Remember in the second series of Spaced when they had the slow motion gun fight – that is the ability hot wired into all men and many women to automatically go into when someone pretends to shoot you with an invisible gun.
Well this weekend a load of people did the flash mob thing doing just that in London’s Trafalgar Square. Here is some footage of it.
Garth Ennis is the genius comic book writer behind Preacher, Hitman and Punisher Max. Darick Robertson is the great comic book artist behind Hitman (my mistake, John McCrea worked on Hitman), Transmetropolitan and more. If you have read The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson then you know that it could make a brilliant movie. Although one that is guaranteed to draw complaints from people who like to complain about anything.
It is an American creator-owned comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It was originally published by DC / Wildstorm, but moved to Dynamite Entertainment when Wildstorm felt a tad uneasy about the contents of the book. This news about a possible film may have some of the suits at DC going “Holy Sweet Jesus! What were we thinking?”
The series is set in a contemporary world very much similar to the real one, with one notable exception: a number of people have some form of superpower. The series follows a superpowered CIA squad, known informally as “The Boys”, whose job it is to keep watch on superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or kill them.
The team consists of Mother’s Milk, the Frenchman and the Female of the Species plus a new recruit at the start of the series called Wee Hughie whose look is based on Simon Pegg.
Artist Darick Robertson gave a recent update on the comic moving to the big screen.
“I had a nice meeting with the people at Kickstart [the film's producers] and they were really cool,” Robertson told MTV News. “I can say that I think it’s in good hands over there. Apparently, the first draft of the screenplay is great. They’re very happy with the first draft and everybody is very enthusiastic about it.”
Robertson said that, while the comic’s creative team isn’t directly involved in the film’s development, they’re both being kept appraised of its progress — including a recently completed first draft of the screenplay.
“We’ll get a draft of that to read soon, but they were very open to me saying I’d like to be involved,” he explained. “I feel very confident — especially when we discussed the screenplay — that it’s faithful and they really are happy with it. They wanted it to be faithful and the writers seem to have delivered.”
“When they told me stuff that was in the script, it was all scenes from the comic,” he added.
“That’s the first draft, so that can turn around before you see it on screen, but I was enthusiastic just to hear they were being so faithful at the start,” he said. “If that’s what they’re starting with, then we’re in good shape.”
As to who will direct it well that looks as if Samuel Beyer (director of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake) would like to have a crack at it.
“There’s one comic book I really dig that I want to go after that’s bad-ass. I’d like to get it, it’s called The Boys.” said Beyer talking to STYD. “It’s about a group of mercenaries and they’re job is to kick the shit out of superheroes who get out of line. It doesn’t get any better than that. In the world of The Boys, superheroes are scumbags. My youngest brother is a comic book historian and he introduced me to a lot of graphic novels like “The Dark Knight.” There are some great books I don’t think people have tapped into yet.”
I think The Boys would make a great film, but a better mini-series. I just hope that they are allowed to keep the tone and content of the comic book. If Kick-Ass does well at the box office then I forsee this being given the go ahead.
Would you like to see The Boys on the big screen? Who could play them (Pegg as Wee Hughie has got to happen)?
They’ve started filming Burke and Hare up in Edinburgh, Scotland. Directed by John Landis it stars Starring Pegg, Serkis, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Tim Curry and Sir Christopher Lee.
This is out first glimpse of what the characters look like.
The real-life Burke and Hare, who hailed from Ireland, were responsible for the deaths of at least 17 people from 1827 until 1828. After murdering their victims, the pair then went on to sell the bodies to Dr Robert Knox, who dissected them in his anatomy classes at Barclay’s anatomy school in Surgeon’s Square.
Looking good so far. Keep checking back as we may have some words from Mr Pegg before too long.
There is a great interview with Steven Spielberg over at the LA Times about his work on the Tintin adaption – The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
It stars stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong) as Tintin, Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) as Captain Haddock, Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) as Red Rackham and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul) as the Thompson Twins. Peter Jackson is producing it with the animation done by Jackson’s Weta Workshop.
“It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could, Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasy universe,” Spielberg said. “It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You’d have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.”
They are using the technology from James Cameron’s Avatar so it means that it should look spot on and Spielberg could also watch the action on the digital sets as the actors went through the motions.
“I just adored it,“ he says. “It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I don’t often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world, and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller.”
