptonSite reports that it is likely that we'll see them exercise their animal/water shape shifting ability inthe episode.
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Fans know well that there's a TV version of the DC/Vertigo comic 'Human Target' debuting on Fox this fall. The hook of the comic is that Christopher Chance is a master of disguise who could assume the identity of a client whose life is in danger, thus making himself the target. The TV show chose to go a different route, with Chance assuming a role near the target in order to protect them, the making himself...er...a guy near a target.
The change is understandable, given the dynamics of a weekly TV series, executive producer Jon Steinberg told Target419.com.
"The conceit works in print, but as soon as it becomes flesh and it becomes detrimental to the story," Steinberg said during the recent TCA tour. "How do we make this real? If there was a guy who did this job, how would he do it? How would he get into your life? It was clear to us, it was to create an action hero, that were like the ones I grew up with, Indiana Jones and John McClane. It's hard to fall in love with Indiana Jones if he looks like someone else every week."
Indeed, 'Human Target' struggled as a TV series in the early 1990s and in that one, leading man Rick Springfield had relatively little screen time as another actor would always play Chance in disguise as the target. The tweak to the concept is probably a good idea for such a show to succeed.
Speaking of the 'Human Target', Mark Valley (star of that show) told the L.A. Times Hero Complex Blog that he's aware of fan buzz calling for him to be Steve Rogers in the 'Captain America' movie and is on board with the idea.
"Somebody showed me that. I was kind of blown away. The power of the Internet, you know? And there might be another reason: I’ve just been walking around in Captain America suits every once in a while on weekends," the actor joked. "I didn’t really think it would really go anywhere you know. That’s just a personal hobby of mine."
However he later tells blogger Geoff Boucher that he doesn't think there really is a 'Captain America' movie, seemingly unaware of Marvel's plan to have it in theaters in two years, the coupling with 'The Avengers' and the attachment of director Joe Johnston. When confronted with the notion that 'Captain America' is, in fact, a real project Valley seems to back peddle a bit.
"Oh, OK. We’ll see, maybe I’ll be too busy with 'Human Target.' But you never know how these things go..."
What do you think fans? Should Mark Valley try harder to be Captain America. Or is there a better candidate? Post your comments below...
And for fans of the Franco-Belgian cowboy comic 'Lucky Luke', here's the latest trailer from the French-language film. Visit the official website for higher quality versions...
'Dead of Night' star Brandon Routh talked to MTV Splash Page about his take on the classic Italian comics character Dylan Dog. He likens the paranormal investigator to a certain 'Star Wars' character.
"That's what's cool about Dylan Dog, he's kind of like Han Solo," Routh said. "He just has his swagger and his charisma and his dour attitude sometimes that gets him through the day."
Check out the complete interview footage...
/Film sat down with director James McTeigue and asked him to address recent comic book movies that the rumor-mill has attached his name to.
The 'Ninja Assassin' director is a frequent collaborator of the Wachowski Brothers, who were recently rumored to finally be turning their attention to 'Plastic Man', which McTeigue would possibly direct. However McTeigue said he'd be surprised if the movie ever got made. The Wachowskis wrote a script for it around ten years ago but they have never discussed it with the director.
The director also dismisses any talk that he's attached to 'X-Men Origins: Magneto', stating that he doesn't even know how that rumor got started.
Most recently, though, there's been talk that the Wachowski's would tackle the 'Superman' sequel/reboot/whatever. McTeigue's name was also dropped into the mix. The director's response to this rumor is the most interesting.
He said, "You know… I… I would say… I’ll keep you guessing, actually. It’s good not to dispel every rumor, right?"
What do you think, Maniacs? Admission via omission? Is McTeigue a good choice for Superman? If not him then who? Post your comments below...