Ghost Rider, Stardust, Madman: December 19th Comic Reel Wrap


Moviesonline has an image gallery of new shots from the Mark Steven Johnson-helmed Marvel adaptation.


Speaking of new production stills, Cinema Blend has three new shots from the Neil Gaiman-inspired fantasy vision.


According to Variety, Dimension Films has made a deal to turn the Michael Allred-created comicbook "Madman" into a live-action film. George Huang ("Swimming With Sharks") will direct a script he'll pen with Allred. Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan will produce via their Troublemaker Studios banner.


CBR's own Dave Richards emailed us to point out an interview he did with writer/director Todd Lincoln about the development of the Devil's Due property. "WeÕre not adapting any specific storylines from the 'Hack/Slash' comics," Lincoln said, "but we will touch on the origin story. That being said, this is not an origin story movie. It cuts to the chase and drops you in the s**t by minute one. The film will stay true to the style, heart and voice of the comics. Fans are absolutely going to get the Cassie and Vlad they know and love. Tonally, the movie is much more grounded and serious than the comic. ThereÕs a sprinkling of humor to balance the scares, but this will be a lean, vicious, blood-soaked, Hard R fright fest. The goal is to create the ultimate slasher film. Not just a love letter to slasher films, but a film that reconstructs, reinvigorates and elevates the genre."


Actor James Franco talked to Superhero Hype about some of the work he did on the web-spinning sequel. "'Spider-Man' is a combination of a lot of green screen and action," Franco said. "I mean I shot one action scene that took six weeks for one scene, and then there's months and months and months of work on the computers that I'm not even a part of. When I see those movies, it's a different movie for me, and the process feels completely different than the result. Although Sam is one of the most fun directors I've ever worked with, the process can be tedious. You do small little segments, and when it all adds up and you see the final result, it's still surprising to me just because it sure doesn't feel that way when you're doing it."


Kryptonsite chimes in on some rumors about whether or not actress Erica Durance will be involved in certain upcoming episodes.


Actress Kerry Washington told Superhero Hype a little bit about her involvement in the sequel and possible plans for a third.


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