It appears there is a 'Young Justice League' toon in the works. Plus: 'I, Frankenstein' gets production deal. 'Cowboys & Aliens' gets Wilde. 'Thor' gets F/X and more! Working as a mole inside CTU, because anyone can get a job there, it's your Comics2Film 10.2.2!
Empire Online has posted a new piece of advertising artwork for 'Kick-Ass'. Check it out for another look at the film's lead character.
A Variety article detailing French tax breaks reveals that the Paris-based BUF Compagnie will serve as the lead visual effects house on 'Thor' for Marvel. BUF has provided vfx work for numerous films including 'The Dark Knight' and 'Avatar'.
On his official blog, 'Solomon Kane' director Michael J. Bassett reports that he and lead actor James Purefoy will be making an appearance at Forbidden Planet Comics in London on Saturday, February 20th. They will be there to "sign stuff and shoot the shit with anyone who wants to come along," writers Bassett. "I think there’ll be some exclusive merchandise type things to buy – t-shirts, posters, ‘making of’ books etc. Hope to see some of you there."
UGO.com have uncovered a character design model for the long-percolating CGI feature film version of 'The Smurfs'. Raja Gosnell ('Beverly Hills Chihuahua') is developing the project, which will also include live-action elements.
The Heat Vision blog reports that 'House' hottie Olvia Wilde is lining up as the next leading cast member for the 'Cowboys & Aliens' movie from Dreamworks, Paramount and Platinum Studios.
The project, due to go into production in the summer, recently signed Daniel Craig as its leading man. Jon Favreau is directing from a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof. Kurtzman and Orci are also producing along with Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
Favreau and Denis Stewart are serving as executive producers.
The nominees for this year's Golden Raspberry Awards (aka The Razzies) have been announced, celebrating the worst in cinema. Comic-related films based on Hasbro toys have topped the noms this year.
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' received the most dubious honors, collecting 7 nominations a feat matched only by the dreadful 'Land of the Lost'. The third most nominated movie was 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' which collected six nods. Both films are vying for "Worst Picture", "Worst Remake/Rip-off/Sequel", "Worst Director" and "Worst Screenplay" among others.
Visit Razzies.com for a complete listing.
Producer Joel Silver told the Hero Complex blog that there's a new script for the 'Sgt. Rock' movie and things are looking positive on that production.
"I'm really close on that now," Silver said. "What we've done is gone back to it and we've done a new draft that actually came in this week. We have a shot at that one now. I feel good about it. That one might happen."
Silver also confirmed and expanded on the news that broke last November: This version of the character removes him from his defining World War II setting and transplants him to a future timeline.
"It's a little bit in the future," Silver said of the setting. "As a war movie, it's not going to be 'where it's been,' it's going to be 'where it's going.' We didn't want to do Iraq, we didn't want to do a contemporary war. We wanted to do a sort of futuristic war. It's pretty strong. Chad St. John wrote the script and we've got Francis Lawrence involved in developing it with us. It's not a 'go' movie yet but I'm feeling good about it."
Last April we reported that Death Ray Films was developing Kevin Grevioux's planned comic series 'I, Frankenstein' as a feature film.
Yesterday it was announced that Lakeshore Entertainment (the folks who brought Grevioux's 'Underworld' series to the big screen) are set to produce the movie, which will begin filming this July. Legendary special effects guru Patrick Tatopoulos is set to direct.
The movie recasts classic horror figures like Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, the Invisible Man and the Hunchback in a Chandler-esque noir detective thriller.
Grevioux wrote the script for the film and is serving as executive prodcuer.
"The re-imagining of the Frankenstein mythos and the diverse creatures of legend is a dream project for me," said Grevioux. "I’m blessed and thankful that both Tom and Gary really sparked to the material and recognized this property’s potential as not only a film, but a launch pad for various multi-media platforms. And a chance to work with such a visionary titan as Patrick again makes this experience even more amazing."
Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Richard Wright are producing for Lakeshore. IESB mastermind Robert Sanchez is an executive producer for Death Ray.
"Patrick Tatopoulos made his directorial debut with us on UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS and Tom and I were so pleased that we have been looking for another opportunity to work with Patrick," said Gary Lucchesi, President of Lakeshore. "When Kevin Grevioux and Robert Sanchez presented us with I, FRANKENSTEIN we knew immediately that this was a great and original franchise that could best utilize Patrick’s extraordinary talent and vision."
Tatopoulos commented "It is a privilege to be given the chance to direct this highly visual piece. Kevin Grevioux has created something truly special with I, FRANKENSTEIN and I couldn’t dream of a better team than my friends at Lakeshore to make this project happen."
The comic is set to be published through Grevioux's Darkstorm Studios.
Marvel has been making big moves as a film studio. After hitting a home run with 'Iron Man' they signed a five-picture distribution deal with Paramount which would cover 'Iron Man 2', 'Thor', 'Captain America', 'The Avengers' and 'Iron Man 3'.
Then this year, as everyone is well aware, they closed a merger deal becoming part of Disney. And we wondered, what would become of Marvel's deals with Fox, Sony and Paramount? Fox, of course, holds several of Marvel's crown jewels, including 'X-Men', 'Fantastic Four' and 'Daredevil'. Sony has the reigns on 'Spider-Man' and 'Ghost Rider'. While Disney has stated they're not looking to interfere with pre-existing deals, many have speculated that there would eventually be efforts to pull those outstanding properties fully into the Mouse House.
Now, IESB.net is reporting that such efforts have begun and Dis is targeting the Paramount deal first. According to their report, sources in the Disney publicity machine have allegedly been saying that they'll be distributing the 'Iron Man 3' movie. Supposedly Paramount publicists are already getting interference from the studio giant.
Most likely Paramount will continue to promote and distribute 'Iron Man 2', but IESB claims that the 'Thor' movie may mark a transitional step, with both studios having a hand in the distribution. After that, 'Cap' and 'Avengers' and beyond will be strictly Disney films, at least in terms of studio branding.
Most likely there will be some kind of payoff to allow Paramount to bow out gracefully.
The Fox and Sony situations are a bit trickier, since those studios hold the development rights to the respective properties (and ancillary characters). Most likely Disney will have a much tougher time wresting control away from them.
Word of a planned 'Young Justice League' animated TV series leaked on the interwebs last week.
Actress Stephanie Lemelin posted the following blurb on her official website.
WOW. Ok… I am beyond thrilled to announce that I was recently cast in the new animated series, YOUNG JUSTICE LEAGUE, based on the famous (and awesome!?) DC Comics. I seriously could not be more excited about being welcomed into this amazing family… what a fantastic way to start the new year! I will be voicing the character of Arrowette (see ridiculously hot avatar below!!! um, could I love her anymore?) as well as several supporting cast members… Due to the extreme popularity of this series, however, that’s about all I can say… for now. So excited, this is really a dream come true for me, I have ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SATURDAY MORNING CARTOOON!!! Woohoo!
We've heard nothing of this TV show before this posting. Presumably it would be based on the DC Comics series 'Young Justice' which featured Arrowette, along with Robin, Superboy, Impulse and other junior counterparts of the Justice League.
Lemelin also posted a piece of artwork that we haven't been able to identify as artwork from a previous comics appearance, so it could very well be from the series development. The image shows Arrowette in a green costume, contrasting with the red one she wore in the comics.
We're not sure, but the image looks like the work of Sean Galloway, who has done animation character designs for such things as the 'Hellboy' animated movies and the 'Spectacular Spider-Man' TV show.
Updated: C2F checked with artist Sean Galloway and it turns out he's not working on the show.
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you up for a YOUNG JUSTICE show?