Go on, call it official — director Michael Bay has said, in no uncertain terms, on his own website message board “I want to tell everyone my next movie is ‘Transformers!!!’ I’m really excited about it. We have been drawing for nine months. The alien robots are awesome. The script is getting very close as well. Steven Spielberg has been very involved with me on the script, working with Kurtzman and Orci who just came off of ‘Mission Impossible Three.’ We start shooting at the end of may for a 7-4-7 release. (How much do you want to bet ‘Fantastic Four’ will move after they see our stuff) We have some mindblowing images and action in this film that i know will satisfy the deep fan base and turn non-Transformer fans into one. The movie has real edge, humor and heart. There are some rabid fans out there. I just found out that we had 9,456 attempted hacks into our server that holds the movie art work just in the month of Jan. I had that server disconnected today. I will keep you in the loop weekly — now that i just refigured how to log onto this site.”
According to Variety (subscription required), “X Filme and Celluloid Dreams are getting high on ‘Grass Roots,’ an animated adaptation of cult underground hippie comic ‘The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.'”
V FOR VENDETTA
The intrepid staff here at CBR have been busy, posting an in-depth report about our set visit with some nifty photos and an interview with actress Natalie Portman where she makes comparisons between this and some low-budget indie art films she did with a guy named George Lucas.
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
Smoke ’em if you got ’em — director Brett Ratner told MTV that this will be the last semester at Xavier’s. “Well, it seems to be the last of the series,” Ratner said. “We wanted to make sure the audiences knew that this was a trilogy. Even though they weren’t made together like ‘Lord of the Rings,’ this is really closure for the X-Men series. … This is the last stand for sure.” A spokesperson for “X-Men” studio 20th Century Fox confirmed that “X3” will be the final film for the mutant team.
BATMAN BEGINS 2
Looks like somebody’s not anxious for a ticket to Gotham City — actor Bob Hoskins told Contact Music “No, I’m not doing it,” when asked about his involvement with the Christopher Nolan-helmed sequel.
Speaking of CBR (as we were a mere two entries back … please try to keep up, children), our own muckraker Rich Johnston said in his column “One of the writers of the Constantine screenplay has mentioned that he is working on a film version of Alan Moore’s ‘Swamp Thing’ stories, under the working title of ‘The Green.’ No Constantine though, dude.”
Kryptonsite has a new photo gallery from the 2006 image campaign for the show, while Hollywood North Report has a somewhat counterintuitive perspective on the show: “Smallville has been enjoying a great deal of ratings success during this – its fifth season … Given such a stellar performance, it’s no wonder that we’re surprised to be hearing rumblings here in Vancouver that the series may be shorted episodes this season – that effectively the number of episodes may be intentionally reduced, with production wrapping in March as opposed to April, and possibly an increased number of episodes (perhaps 26) being filmed for a sixth season. Though a reliable source has tipped us about this, alleging that it has something to do with the recent amalgamation of the WB Network with UPN, please be aware that we have not corroborated these assertions nor do we yet understand the rationale behind them if they turn out to be true. Rest assured that as of this posting we’re treating it as rumor, and as soon as we have more substantial information we’ll let you know.”
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