“When Captain Haddock runs across the volume, the cameras capture all the information of his physical and emotional moves,” the director said. “So as Andy Serkis runs across the stage, there’s Captain Haddock on the monitor, in full anime, running along the streets of Belgium. Not only are the actors represented in real time, they enter into a three-dimensional world.”
Fingers crossed that they get it spot on as I have fond memories of reading the Tintin books when I was a kid. The film is due out in 2011.
The cast for John Landis’ new film, Burker and Hare, has gone huge. Joining Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, as graverobbers William Burke and William Hare, are Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Wedding Crashers), Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, It, Legend), Ronnie Corbett (one of The Two Ronnies – British comedy legend), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, The Cottage), David Schofield, Allan Corduner, Bill Bailey (great stand up comedian), Hugh Bonneville, Michael Smiley and Sir Christopher Lee (star of so many films).
Landis describes the film as a “black romantic comedy” in spite of its story which is a comedic take on the true story of the 1828 Edinburgh body-snatchers Burke and Hare. These two Irish entrepreneurs discover that a dead body can fetch a hefty price when the demands of the leading medical professors Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Monroe (Tim Curry) reach beyond that of the local supply.
With a cast like this it should be a great film. A great mix of horror and comedy icons. Shooting has already begun according to STYD.
- Sean Penn and Robert Pattinson are considering joining Water for Elephants at Fox 2000 reports Variety. Based on the best-selling historical novel by Sara Gruen, the story centers on a 90-year-old man (Pattinson) reminiscing about his life and is set during the Depression. At the time the man found work at a B-level circus taking care of the animals. He sees the brutality of circus life while falling for the wife of an abusive animal trainer (Penn). Reese Witherspoon is already attached to play the wife.
- Michael Winterbottom (“Nine Songs”) is next set to direct the $5 million indie Promised Land for Revolution Studios reports Variety. The story deals with the events that lead up to the 1948 partition of Palestine and the subsequent creation of the state of Israel. Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe,” “21″) will star as a British officer hunting down the extremist Jewish factions.
- Neil Gaiman says the film adaptation of his The Graveyard Book is still on the cards. Speaking to The Los Angeles Times Gaiman said “It was all put together over at Miramax Films. The people there had a long, great relationship with Neil Jordan and it was all set up and ready to go, and then Miramax was more or less erased from existence. It became a filing cabinet in somebody’s desk, more or less… But it looks like almost all the pieces are on the table again. They have a studio, they have a distributor and they are putting stuff together and I’m not allowed to say anything else.”
- Martin Scorsese is in talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Brian Selznick’s children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret reports Variety. The 2008 novel centers on an orphaned boy who secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man.
- Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic”) and Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity”) have joined the horror comedy Burke and Hare says Heat Vision Blog.
The film is based on the true story a pair of the U.K.’s earliest serial killers, William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis), gravediggers who lucratively sold the corpses of their victims to a medical college for dissection. Fisher will play Pegg’s girlfriend, an actress looking for a patron who might or might not be an accomplice to the murders. Wilkinson will play Dr. Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer looking for fresh corpses. John Landis directs.
- John and Drew Dowdle (“Quarantine”) are set to direct an adaptation of Jack Kilborn’s gory novel Afraid reports Production Weekly. Larry Malkin and Chad Thumann will adapt the script about five government-sponsored lethal torturers wrongly sent on a mission to a small, sleepy Wisconsin town. The military sends in a bunch of Green Berets, Special Forces, SEALs and marines to take down this killing force. However it’s the townsfolk who band together to save their home that will make the critical difference.
A bit of a switcheroo in casting for the upcoming John Landis horror comedy Burke & Hare.
Simon Pegg has confirmed on his Twitter that outgoing “Doctor Who” star David Tennant has been replaced by BAFTA nominated Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll).
Pegg and Tennant were set to play the titular characters in the story of 19th-century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing dead bodies for an Edinburgh medical school.
There has been no official announcement or a reason for Tennant’s department, but it is probably due to problems with schedules. Tennant stars in the NBC pilot “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer” which was originally to premiere in the Fall but may be moved due to all the Leno / Conan shenanigans going on recently.
Regarding his BAFTA nomination for portraying Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 45-year-old Andy Serkis said in a statement that he was “just totally blown away!”
He said: “The whole experience of making this film with such amazingly talented, articulate, honest people has been a joy, and to get this nomination is not only a great thrill for all of us involved, but a fitting a tribute at a time that we mark the 10 year anniversary of the passing of the magnificent man himself, the unique Ian Dury.”
