Jackman wants to take 'Wolverine' to Japan for the sequel. PLUS: Reynolds wants 'Deadpool' (the musical?) movie. Animated 'Shaolin Cowboy' in the works. 'Iron Man 2' photo on the way and more! Dogs don't know it's not bacon, because it's your Comics2Film 9.4.30!
According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' will go beserk at the box office this weekend.
Projections are for the film to collect $80 million domesitcally, although execs at Fox are downplaying expectations saying they'd settle for a mere $70 million. Either figure would make a nice dent inthe production budget, which is said to be $150 million.
Early ticket sellers are reporting sellouts for many of the 1500 midnight screenings tonight.
The film will be facing the romcom 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' and the toon feature 'Battle for Terra'.
Variety has a blurb on the hiring of Stephen Emery by comics-centric management shingle Circle of Confusion to the post of Executive Vice President of Features. The article runs through many of the comics-based properties in the Circle stable. Most of them are known to regular Comics2Film readers but there were a few interesting tidbits.
New on our radar is a filmed adaptation of David Laphams great DC/Vertigo noir graphic novel 'Silverfish'. The book tells a Hitchcockian tale of a teen girl unraveling a mystery while a schizophrenic killer (who takes orders from the silverfish he believes inhabit his brain) circles for the kill. Joel Schumacher is attached to direct.
While we told you about a 'Shaolin Cowboy' movie over a year ago, we didn't know it was to be an animated feature that creator Geoff Darrow would write and direct. The Wachowski Brothers, who published Darrow's comic book tale of a Shaolin monk, wandering a demon-infested western-style frontier, would produce. If you never saw the book, it's a trip alright. The story (as it is) is primarily a showcase for Darrow's wonderful, ultra-detailed lineart and told as one extended action scene carried from issue to issue. The first installment features an audacious10-page panel.
The Variety article also mentions 'Cryptozoo Crew' and 'The Psycho'.
Even though 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' won't open until tonight, Hugh Jackman is already thinking about the sequels.
"I won’t lie to you, I have been talking to writers," Jackman told MTV Splash Page. "I’m a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book."
Jackman cites the emotional component of the story, which includes one of Logan's great love, Mariko Yashida, half-sister of the Silver Samurai. However, the setting itself intrigues the actor producer.
"I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world — I can see it aesthetically, too — full of honor and tradition and customs and someone who’s really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his way. The idea of the samurai, too — and the tradition there. It’s really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai — not even mutants. He’s shocked by that at first."
Of course, it all depends on the performance of the current film.
MTV Splash Page continues to score exclusive preview footage. Here's a clip of Logan battling with super-ultra-mega-heavyweight champ The Blob:
We'll be posting the Mania.com review of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' later today, but here's a sampling of critiques from around yon interwebs:
Variety: "Heavily fortified with adamantium, testosterone and CGI, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' is a sharp-clawed, dull-witted actioner that falls short of the two Bryan Singer-directed pics in the franchise but still overpowers 2006's 'X-Men: The Last Stand.'"
Wired: "Handsome hero is matched by spectacular locales." - 7 out of 10 stars
The Hollywood Reporter: "A keen disappointment as action and effects take over from a poorly conceived story."
Comic Book Resources: "...a lot of fun ideas bumping up against each other, sometimes uncomfortably. "
After 'Hulk Vs Wolverine' and now 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', I'm becoming a big fan of Deadpool. If actor Ryan Reynolds has his way, there will be an 'X-Men Origins: Deadpool' movie some day. At least that's what he told MTV:
You Maniacs seemed plenty fired-up over the news of the TMNT comeback last week. But you can scratch that 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' itch in May when Lionsgate releases season 7 of the original animated show.
They've come up with this fun soundboard widget to help you relive the wit and wisdom of Raphael, Michaelangelo, Leonardo or Donatello. The widget also gives you the option to check out the official TMNT anniversary site, purchase the DVD, watch the trailer, embed and share with friends. The 25th Anniversary DVD set is due out May 12th, but you can play with the widget right now:
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The fav-man has returned to the twittersphere with some new tweets from the set of 'Iron Man 2' including an interesting announcement:
# New on set practical suit is a marked improvement. Much lighter and less restrictive. Downey looks great in it. 9am - April 29th
# First official pic from IM2 will run in USA Today on Friday. I'll post a link. 2pm - April 29th