Superman Returns, Underdog, Thor, Conan: March 31st Comic Reel Wrap

Fri, March 31st, 2006 at 12:00am PST

TV/Film
Hannibal Tabu, Columnist

SUPERMAN RETURNS

There's a note at Dark Horizons noting that the Bryan Singer-led film will become the world's first live-action Hollywood feature to be converted from 2D to IMAX 3D. IMAX Corporation will use its proprietary 2D to 3D conversion technology to convert approximately 20 minutes of the film into "An IMAX 3D Experience," the most immersive cinematic 3D in the world.

UNDERDOG

According to Variety (subscription required), Peter Dinklage has signed on to play the bad guy in Walt Disney Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment's "Underdog." Live-action version of the popular kids cartoon starts shooting April 10 in Rhode Island under the helm of Frederik Du Chau.

THOR

There's a story at Hollywood.com that claims that John Travolta's nephew Rikki Lee Travolta has reportedly landed the role of "Thor" in an upcoming film adaptation of the Marvel comic book character. A director for the Thor film has yet to be announced but "Batman Begins" screenwriter David Goyer, who is penning the script, has shown interest in taking charge of the project.

CONAN

Cinescape has a note from a Warner Brothers executive saying, "The only thing I can tell you at this time is that the WB does want more than one Conan film since the property is seen as a franchise which has spawned toys, comic books, video games etc. I can also tell you that if Arnold wants to make two more 'Conan' films, we will gladly make that deal happen."

SMALLVILLE

Devoted to Smallville has the new trailer for next week's episode in Windows Media format, and if you'd like to register for their site you can check out a gallery of screen captures as well.

X-MEN 3

XMenFilms has a new interview with director Brett Ratner, who answered fan questions, reinforcing the idea that the franchise has come to a crossroads. "'X-Men: The Last Stand' is part of a trilogy, so it was my goal to have this film work as a finale to the other 2 films. Bryan and the actors created a wonderful tone, and my job was to keep that tone consistent and focus on the performances and the emotion of the new story."

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