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WALKING DEAD Gets Season 2


By Rob M. Worley     November 09, 2010
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Walking Dead gets season 2. Plus: Deadpool writer talks origin story. Singer sings Snyder's Superman praises. Old Boy redo moving again? More! It's your Comics2Film 10.11.9!




OLD BOY Script Nearing Completion

Anyone who enjoys Asian cinema is well acquainted with Chan-wook Park's adaptation of Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya's manga series Oldboy. And fans of that movie have cringed and squirmed at reports of the planned American remake which at times had Nic Cage or Will Smith attached to star.

Well, get ready to squirm some more. Via twitter, Pajiba reports that Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich is about to turn in a draft of the script for the movie. The suits at Mandate pictures apparently like what they've seen so far. They're going after the likes of Steven Spielberg (who has been previously attached) and Matthew Vaughan to direct. Danny Boyle is said to be the next contender after those two.



Singer on New SUPERMAN Movie

Director Bryan Singer, who's epic Superman Returns continues to be the subject of debate among fans, spoke about Warner Bros' current plans to jettison the foundation he laid and start fresh on the Man of Steel with a concept by screenwriter David Goyer, producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder.

The Geek Files blog reported on Singer's recent public comments at a film screening.

Singer said that, given four years have passed since Superman Returns was released, he has a different level of comfort with the situation than he might have had at an earlier date. He also said it's the nature of the business to move between projects.

"So now [a Superman reboot] makes sense. It's a movie I would want to see, I think Zack's so talented and I applaud Warner and Legendary for choosing somebody who's a filmmaker and not necessarily just a shooter," Singer said. "It's Superman, it's gonna be made over and over in one form or another, and I'm sure Zack won't be the last person to touch it either, so in a way it's not in my mind any more. It would have been two and a half years ago."

Work on the new Superman movie is expected to ramp up quickly following the March release of Snyder's current film Sucker Punch.



Screenwriter Talks DEADPOOL Origins

io9.com chats up Rhett Reese, one half of the screenwriting due responsible for Zombieland and an impressive docket of upcoming movies including 20th Century Fox's Deadpool.

Reese told io9 that one of the big challenges of the movie is coming up with an arc for a character who is generally known for fast, substance-free action.

"Ultimately, I think despite how fun he is in the now, we really did want to explore how he became that way and why he became that way, we definitely delve into that," Reese told the website. "He's a warped character, and that's why he's so fun to write. Various writers have tackled him and I think that particular club of people have always enjoyed being able to just go places with a character that you wouldn't be able to go with any other character. Because he's completely crazy. That's the joy of writing him. You don't have to place any limits on decorum, or what might pop into his head, what reference he might make to pop culture. He'll go anywhere and say anything and that's the joy of writing him. So we really enjoy that but we also did enjoy exploring a little bit of his origin."

And Reese has an answer for fans who worry that actor Ryan Reynolds' pretty-boy face will be covered up by a mask or horrific prosthetic makeup the entire movie. "I think there's a good balance in the movie of seeing Wade Wilson pre-Deadpool and seeing his scarred face post-becoming Deadpool and having the mask on — which is how most comic fans envision Deadpool, is with the mask on," Reese said.

Plans are to film the movie early next year, although the project still lacks a director and my have difficulty hitting that launch window. If they do miss it, Deadpool may then face even more delays as it waits for another opening in Reynolds' schedule, or they may have to re-cast the lead role.



WALKING DEAD Breaks Records, Scores Second Season!

It looks as if AMC has a ratings hit on its hands with the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic The Walking Dead.

The cable net announced on Monday that it's green lit a 13-episode second season of the new series, which debuted on October 31.

The show has gone on to break ratings records and not just on the network. According to their announcement, the show has reached more Adults 18-49 than any other show in the history of cable television.

The series is also being carried to the world stage by Fox International Channels’ (FIC) -- who also is picking up the second season following the show's ratings success in 120 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.  Those numbers make it the highest-rated original series premiere ever to air on FIC simultaneously worldwide.

"I wish all programming decisions were no-brainers like this one," said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming for Fox International Channels. "The Walking Dead is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more. Kudos to AMC!"

So there you go, Maniacs. 13 new episodes of The Walking Dead will follow the six episodes commissioned for the first season.

