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Weaving Circling CAPTAIN AMERICA's Skull?

Plus: THOR, SPAWN, KICK-ASS and more!

By Rob M .Worley     March 12, 2010
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Comics2Film: Hugo Weaving and the Red Skull for CAPTAIN AMERICA
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Hugo Weaving circling Red Skull role in 'Captain America'? Plus: More 'Thor' talk from insiders. More 'Spawn' talk from McFarlane. More 'Kick-Ass' artwork from SXSW. More, more, more! It got up too fast and forgot its name, it's your Comics2Film 10.3.12!



McFarlane Says Same Stuff about SPAWN

MTV Splash Page chatted up comics creator/ toy creator / entertainment mogul Todd McFarlane at the recent Toy Fair International and he said some stuff about his planned 'Spawn' movie. It's pretty similar to the stuff he's said in the recent past about it: the big studios want a big movie with a safe story. McFarlane wants something else.

"I keep telling them I can make it for $10 million," McFarlane said."You just have to be smart visually and have a solid story behind it. So I'm going, 'Let's just do it the way I've been envisioning it for 10 years, and I'll take my lumps if it doesn't work.'"

And while he didn't say it this time out, the new movie will probably be less like a superhero movie and more edgy and R-rated like 'Se7en'. Or 'Saw'.



Sam Worthington Piloting DAN DARE Movie?

Fans in America may be a bit less schooled in 'Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future' than our UK friends are. He's a classic Buck Rogers type hero created by Frank Hampson in the 1950s. As C2F understands it, the character is huge.

There have been a few recent attempts to export 'Dan Dare', with a CGI cartoon show airing in various markets (including a U.S. cable network) from 2002-2004. Then, in 2007, Virigin comics attempted to create new adventures for the character with Garth Ennis writing. At the time it was mentioned that CAA was also shopping the concept around for development as a film.

Now, Pajiba is reporting that Sam Worthington "has signed on" to the film version of 'Dan Dare' for Warner Bros. Their report is attributed to an anonymous source, who they claim has a good track record providing scoops, but consider it a rumor at this point. The 'Avatar' and 'Clash of the Titans' star is a CAA client so that at least jibes with the previous report.

The site doesn't specifically state it, but the likely presumption is that Worthington would be the heroic title character.

Pajiba says 'Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future' is a priority project for Warner Bros.



More THOR Chatter

Latino Review has posted part 2 of their insider report on Marvel's 'Thor'. This one is less spoilery and less intriguing with the unnamed source mostly providing opinions about the cast. There's some commentary on the casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall, the abrupt hiring and firing of Start Townsend as Fandral. The insider claims that a teaser will drop Comic-Con in July.

The source also talks about actor Tom Hiddleston trying out for the lead but landing the role of Loki instead. Regarding Loki:

"This movie is as much an origin story for Loki as it is for Thor and he's not only the hero's nemesis but his brother. How do you deal with a situation like that where the very person who is trying to destroy you is your adopted brother? In the script, Thor is basically banished to Earth because he’s arrogant and proud and must learn what it is to live among mortals. And while the cat’s away, the mouse will play. While he's gone, Loki starts discovering things about himself, including his desire to be all powerful. He wants to be as well loved as Thor and that jealousy starts creating these complications"

Click through for the complete insider report!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



SXSW poster for KICK-ASS featuring Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the Red Mist

Another KICK-ASS SXSW Poster

MTV Splash Page has another poster from SXSW promoting 'Kick-Ass'. This one is quite a bit funnier, featuring a taunt from Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist character. Enjoy!

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Weaving Circling Red Skull Role?

The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reports that Marvel Studios are keen to recruit actor Hugo Weaving to be the ratzi villain The Red Skull in their 'First Avenger: Captain America' movie.

Reportedly the Marvel and Weaving camps are in the process of hashing out a deal. As is typical with the Marvel movies, a contract for Hugo would include a lower-than-average salary and possibly a sequel clause. So Heat Vision cautions that the deal is not locked at this point.

Furthermore, the Red Skull is a character who will likely have very few scenes (if any) where he's not in complete face make up, which is always a tough sell for actors (try getting Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahon to keep their faces covered for a whole movie). But hey, it worked out for with Heath Ledger's Joker.

Weaving is, of course, a fan favorite ever since he exploded into the mainstream as the laconic Agent Smith in 'The Matrix'.

Director Joe Johnston is slated to roll cameras on the film this year.

What do you think, Maniacs? Do you like Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull? Post your comments below...


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lusiphur 3/12/2010 6:45:04 AM

Weaving is good.  But I would go with Christoph Waltz for Red Skull.  At least you'd have an actor that wouldn't have to affect a German accent.

