As we first reported on February 1st, Warner Brothers bought a spec script based on a World War 2 take on the Amazonian princess. That script has been uncovered by Batman-On-Film (stepping a bit outside of their normal areas of expertise), and they’ve posted a quite positive script review.
According to Variety, actor Scott Porter has been cast as Rex Racer in the live action adaptation, and fans of the property know how that turns out. There was also a press conference with producer Joel Silver and cast members Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox and Susan Sarandon, which you can see at Reuters.
Keeping it in the vein of heavy metal, Comingsoon.net has four new clips and two featurettes about the Michael Bay-helmed action film. Bay made a note on his news blog that July 3rd wasn’t early enough, and now some fans can see the movie on July 2nd. The official website has been updated with new up close looks at the boys from Cybertron and Reuters caught up with actors Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf in Tokyo, discussing the project. Finally, when you register at GM’s promotional website AutobotsRollout.com you can view exclusive footage.
Let’s stay on the toy aisles for a moment: an article in Variety also notes that toymaker Hasbro hasn’t given up on the real American heroes. “In one of William Morris’ initial moves with regard to the new relationship, it reupped Hasbro’s deal with Paramount Pictures to turn ‘G.I. Joe’ into a live-action feature with Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce. An initial pact had expired.”
Another segue to keep the bullets flying: Canada.com is crowing about the possibility of the blood-soaked sequel filming in Montreal. “Several other movies are scheduled to shoot in Montreal before the end of the year, including the Tom Cruise-produced ‘Death Race 3000’ starring Jason Statham; ‘Mr. Nobody’ with Jared Leto and Sarah Polley; and ‘The Punisher 2.'” As for finding direction, Superhero Hype notes that Lexi Alexander is the front runner to yell “action!”
THE DARK KNIGHT
Okay … they both dress in black, which leads us to the continuing story of Bruce Wayne. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that actor Danny Goldring has been cast in an unspecified role for the Christopher Nolan-led sequel, which heads back to Chicago this summer.
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFERS
Remaining with the richest heroes around, director Tim Story talked to Blackfilm about casting Lawrence Fishburne as the voice for Norrin Radd. “I had the opportunity to speak with Lawrence months before I started shooting the movie and all we talked about was Galactus and the Silver Surfer,” Story said. “He was a complete fan. So when it came the time to cast someone, his name came up immediately. Besides, who, aside from James Earl Jones, has a more powerful voice? He was perfect and I didnÕt have to convince anyone; and him being a fan of the material was icing on the cake.”
Okay, we’re out of segues. Cinema Blend talked to magician Criss Angel, who revealed that he’s signed on for the Hearst Comics adaptation. “I’ve just signed on to do a movie which I’ll be shooting at the end of this year called ‘Mandrake,'” Angel said. “Which is based on the comic book strip. It’s gonna kind of be like a kind of cool realm of ‘The Crow’ but different of Mandrake the magician coming to life. I’m designing and creating the visual effects for that, as well as going to be acting in it. So that’s a very exciting prospect that I’m looking forward to do.”
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
SPIDER-MAN 3 BOX OFFICE UPDATE
Just in case you were keeping score, Variety reports that the sequel has made $844 million worldwide, making it the biggest movie in the franchise.
KEEPING IT REEL
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, and “enough talk — let’s go make with the ‘biff’ and the ‘pow’ already.”
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