The studio has launched the official MySpace page for the Mark Millar movie.
MTV has a first look at artist renderings of a troll mask you’ll see in the sequel.
IESB has some choice comments from the Toyfare interview with screenwriter Justin Marks, who eschews the idea of having a WWE veteran in the furry underwear. “Let me just say we don’t want wrestlers,” Marks said. “I’m not saying he should be He-Man, but Michael Biehn is my all-time favorite actor. You go to Hicks or Kyle Reese, and James Cameron created that action hero type, and I feel like I always write with the mindset of that type of hero who doesn’t exist these days. He’s that guy who, if he took a weapon and said, ‘Follow me,’ I’d be right behind him.”
We got an email from Tina Gully noting an article at Comics2Film about an animated adaptation of the Mario Gully comic. “I’m confident that it’s not going to turn into something that I have no control over,” Gully said. “At least I have a guy in this corner that’s going to try to keep it close to my vision.”
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY ELEVEN
Don’t think the Strike Watch is going anywhere soon: Variety reports that both sides are settling in for a long, bitter conflict.
Why? Washington Post writer Harold Meyerson talks about what’s at stake in this labor dispute and why everybody’s so willing to fight over it.
But this is still a war, and in all wars people get hurt. The blog Get Back In That Room has begun chronicling all the people caught in the middle, already losing their jobs or facing financial hardships from the strike.
The New York Post claims that the strike is costing late night titans David Letterman and Jay Leno $100,000 each day, but Deadline Hollywood has hold of a rumor that Letterman is still paying his staff out of his own pocket through the end of the year.
A group of producers is noted in the Los Angeles Times saying “It’s not us,” trying to refocus the rhetoric to note that it’s major studios, not creative producers themselves, who are fighting the WGA.
Reuters has an article with quotes from Disney disputing the WGA’s claims about payment, noting that some digital content has led to payment for writers. This springs from internecine conflicts between trade unions, whereas the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes sent a letter to the WGA head saying, “I have warned you and predicted the devastation that would come from your action. Those predictions have now come true.”
Let’s put a comics-related face on this for a moment: “Shazam” screenwriter John August has a blog about why writers get paid residuals and why they’re important.
Also, if you watch the new episode of “Family Guy” this weekend, know it was done without creator Seth MacFarlane who’s — of course — on strike. “It would just be a colossal d**k move if they did that,” MacFarlane said. However, Chris Staros wrote in to note that this Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons” will feature Alan Moore …
MacFarlane’s struggle is just the sort of thing leading the union to monitor scripts to see if scabs are chiming in or if the studios are overstepping their bounds, despite both side stockpiling (content and cash) before the strike began. Still, it’s hard to not consider the guilds serious when they’re meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The struggle continues …
QUIET ON THE SET
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, this columnist may walk picket lines but comics reviews aren’t on strike and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].
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