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By Rob M. Worley     August 12, 2009

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'The Walking Dead' shambles onto TV with Frank Darabont. PLUS: First look at 'The Phantom'. Roth says Abomination could menace 'The Avengers'. Jackman hints at 'Wolverine 2' in 2012. More! Saving the world, one netizen at a time, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.12!



Goyer Still Breaking Into SUPER MAX

Remember 'Super Max'? It was that superhero-in-a-super-villain-prison movie that morphed into a Green Arrow film. Justin Marks had written a red hot script that David Goyer was going to produce. Then the property got a bit cold and, just last month, it was revealed that Warner Bros has plans for a more traditional Green Arrow movie.

Now Goyer chatted with MTV Splash Page about the project and said that there's a new writer on board and was vague as to whether or not Green Arrow will actually be the protagonist in the film.

"We came up with the idea and thought it could work in either the Marvel or the DC universe," he explained. "It needed that type of character and there are analogues in both universes. Green Arrow seemed to make the most amount of sense."

At this point Goyer could only say the movie is "definitely something we're developing."



Ray Park Holds Hope for IRON FIST

Back in the early days of Comics2Film, when Marvel was still in its Hollywood infancy, one production that looked a sure thing was 'Iron Fist'. The film had rising star Ray Park attached in the lead and Marvel was agressively developing scripts and pursuing directors.

Eventually Park's star cooled and 'Spider-Man' elevated Marvel to a new level and interest in 'Iron Fist' dissipated. But Park tells Comics Alliance that he's still keen to star as Marvel's anglo kung fu superstar.

"I actually want to be Danny Rand -- I want to be Iron Fist, I want to do it," Park told the site at Chicago Comic-Con (formerly Wizard World). "I've been blond before. I'll work on the American accent as well."

More importantly, the affable actor joked, "I want to have an excuse to take my top off and show off my abs."

Interestingly, Park says that, rather than a solo 'Iron Fist' movie, Marvel will more likely do a 'Heroes for Hire', which would see him teamed with Luke Cage.

What do you think, Maniacs? How would you like Tyrese and Ray in Heroes for Hire? Post your comments below...

Thanks to WISEGUY562 for the submission.



Could the Abomination Menace THE AVENGERS?

Tim Roth made an extremely watchable villain in 'The Incredible Hulk', so will we ever see his Abomination on screen again?

Roth told gathered press (including SCI FI Wire) this week that Marvel has been talking about having him reappear in a movie, possibly in 'The Avengers'.

"I don't want to get into it, but they signed me up for three [films]," Roth said, although he was understandably more interested in talking about his returning Fox series 'Lie to Me'.

When pressed for details -- did his contract limit him to 'Hulk' sequels or could 'Avengers' be in the mix -- Roth responded, "It could be anything."

What do you think, Maniacs? Could Loki and The Abomination combine to make a formidable threat to The Avengers? Post your comments below...

Thanks to WISEGUY562 for the submission.



Ryan Carnes is the new PHANTOM in the SyFy Original Mini-series

THE PHANTOM Details Unveiled

Muse Entertainment, the producers of the new 'Phantom' mini-series for SyFy Channel, have unveiled a photograph from the show and a few details on their website.

Here's how they describe the updated version of Lee Falk's comic-strip jungle action hero:

Law student and parkour runner ('traceur') Chris is shocked to learn that he was adopted and that he is actually the son of The Phantom, a caped crime-fighter. He joins the Phantom team in the jungles of Bengalla to be expertly trained in martial arts and combat, and emerges as the next Phantom to battle the assassins of the evil Singh Brotherhood.

The list the cast members as Ryan Carnes, Sandrine Holt, Jean Marchand, Cameron Goodman, Isabella Rossillini and the director as Paolo Barzman, who has numerous episodes of action/adventure TV shows on his resume.

'The Phantom' is set to air on SyFy Channel in 2010.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Jackman hints at WOLVERINE 2 in 2012

Continuing their red carpet sound bites from the Teen Choice Awards, MTV Splash Page has another segment from Mr. Hugh Jackman about 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2'.

