SDCC '10 | A roundup of Wednesday's news [Updated]

Comic-Con International in San Diego doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, but they are hosting a preview night tonight. And not surprisingly, there were some announcements today, albeit not as many as we've seen on Wednesday in years past -- or at least not as many as I remember on Wednesdays from years past. Maybe the fact that we've had so many announcements leading up to Comic-Con over the last week or so led to a quieter pre-con Wednesday. I won't complain; instead, let's see what was announced ...

• BOOM! Studios announced at a press conference this afternoon that writers Paul Cornell and Chris Roberson would join Mark Waid as the trio of writers working with Stan Lee on a new line of comics. Cornell and artist Javier Pina will bring Soldier Zero to life in October, Mark Waid and Chad Hardin will tackle The Traveler in November, and Chris Roberson and Khary Randolph's Starborn debuts in December.

• In other BOOM! news, their CBGB comic came out today, and contributor Sam Humphries kicked off a series of articles on CBR where he'll be interviewing each of his fellow creators. Today he spoke with Kieron Gillen.

• Dark Horse announced via press release that Turok will return to the comic book world this October courtesy of writer Jim Shooter, with art by Eduardo Francisco (Mass Effect: Incursion), and covers by Raymond Swanland (Magnus: Robot Fighter, Aliens vs. Predator). They'll have more details on the book at their panel on Friday.

• Ubisoft and WildStorm announced via press release that the comics company will publish a comic based on the video game Driver, illustrated by Greg Scott (Gotham Central, Case Files: Sam and Twitch) and written by David Lapham (Stray Bullets, Sparta USA, Young Liars). Jock (The Losers) will provide covers. A "zero" issue will be available at the con.

• Our own Tim O'Shea spoke with the creators of SLG's A Friendly Game, which makes its debut at the show.

• I probably shouldn't list this as con news, since Alan Moore is probably as far from San Diego as he can get right now, but Wired reported today that the writer has told DC he doesn't want the rights back to Watchmen if it comes with conditions. Update: CBR talks to DiDio about it.

• Moving on to the TV and movie front ... Circle of Confusion, the production company behind AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series, is developing a television series based on John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew. And speaking of Walking Dead, you can take a look at the cast gallery over on Spinoff, our sister site.

• Marvel has launched websites for the upcoming films Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. A new photo from the Thor film was also revealed today.

• Working Title Films has acquired the movie rights to Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson’s long-running superhero series Astro City. Busiek will write the script.

• Director Zack Snyder has revealed he and 300 collaborator Kurt Johnstad have begun writing the script for the sequel Xerxes.

• Cole Haddon’s comic The Strange Case of Hyde, which Dark Horse will unveil this week in San Diego, is already heading to the big screen.

• And finally, looking at video game news, Capcom revealed four more characters that will appear in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 -- Doctor Doom, Super Skrull, Streetfighter's Chun-Li and Devil May Cry's Trish. Click the link to see them in action; the Super Skrull is pretty cool. And Sony announced that DC Universe Online will feature some really awesome voice talent, including James Marsters, Michelle Forbes and Mark Hamill.

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