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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Coming Next Summer


By Rob M. Worley     May 05, 2010
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Comics2Film: Matthew Vaughn and X-MEN
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Vaughn locked to bring 'X-Men: First Class' to theaters next summer. Plus: 'Captain America''s Red Skull cast! 'Walking Dead'''s Andrea cast! 'Transformers 3''s McDreamyTron cast! More! With the sound of drums and the thunder of guns, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.5!





C2F sat down for a screening of 'Iron Man 2' last night. After all the mixed reviews we have to say we're pleasantly surprised.

True that it's not as tight as the first movie. Yes, there's a conspicuous lack of Iron Man through the middle stretch (but we're cool with that because the Downey and the rest of the cast are so fun to watch). Yes, a lot of the Marvel Universe stuff feels shoe-horned in (you could easily remove Black Widow, Nick Fury and -- most especially -- Agent Coulson from the movie without changing the story much). And, OK, is Sam Jackson playing Nick Fury or is Nick Fury playing Sam Jackson? Change it up a little, Sam.

Major complaints? Nobody used the phrase "Black Widow" at any point in the film. There was a conspicuous lack of a certain color in the final action. And we didn't get to see the super-secret JJ Abrams trailer.

On the plus side: C2F was amused and entertained throughout. While we don't dispute any of the critical insights provided by our colleague Rob Vaux, we'll forgive all the flaws and score the move a B+ because it's just so damn much fun.



Holden Joins WALKING DEAD Cast

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Laurie Holden has been cast in Frank Darabont's TV-series adaptation of Robert Kirkman's 'The Walking Dead'.

Holden is another Darabont regular, having appeared in 'The Majestic' and 'The Mist', but we last saw her in the gut-wrenching final season of 'The Shield' where she proved a very formidable opponent for Vic Mackey.

She will play Andrea the introverted survivor who enters into an unlikely May/December union the senior Dale, and also discovers she's a very talented sharp-shooter.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry and cartersvillevol for the submission.



C2F Quick Hits

  • C2F can officially stop saying "It's the Dylan Dog movie" whenever we report on 'Dead of Night' because, according to the film's official production blog, the film is now called 'Dylan Dog: Dead of Night'. That's for both the International markets (where Dylan is a household name) and the Domestic market as well.
  • Variety reports that 'Grey's Anatomy' actor Patrick Dempsey has joined the cast of 'Transformers 3' in an unspecified role. He told reporters that he's filming his scenes mid-summer.
  • Cartoon Network has announced that the Season 3 return of Aaron McGruder's 'The Boondocks' was a ratings powerhouse. It set several all-time series ratings records and anchored Adult Swim as the #1 ad-supported cable network among key young adult demos, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research.
  • RamaScreen.com has an in-depth chat with actor/filmmaker Michael Jai-White. He fields the inevitable questions about 'Spawn 2' (he has no idea what's happening) and expresses strong interest in top-lining Marvel's 'Black Panther' movie, which his 'Black Dynamite' director Scott Sanders is lobbying to direct.
  • Ain't it Cool goes one-on-one with Jon Favreau about 'Iron Man 2', 'Iron Man 3', 'Cowboys & Aliens' and 'The Avengers'.
  • Director Michel Gondry talked with both Latino Review and Collider.com about the planned 3D reshoots for 'Green Hornet' and the negative buzz surrounding the movie. "We always wanted to go 3D," Gondry told the Review. "Of course I don't pay the money, it's not my decision but it was always my suggestion from the beginning. It was Seth's suggestion." He said certain scenes were abandoned because they "make no sense in 2D" but now that they've convinced Sony to go 3D they want to film those scenes. Finally he assured the Review that fans will see some footage at Comic-Con in July.
  • With the movie just months away, certain members of the cast of 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' are re-assembling in Canada for some 11th-hour additional filming. CHUD carries a statement from director Edgar Wright who is excited about the opportunity to integrate elements of the soon-to-be-published final volume of the comics.
  • Actor/Screenwriter Justin Theroux talks with Collider about his work on 'Iron Man 2' and how it may or may not affect 'Iron Man 3', 'Thor', 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers'.
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Millar on KICK-ASS 2, NEMESIS and The Other Two

Mark Millar has been staying on the radar during the post-'Kick-Ass' cool-down.

Earlier this week he announced a new pop culture magazine that he's launching in the UK with Titan books called "CLiNT" (sic). The details of that magazine are outside the scope of C2F's coverage, but what's interesting was a bit buried in the press release.

It reads, 'Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall' has been scheduled for production in 2011 for a 2012 cinema release, but fans of the first movie can find out what happens two years in advance by picking up CLiNT.

Given that this came just before the big 'X-Men' news (below), the 2011 start date may be a bit ambitious. But, it's entirely possible for writer Jane Goldman and director Matthew Vaughn to be hashing out the story with Millar while Vaughn is in production on 'First Class' and go right into 'Kick-Ass 2' as soon as 'X-Men' hits theaters.

