David Goyer reveals which comics story in particular helped him understand Superman. The Avengers is headed to New Mexico, Ron Howard discusses his The Dark Tower adaptation, and watch the first 14 minutes of V's second season right now. Spoilers!
Screenwriter David Goyer acknowledges his comic book influences in the foreword for the collected edition of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's recent Superman: Secret Origins miniseries. In particular, Goyer says what Johns has done with the character in comics influenced how Goyer approached Supermanwhile writing the screenplay:
As I write this, I am midway through my first draft of a new Superman screenplay. It's a task that has stymied many talented fimmakers in the years since Donner's film. And for all I know, it will end up stymying me as well.
But I've got one advantage that the screenwriters who came before me didn't have– and that's access to all the wonderful Superman stories written by Geoff Johns– first and foremost being the SECRET ORIGIN issues reprinted in the very volume you are now holding.
He mentions one particular scene in Secret Origins which he says sums up what the Superman character is all about and what sacrifices he must make:
There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him. "I don't want to be someone else," says Clark. "I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent." [And here's the kicker...] "I want to be your son"
Right there in that moment, Geoff contextualized Superman in a way that I'm not sure has ever really been done before. I had an ‘aha' experience when I read that. For the first time I was able to grasp how lonely Clark must have been when he was growing up. And what a sacrifice Clark must continually make by being Superman.
So, while this reboot is unlikely to be a straight adaptation of Secret Origins or any other Johns story, it's a safe bet that his influence will be all over the finished film. [via Screen Rant]
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has announced that The Avengers will do the majority of its filming in his state. It's the biggest project yet for Albuquerque Studios, which will handle nearly all studio scenes and a good chunk of the overall filming. There should be some filming in New York, Michigan, and a few other currently known locations. [ComingSoon.net]
Justin Timberlake's upcoming futuristic thriller, in which everyone stops aging at 25, is looking for extras. The type of extra they're looking for is pretty much what you'd expect for a premise like that:
They are seeking Background Talent: males and females, 18-24 to play younger, all ethnicities, especially seeking models and actors who are very attractive and in great shape or very thin.
The Dark Tower
Ron Howard confirmed that Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, and Mad Men's Jon Hamm are all possibilities for roles in his adaptation of Stephen King's epic fantasy series, although they probably haven't gone much at all beyond just throwing possible names around. He also had more thoughts on the tone and approach of his adaptation:
"Filmically, there are tones in this that I have never used before, tones of fantasy menace and elements of horror and real fear. And there's the burden, on the characters, of this journey that is really palpable. That's what we need to get on the screen. I think there's something about [the Frank Darabont films] Green Mile or a Shawshank Redemption, the complexity and the ballast of them, those are two [of the Stephen King adaptations] where you do get the horror and suspense that's there on the page. We're charging ourselves with the responsibility of getting a real understanding of the material and utilising many of the best aspects of the books and graphic novels."
The Hunger Games
Casting for the adaptation of Susanne Collins's bestselling young adult novel, including the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, is due to begin in January. Producer Nina Jacobson says that when we can expect to start hearing more concrete information on who will be taking on the role:
"We'll start auditioning fairly early in the new year. There are no front-runners yet. We have so many great young actors right now whose representatives are interested, or who are interested themselves. It really comes down to finding that person who can capture the physicality, the vulnerability and the toughness. She's a paradoxical character and you need somebody who has the range to capture all of those dimensions."
Here's the new family-friendly green band trailer for the Danny McBride and James Franco medieval comedy, which digitally replaces Natalie Portman's thong with a more modest furry bikini: [Movieline]
The Green Hornet
Here's a new behind-the-scenes video: [ComingSoon.net]
And here's some new images: [IGN]
Director Rob Letterman reveals that Jack Black's modern Gulliver starts out as a disrespected worker in the Chicago Tribune mail room who is desperate to impress travel editor Amanda Peet. In an effort to win her heart, he plagiarizes a story and gets himself sent off on assignment to the Bermuda Triangle. Letterman explains:
"All because he's too shy to ask her out. It's supposed to be a fluff piece, because the Bermuda Triangle isn't real, right? So he goes out there and it turns out that it is real and he gets sucked up into a vortex. Later he wakes up in Lilliput and the small fish has become the big fish. He literally becomes the big shot for the first time in his life until it all catches up to him."
He also explained some of the technical challenges involved in making the film:
"It was an incredibly challenging film to make, because Jack Black is 120 feet tall in a world with little people, and everyone is portrayed as real. There's just the challenge of the visual effects to combine the two, and where to put the camera and the lighting - it was just a tough math problem every single day, but I was surrounded by top-notch people and I was definitely buffered with a lot of talent to help me get through it."
There's more at the link. [ComicBookMovie]
Steven Dorff, who played the villainous Deacon Frost in the original movies, talked more about his plans for a Frost spin-off movie, complete with a random shot at The Avengers which you kind of have to admire for its audacity:
"Me and Steve Norrington had a cool treatment for that, and when vampires got all this trending again, we thought we should do the adult version, more of like a Scarface Deacon Frost movie. And it sounded cool, this treatment, but then there was so many legal things. Like New Line owned Blade and Marvel's got...all this hype into 'The Avengers' and this group movie which sounds like such a mistake."
Whatever else he might be saying, a Scarface-inspired vampire movie sounds either totally awesome or unspeakably awful - either way, I'm intrigued. He does say the project might live on as an independent feature unrelated to the Blade franchise: "Blade was such a '90s thing. I didn't want to do a Blade movie, I just really wanted to take Deacon and do then do a whole other thing which was much more today. So the idea me and Steve had, we might just end up fictionalizing it and just making a new character which might even be better for us. And he's someone I really like and would love to work with again. So hopefully whenever we get a chance we'll get into that."
The company Twisted Media has confirmed that they have been hired to do graphics for The New World miniseries. [Chicago Tribune]
The second hour of the show's premiere will be called "Tarot." This can be a little confusing, because the second proper episode of the show is called "Bluebeard." The first hour of the show is, rather simply, just called "Pilot." It might be easier to start calling "Bluebeard" the show's third episode, just to be on the safe side. [CapeSite.net]
Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books and is now co-producing the TV adaptation, revealed the series has decided to give episodes individual titles, something they had originally not planned to do. He also confirmed that he is writing episode 8 and he has titled it "The Pointy End." [Television Zombies via Westeros]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.