From Dark Horizons
Chris Nolan’s upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” is a trilogy capper – a true ‘end of Batman’ story that finishes off the universe he created in “Batman Begins” and expanded in “The Dark Knight”, and certainly isn’t territory we’ve seen a “Batman” film explore as yet.
That of course isn’t the kind of thing a studio likes to hear – especially if the property is still very much a viable and healthy one. Now, talking with The Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. executive Jeff Robinov says the studio is planning to continue on with the character, and that Nolan himself will be involved albeit in a reduced capacity.
“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is” says Robinov, indicating that a reboot of the franchise (ala “The Amazing Spider-Man”) is on the cards once “The Dark Knight Rises” has been released.
How involved Nolan will be is unsure. Either it will be similar to his producing arrangement on the Zack Snyder-directed “Superman” reboot which he initially helped steer but is now sitting back and letting Snyder call the shots, or it simply could be a name only kind of arrangement akin to Tim Burton’s involvement in Joel Schumacher’s “Batman Forever”.
Either way, it’s a good move as it does open up the franchise to all sorts of possibilities that won’t affect the legacy or continuity of Nolan’s incarnation. Fans begging for a David Fincher or Darren Aronofsky-directed stand alone adaptation of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” might get to see that wish come true in their lifetime.
Robinov says he’s also committed to moving forward with film adaptations of key DC Comics properties at the studio and says a “Justice League” film is a priority for 2013. Robinov confirms a script is in the works, one with no relation to George Miller’s aborted “Justice League” film back in 2008, and that scripts for “The Flash” and “Wonder Woman” movies were in development to be spun-off into their own franchises after “Justice League”.
Begs the question, will the first post-Nolan incarnation of Batman make an appearance in that “Justice League” movie?
From MTV News
Last we heard from writer/director Adam McKay (“Anchorman”), his planned adaptation of the ultra-violent comic book series “The Boys” was still in the scripting stage, though he had already begun weighing the pros and cons of 3-D filming for the project.
MTV News caught up with McKay at last weekend’s Comedy Awards, and while he confessed that “The Boys” script is still a work in progress, he’s already taken meetings with some prominent actors regarding the film.
“I’ve sat with some people. I really like the idea of Russell Crowe for [Billy] Butcher,” said McKay. “We met and had kind of an interesting meeting.”
For anyone who hasn’t been reading the hit series created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the story follows a group of CIA agents assigned to police the world’s super-powered heroes and villains. Led by the tough-as-nails Billy Butcher, the super-powered team recruits meek civilian Hughie “Wee Hughie” Campbell in the first issue after his girlfriend is killed by a superhero.
Over the course of the series, it quickly becomes apparent to Wee Hughie that the team is willing to put super-powered individuals in their place by any means necessary — including assault, blackmail, kidnapping, and frequently, murder.
Alluding to Wee Hughie’s resemblance to actor Simon Pegg (Robertson has admitted modeling the character after the “Shaun Of The Dead” actor), McKay said the role is his for the taking.
“Everyone knows Simon Pegg can take Hughie if he wants,” he said. “I don’t know what his schedule is like, though.”
“I’m writing completely on my own on that, so it’s taking twice as long as it should,” he laughed. “I am actually in the home stretch. I have about two weeks left on this draft and we’re going to try and get it made. It’s looking pretty cool. I’m excited about it.”
Still, even with high-profile actors in place, McKay admitted that “The Boys” could be a tough sell.
“You really have to wait until the draft is done to get serious about it, plus it’s like a $100 million, Rated-R, anti-superhero movie, so we have to see who bites on it,” added McKay.
“I’m going Disney #1, or Nickelodeon,” he joked.
Empire Online has release a bunch of new concerning the future of the X-Francise, spanning from X-Sequels to Wolvie-Sequels to the New Deadpool movie. All of which are accompanied by a tri-fecta of images being release for their cover.
The Wolverine, the Hugh Jackman-starring sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, lost its director, Darren Aronofsky, soon after we spoke, but Donner still hinted at the direction in which the Japan-set movie could go. “It will have depth and a dramatic backbone,” she said. “And yet there’s more action in this one than in any one we’ve ever done. It’s such a good script. We have the great Christopher McQuarrie writing and it’s very true to the Japanese saga. This is Logan on his own…”
As for Deadpool, the movie which will reintroduce Ryan Reynolds as the wise-cracking mercenary who was given such short shrift in Wolverine, Donner confessed that it would be “a total reboot. We’re either going to pretend that didn’t happen, or mock it, which he could do.”
