Fans of the first Spawn movie, or the original comic book, or just a fan of Todd McFarlane, will get a kick out of the news that McFarlane has started worked on the screenplay for a new Spawn movie.
“The story has been in my head for 7 or 8 years,” McFarlane said. “The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation. It is a standalone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary.”
According to SuperHero Hype, the McFarlane is targeting older audiences for this film.
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AMC has been doing some big things in the cable realm over the last couple of years.Â The Mad Men series took off like wildfire, and now it looks like AMC is looking to adapt Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead for the small screen as well.
Frank Darabont is on board to write, direct and exec produce the project, with Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Pictures and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion also executive producing.
I’m glad a cable network picked up the rights to this property instead of a movie studio, which really couldn’t do justice to the comic book in a single movie.Â While Darabont is a fine writer, it would be even better if Kirkman were on board to help write the screenplay.
Platinum Studios and Valhalla Motion Pictures have hired Ryuhei Kitamura to direct the movie adaptation of Top Cow Productions’ Magdalena property.
The Magdelena character, which first appeared in 1998, is a descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. She has the ability to see into the human heart to give people a choice to redeem their sins.
Holly Brix has been tapped to write the screenplay.
Fox 2000 has announced it has cast Zachary Gordon in the role of Greg Heffley in the movie adaptation of Diary of a Whimpy Kid.
The “Wimpy Kid” stories were told in a diary and cartoon format; more than 16 million copies are in print. Jeff Filgo & Jackie Filgo and Jeff Judah & Gabe Sachs wrote the screenplay.
Chloe Moretz is in talks for the female lead, while Rachel Harris has been cast as Gordon’s mother.
Who would have guessed that the original Atari Asteroids game would have four studios in a bidding war over who would get the rights to produce the movie.Â Universal Pictures apparently paid the most money, with Matthew Lopez writing the screenplay.
9o minutes of a space ship spinning around in space blowing up stuff real good doesn’t sound too exciting, so Lopez will need to come up with an original story to wrap around the 1979 game concept.
He may be 54 years old, but Bruce Willis can still kick it as an action hero, and it looks like he’s going to take his rugged good looks to another comic book movie adaptation.
In â€œRed,â€ Willis would portray a former black-ops agent who has gone into retirement but is forced back into action when a high-tech assassin comes a-callinâ€™ to threaten him and his girlfriend. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing, and Erich and Jon Hoeber are writing the screenplay, which is based on the WildStorm/DC Comic. (DCâ€™s Gregory Noveck is exec producing.)
I’ve not read the comic book, but man it sounds exactly like every other action movie from back in the day.Â Â On the other hand, I’m always in favor of more comic book movies, as it gives me hope eventually H’wood will come knocking on my door to find out more about that Kung-Fu Zombie Western I’m working on.
John Carter is one of those properties that has been passed around from company to company over the years, with each allowing the option expire before anything substantial could be done.Â Disney has had its hands on the Edgar Rice Burrough’s book since 2007, with Andy Stanton and Mark Andrews writing a draft of the film, now called The Princess of Mars.
Word from Pulitzer prize-winner author Michael Chabon indicates the film may be closer to going into production as the scribe has confirmed he was brought on to polish the script.
â€œIâ€™ve been hired to do some revisions to an already strong script by Andrew Stanton and Mark Andrews,â€ Chabon said. â€œI wrote my original screenplay The Martian Agent back in 1995 because I wished I could do [Edgar Rice] Burroughsâ€™s Barsoom. So this is pretty much a dream come true for me.â€
Stanton is directing the film, which is expected to be in theaters in 2012.
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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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Arcana Studios has announced a deal with Legacy Filmworks where five of the comic company’s titles will be made into films.Â First out of the gate will be Paradox, starring Kevin Sorbo, and directed by Brenton Spencer.
Sorbo plays a homicide cop on a parallel Earth ruled by magic who investigates a series of murders committed by a previously unseen means: the power of science. Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage wrote the screenplay based on Arcana’s three-issue limited series written by Christos Gage, who has worked for Marvel and DC Comics.
Other titles on the film list include Chopper by Martin Shapiro, which should start shooting next week, Sundown, a western vampire flick scheduled for April or May, and three more which will be announced later.
Arcana is currently producing an animated web series for Spide TV, called Red Lotus.Â I’m really impressed with all the minor comic book companies that are scoring film deals left and right. I’m half tempted to start my own comic book company just to create IPs for the film industry.
PrePro Hell is really ramping up now for the Captain America movie.Â Last week, Major Spoilers reported on Joe Johnston being hired to direct the film, and now Variety is reporting the writing duo of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been hired by Marvel Studios to pen the screenplay.
The red-white-and-blue clad hero with the mighty indestructible shield came to prominence right after the invasion of Pearl Harbor as the U.S. declared war on Japan. The hero is the Marvel character most closely associated with the United States.
I’m sure this is going to be an epic story as the scribes have written both Chronicles of Narnia films, and the very well done The Life and Death of Peter Sellers movie for HBO Films.
Yes, the X-Men movie franchise is continuing, but instead of the big name characters, 20th Century Fox is leaning toward the younger X-kids seen in the previous movies.Â This isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering it means we could get a movie centered around Rogue, Angel, Colossus, Jubilee and Shadowcat.
To further cement the idea that his is the way the studio is leaning, it’s hired Josh Schwartz – creator of the Gossip Girl series – to write the screenplay.Â The deal gave Schwartz the option of directing, but he declined the offer.
Dark or not, Green Lantern is well into production, and in an interview with MTV, Marc Guggenheim gave the low down on what Green Lantern stories inspired the movie.
â€œCertainly â€˜Emerald Dawnâ€™ was one of the things that we read at the outset,â€ said Guggenheim when asked about the connection between spoiler and screenplay. Of course, looking to â€œDawnâ€ only reveals one piece of the puzzle.
Also included will be characterization from the 1970′s Neal Adams/Denny O’Neil comics dealing with drug use and other social issues, the Dave Gibbons era, and we might also see elements from Geoff Johns recent Secret Origin arc.
Sounds good to me.Â I’ve always equated Emerald Dawn as the definitive origin of Green Lantern, even with that dopey yellow Legion robot.
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