Variety reports that multiple Eisner Award-winning writer Ed Brubaker has just signed to adapt the first arc in his Criminal comic series, Coward, into a live action film. David Slade, director of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and upcoming Daredevil reboot, is attached to direct.
The trade describes the book as follows: “The first in a series of six interconnected stories, Coward centers on Leo, a master thief and heist planner who lives in a world of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and lowlifes.”
Here is what Slade had to say about the project:
“‘Coward’ was just a great modern story,” Slade said. “It harkens back to an era of crime stories where there’s really a gritty reality to it, but there’s a kind of underworld haze of noir. It’s not like we have to reinvent the material, to figure it out, because it already works.”
The Criminal series is another, supposedly brilliant, non-superhero comic that I have yet to read (don’t judge me). So, I dunno how well it lends itself to being brought to the big screen. Ed Brubaker adaptating his own series however, ensures the spirit and style of the book will be captured. David Slade is a nice catch too. Yes, he gets pegged as the “Twilight Guy”, which he’ll never live down, but what people forget is that he did the amazingly uncomfortable and suspenseful Hard Candy. With these two involved, I think it’s fair to shout a “FUCK YES.”
Now… I gots to to read me some Criminal.
Here’s some more on the graphic novel (via amazon):
From Harvey Award-Winning Best Writer Ed Brubaker, and Scream Award-Winning Best Artist Sean Phillips comes the first collection of Criminal, one of the best reviewed comics of 2006. Coward is the story of Leo, a professional pickpocket who is also a legendary heist-planner and thief. But there’s a catch with Leo, he won’t work any job that he doesn’t call all the shots on, he won’t allow guns, and the minute things turn south, he’s looking for any exit that won’t land him in prison. But when he’s lured into a risky heist, all his rules go out the window, and he ends up on the run from the cops and the bad men who double-crossed him. Now Leo must come face-to-face with the violence he’s kept bottled up inside for 20 years, and nothing will ever be the same for him again.
If you haven’t heard by now , director David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Twilight Eclipse) will be helming a reboot of Daredevil. If I may digress for a second and ask if any of you have seen the directors cut of the 2003 super hero flick starring Ben Affleck? The theatrical version gets a lot of shit, as it should, but the extended cut is actually much better. There’s less love story with Elektra and there’s a whole side murder mystery plot going on (Rapper Coolio plays a crack addict who is framed for a Murder. Matt Murdock/Daredevil takes the case). I actually consider this version of the film a more than adequate realization of the classic comic book hero.
Regardless of how financially successful the first film was (made for $78 mil. and reached domestic gross of 102+ mil.), it was received as a critical failure and FOX wants to take another shot at it. FOX is known for being controlling douchebags who seem to specifically set out to ruin beloved comic book characters. However, considering recent efforts, I will give FOX credit. They seem to have gotten better with their comic book movie decisions. They let Matthew Vaughn pretty much have free will with X-Men: First Class and with the Wolverine sequel in the pipeline they offered the gig to Darren Aronofsky. I take those as signs indicating that they actually understand that a better film translates to long term success (sequels, spin-offs..etc).
Anyway, back to David Slade and the Daredevil reboot. 2 things. 1. He may revealed the title of the reboot in a recent tweet where he was seen correcting a false item on IMDB. Here is what he Tweeted:
Dear IMDB. Keep up! Directed Ep 403 of Breaking Bad, Demeter is not in pre production, just talks. THE DAREDEVIL is in script development.
2. In another recent tweet he offered an update on the films production:
Daredevil is being written only by Brad Kane. He and I are currently accelerating through the plot and character stage.
“The Daredevil”? Using “The”is just silly. On the other hand, Batman is always referred to as ‘The Batman”. So I dunno how I feel about it. I’ll bite my tongue for now. It could be a working title or just throw of words anyway. Will just have to wait and see if Slad Slade has any follow up tweets clarifying the title. As far as the script goes, I heard it will be adapted from Frank Miller’s ” Born Again” comic arc. Which was a fairly decent arc.
I’m not too confident with David Slade in the directors chair. Especially given 30 Days of Night and Eclipse, which are not good films. Time will tell, I guess.
