Screenwriter Mark Fergus talked to Comingsoon.net about working on the script for the Robert Downey Jr.-fueled action film. “You realize that the class of actor you’re looking at and the precision that they work in is just incredible,” Fergus said. “The reason the actors are coming is that Jon is an actor and he’s such an inspiring director. Anybody who sits in a room with him is going to want to do the movie by the time they walk out of that room. He just inspires you to want to be a part of it, and I think because he’s such an actor’s director, these actors are thinking that they can really go to great lengths, even if it’s a genre thing or a comic thing. They’re going to really do some interesting stuff, because Jon understands what actors need and the challenge they’re looking for, and there’s no doubt that he keeps getting top notch people.”
According to Variety, actor Emile Hirsch is in final talks to star in the cartoon adaptation. They note that the role of Racer X has not been cast, throwing into doubt earlier reports of Vince Vaughn in the role.
Variety also reports that Columbia Pictures has optioned rights to the property, with Neal H. Moritz and his Original Film banner to produce the feature adaptation. Moritz expects to get the project out to writers in the next few weeks.
Paramount pictures has launched the official site for the Neil Gaiman/Charles Vess adaptation including an expansive photo gallery.
Right here at CBR, we’ve got a story with creator Jimmy Palmiotti talking about the Sci Fi Network series.
We’ve also got a story about the anime version of the popular Top Cow series, shown at last weekend’s Wizard World Los Angeles convention.
Speaking of Wizard, they’ve posted an interview with wrestler Kane, who talked about working on the CW series. “They wanted to do a lot of the physical stuff,” Kane said of his co-stars. “Tom Welling got right in there during the fight scenes. He did some work with a stunt double, but he did a lot of it himself. I had some physical interaction with Erica, and she did all that herself too. I found it refreshing that they wanted to get in there and get thrown around. [Laughs] It was nice not having to stop and then wait for a stunt double. They actually wanted to do more than they were allowed to. [Laughs]”
TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello also chimed in with his weekly dose of spoilers about Lana’s natal adventures. When it comes to spoilers, of course you have to mention the ones at Kryptonsite about the May 3rd episode, “Noir.”
THE MAN OF STEEL
Keeping it Kryptonian, the Superman Homepage has some new rumors about villains we’ll see in the sequel, being somebody really smart and a man with a Kryptonite heart.
There’s a story on ComicUS about the comic coming to the silver screen in 2009. No, you’re not having a stroke, it’s written in Italian.
The official synopsis from the studio is now available at Comingsoon.net. Too lazy to click? Oh, all right: “With a signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle, the saga of the world’s toughest, kitten-loving hero from Hell continues to unfold in ‘Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.’ Bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains arrive in an epic vision of imagination from Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro (‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Hellboy’). After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman). Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development — pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann — the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.”
THE DARK KNIGHT
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Seriously? $3.19 for 89 octane gas? WTH?
Sorry, mild digression … anyway, we can’t do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?” The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu (web site, MySpace blog) saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and “enough talk — let’s go make with the ‘biff’ and the ‘pow’ already.”
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