According to the Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter James Vanderbilt has been signed to write the fourth cinematic adventure for the wall crawler. Laura Ziskin is returning as producer of the billion-dollar franchise, though no deals have been made to bring back series director Sam Raimi or stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Plot points are being closely guarded by the studio, though the intent is to scale back the story to include only two villains instead of repeating the “Spider-Man 3” model. Thanks to Rafik Sassi for pointing that one out.
Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures is in talks with Sam Worthington to star in the big screen take.
THE DARK KNIGHT
Where’d the jack-o-lantern go at Why So Serious? It’s been replaced by a set of instructions for “clowns” to follow. If you play along, send us your story and let us know how it went.
Also, how about “debunked” — Comics2Film notes that the so-called teaser poster on the composer Mel Wesson’s website is actually fan art. Woops.
Also in the Hollywood Reporter is a story stating that Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star as the eponymous hero of the Omega Entertainment and Baldwin Entertainment Group film to be directed by “The Scorpion King” helmer Chuck Russell. Omega is financing and selling worldwide and producing together with Baldwin and Hyde Park Entertainment. The film is scheduled to shoot early next year in China and the U.S. “This is a rare opportunity to reinvent one of the all-time classic comic book characters and create a new kind of hero for international audiences,” Russell said.
CBR News has an early look at the Flash’s guest appearance on the animated series.
Fan favorite Peter David made an announcement on his website of some interest: “The major project at the moment is one that I’ve not announced before this: I’m writing the novelization for the upcoming ‘Iron Man’ movie which will be hitting theater in May of 2008. The novelization will be published by Del Rey. The deadline on the book is tight, but I should have no trouble hitting it. Rock solid script (although naturally I can’t go into any details.)”
THE MAN OF STEEL
Actor Kevin Spacey is in no hurry to shave his head again, apparently — he told SuperHeroFlix, “There are no developments right now. I know as much as the rest of the world knows … Not that I knows of. I’m signed to do it, but I don’t know anything about the storyline or the shooting schedule at this point.” Spacey also noted that he’s not currently signed for the “Justice League” movie.
A spy report from Ain’t It Cool News noted that some footage from Universal movies was shown at a private screening. “Again, not much footage to show, but tonnes of cool concept art and pre-viz animation,” their scooper wrote. “The art I saw of Hulk was fairly similar to the Ang Lee hulk (i.e. green) but it looks like he wears ripped jeans (!) instead of short shorts. According to Voice Over Man, this Hulk will be 9 foot tall. Saw some ace animatics of Hulk racing through the city, hopping over cars, climbing up fire escapes and leaping off a building onto a helicopter. Also saw a cool shot of William Hurt as Thunderbolt Ross, complete with white [mustache]. The coolest Hulk stuff was the concept art and animatics for Abomination. This dude looks awesome. He’s huge (much bigger than the Hulk), kinda has clear, see-through skin, a chrome dome head and a protruding spine running up his back. There were some cool pre-viz shots of him with a car in each hand, ‘clapping’ them together and crushing some army guys. All the concept stuff I saw looked great, much more action-orientated than Lee’s Hulk.” The story also has notes about “Wanted” and “Hellboy 2” footage shown.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Comics2Film has an interview with artist Ben Templesmith about the movie adapting his work. “My involvement in anything movie related really only came later when production actually started and I met the multi-talented David Slade and of course their marketing department started latching on to the fact the movie is based on the book really, so they wanted me more involved from that point on.”
No spoilers in this week’s blog from director Greg Beeman, but tons of behind the scenes photos and images.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
Comics2Film has some new new imagery from the animated series.
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
There’s a new R-rated clip for the new movie online in various formats at IGN.
A note at Moviehole claims that the entire “Tales of the Black Freighter” storyline will be included on the DVD for the Alan Moore masterpiece.
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