What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly hand-in-hand stroll down Newsworthy Lane, with a stop at the Noteworthy Café for a bite to eat. Then we’ll head back to my place and I’ll show you my signature move, the Well-Researched Scoop (I have two sources that will confirm its quality on the record). What do you say, baby?
We begin this evening with part of a new midseason poster for The Walking Dead. Which brings to mind the question of the hour: Is anyone still exciting about this show? Sure, it has the occasional zombie and it was nice to see Glen “make a friend,” but beyond that, it’s become tired, has it not?
Marcus Nispel will direct the Hack/Slash adaptation. Yes, the man who brought us the latest incarnation of Conan the Barbarian will take a crack at Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli’s chronicle of a young woman who dresses scantily and hunts slashers. It’s hard to know what to make of this, other than the fact that Nispel is just okay at making movies.
VideoETA when link-baiting with an article entitled Why The Dark Knight Rises is destined to fail. It’s got a bit of logic behind it, albeit twisted logic. And they’ve included a nice little chart. I love charts. I’ve grabbed the bait!
New action star Gina Carano addresses the controversy of the week: her voice being changed by Steven Soderbergh for Haywire. He had his reasons. In other news, this was not the controversy of the week, as it turns out.
Our featured art of the evening is a great find by Movies.com’s Peter Hall, who wrote about Vertigo turning The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo into a graphic novel. It’s not a bad idea, as it will sell plenty of copies. But does the world really want to read this story again again? Okay fine, with cover art like what you’ll see below, I’ll pick that up.
Our good friend Peter Hall also published an interview with Sarah Paxton of The Innkeepers that’s worth your time. I’m also told that it’s a good movie. I’d check it out, but I don’t like scary things.
Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have merged. This, for most movie fans, will be like mixing chocolate and brussel sprouts. One studio makes crap horror movies and beats their franchise children ’til someone calls child services. The other has used its Twilight money to deliver other, great movies like The Hurt Locker, 50/50 and RED. Which sensibility will win out in the merger? Lionsgate’s CEO is already talking more Twilight. Stick a fork in this one, friends, it’s done.
Josh Trank may direct the Fantastic Four reboot. Who is Josh Trank? The guy who is directing Fox’s soon to be highly publicized action film Chronicle. We’ll see how he does when Chronicle hits theaters February 3rd, at which time we will judge him.
Writers Rob Liefeld and Scott Lobdell spilled some behind the scenes juice about a Deadpool movie: “I may or may have not seen some sort of test of footage that would blow your mind if you saw it and go holy crap and that’s Deadpool in costume. Katana swords, guns, shooting people’s faces off and making me laugh. And I may or may not have seen something that looks just like that. And you’ve got what would amount to the first R Rated X-Men movie. Because that script is R Rated.” Will this footage ever see the light of day? No. Are we glad it exists? Absolutely.
In other superhero news, The CW may be developing a Green Arrow show to fill its Smallville gap. This would be cool, as Green Arrow is sort of a bounty hunter of supervillains. Why not a TV show?
Pajiba chronicles 5 shows we just can’t quit, essentially nailing down the five shows I could watch over and over and over again. I’m looking at you, Seinfeld box set I’ve watched all the way through four times.
We close tonight with an exploding head montage video. Because we care: