THE CROW (BEGINS)
Producer Edward Pressman offers MTV News a few details about the upcoming reboot of the franchise, which will be directed by Stephen Norrington ("LXG"). "[We've got an offer out] to a major actor and things are moving ahead very aggressively, with the aim of doing the film this year," says the producer. One of the major changes to the story is the role of the the crow that follows around the recently dead. "The Crow itself is a creature in this movie -Â it's not just a bird ... It's got a personality and a character. Not like Godzilla exactly, but it's very different [and has] a more active role in the story." Pressman also mentions the film beginning in the American southwest before entering a big city, so expect The Crow to have some sort of Native American origin.
Release date: TBA
XERXES (300 BEGINS)
With the announcement of Frank Miller's new series, focusing on the antagonist from "300" and a rival master of the Greek war machine, it's only natural one would wonder if a movie is far off in the distance. Producer Thomas Tull, who was involved in "300," tells The Los Angeles Times, "We said if it was a story that was good and it came from Frank and it was organic, that's the only way it could and would happen. So we'll see where this leads." The first film's director, Zach Snyder, also offered, "If the book is awesome and compelling ... then, yes,Â we're interested." With the book arriving no earlier than 2011, it seems any movie prospects are still just on the horizon. As for Miller, he says, "I don't do a comic book thinking there is a movie. I just want it to be as good a comic book as it can be. It's up to Zach and company to make it work as a film."
Release date: TBA
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
The first thing I noticed is that the trademark wings that flank the side of Cap's hood are gone. In fact the "hood" is gone entirely. In its place is a more traditional M1 Army helmet though this helmet does come over the eyes to give Cap a traditional "domino mask" look. Still present is the white "A" in the middle of the hat (nothing fancy, this is the traditional font), though like the rest of the costume, the blue of the helmet is much more muted than the blue in the comic costume. A thick black strap comes down over the ears and connects under the chin. ...
On his chest still lies the white star though it's not as prominent as the comic version. The costume is still split horizontally through the middle with blue on top and red and white stripes on the bottom. But instead of stripes, it's actually just a white base with two red utility straps acting as stripes. These straps affix to a metal loop at the midpoint of the chest and a black strap extends up to the shoulders from that point.
It sounds a lot like a variation on the Cap costume seen in the first issue of "The Ultimates," and would seem pretty appropriate. Meanwhile, Pietro Filipponi at Comic Book Movie follows up on yesterday's possible "Thor" logo with Cap's equivalent:
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
Heat Vision reports Dustin Lance Black, the writer of "Milk" will write and direct an adaptation of "3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man" for Warner Bros. They describe the project as "a modern fable, exploring the life of a giant man, Craig Pressgang, whose strange medical condition causes continuous growth. The tale is told from the point of view of three women -- his mother, wife and daughter -- and follows Craig's journey from birth to his eventual three-story height. It also serves as an exploration of loneliness and love's changing nature." The book was originally published by Dark Horse.
Release date: TBA
COWBOYS & ALIENS
As our pals at Spinoff Online reported yesterday, Adam Beach has joined the cast of the film. According to the article, "Beach will play Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who works for Ford's character." That name sounds like on of the multiplayer skins in "Red Dead Redemption." Beach was part of the cast of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in its ninth season.
Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011
WAIT, IT'S JUNE?
Wow, I've been at the helm of the Reel for almost a year. Imagine that. With the news cycle still warming up after May's cavalcade of special events and holidays, I can't help but think about "The Hobbit." It's on everyone's mind and a new director must be found. Should it ever get made, it should be Team Jackson in the center seat. Hell, at this point, I wonder if the film will ever get made. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of the anniversary mark.