Jackman told the music net that he expects the next movie to be the "sexiest" Wolverine movie and teased that X-Men movies come out approximately every three years, hinting that the next Wolverine may drop in 2012.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.




AMC has emerged victorious in an apparent bidding war to bring Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comic series 'The Walking Dead' to TV, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Frank Darabont ('The Mist', 'The Green Mile') is on board to write and direct the planned TV series.

Gale Anne Hurd ('The Incredible Hulk') of Valhalla Motion Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion are exective producers.

AMC senior vice president of programming says the TV series will reamain true to the storylines presented in the comics. If you haven't read the books (and please, do yourself a favore and pick up the trades or the newly published omnibus) the story follows the advent a Romero-esque zombie plague and a group of survivors lead by police officer Rick Grimes. The series focuses on the human conflicts as the characters band together, or battle one another, to cling to survival.

"This is not about zombies popping out of closets," Stillerman told Variety. "This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in 'Walking Dead') is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way."

"I don't know of another series of books that has such beautiful storytelling, great human emotions and everything that really works on AMC," Stillerman said in a separate statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "It allows us to stay where we want to stay: in the world of smart, sophisticated storytelling and apply that to a show that we think the audience would love."

Stillerman hopes to position the show among AMC's recent acclaimed series 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad'.

Thanks to MrJawbreakingEquilibrium for the submission.


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DaForce1 8/12/2009 7:11:10 AM

The only problem I have with Walking Dead on AMC, is that they'll have to tone down the gore and the swearing. Not really that great when you have a series about a zombipocalypse.

Thorn 8/12/2009 7:54:45 AM

The Walking Dead on AMC?! That is like, the best entertainment news I've heard in ages! The Walking Dead is one of my favorite comics, and AMC delivers Mad Men, which is one my favorite shows. I truly hope this works out, a dream coming true!!

Just PLEASE make it in black & white!


griN 8/12/2009 7:57:31 AM

if you've seen Breaking Bad you'll know AMC is comfortable with a surprising amount of gore! This could be the one of the coolest series ever!

Wiseguy 8/12/2009 8:05:42 AM

SuperMax Marvel style can be called The Raft or 42. The idea can definitely work for either Marvel or DC. Maybe starting Hawkeye if it's in the MU, he was a criminal afterall at one point

Heroes for Hire would be damn cool IMO. But has Ray Park ever been cast in a talking role, it's cool that he's got the martial arts down but can he really act. As for Luke I think Tyrese may be ok but I'd rather have a more mature looking guy though

The Abomination would be cool in an Avengers film more as a henchman or a distraction brought about by the real big bad, be it Loki, Mandarin, The Leader or whoever the troublemaker is. But he can't be the "main" baddie

Walking Dead? I thought they were aiming for a feature. I've never read the books but I'd definitely watch a series or at least give a try. And daforce, don't be fooled by what these cable channels can get away with, specially if they air it after 9 pm. Look at some of the stuff fx, adult swim and comedy central put on late at night

pilgram 8/12/2009 8:08:04 AM

Iron Fist is one of 10 properties that Marvel sold to pay for Spiderman. They may need to sell it again to have a movie made because I do not see them with much interest in this with such a full plate of first line heroes needing movie treatments. Walking Dead is great and AMC has shown skill with Mad Men. At least its not ABC, NBC, CBS, or worst of all SyFy (Dumbest name ever). FX would have played up the action to much but delivered more gore also. AMC is the right channel to develop character pieces

pilgram 8/12/2009 8:12:08 AM

Park "talked" in Ballistic and sucked. He is as bad an actor as he is bad ass at martial arts. It’s the old inverse rule.

jedibanner 8/12/2009 8:14:11 AM

Walking dead on AMC????? well....I guess we can't get everything we want in life. They will tone down so much from the comic it won't be the same so, meh.... .

If this was on HBO, that would've been cool but, I guess we will have to settle for a PG version.

