Completely ignoring the three-month-old labor strike, director Michael Bay told Rotten Tomatoes that he has a script essentially ready to go. “I’ve been writing ‘Transformers 2,'” said Bay. “We’ve got our characters all designed. I always write all my scripts, my movies anyway so at least I’ve got something to give the writers. It’s like a template. We have a really good outline so I worked on that.” Uh … should that have been happening with the strike going on? Isn’t that like scabbing? “We had to because I want to make my date,” Bay said. “I’m not going to let the strike take me down.” Way to ingratiate yourself with the writers.
Comic Book Movie has a spoilery new image of an official toy tie-in that might mean Robert Downey, Jr. will have another armored antagonist to tangle with. Da!
Debunked! Comic Book Movie also investigated Monday’s rumor that Rob Zombie was in talks to direct. From their site: “Now those rumors are being called ‘bull’ by a ‘high placed source’ at Lionsgate. This source reports; ‘The bottom line here is that there isn’t one. The production companies are talking to a host of directors, there is no completed script and there will be no director until they have a script done.’ There has been speculation from the start that Rob Zombie himself may have planted the seed and started up the rumors. The source warned; ‘People like Rob Zombie are planting their own rumors trying to get the job. This is ridiculous.'”
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Comic Book Movie’s on a roll today — they have quotes from actor Eric Bana, discussing how he feels about another actor getting the green. “I’m a big fan of Ed’s. I was really thrilled that someone of Ed’s caliber stepped up to play [Hulk] in the sequel,” he said. “It’s great. I’m sure his version will be incredible.”
Actress Hayden Panettiere told Ain’t It Cool News that Volume 3 will call it a comeback in September.
Fans heading for San Fran will have many comic related treats waiting for them at Northern California’s largest comic book and popular arts convention. Among the notables scheduled to appear are stars James McAvoy (“Wanted”), “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau and the exclusive world premiere screening of the animated “Justice League: The New Frontier.” Don’t believe it? Check the official site for details.
WGA STRIKE WATCH: AT WORLD’S END
This will be the last WGA Strike Watch for the Comic Reel Wrap.
It’s official — the strike’s over, the writers head back to work today. “More than 92 percent of the Writers Guild of America members who cast ballots Tuesday in Los Angeles and New York voted to end their work stoppage over residuals for writing in the digital age, including new media and the Internet. The new deal is for three years.” Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke has statements from the presidents of the WGA and AMPTP.
Sure, the WGA admits that the deal isn’t perfect. There’s also unfinished business, as there’s a rumor that NBC may sue the WGA for whacking the Golden Globes and the idea that A-list actors are putting the pressure on SAG to start negotiating their new deal (the SAG contract expires this summer) immediately.
The dramas of the entertainment world never cease, but the story of the 2007-2008 WGA strike can finally fade to black.
THE CASTING COUCH
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 [new tagline awaiting drafts from returning WGA writers].
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