Sin City is on my list of movies that I can watch over and over again and never get tired with. It’s a rare breed of comic book film that doesn’t focus on the cape-bearing, tights-wearing hero that we normally see, and to top it off it’s one that fans of the original comic love. In that regard, I’m pretty danged excited at the news that Robert Rodriguez plans on directing Sin City 2 after he’s finished up with Spy Kids 4. However, comic book sequels never really do that well, although Frank Miller wrote brand new material for the movie (focusing on Nancy Callahan avenging the death of Hartigan). I dunno, I’ll definitely watch it and I have faith in Rodriguez, I just hope it can at least be as fantastic as the first. Is that too much to ask?!
Deadline reports that Fox has ordered six episodes of the animated TV adaptation of Napoleon Dynamite to possibly air next season along with Jonah Hill’s Allen Gregory. But wait there’s more! Fans of the movie will jump with joy for the news that the original cast is actually coming back to voice the series.
Source: Matty Collector
The second series of Mattel’s Green Lantern Classics figures have been revealed on Matty Collector and, while most of them are characters from the comic book series, one silhouetted figure is labeled as “Green Lantern Movie Preview Figure”.
Who can this mysterious figure be? I’ve no idea, don’t know a whole heck of a lot about the Green Lantern, but I am excited for the movie to come out and am interested to hear any thoughts about this.
Source: New York Times
New York Times reports that Al Pacino has signed on to play Phil Spector in a biopic written and directed by David Mamet for HBO. You know Mamet right? The whole THEATRE IS DEAD guy. I’ve been looking forward to this project as anything with David Mamet’s name on it gets me all wound up, hearing that Pacino is gonna be involved too just gets me doubly excited. Doubly.
Wait what’s that? A studio actually pulling back and not releasing a rushed 3D conversion? “Blasphemy!” you cry? Well you can’t blame ’em, considering all the blabber Warner Bros. undoubtedly heard about the The Last Airbender and Clash of the Titans‘s 3D conversions. I think that this is the right choice and will make a whole lot of audience members happy. Now if they can just hurry up and release that damn thing. Here’s the statement from Warner Bros. studios taken from Deadline:
Warner Bros Pictures has made the decision to release “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” in 2D, in both conventional and IMAX theaters, as we will not have a completed 3D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience.
Producer David Heyman said, “For 10 years, we have worked alongside Alan Horn and the studio, whose priority has always been to preserve the integrity of Jo Rowling’s books as we have adapted them to the screen, and this decision reflects that commitment.”
Director David Yates continued, “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”
As scheduled, on July 15, 2011, we will deliver to conventional and IMAX theaters our final installment of the film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” in both 2D and 3D formats.
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has just confirmed Emma Stone for the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man film. “But Will”, you say, “You’ve already posted this news. You’re not reporting anything, but merely repeating stories about Emma Stone in a desperate attempt to get her to acknowledge your existence.” Yes. Yes I am. But the TWIST that I mentioned in the title is that she has signed on for the part of Gwen Stacy, even though both the studio and her reps expected her to take Mary Jane.
I couldn’t care less who she’s playing really, just as long as she’s on screen. Hell, I’d watch her as J. J. Jameson. Actually I’m pretty sure that’d make this movie amazing. Make it happen Hollywood.
The new issue of Empire magazine features Thor on the cover and new photos from the film itself. Thanks to HeyUGuys you can check out these photos the day before the magazine hits shelves.
Thor is set to be released May 6, 2011 and is directed by Kenneth Branaugh and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore.
Deadline reported earlier today that Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen to name a few, has been chosen to direct the new installment of Superman for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
I’m pretty excited about this decision, Snyder is an amazing visual director creating fantastically slick looking movies on relatively modest budgets. At the same time, his movies sometimes veer away from creating relatable characters and instead focus too much on making them so damn pretty to look at. Hopefully he’ll be able to combine the two for Superman. Nevertheless, I’m lookin forward to this one.
Before I explain anything about this movie, here is a description of the book from which it is based, given by the publisher Grand Central Publishing:
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”
“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
Yes. 20th Century Fox has acquired the film rights for the adaptation of this Seth Graham-Smithe book. It will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton and will hopefully be released in 2012, assuming the world doesn’t end.
I have never heard of this book but all I want to do right now is read it. This is fantastic people, absolutely fantastic.
As I mentioned in my post a couple of days ago, there’s been quite the casting race for the new Spider-Man film with several actresses being tossed around in consideration for Spidey’s love interests Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane. Deadline reported earlier today that Sony Pictures Entertainment is going to imminently offer the role of MJ to contender Emma Stone (my personal favorite). Emma’s been doing very well for herself, having worked with this studio in the past on Zombieland and the most recent The Easy A so hopefully she’ll accept the offer and and nail another great part. Emma Stone is pretty. She should be in more movies. I like Emma Stone.
*Ahem* Sorry about that. So yeah, more info on Spider-Man updates as they develop.