Superhero Hype asked director Sylvain White about the development status of his planned adaptation of Frank Miller's 1983 miniseries. "As I'm finishing post-production on 'The Losers,' I will be diving back into the development of 'Ronin.' I'm just working along with the studio executives developing the story elements and they're attaching a writer in the spring to do a new pass on it," he said. White admits he is taking his time with it. "To make a movie of that scale, you need a lot of money to pay it justice, especially with the incredible visuals that Frank Miller has in it, but at the same time, in order to get a lot of money to make the movie, it has to have enough commercial appeal, so I'm trying to balance those two things together to make the movie accessible but still smart and throw with all the great ideas and grand ideas that it has," the director continued
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G.I. JOE 2
Sequel screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick briefly talk to MTV News about work on the film. They stress they can't talk specifics, but nonetheless are pretty entertaining by talking around that limitation:
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Superhero Hype also got the skinny on the feature film version of "The Boys" from screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. Of Garth Ennis's involvement, Manfredi said, "He said, 'Don't be too precious. Feel free to ... if you need to kill someone, kill someone.' Obviously we love love love the books, and the overarching storyline had yet to be finished, so we said, 'Well, we think this is where it's going, are we right? Is this going to happen to this character?' and he was like, 'You're close, don't worry about it. Do what you have to do.' It wasn't in a dismissive way, it was in a very generous way." Asked if they would try to get Simon Pegg to play his look-a-like, Hay said, "I feel you've gotta go for it. He's Wee Hughie!"
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Today's "Kick-Ass" update comes in the form of Ain't It Cool News's preview of pages from the film book and MTV News's image of the Wall of Villains, also from "Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie."
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
CLASH OF THE TITANS
It's set visit day! Collider, CHUD, and Sci Fi Wire have all published articles on their visit to the set last summer. Collider also has a number of interviews with cast and crew. CHUD and Sci Fi Wire are both concerned with the fate of Bubo, the Mechanical Owl. Sci Fi Wire writes, "He's in it. But not for long." According to CHUD, "They shot a scene with Bubo, and I saw the Bubo puppet that was used (Leterrier wanted to use the actual Bubo from the original film, but they couldn't get it, so the props department had to create a new one that looks just like the original), but whether or not that scene makes it into the final cut is still up in the air."
Starring Sam Worthington, release date: April 2nd, 2010
An old friend tells us the film needs extras for its Santa Fe, New Mexico shoot. If you live in the area, our friend writes, "An open casting call for extras will take place tomorrow, from 2pm to 7 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm at 224 E. Palace Avenue. This casting call is for 18s and over only. Bring a photo if you have one, but if not they have (free) cameras there."
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011
Target419 has made available the preview for March's first new episode of the program, as it takes a three-week hiatus as is par for the course in Fox's scheduling patterns. The preview is too hilarious for words in its throw-back nature to promos from the 1980s.
WHILE MYSTERIO SLEEPS
Since we haven't had any wild rumors so far this week, I've given Mysterio a well-earned rest. What began as a punch-line has evolved into a short hand for "I have serious doubts this information is legit." He makes for a more fun image than "studio insider," but I'm hoping this is the only time I mention him this week. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of eating my own words.