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X-MEN Spin-offs and Reboots

Plus: SMALLVILLE, BARBARELLA, SOLOMON KANE and More

By Rob M. Worley     August 24, 2009
Source: Mania

Chatter about 'X-Men: First Class' and 'X-Men Origins: Magneto'. Plus: Two more join 'Priest'. 'Smallville' Season 9 Trailer. 'Barbarella' a top priority. New 'Solomon Kane' photos and more. Did you read this part? It's the intro for your Comics2Film 9.8.24!

 

 

G.I.JOE still #3 U.S., #2 Overseas

'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' still continues to perform well in its third week, according to Mania's box office report. The big budget FUN fest is hagning in at #3 this week, giving up ground to the 'Inglorious Basterds'. It pulled in another $12.5 million to bring its domestic take up to $120.5 million.

Oversea, the film took in $14 million in 51 territories to increase its international gross to $118 million.

 

 

Two more for PRIEST

Cameras roll on the filmed adaptation of the manga series 'Priest' this week and two more actors have joined the cast, according to Variety.

Stephen Moyer of 'True Blood' fame will play the mortal brother of Paul Bettany's Priest character. '90210' resident Lily Collins plays the kidnapped niece at the center of the movie's plot.

Scott Stewart (of the recently buzz-worthy 'Legion' film) is directing. Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q also star.

 

 

An image from SOLOMON KANE

New SOLOMON KANE Photos

Bloody-Disgusting have posted new photos from the 'Solomon Kane' movie in their gallery. Check 'em out!

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.

 

 

BARABARELLA a Priority for De Laurentiis

A Variety article profiling the current slate of projects for seasoned producer Dino De Laurentiis puts the long-gestating remake of 'Barbarella' at the top of his "to do" list.

"Every young actress in town is interested in playing that 'Barbarella' part," says Lorenzo De Maio, the Dino De Laurentiis Co.'s vice president of production development.. "It's such an iconic role, and we think there will be a lot of excitement around the movie."

Robert Luketic is currently attached to direct from a script written by Joe Gazzam.

Other De Laurentiis projects in the works are an adaptation of the German thriller 'The Swarm' and a big screen version of the brainy TV hero 'MacGyver'.

 

 

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD - Video Blog #12 - Battle of the Bands

Michael Cera has a rock n roll injury:

 

 

Gilliam calls WATCHMEN "Strange" and "Turgid"

Ain't it Cool chatted up director Terry Gilliam about his new movie 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'. They also snuck in some conversation about 'Watchmen' which Gilliam at one time hoped to direct.

Gilliam says he saw Zack Snyder's movie and "thought it strange. I thought it was too reverential. That’s what I really thought it was."

Gilliam goes on to elaborate: "And you look at it and he’s tried really… so much is stunning. It got trashed, but there are great sequences in there, but the overall effect is kind of turgid in a certain way. I started putting it down to… you know, in the comic book, or graphic novel… They’re still comic books to me (laughs)… It’s like the Comedian’s coffin is going into the grave with the stars and stripes on top of it and reading it in the comic book it’s three panels, boom, boom and boom. On film 'hhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmm…'"

However, Gilliam admits that his own version wouldn't have worked either.

"I was glad our version didn’t get done, the one that Charles McKeown and I had wrote, because we had reduced it down to about two hours and five minutes I think and we lost so much. Comedian was cut down to next to nothing. So (Zack Snyder) did a good job."

Click through for the complete Q & A.

 

 

QUEEN AND COUNTRY Gets a New Writer

Greg Rucka's 'Whiteout' finally blows into theaters this winter, but his other creator-owned comic just scored a new writer to pen the screenplay.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us Ryan Condal is set to write a new draft of 'Queen and Country', which follows a U.K. special ops agent. The article claims the concept is the female version of 'The Bourne Identity' although anyone who has read the comics would likely disagree.

Condal is said to be a rising talent who is also attached to the adaptation of the Radical Publishing series 'Hercules'.

 

 

Goyer talks MAGNETO

For a time it looked as if the spin-off 'X-Men Origins: Magneto' would follow hot on the heels of the 'Wolverine' movie, but a writers strike cooled those plans. Still filmmaker David S. Goyer tells MTV Splash Page that Twentieth Century Fox is still considering the film, among many potential movies that would exploit the Marvel mutants.

"They're still thinking about doing it," Goyer, who is attached to direct, told MTV News. "They're definitely looking into doing other X-Men spinoffs."

He adds, "I've been in touch with them. I'm sure that project will move forward in the next year or so."

Meanwhile, Goyer is busy producing the new TV series 'Flash Forward'.

 

 

Will Singer Return to X-MEN?

Meanwhile, a Friday article on the Variety blogs detailing director Bryan Singer's recent moves has an interesting X-mention near the bottom of it.

