Comic Film/TV/Stage â€œ Roundup â€œ June 2009 â€œ Week 3
No Y: The Last Man for Shia LaBeouf
LaBeouf tells Wizard magazine that Yorick is too similar to his “Transformers” role of Sam Witwicky. “You take Sam and you put a monkey on his shoulder,” said LaBeouf of Yorick’s sidekick Ampersand. “I don’t know if it’s that big a differential. It seems like he’s the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again. I’m not willing to make that movie currently, and may be too old to play the role by the time it does come around.”
Profile on Marvel Studios with Big Updates from Kevin Feige
Iron Man 2 is up next, then Thor, then Captain America, then The Avengers in the summer of 2012. Marvel’s president of production Kevin Feige said that they’re “ordered this way for a reason.” And confirmed that Samuel Jackson and Scarlett Johansson as well as Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are signed on for multiple movies or “multiple franchises,”
Todd McFarlane Pictures Leonardo DiCaprio In Lead Role For ËœSpawn’
The main character isn’t Spawn, per se, it’s the guy chasing Spawn, McFarlane said. And I’ve always had [Leonardo] DiCaprio in the back of my mind. It’s a big wish, but his dad was a big fan of underground comic books and he came from that, explained McFarlane of why he has the Revolutionary Road actor in mind. It’s not a big special-effects movie, it’s a character movie, so I could shoot it in 40-50 days and you don’t have to budget that much time.
U2 Talks Ever-So-Pretentiously About the Spider-Man Musical
Bono and the Edge have composed the music for the Spider-Man musical (“Turn Off the Dark!”), and in this interview, try to compare comic books and rock and roll and U2 and Spider-Man.
First look: Mickey Rourke suits up as Whiplash for ‘Iron Man 2′
Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one used by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). “The technologies are definitely related, and that’s part of the core theme of the film,” says director Jon Favreau.
ËœSynecdoche’ Producer Picks Up ËœToo Cool To Be Forgotten’ Adaptation Rights
Synecdoche, New York producer Anthony Bregman has picked up the option to adapt Too Cool To Be Forgotten, an original graphic novel by Alex Robinson, which tells the story of a 40-year-old man who undergoes hypnosis therapy to quit smoking, only to wake up in the body of his 15-year-old self. He’s forced to live through his awkward high school years with all the knowledge of his later life, but uncertain whether he can â€ or should â€ change anything that could affect the life he hopes to return to 25 years down the road.
Nate the Great v. Emily the Strange in Comic Book Battle
The author and illustrator of the “Nate the Great” books claim the creators and publishers of “Emily the Strange” comic books violated copyright. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Marc Simont, who have collaborated on the “Nate the Great” series since 1972, say that Cosmic Debris Etc., Chronicle Books, and Dark Horse Entertainment stole the look, mannerisms, and even written descriptions of the recurring character Rosamond to create Emily the Strange. An Emily the Strange feature film, produced by Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, is planned for release next year, which may explain the eagerness of Reger & Co. to clear any potential legal entanglements
No ËœHellboy’ Comics For Guillermo Del Toro, Doubts Ron Perlman Would Return For Different Director
Ron Perlman is a guy, I think, who only goes in makeup anymore when I torture him to do it. He hates it. [Video]
Megan Fox Talks ËœJonah Hex,’ Her Mysterious Character â€ And Shooting People
They’ve changed her name a couple of times â€ it’s Leila now, Fox explained. She is a prostitute. She’s a good ol’ working girl, and she’s a love-interest to JonahÂ¦ of sorts. I mean, it’s by no means a classic type of relationship.
Ryan Reynolds Confirms ËœDeadpool’ Details â€ Scars, Costume And All!
I get to be the authentication police, in a weird way, grinned Reynolds, To their credit â€ the studio’s credit â€ they want to make an authentic ËœDeadpool’ movie; they want to make it as close to the source material as possible. He’s going to be the Merc with the Mouth, [we're going to give] all those answers that everyone wants. He’s going to have the scarred-up face, he’s going to be in the suit â€ and, it’s going to be incredible.
ËœSpider-Man 2′ Star Alfred Molina Says He’d Love To Return As Doctor Octopus In Future Films
No one’s mentioned it, and I think it’s highly unlikely, seeing as he died, Molina told MTV News. [But] at the ËœSpider-Man 2Â² premiere in London, I turned around to one of the producers and said, ËœIt’s a real shame that I died, because I would’ve loved to do another one of these.’ And he said, ËœOh, characters don’t die in this universe, they just disappear.’
Bekmambetov to Start Preparation for Wanted-2
The film director and producer promised that in the sequel he would bring back to life Angelina Jolie’s character, who perished at the end of the first movie. In addition to that, new characters will be introduced in the sequel.
Zombie ‘Deadworld’ on the horizon
Dark Hero, Pandemonium team on feature franchise
Dark Hero Studios partners David Hayter (“Watchmen”) and Benedict Carver have joined with Pandemonium’s Bill Mechanic to turn the comicbook “Deadworld” into a zombie feature franchise. “Deadworld” veers from the popular zombie mythology of depicting an apocalypse in which humans are overrun by flesh-eating corpses. “Deadworld” picks up four months after that event, where the Dead overtake the Earth, with humans few and far between. Protag is King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast.
False rumor claims ‘G.I.’ director fired
Stephen Sommers was never let go from project
In this day and age we are constantly dealing with online rumors that take on a life of their own, says a Paramount spokeswoman. We love Steve and couldn’t be happier with the movie he made.
Amy Poehler sets ‘Lunch’ date
To star in adaptation of graphic novel series for Universal
Universal has picked up “Lunch Lady,” a children’s graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. The “Lady” series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings.
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