About.com spoke briefly to actress Famke Janssen, who has heard the incessant rumors about Joss Whedon taking over the mutant-themed franchise. "I heard that rumor too. I've heard it on the street. I haven't heard it from close reliable sources yet, but I don't know. I'd really have to look at his take on [it]. It's so hard to imagine at this point anybody other than Bryan doing it because those two movies have such a specific distinctive look."
According to Comics Continuum, Scott Beatty said that he is writing "Batman Begins: The Visual Guide" for DC Comics and Dorling Kindersley. "If you've seen DK's guides to the various 'Star Wars' films, you get the basic gist of what the book will look and feel like," Beatty said.
Also, we have some new images from the set, which ran in the British magazine Nuts. Thanks to Robin Harman for sending them in.
GLOBAL FREQUENCY/TEEN TITANS
The same page at Comics Continuum notes that the pilot episode for the Warren Ellis adaptation has been completed. "We submitted the final cut to the network this week," executive producer John Roger said. They also feature screen captures from this Saturday's new episode of Teen Titans, "Spellbound."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Enterprises has signed a deal with France's Antefilms Productions to produce an animated TV series based the Fantastic Four comic book characters. The deal is expected to be announced at the MIPCOM international TV sales convention in Cannes. The trade says the companies would produce 26 half-hour episodes targeted for premiere in the United States and other countries in late 2006.
Variety reports that the Sam Keith graphic novel is being adapted by City Lights Pictures and Intrinsic Value Films for the big screen. Keith will write the film and also direct starting in February.
FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED MINUTES
One year ago (after the last snafu, the date was triple checked), on a slow news day just like this one, a jerk named Hannibal Tabu took over the Comic Reel, trying in vain to follow in the groundbreaking footsteps of Rob Worley's legendary Comics2Film. Now, one year later, we're still here, and we've learned a few things. That "(director's name)-helmed" and "(actor's name)-fueled" are probably the most useful adjectives in the world. That "film," "feature," "flick," "adaptation" and "movie" are all useful synonyms for describing motion pictures. That some websites will wholly lie, or zanily repost news from other sources while claiming it as their own. That going to college with the guy who's directing "Fantastic Four" will get you a cup of coffee if you've got a few bucks to go along with it. That the readers of this site are among the funniest, best informed, most interesting people a would-be world conqueror could ever trade emails with.
So with that in mind, I'll make an extremely rare foray into the first person perspective to thank Jonah Weiland for giving me this opportunity, Image's Eric Stephenson for introducing me to Jonah in the first place, and to each and every one of you reading this work every week day (with special appreciation for all the regulars at Culver City's Comics Ink). Despite my overwhelming misanthropy, I appreciate every one of you a great deal.
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