Producer Don Murphy spoke sarcastically over on his message board when he quashed rumors about Megatron’s head. “No one from the production ever confirmed anything that was leaked to Ain’t It S*** News,” Murphy said. “So it may have been actual photos or it may not have been. The bad poet Diabetes has reported on here that Megatron’s head will be changed. From what? Did we ever release an official pic of Megs? No sir we didn’t. I CAN tell you that Megs’ head will not look like he did in the leaked pics.”
Oh, and the race is on to see which fan-submitted quote will be spoken by Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime in the movie.
According to MTV, director John Woo is still attached to the adaptation. A source from Woo’s company said, “John is attached, but the project isn’t a priority or high on his radar. Essentially, [he] lost enthusiasm.”
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
There’s a note in the Hollywood Reporter that Rogue Pictures pre-emptively bought film rights to an upcoming vampire comic book titled “Blood on the Tracks,” setting Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon to write and direct the adaptation. Michael Zoumas is on board to produce via his Zoom Entertainment, while Barry Levine is producing via his newly formed company Blatant Pictures. CAA agent John Levin, who reps Levine’s company, came up with the initial concept and pitched it to Levine. Levine was setting up a comic book company named Radical Comics that also would produce movies via an arm called Blatant Pictures. He took it to author/comic writer David Tischman, who shares co-creator credit. Tischman will exec produce.
THE DARK KNIGHT
Actor Michael Caine is quoted at Sci Fi Wire with an interesting idea about what should happen with his character Alfred in the sequel. “I was talking to the widow of the man who wrote Batman, and she said that he wrote a marvelous scene that [we] should do in [our] next movie,” Caine said. “She told me that he wrote a sequence where Batman was trying to get bad guys, and he wanted to use the butler dressed as Batman as a ruse, and then go back around behind him. So I said to ChristopherÑand I don’t know whether he’s going to use it, because he won’t tell you anything about the scriptÑbut I mentioned this to him, because I thought that this was a great idea. I think that if he dresses me as Batman, it could be one of the funniest sequences in the history of movies. Can you imagine what I would make out of that? Trying to get into the Batman suit and then running around the woods [while] he’s going around the [other] way to try and get the bad guys? See, you’re already laughing, and those films are very serious. My job is to bring the humor of the sort of ordinary person being in that situation, which is what I am.”
Comics Continuum has the description for the October 30th episode, “Better Halves,” which follows: “Hiro (Masi Oka) and his buddy embark on their heroic journey to New York, when they are stopped by a Vegas high-roller who offers them a deal they can’t refuse. As H.R.G (guest star Jack Coleman) sets up a meeting for his daughter Claire (Hayden Panettiere) with her biological parents, she hopes that questions about her newfound indestructibility can be answered. Meanwhile, Isaac (Santiago Cabrera) receives another confusing call from Hiro, but Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) is there this time to pick up the phone and relay a life-saving message. Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) bids farewell to Eden (guest star Nora Zehetner) as he heads back to India to bury his father. An unexpected visitor shows up at Niki’s (Ali Larter) home.” They also note that Leonard Roberts, whose credits include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” joins the cast as D.L. Hawkins, a fugitive that police can’t hold.
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