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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!