This week it was announced that both Ghost Rider and Daredevil would be headed back to the silver screen for sequels to their original features, which many considered a pox on humanity.Â There are some very good reasons to do a sequel, and while you may not go and see the followup flicks, we want to know which of the two is going to be the least horrible.
Dark Hero Studios and Pandemonium are teaming to bring the zombie comic book Deadworld, to movie theaters sometime in the future (unless of course you are reading this after the movie is already out… HELLO FUTURE PEOPLE!).
“Deadworld” picks up four months after that event, where the Dead overtake the Earth, with humans few and far between. Protag is King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast.
The film is expected to go into production in 2010.
The Norse god isn’t going to be too happy with the news that Marvel has bumped the release dates for the Thor and Avengers movies back by almost an entire year.Â Thor, which was scheduled to be released in June, 2010, now has a July, 2011 release date, while the Avengers are getting moved to May of 2012 — which is just about the time that final issue of Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk hits the shelves.
Execs did not offer a reason for the deferrals; Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel said only that the move “maximizes the visibility of our single character-focused films, leading to the highly anticipated release of the multicharacter ‘The Avengers’ film in 2012.”
In other words, the company is choosing wisely to release one or two films a year instead of bunching everything up to maximize its return on investment.Â In this current economy, at a time when a film like Watchmen didn’t open as high as expected, hedging its bets and shifting release dates seems appropriate. A yearly release will keep fans happy, and ensures we have something to look forward to for the next three years.
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When an announced movie moves out of the script stage, and the rumors of who will star settle down, I actually start paying more attention to the press releases, when the director is finally attached.Â Such is the case with the Warner Bros. DC Comics Green Lantern movie, which has just announced Martin Campbell is in negotiations to helm the superhero flick.
The emergence of Campbell, who also helmed two “Zorro” films and the 007 film “GoldenEye,” puts “Green Lantern” at the top of DC properties being set for movie treatment by WB. While the studio is hoping director Chris Nolan will follow its 2008 smash “The Dark Knight” with another Batfilm, DC projects such as Superman and “Justice League” were expected to happen quickly, but have stalled.
The first Zorro film and GoldenEye were both action packed fun flicks, so if Campbell can bring the same intensity and action to Green Lantern without mucking it up, I have hope for Warner Bros. delivering another stellar comic book film.
Last year’s writer’s strike played havoc on our television viewing.Â Heroes got chopped at the knees and probably ruined the series for all time.Â Nearly everything but reality shows took a hit.Â The movie industry was not excluded from this really fun time, as studios scrambled to get scripts finished before the strike began.Â Those films are scheduled to arrive in theaters this year, and io9.com has a fascinating look at upcoming movies, and what movie goers will likely encounter when these flicks hit theaters.
On X-Men Origins: Wolverine
What’s the damage?
We know the script was bad enough that it needed a rewrite. We know the rewrite was done in a hurry by someone the studio found by begging the talent agencies to find someone quick. We don’t know how it turned out, though â€” maybe they got the greatest script doctor in the universe to step in. Also, it’s possible there were more rewrites after the strike ended. Note that the film extended its shooting, ending in May instead of April.
With the whole 20th Century Fox lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Watchmen, do you need any more reasons to not see this film?
The issue features neither Batman nor the Outsiders
A strange thing happens when a single character dips his finger into multiple titles.Â Take Batman, for example.Â He appears, or appeared if you want to be more specific, in Batman, Detective Comics, JLA, Batman and the Outsiders, Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, Trinity, Final Crisis, Superman/Batman, and various other appearances and guest spots in the rest of the DC universe.Â When some brainiac decides it would be a great idea to kill Batman (figuratively or literally, we donâ€™t know yet) it causes nothing but problems in the rest of the titles.Â Batman and the Outsiders is a perfectly example of one story screwing another.
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He’s the man god we all love, the man with the chin that can kill, the man who’s been in more flicks than you can shake a stick at, the B-movie actor of all B-movie actors – BRUCE CAMPBELL.
This week, we can’t help ourselves.
According to an interview at the Wall Street Journal, the Superman franchise is going to get a complete reboot ala Ang Lee’s Hulk movie.Â But this time Warner Bros. is actually taking something away from the big summit it had with DC and some of its creators and the recent success Marvel has had with its properties.
According to the interview with Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. plans on releasing at least two tent-pole films a year based on DC characters.
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David Goodman, the showrunner/executive producer for the Family Guy has been hired to adapt the zombie horror comic book Last Blood from Blatant Comics into a screenplay.
“Last Blood,” created by Bobby Crosby and Chris Crosby, follows the human survivors of a zombie massacre who find themselves protected by a band of vampires who need their blood to survive.