Late last year, rumors surfaced of “Hurt Locker” actor Jeremy Renner talking with Marvel about playing Hawkeye in the film. The actor eventually spoke about it, saying he had meeting, but nothing in blood and ink. The rumor has resurfaced on Ain’t It Cool News. AICN’s Harry Knowles warns “grain of salt” discretion as the information comes to him from what he calles “a first time source with a very interesting connection to all of this.” Interestingly enough, Harry seems to be hearing the Renner/Hawkeye connection for the first time. I’d say his first time source is Mysterio, but he’s had a long term relationship with AICN.
Release date: May 4th, 2012
Garth Ennis tells MTV News that “The Boys” would make for an easy screen adaptation. “Take the core team of five and just have them as a team that surveils and occasionally beats up superheroes,” he says. “That’s a simple enough concept that you could isolate it and put into a two-hour film as a self-contained story.” Of course, simplicity and movies don’t always mix.
Release date: TBA
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Superhero Hype has its own seven-page set visit, complete with an interview with Ellen Wong. She plays Knives Chau, 17 Years Old. “I’m sure we all can remember back in the day when you’re 17, naÃ¯ve, you’re sort of just this unblemished teenager. You’re sort of sheltered and haven’t really seen the real world and then when you do see it, you’re just like… “This is the world? This is reality?” And then Scott breaks up with her and she’s forced to go back to her old life? No, she can’t go back now! No, not after she’s seen what exists out there, so she kind of fights for that and she wants to keep going, she’s just passionate, she’s determined, not annoying!” pleads Wong.
Starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, release date: August 13th 2010
Stan Lee is talking up the film on his Twitter page. “Suddenly, under Ken Branagh’s brilliant direction, Marvel’s comicbook superhero Thor attains the status of a modern cinematic classic!” he writes. Lee follows praising the other Marvel directors with this: “Best of all, the indescribably great Anthony Hopkins is Odin! Of course, it’s the role I was born to play, but hey-Anthony Hopkins.”
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
Here at CBR, we have one of those press release/interview things in support of the direct-to-video project. In this one, voice actor John DiMaggio (Bender from “Futurama”) discusses playing the Joker. “It was a little intimidating because it is such an iconic role. It’s an honor to get this job — and especially to play the Joker in this version because it’s so dark and twisted. I felt like I got a really wonderful opportunity,” says DiMaggio.
Release date: Summer 2010
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
IGN has an early review of the film from Australia. “Video game films generally have a terrible record, both critically and commercially, and while ‘Prince of Persia’ is certainly a step up from disastrous film versions of ‘Street Fighter’, ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Max Payne’, the film doesn’t really stack up when compared to other action genre films. With the plot so under-nurtured, the action sequences needed to be spectacular, but many audiences will probably leave the cinema unsatisfied,” writes their Aussie reviewer.
Release date: May 28th, 2010
JOHN CARTER OF MARS
Johncartermovie.com has an ongoing photo collection from Moab, Utah. While few of the pictures show actual sets, the natural landscape is pretty impressive:
This is the perfect place to double for a pulpy, impossible version of Mars.
Release date: TBA
FINALLY A WAKE
I finished “Alan Wake” with that crazy “not a single shot” achievement unlocked. On the whole, I quite enjoyed the game. It was spooky and atmospheric without feeling too sluggish. I cared enough about Wake as a character to keep moving even when his narration strained the limits of quality writing. 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 “Red Dead Redemption.”