Elsewhere on the MillarWorld message boards, Millar discussed his other movie projects.

Untitled Mark Millar Superhero Movie: " I'm directing my own flick in the Summer, which is low budget but will still take up a lot of time".

Mark Millar's Nemesis: Millar says he is "informally putting the screenplay together for 'Nemesis' with the director." A few weeks ago Millar announced that he had attracted an "insanely cool" director to the project.

Untitled Mark Millar and Leinil Yu Comic/Film: Millar says that he and Vaughn are, "going to meet on Monday and block out the screenplay for the Leinil series you haven't heard about yet. I'm launching the book in September and just finishing issue five of six. Vaughn is writing and producing this picture and still plans to direct, though X-Men obviously now takes precedence."

So, there you have it. The film-reporting internet still has Mark Millar to kick around.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



Hugo Weaving is The Red Skull in CAPTAIN AMERICA

Way back in March, word broke that actor Hugo Weaving was a likely contender to play The Red Skull in 'Captain America: The First Avenger'. Yesterday, Marvel made the casting official with the following press release:

Marvel Studios announced today that Hugo Weaving has been cast to star as Johann Schmidt aka the Red Skull in the studio’s highly anticipated movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger' opposite Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. In the early comics, Johann Schmidt was drafted into loyal service of The Third Reich and renamed “The Red Skull”. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation. Joe Johnston will direct the film penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce 'Captain America: The First Avenger'. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel and Louis D’Esposito will executive produce. The film will be released in the US on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

'Captain America: The First Avenger'  will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Weaving was last seen in 'The Wolfman' and his voice is very recognizable as Megatron from 'Transformers' as well as Noah the Elder from 'Happy Feet'. His other film credits include starring in 'V for Vendetta', 'The Matrix' franchise, and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy.

In addition to 'Captain America: The First Avenger'  , Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including the highly anticipated sequel, 'Iron Man 2', starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, 'Thor' on May 6, 2011, and Marvel Studios’ 'The Avengers' on May 4, 2012.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry, MutantNinjaLoungeSingr and cartersvillevol for the submission.



Vaughn Locked for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, June 2011 Release Date Set

After a quick half-week of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, 'Kick-Ass' director Matthew Vaughn has signed on to direct 20th Century Fox's franchise reboot 'X-Men: First Class'. Heat Vision also reports the Fox has set a release date of June 3, 2011 for the film, putting Vaughn in the hot seat to go into production on it before the end of summer.

Word is that the script by 'Thor' scripting team Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz is a solid starting point that the tight deadline won't be an issue.

The synopsis provided by the studio says that the movie will, "chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men."

In a separate report, Heat Vision says that producer Bryan Singer has been taking meetings with young actors for his next directing task (Warner Bros 'Jack the Giant Killer') and earmarking some of those prospects for the 'X-Men' movie as well.

For insights as to how Fox lured Vaughn back to the project after he walked away from it last week, we turn to the message boards of Vaughn collaborator Mark Millar.

"The Vaughnster was on the phone last night and laughing about how he was SO CERTAIN [emphasis his] he wasn't doing this two days ago, but is now very, very excited," Millar writes, "What's great is that they've worked out a way for him to do it exactly the way he wants to and incredibly quickly, the entire turnaround on the project being nine months, Spielberg-style, so he can get it out next June. Totally crazy, but also cool. As I said a month or two ago, the exec who got in touch with me was heading a great team and these guys basically made all Vaughn's fears go away. I really think this is going to be good as it's exactly on his terms."

What do you think, Maniacs? Can Vaughn pull off a kick-ass X-MEN reboot? Post your comments below...

Thanks to AntoBlueberry and MutantNinjaLoungeSingr for the submission.


Shameless Robbo Hype

Fans headed to the comic shops today are directed to keep an eye out for the Grunts: War Stories trade paperback. The book is a collection of short stories based on the characters created by Shannon Eric Denton and Keith Giffen. The original graphic novel introduced the Grunts as a squad of American soldiers who happen upon a Nazi super-soldier program and use their resourcefulness to battle their super-human foes.

C2F's Rob M. Worley contributed a short story along with tales from such comics writers as Marc Bernardin/Adam Freeman ('The Authority'), Kevin Grevioux ('Underworld', 'New Warriors'), Christopher E. Long ('Wetworks'), Dwight Macpherson ('Edgar Alan Poo'), Mike Bullock ('The Phantom'), Jimmie Robinson ('Bomb Queen) and others.

Ask your retailer for it!


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wessmith1966 5/5/2010 6:59:32 AM

No offense to Michael Jai White, but I don't see him as the Black Panther. Chiwetel Ejiofor should play the lead in any BP movie.

Weaving should be excellent as the Red Skull. At least he'll be German and not Italian like that awful direct to video disaster back in the 90s.

