May 2008 Archives
Yesterday we told you how Heath Ledger action figures were becoming collector's items. Well, the upcoming Watchmen movie action figures from DC Direct should make it to collector's item status without any of the cast members dying. Not because the toys look so damn good, although they certainly do, but because comic book fans have been waiting for them since long before the movie was ever a reality, and Watchmen was just a little thing called one of the best goddamn graphic novels ever created. (People who post on message boards saying that they "weren't impressed" by Watchmen? Stop embarrassing yourselves. Your opinions are wrong.)
As reported in yesterday's Moviefile, Michael Bay will be bringing that old sleepover standard, the Ouija board, to the big screen as a feature film. What other board "games" could filmmakers call upon for movie inspiration? Here are just a few ideas to toss out into the universe:
For the record, I was totally cool with this whole Donnie Darko sequel thing. It's going to be called S. Darko and it's going to follow his younger sister, Samantha, who is also plagued by strange visions, possibly of the creepy-bunny-rabbit variety? Great. I love it. I didn't go see Southland Tales, but I'll go see this, even though (because?) (I don't think I'm seeing The Box, either.) Richard Kelly isn't involved. But now I'm seriously beginning to question my commitment to Sparkle Motion. The cast has gained two actresses, both of whom come from movies or TV shows that involve stepping up and/or dancing. If this movie doesn't involve Samantha's junior-high dance group blowing up and making it big, then I'm going to be sorely disappointed.
Top Cow Productions and Platinum Studios are really excited about their planned Witchblade movie, and they want you to get excited, too. How excited are they? They've created a teaser site, and a teaser image, and a teaser naked woman to promote it, and not a thing has been written, cast or filmed yet. Am I complaining about unnecessary naked women, who serve no discernible purpose? Not at all. But don't you at least want that naked woman to be the actual naked woman who's going to be naked in the film? Just for continuity's sake?
It seems that Disney is tired of not having a superhero to call their own. What's Darkwing Duck, chopped goose liver?
Looking to get in on the comic-book-adapting game, the Mouse has hired a comic writer, a businessman and a Zappa to form Kingdom Comics, at once a clever play on Disney's own Magic Kingdom and the Biblical end of the world. (Nice!) It seems the new division will scout out graphic novels to publish that can be adapted into feature films, as well as creating graphic novels from Disney properties, which they can then turn back into feature films, thereby starting the cycle anew.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has made $151 million in not quite two weeks, and Disney is totally pissed. Disney CEO Robert Iger said on Wednesday that Prince Caspian wasn't performing as well as had been expected and blamed the fact that its release date -- May 16th -- was too competitive. Disney had originally set the film for release in December of 2007, but the film would have competed with Caspian producer Walden Media's other fantasy film The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, which was shooting for the same audience. And for all the bitching about the release date harshing Narnia's box office buzz, The Hollywood Reporter points out: "It's an interesting thesis, considering Disney purposely moved the film to that date and, in doing so, turned the seemingly natural Christmas franchise -- the first installment featured a cameo from Santa Claus -- into a springtime experience." And truly, it's not as if anyone expected Indiana Jones 4, which opened just six days after the Disney film, to do poorly.