Who is Warner considering for 'Lobo'? Plus: Casting imminent on 'Hack/Slash' film? Quesada talks 'Captain America'. 'Justice League' forming around 'Green Lantern'? More! It's pronounced Canada but it's spelled Comics2Film 9.10.21!
There have been plans on the books to bring Steve Niles horror noir comic 'Criminal Macabre' to the big screen for over six years now. For most of that time actor Thomas Jane was attached to star as Cal McDonald in the movie. Indeed, ever since his attachment, cover artist Timothy Bradstreet has been putting Jane's face on the covers of the comics published by Dark Horse.
Last August the trades reported that the film had moved to Universal Studios as part of their pact with Dark Horse. It was unclear at the time whether or not Jane was still considered the leading man on that one. MTV Splash Page put the question to Jane this week.
"Cal is one of the great characters and I’m perfect for the part," Jane told MTV. "As far as I know, Universal is interested in putting together a Cal Mcdonald film and, well... we’ll see what happens."
Jane also said he's aware that screenwriter Kyle Ward is writing a draft of the script for the film, "And it's something I definitely have my eye on."
So, the question of Jane's actual involvement with the project remains unclear, but one thing is certain, he definitely has passion for the role.
Yesterday we linked to an article at NOLA.com regarding the filming of 'Green Lantern'. The piece contained a bit of info that we dismissed as speculation, but has been passed around the web since then. Namely, it mentions the notion that the DC movie is the first in a series that will build up to a 'Justice League' movie.
Writes the Times-Picayune:
"Green Lantern" is expected to be the first in a trilogy of films focusing on D.C.'s Justice League heroes -- the others being "The Flash" and "Wonder Woman" -- before uniting all three with fellow League members Batman, Superman and Aquaman for a Justice League movie.
Now, that is entirely possible. C2F has never heard anything that directly refutes that statement. However, it doesn't really mesh with what we've been hearing out of the newly formed DC Entertainment. And it seems unlikely that the Times-Picayune would have access to this kind of advanced planning from DCE.
Our initial and present reaction to this is that it's a bit of misinformation glued together from various rumors. On the other hand, if we're wrong and the Times-Picayune is right, then it's exciting news indeed.
Comic Book Resources reports from the Joe Quesada panel at the Big Apple Comic-Con. Quesada talked all things Marvel but made a few comments about the 'Captain America' movie, due out in summer of 2011.
"I've seen a couple of outlines and an initial screenplay, and it's going to rock everyone's socks off," Quesada told fans. "It's very unexpected, the kind of movie it is."
CBR also reports that Quesada said the film will set up 'The Avengers' in "a fantastic way" and that Marvel has a list of potential leading men in mind already.
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' arrived on DVD and Blu-ray this week. SCI FI Wire has posted one of the extras found on the release, which shows showing how the visual-effects artists bang the crap out of Optimus Prime.
Check it out:
Producers Daniel Alter and Adrian Askarieh chatted with Collider.com on the red carpet at the Spike TV Scream awards on the weekend. They gave an update on the 'Hack/Slash' comic, based on Tim Seeley's kick-ass horror comic.
"We have an exciting director, a new director named Fredrick Bond," said Alter. "It's going to start [production] early next year."
He also said that casting news would come pretty soon.
Here's the clip:
Clancy Brown. That's who.
Comics2Film at Mania.com spoke exclusively to a source close to the development of the film who tells us that director Guy Ritchie is "gung-ho" on the 'Lobo' movie project and working hard to get the script in shape for filming next year.
With that in mind the conversation has turned towards casting the film. We asked our source if plans were to cast a wrestler or bodybuilder that could match Lobo's muscled-up physique from the comics.
"Lobo has to look like that, but the person being Lobo doesn't necessarily," our source told us. "I'm not saying that's how they're gonna do it because they're still trying to work that out, but for example Andy Serkis doesn't particularly look like Gollum, you know? It's all about performance."
So is Lobo going to be all CGI, a la Gollum or Hulk or King Kong? Our source says the conversations about that are all over the map. They could go that route or they could go with a mix of costume, makeup and CGI enhancements, similar to what was seen in the 'Hellboy' movies.
"Ultimately regardless of whether you do it all CG or its a guy in a suit, with CG, you'll still end up doing a lot of CG animation. So do you need a celebrity? Do you need a name or do you just get someone who is good and who's gonna nail it?"
Our guy on the inside says a name that's come up frequently in meetings is Clancy Brown.
Brown, a veteran of too many genre films to name, first caught fan attention as The Krugan in 'Highlander' (a role not too far removed from DC Comics' main bastich). More recently he sizzled in roles like Brother Crowe in 'Carnivale' and the heroic tracker John Clay in 'The Burrowers'. Of course he's also known as the voice of Lex Luthor in various animated productions including the recent 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'.
"Wouldn't he be awesome? I think he'd knock it out of the park," enthused our source.
However, he was quick to add that the studio hasn't truly begun the casting process. A lot has to happen before they actually start approaching actors and making offers. For now Brown is just a name being tossed around in meetings.
Brown definitely has the voice and can pull off the surly persona of the main man, so C2F has to give this casting choice a thumbs up.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is Clancy Brown a good choice for LOBO? If not, then who? Post your comments below...