I have a wary feeling about the new X-Men movie. It could be awesome, but after seeing Fox's last two mutant movies I have my doubts. Maybe having singer on board as a producer will help keep the idiot execs out of the way so Vaughn can make a good movie. And please...no Wolverine! Give us the original members: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman.

msglover 5/5/2010 7:49:34 AM

The problem with the new X-Men movie is that people will expect to see Wolverine.  How will this new movie do without the breakout character from the first movie?

Duckbeaver 5/5/2010 7:53:38 AM

 I TOTALLY agree about Chiwetel Ejiofor as Black Panther, wessmith.  He was awesome in "Serenity" and "American Gangster," I could definitely see him pulling off the regal character that is Wakanda's leader.

I really did enjoy "Kick-Ass," but I am so tired of hearing about Mark Millar saturating other media.  "Nemesis #1" was a pretty weak read and he's ALREADY got a movie deal for it?  How about a 2nd or 3rd issue first?

Hugo Weaving will be amazing as Red Skull.  The guy can do nasty and malicious.  So long as he doesn't sport sunglasses and address Cap as "Mr. Rogers..." in a long, drawn-out "Agent Smith" tone, we're all good.

X-Men reboot could be interesting.  As long as there isn't an overload of unnecessary mutants that are not entirely fleshed out and take away from the main characters (looking at you, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"-Gambit).  Let's make Cyclops a real leader again and NOT a whiny puss. 

I thought there was supposed an "Origins: Magneto" movie in the works.  Whatever happened to that?

Wiseguy 5/5/2010 7:53:47 AM

I'm with wessmith on his BlackPanther opinion. And although I do like Michael Jai White, he is a pretty terrible actor. I loved him in Spawn for sure and some of his lower budget fare like Black Dynamite but I don't think he has the range for what I picture from Black Panther. Plus mthere's something regal about the way   Chiwetel Ejiofor carries himself

Weaving as Red Skull, this is an effing disgrace. Couldn't we find a real German, what's this world comin to? OK kidding, I was always for this when it was first floated. Weaving will be perfect. I am curious to see how he's going to mlook with the Red Skull mask

I haven't seen anything from Vaughn to make me jump for joy. I think my expectations for this franchise have been tempered so much that I'm almost ambivalent but there's still a part of me wanting to believe and hoping for something great. If they would just forget about Singer's films and adhere closer to the book as far as team members and chronological events I would feel much better.

This is the first time I'm hearing about this secret JJAbram's project. Looking forward to getting a peek at it.

Rob, are yo saying that Vaux is a lousy movie critic and should refrain from reviewing any comic book movie cause he doesn't know what he's talking about? OK, got it :)

Did I see Millar's name up there somewhere? Oh yeah, I'm skipping anything with his name attached for a while. Justn tired of him, maybe in a month I'll feel differently


redhairs99 5/5/2010 8:12:56 AM

In TF3, I wonder if Patrick Dempsey will play a pizza delivery boy who caters to lonely housewives?  And for some reason these women always ask for extra sausage.  What's that about?

Wiseguy 5/5/2010 8:18:32 AM

Another thing about X-Men First Class, any rumors on cast? I just know McKellen and Stewart are way too old to be returning IMO. 13 months to cast, film and all the post production, pre-production. I just don't have a real good feeling about this

wessmith1966 5/5/2010 8:42:26 AM

redhairs...LMFAO! When did the dorky kid from "Can't Buy Me Love" become McDreamy?

The X-Men reboot needs ALL new faces for all cast members. I agree with Duck's comments above: Cyclops needs to be the leader not the pussy boy he was in the previous movies. As far as needing Wolverine...no, they don't need Wolverine to make the movie successful. What they need to make the movie successful is for the Fox suits to leave the production alone. Hopefully, Singer will be able to keep them at bay. The early days of the original X-Men is so rich with stories that can make great movies. You've got the young lovers Scott and Jean with a little bit of a love triangle thrown in there when Angel is added to the mix. You've got the Beast/Iceman friendship that's good for laughs and one-liners. You've got the father/son dynamic of Scott and the professor, and the friends who become enemies feel of the professor and Magneto. The movie could be great. However, a rushed production of a Fox X-Men movie with a director was in and out and in again...smells like another cash cow that will disappoint fans.

GLCorpsMember 5/5/2010 8:44:53 AM

Isn't the character of Andrea in Walking Dead in her mid-late 20's?  Laurie Holden will be f'n 40 in 2 years!  WTF?

middlerealm 5/5/2010 8:59:23 AM

I'd cast Tom Hardy as Pof X in First Class... He's already played a younger Stewart in Star Trek... Definately need to be an all new cast though. I agree with msglover... the general public might be a little bummed out if Wolverine isn't in it, or specifically, Hugh's Wolverine.

robbo 5/5/2010 9:02:58 AM

Wiseguy: Are you trying to get the two bald Robs of Mania to fight?

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