'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' among new projects for actor/producer Hugh Jackman. PLUS: 'Human Target' looking strong for pickup. 'Wanted' writer talks sequel. C2Fs dominate MTV awards and more. It's a doctor, not physicist! It's your Comics2Film 9.5.5!
Variety confirms recent rumors that Hugh Jackman is now in development on a sequel to the weekend hit 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'.
Jackman would produce and, of course, star in the film which will make use of the Marvel mutant's Samurai period, in which he travels to Japan and becomes involved with Markio Yashida, the Yakuza and the Silver Samurai. Some fans who watched the current movie past the credits saw a teaser for this storyline, one of several post-credit scenes that were attached to various prints of the film.
Prior rumors had placed 'Slumdog Millionaire' scribe Simon Beaufoy as the screenwriter for the film, but the Variety article refutes this, stating that a writer has yet to be hired.
Jackman's Seed Productions partner John Palermo would also produce.
Other new projects for Jackman include 'Drive' based on the James Sallis novel, 'Carousel' based on the stage musical and 'Ghostopolis', detailed in yesterday's news cycle.
What do you think, Maniacs? Looking forward to WOLVERINE 2?
According to Variety, The cable FX Channel has acquired the network rights to 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' as part of a $80 million package deal with sister company 20th Century Fox.
Rights to 'Wolverine' come as part of a bundle that includes 'Taken', 'Marley and Me', 'The Wrestler', 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', 'Bride Wars', '12 Rounds' and 'Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.'
Recently FX has been closing deals for top-draw movies with Universal, Marvel, Paramount, Sony and DreamWorks Animation as part of an emerging trend that sees the cable outlets out-bidding the traditional broadcast heavyweights.
It's TV announcement season, in which the networks unveil their fall slates to journalists. The Hollywood Reporter runs through a list of likely shows from the various nets.
Of special interest to fans of comic-based fare is the mention that 'Human Target' is a front-runner for pickup at Fox.
A pilot for the show, based on the DC Comics character, was filmed in Vancouver earlier this year. The show would star Mark Valley as the title character, along with Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley in supporting roles. Mania.com also revealed that Tricia Helfer also has a role in the pilot, but not the ongoing show.
Fox is set to announce its fall lineup this month.
Fans who read last month's news that 'Winnie the Pooh' writer Evan Spiliotopoulos was replacing Chris Morgan as screenwriter on 'Wanted 2' may have been a little puzzled by the announcement. MTV Splash Page went to Morgan (who co-wrote the original) for answers.
Morgan said he's still involved with the sequel, but his dance card was filling up and he couldn't commit the time to writing the script, as he's currently at work on the 'Gears of War' movie. But the comic sequel will be based on a storyline that Morgan helped develop.
"Evan is going to go ahead and write the story that we came up with and I’m probably going to come on later," said Morgan. "So, I’m still part of the process, but I didn’t want to hold up the 'Wanted' production schedule."
The nominations are in and voting is now open on the 2009 MTV Movie Awards:
As is often the case, comic-based films show up in numerous categories. Check out this summary:
BEST MOVIE: 'The Dark Knight' and 'Iron Man'.
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE: Angelina Jolie in 'Wanted'
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE: Christian Bale in 'The Dark Knight' and Robert Downey Jr in 'Iron Man'
BEST VILLAIN: Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight' and Luke Goss in 'Hellboy II'
BEST KISS: Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in 'Wanted'
BEST FIGHT: Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger: 'The Dark Knight' and Ron Perlman Vs. Luke Goss in 'Hellboy II'
BEST WTF MOMENT: Curved Bullet Kill - Angelina Jolie in 'Wanted'.
There are other nominees from movies that aren't based on comics, but do those actually matter? Now go vote!
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# More suited destruction today. Rigging a big gag with lots of cameras. 7:45am April 4th
# ILM on set today. Doing a mix of practical suits and Imocap, their version of on set motion capture developed originally for Pirates 2. 2:45pm April 4th