Comic Film/TV/Stage – Roundup – May 2009 – Week 3
Miike Takashi on new turf in $30 mil pic
Sci-fi fantasy project set up at Real Products
Miike Takashi is to explore the sci-fi fantasy genre with “Takeru,” a $30 million adaptation of a comic book by Buichi Terasawa, one of Japan’s most famous manga.
Goblin’ Up ‘Spider-Man’ Bucks
Cumming As Villain Likely To Hike Costs
Alan Cumming, who won a Tony in 1999 for his memorable turn as the emcee in “Cabaret,” is in negotiations to play the Green Goblin in Taymor’s new musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Out the Dark.”
Christensen, Hounsou to Star in Mandrake
Hayden Christensen (Jumper, “Star Wars” prequels) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Amistad) will star in Mandrake, the adaptation of Lee Falk’s comic strip “Mandrake the Magician.”
Smallville: Five Questions for Allison Mack
“The latest with Smallville is that we have another season [after this season's finale on May 14]. Tom has signed for two more, so the show will go until season 10.”
Mark Millar talks Kick Ass, and Watchmen, and…Dynasty?
On Kick Ass the movie: “Look, this is the whole point of it. It’s the Pulp Fiction of superhero movies. It’s Tarantino does superheroes.”
Chris Hemsworth in talks for ‘Thor’
Aussie actor in final negotiations for Marvel pic
Marvel Studios has chosen its god of Thunder: Australian thesp Chris Hemsworth (Geaorge Kirk in “Star Trek”) is in final negotiations to play Thor in the comicbook company’s bigscreen adaptation of the character.
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Eastman Gives Heavy Metal Updates
“Guys like Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski and Mark Osborne have committed to come on board and direct sequences in this. There are three other directors, that I can’t tell you yet, but will be jaw-dropping when we can tell you.”
Rob Zombie Explains Delay Of ‘El Superbeasto,’ Fills The Air With F-Bombs
“There are rumors about releasing it in the fall,” he said. “But the company that owns ‘El Superbeasto,’ the problem is, that company has changed hands, like, at least five times since I started. So, every time we’re near release, it gets sold, new executives come in, and it derails the project.”
Top Cow Talks Witchblade Film, American Original, and More
“I believe the financing deal with Arclight is up for renewal/extension sometime next year but would have to go back and check. They’ve renewed it once already they believe in the project and see it as a viable franchisable film character. We just need all of the elements to click in place.”
Fox International steals ‘Kiss’ from Japan
Ai Yazawa cartoon series has sold more than 6 mil copies
Fox International is in talks to produce a live-action movie based on “Paradise Kiss,” by top female manga artist Ai Yazawa. The series involves a teen girl who is seduced into becoming a catwalk model by a group of charismatic fashion students. Having fallen for the elite group’s leader, she has to balance school, home, a new modeling career and a burgeoning love life.
Kevin Smith Compares ‘Green Hornet’ To An Ex-Girlfriend, Can’t Discuss Comic With Seth Rogen
“I have to get it done before Seth [Rogen's] ‘Green Hornet’ comes out, because Seth Rogen and [director] Michel Gondry are going to define the ‘Green Hornet’ for the mainstream.” [Video]
Oni’s ‘The Leading Man’ Screenplay Nearing Completion, Says Creator
“The Leading Man” comic from writer B. Clay Moore and artist Jeremy Haun, is a comic wherein the world’s greatest actor is also the world’s greatest spy. “Universal renewed ['The Leading Man'] option last year, and there is talent being recruited as we speak,” Moore told MTV News. “Universal has kept a lid on some of the details, but things look promising as of now.”
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Liefeld Reveals ‘Youngblood’ Movie Writers, Plot Details – No Badrock!
“There are characters that have micro-cameras installed on their bows, their arrows, their semiautomatic rifles, their bo staffs,” Liefeld explained of the ambitious, unique visuals he hopes the adaptation will bring to the screen. “You’re getting footage from a thousand angles, from the casing on their weapons to their armor.”
Fox picks up ‘Target,’ ‘Sons’
Project based on DC Comics title lands series order
“Target,” from WBTV, DC Comics and Wonderland, is based on the DC Comics title and centers on Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a mysterious freelancer who assumes the identities of people in danger, becoming the “human target” on behalf of his clients. Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride co-star in the project exec produced by Steinberg and McG.
Steve Niles’ ËœWake The Dead’ Adaptation Stalled By ËœThe Hobbit’
His modern-day Frankenstein story “Wake the Dead,” however, is facing some snags as its character designers find themselves occupied with the “Hobbit” films. “We were kind of racing against time a little with WETA because they’re about to take on ‘The Hobbit’ and God knows that’s going to consume all of New Zealand for the next five years.”
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