Rumor du jour has a 'Wolverine' sequel already in the works. PLUS: Your first look at ScarJoBlaWi for 'Iron Man 2'? Bendis spills new 'Powers' details. State-side reviews of 'Dragonball' start trickling in. Orci and Kurtzman to exit 'Transformers' franchise? Yearning for the return of that chimp dressed like a robot that looks like a dog, it's your Comics2Film 9.3.26!
20th Century Fox isn't going to let go of the X-Men film licencse any time soon, so it's pretty clear that no matter how 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' does, there'll be another X-movie within 2-3 years.
However, Ain't it Cool reports that work is already underway on a direct sequel to this summer's mutant outing. The rumor site runs an email from a fan who is working at the Bradford international Film Festival.
The fan writes: "...tonight we had Simon Beaufoy, screenwriter of 'Slumdog Millionaire' doing a screentalk. Anyway he dropped a bit of a scoop, he's been employed to write the script for 'Wolverine 2' a film."
The scooper also says Beaufoy claimed to have no idea what Wolverine was but took the job at the behest of his agent. Based on the scooper's comments, it sounds like Beaufoy is already working on the script and may have even finished it.
Ain't It Cool does not say if they've had prior dealings with this scooper or why they give the note enough credence to run with a story, so consider this an unsubstantiated rumor at this point.
Back in February, Brian Michael Bendis revealed that his indie comic 'Powers' was no longer in development as a feature film, but rather had been repositioned as an FX Channel original series. Now the good folks that brought us KryptonSite.com have a newly minted PowersTV.com site up.
The first order of business? More talk from Bendis about the show, keyed in from issue #211 of Wizard Magazine.
Bendis said the show is not greenlit, but is in active production. Currently the show's producers are weighing their options for the TV pilot, which could be a two-hour movie.
"FX finally got it. They kind of perceive themselves as the anti-network," Bendis told Wizard. "A lot of their shows are the anti-version of something that would be on another network. And I remember the President of FX [John Landgraff and network executive Matt Cherniss] asking 'How does Powers fit into that criteria?' And I said 'On NBC, they try to save the cheerleader. We actually kill the cheerleader.' And he said 'Let's make a pilot. That was one of my better moments in Hollywood."
Bendis also talks about the network's willingness to dirty thing down, rather than polish them up.
Click through for more comments from Bendis about 'Powers' on FX Channel.
The New York Post has run a photo of Scarlett Johansson sporting long, dark red locks. The looks to be in prep for her role as the Black Widow in 'Iron Man 2'. Click the thumbnail for a better look.
We already know that loyal fans in Japan have shunned 'Dragonball Evolution', with scathing reviews popping of in those markets. But what about the mainstream American critics? Variety posted the first such review that we've seen. Surprisingly, they're not completely sour on the film.
A popular Japanese manga series gets a pleasing if paint-by-numbers live-action makeover in "Dragonball Evolution," which half-heartedly tries to keep the faith for its pubescent male fanbase. The original "Dragonball" graphic novel series appeared in Japan in 1984, and went on to become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 150 million volumes sold and successfully spinning off into countless anime features, TV versions and videogames. Aiming to tap into a ready-made market, this passable Fox release should do solid biz with established fans of all ages and nationalities. Potential appeal to the unacquainted, however, is minimal.
We're not expecting high art from the movie, but could it pass as summer fun?
Slashfilm.com took on the unenviable task of wading through the hyper-prolific Don Murphy forums and digging up some interesting nuggets of news about 'Transformers 2' and 'Transformers 3'.
Screenwriter Roberto Orci has been posting there and commented on recent rumors that Leonard Nimoy would voice The Fallen in the upcoming sequel. Orci confirms that he spoke with Nimoy about the role. Nimoy has voiced autobots in the past in 'Transformers: The Movie', and worked with Orci on 'Star Trek'. Orci also reveals that Nimoy and director Michael Bay are cousins through marriage.
However, the fans wanted Frank Welker in the movie and that's the direction Bay went.
Orci also says that he and partner Alex Kurtzman may not return for a third go-round with the robots in disguise.
"Time for fresh blood!" Orci wrote. "The main reason we would move on is because we risk getting stale and comfortable. If you only sing one song for too long, you miss the opportunity to sing news songs. We’ll see."