Comic News Roundup – November 2009 – Week 2
SPIDER-MAN 4 Villain Revealed
Guess who they’re talking about casting!
actress Rachel McAdams has met with the producers of the film for a major role. McAdams (of ‘Wedding Crashers’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ fame) is said to be a top contender for the role of Felicia Hardy, known to comic fans as The Black Cat.
Kevin Spacey And Mos Def To Star In ‘Buskers’ Adaptation?
Singer and music producer Jeymes Samuel is preparing to direct a film adaptation of “Buskers”—a graphic novel he co-wrote with Sean Michael Wilson and artist Michiru Morikawa. Kevin Spacey, Damon Albarn, Ian Brown and Mos Def are signed to star in the “Buskers” movie. The graphic novel follows a man who loses his high paying job as a banker and is forced to reevaluate his life as he falls into the underbelly of London’s busker community. “Buskers” are entertainers who perform in public for tips.
Dolph Lundgren Talking To ‘Conan’ Producers About Potential Role
As a screen presence with a considerable legacy behind him, Lundgren might be a good fit for the Khalar Singh part, described in the movie’s casting call as “commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won.”
Rick Remender’s ‘Sorrow’ Horror Comic Optioned By ‘Saw’ Producers
Twisted Pictures announced it has secured the rights to Rick Remender, Seth Peck and Francesco Francavilla’s horror graphic novel “Sorrow” which was published through Image Comics. Described as a mix of Exorcist-like terror with the dread of Twin Peaks, “Sorrow” is set in the eponymous town of Nevada that was ravaged by nuclear testing. The sign at the front of the town reads “Population Zero.” However, the locals have a very different story. When a young woman, searching for her Native American ancestry, stumbles into town, she soon discovers that not all that is buried is dead.
John Cusack Wants a Role in the Preacher Movie, Idris Elba Fancies a Part in 100 Bullets
John Cusack says “I don’t know if there are any more superheroes left.” One project in particular has caught his eye, and that’s the movie adaptation of Preacher that Sam Mendes is still attached to and that John August has been screenwriting. Meanwhile, Idris Elba – The Wire’s Stringer Bell and Roque in The Losers – would really like a role in any 100 Bullets movie that might come along from Brian Azarello and Eduardo Risso’s comic.
J.J. Abrams in Talks to Produce Micronauts
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, “Lost,” “Alias”) is in talks to produce a movie about the Japanese interchangeable toys Micronauts, which Hasbro just acquired. First released in Japan in 1974 (under the name Microman), the toys were imported to the U.S. by the Mego Corporation in 1976. The line consisted of 3.75-inch tall toys which used a universal, five millimeter inter-connective design. Mego cancelled the Micronauts line in 1980. The Micronauts comic books were published by Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and Devil’s Due Publishing.
‘Spider-Man’ lands producer, Parker
Reeve Carney to play lead role in musical
Music industry vet Michael Cohl has joined megabudget tuner “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark” as the new lead producer, and thesp Reeve Carney has been cast as Peter Parker in the financially challenged show, which producers have confirmed is still expected to happen. Carney collaborated with “Spider-Man” helmer Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”) on the director’s upcoming film version of “The Tempest,” in which he plays shipwrecked prince Ferdinand. He joins a cast that includes previously announced thesps Alan Cumming (as villain Green Goblin) and Evan Rachel Wood (as Parker’s paramour Mary Jane).
‘Sin City 2′ Producer Options Joe Casey’s ‘Full Moon Fever’ And John Romita Jr.’s ‘The Gray Area’
“Sin City 2” producer Stephen L’Heureux’s Solipsist Films has picked up the options for two more comic book adaptations: Joe Casey and Caleb Gerard’s “Full Moon Fever” and Glen Brunswick and John Romita Jr.’s “The Gray Area.” “Full Moon Fever” was originally published as a graphic novel in 2005 by AiT/PlanetLar. The story follows an interstellar plumber—or “lunar waste disposal technician”—named Zeke Kirby who encounters a werewolf on a moon-based space station. “The Gray Area” was first published as a three-issue miniseries by Image Comics back in 2005. The series follows a corrupt cop named Rudy Chance who is executed by drug dealers before being recruited to an afterlife police force to fight evil and earn his redemption.