You know we could just skip the not so world shattering news and investigative reporting pertaining to upcoming comic-book movies. We could just sit on our hands till the flicks actually come out. Eh, that wouldn’t be any fun now would it?
Alright, well in Nerd Bastards continued comic-book movie coverage we got a few tidbits to report. Actually, I almost considered not posting this as they’re useless throw away updates. Seriously, go look at some porn or something, I won’t be offended.
Duncan Jones and David Slade Up to Direct The Wolverine?
Oi! Production on FOXs ‘The Wolverine’ is not looking too well. First the tragedy in Japan happened -the script is based on Frank Millers comic run where Wolverine does a whole samurai motif. Filming there? A bit problematic indeed. As result of the catastrophe, coupled with time away from family, director Darren Aronofsky removed himself from the production. Honestly, who would want to spend a year in all that depression anyway?. I don’t blame him. On top of all that, Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman is being asked to leave Wolverine and star in Universals Snow White and the Huntsman. The latter is uncertain at this time, but still. Regardless, FOX really wants to make this movie happen. Hell bent even. If they don’t make a movie then they’ll lose the rights to the property and they will go right back to Marvel. Provided they find a new director and can figure out the shooting plan, they’re ready to kick it into gear. Who might direct? Well it’s been noted that Duncan Jones, director of the well-reviewed Source Code, and David Slade, the Twilight Saga: Eclipse were persons of interests prior to Aronosfky. Deadline recounts that footnote. Does it mean they’re back in the running? Well, one would assume right? Time will tell.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Okay, don’t panic. None of this is confirmed as of yet, just some interesting information streaming through the blogosphere. The Wolverine has already hit some major road bumps along the way. First, director Darren Aronofsky left the project leaving many fans heartbroken. Then the horrible tragedy in Japan put a stop on any kind of location work and it’s looking like it would be some time before Japan could host a film crew. And as if this wasn’t enough to finally put down The Wolverine, Universal is trying to steal Hugh Jackman for their film, Snow White and the Huntsman.
This would be the Snow White flick starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron and is expected to be full blown, action adventure, blockbuster retelling of the classic tale. Sounds right up Jackman’s alley, right? Hopefully won’t be as disappointing as Van Helsing. (It still drives me nuts to think about how much potential that movie had, sigh.)
Deadline is reporting Jackman would receive a “premium rate of pay” for Snow White so it sounds like a deal almost too good pass up. But fans know Jackman is very commited to the Wolverine character. Chances are we won’t know anything for sure until Jackman and FOX come to a decision about who will take over directing duties for The Wolverine. At the moment both Duncan Jones and David Slade‘s names are being tossed around as possibilites. I’m voting for Jones, have you seen Moon or Source Code? Guy’s a really talented directer and I wouln’t be worried about him overloading the movie with unnecessary CGI.
It’s also strange they couldn’t somehow allow for Jackman to be in both films, I’m no Hollywood insider but there must be a way. Obviously The Wolverine isn’t going anywhere without a director or a usable location. Put it on the backburner, film Snow White (please make it rockin’) then return to The Wolverine. I don’t think anyone’s interest in another super hero movie will be waning anytime soon. Besides, then Jackman can make sure The Wolverine is done right, I really need something to wash out that Wolverine: Origins after taste.
source: Bleeding Cool
Hollywood is churning out superhero movies almost faster than we can cover them. Almost. Here’s a superhero movie news roundup to start your day.
You may have heard director David Slade is planning a new Daredevil movie. The good news? This Daredevil will be a stand alone picture and in no way relate to the previous film adaptation of “the Man Without Fear” starring Ben Affleck. And a collective sigh of relief was heard from across the blogosphere. Slade explains for Obsessedwithfilm,
Forgot to look at the internet for a few weeks and its a litany of false (and not so far off) rumours. So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way. We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.
Some already squashed rumours had Bradley Cooper or Garret Hedlund attached to play Matt Murdock. Any thoughts on who you’d like to see in the role of hero without sight?