Wiseguy 8/12/2009 8:16:42 AM

pilgram, Marvel has actually expressed interest in adapting their second and third tier characters to film. Afterall, their plan is to make at least 2 to 4 features a year starting next year and they can't all be 200mil dollar projects. You've heard all the Black Panther, Luke Cage, AntMan talk. These are films that they can do on Blade like budget, and make money

But Park had very few lines right? I vaguely recall the film, I tried to erase it from my memory but wasn't completely succesful

wessmith1966 8/12/2009 8:23:46 AM

I'm sorry, but Supermax was just a bad idea that was never going to see the light of day. A studio is not going to make a super hero without super heroes in it; just not going to happen. We all talked about this a couple of years ago when the story hit. The script and story might be great, but it's got flop written all over it. If DC wants a Green Arrow movie, they're going to do an origin story (which I really doubt will happen).

I'm Ray Park would love to star in a big movie, but do we know if he can act? Sure, he would look cool and the martial arts would be great, but that's not going to make a successful movie and Marvel knows it. Of course he's going to say this stuff when he's surrounded by fanboys. I do like the idea of a team-up movie more than a solo film. Buddy cop movies (which is what this would be when you get right down to it) can be very successful and this would be a cool take on the formula.

The Abomination, with his strings being pulled by Loki, could make an excellent villain in the Avengers movie because he's vicious and has the power to take on the Avengers' heavy hitters. I think it would be cool for the Avengers to be chasing down Hulk for capture and come upon Hulk battling an escaped Abomination who's looking for a little payback after his beatdown in the Hulk movie. Marvel's piecing their movies together and would make a nice little knot in the overall storyline.

I don't know if it's going to be any good, but I'm looking forward to The Phantom. As Cheesy as it was, I still enjoyed the Billy Zane move because it was cool seeing Phantom on the Big Screen back in the day. When i was a kid, the first thing I did on a Sunday was grab the comics section so I could see what was going on in The Phantom. I'd love to see the show set in the 30s-40s.

I really don't need another Wolverine movie. It was a forgettable summer popcorn movie. If Fox wants to continue to wring money out of the X-Men, I think they should do a year one story and reboot the X-Men. I'm tired of seeing Wolverine not be Wolverine. If they want to make a great Wolverine movie (which they never will), set it in Madripoor/Japan, battling the Handninjas, and make it R-rated. I want to see Wolverine's claws actually claw something and see Wolverine be the best there is at what he does because let's face it, he's gotten his ass kicked a lot in the movies.

Walking Dead on AMC...definitely. I like Thorn's idea of B&W, too, because that could really add some mood to the show. I've always thought the best part of the zombie movies was how the survivors dealt with it. That was one of the best parts of the original (and I guess the remake, too) Dawn of the Dead. Watching them creat their own community in the mall and how they all interacted, was the strength of the movie.

gauleyboy420 8/12/2009 9:34:42 AM

Supermax sounds like an episode of Spectacu;ar Spiderman the other night. Where Spidey was asked to test out the Raft. Good Ep, not sure if it would be a good movie though...maybe

Tim Roth is a bad ass bad guy, and I'd love to see Blonski terrorize the Avengers. Maybe Loki, Mandarin, Abomination and Skrulls attack....Just kidding, I have no idea how the Avengers Movie will play out, but I'm thinking Let Millar write it. His Ultimates was the most realistic take on The Avengers ever!

I'll give Phantom a chance...It's not like I'm that attached to a character that I know mostly from Defenders of the Earth.

Bring on More Wolverine...Too bad  so many of you would'nt allow yourselves to just fucking enjoy it. It was a fun ride, and seriously, these movies ar based on comics, and the majority of those storylines aren't that amazing. WESSMITH- they are taking the next Wolverine movie to Japan. They will never have a bloody Wolverine, but the first 2 x-men he was severely badass, without shedding a ton of blood.

Walking Dead on TV, Sweet. I didn't want to see a movie of this, because the character developement is crucial to the story. It's not about wild, zombies popping out around corners. It's about how people react and face a horrific situation (like all great zombie movies), sounds like Darabount "gets it" and should be able to make a pretty faithful translation of it to the small screen.

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