David Goyer Says ‘Ghost Rider 2′ Isn’t A Reboot, Takes Place Eight Years Later
“This story picks up eight years after the first film,” said Goyer. “You don’t have to have seen the first film. It doesn’t contradict anything that happened in the first film, but we’re pretending that our audience hasn’t seen the first film. It’s as if you took that same character where things ended in the first film and then picked it up eight years later—he’s just in a much darker, existential place.”
Zack Whedon Reveals Dr. Horrible’s Origin—And We Have Your First Look!
“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” is getting a prequel of sorts arrives this month courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. Written by Zack Whedon (who co-wrote the “Dr. Horrible” musical with brothers Joss and Jed and Jed’s wife, Maurissa Tancharoen), the one-shot “Dr. Horrible” comic tells the tale of Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer’s first encounter.
‘Sin City’ Producer Bringing ‘Almighty’ To The Big Screen
Ed LaRoche’s graphic novel “Almighty” has been optioned by “Sin City” producer Stephen L’Heureux’s Solipsist Films. “Black Hawk Down” screenwriter Ken Nolan is also attached to adapt the script and “Almighty” is already being shown to potential directors. Created, written and drawn by LaRoche, “Almighty” takes place in 2098 and follows Fale, a female mercenary who is hired to rescue a girl from kidnappers and bring her home safely across the dangerous terrain of a “third world America” that has descended into neo-tribalism.
Notorious EC Comics Library Creeps to EMO Films
EMO Films has signed a deal to bring the classic EC Comics library of horror titles to film and TV. Under the terms of the deal, almost all of the EC titles—including “Tales From the Crypt”, “Vault of Horror,” “Haunt of Fear,” “Weird Fantasy,” “Shock SuspenStories” and “Two-Fisted Tales” will be utilized as potential movies, TV series and even radio programs.
Adrian Pasdar Let Go From NBC’s ‘Heroes’
Adrian Pasdar’s forced exit is surprising unless flying is no longer considered a cool enough capability. Here are all the superheroes who’ve been axed from the series since Day One: Season 1 — Tawny Cypress, Santiago Cabrera; Season 2 — Noah Gray-Cabey, Dana Davis, Kristen Bell, Leonard Roberts; Season 3 — Dania Ramirez.
Green Arrow ‘Super Max’ Movie Isn’t Threatened By ‘Supermax’ Horror, Says David Goyer
“I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive… Right now, there’s not much to report,” said Goyer. “Warner Brothers is moving very slowly in terms of what they’re intending to do with their DC Projects. They just recently brought on [DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson] and once they’ve figured that out, they’re going to get back to us on that one.”
‘Sgt. Rock’ on duty with Francis Lawrence and Chad St. John
Sgt. Rock,” a long-gestating project based on the World War II hero from DC Comics, is moving forward … by going into the future. Francis Lawrence is attached to direct, and Chad St. John, who wrote the spec “The Days Before,” is charged with writing the new take. Joel Silver, who has been steering the project for nearly 20 years, is teaming with Akiva Goldsman to bring the project to the big screen via Warner Bros. Sgt. Frank Rock was the leader of his infantry unit, Easy Company. He first appeared in a 1959 issue of “Our Army at War.” In 1977, the comic was renamed “Sgt. Rock” and ran until 1988.
Meanwhile, Back at The Hall of Justice…
- Eminem returns to big screen in Shady Talez, comic adaptation to follow
- John C. Reilly, Mary-Louise Parker in Warren Ellis’ ‘Red’
- Broadway’s musical ‘Spider-Man’ to face his future
- Sam Rockwell Explains What Inspired His ‘Iron Man 2′ Character
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke talk ‘Kick-Ass’
- What If The Batmobile Was Designed By ‘Alien’ Artist H.R. Giger?
- We finally discover who dies on Heroes
- Jason Schwartzman Describes ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Sword Fights And Stunts
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