To note, there was one scene in TDK where Ledger's face was out of make-up.  When he was disguised as a police officer at the funeral.

Thor is sounding really good.

Shut up and make the movie yourself Todd.  You have the money, I'm sure.

AmbyWarhol 3/12/2010 7:05:30 AM

@Lusiphur... Ledger still had the scar makeup on his mouth... just no white and black.  

Spawn will never get made.  If I have an extra $10 mil lying around, I'll fund the project!

Weaving is all about the voice, however, I don't know about the Red Skull either.  He does need to be a strong, gritty sounding German ...  maybe he can pull it off.  He pulled off Elven...


Hobbs 3/12/2010 7:25:52 AM

Well, if McFarlane really can make a Spawn movie for only 10 mil dollars he certainly will make a huge profit even with it being rated R.

Don't forget Weaving had his face covered the entire time for V for Vendetta and he didn't mind.  I think it's a cash thing.  Dark Horizons was reporting that the role for Captain America was a 9 picture deal at only 300,000 per film.   I would jump at it but I can understand why some actors, even unknown ones, would hesitate.  They reported that was the hold up with that Hedlund guy I said I would like to see as Cap.  Marvel really tries to get more for less, I will say that for them.   

DarthDuck 3/12/2010 7:32:30 AM

I'm not going to say it this time but I still have to say that THOR appears to be hitting on everything.  This movies is going to be four hours long!  (NOTE: That was not a complaint)

I think Weaving would be awesome as the Red Skull.  I wanted him to play Sinestro so bad, but Red Skull would be sweet.  I seriously doubt Christoph Waltz wants to make a career out of always playing the Nazi.

Dazzler 3/12/2010 7:49:55 AM

I was just thinking the other day that Waltz would make a great imperial in Star Wars also if Lucas gets his head out of his a$$.  I think he would make a better Red S than Hugo who seems to be a whore for movies these days.  I remember he did not even bother seeing his TF's movies...not that I blame him for that.  

Wiseguy 3/12/2010 8:33:03 AM

Waltz was good in IB but that hardly suggests he'd be a good Red Skull. I prefer Weaving myself because I think he can do menacing better. And I'm ok with Marvel lowballing these guys. These films sell themselves, if they flop is because they weren't that good not because of lack of "stars". A newcomer should jump at the opportunity because this would jump start their career big time. And if 300k isn't enough for them to live on then eff them I say.

I'm trying to remain cool but all these Marvel projects really have me jacked up, IM, THOR, CAP, Avengers....

Don't remember ever hearing of Dan Dare but it sounds like my cup of tea


ElBaz13 3/12/2010 8:52:51 AM

Cap: Good choice on Weaving.  Great actor that is recognizable. I do agree Waltz would have been very cool especially riding high after his Oscar win but I believe he said it himself that he doesn't want to play a nazi again after the Oscars.

Thor: I was one of the skeptics when they announced this but the more I hear, the more I am pumped. At first I thought "man, fantasy meets modern will look pretty corny" but after seeing franchises like Harry Potter and Hellboy cross these two genres, this might actually work.

Spawn: Give it up Todd. Spawn blows. The movie blew. Image heroes are yesterday's news. If you want 10 million to produce a movie, sell your McGuire baseball...uh wait...it's not even worth that...

CaptAmerica04 3/12/2010 8:54:31 AM

Oh my goodness!!  Ya know, with all the talk (and worry on my part) about who they'll cast as Cap, I didn't even think about who they'd cast as a villain.  If it's an origin story, then they need to cast Red Skull AND Baron Zemo (and possibly a voice actor for Arnim Zola?!?!). 

Hugo Weaving would be GREAT as Red Skull.  His voice has that proper seething sound to it, especially if he can pull off a German accent, too.

SONYMANswallows 3/12/2010 9:09:40 AM

When I saw WOLFMAN yesterday I started thinking about Hugo as Red Skull. Isn't Red Skull Italian though? I think that was one thing the 1990 movie got right. Scott Paulin did look pretty good as Red Skull than.


Hugo Weaving does look exactly like Namor.

Maybe the role is for NAMOR. Why would skull be in 9 movies? There is no way there will 9 Cap or Avengers movies and with villains like Mandarin and the leader on the rise it would be unlikely. Namor would is a possibility for 9 films unless someone ot it wrong and the 9 pics are just sam jacksons deal.

DaForce1 3/12/2010 9:17:23 AM

I've heard from a friend that knows someone on the production that Weaving has already signed for the role.

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