There’s a lot of “putting the pieces together” at Watchmen Comic Movie, where they discuss the involvement of major monster maker Neville Page, including an email from the effects specialist. “As for ‘The Watchmen,’ I am not able to discuss what I had done in terms of creature. Perhaps later. The production designer [Alex McDowell] is amazing, so the production should be fantastic. I am really an industrial designer by education and half of my professional life was spent in this arena. Now, I am working as a concept designer but the focus as of late has been creature. Although, I personally love costume work and props, I am not doing much on current productions.”
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
According to Variety, actor Daniel Henney has joined the cast as Agent Zero, “a member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal marksman skills.” The trade also notes that “Lost” actor Dominic Monaghan has joined the cast as the character Beak.
Finally, Moviehole is reporting that the production is moving to Cuckatoo Island.
JFX is reporting that actor Common is optimistic about still working for the Oans. “Now that the writers strike is over, [the script is] going to head back to the writers for a cleanup. God willing, it’ll get done. This would be a big role for me,” Common said.
THE MAN OF STEEL
Speaking of beleaguered productions, IESB noted that “‘The Man of Steel’ is picking up speed and since the strike ended various ‘A’ list writers have gone in with promising pitches. Bryan Singer is still attached and the studio big wigs are still counting on him directing the sequel.”
FANTASTIC FOUR 3
Actor Michael Chiklis is angling for more screen time, he told MTV, and he’d like to see a certain super-villain come along and help that occur. “For selfish reasons, I would love to see Puppet Master happen, obviously,” Chiklis said. “For those of you who know what I’m talking about, it would really tie in Alicia’s character and mine. It’s a great story line for the Thing.”
Toon Zone has an interview with animation expert Matt Wayne, discussing among other things how the origin will be handled. “We aren’t assuming viewers know his origin,” Wayne said. “You can tell from the online preview clips that Greg made a choice to introduce Peter Parker in action, though ‘AMAZING FANTASY’ #15 did it another way. Probably the right call, as this is a half-hour cartoon in 2008 and not seventeen pages or whatever in 1962. As our show tells it, Spider-Man’s situation is recapped quickly and then the high school and super villain woes begin … and away we go. A flashback to That Fateful Day may come later, you never know.”
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN
Legal troubles for the House of Ideas — Rolling Stone is reporting that Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are bringing a suit against Marvel alleging “substantial excerpts” of their songs “Best of You” and “Free Me” as the music for the trailer of the new animated series “Wolverine and the X-Men.”
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