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: 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.
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.
Bloody-Disgusting have posted new photos from the 'Solomon Kane' movie in their gallery. Check 'em out!
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'.
Michael Cera has a rock n roll injury:
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.
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'.
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'.
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.
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'.
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!
Here's a crazy ass YouTube game featuring the action figures from 'The Dark Knight'.