Y: THE LAST MAN
Confirming earlier reports, Louis Leterrier, director of “The Incredible Hulk,” tells MTV News he talked with the studio regarding the film adaptation. “Midway through ‘Clash of the Titans,’ I was like, ‘What’s going on with ‘Y The Last Man’?’ I called one of the producers and asked what was going on, and he said it was available. I said, ‘Let’s go!'” he recalled. “I still want to do it. I’m passionate about it. But it’s stuck. People don’t know what to do with it. I’d love to do it, but I need people to finance it, and the people financing it don’t know if it’s a TV show a movie, or what it should be.”
Release date: TBA
COWBOYS & ALIENS
According to Heat Vision, the writing credit for the film could be in dispute. “Eight writers and writing teams have worked on Cowboys for several studios dating to 1997. DreamWorks developed the film off-and-on for more than a decade with Universal, which will release the Jon Favreau-directed action pic domestically in July,” they write. While the studio would like the film to be credited to writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof , earlier teams are taking issue with their work on the film going unacknowledged. With the amount of writing going into these big movies, this disputes are becoming quite regular.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
The Coventry Telegraph’s Geek Files reports The Beast will be blue, noting the blog of make-up artist Candy Alderson who writes, “I’ve been spying on Beast, he’s being made next to our fitting room. He looks big and very blue!” They also report on several Soviet characters in the film.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
While one Comic Book Movie user suggests Pinky Pinkerton appears in my favorite of the “Captain America” photos:
A scooper writes in to tell him “the person in that photo is union jack and is a member of the invaders.” Hu-wah? Opinions, Reelers, I need them as I’m not familiar with either character.
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Stan Lee talks with MTV News about cameos in general and his “Thor” appearance in particular:
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Heat Vision reports a new spin on Merlin is brewing in the corridors of Hollywood. “Working Title is developing a take on the magician, having picked up a pitch from author-screenwriter Jay Basu that brings Merlin into a contemporary setting,” they write. Contemporary, huh? A vehicle for David Tennant perhaps? Maybe Josh Duhamel.
Release date: TBA
Grant Morrison talked with MTV News about is upcoming film with director Adam Egypt Mortimer. “I wanted it to say that we’re dealing with classic material, the American myth, the idea of the road movie and the notion that the road can take you anywhere and adventures can happen. That’s always been at the very basic root of the American imagination. We wanted to show that, and of course it had to be Route 66, which is the daddy of all roads. The idea of the astronaut was to kind of suggest that our character was somewhere that looks familiar, but it’s not really familiar – it’s a place that will be familiar to all of us one day – but he’s kind of an explorer in another land. There’s an actual astronaut in the story, so it kind refers to him a little, but it’s mostly the notion of being an alien on your own planet, and in your own environment,” says the writer.
Release date: TBA
Hero Complex asks where the special edition Blu-Ray of the original film is and when it will be released. “I don’t think there’s anything intentional going on to deprive ‘Tron’ fans of the new edition,” says “Tron” director Steven Lisberger, who recently did some color correction and other technical touch-ups on the film. While the article suggests Disney is trying to keep the focus on “Legacy,” I figure the Blu-Ray edition will accompany the new film onto home video. In the meantime, demand is high for the 20th Anniversary DVD set, so if you don’t mind living without the film fo awhile, now might be a good time to sell it to an eager party.
Starring Jeff Bridges, release date: December 17th, 2010
Our friends at Robot 6 have a roundup of more “Batman Live” information including this gem: “the show opens with an Arkham jailbreak and pits Batman and Robin against such villains as the Joker – a 26-foot giant Joker head is somehow involved.”
Release date: July 20th, 2011 in the UK. 2012 in North America
Entertainment Weekly spoke with James Frain, who plays the baddie on the upcoming superhero show. “It’s not that big a stretch. No one has any real powers. It’s about cunning and skill. It’s very serious in its intent. But it’s also light in the way it’s played. It is closer to Batman in that the people don’t have powers. Supervillain equals job security as long as people like the show and we get picked up,” he says.
THE WALKING DEAD
AMC will air the first three episodes in a mini-marathon on November 14th. According to the info on the official blog, “On Sun., Nov. 14 at 8PM | 7C, AMC will re-air the first two episodes of The Walking Dead with limited commercial interruption. The all-new Episode 3 (“Tell It To The Frogs”) follows at 10/9c.”
Poptimal (via Comic Book Movie) has an interview with Lindsey Hartley about playing Mad Harriet in this Friday’s episode, “Abandoned”. Asked what the greatest challenge was playing the part, she responded, “There was a fight sequence; I don’t know if it was demanding, we had time before to work on it. Had we not had a special day to practice it… I wouldn’t call it demanding but that was the most intense work I had. I wanted it to look really good.”
IT BE GREAT!
I’m saddened to say producer Dino De Laurentiis has passed away at 91. The Italian uber-producer shepherded many of my favorite childhood films like, “Flash Gordon”, “Dune”, “Orca: the Killer Whale”, and “King Kong Lives.” He also produced most of the Hannibal Lector movies. He made big, ridiculous movies and he will be missed. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take cit, 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 movie screen getting smaller.