Could there be big trouble at the Gamma Base? Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke has a rumor that actor Ed Norton is clashing with Marvel’s movie moguls over how the film is being edited together. His contract apparently “promised tremendous involvement and access” to the editing process and in rewriting Zak Penn’s screenplay. Sources in the know claim this is just normal creative haggling. “At this stage you always have discussions about what’s in the film and what’s not going to be in the film. Everyone’s very passionate, and Edward is very opinionated,” said one unnamed source. Another adds “There is a very healthy exchange of ideas going on. Discussions now are even more heated. But some of Ed’s best movies have had this exact dynamic to them. Everyone’s in the process of figuring it out and working it out. But I expect it’ll all get resolved pretty quickly.”
Tonight you should expect to see the new trailer, but IGN has seen it already and has posted a spoilerish description of the whole shebang.
According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has acquired feature rights to the graphic novel by Douglas TenNapel that will be published in the spring by Image. Buckaroo Entertainment’s Sam Raimi and Josh Donen will produce with Ellen Goldsmith Vein. Raimi, who is developing the Universal thriller “Drag Me to Hell,” has committed only to produce at this point.
THE MAN OF STEEL
Director Bryan Singer talked to Empire Online about differences between the first movie and the proposed sequel. “The first one was a romantic film and a nostalgic film,” he says. “I’ll be the first person to own up to that without making any apologies for it. I knew it was going to be that from the outset. And now that the characters are established, there’s really an opportunity to up the threat levels … Clearly there’ll be a body count [laughs]. From frame one, it will be unrelenting terror! All those teenage girls who found the movie and mooned over James Marsden or Brandon? Well, I’m going to wake them up!”
We got an email from Daniel Bowen pointing out this possibly spoilery feature about actor Adrian Pasdar at Megacon.
We stand corrected — we received an email from Paramount’s Casey Stone, who wrote “The domestic release date of Iron Man has NOT changed and remains May 2, 2008. Paramount Pictures International & Marvel will release the film in numerous international markets on April 30, 2008.”
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
We also got an email from James Harvey noting this bit of bad news at World’s Finest, noting that the animated series has breathed its last with season two.
Yes, that means email is back online. Sorry about that.
Actor Josh Jackson told MTV that not only was he in the running to play Bruce Wayne, now he’s interested in taking over if Tobey Maguire steps out.
SPIDER-MAN: THE MUSICAL
Speaking of ol’ Web Head, IGN reports that actor Jim Sturgess is in the running to play Peter Parker in the stage play. “I don’t know if I’m the man to do it,” said Sturgess. “I mean, Julie’s [Taymor] definitely kind of making that project happen. We did some workshops, and me and Evan [Rachel Wood] just kind of went along and hung out and… you know, it was just an excuse to be with Julie again and work with Evan again. But that was kind of it; I don’t know any more other than that. I don’t know if I would look good in those tights, man. I’d have to do some serious working out.”
One more for good measure — Comics2Film has an early look at the Lizard from the web-spinners latest animated incarnation. The character will be voiced by Dee Bradley.
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
Just so today’s not so Spider-centric, the official website for the Lexi Alexander-helmed reboot is now online.
LET’S DO LUNCH
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