There’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Frank Miller adaptation over at Yahoo! Movies, focusing on the rigorous physical training required to be a part of the Spartan army … even on film.
COMIC BOOK THE MOVIE
Don’t call it a comeback — according to the Hollywood Reporter, Dimension Films has pre-emptively bought John Unholz’s superhero spoof “Comic Book: The Movie.” The spec, which was bought for mid-six against seven figures, went out wide Thursday morning and was acquired by Dimension on Thursday night after drawing interest from multiple studios. Described as in the vein of the “Scary Movie” franchise and the recent boxoffice hit “Date Movie,” “Comic Book” is a spoof of comic book-based films. Apparently, this has nothing to do with the Mark Hamill-fueled Miramax DVD, but perhaps somebody is just a cease-and-desist letter away from a new name …
After much kvetching, actress Halle Berry is reported to be happy about what goes on with Storm, or so says Sci Fi Wire. “Now she has a definite point of view, and that’s been really wonderful for me. I know [director] Brett [Ratner] was really instrumental in making that happen. He’s really been a supporter of finding a voice for the character.”
Meanwhile, Comics Continuum has an interview with associate producer David Gorder.
Finally, fans of Fox’s drama “24” will be treated to a viewing of a new trailer for the film during the two hour broadcast tonight. Commercials promoting this appeared on last night’s “American Idol.”
V FOR VENDETTA
We’ve got a recap of the press junket in New York, available right here at CBR. Sci Fi Wire also has quotes from producer Joel Silver, claiming there’s no special risk with this film. “There’s no such thing as a movie that isn’t a risk. Look, I’ve made a lot of stupid action films in my life, which, by the way, I’m proud of. I like stupid action movies. But when we made ‘The Matrix,’ we felt that the audience really responded to that very thing: that it wasn’t a sure-fire commercial movie. It was complex. It was difficult to follow. It was hard to understand. It was full of cool action sequences and groundbreaking action sequences in many ways, but it was a very smart movie. We realized people wanted to see them. At least in that case they were intrigued by the idea of this smart action film, which is like a contradiction in terms, pretty much.”
The message boards over at Superhero Hype are abuzz with people talking about checking out the downtown LA set of the web-spinning sequel, with spoilers aplenty therein.
THE CASTING COUCH
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