IGN has an article with producer Joel Silver, who says there’s trouble at the screenplay level. Silver said, “I’ve been working on those two for a long time and, well, it took me 20 years to get ‘Speed Racer’ going — and whilst I wouldn’t want to spend that long again on a film — I’m going to be struggling with these two for a while. I’m trying to get the right versions of the story.”
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
Actor Hugh Jackman talked to MTV and compared his mutant-minded spin off to the work of Christian Bale. “We are dealing with a character who is probably one of the darker comic book characters ever created,” Jackman said. “The movie has a lot of fun elements, but there are layers of pain and darkness to this character. Tonally, I would put it more in the ‘Batman Begins’ sort of realm. That’s sort of where we’re headed.”
Variety is reporting that Benderspink has struck a deal with Lionsgate to develop the Victor Carungi property as a feature film.
According to Entertainment Weekly, comedic actor Jonah Hill is in talks to bring some laughs into the life of Shia LeBeouf’s character. The movie is slated for release on June 26th, 2009.
More heavy metal? All right — CBR News has an interview with actors John Goodman, Christina Ricci and Susan Sarandon.
CBR News also has a feature article on director Jon Favreau.
THE DARK KNIGHT
Superhero Hype has a first look at new outdoor advertising for the Bat-sequel.
Collider has the word from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about his view of the revival of 80s memories. “I don’t look at them as toy properties number one,” di Bonaventura said. “I understand why people say that but I don’t look at them that way. I look at them as mythologies. So, ‘G.I. Joe’ is a really, really in-depth mythology and ‘Transformers’ is a really in-depth mythology and for me the reason I gravitated towards both things was because of their storytelling, you know. The characters involved and intertwined nature and ‘G.I. Joe’ it’s very funny how everybody’s very intertwined. It’s very different than in a lot of the comic book mythologies I’ve run into. The lines between good and evil are drawn differently. I think the Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes, it’s a great thing and is Storm Shadow evil? Well, some people think so. I don’t. Is Snake-eyes also righteous in this? I’m not so sure, he’s blaming his buddy for something he may or may not have done, you know, so it’s that interesting duality where the characters live in a world that’s good guys and bad guys but it’s also a gray area.”
Sure, the actual film has wrapped, but IESB found a casting call notice that’ll go into the title sequence. Think you have what it takes?
Meanwhile, Yahoo! Movies has posted more production stills from the Edward Norton-fueled reboot.
THE MAN OF STEEL
Comingsoon.net has an interview with actor Brandon Routh, who’s talking about sequel ideas. “Well, I think that something that audiences are looking for — and I certainly am, too — is for Superman to actually be able to lay a punch on someone or something,” Routh said. “I was filming and I thought, ‘I haven’t really hit anything. I feel like I’m going to need to let some of this anger out.’ So I’m happy that I think that’s going to be a central part of the sequel, getting a good villain that we can actually have physical altercations with. Certainly also, I’d like more humor from Clark or just more of Clark and Jimmy. A little bit more of Lois and Clark, how we used to see them, a bit more of buddies. Perhaps things will be smoothed over with Superman and Lois and she can afford to be a little bit nicer to Clark. I think that’s something that people want to see and those are some of the great moments from previous “Superman” films. Also, Superman and Lois getting together, that’s always my end goal. I want that to happen. The romantic in me wants that to happen eventually whether they’re finally together in this movie or in whatever future films there might be. I kind of want to see that happen.”
DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING
Creator Neil Gaiman told MTV that his Vertigo adaptation still had some life to it. “‘Death’ was with New Line, and now that New Line has sort of expunged itself from existence, we are figuring out right now where in the Warner [Bros.] family it will be and what is happening with it,” Gaiman said. “It’s not back to the drawing board — we do have a script and a lot of stuff, we have people like Shia LaBeouf who have said, ‘I want to be in this thing’ — but we’re figuring out where and when.”
COMICS AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
CBR News has a special report on what happened when Jeph Loeb, Steve Niles and Mike Mignola talked comics in multiple mediums at last weekend’s event.
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