Thanks to Calibur454 and ninjaBam for the submission.



Three SMAVILLE Clips

The CW has released three new clips promoting this Friday's episode of Smallville entitled "Abandoned" which features former Lois Lane Teri Hatcher, and genre TV staple Michael Ironside, playing current Lois Lane Erica Durance's mother and father respectively. Enjoy.

Clip 1: Teri Hatcher Promo


Abandoned Preview


Abandoned Clip



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LocoLobo73 11/9/2010 6:33:22 AM

Old Boy , you know those movie that should never be touched or remade, this is absolutellu one of them leave it alone, you want to see a great movie watch the original with the subtitles , great FN movie.

SINGER is a douche

DEADPOOL: boy I wish they would get their heads out of the rectums and get this together, this could be the X related film that gets Fox back in the game cause im pretty sure that X men first class is going to be an Epic Fail , Hopefully they can make things right with Wolverine and Deadpool.



Tevii 11/9/2010 6:48:12 AM

Old Boy should not be remade. But of course when it is remade, it will get all sorts of kudos for being an amazingly original movie with a great twist ending.  Kind of like The Departed. Sad

Singer's problem was making it a continuation of the Donner films. He had a GREAT opportunity to have his own re-boot with Superman.

I knew Walking Dead was going to be a hit, but WOW, thats impressive.

Hobbs 11/9/2010 7:11:15 AM

That's the only problem with cable TV is that their seasons are 13 episodes as opposed to the 20 or so other networks usually give.  Oh well, still good news about Walking Dead. 

pilgram 11/9/2010 7:11:39 AM

Old Boy shoud not be made again.

Supes I could care less about what Singer thinks at this point he had his shot.

Great WD news but who didn't expect that to happen? It was a hit before it came on. Now I want to know if we can get longer seasons 13 is not enough. It should do a full 24.

joeybaloney 11/9/2010 7:53:54 AM

No surprise but glad TWD renewal is official. Any chance we won't have to wait until next Halloween for new episodes?

jfdavis 11/9/2010 8:06:12 AM

Did one of those Smallvile clips show who I think they did?  I still think it's stupid we're dealing with Lois's mother the week after the rest of her family but...

If they are ramping up the new Superman movie soon, we should be hearing news soon.  Sorry to state the obvious but I'm getting kind of excited to finally get answers...

animefanjared 11/9/2010 8:22:53 AM

@ Hobbs - Yeah, it sucks that cable TV seasons tend to be truncated, but in some ways I think it's a blessing.  I think having less episodes allows for more quality control, as things aren't as rushed as when they have to bang out 22 hour-long episodes each year.  It also seems to help keep season-long arcs more tightly plotted and with less filler.

@ joey - Like I said in the review thread, I bet we see these episodes sooner rather than later.  AMC will want to capitalize on the huge amount of buzz the show has generated.  The only problem scheduling wise is "Mad Men."  I don't know if they can get more episodes ready before "Mad Men" premieres in July/August, and I can't imagine them having new episodes of both running at the same time.  The execs will want to spread out their two biggest hits so they can get those advertising dollars for as many months out of the year as possible.

IamChuck2026 11/9/2010 8:56:16 AM

Wait, was that Granny Goodness?!

Calibur454 11/9/2010 8:59:52 AM

@animefanjarhead- & Hobbs-

I too sometimes get frustrated with 13 episode season runs- however I agree with animefanjarhead when it can become a blessing. It forces the writers to have a good focused story and it cant stray to much or fans will notice. A lot of the shows I like to watch are in the 13 episode format-

The Boondocks- Sons Of anarchy- South Park (though that one can sometimes run up to 14 epsiodes)

as far as The Walking Dead is concerned I am not surprised- I am absolutely thrilled. I have been able to watch both episodes and cant wait for more- I hope the first season dvd comes with a ton of extras. and I for one will preorder this one without hesitation

@ LocoLobo73- Old Boy- I really have to agree with you however the english dub is actually good on this movie to. they should avoid this movie with a 100 foot pole

X-men superman- Could really care less at this point

Deadpool- I'll with for a trailer

lancedenier 11/9/2010 9:15:58 AM

I'm enjoying Smallville's last season so far.  I like how they're trying to give a nod to the past.  I can't wait for the finale.

Really pumped for Snyder's Superman.

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