According to Variety, actor Djimon Hounsou has been cast as the Robert E. Howard character in a new feature film from Dynamite Entertainment, a part of Dynamic Forces. Â
THE DARK KNIGHT
This teensy independent film came out this weekend, maybe you heard of it? Â Anyhoo, CBR News has everything you’d wanna know about the tractor trailers full of twenties being driven to the Batcave as we speak.
Variety also reports that Walden Media has hired Karen Janszen to adapt Ingrid Law’s young-adult book for thee silver screen. Â The project is expected to be distributed through 20th Century Fox and marketed by Fox Walden.
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
Italian site Comicus has a new interview with actor Colin Salmon about playing agent Paul Budianski. Â “He is a cop who wants to make things happen for the right reasons but there is a purity of intention [that’s] defeated … why? Â He sees the corruption of the establishment. So, he is a little broken and damaged. He has had problems with addictions while undercover which ultimately impacts on his closest friend. The guilt propels him into the confrontation with The Punisher.” Â Thanks to Coratelli for the heads up on that one.
In shocking, extremely surprising news, Alan Moore doesn’t want anything to do with the adaptation of his work! Â That’s actually not news in any remote way, but Entertainment Weekly felt the need to ask him anyway. Â When asked about director Zack Snyder, Moore said, “He’s also the person who made 300. I’ve not seen any recent comic book films, but I didn’t particularly like the book ‘300.’ I had a lot of problems with it, and everything I heard or saw about the film tended to increase [those problems] rather than reduce them: [that] it was racist, it was homophobic, and above all it was sublimely stupid. I know that that’s not what people going in to see a film like ‘300’ are thinking about but … I wasn’t impressed with that … I talked to [director] Terry Gilliam in the ’80s, and he asked me how I would make ‘Watchmen’ into a film. I said, ‘Well actually, Terry, if anybody asked me, I would have said, ‘I wouldn’t.’ And I think that Terry [who aborted his attempted adaptation of the book] eventually came to agree with me. There are things that we did with Watchmen that could only work in a comic, and were indeed designed to show off things that other media can’t … I increasingly fear that nothing good can come of almost any adaptation, and obviously that’s sweeping. There are a couple of adaptations that are perhaps as good or better than the original work. But the vast majority of them are pointless.”
Meanwhile, Snyder himself gave MTV a video interview discussing an easter egg in the trailer footage …
Finally, Superhero Hype has some high resolution production stills from the film.
Actress Jaime King is quoted at Sci Fi Wire dispelling the idea that this film is “Sin City” redux. Â “I have a feeling people are going to be like, ‘Oh, it’s so much like Sin City,'” King said. Â “But what people don’t understand is that [Miller’s] films mimic exactly what’s in his comic books. So it’s very [much] like 300/Sin City in a way, but it’s even more different than that. It’s just different than anything you’ve ever seen. It’s definitely Frank Miller.”
Sci Fi Wire also had quoted from actress Hayden Panettiere, who said we’d see a very different Claire this season. Â “It’s a very different world [in the future], and it’s kind of, as you can imagine, a world gone a little bit awry, and she’s a very different person than she was. Â One of the cool things I think about this season is I get to play kind of two different characters for a second, because we pop back and forth a little bit from the present to the future … I think what we all missed about the second season was that we didn’t really get a chance to all work with each other. So we’re all crossing paths this season … I mean, it is so hyped, and it is so action-packed and leaves you wonderful cliffhangers. It’s a really tremendous season, it really is.”
Likewise, there’s a new rumor at Media Takeout that singer Ashanti is poised to join the cast. Â
I CAN’T WORK UNDER THESE CONDITIONS
We can’t do this without you. Â The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. Â The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Warner Brothers?” Â The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. Â The devoted, the involved. Â Fans, just like you. Â Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Â Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and The Hundred and Four updates on Wednesday.
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