Comic Adaptations

Moon director Duncan Jones’ sophomore effort Source Code hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but he’s already talking about what he wants to do for his third film. Before he even began Source Code, Jones was trying to get producers to sign off on a script he had written called Mute. It was described as a sci-fi influenced noir with a sprawling, futuristic version of Berlin serving as the backdrop. Unfortunately, times are tough, and Jones hasn’t been able to find funding for such an off the beaten path project. He’s moving on to another pitch instead, but this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Mute. Jones told Gordon and the Whale that he is going to take the Darren Aronofsky doing The Fountain approach and produce the script as a graphic novel, “I’ve been talking to my producer today and we have decided that we’re going to release Mute as a graphic novel. Because we’ve had so many problems trying to get this film made, you know? The people who are involved with financing films have just been…shy…shy of making the script. So what we decided to do is we’re going to make a graphic novel of it, prove it…prove it to an audience that this works and maybe in the future get the chance to come back and make it.”

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After the rumors and speculation (and the years of development hell), DJ Caruso has utilized twitter to proclaim that he’ll be directing Preacher. Be waiting for the announcement of their PG-13 shooting goal fairly soon. Was The Salton Sea a good movie? Of course. It wasn’t off the charts, but it was a competent thriller, and Caruso has proven that he can make a movie look like a movie. Especially his action sequences. Unfortunately, his three most recent flicks have all been watered-down, convoluted messes that play out like a sophomore in high school discovered old Twilight Zone episodes. Trix aren’t for kids. DJ Caruso is. Maybe he’s been biding his time with schlock while trying to make a name big enough for himself to land something challenging like Preacher, but that’s difficult to believe. The only optimism here comes in the form of John August. Up to this point, Caruso has only directed scripts from the wet behind the ears and the averagely talented. Now, he has a veteran storyteller crafting a complex story. Who knows. Maybe that’s the key to success here. Maybe if Caruso gets a solid script, he’ll shoot the hell out of it. [Film Stage]

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If you’ve never picked up “The Goon” for a solid Sunday read, you should head to the local comic book store (the one where the owner won’t let you thumb through the pages because it makes them “used”) and pick up the entire series immediately. Actually, volumes 0-3 should be enough for now, but make sure the gas tank is full because you’ll be heading back to the store soon. There’s zombies and skunk-apes and it’s fantastic. News of a film featuring the beloved characters has been around for quite some time, but a very cool teaser trailer made especially for Comic-Con is the first solid proof (beyond a few pieces of concept art) that the film is barreling its way down throats and out back ends. It will be soon enough. Grab a slice of pie and check out the footage:

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If you’ve read Randy Queen’s “Darkchylde” then you know how great it is. You’ve also probably had at least one long debate attempting to prove that you aren’t into jailbait. If you haven’t read it, you may have still had to defend yourself, but you don’t know what you’re missing. Either way, it’s a movie that’s been a long time coming, and it looks like it’s finally sprouting some wings to get off the ground. Those wings just happen to be attached to a gorgeous young woman.

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A free-wheeling photographer finally wants to settle down with a Swedish pixie dream girl, and even thought neither of them might be ready for the responsibility, they get pregnant. Over the course of nine months, the full spectrum of relationship drama plays out as well as the back stories for the major characters, culminating in the birth of the young human being these two have brought into the world.

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Since I would really like to see Stellan Skarsgard play God of War Tyr for Thor, I wanted to title this headline “Could Stellan Skarsgard Play Tyr, God of War for Thor?” But I resisted. You’re welcome.

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Oh Zombies. Either they are becoming popular again or no one in Hollywood has any creativity. Or they all collectively get together and decide what fads they want to propel. Luckily, the latest adaptation comes from some cool source material that originated right here! On the internet!

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Danny Boyle’s production company is still continuing to develop Judge Dredd. Now, it appears as if an old friend is stopping by to write the damned thing.

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There’s an onslaught of DC adaptations coming down the pipeline – either finishing principal production or heading into it – and we’ve got a quick rundown on how to protect yourself.

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It looks like Stephen Frears may be drawn again into the politely dry British style story that he’s been into lately with the adaptation of a comic book that’s a modern retelling of “Far From the Madding Crowd.” Or will Gemma Arterton spice things up?

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You’ve been clamoring for non-grainy images, so we’re delivering them to you. Free of charge. (But please tip your waitstaff).

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The die has been cast. And by die, I mean Ryan Reynolds – as Hal Jordan – for the forthcoming Green Lantern. Start freaking out positively or negatively….now.

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Why is he mugging that Number 4?

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen a movie that came out a decade ago, don’t read the above headline. Thanks. In other news, what could Sam Raimi be thinking with this one?

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Josie and the Pussycats is the best movie ever! Josie and the Pussycats is the best band ever! Orange is the new pink! For some reason, Cole Abaius loves this movie. Has he been brainwashed by subliminal messages in pop music and Mr. Moviefone?

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Kate Beckinsale is in a new movie, and the trailer would rather talk about how cold Antarctica is than show shots of her breathing or standing around looking sexy or anything like that. Because learning is fun! Oh, and there’s a murder!

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What do you get when you take an awesome adult, science fiction fantasy comic and mix it liberally with James Cameron, David Fincher, Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski, and Mark Osborne? A Heavy Metal movie that might actually kick ass.

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With Iron Man 2 a full year away, I’m not sure that releasing a teaser image is the right way to try to retain the dark horse status that Jon Favreau claims to want.

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After making a religiously based action drama with Scott Stewart, Paul Bettany is going to make a religiously based action drama with Scott Stewart.

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Freedom Formula and Bryan Singer

The superhero director will be producing an adaptation of “Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland,” and another famous director is getting a Radical adaptation of his own.

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Marvel Studios

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have announced new release dates for their upcoming projects, culminating with The Avengers in 2012.

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