In a move that signifies another step in a sea change in the comics-to-film industry, a new filmmaking entity, Framelight Prods, has launched with the mission of adapting comics into film collaboratively. Producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepeneur Robert Robinson Jr. "don't want to traditionally option a title; we want to partner with the creator on every aspect of the production," said Robinson in The Hollywood Reporter. ...In other words, they're borrowing a page from Marvel's recent film arm, instead of separating the filmmaking process from the comic book creators.
When I saw the news that the graphic novel Red was being adapted into a movie, I was thrilled -- after all, it was one of the most straightforward, action-packed comic books I had ever read, and it seemed tailor-made to be a movie. Sure, the filmmakers seem to be taking some liberties with the storyline, but some of the changes sound interesting. And then I saw that a movie called Red was coming out next week. What the...?
If you don't read a lot of comic books, and you're looking for a good one to check out, try Y: The Last Man from Vertigo. It's about Yorick, a young man who, for unknown reasons, is the only man on Earth who doesn't die a horrible death on the day that the "man" part of mankind is wiped out. Women take over the world, and the Y-chromosome-sporting Yorick has to stay out of their clutches, since half of them want to kill him and half want to use him in horribly awesome ways. Luckily, Shia "The Beef" LaBeouf knows exactly what that feels like.
If you're anywhere near a computer, television or another entity drawing breath, you know that movie villains are kind of hot right now. Hoping to cash in on a little of that Batman scratch is Sony, who just pushed into development a project that would bring back Venom, Spidey's gooey black nemesis from Spider-Man 3.
If you're a fan of Conan the Barbarian, you're likely a fan of Red Sonja, his female counterpart, also created by Robert E. Howard. However, you're likely not a fan of her 1985 movie starring Brigitte Nielsen. Despite featuring Ah-nuld as a less-exciting warrior named Kalidor, it was campy as hell, with a kid sidekick and some fat comic relief, and the final nail in the coffin was that it deprived Sonja of her trademark steel bikini and gave her a ridiculously bad hairdo. Well, Rose McGowan has apparently been cast as the new Sonja, and if anyone was ever born to wear a steel bikini, it was her. (Sorry, Jennifer Lopez.)
Thomas Jane totally looks like a comic-book character -- square jaw, cleft chin, good-looking -- but should he ever be allowed to play one ever again? I've been told repeatedly that The Punisher was god-awful (I figured it out from the trailers, thanks), and if Jane couldn't see the badness in the script, then his comic book license should be revoked. (To be fair, it looked pretty faithful to the comic book, but there are some Garth Ennis stories that should never be put to film. Most, actually.) Well, now Jane wants to be in another comic book movie, and if I cared more about the character, or had read more than one or two issues of his book, I'd be concerned.
Not "incredible" as in "unbelievable," mind you. By that definition, Lee's Hulk was incredible indeed, because I couldn't believe that the title character didn't appear for 45 minutes, the action took a back seat to the exploration of family dramas, and the final scene involved Nick Nolte biting a power line and turning into a thunderstorm. (Okay, that last bit is kinda believable.) No, when it applies to the Hulk or his movies, "incredible" should mean explosive! Bombastic! Larger than life! Considering that Leterrier did all of that with the 5-foot-6-inch Jet Li in Unleashed, doing the same with the Hulk must have been like shooting Bi-Beasts in a barrel.
I come bearing some comic book movie news for Moviefile readers. Back in August, I wrote about the slightly disturbing possibility of a fun-n-bouncy X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Back then, the whispers on the wind were saying that Fox CEO Tim Rothman went so far as to have one of the dark, moody sets repainted to be something altogether brighter. If these rumors were giving you unwanted visions of a cheery Logan, an interview at Coming Soon with producer Lauren Shuler Donner reveals that the movie is actually "darker and sadder and it's kick-ass."
Because of their non-budget-restrained storylines and striking visuals, comic books have begun to rival real books and old 1970s TV shows as the top source of ideas for movies nowadays. For the same reason, comics are also the number-one source for stories in which one type of visually striking creature (aliens, cowboys, robots) fights another type of visually striking creature (pirates, demons, ninjas). Which is why, after being given movies where vampires fought werewolves (Underworld), Alaskans (30 Days of Night) and Coreys (Lost Boys 2: The Tribe), we can finally look forward to seeing vampires fight zombies.
Well, it's been a while since I talked about the Witchblade movie, so I thought I'd jump back in with a crazy Witchblade sandwich. No, not the kind with Witchblade in the middle (although those are tasty), but the kind with Witchblade as one piece of bread and her aquatic, equally scantily-clad comic-book counterpart Fathom as the other piece of bread. In the middle? Megan Fox. Now, that sounds like a delicious sandwich. Anyway, Megan Fox has been linked to both roles in two months, and I just thought I'd let you know so all of the Megan Fox fans can start picturing her in skimpy outfits. ...Because I highly doubt anyone was doing that already.