Variety is confirming a story we started convering yesterday at CBR concerning “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon directing the film. IESB actually suggested it a while back, from the same source that told them “Spider-Man 4” was imploding, but Deadline added gasoline to the story early yesterday. Whedon will re-write the current draft by Zak Penn. The Variety article also mentions Edward Norton “may return” as the Incredible Hulk.
Release date: May 4th, 2012
Jeffrey Dean Morgan tells MTV News he has “nothing” on Lobo:
Also, IESB hears word that the project has run aground at Warner Bros. “The real issue at hand is several of the top WB executives (the ones who matter) have lost faith in Akiva Goldman’s producorial skills. This is a direct result of their not-so-hot reaction to ‘The Losers’ and especially ‘Jonah Hex.’ The latter required massive reshoots (in excess of 50 pages worth of new material) and another director in studio go-to guy Francis Lawrence was brought to call the shots. So basically ‘Lobo’ won’t be happening anytime soon,” they write.
Release date: TBA
THE GREEN HORNET
That same IESB article also mentions trouble for the film. “We’re hearing is the Sony executives are displeased with the results. The tone is too campy, they’re not happy with the work from director Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen does not look the part. At all. In fact, the feeling at Sony is the movie is a disaster,” writes IESB.
Staring Seth Rogen, release date: December 17th, 2010
Today’s “Kick-Ass” coverage begins with a costume contest we reported on here at CBR. I’m still kind of bummed Daniel the Turtle didn’t win. Collider brings us a video interview with screenwriter Jane Goldman:
Also, Quint at Ain’t It Cool News has a longish interview with the young cast of the film:
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
Today’s casting rumor: Josh Hutcherson, late of “Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assitant.”
Release date: May 28th, 2012
THE WALKING DEAD
IESB has an interview with Sylvain White about the film and some of his upcoming work. He mentions an interesting aspect of the film’s PG-13 rating. “I had a really great military coordinator and advisor on this movie, who’s a legend in the business, called Harry Humphries. I told him, “I’m not going to be able to use squib hits and blood splatters.” And, he told me, “When you’re in the field and you’re shooting people, and I know because I’ve been there, you don’t see that kind of thing. People take bullets and fall. There’s no big Hollywood splatter. You’re actually doing yourself a favor by doing that because you’re actually more realistic,” says the director.
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, release date: April 23rd, 2010
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
Julie Benz tells Superhero Hype a little about the pilot. “I like to describe it as a mix between ‘Heroes’ and ‘The Incredibles.’ Greg Berlanti is behind it and he does ‘Brothers & Sisters.’ You have real drama behind it as well but there’s obviously some humor in it because how can you not have humor. But it’s also a family drama. I think it’s just a great mix of everything, a little sci-fi with adventure with drama with comedy. It encompasses all elements and so I can’t even tell you what it is,” she says.
As we reported here at CBR, yesterday Marvel is bringing the web-slinger back to TV in new series that pretty much seals the confim of the previous show, “The Spectacular Spider-Man.” Of course, the status of that show is still unconfirmed at the moment.
Release date: TBA
Between “Kick-Ass”, “The Losers”, and “Iron Man 2,” it occurs to me we’ve entered the busiest time of the year with all these movies competing for your attention and dollars. It’s odd as these movies have been in my head for so long, but the comic book movie beat always has you looking foward. By the time these movies are finally released, I’m already onto the next big thing. 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 the next big thing.