Comic News Roundup – February 2010 – Week 3
Producer BRUCE TIMM Talks JL: CRISIS, BATMAN, & Green Arrow?
Um…[laughs]…we actually, probably a couple of years ago now…not based on that particular comic, but we had a Green Arrow long form script in development, which was written by a really talented writer called Tab Murphy. He wrote a script that was basically the Green Arrow origin story. It was a really, really great script. We all enjoyed it. The home video people crunched the number and thought that Green Arrow probably wasn’t famous enough yet to support his own feature. So we kind of had to put it on the back burner. But we’re hoping at some point to be able to make the movie because it’s a really, really great script. And he’s a character that a lot of us really like. And it gives us a chance to to outside the Batman/Superman mythos and do something a little bit different. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Don Cheadle Ponders The Unknown Elements Of ‘Iron Man 2′
“There’s a fair amount [of CGI in the film],” he said. “War Machine shows up and the suit is very heavy, and very hot. It’s really an interesting thing to see how they put it together. It’s the motion-capture suit and the stuntmen and then you, and the animation, the pure CGI, and somewhere between those four elements there’s a composite character that comes out. I think my CGI character works as much as I did. There are so many unknowns when you do a film like that — from what you’re doing on the set to what happens in post-production once you leave and all of these elements get put in that you’re not seeing while you’re working,” he added. “So it’s a very different way of working.”
Steven Spielberg on ‘Tintin’: ‘It made me more like a painter than ever before’
“Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe,” Spielberg said. “It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You’d have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.”
‘Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths’ Screenwriter Hints At Future DC Animated Movies
“I’ve written two more [animated] movies,” said screenwriter Dwayne McDuffie. “I can’t say what they are, although I’m dying to say what they are. They’re really cool. [Warner Brothers Animation] kind of likes to announce just the next [animated film] to keep focused, but I think people are going to be pretty excited.”
Man to serve two years in prison for illegally recording The Dark Knight
A Missouri man was sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison for illegally recording The Dark Knight in a theater and selling the movie on DVD. U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan also ordered the defendant, Robert Henderson of Grandview, Missouri, to pay $24,738. The prison sentence will be followed by three years probation. Henderson pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement for using a digital camera to record The Dark Knight on July 18, 2008 — opening day for the Warner Bros. blockbuster. He was caught as part of an investigation by the Motion Picture Association of America.
John Moore to Direct Final Orbit
John Moore will direct a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel Final Orbit, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator series, Aliens, The Incredible Hulk). Moore was an Irish commercial director who became a feature filmmaker with Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen, and most recently Max Payne. The graphic novel, which was originally slated for release by Platinum Studios Comics in early 2009, still is unavailable.
Todd McFarlane On The ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot, Venom, And The ‘Diminishing Return’ Of Movie Franchises
“You go, ‘Look we can spend $300 million on this movie and make $500 million at the box office, or we can spend $120 [million] and make $500 million,” he explained. “We have a built-in audience that’s going to come, even if all they’re coming for is to say, ‘This cant be as good because the budget isn’t quite as big.’ They’re still going to come.”
New Flash Gordon movie: No Queen, no camp, but 3-D!
“It’s a movie that is in no way a remake or a re-imagining or a reboot of the ’80s version or the serial version,” said Director Breck Eisner. “No Queen [music]. It is not camp in any way. We’re going back to the original Alex Raymond [comic strip] scripts and imagining if he were living today, what would those strips be like?”
Spider-Man on Broadway: Edge Says It’s a Go
Edge says a meeting took place yesterday with all the principals, including director Julie Taymor. New producer Michael Cohl is getting everything in place. The wheels are turning. Says Edge: “It will open before the end of the year.”
Joss Whedon: Looking for Comic-Con Superfans
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator is developing a documentary feature about Comic-Con that will be centered on a still-to-be-cast group of convention-going superfans. Whedon is teaming up with award-winning Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock, according to a source. “They want to follow people for about three months leading up to this year’s Comic-Con,” the source said. “And then they want to film them there. They’re looking at all types of people.”
‘The Crazies’ Gets A Motion Comic And Four-Issue Miniseries
Overture Films’ new take on George Romero’s 1973 film “The Crazies” looms close and with it, a companion comic book narrative set to flesh out the tale’s horrific causes and effects. Produced by Jeff Katz of American Original and printed by Top Cow, the four-issue miniseries follows four distinct chapters featuring individual creative teams. Ivan Brandon and Jon Buran handle “Hopman Bog,” followed by Brian Reed and Hugo Petrus on “Dwyer Creek,” Marc Andreyko and Vincent Spencer on “Black Pond” and Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rashan Ekedal handling “Ogden Marsh.”
James Cameron Clarifies ‘Spider-Man’ 3-D Discussion, What He’d Like To See In Reboot
“It’s not like I want to tell them how to do it, because everybody’s going to come up with their own aesthetic. It’s more like, ‘Just don’t make the same dumbass mistakes we made for 10 years! Save yourself that. Let’s evolve this so that we guarantee that the audience is always seeing cool, new 3-D experiences and we’re not fighting to try to maintain a quality level — because ultimately that’s going to hurt the marketplace,” he said.
Updates on Frank Miller’s Ronin From Director Sylvain White
“It’s a very complex graphic novel and it needs very careful attention. Of course to make a movie of that scale, you need a lot of money to pay it justice, especially with the incredible visuals that Frank Miller has in it, but at the same time, in order to get a lot of money to make the movie, it has to have enough commercial appeal, so I’m trying to balance those two things together to make the movie accessible but still smart and throw with all the great ideas and grand ideas that it has. Conceptually, it’s such an amazing property, so I think it’s strong appeal in that sense, and even for people, I think visually in the trailer, people will be gravitating towards that kind of subject matter and that kind of character, it’s amazing.”
‘Zombieland’ Writers Visiting ‘G.I. Joe’ Headquarters, Planning For ‘New Characters’
“We’re going out to Pawtucket, Rhode Island to the Hasbro headquarters next week,” Wernick said, explaining that the trip will help dictate who those new characters will be. “[We’ll] talk to the toy guys, take a tour of the facility, see all the old toys, the new toys and just get inspired.”
Manfredi & Hay on The Boys and R.I.P.D.
“[Garth Ennis is an] Awesome guy and he kind of gave us his blessing to take it where we needed to take it,” Manfredi continued. “He said, ‘Don’t be too precious. Feel free to… if you need to kill someone, kill someone.’ Obviously we love love love the books, and the overarching storyline had yet to be finished, so we said, ‘Well, we think this is where it’s going, are we right? Is this going to happen to this character?’ and he was like, ‘You’re close, don’t worry about it. Do what you have to do.’ It wasn’t in a dismissive way, it was in a very generous way.”
Meanwhile, Back at The Hall of Justice…
- WWE Wrestler Up For The Role Of Villain In Conan
- New ‘Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths’ Images, Bruce Timm Talks Wonder Woman And The Spectre
- Bruce Timm Watches Over a “Crisis on Two Earths”
- ‘Dante’s Inferno’ and the rings of pop culture
- William Hurt Says He Improv’d His Scene With Robert Downey Jr. in THE INCREDIBLE HULK and He’s Not in IRON MAN 2 or THOR
- Is ‘Akira’ Or ‘Twilight Zone’ Next Up For Leonardo DiCaprio?
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