It's just the way business is done -- according to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures and Silver Pictures are quietly in the process of buying a "Wonder Woman" spec script from newcomers Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland. Why? "Sources said the purchase is a pre-emptive measure aimed at taking the spec off the market to protect itself against the possibility that any similarities between the scripts could be fodder for future legal action. It is understood that the Jennison-Strickland script is set against the backdrop of World War II, while Whedon's script is set in the present day. Silver has no interest in making a period 'Wonder Woman,' sources said. But as the spec script made the rounds, it landed at Silver Pictures, and executives there were impressed by Jennison and Strickland's writing." So toiling away at your pet projects can pay off, even if it's a kind of kill fee.
"You want to take this outside?" With those words from Frank Miller, CHUD continues its report about dinner after a set visit exploring the ancient Spartan adventure, talking about make up and wardrobe as well.
Well, it might not be your father's Megatron -- according to his website, voice actor Frank Welker has not been offered the chance to voice the Decepticon leader, and mentioning a new G1 animated series as well.
Also, actor Zack Ward (perhaps best remembered as "Titus' brother") was interviewed at Skewed and Reviewed about playing a soldier in the pending summer blockbuster, saying his experience "was kinda like camping with guns and giant robots." Of his role, he said, "I play Donnelly, the wise ass Boston smart mouth of the Ranger squad. We start off in-country, in Iraq, coming home from 'wet-work' behind enemy lines. Donnelly is like the Bill Paxton character from 'Aliens.'"
Right here at CBR, we've got you covered for the latest data on the show, with five video clips from Monday's episode, "Distractions." Plus, we've got a virtual platoon of photos (fourteen to be exact: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen) showing what could be some spoilers, including a fateful meeting for Claire.
THE DARK KNIGHT
There's a new rumor at Cinema Blend that actress Emily Blunt is in the running to replace Katie Holmes as the Bat's romantic interest.
Meanwhile, Reel Chicago is reporting that the film is shooting around the Windy City using the code name "Rory's First Kiss," to hide the actual nature of what's being worked on. Crafty!
Kryptonsite has a new promotional poster for the February 8th episode "Trespass."
I CAN'T WORK UNDER THESE CONDITIONS
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, fresh comics reviews are already online and "enough talk -- let's go make with the 'biff' and the 'pow' already."