War Heroes Comic Book

Since “Watched” hit theaters early this past summer and made some nice coin, studios and producers have been fighting to get other Mark Millar created comic properties. His series “Kick-Ass” is currently in production for Marv Films and Plan B. Entertainment, with Matthew Vaughn directing and Nicolas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse starring.  Rumors have been swirling that Millar is developing a “Wanted” sequel and that he might be in the running to write a new Superman film trilogy.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sony and Michael De Luca (producer of “21”) will be bringing Mark Millar’s “War Heroes” to theaters. The series “centers on a U.S. military experimental program developed in light of dwindling enlistments and the expanding war on terrorism that gives ordinary soldiers superpowers. When a rogue group of the supersoldiers breaks off to form a criminal enterprise, one hero rises from their ranks to prevent catastrophic results.” The series was orignally pitched to Marvel Comics as the “Ultimates 3”, before turning into its own thing.  There is no word on whether Millar will be writing the script to the comic adaptation, or just producing with Tony Harris, the series’ artist.

Posted on September 28th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Tom Cruise in Bryan Singer's Valkyrie

A new trailer for Bryan Singer’s “Valkyrie” has been released. The film stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a real life German hero who plotted an assignation attempt against Hitler. The film’s production was plagued with problems, including controversy in German over Cruise’s casting (they weren’t a fan of a Scientology portraying a German hero), background workers getting injured on set, an endless shifting of release dates, and reshoots needed to rework the film.

Well, it would appear that things are finally coming together for the film. Read on to watch the new trailer for “Valkyrie”.

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Posted on September 27th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The Princess and The Frog

A couple days ago we reported on “BOLT”, a new animated Disney (not Pixar) feature that looks like a lot of fun, and today we have some news regarding another Disney (not Pixar) animated film, “The Princess and the Frog”. “Princess” returns to Disney’s roots with traditional 2D animation.

Variety reports that Oprah Winfrey has joined the film and will lend her voice to the title Princess’ mother. She joins Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), John Goodman, and Keith David in the film, which is expected to be released at the end of 2009, just in time for the Holiday season.

The film has a lot going for it in my eyes. Not only is it being directed by the team of Ron Clements and John Musker, the minds behind my favorite 2D Disney film “Aladdin” and other classics such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Hercules”, but it will also feature new music from Randy Newman. It has all of the makings to be a new classic and I look forward to seeing (and hearing) more about the film.

Between the teaser and several TV spots I’ve seen for “Blindness”, I’ve been very skeptical as to how accurate it will remain to Saramago’s novel.  Yet, judging from this trailer, I may have been very wrong.  While the spots I’ve seen seem to focus on the government’s reaction to the white blindness epidemic, this trailer focuses on the characters that make the novel so relevant and touching.  The montage at the beginning of the trailer shows each of the main characters each going blind in the exact same manner as in the book.  Most of the dialogue is straight from the novel as well, in fact the only discrepancy I can find is that the doctor’s wife insists on going in the ambulance with her husband even though she can see, whereas in the book she lies and tells them she has gone blind at that very moment.

It’s entirely possible that this trailer could have been crafted in such a way in order to hook fans of the book, as the TV spots have proven that there is definitely some material with the government and Sandra Oh’s character that was invented for the film.  Yet, I feel somewhat assured that this trailer shows that my favorite characters will all be there and that their stories appear to be somewhat unaffected in this adaptation.

To learn what other film adaptations are coming in Fall/Winter 2008, check out our list here.

Posted on September 26th, 2008 by Jess | Leave a Comment
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I Am Legend

Rumors have been abundant, but Variety confirmed today that Will Smith will reprise his role as the scientist Robert Neville in an “I Am Legend” prequel. The film will “chronicle the final days of humanity in New York before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Smith’s character the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.”

Is it just me, or did we already see this stuff in the first film? I recall some intense flashbacks of a terrified NYC, a cute family, and one massive helicopter crash. We all know how this ends, and the film covered how it started, so why go back and rehash all the details? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the first film, but I just see no reason for a prequel.

Furthermore, the first film was based on a book of the same name, and sadly came nowhere near doing it justice. It left a bad taste in my mouth as being an adaptation in name alone. Will they try to incorporate more elements from the book that should have been in the original film, such as establishing the neighbor Bill Corman who eventually becomes the lead vampire? My guess is no. Just another missed opportunity in an attempt to make more money that further hurt the chances of this incredible story ever being told properly.

Posted on September 25th, 2008 by Jess | Leave a Comment (1)
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Disney's Bolt

While it is not from Pixar, Disney’s animated film “BOLT” looks like a lot of fun. I saw multiple scenes (including the one I’m about to link) and a behind the scenes feature at Comic Con, and I really liked everything I saw. The film feels like a Goonies style adventure film with a cute “ready for the action” dog, a “misplaced” cat, and a “scene stealing” hamster. If you don’t know the plot yet, “BOLT” focuses on a TV canine action star of the same name (voiced by John Travolta), who doesn’t know that he’s an actor and thinks that he really is a superpowered hero. After mistakenly thinking that his co-star (Miley Cyrus) is kidnapped by an evil villain (Malcolm McDowell), Bolt escapes his captors (handlers) and embarks on a cross country rescue operation, meeting Rhino (Mark Walton), a TV obsessed hamster, and capturing Mittens (Susie Essman), who Bolt thinks is conspiring with the enemy (because you know, all cats are evil).

Watch the extended clip from Disney’s “BOLT” here. And check out these awesome pictures:

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Billy Crystal Variety reports that comedy great Billy Crystal has joined the Dwayne Johnson Fox comedy, “Tooth Fairy”. The film co-stars Ashley Judd, and Julie Andrews, with direction by Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2 & 3).

In the film, Johnson plays a tough as nails hockey player who is well known for knocking his opponents teeth out, and he is punished for his actions and forced to become the Tooth Fairy for a week.

“Tooth Fairy” follows “The Game Plan” and “Get Smart” for Johnson, who has been building up his family film leading man status. He’ll be appearing next in the 2009 remake “Race to Witch Mountain”.

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