According to Variety, “20th Century Fox-based production company New Regency has partnered with the Mark Gordon Company to adapt ‘Voltron: Defender of the Universe’ into a possible franchise.” Gordon has been developing the pic, based on the popular 1980s Japanese animated TV series, comic books and toy line, with Justin Marks penning the script. Should the deal close, project would be one of the company’s more high-profile efforts since Robert Harper took over as chairman-CEO of Regency Filmed Entertainment earlier this year. Interest in the property hit a high after “Transformers” turned into a box office juggernaut, raking in nearly $300 million to date. New Regency, which hasn’t had a major hit since “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005, sparked to the idea of a potential franchise.
Verily, the Odinson hath found direction? CBR News deciphers the details.
THE DARK KNIGHT
A set report talks about Heath Ledger’s performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. “He seemed like he WAS the Joker,” the report reads, “and didn’t need to let anyone know it — rather contained, but ready to explode at any moment in an unexpected fashion. Menacing, but more because he seemed like he was probably crazy, and maybe violent, rather than that he was TRYING to scare you. (and by the way, all he did during the scenes I was in was sit in his holding cell, reacting and listening … so, he’s a very fine actor if I imbibed all this from just watching him sit there …) He didn’t talk a lot between takes, but he also wasn’t ‘Don’t approach me!’ in his manner — a real pro, in other words. In short, he seemed just like the Joker SHOULD seem.”
CBR News has a feature about Marvel’s movie mastermind Kevin Feige. “I think people are going to find ‘Iron Man’s’ very faithful to the comic,” Feige said. “I’m pretty proud that we’ve done a version of the origin story. There were a lots of scripts that have been developed over the years; a lot of writers and a lot of incarnations over the past 10 years, and all of them had some strengths and some weaknesses but none of them were as true as we’re being right now. We sat down with Jon Favreau and we connected. And the truth is, Stan Lee, who made a surprise appearance today which is very cool, mentioned he put Iron Man right into the then-present day conflict of Vietnam and, while we don’t necessarily define it exactly, it’s certainly made sense to update the story [and set it in] the Middle East.”
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s San Diego round table is broken down by Comics 2 Film where she broke down her involvement in the Marvel movie. “For me what was so great is, our relationship for me is at the heart of the film,” Paltrow said. “It was a very layered, real, complicated relationship. I wasn’t there when they were blowing everything up.”
Finally, the pavement-smashing image from Empire Magazine can be seen in high resolution at Comingsoon.net.
Variety also reports that Warner Brothers has picked up an option on the Oni Press title for McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision to produce and for the helmer to possibly direct. Joe Ballarini is adapting the project. “Some of the films that made me want to become a director like ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ are based on action, comedy and ground-breaking special effects,” McG said. “It is my goal to make ‘Maintenance’ in the same tradition.”
The rumor coming out of Superhero Hype is that the working title for the new movie is “The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank.” Shooting is set to start in Montreal late September.
Kryptonsite has fresh spoilers about big surprises coming in November.
There’s some candid set photos of Edward Norton and Liv Tyler at Just Jared.
MAYBE … MAYBE NOT
Both based on comics by Ralph Konig and originally made into a German comedy in 1995, the Hollywood Reporter claims that Constantin Film will be making an American version for Screen Gems.
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