Sin City 2, Hellboy 2, Transformers, Stardust: June 7th Comic Reel Wrap


Director Robert Rodriguez was interviewed by the Los Angeles Daily News, and noted that he would begin production on the sequel this year. "We're going to start that probably in about six months," he said.


Reports of this sequel's demise have been somewhat premature. According to If Magazine, it's across town. "We're moving studios right now," said director Guillermo del Toro. "They don't have a deal with Sony any more and we are looking for financing for 'HELLBOY 2.' It's at Paramount right now. It's bigger in scale, but not necessarily in budget. Abe Sapien has a much bigger part, and we're keeping closer to the mythology of the comics." On the "huh" side, del Toro said, "There is a song by Barry Manilow, and you'll have to find out about how that fits in. I know you are all saying 'what the f**k is that?!'"


The US Air Force has a new article on the filming at their website. "The F-117s will be pictured prominently in the movie, both as static background and taxiing aircraft," said Lieutenant Hodge, who has been a fan of Transformers since he was a child. "The CV-22 Osprey is scheduled to make its feature film debut in this movie, along with the F-22 Raptor." Also featured in the film will be the A-10 Thunderbolt II, AC-130 and C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III, MH-53 Pave Low, HH-60 Pave Hawk, MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and Air Force One. The filming of the F-22, C-17, Predator and Air Force One will be done at another location.


Kevin Bradsher emailed us to point out a note at Neil Gaiman's blog where the creator said, "I've finally now seen a few rushes from 'Stardust,' which looked really cool -- the De Niro/Gervais scene was wonderful. Visually, it's really interesting -- it didn't look like a fantasy film, which I liked, but to be honest I only had a few minutes to look at a heap of DVDs, which then vanished again, so there's not a lot more I can tell you. Some photos of locations are up on ain't it cool -- http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=23514 and at this forum http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=266999."


More images from the New York City shoot keep coming in, including 38 photos at WireImage, a set report at Superhero Hype with two new sets of photos, and a close up of Mary Jane's play poster from faithful reader "Typo Lad."


The Superman Homepage has an early look at the bus shelter poster promoting the Brandon Routh-fueled film, while director Bryan Singer talked to the New York Times (registration required), saying, "Even if you're the strongest man in the world, if the woman you love has found someone else that she's nearly married to that's not a bad guy, how do you figure out what your place is in that woman's life? I call it my first 'chick flick.'"

Meanwhile, screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty talked to trade publication In Focus about the difference in this film's approach. "Well, theyÕre not so much spiritual as they are emotional. ThatÕs what we realized very early on: WeÕve seen Superman go up against every imaginable villain, weapon and obstacle in the movies, TV shows and comics. So we knew we had to attack him from an emotional point of view -- to give him an emotional obstacle to overcome, in addition to the physical."

Contact Music has an interesting anecdote about Brandon Routh having a wardrobe malfunction, while Superhero Hype has the final running time for the film, at 153 minutes.


Latino Review has a set interview with Nicolas Cage about the Marvel adaptation. "The main thing that appealed to me about the character was that it was dealing with very complicated spiritual issues. And for a comic book, that to me seemed different than all the others. I have a line in the movie that we worked on in the movie where I say I'm the only one that can walk in both worlds. And Ghost Rider really is that, when you think about it. Spider-Man doesnÕt go into the supernatural or the spiritual world. Superman doesn't. Batman doesn't. But Ghost Rider really walks this dimension between two different worlds, and to me that is interesting. I find all that fascinating. I've always had an interest in the possibility of ghosts and the possibility of things that are in the unknown that we don't really comprehend or understand. So that made it more exciting for me. The other idea, that you can take a negative and turn it into a positive. How do you take this terrible mistake of making a deal with the devil and how do you take this curse and turn it into something good? Which, to me is unusual for a comic-book based movie. It's a pretty deep concept. And I was reading it when I was 10 years old. So that's pretty heavy stuff for kids to be reading."


Writer Geoff Johns is quoted at Sci Fi Wire at the recent Wizard World Philadelphia convention, talking about working on the Spike TV series. "We have been working together, obviously, in comic books for about four years, so about a year ago David [Goyer] called me up said, 'Hey, we are thinking about doing Blade the TV series. Do you want to help me co-write the pilot?' I said, 'Yeah,' because I love the movies and the character. So we sat down with Spike TV and started talking about ideas."


Thank spirit for Jessica Alba -- the chatty starlet was interviewed by MTV, where she revealed all kinds of goodies about the sequel. I start [filming] on August 28th, I think, through the fall," Alba said. I'm the most powerful of the four. I can kind of do everyone else's powers." Then the beans really started spilling when she discussed the script. There is a little tension between the Silver Surfer and Reed," Alba said. "He's a little good and a little bad. So it's just a matter of, 'What does Sue Storm bring Ñ the good or the bad Ñ out of that boy?'"


Superhero Hype posted a correction to an earlier story, discovering that a MySpace blog allegedly by composer John Powell was a fake.


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