Watchmen, Whiteout, Stardust, Heroes: January 31st Comic Reel Wrap


It really seems to be happening -- according to an article in Variety, director Zack Snyder " is in pre-production on 'Watchmen,' based on Alan Moore's DC Comics comicbook, for Warners."


Speaking of rumors that are moving fast, Production Weekly (scroll down and look for January 30th) has lit a fire under Greg Rucka's frozen tale, now that Dominic Sena is attached to direct. The article also confirms that "Underworld" actress Kate Beckinsale is in talks to headline as U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko.


Has creator Neil Gaiman done a stealth launch for the official website for the film? Even if he hasn't, our dear Russian friends have posted a lot of new stills from the set.


We got an email from reader Stephen G pointing out this interview with creator Tim Kring, tucked in the nooks and crannies of the Sci Fi Network website. In the interview, Kring talks about one major spoiler, the resolution of one plot element and why it was so hard to break Hiro's heart. "The truth is, we've tried to make characters click enough with the audience so that you really feel emotional," Kring said. "And clearly we did this with the waitress, Charlie. ... She hit really big, and people were very upset by the idea. But the truth is, that was done for a very conscious reason. We needed to drive home for the audience in a very sort of profound way that time travel was not the answer to everything. So we needed to make something that hit really emotionally, with a real emotional punch to drive that point home."


The Chicago Tribune notes that Bears fans can expect thirteen weeks of Gotham-esque conditions in the Windy City. "After Vince Vaughn and company wrap shooting of 'Fred Claus' here on Friday, the city gets a break before Universal Pictures brings 'The Express' to the Windy City in April for three months of filming. It's the life story of Ernie Davis, the first black college football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Once 'The Express' is done, Warner Brothers will be in Chicago for 13 weeks for its next 'Batman' project, starring Christian Bale." The film is slated for a July 18, 2008 release date.


Ghost House Pictures has posted a sixteenth behind-the-scenes clip which shows artist Ben Templesmith and comics' luckiest man, IDW head honcho Chris Ryall checking out some of the destruction in store.


Comingsoon.net has posted two new photos from the live action adaptation, aiming for an August 3rd release date.


The movie's official blog has been updated with an introduction of the rigging crew, and all the cable work they do (nothing about a Dayspring however).


Clois fans rejoice -- the new promotional poster for the episode "Crimson" is at Kryptonsite, and it delivers the goods.


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 (web site, MySpace blog) saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and "enough talk -- let's go make with the 'biff' and the 'pow' already."

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