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Could Stephen Lang play Cable? Rob Liefeld thinks so

Posted by LiveFor on December 22, 2009

Avatar has been having a huge effect on the box office and the technology of cinema. However, it has also inspired a certain comic book creator on who he would like to play one of his creations.

Rob Liefeld is the creator in question. He is the guy behind Deadpool, currently in early pre-production for a Ryan Reynolds starring film. He also developed the time travelling cybernetic mutant known as Cable.

Cable’s real name is Nathan Summers and he is the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, but was taken far into the future after being infected by a techno-organic virus. His mutant powers of telepathy and telekinesis was off the charts but was mainly used to keep the virus at bay. He returned to the present day as an old grizzled warrior where he formed X-Force had many adventures and also teamed up with Deadpool for a while. He was last seen heading across time with the Mutant Messiah, Hope, while being pursued by Bishop. It is a very convoluted life for Cable but when written well he has been a cool character

Liefeld explained the creation of the character:

“ I was given a directive to create a new leader for the New Mutants. There was no name, no description besides a ‘man of action’ the opposite of Xavier. I created the look, the name, much of the history of the character. After I named him Cable, Bob suggested Quinn and Louise had Commander X” – Wikipedia

After seeing Avatar Liefeld posted the following on Twitter.
@robertliefeld Dear 20th Century Fox, Please sign Steven Lang as Cable and put him in your next X-men film. Thanks, Rob

@robertliefeld Steven Lang’s performance as Quaritch in Avatar was brilliant. Just attach a cyborg arm to him and presto! he’s Cable. Perfect age too.

Lang was one of the acting highlights in both Avatar (my review) and Public Enemies (review) and Liefeld’s comments are spot on. He would be the perfect Cable and I can’t believe I didn’t think of that when watching him in action.

If Cable was ever committed to film (maybe the Deadpool film would be the best place for his debut) then Lang is definitely the man to play him. However, they would have to leave out his hugely complex and twisted backstory for the film.

Don’t forget this is not saying that Cable is due to appear in any film, it is just the guy who created him coming up with a great idea – if he could just get the hang of drawing feet and backgrounds then he is laughing (an old joke I know – sorry Rob).

Do you think that Lang would be a perfect Cable?

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Rob Liefield says Deadpool is still on and still groovy

Posted by LiveFor on September 23, 2009

deadpool-204th-20wallRob Liefield is a comic book artist. At one point he was hugely successful with many of his comics being highly sought after. This was despite the fact he had a little problem with feet, backgrounds and the size of Captain America’s chest (see below).
Be that as it may he did create some great characters. One of my favourites was Deadpool and as we all know Ryan Reynolds played a version of him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then the news was announced that Reynolds was going to play the Merc with the Mouth in a Deadpool film.

We all whooped and cheered, but then it was announced he was going to be Green Lantern.

We whooped and cheered some more, but then the thought hit. What if he was no longer going to be Deadpool? He had said that he wanted a Deadpool faithful to the comic with the breaking of the fourth wall and cool costume but if he was off it then would that change.

Now good old Liefield got on Twitter and posted the following:

Great Deadpool movie meeting! Lauren Schuler Donner and her team are headed in the right direction!

Deadpool movie checklist- DP in costume-check! Breaking 4th wall-check! Loads of killing-double check!

Also excited to discuss possibilities of Cable in future X-films!!!

Deadpool movie- YES! Ryan Reynolds is on board!!!

Donner Company is on top of making the Deadpool movie that fans want. They get it. He’s funny, tortured, clever, a bastard and mucho action!

Clarification, Cable definitely NOT in Deadpool movie, but possible role in future X-films….not First Class.

Yes, first question I asked was ” So is Ryan Reynolds really doing this..?” All four people in the room responded with a resounding “YES!”

How do you like them apples muchacho? The creator of the character likes the direction that they are planning and it does sound like the Deadpool we know and love. It is also good to know we may get some Cable action in yet another X-Men movie (although he would need a couple of films just to explain his convoluted back story – He’s Cyclops and Jean Greys kid, time travel, yadda yadda yadda, cyborg ultimate warrior dude in a nutshell!).

What Deadpool stuff do you want to see in the film?

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Which Marvel Mutant do you want to see next in their own film?

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2009


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Marvel Studios to develop Nighthawk, Iron Fist, Black Panther and more

Posted by LiveFor on March 27, 2009

With more than 5,000 crime fighters and villains in its library, Marvel Entertainment is looking for some help in adapting those characters into films.
Comicbook giant is readying to assemble a group of scribes who will pen scripts for various properties Marvel wants to develop.

The writers group will be similar to that created by the fellowship program the Walt Disney Co. has been running since 1990. Latter enlists a dozen scribes to work with creative execs to develop films for the studio and TV shows for ABC, the Disney Channel and ABC Family.

Marvel will invite up to five writers each year to work on specific projects, said a source familiar with the deal. Those could include staffers behind Marvel’s comicbooks.

The company will provide the specific pitches it wants the scribes to tackle. Those could involve certain plot points for movies already in development or characters it would like to see in its future film slate.

Gathering of scribes will help Marvel come up with creative ways to launch its lesser-known properties, such as Black Panther, Cable, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Nighthawk and Vision.

So far, it has focused its efforts on more popular superheroes like Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America.

It was especially encouraged when Iron Man, who wasn’t as well known as Spider-Man, Superman or Batman, was able to cross over and launch a new franchise with a $582 million haul at the worldwide B.O.

Writers will receive a salary for the year. Disney fellows receive around $50,000. Marvel’s payment could double that.

A group of Marvel execs will choose the scribes, with the final decision made by Kevin Feige, Marvel Studio’s prexy of production.

High-profile writers such as Justin Theroux, Mark Protosevich, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Zak Penn, who are currently adapting “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “The Avengers,” respectively, will not be part of the group.

Terms call for Marvel to own whatever the writers work on during the year. Company has the option to continue a relationship with the scribes after that period.

The group, whose first members are currently being recruited, is expected to begin tackling projects this year.

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Source: Variety


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