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Spider-Man 4, G.I. Joe, The Dark Knight: October 31st Comic Reel Wrap

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Spider-Man 4, G.I. Joe, The Dark Knight: October 31st Comic Reel Wrap

SPIDER-MAN 4

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.

G.I. JOE

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 It’s been replaced by a set of instructions for “clowns” to follow.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.

MANDRAKE

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.

THE BATMAN

CBR News has an early look at the Flash’s guest appearance on the animated series.

IRON MAN

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.)”

WANTED

The official site has been launched and the first trailer is online at Yahoo! Movies, while Comics2Film has a lot of new photos in their image gallery.

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.

INCREDIBLE HULK

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.”

SMALLVILLE

TV Guide is all over Kansas today, with spoilers in a new column and a fresh vodcast on the columnist’s main page.

HEROES

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.

WATCHMEN

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.

BOO

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 “enough talk — let’s go make with the ‘biff’ and the ‘pow’ already.”

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