Singer recently signed on to develop to direct and produce 'Battlestar Galactica' at Universal, a project he’d been eyeing since he originally made a deal to godfather a series revival in 2001. At the same time, Singer has been flirting with directing 'X-Men: First Class,' a 20th Century Fox spinoff that got a first script draft by “O.C.” creator Josh Schwartz.

 

 

McFarlane says SPAWN Script Underway. For Real This Time.

Todd McFarlane has been talking about the next 'Spawn' movie for as long as we've been writing Comics2Film reports on the internet. Now he's told Supehero Hype that he is actually writing the script for the film.

"The story has been in my head for 7 or 8 years," McFarlane said. "The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation. It is a standalone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary."

McFarlane now likens the tone of the movie to the movie 'Departed'.

 

 

SMALLVILLE Season 9 Trailer

TV Guide has a non-embeddable first look at the trailer for Season 9 of 'Smallville'.

If you're not burned-out on the show, it's a really cool teaser: Clark turning cold and Kryptonian? Metallo gets into action! Kneel before Zod!

Click and enjoy...

 

 

Humor: The Dark B-Boy Returns

Here's a crazy ass YouTube game featuring the action figures from 'The Dark Knight'.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Cheesey1 8/24/2009 8:51:51 AM

Normally I try not to be too negative, but a big, obese negatory to both singer and goyer. fox, just focus on making Wolvie 2 better than the first one (which I enjoyed enough, but would've enjoyed much more if fox hadn't done what they always do) and also making Deadpool's film as cool and lethal as he is.

Wiseguy 8/24/2009 8:53:19 AM

Smallville looks totally kick ass. I can't wait for it to return, the hell with the haters. Yeah I've taken a liking to that word, anyone that disagrees with me will be a hater in my eyes :)

Solomon Kane looks totally kick ass. I can't wait for it to get here, the hell with the haters. Yeah I've taken a liking to that word, anyone that disagrees with me will be a hater in my eyes :)

We need a release date for Solomon Kane, come on Rob use your detective skills

Goyer and Fox need to give up on that Magneto flick. Goyer needs to give up directing and stick to writing

Is Singer really in that demand that his name pops up with everything. The guy isn't that good. His best was Usual Suspects and iy's been downhill since except for X-2 which was based on the graphic novel. I think his agent is putting his name out there and telling him not to answer his phone to make him seem in demand ala Kevin Bacon in The Big Picture

Yo Joe!!

Still not feeling Scott Pilgram, that trailer better be kick ass

 

 

dragon261 8/24/2009 9:00:40 AM

Singer kicked Fox in the balls when he bailed on X3 so I doubt that they'll he'll even be considered to direct First Class. I read that the company exec said he'd never work for Fox again.

littlemikey979 8/24/2009 9:11:06 AM

CRAZY-ASS game is right! It was fun. All i'll say about smallville is i pray to the DC Gods they put more action and less Soap story stuff. Let Clark get cold and Kryptonian as lonh as he kicks some ass finally.

I think with the special effects thats out there, a Spawn movie could be awesome right now! Bring it on Todd, we're all waiting...

jerichoraine 8/24/2009 9:17:42 AM

Goyer's a kick ass writer.  However his directing skills should be likened to that of a ham sandwich. 

SgtTechCom 8/24/2009 9:19:32 AM

Smallville Bitches !!!!!!!!!!! Gonna kick major Tv Azz this season.  The guy playing zod sounds just like Terrance Stamp's Supes 2 Zod i love it.

I feel the stops shall be pulled out for season 9.

can't wait.

shac2846 8/24/2009 9:19:46 AM

Queen and Country coming to the big screen, awsome.

If any of you haven't read the graphic novels they're collected in four complete volumes and they run about 45 bucks altogether on amazon. Check it out, highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Hobbs 8/24/2009 9:20:08 AM

You have to wonder where Variety gets its sources.  Singer has been attached to everything in the last few weeks.  I would start chalking all this up to rumor until he offically signs on for something.  I'm still hoping for Logans Run but that's the only title that hasn't come up in the last two weeks with his name attached to it.

I really like Terry Gilliam but too reverential?  I thought Snyder followed the graphic novel the best he good and still keep some kind of pacing going on.  Even Gilliam said they were going to cut a lot more out if he would have done it.   For the funeral part, I could see it going the quick way Gillam talked about but Snyder's way worked too.  That you have to give to creative freedom for the director. I thought Snyder was trying to get a more emotional response out of that scene. 

A Departed version of Spawn...interesting.

hanso 8/24/2009 9:24:19 AM

Gi Joe must fail!  Sequel being made due to the selling of toys, WTF is that?  Nothing good can come out of making a sequel for the sole purpose of toy sales. 

Onto McFarlane's Spawn comment, I've seen The Departed and it's neither creepy nor scary. 

Matador 8/24/2009 9:31:21 AM

Pretty weak news today : Top story for today Singer to direct X-Men High School Musical only to drop it and move on to do Superman sequel making it dark and gayer to be close to Twilight as possible.

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