No director has yet hopped on board Deadpool, although the film has been offered to the likes of Robert Rodriguez in the past. “We’re looking for a director, yes,” said Donner who, mindful of Reynolds’ ever-growing logjam of work, added that the film would shoot in the next year or so. “He’s very involved, Ryan. He’s working with the writers on the screenplay and it is as much as it is ours.”
And Donner also confirmed that this would be the Deadpool of the comics, and not the mute mutant we saw in last time around, right down to Deadpool’s scarred face. “I’m tellin’ ya, it’s true to the comic,” she laughed. “You’ll see all of them. You’ll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You’ll see Deadpool in his costume and you’ll see the cancer-scarred face.”
Good or bad news, at least it’s somewhat promising.
Neil Gaiman has revealed that a film adaptation of his book American Gods is in the works.
The novel, first published in 2001, takes place in a world in which gods and mythological creatures exist.
In a recent interview, Gaiman exclusively revealed to DS that a director “who has many, many Oscars” is already on board the project.
“I’m going to be having a meeting in LA with the people that the film rights have been sold to,” he confirmed. “I’m going to be… talking to them, find out where they’re going and if there’s any way that I can help.”
He also described the unnamed director attached to the film as “a genius”.
“He fell in love with this [novel] about six or seven years ago and has not given up,” explained the writer.
Watch Neil Gaiman discuss the upcoming American Gods film in full below.
Showtime has bought a script for Chew, a quirky half-hour cop show based on John Layman and Rob Guillory’s bestselling comic book of the same name. Stephen Hopkins is attached to direct and executive produce the project, which hails from Circle of Confusion, the company behind AMC’s hit series adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.
Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer (Eureka) wrote the Chew script, which will now be tweaked under Showtime’s guidance. Chew tells the darkly comic story of federal agent Tony Chu, a “cibopath” able to get psychic impression from the things he eats who is assigned to the most usual and bizarre crimes. “There are a lot of superhero comic books, but there are not many food comic books,” Layman toldme back in July when the TV project was still in the nascent stages. Along with Hopkins, David Engel and Circle of Confusion are also executive producing Chew, with Hopkins’ executive Kate Garwood expected to produce in some capacity. Hopkins has a longstanding relationship with Showtime: He directed the pilot for the network’s dark comedy series Californication and recently helmed an episode of freshman drama Shameless as well as one of Showtime’s recently ordered pilots, the Don Cheadle starrer House of Lies.
In addition to The Walking Dead, which has been renewed for a second season, Circle of Confusion is executive producing Powers, a drama project based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Oeming that was recently picked up to pilot by FX. Charles H. Eglee adapted the comic book for Sony TV and FX Prods., with Michael Dinner directing.
This is one of my favorite comics and am really glad to see it get done. Seems like all my favorites are being picked up. Maybe people should pay me to read their comics. Muahahaha.
Below is an interview I did with them back at Comic Con
Brandi’s new column:
Whether your focus in fiction writing is in comics, screenplays, or good ol’ fashioned novels, every writer can agree that one of the most important tools you can have is a well read, well versed mind. The more you read (in your genre/medium and outside of it), the more ideas you are exposed to; the more you are exposed to, the more you can imagine and create. So here are, in my humble albeit noble opinion, the ten fiction titles which I feel every writer should read.
In no particular order:
In this episode Bryan and I run down the latest news.
Bryan also reviews Trade Reading Order as well as Gingerbread Girl from Top Shelf.
Bryan’s new column:
I think I have made it pretty clear that I enjoy comics that fall, shall we say, outside the norm. Something other than Superheroes I mean. I like Supes fine, it’s just that I like diversity in any medium. Too often it seems that comic media is full to choking with be-latexed (I just invented that) individuals that are as gods. Sometimes I am not in the mood for it. Often I want stories about people.
Thankfully there are comic creators like Paul Tobin and Coleen Coover. I got a little sneak peak at their upcoming graphic novel Gingerbread Girl and was quite impressed. Tobin tells the story of a 26 year old Annah who has an, interesting, idea about her life. She believes that her sister Ginger was created by her mad genius of a father by removing the part of her brain known as Penfield’s Homonculous. The interesting tale is told through a series of fourth-wall breaking narrators that includes Annah herself as well as other characters that cross paths with Annah through the course of the story…..
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Well that didn’t take long.
Dark Horizons reports today that after news leaked out yesterday about the proposed TV show adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comic “Sandman” had fallen apart, DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns took to Twitter to deny the claim.
“Correction to world: The Sandman is AWAKE!. Psyched to be working with @neilhimself [Neil Gaiman] on developing one of the greatest series ever! Sandman in any form – comics to live action – doesn’t work without @neilhimself” said Johns.
“Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke was previously attached to develop the series and gave the quote about Sandman’s seeming demise during a panel for “Supernatural” at the Paley Fest on the weekend.