Release date: June 18th, 2010
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
"Splice" director Vincenzo Natali -- he who would make "Swamp Thing and "Alpha Flight" if given the chance -- tells SciFi Wire he has a script based on William Gibson's classic novel "Neuromancer." Adpating the project has defeated several directors over the years and could be seen from its driest descriptions to be quite dated. Natali disagrees. "Some people say that you can't do 'Neuromancer' now because 'The Matrix' and other films borrowed so heavily from that book. My argument is no, that's a good thing, because the book has so many ideas that are so abstract that it's only after those films that you could really get into the meat of it." He also believes he has figured out how to translate the book to film. "I had a very good conversation with William Gibson about it. The secret lies in the end. The book is a hard nut to crack because there's a lot going on in it. I don't think anyone is able to bring all the disparate pieces together, but I think I have a way to do it. Maybe I'm being foolish. Maybe I'm being naïve. We'll find out."
Release date: TBA
As our friends over at Spinoff Online reported yesterday, there is a short list of actors for the role of Peter Parker. They range in age from 17 to 27 and most, if not all, appear to be European. Are we ready to hand over a good, American character to the hands of foreign nationals? Sorry. I'm in training to be become a talk radio host.
Release date: May 28th, 2012
Star Gemma Arterton tells Collider a little bit about her role in the film. "I play a journalist called Tamara Drewe who is not taken very seriously because she is very sort of beautiful and she comes back to her hometown having been an ugly duckling when she was a kid, she comes back and sort of mixes everybody up because they sort of…she gets everybody's passions flowing," she says. The film currently has no US release date, but will be out in the UK on September 10th. Oh, wait, was I supposed to make a joke about her getting my passions flowing?
Release date: TBA
Spinoff Online's Graeme McMillan spotted an interesting nugget in CBR's interview with Zach Whedon. The "Dr. Horrible" writer make an allusion to his brother Joss's schedule and its effect on the "Dr. Horrible" sequel. "We are all anxious to work on it, but some of us – and I’m not pointing any fingers here – but some of us have tentatively agreed to helm an all-star mega-blockbuster summer tent-pole extravaganza movie to be released in 2012," says Whedon. Hmm ... interesting. Meanwhile, Avengersnews.com reports Malin Akerman, Alice Eve and Rachel Nichols are in discussions with Marvel for a role in an upcoming film. Yes, only one role. No, all three can't have the part.
Release date: May 4th, 2012
Deadline reports Carl Rinsch is negotiating a deal with Warner Bros to direct the remake which Bryan Singer abandoned late last year. That means a new take, a new draft, and a new everything. One of the commenters at Deadline mentions the current script isn't too good, so maybe a new draft will be a good thing.
Release date: TBA
THE WALKING DEAD
Ain't It Cool News talks with creator Robert Kirkman about the upcoming TV series. "I wrote the first episode and then they are going to be shooting all summer for the first six episodes. Frank [Darabont] is in Atlanta right now doing prep, so he's kind of hard at it. They start shooting in, I think, a week," says Kirkman. He also mentions he is writing the fourth and sixth episodes of the first season.
RED AND DEAD
Since this appears to be video game week, I ordered up a copy of "Red Dead Redemption," a game people seem to like. I also hear it's a huge time-sink, so I'll be careful with it. 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 losing days to a video game.