Next we’ve got some news from the set of the new Ghost Rider film, Spirit of Vengeance, which is both a sequel and reboot, so a reboot? Nah, sounds too Canadian. Here’s what director Brian Taylor had to say about the film to Think Hero‘s podcast,
We basically said, we want to do it, [would] absolutely love to do it, but it’s gotta be 100% different from the first movie, everything, except for Nic [Cage]. We want the character to look different, feel different, sound different. The backstory of the character’s different, the origin of the story is expanded upon in ways that the first movie didn’t hint at, at all. The location’s different, the whole cast is different; the only thing that’s the same is Nic…It’s pretty much a reboot, only with the same actor, which makes it: a requel. Or a seboot, I can’t decide which one I like better.
Umm, neither sounds better. And let me just say there is probably no better way to confuse your audience than to keep the same actor, change everything else and expect us to think it’s a completely different film. Most people will watch a trailer and think, “Huh, they’re doing a sequel to Cage’s first Ghost Rider film, I heard that movie sucked (because nobody saw it).” Here’s hoping you can convince the general movie-going public you’re making a better movie. Which it’s funny, why didn’t you make a good movie the first time around?
Taylor also mentioned the film’s villain, Blackout, whom we’ll hear all about at this year’s San Diego Comic Con,
[Blackout’s] a fun character. His powers are pretty cool, we did things with his powers that aren’t in the original comic books…We’re gonna do a huge splash at the Comic-Con. That’s when we really want people to see what the new, evolved Ghost Rider looks like as well as the first peeks at the villains.
The biggest and most ridiculous rumor of week is that Christopher Nolan might be giving us a female Robin in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. They only thing we know for a fact is that Juno Temple is being eyed for ” a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl.” Leave it to fan speculation and stupid minds to jump to a ridiculous conclusion ( *cough* blastr.com) like a female Robin. Not that a female Robin couldn’t work. A pint sized female teen did wonders for Frank Millers ‘The Dark Knight Returns”. However, Nolan has been pretty adamant about Batman’s sidekick NOT emerging in any of his bat films. Even Christian Bale said he would “refuse to go to work” if the character appeared in one of the movies (I’m too lazy to insert quotes. Just look em’ up)
Finally, we can confirm the villain in the new Spider-Man reboot will be the Lizard. Long has it been rumoured Rhys Ifans, who was cast at the film’s villain, would be portraying the scaly-skinned doctor gone bad but with actor C. Thomas Howell‘s slip-up on the podcast, Retro Radio we now know for sure,
Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now. I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker whose son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan Bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation.
Oops. It’s a shame we never saw the Lizard make an appearance in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man trilogy. Dr. Conner had been played by Dylan Baker but never got to make the transition to Spider-Man foe. Surprising because I think Raimi could have squeezed a few more villains into the final cut of Spider-Man 3.
There you go, this has been you’re superhero movie news round-up. Bringing you all you need to know about blind crime-fighters, demon bikers and teen web-slingers.
source: Geeky Tyrant, Daily Blam, Blastr
Ugh, I really don’t want to report this rumor. I’d rather go back to enjoying my Shamrock Shake and pair of slàinte boobs that are two green beers away from being groped. However, there is always time for some good trolling. Which, I assume today’s rumor is merely aiming to do.
A few days ago, we told you that David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) was going to direct a new Daredevil movie. With that news unleashed, comes the casting game. It’s been reported that none of the stars from Ben Affleck‘s ‘Daredevil’ would reprise their roles; and thank god for that. So what names are being tossed around like $5 Taiwanese hooker? Just who will be the new “man with out fear”? Fortunately for Twilight fans, but unfortunately for the rest of us, Robert Pattinson is apparently a person of interest for the blind man in red. Ya know, ’cause of his past work with Slade.
The West Hollywood Resnorter over at Moviehole reports (and this is only a rumor, so please, take it with the usual grain of salt) that:
And yes, with David Slade given the job, there’s “some kind of talk” about Robert Pattinson — who, with the Twilight series winding up, is going to be looking for a new well-paying gig — playing the part of Matt Murdock – – -which, I have to say, I don’t dislike the idea of (I think he has some chops under that pale exterior, and definitely has the right ‘look’).