Do you think Serkis is a better choice than Tennant?
Little Jimmy Cameron’s 3D sci-fi extravaganza has premiered in London and reviews are zooming out. Generally the reception seems to be very good. Rotten Tomatoes currently has it at 100%
Here are a few review highlights:
- “Movie magic is back! A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of Avatar.
The screen is alive with more action and the soundtrack pops with more robust music than any dozen sci-fi shoot-’em-ups you care to mention.
With every visual tool he can muster, he takes viewers through the battle like a master tactician, demonstrating how every turn in the fight, every valiant death or cowardly act, changes its course. The screen is alive with more action and the soundtrack pops with more robust music than any dozen sci-fi shoot-’em-ups you care to mention.” – THR full review
- Peter Sciretta from /Film: “I’m not allowed to say anything about what I thought of Avatar, but saw it in a screening room with neill blomkamp, who didn’t sign an NDA. He loved it… I will say this, it’s hard to disagree with Neil
- Simon Pegg: Avatar …………………… tweetless. Just tweetless in the best possible way. Just left the party. The movie is a game changer. Still buzzing. Tweet over.
- It’s half CG, half live action and it jumps back and forth so the dreaded sensation of being swallowed by a cartoon never happens. Avatar is a hybrid thing and a wild one at that.
All the energy and the madness and the money are right there on the screen, you bet, and the “yeah, I guess I’ll see Avatar but I’m in no real hurry” phase is over. This is too much of an adrenalized eye-popper not to see it as soon as possible, and absolutely in 3D and most desirably in 3D IMAX. (Believe it or not, 20th Century Fox showed it to the creme de la creme of New York journalists in a regular non-IMAX theatre this evening, although the 3D quality was perfectly fine.)
This is probably the goofiest, craziest, super-budgeted CG romper-stomper I’ve ever seen. A friend said it was three video games rolled into one instead of a movie, which is somewhat true in that the story and action-fantasy elements are aimed at your inner 14 year-old (whom I’d forgotten about until tonight — now I feel pleasantly re-acquainted).
You can’t say Avatar doesn’t impart a feeling of delirious abandon and wild-ass splendor. You could call it a kind of visual opera — a forest-primeval symphonic naturalist hard-on movie that technically knocks you flat, coheres emotionally, isn’t afraid to be silly or simplistic, delivers visual CG wonder like nothing I’ve ever seen before (really) and pays off like a gotterdammerung Apocalypse Now meets Tarzan meets the best-special-effects-flick-you’ve-ever-seen insanity ride. The two and a half hours just fly by, and the last 30 minutes alone — a truly nutty extended battle sequence — are worth the price.
I was in fact open-mouthed — faintly grinning but pretty much agog — during the big-ass finale – Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere
- It’s a world, not to give too much away, that Cameron clearly fully intends to return to and further explore. When he does, our bags are already packed. – Empire Magazine
- It is indeed the biggest film I’ve seen. The visuals, and not just some of them, but all of them, are astounding. Cameron weaves 3D and CG effortlessly throughout to build layer upon layer and give us a rich, emotionally strong and dramatic film which doesn’t lose sight of the story or the characters in amongst all that technology.
Everything else serves the story and makes it feel richer and deeper, and adds such a feeling of reality to every shot you genuinely will forget what’s CG and what’s real – and I mean that for the first time ever.
Avatar is a stunning piece of work and raises the bar for cinema by such a degree I wonder if anyone will match or clear it in the coming years – Filmstalker
- Avatar is an overwhelming, immersive spectacle. The state-of-the-art 3D technology draws us in, but it is the vivid weirdness of Cameron’s luridly imagined tropical otherworld that keeps us fascinated. – The Times
- There are myriad moments of beauty and of poignancy. And the final battle is worth the price of your 3D glasses alone – The Independent
However, my favourite review so far is by Todd Brown over at Twitch:
Avatar is often mentioned in the same breath as Ferngully: The Last Rainforest and Dances with Wolves, and then there was *that* South Park episode. I arrived this evening to a blue carpet event (I see what they did there) surrounded by press and the stars of the film, actually surprised at the invite to be honest. Because I’ve been very cynical online. I’m not sure if it was oversight on the part of SKY MOVIES HD who invited me or just simple faith in the movie, but it was stressed to me that I should be as honest as possible in the review. So here goes.
