By Pooh writer, we’re not saying his work is something for the dung pile, but rather the co-writer of the Disney Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Evan Spiliotopoulos.Â Evan has been tapped by Universal Pictures to write the sequel to the Mark Millar and J.G. Jones Wanted comic series.
I’m a little confused on how this will play out.Â The ending of the comic book and the movie were both pretty concluding, so whipping out a sequel (especially when the movie ended with all the bad guys biting it) seems to be stretching things a bit.Â I just hope this news doesn’t get Warner Bros. all worked up over a Watchmen sequel.
Here’s something that makes a whole lot of sense; your company is letting people go left and right, you cancel and/or postpone Wizard World Texas and Wizard World Los Angeles, so you go out and purchase the Big Apple Convention.Â To make matters even more confusing, Gareb Shamus is moving the show to October 16 – 18, 2009, which just so happens to be the same month that the New York Comic Con had announced it is moving to.Â If Shamus and Wizard wanted to stir up a hornet’s nest of publicity on a slow news day, it certainly succeeded in that.
The complete press release after the jump, and don’t forget the comment section for you to do all that talk backin’ that y’all do so well.
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The Sony PlayStation 2 game, “Shadow of the Colossus” is being turned into a movie, according to Variety.
Project, which proved a big seller for PlayStation and was produced internally by Sony Computer Entertainment, will build upon the vidgame’s fantasy setting of a solitary world with few characters other than the 16 enemies.
Justin Marks, the guy who is writing the remake to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, is also writing the big screen tale of the Suicide Squad, and recently wrapped the Green Arrow: Escape from Supermax scripts for Warner Bros.Â Marks looks to be all over comic book adaptations as he’s also got Hack/Slash for Devil’s Due and Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy has been picked up to be turned into a live action movie by Universal Pictures.Â Fans of the My Chemical Romance frontman will be disappointed to learn that he will not be writing the big screen adaptation, and fans of the series might be disappointed to to discover Mark Bomback, the guy behind the Constantine script, has been hired for the task.
Bomback also wrote Live Free and Die Hard, and the recent Race to Witch Mountain.Â Oh well, at least the comic book was a fun read.
Those heading up to the Emerald City ComiCon this weekend in Seattle, Washington, should stop by the Boom! Studios booth, say “Hi” to everyone working, and get some autographs from the creators on hand.Â Boom! sent Major Spoilers the breakdown of the show exclusives, and word on the panel it is hosting Saturday afternoon.
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Zenescope Entertainment sent word that the company and No Quarter Entertainment have canceled the planned No Quarter pirate-themed comic book scheduled for June 2009.
The venture was anticipated by Zenescope fans, especially those hungry for a pirate series.Â “We feel bad that we let our fans down a bit after promoting the release and getting some great feedback but unfortunately sometimes the unexpected occurs.” said Zenescope Executive VP, Ralph Tedesco “We do wish No Quarter Entertainment luck with their future endeavors and hopefully the book will be published at some point, even if it’s not under the Zenescope label.”
The company still has plans to launch two new series later this year, both of which will debut at Comic Con International in San Diego, CA.
It was a very disturbing zombie comic book, and now Rick Remender hints the mini-series might be headed for the big screen.
From his Twitter feed:
XXXombies screenplay is almost done… rewritting the story so many times has make it rock solid but I’m really tired of looking at it.
Interesting if it is true, as Zombie Strippers did oh, so well in the theater direct to DVD market.
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Sometimes sequels do work
This week Boom! Studios launched two all ages titles, announced a new imprint, and a newsstand distribution deal.Â Incredibles: Family Matters #1 sold out on the first day, and for good reason – it has four things going for it; Disney, Pixar, a great family of characters, and Mark Waid.
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Image Entertainment and Universal Pictures are teaming up to bring The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft to the big screen.Â I’m a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft, and while I’m excited about this news, it is more interesting that Universal made the announcement two weeks before the comic book hits the shelves.
Created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, book borrows elements from Lovecraftâ€™s life, such as his familyâ€™s struggle with mental illness and his own bouts with writerâ€™s block, and transforms the young writerâ€™s darkest nightmares into reality when he comes across a book that puts a curse on him and lets the evils he conjures up loose on the world.
The movie could be directed by Ron Howard, with the script being written by Carter.
No word on release date, but it can’t come soon enough.
25 March 2009 (Berkeley, CA) – Image Comics, Nathan Edmondson and Christian Ward reveal the secret life of the gods through the eyes of the Brothers Gemini in OLYMPUS, an all-new full color ongoing series beginning this May!
“Christian Ward and I created OLYMPUS as a barrel of powder, and along came the good folks at Image with the match,” Edmondson said.Â “To see our living vision presented to the world by such an excellent and widely-received publisher is an honor.”
OLYMPUS begins with the Brothers Gemini, 3,000 years after Zeus has granted them eternal life in exchange for eternal servitude,Â hunting an exiled god, only to stumble upon a greater horror by accidentally releasing one of Hades’ most dangerous prisoners. The results explode as Edmondson and Ward expand the mythology of classic tales in a fresh, compelling visual style in an action-adventure driven series unlike any other out there.
OLYMPUS #1 (MAR092402), a 24-page full color comic book for $2.99, will be in-stores May 20th, 2009.
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We reviewed Radical Publishing’s Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland comic book (3.5 out of 5 Stars) a while ago, and today, New Regency announces it has acquired the property for a potential directing gig for Bryan Singer.
The comicbook has a futuristic premise in which fighter jets have been replaced by pilots who battle in racing exo-suits. The protag is a genetically engineered racer who learns his bloodline has the power to change society.
Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Prods. and Barry Levine’s Radical Pictures are producing.Â Â If you like Mecha stories set in a dystopian future, mixed with pretty girls and lots of action, then Freedom Formula is going to be right up your alley.Â No release date or production start date has been announced.