According to an interview in Now Playing magazine, Peter Parker’s next big screen adversary has been chosen. But they won’t tell you who it is. Yet. Director Sam Raimi said, “We wanted to have a villain not only who would fulfill the character needs but somebody who could entertain the audience on a visceral level and provide great visuals, something we haven’t seen before, and create a real challenge and great foe for Spider-Man and his unique spidery, spider-like powers … I’m not supposed to [talk about the villain]. When Sony Pictures decides to release the villain they do it in conjunction with Marvel Comic books. Avi Arad is the president there and my producer, and they’re really the ones that decide how they’re going to present this to the fans of the comic and they love doing it with a lot of drama and a big splash. So they consult with me, but it’s really something… they really want to please the fans and do it in a very particular way.”
IGN’s FilmForce is reporting that “screenwriters David Elliot and Paul Lovett are now onboard the big-screen version of G.I. Joe. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing the live-action feature for Paramount Pictures … IGNFF had recently heard that Joe might be going the comedic route but the source of our Elliot/Lovett scoop advised us that the project is not a comedy.” Sorry, Raptor.
SCOTT PILGRIM’S PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE
According to the Hollywood Reporter, English filmmaker Edgar Wright, who co-wrote and directed the recent horror spoof “Shaun of the Dead,” is in negotiations to shoot “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.” It is based on the graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.”
In a classic case of debunking their own rumors, Superhero Hype has deflated the rumors of soundtrack participants for the Christian Bale-fueled Bat flick. One of their sources wrote in to say, “After reading the rumor about the Batman Begins soundtrack yesterday, I made some calls to see what I could come up with. Metallica’s management has insisted that they will not be on the soundtrack.”
MARVEL GOES TO THE SUPER BOWL
Superhero Hype also has a release from Visa (how’d they get on that list?) talking about a Visa Check Card commercial that will feature some of the characters from the House of Ideas. “a woman cries for help after discovering someone has stolen her Visa check card. Marvel’s world renowned Super Hero characters rush to her rescue but discover it’s a false alarm: she didn’t realize her Visa check card features security benefits that protect her from fraudulent charges. Having calmed the heroine, the Super Heroes return to their work of assisting those who really need it. The lighthearted television spot, created by BBDO NY, airs as a stand-alone commercial during the first half of the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. The commercial features popular Marvel Super Heroes(TM) Spider-Man(TM), Captain America(TM), Wolverine(TM), Storm(TM), and Thor(TM). The commercial ends with a final surprise guest visit — a latecomer to the rescue.” Please say it’s not Impossible Man.
Kryptonsite is back with tons of new material to celebrate tonight’s new episode. Leading off with five new promo images from “Krypto,” they have an image gallery from Clark-Goes-To-College episode “Recruit,” and fresh images from tonight’s episode, “Pariah.”
Today is the day when we annually poke our head out of our hole and wonder if we’ll see our shadow — if so, we get six weeks in a row of bad comics and adaptations, if not, everything will be splendid. So get out there and look! In the meantime, if you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adaptations or just want to give us a briefcase full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let’s coordinate. You can choose an alias if you’d like, or be mentioned by name — we honor requests for anonymity. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and “don’t blame me, I’m drunk too!”