According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Aaron McGruder comic strip may be coming to the small screen soon. “Sources say Cartoon Network is finalizing a deal with Sony Pictures Television to pick up a half-hour series based on the newspaper comic strip … The TV adaptation was initially developed as a pilot for Fox Broadcasting Co., which passed after viewing a six-minute presentation reel during its pilot screening process earlier this year. Cartoon is believed to be eyeing “Boondocks” for its “Adult Swim” late-night block, given the racially and politically charged humor that has been the hallmark of the newspaper strip … McGruder and Reggie Hudlin are executive producers of the TV series.”
This ain’t no April Fool’s joke — according to Comingsoon.net, the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller collaboration will hit the screen April 1, 2005.
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR
Superhero Hype reports that in addition to the “based on characters created by” credit Alien creators Ronald Shusett and Dan O’Bannon will receive on “AVP” alongside Predator creators Jim and John Thomas,Shusett and O’Bannon will also share a “story by” credit with Paul W.S. Anderson. This is because Anderson apparently copied and pasted 40 pages of unfilmed material from the original Alien ‘s screenplay into the new “AVP” movie.
Reports of Frank Castle’s cinematic death may have been slightly exaggerated. Superhero Hype has information from Thomas Jane, who spoke about the Marvel adaptation while promoting his new film “Stander.” “Yeah, we have had discussions. We want Jigsaw to be the bad guy,” Jane said. “We’ll probably shoot it for much the same budget and probably go to Australia or South Africa where we can stretch the dollar. I’d do another one. It’s a niche market film that will always be that, and that’s what it should be. In today’s market, if it’s not a blockbuster, then it’s somehow considered a failure. I just don’t understand that point of view. It saddens me that if a film doesn’t sell a million Happy Meals that it’s considered to be a failure, and that is just incorrect. We need to change our view of that. In today’s market, there’s certainly a place for the blockbuster type of film, but if you can make a film for $30 million and its grossed like 50-something so far worldwide and then do a bunch more business on DVD, then that film has done its job. I like movies that don’t have to cater and appeal to everybody. Those movies are great, movies that cross the board and you can take your six-year old kid and your grandma, and everybody loves it. Fantastic! And there should be more movies like that and there will be, but there should also be movies that cater to people who like to see something different. People that have a need to see something that is off-the-beaten path a little bit. That’s what ‘The Punisher’ is there for and that’s what it’s there to serve. It’s for the fans and I’m very proud of it. I hope they don’t ever process it down and turn it into something that it shouldn’t be.”
Jane also said he’d return to the same kind of performance. Absolutely. I like the character a lot and I had a lot of fun with him. For me, the second one would be an exploration of the morality of what he does. He’s so close to being a bad guy and does what he does cause more harm than good? Those kind of things are interesting for me. Where do you draw the line between what you’re doing being justifiable and not?”
He also addressed the severity of the character. “The first one ended with him busting into that club and taking out all those people, and the second will open where the first one left off. It will just be incredibly violent and then it will just get more and more violent as the film goes on. That’s the kind of film that it should be! It’s a real take no prisoners punk rock kind of an action film, and g**ammit, it should piss a lot of people off!”
Still mining Comic-Con for stories, Sci Fi Wire has some quotes from Jessica Alba, talking about the role and the costumes. “[Sue Storm] just wants everybody to be OK,” she said. “And it seems like when she’s trying to do that, when everyone’s so caught up in their problems, that’s when she disappears. So it’s very metaphorical. I love it. I’m not that familiar with the comic books. I read the script, and it’s just great, and it’s about family, and it’s so hopeful.”
As for the costume, Alba said, “I’ve tried mine on, and the zippers are on the inside. I was so scared. [The costumer] had to use a tool. … The costumes are very cool. They are spandex, and we have gloves and boots … and fours on our chests.”
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