THE DARK KNIGHT
It’s time to get inspired — I Believe In Harvey Dent is now fully online with instructions for how fans can support the DA’s campaign to restore Gotham City. Harvey even calls up people who register, and you can hear that MP3 as well.
A new international poster has been added to the Superhero Hype announcement about the original domestic promotional item.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed independent comic book series from artist Jeff Smith has been optioned by Warner Brothers Pictures. A decision on what kind of format “Bone” should take — live-action or animated or both — will be based on filmmaker meetings. More info can be found at the property’s official website. Thanks to Stephen Herbster for pointing that one out.
Two new international trailers? Superhero Hype has ’em in QuickTime and Windows Media formats.
Actor Jackie Earle Haley told MTV how excited he is about the movie. “We all want to see this movie. Getting to sit behind that monitor and see shot after shot … it was really looking cool,” Haley said. “Everything that Zack was doing was just so inspired by the book. All of the elements from production design, to costuming, to makeup — it was looking really badass. I can’t wait to see what he does with it with all the CG work that has to be done.”
Don’t get impatient if you’re waiting for your ticket to Asgard. Film maker Matthew Vaughn told Empire Online, “We’re in a holding pattern at the moment. It’s up to Marvel, they have to decide if they want to make the movie and then we take it from there.”
Variety is reporting that roducer Richard Saperstein has optioned the film rights to Clifford Meth’s IDW Publishing comic book series. “The political arena forms the perfect backdrop for Clifford Meth’s heady mix of horror, sex and mayhem,” said Saperstein, former president of production at Dimension Films. Meth will write the screenplay, and he will executive produce with IDW Publishing president and founder Ted Adams. Shara Kay will co-produce.
Writer/director Greg Berlanti told MSNBC a little about his hopes for the emerald adventures. “I came to Hollywood to do movies,” Berlanti said. “[Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson and Ron Howard] were storytellers in a way that I like to try to do with TV, which is really smart, emotional stories that are hopefully still heartfelt and funny. I’d like to try and do that for film.”
Empire Online also talked to director Edgar Wright about working on the diminutive project. “It’s written and we’re doing a second draft of it,” said Wright. “It’s going to be less overtly comedic than anything else I’ve ever done. It’s more of a full-on action adventure sci-fi film but with a comedic element — in the same spirit of a lot of escapist fare like that. It’s certainly not a superhero spoof or pastiche and it certainly isn’t a sort of ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ endeavour at all.”
The Dragon Ball Movie Blog reports that Brian Tyler has been confirmed as the composer of the score for the manga adaptation. “Dragonball is a dream of mine to score,” Tyler said. “I have been a fan for as long as I can remember. I am going to do my utmost to reflect the epic tone of the story and capture the amazing richness of the characters. I love how the characters of DB are no simply good or evil. How throughout the mythology of DB they change allegiances (Piccolo) or have something inside them that is dark (Goku with his Oozaru side). It is classic epic story telling and I want the rest of the world (the non-DB fans) to experience what we already know. That ‘Dragon Ball’ is one of our great modern mythologies.”
Creator Mark Millar made a post on his message boards about how faithful the film is to the source material. “Like James McAvoy said [at] Wondercon, I saw the movie two weeks back and thought it was spectacular,” Millar wrote. “It’s changed again from the shooting script as they refine and refine it, but every draft has been closer to the book and about 70% of the movie is now from the graphic novel. In fact, the reason I was there was to tweak little moments here and there to get it even CLOSER to the book.”
Could “Beowulf” show the way? While discussing a variety of projects, screenwriter Zak Penn told Collider. Penn said, “There’s been the discussion about ‘Avengers,’ of doing … whatever the next iteration of computer animation is after this, the next step after ‘Beowulf,’ is something we would definitely consider for that.”
Y: THE LAST MAN
Once, twice, three times the movie — director DJ Caruso told MTV that he couldn’t imagine making just one movie adapted from the Vertigo series. “I see it as a trilogy because there is so much to put in,” Caruso said. “Where the first movie ends doesn’t even relate to the last issue [of the comics] because it’s so far down the road,” he said. “It hasn’t succeeded so far in the screenplay format because everyone keeps trying to throw everything in there. We’re only taking this [first] story so far.”
Superhero Hype has a press release from Universal Pictures noting that “The first teaser trailer for hotly anticipated summer superhero epic ‘The Incredible Hulk’ will have its exclusive broadcast debut in a simultaneous ‘roadblock’ on seven networks on Wednesday, March 12. This first opportunity to see material from the motion picture will be aired at approximately 9:56 p.m. EDT/6:56 p.m. PDT on MTV, MTVU, MTV2, VH1, Spike TV, Nick at Nite and CMT. Following the on-air premiere, the trailer will be immediately posted on MTV.com for an exclusive period. The trailer will begin showing in theaters across the country on Friday, March 14, with prints of Rogue Pictures’ ‘Doomsday.'”
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
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