COWBOYS & ALIENS
In case you missed it, here at CBR, we have a set visit report and an interview with director Jon Favreau. He talked about the opportunity to make a western infused with Sci-Fi elements. “We figured that the alien side of things, hopefully, will take care of the people who don’t know the Western,” he said. “But for people who love Westerns, let’s do it using all the archetypes of the classic Western films.” We should have one more interview from the set of “Cowboys & Aliens” soon.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
Writer Marc Guggenheim updates MTV News on the adaptation of his creator owned comic. “An A-list Hollywood director just expressed interest in it, which is really nice. I’ve been working with him and he’s fantastic, he totally gets the project. That’s really exciting, because we’ve been in development for a number of years now. We’ve dealt with a whole host of people and some people have really gotten it and other people have not gotten it at all,” he says. While there may be top talent interested, the script is still a work in progress. “Basically, the story is all broken out, and for me, that’s the most time-consuming part. Writing the actual script doesn’t take very long. We’ll see what happens. The last thing I want is some alien invasion movie that just has the name “Resurrection” but no resemblance whatsoever to the comic.”
Release date: TBA
Paul Young at Screen Rant hears there is at least some steam under a film about the king of Atlantis. “I spoke with a source at Warner Bros. and they are indeed planning an Aquaman film… but it’s certainly not going to be released in 2013. In fact, they are looking at a release date closer to 2015 or 2016 if everything goes according to plan. Warner Bros. will team up with Leo DiCaprio’s production studio Appian Way (Red Riding Hood, Shutter Island) to make the underwater film a reality,” he writes. “Before Aquaman fans can see the classic orange and green streaking through the ocean’s waves, they will have to wait for another Batman and Superman film, as well as The Flash, Wonder Woman and even Green Lantern 2 to be released first.” The issue is, of course, money. Warner Bros wants to see heroes other than Superman and Batman succeed before they take a leap with Aquaman.
Release date: TBA
Yet more problems plague the production. This time, a casting agent was fired after profiling potential extras for “light skin tones” as our pals at Spinoff Online reported. As pointed out in the comments, the Harfoots are a darker-skinned group of Hobbits who first settled in the Shire. Though the popular image of a Hobbit is a pale skinned sort not unlike Elijah Wood, Tolkien did make allowances for various skin tones. Though, in “The Lord of the Rings,” darker skinned men like the Southrons sided with Sauron.
Release date: 2012
SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
After yesterday’s venomous reviews, Bleeding Cool found a positive one from a reader who was at the preview performance. “The first act was outstanding. The stunts were fantastic. They literally had Spidey jumping from the stage to the balconies. Goblin and Spidey had a huge battle flying over the heads of the audience and Spidey literally jumps on to Goblin’s back while flying. I really liked how they worked in Spidey using the wires of the harness as his webs, it adds to the fantasy and the illusion. At one point, Spidey and Goblin are fighting on top of the Chrystler building and Spidey jumps off the side. The entire set changes perspective so the tip of the Chrystler is now pointing at the audience and your looking down on to the street. It was awesome. They also had a great cameo appearance by Hammerhead robbing a bank which was a huge wink/nod to us fanboy,” he writes. While he loved that first act, he calls the second “kind of a let down” and the ending “anti-climatic.” Okay … maybe not a one hundred percent positive review, but he did mention a whole chuck of the show was good.
ALL STAR SUPERMAN
Warner Home Video let us know the next DC Universe Animated film will be released on February 22nd of next year. According to the press release, the film, based on Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s superb story will follow Superman’s last days. “Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act.” WHV also sent along the box art:
Release date: February 22nd, 2011
Comics Continuum has a preview of the next episode, “Taking Ames”:
THE WALKING DEAD
As we reported here at CBR yesterday, Sunday night’s episode of the show earned the series its highest ratings yet with 2.8 million viewers. As we noted, next Sunday will bring us the last episode of the first season, but the second has already been commissioned and will be thirteen episodes.
It wouldn’t be Tuesday without a preview for this week’s episode. In “Luthor”, Clark wakes up to find his father, Lionel Luthor, is alive and well. Hu-wah!?
Anyone picking up “Epic Mickey” today? If my local Blockbuster has it for rent, I’ll be grabbing it and squeezing in a few minutes of play. It’ll be the first time I’ve used the Wii in a year or so. I wonder if I ever finished the “Strong Bad” game? Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.