HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Have you seen the new international poster for the Guillermo del Toro-helmed sequel? It’s over at Empire Online.
Old robots don’t die, they just … get rebooted? A rumor floating around TFW2005 claims that “The Pontiac Solstice vehicle prop of Autobot Jazz arrived on the set of ‘Transformers 2’ earlier today. In addition we’ve received confirmation from a second tipster that Darius McCrary, the voice of Movie Jazz, is now on set as well.”
Meanwhile, screenwriter Roberto Orci made a post on producer Don Murphy’s message board saying, “I’d love and think we could almost barely manage ten [Transformers] on each side, with some front and center and others as more supporting.”
Finally, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports that filming will take place on the Penn campus. “University spokeswoman Lori Doyle explained that filming would tentatively begin around June 12 with scenes using the exterior of the Quad. According to Doyle, the extensive project is expected to involve about 200 people, 25 tractor-trailer trucks and cranes.”
EMILY THE STRANGE
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson is set to produce a feature film that would tell the origin of the gothic figure and her four mysterious cats, created by Rob Reger.
WAKE THE DEAD
Variety reported that the Steve Niles “Frankenstein” reimagining has found a director in Jay Russell, with with screenwriter James V. Hart handling the script. Holding Pictures principal Charlie Lyons will produce, fully finance development and likely fund the film through principal photography. F/X work is to be done by Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-based Weta.
Both CBR News and Sci Fi Wire talked about the weekend’s Top Cow panel, where the likes of Top Cow’s Mel Caylo discussed the changes from the graphic novel. “What many people don’t know is that Wanted was optioned before the series was concluded,” Caylo said. “At that time, Mark had an idea based around a society of assassins that worked underground or behind the scenes, and that’s what the producers bought. Mark then decided to go in the direction that Earth was once populated by superheroes, but they have been vanquished … and supervillains now run the Earth [in] five major cabals that run the whole world. They went with the original concept and based the film on that.”
“A lot of fan reaction has been negative because it’s not guys running around in spandex,” Marz said, in response to the fan’s complaint. “It’s the same story. It’s the same balls to the wall action. Let’s not get our panties in a bunch because there’s no super-villains.”
You can also preview the soundtrack at MySpace.
Meanwhile, a new clip appeared during the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, and it’s available at Comingsoon.net.
The Will Smith fueled superhero flick also has a clip at Comingsoon.net from last night’s MTV Movie Awards.
BILLY BATSON AND THE LEGEND OF SHAZAM
Director Peter Segal talked about screenwriter John August’s work on the adaptation. “There’ve been several incarnations [of the origin story],” Segal said. “And there’s a new incarnation about how Billy has to win the approval of the individual gods before he can gain their powers, and that’s a completely different take from the original. So, once again, we’re staying very faithful to the source material, and we’re just continuing to work and try to make the script as good as it can be. You have to please the original fans, but also make it survive on its own for people who might not be familiar with the series. So we try to do both, and that’s constantly the balancing act. But I think the underlying similarity between adapting ‘Shazam’ and adapting ‘Get Smart’ is you have to love the source material, you have to embrace it. You can’t look at it as a fixer-upper.”
Superhero Hype has a two page image gallery of production stills available.
The soundtrack is also available for preview at Amazon.com.
Superhero Hype also has a new blog from director Frank Miller, addressing fan concerns about the film. “‘THE SPIRIT’ is, with every effort I give it, not a rusty, dusty old monument to the work of my beloved Mentor, so much as it is an extension of what I know to have been Eisner’s central intent: to create something new, witty, and exploratory. That’s what he did. That’s what I’m doing. It only resembles ‘SIN CITY’ in that I am its director, and, well, yes, I have my ways and my proclivities. Luckily, I was able to discern three important proclivities I share with the Master. We both love good stories. We both love New York City. And we both love beautiful women. (Please forgive my constant present-tense references to my dear friend. His creative force, and his force of personality, remains so strong in my mind that I can’t often think of Will Eisner as a man who has left us).”
Comics2Film has an interview with animation director Jennifer Coyle, who brings the Sinister Six to the animated series. “All things being equal, six is tougher than one — but it does make it interesting,” Coyle said. “When you’re doing fight scenes with that many characters, you really need to focus on the choreography. You have to make sure the action stays clear, quick and interesting, and you have to focus on moments to highlight each of the characters.”
BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
Superhero Hype has an interview with DC Comics Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck, talking about the animated direct-to-DVD feature. “When we decided to make this film, we wanted to get the best Japanese animators and the best Batman writers we could,” Noveck said. “David Goyer was an obvious choice, having written ‘Batman Begins’ and the story for ‘The Dark Knight’ and knowing Batman so well. Jordan Goldberg had worked with the Nolans extensively on the films and was a natural to help us conceive the story. Then we said, ‘Who has written some of the best Batman comics?’ and Brian Azzarello and Greg Rucka immediately came to mind. We wanted a screenwriter with a gritty, realistic tone, and we thought of Josh Olson, coming off an Academy Award nomination for ‘A History of Violence.’ And then we said, ‘Is there someone that has been involved with Batman for a long time and never gotten the chance to really go edgy with the character?’ Alan Burnett was the easy call there. Amazingly, everything fell into place. Everyone was our first choice, everyone said yes, and we ended up with an awesome lineup.”
THE DARK KNIGHT
There will be four different configurations of the soundtrack, according to Superhero Hype, “a standard jewel case CD, a 2 LP set of heavy-weight 180 gram vinyl version, a special edition digipack, and a collector’s edition with special artwork to come after release.” It will be released July 15th.
IRON MAN BOX OFFICE
Just in case you were keeping score (like, say, the people at Box Office Mojo), the film grabbed fourth place in its fifth weekend of release with $14 million, coming to a domestic total of $276.6 million and a worldwide gross of $519 million.
I CAN’T WORK UNDER THESE CONDITIONS
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