According to his blog, screenwriter John Rogers is taking a break from the Robots in Disguise. ""Trans-pals, but you may wish to take a break from inflating my hit count. No further news will be coming out of here for a while -- I won't be working on the movie for the next few months. Nothing horrible, everything's cool. But I was technically contracted to start another movie when the Transformers gig popped up. The producers of that flick -- including one-of-us Akiva Goldsman -- were real gentlemen about the situation and stepped aside for the duration of the high-intensity TF first draft. They didn't have to, and the fact they did is one of the coolest things I've encountered in my 10-odd years of TV and film writing. The next Transformers production pass, addressing specific producer notes, will be executed by another writer or set of writers. I'll be off doing this new project, will lock in the shooting draft for Fatal Frame (I meet with the director tomorrow) then will probably swing back in later on for a polish --I'm still under contract for TF. This is all part of the business we call "show", and you should all be assured that the project is a.) on schedule and on track and b.) still has rabidly protective and enthusiastic producers riding herd on it. But now you only have Don and Tom DeSanto to harass. Sic 'em."
The multi-talented Robert Rodriguez has gotten some help on scoring his Frank Miller adaptation, according to Music From The Movies. John Debney and Graeme Revell ("Spy Kids") will be co-scoring the film with the Texan auteur.
Variety reports (subscription required) that writer/director David Goyer has optioned the original graphic novel by Ed Brubaker and Jason Lutes. Brubaker will write the pic. Goyer produces with Tittle and Faubert.
V FOR VENDETTA
Accoding to the Hollywood Reporter, James Purefoy has signed on to star opposite Natalie Portman in the adaptation of the Alan Moore classic. Purefoy will play the lead character and James McTeigue, who was the first assistant director on the "Matrix" trilogy, is directing the project. Filming is scheduled to take place in Berlin beginning in early March for a fall release.
kryptonsite has some spoilers from TV Guide about the fate of Christopher Reeve's character Dr. Swann. Meanwhile, Erica Durance will make her first UK appearance at the London Movie Comic Media Expo, May 14-15.
BONE HILL/THE WHISPER KING/MACABRE/PLAY DEAD
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that Platinum Studios has acquired rights to the next four graphic novels by horror writer Wil Radcliffe to develop as live-action features. The four properties are "Bone Hill," a thriller about a psychiatrist trying to save a young female patient whose psychoses might hold the key to ending an ancient evil; "The Whisper King," about a man who must protect a group of kids from the monsters who abducted him as a child; "Macabre," a teen supernatural horror story about a young man possessed by a vengeful spirit; and "Play Dead," in which a family is haunted by the malevolent spirit of their beloved household pet.
Countingdown.com has a press release noting one of the first chances to see the Christopher Nolan-helmed Bat flick ... in the Land of the Rising Sun. "The U.S. Pavilion and Warner Bros. Pictures Japan today announced that Warner Bros. Pictures highly anticipated feature, 'Batman Begins,' will make its Japanese premiere at the Worlds Fair, Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. This screening is one of five pre-release screenings scheduled for Summer 2005 in Japan, and is part of a series of entertainment events that the U.S. Pavilion will offer throughout the Expo, which begins Mar. 25, 2005."
THAT'S A WRAP
A busy week, and time for me to ride into the sunset with a lovely lady on my arm (despite having SBC block my outgoing email for the better part of two days). If you have the scoop on anything related to comic book movies, TV adaptations or just want to give us a briefcase full of cash, no questions asked, drop us a line and let's coordinate. You can choose an alias if you'd like, or be mentioned by name -- we honor requests for anonymity. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thanks for your time and indulgence, and "don't blame me, I'm drunk too!"