Iron Man, Justice League, Asterix: January 9th Comic Reel Wrap


Superhero Hype has a new image of Tony Stark powering up in the Marvel minded movie. Doncha love the smell of repulsors in the morning?


Is there trouble at the Hall of Justice? A report at IESB says so. Their Robert Sanchez wrote, "'Justice League' is indeed in danger of not starting production on time and maybe even getting scrapped altogether' is what a studio source told the IESB last week. 'The concerns are that the script is not ready to go in front of cameras, and also that the budget is getting a bit out of control, the WGA strike has proven to be Kryptonite to Superman and friends ... The cast for 'Justice League' is mediocre, the execs know it's mediocre, it's going to go down to wire on this one, this movie cold be huge but right now it's plagued with a couple of big issues and the WGA strike isn't making things easier."


According to Variety, the expensive sequel will have its world premiere this weekend (January 13th) in Paris. Their story said, "Budgeted at Euros 78 million ($114.6 million), the family adventure comedy film, the third in the live action franchise, will unspool in the presence of key cast, such as Clovis Cornillac ('A Very Long Engagement'), who takes over from Christian Clavier as Asterix, Gerard Depardieu, who reprises his role as Obelix, Alain Delon as Julius Caesar, Benoit Poelvoorde as Brutus, and Spain's Santiago Segura as Doctormabuse. World preem has been arranged on a Sunday to ease the attendance of multiple sports personalities, such as Michael Schumacher and Zinedine Zidane, who have speaking parts, cameos or walk-on roles in the film."


Screenwriter Mark Protosevich told the Chicago Daily Herald about working on the Thunder God. "I loved Thor! He was my favorite comic book character when I was growing up. When I moved out to L.A. I sold a pretty substantial comic book collection to finance the trip. But I kept all my old 'Thors.' It's going to be like a super hero origin story, but not one about a human gaining super powers, but of a god realizing his true potential. It's the story of a Old Testament god who becomes a new Testament god ... I think it's going to surprise a lot of people. But I can't work on it right now because I'm on strike." 'Nuff said.


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Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told IESB that shooting starts in five weeks (pardon the pun) and discussed developments thus far. "It's a tricky balance," di Bonaventura said. "One, you want to keep the story elements secret. I can say this very convincingly, if you're a Joe vs. Cobra fan, then you will be feel incredibly happy about the movie ... I would say a 'Batman Begins.' Well, I would say this, it would be more like the original Batman in the sense that you know, it's really taking a comic book, have you seen the original cartoon movie? The Joe movie?... If you would you say the original 'GI Joe' movie was like the original Batman movie with Jack Nicholson then I would say this is like 'Batman Begins.'"


Comics2Film has a script review of the spinoff screenplay.


ComicRelated has posted another set visit report about the Alan Moore adaptation.


Now that the Golden Globes will be considerably less spectacle than they're supposed to be, NBC offered advertisers cash back on a broadcast that probably won't deliver the ratings the network promised. $10-15 million? Ow.

The Wall Street Journal has a report worrying about whether or not the Oscars -- an annual advertising revenue bonanza -- will be next to fall.

Meanwhile, people are talking about the return of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to their respective shows this week.

Tonight in Beverly Hills, the WGA is holding a Strike TV Workshop for writers "interested in creating original content for the internet" or industry professionals " willing to donate your time and effort to our campaign." The post at United Hollywood said, "The first half of the program will be devoted to panel discussions about monetizing original content for the internet and how writers can maintain ownership of their work in this brave new world. Then, we'll hold a production workshop which will include production basics, a podcasting training session and what we're calling, production 'speed dating' -- where writers will be able to meet and connect with industry professionals."

United Artists is already reaping the benefits of their side deal with the WGA, securing a tentative deal with Paul Haggis to co-write an adaptation of the "Ranger's Apprentice" series of young-adult adventure novels.

WGA members and strike supporters showed up at the big Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, but were apparently booted out of the Wynn for distributing flyers.

Deadline Hollywood Daily's Nikki Finke has three interesting pieces, including a commentary on John Ridley's op-ed piece defending his decision to downgrade his WGA membership to Fi-Core.

Finke also notes notes that layoffs loom at Warner Brothers due to the strike and she has a profile on the AMPTP's political consultants Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane.


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 saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].

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