Pattinson is a good looking, popular guy, but I don’t want Pattinson in my Daredevil and I don’t want Daredevil in my Pattinson. Daredevil can’t see us, but if Pattinson gets this role then nobody will see him! Least we need yet another brit takin’ the role of a American super hero. A thousand times NO!
For gods sake, if they want to take this reboot seriously then at least cast someone in the right 30-35 age bracket. My vote goes to Mark Valley who plays Christopher Chance from Human Target. Or, maybe that guy from the Sex in the City movie Jason Lewis. Both have that rugged, mature, charismatic thing going on. Both totally have the Matt Murdock swagger.
Ya know, better yet. Instead of a Daredevil reboot just turn it into a television drama series. The Law and Order fans would love it!
Robert Pattison as Daredevil is just a rumor. Something to get everyone’s panties or underoos in a bunch It will probably never happen. But, what if it did? Are you ok with that? Who else would you like to see as Daredevil?
Boy, was there a lot of news today from the folks at Marvel films or what? PHEW!
The big news of the day comes courtesy of the Ghost Rider sequel, entitled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which is currently filming now with Nicholas Cage still in the title role. It appears that we know who the villain will be in this “hot” sequel (see what I did there? Because Ghost Rider‘s head is on fire?)
Find out all the news on the Ghost Rider sequel, and tons of other Marvel news, below the jump!
Ya know my biggest problem with X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Hugh Jackman! I’m sure I’m gonna get shit for this (bring it), but he sucks as Wolverine. The character of Wolverine is that of a feral beast trying desperately hard to find his humanity. Jackman plays it the other way around. He’s just a jacked underwear model trying to hard to be a beast. But, that was just one of my many disappointments with the Wolverine flick. It wasn’t thematic, had no tension and it they just cherry picked the characters comic history, put it in a blender and served it with a side of shit (shit shakes are the worst). Suffice to say I hated the movie (and you should to) and I am not looking forward to the sequel. Regardless of who’s involved.
But, that’s me. I’m sure the rest of you have some investment in second installment. And, with word going around the internetz of directors being approached for the project you might actually be excited.
Deadline New York has reported that previously rumored director, Robert Schwentke, has dropped out of contention for directing the film, most likely because he may have committed to the R.I.P.D project.
The trade site is now reporting that Darren Aronofsky (The Wrester) is in the mix now to direct the film but that the studio’s favorite is David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse).
With Aronfsky and Jackman’s history with ‘The Fountain’ I can see why he might approached. But, knowing the creative freedom Aronofsky likes to have with his projects and knowing the butthole spelunkers at FOX are controlling Nazis, it seems unlikely Aronofsky would take the offer seriously. So, who does that leave? The fucking guy responsible for Twilight: Eclipse. Honestly, do I even need to illustrate how bad of an idea that is? hmm, I guess I do. OK, here it goes. David Slade+Wolverine= POOP w/claws.
The rumored plot for the sequel will focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord, and what happens to Logan when he escapes to Japan after the Three Mile Island incident of the first film.
I’m not going to lie. I am a huge fan of the Twilight Series…that is, the book series. The movies, not so much. Yeah, sure they’re OK to go and see with my teenage neighbors or watch the original movie alone at night when I’m feeling sorry for myself and need a semi-romantic movie to cry too. To be honest, the first movie (Twilight) was just OK, the second (New Moon) was a downright disgrace. And now I’m dreading how Eclipse, directed by David Slade, will turn out. Here’s the low-down on Eclipse, and it’s very simple: Bella (Kristen Stewart) loves Edward. Edward (Robert Pattinson) loves Bella. Jacob (Taylor Lautner) loves Bella. Bella does not love Jacob. Enter a crazed, red-headed vampire, Vicoria (Bryce Dallas Howard who is replacing Rachelle Lefevre) and some warewolf-on-vampire action to win Bella over, and we have your basic love triangle (minus the vampire and wolf thing). Will I see the movie? Yes. Will I see it opening night (June 30, 2010)? Nope. Did that last time and wanted to kill myself…Do I expect great things from this movie? No way, but I still want to see it. Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts.