X-Men: First Class, Smallville, Cowboys & Aliens: May 4th Comic Reel

Tue, May 4th, 2010 at 8:00am PDT | Updated: May 4th, 2010 at 8:04am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

X-MEN ORIGINS: FIRST CLASS

Looks like Matthew Vaughn may direct the film after all. While he officially passed on the project last week, Deadline reports talks have resumed. "I hear the studio is working with his WME reps to close the deal. Great choice, I say," writes Deadline's Mike Fleming. According to Heat Vision, Bryan Singer made the resumed talks possible. "Even though the dealmaking between Fox and Vaughn's team from WME and Brillstein ran into trouble (which caused him to officially pass), and Fox was meeting with other directors, Singer and Vaughn kept talking, with Singer becoming even more supportive of what Vaughn wanted to bring to the "X-Men" universe ... Singer's encouragement got the two sides talking again," they write. With Fox eager to get the film made, it could be ready as early as next summer.

Release date: TBA

SMALLVILLE

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, negotiations with actress Allison Mack appear to be going well and her character, Chloe Sullivan, will return for the show's 10th Season. "Executive producer Brian Peterson tells me he's 'very optimistic'," writes Ausiello.

Airs: Fridays

COWBOYS & ALIENS

Sam Rockwell has joined the cast, according to Heat Vision. "Rockwell will play a bar owner named Doc who joins in the pursuit of the aliens. Once Favreau and the writers -- Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof -- learned that Rockwell was interested in the movie, they reconceived and expanded the role, which initially called for a heavy-set man," they write. Meanwhile, Harrison Ford Online (via mania.com) hears word Clancy Brown -- the Kurgan himself -- is also joining the production as Meachham. This film really seems to be shapping up with some great people coming to it.

Starring Daniel Craig, release date: July 29th, 2011

IRON MAN 2

Time for some press round up. CNET reports (via Spinoff Online) that the film is already doing gangbuster traffic on the pirate internets. "At The Pirate Bay on Sunday evening, there were dozens of copies of the Paramount Pictures' film available for download. According to comments by users, the copies available were recorded by people sitting in the theater who videotaped the movie off the screen using handheld cameras. This kind of pirated film often offers mediocre viewing quality: unsteady picture, blocked views, and poor sound," they write, also mentioning at least one decent copy floating about.

Meanwhile, Jon Favreau addresses some rumors surrounding the film with MTV News:

Also, Movieweb has an interview with writer Justin Theroux. The writers mentions an affinity for the World's Fair and how it led to the notion of the Stark Expo. "[Tony's] not going to make weapons anymore so what does he do? He's going to channel his resources and his energy into changing the world with a positive idea, which is really what the world's fairs were all about. We were already all buffs of Expos and World's Fairs so we thought yeah. Most of those things have some sort of a cheesy Walt Disney type, 'Welcome to the World of Tomorrow' vibe and it just made us laugh. We thought it was funny, wonderful and optimistic. So we thought that would be great and something that Howard would have done, you know? So to pay homage to his legacy, Tony is like, 'I'm going to pick up where Dad left off.' So we have all that great Howard Stark, 'Welcome to the World of Tomorrow' stuff, which is just what would have happened if he had had one of those Expos. There is no relation to Walt Disney and Disney buying Marvel. It was written long before but there is definitely a connection in that we watched Walt Disney doing that 'World Of Tomorrow' stuff as source material," says Theroux.

Here at CBR, we have a number of new stills, including some beauty shots of Justin Hammer's drones.

Today's round-up concludes with a brief conversation with a slightly edited video (hosted at Superhero Hype) from the press conference in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. It's pretty fun to see the group interacting:

Starring Robert Downey Jr., release date: May 7th, 2010

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME

IGN has a few new stills from the film. I've chosen to highlight the one that features Gemma Atherton the most:

Release date: May 28th, 2010

THE PHANTOM

As our pals at Spinoff Online reported, Syfy will air all four hours of the miniseries on one night -- a Sunday to be precise. The decision indicates the network has little faith in the finished product.

Airdate: June 20th, 2010

ISTANBUL NOT CONSTANTINOPLE

Reader Scott emailed me yesterday and mentioned I kept referring to the city of Toronto as Vancouver in the "Green Lantern" item. I have an unfortunate affliction which causes me to switch those city names if I'm talking (or writing) at speed. As I was away from my desk yesterday, I never got the chance to correct it, but I'd like to apologize to both cities. I mean no ill will ... it's just a defect in my mind. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or 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 the city solution.

TAGS:  x-men origins: first class, smallville, cowboys & aliens, iron man 2, prince of persia, the phantom

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