District 9, the Peter Jackson produced sci-fi social commentary flick, hit the number one spot over the weekend, bringing in an estimated $37 million.Â While not spectacular for major block buster numbers, the film reportedly cost $30 million to make, with Sony/Tri-Star buying the distribution rights for $25 million.Â That means as the movie gains momentum over the next couple of weeks, that there will be a lot of gravy floating around for a potential sequel if director Neill Blomkamp decides to go for it.
And while you might be flying high on that news, I’ll bring you back down with word that the Wayans Brothers (Marlon and Shawn) are in talks with Sony to develop sequel to their 2004 comedy White Chicks. Brother Keenen Ivory is set to direct and is also writing the script with his brothers.
After this morning’s buzz that Justin Timberlake was suiting up for Green Lantern tryouts, Variety is reporting this evening that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Hal Jordan in the upcoming movie.
Warners and Campbell chose Reynolds, whoÂ vied for the superhero role along with â€œThe Hangoverâ€ star Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto. The momentum built for Reynolds in the last week, as he was the only actor whose option was extended.
Those that were afraid that Timberlake would be flying around can rest easy, while the rest of you have the daunting task of voicing your opinions below.
SPAWN, the long-running superhero saga recently relaunched by series creator Todd McFarlane and fellow Image Founder Whilce Portacio, kicks off the second half of its series altering storyline ‘Endgame’ with a distribution-level sell out making way for the upcoming collection.
“Our goal is to slowly build up momentum and the sellout of issue #191 is another indication that we’re accomplishing that goal,” McFarlane said. “With a majority of our single issues out of print, the release of the first Endgame collection couldn’t be more timely.”
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Actually, they sell out in a good way, as the duo’s return to Spawn caused issue #185 to sell out immediately at the distributor level.
“Obviously itâ€™s good news to have the initial issue sell out so quickly, but now the bigger task is to continue that momentum in the issues going forward,” Spawn creator Todd McFarlane said. “As a reminder, the first few issues will be a lot of setup before we kick this into high gear. Each issue isnâ€™t meant to be its own stand-alone book.”
A second printing will arrive in stores soon, with a cover price of $2.95.
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Last night at the 2008 Scream Awards, Charles Roven, producer of the Dark Knight movie, let slip a little bit about the happenings at Warner and DC titles.
Roven also told us that there is “no momentum” on comic book adaptation The Flash at Warner Bros. Pictures.
That’s so sad for David Dobkin who was slated to direct the flick. With the confusion at the studio, most superhero films are going to be put on hold until Warner figures out if it wants to tell individual stories that build the the Justice League or a Justice League movie that spins out into the individual tales.
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I’m still catching up from last week, so forgive all the announcements from Marvel hyping its multitude of sold out issues. The latest is Thor: Ages of Thunder that will be going back to press with a variant cover with interior art by Patrick Zircher on the cover.
â€œAll of us here on Team: THOR – AGES OF THUNDER are pleased as punch to discover that America enjoys the sight of Ice Giants getting brained with giant hammers as much as we do,â€ said Fraction. â€œWe look forward to carrying that momentum forward through this upcoming time of transition, where we will continue to deliver the big hammer brainings America demands under the new guise of Team: THOR – REIGN OF BLOOD. Thank you.â€
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