Deadline has discovered the short list of actors who are up for the roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo in Warner Bros. live action adaptation of Akira. According to the site, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy are being considered for Tetsuo (the “bad” guy), while Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix have been handed the script to play Kaneda (the “good” guy).
This is a project that has been in production for some time, it was first announced back in 2008. The film has done the on-again-off-again dance so many times, that one wonders if we’ll ever see it move out of Pre-Pro Hell into actual production.
We really don’t know what Marvel Studios will be offering up to theater goers once The Avengers movie is released in a couple of years. Sure there is the popular Iron Man 3, the Spider-Man reboot, and the smaller budgeted Ant-Man and Luke Cage projects, but what about new exciting projects that will bring in a whole new group of movie goers to comic book properties?
Would the Inhumans work as a major motion picture?
That’s the rumor going around the Intardwebz as Badass Digest and On The Grid are reporting.
aliens who were put on Earth as sleeper cell aliens to eventually call back their race to take over the planet. Ultimately, the group of aliens fully assimilates and don’t want to cause war.
Personally, this sounds like the hardest project to sell, and unless there’s something we don’t know about the upcoming Avengers movie, general audience knowledge of these characters is going to be next to nothing, making it harder to bring them on board – especially since the alien invasion/visitation/communication genre has glutted theaters in recent years.
According to Deadline, MGM is currently in negotiations to bring Brazilian director Jose Padilha to the U.S. to helm the studio’s remake of the RoboCop franchise. With all the hubbub surrounding the Detroit/RoboCop statue debacle, seems like a good time for the studio (who still isn’t out of the woods financially) to generate some quick-ish income.
Reconstituted under Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, MGM has targeted Robocop as its first major franchise play, and they worked hard to find a filmmaker who could play on a global field. They were impressed by Padilha’s track record with taut crime dramas Elite Squad and a sequel that came out in 2010.
According to Bleeding Cool, an iconic splash page from the 1980′s may be going up on the auction block in a few weeks. The site reports that Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s splash page from the Hunt the Dark Knight issue of The Dark Knight Returns will be offered up to someone who has really deep pockets. In the last several months pages from The Watchmen, Captain America, and Superman have hit the art auction circuit, and have fetched some pretty high prices.
Whoever gets this piece should feel pretty happy to have this on display in their space. And for the person who comes in second, please feel free to contact me. I think I have a better way for you to flush awayinvest your excess millions.
Rumors are a great way to fan the flames and get people worked up, often over nothing. However, the latest Superman movie rumor has us smiling with anticipation. Seems Zack Snyder has been mulling over who should play Jonathan “Pa” Kent in the franchise reboot/sequel/relaunch, and came up with Kevin Costner.
Now, while nothing is confirmed, it makes sense that the aging actor, with the soft smile and knowing eyes, to play the man who would give Clark perspective on the world and set him on the right path. While it would have been nice to give a nod to John Schneider, Coster still has cache, and I could easily see him pulling off a Gleen Ford moment in the film.
Rumors are rumors, so until someone steps up and claims this if fact, take it with a grain of salt.
Has the plot to the Zack Snyder Superman movie been revealed? It’s already been rumored that Clark Kent would be traveling the world as a young reporter – which kind of contradicts the 28 to 32 age that has been bandied about, but whatever…
The movie description goes on to say that Kent is forced into the role of Superman to track down an assassin, instead of reporting on an ethnic conflict between two tribes in West Africa. Clark returns to Smallville to discover just what’s up with his powers and his “secret origins”.
UPDATE: Someone mentioned that this sounds a lot like Superman: Birthright. It does…doesn’t it?
Christopher Nolan continues his search for actors and actresses to star in the next Batman movie. Rumor from Deadline has Nolan looking to cast two females – one a love interest, the other the villain.
When Columbia Pictures reboots Spider-Man, Peter is going to need an Aunt May and Uncle Ben to give him some balance in his life. The rumor mill and insider reporting have been working overtime to dig up these two bits of casting news. First is the news that Martin Sheen is in final talks to play Uncle Ben. Sheen has always been a bit of a hard-ass character, so it will be interesting to see his take on the warm and wise Uncle Ben.
The other rumor has Sally Field being offered the role of Aunt May. If both of these rumors play out to be truths, then Columbia Pictures found a way to bring in the fans that span the ages – the old geezers that remember young Sheen and Field in the 60s and 70s, and the young kids who want to check out Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans.
Like Zack Snyder, Aronofsky has a unique look to his films (Pi is one of my favorites), and The Wrestler and Black Swan have been very well received. But is he the right director for a Superman film? In the case of this rumor, I’m going to say – no. Aronofsky and Hugh Jackman are good friends, and I hear he is in the running for Wolverine 2. Scheduling conflicts and cross company rivalry may put him out of the running if he prefers to work on Wolverine.
We’ve already speculated who should play the Man of Steel in the next Superman movie, but the buzz surrounding the film today is, who will direct the film?
Mike Fleming over at Deadline believes he has the short, short list gathered together from his sources on the inside.
Tony Scott (Unstoppable)
Matt Reeves (Let Me In)
Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles and Clash of the Titans 2)
Duncan Jones (Source Code)
Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch)
Of everyone on the list, I personally am pulling for Zack Snyder. He has a very unique look in all his films (Watchmen, 300, Sucker Punch) that I think compliments any comic book based movie he takes on. Plus, he understands special effects and how to use his budget effectively to tell a dynamic story. He already has three movies with Warner Bros. under his belt, and though we don’t know how well the Owls of Ga’Hoole will do until Monday, he’s already made the studio a crap ton of money (Watchmen – $185,258,983 and 300 – $456,068,181). The combined monetary draw of Nolan and Snyder on a Superman film makes the choice seem like a no brainer. My guess is we’ll find out who the go to guy is before the end of the year.
I don’t know why (Rachel Bilson), but every time Jumper shows up on the pay-cable channel (Rachel Bilson), I have to sit down and watch the entire movie (Rachel Bilson). While the movie didn’t do so well in the box office, and some may not like Hayden Christensen’s acting, I do find the story to be oddly compelling (Rachel Bilson). Hayden told MTV that there is a sequel to Jumper in the works – there are, after all, two other books from which this movie was based on – but when you watch the video, look at the non-verbal cues (Rachel Bilson).
Anytime some starts touching their face and hesitating on this kind of information it always feels like the PR person told the star, “Go ahead and say there is something in the works, even if there isn’t, just to fan speculation, and get people interested in the product, so we can approval to make a sequel.” Of course there are also those productions that are being passed around H’wood that are under consideration, and a sequel to Jumper may just be one of them.
Last week, we showed you the “leaked” image of Kilowog from the upcoming Warner Bros. Green Lantern flick. Today, Comic Book Movie claims once again to have another character reveal in the form of the bug Lantern, Bzzd.