Alpha Flight, Heroes, No Ordinary Family: May 18th Comic Reel

Tue, May 18th, 2010 at 7:58am PDT | Updated: May 18th, 2010 at 8:06am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

ALPHA FLIGHT

"Splice" director Vincenzo Vitali suggests to MTV News another superhero title he might like to take on. "I'll put this out there: maybe 'Alpha Flight,'" says the director. "I thought that would be interesting, to give a little Canadian angle on the superhero mythology .... It's an interesting group and it had a lot of different members, so you can take it in a number of different directions. I think it would be cool." No deal is in place and, for the most part, Vitali is thinking out loud, but its one of the more interesting ideas a director has expressed when asked, "What comic book would you make into a movie?"

Release date: TBA

HEROES

Greg Grunberg tells Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello the finacial situation may prevent the wrap-up from happening. "There are a lot of actors who are tied to their contracts," says the actor. The critical mass of previously made deals would have to be overcome to make the movie feasible.

Airdate: Fall?

NO ORDINARY FAMILY

ABC announced its Fall schedule (thanks to Deadline for the early morning posting) and the Michael Chiklis series has found itself with an 8pm timeslot before the "Dancing with the Stars Results Show." That's a vote of confidence, right?

Airdate: Fall

PREDATORS

Here's an interesting tidbit on the film. Harry Knowles got producer Robert Rodriguez on the phone for an impromptu Q&A session at Wonderfest. Harry relays this from the session: "Robert gracefully began a 30-45 minute Q&A with the audience. Telling us that the CG is very minimal - and that there was just a single green screen shot in the entire production - otherwise - they built the environments and sets or found location. KNB built a ton or practical stuff - and the CG is enhancements mainly - and the "dogs" when they're running and dynamic. That went over very well with this MODEL orientated crowd." I prefer practical effects as well, so this is another reason for me to go and see the film.

Starring Lawerence Fishburne, release date: July 9th, 2010

JUDGE DREDD

SciFi Mafia posted a press release for the film, announcing the production will "take place over the fourth quarter of 2010 in Johannesburg." The interesting part is co-creator John Wagner's quote: "Alex Garland's script is faithful to the original concept that made Judge Dredd a favourite bad-ass hero. It's a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of the vast future city. A fan pleaser. With their track record, I have every faith in Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich." Wagner is listed as a creative consultant.

Release date: TBA

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

Yesterday, I became somewhat excited about David Fincher taking on Disney's new version of "20,000 Leagues," but there is a rival project over at Fox. This other "20,000" Leagues is being produced by brothers Ridley and Tony Scott for "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov to direct. MTV News reports the period of the Fox movie may shift from the story's late 19th Century setting. "It is believed that the Fox version would shift from a period setting to a futuristic one. It's worth noting that this bears a resemblance to another adaptation that Bekmambetov has spoken about, a complete with a supernaturally talented whale and psychic-powered whalers," they write. While its interesting to see two studios run with the same idea, Fincher will have access to Harper Goff's version of the Nautilus, the best submarine design used in a film ever.

Release date: TBA

JOHN CARTER OF MARS

Johncartermovie.com has an update from the Tule Dry Lake complete with pictures. According to their local scooper, "We talked to someone out there, who indicated these are the initial Mars sites. Apparently Willem Dafoe's character [Tars Tarkas] will stride across the flat towards Carter." I've chosen to post a photo of base camp as proof there is life on Mars.

I know, bad pun.

Release date: TBA

SLOW NEWS DAY

With the town focused on the network Upfronts, the news has dried up a bit ... but expect that to change once traditional TV is with its pre-Summer show. 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 held back announcements.

TAGS:  alpha flight, heroes, no ordinary family, predators, judge dredd, 20, 20,000 leagues under the sea, john carter

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