All those worries are completely justified. There’s hardly a single moment of truly original story telling up on the screen. The characters are developed exactly as you think they will be and key moments at the climax of the movie are sign posted clearly early on. If you think you’ve already seen James Cameron’s Avatar then there’s a good chance you’re right.
And none of that matters.
I’m seeing it again on an IMAX screen in a few weeks and I can hardly wait.
It’s the combination of story and technology that reeled me in. The visual depth of the 3D technology is not completely immersive on its own, but Cameron understands that. The opening sequence seems timed to let your brain get around the eye candy while the introduction to Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully slowly begins to draw you in. By the time I met Sigourney Weaver the 3D element had settled down and simply felt comfortable. By the time I met the Na’vi I was immersed. And somehow the story had me too.
I’m a story guy so usually I like to be surprised. If I can work out where a movie is going then I get annoyed. But because Avatar’s plot, to me at least, was so familiar I actually began to concentrate on how well Cameron had constructed it. By the time the first simple arrow-head bounced off a gun ship I was enthralled. Because I knew what was coming and that Cameron was going to execute it with a steady eye and confidence not only in the technology, but also in the cast.
I’m a hard guy to please and being a fan of Twitch for years I know its readers have a rabid love for cinema. But I’m the guy who thinks the Jedi should be edited out of Star Wars at the same time the elves and hobbits get scraped away from Lord of the Rings. I found Dr Manhattan’s blue penis hard to swallow and the last cat person I fell in love with was Natassja Kinski. Avatar was never going to work for me.
Yet for 150 minutes this evening James Cameron had me in the palm of his hand.
Snigger away. But this is the important part:
“Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking.”
Next week a kid who hasn’t seen Dances with Wolves is going to sit down wearing a silly pair of spectacles and be blown away.
By the time he or she gets to my miserable jaded age, the effects here will look as old fashioned and as dated as anything I choose to rewatch for the umpteenth time in my DVD collection. But I collect those movies for a reason. So right now I’m jealous of that kid and what he or she is going to experience many years from now in the same way I’m jealous of the first kids who got to see King Kong back in 1933.
But if none of that sways you, just buy the ticket for Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang. They steal the show.
That last review has swayed me. I had my doubts about the story and that seems justified but it looks as if it just doesn’t matter.
I’m hopefully going to go and see it with my Wife and 11 year old son for our traditional Christmas visit to the movies. I am hoping my son will have one of those movie going epiphanies when he sees it.
Let me know what you think of Avatar when you see it.
Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek) and David Tennant (Doctor Who) play the titular characters. Now we have the bare bones promo poster and synopsis.
WILLIAM BURKE and WILLIAM HARE are scratching out a living in 1830s Edinburgh. After yet another failed business venture, they return to Hare’s lodging house to find that their tenant has suddenly died on rent day. As the boys decide how to dispose of the body over a drink, they discover that a corpse can fetch a hefty price. Edinburgh is the centre of the medical universe and the city’s doctors are crying out for more cadavers for their educational lectures. First they try the infamous DR. MONRO, but he’s not interested, so they sell the corpse to DR. KNOX, his vain and ambitious rival who urges them to bring any more ‘unfortunates’ they may stumble upon.
Entrepreneurial Hare is quick to realize they’ve hit on a great money making venture and despite the more sensitive Burke’s misgivings, they embark on a series of plans to secure more bodies. They arrange a series of deadly ‘accidents’ for the local unfortunates and to celebrate their success, they go out on the town to celebrate. There, Burke meets GINNY, a beautiful and spirited aspiring actress.
Drive on by the promise of romance, Burke agrees to step up their operation; branching out into “ethical” murder. The professional rivalry between Knox and Munro is creating a very lucrative trade for the boys as Knox needs extra bodies for his groundbreaking photographic map of the human body. In a series of hilarious comic misadventures Burke and Hare begin to secure a steady stream of bodies and the cash starts rolling in.
With the authorities closing in, Hare promises Burke he’s got a new plan; they just need a bit more money and then they can go legit and open a funeral parlour.
The pressure builds when Knox is arrested after dissecting some well known locals and he immediately implicates Burke and Hare as his supplier of fresh corpses.
Burke and Hare sweat it out in the cells as a crowd gathers baying for bloody. In a wild, but romantic gesture, Burke volunteers to take the rap to save his friend and the love of his life, Ginny. As the hangman’s noose goes around his neck, our hero is smiling bravely and when asked for his final words, he pronounces “I did it for love.”