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Danger Girl – Comic book film in the works

Posted by LiveFor on April 10, 2010

Danger Girl by J Scott Campbell is the tale of a group of hot looking female super spies. When it first came out the comic, along with Joe Maduriea’s Battlechasers, was a big deal and prices went soaring until the bottom dropped out of the market.

It was a fun read with inspiration taken from numerous sources. Mind you Campbell could sure draw some nice looking ladies and weird looking bad guys so that always helped.

Now the comic could be heading to the big screen after being in development hell for a long time.

Producer Adrian Askarieh, who is also working on Kane and Lynch, Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever and Hack/Slash, spoke to the LA Times about the Danger Girl film.

I would describe it as “Kill Bill” meets “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with the “team” element of “Mission: Impossible.” I would say to the uninitiated that the book is a smart, hip, fun and beautifully drawn love letter to the best action/adventure movies of the last 30 years. It is the story of a lost girl who, through this incredibly kick-ass adventure, finds her destiny, comes of age and helps save the world. What’s interesting is that our director, Todd Lincoln, who will also be executive producer on the project, my producing partner on this, Daniel Alter and myself were all independently huge fans of the book. When the opportunity arose to do this together and to work closely with creator J. Scott Campbell, we couldn’t resist because of that “tip of the hat” sensibility the book so effectively embodies. It is truly an iconic property which for a while (before “Watchmen” and “300” were turned into movies) was the best known non-Marvel/DC comic book out there.

It sounds as if they are trying to distance themselves from the high camp of the recent Charlie’s Angels movies.

First of all, we are taking these characters very seriously; a kind of “Batman Begins” approach, if you will. Also, Todd has a very interesting aesthetic approach to this project, which will actually inform the tone of the storytelling and the movie as a whole. Without giving too much away, he wants to use the technology similar to that used in “Avatar” to bring Campbell’s characters and world to life and yet, at the same time, have the audience fully recognize and be emotionally invested in the actors playing those characters.

His approach, in both the look and the tone for “Danger Girl,” is what I call the anti-“Charlie’s Angels” and feels more like next-step progression from what I hear Zack Snyder is doing with “Sucker Punch,” visually speaking.

Now I don’t think he is saying it will be motion capture performances for the main characters, but rather a stylised 3D world, but you never know.

The kind of feel they are going for sits well with me.

Well, that was a very big part of the interest for myself, Daniel and Todd in doing this particular project. We miss the tone of movies like “Raiders” and “Goldfinger” and also love the ferocity of films such as “Kill Bill” and “300” and even “Kick-Ass,” which I have seen and absolutely love. Those movies were all serious and fun at the same time. For the audience, feeling the jeopardy for a character should not be mutually exclusive with having a fun ride with the movie itself. That’s exactly what we want to accomplish with “Danger Girl.” And as I said before, Todd’s unique vision for the way he wants to shoot and construct the movie takes all of that to the next level. He envisions a hyper-stylized, hyper-action action film, but with a heart and with characters you care about.

Danger Girl could translate to the big screen rather well. It would need a killer script though as it could fall into a great big pile of cheese.

The big question is who would you like to see play Abbey Chase and the rest of the Danger Girl team?

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The Random – Avatar, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Cedar Rapids, The Conspirator, Hack/Slash, The Hobbit, Hanna, The King’s Speech

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2009

– X-Factor Winner & Multiple Grammy® Award-nominated singer Leona Lewis is set to sing title song, ‘I See You’, for James Cameron’s upcoming sci-fi epic Avatar. The song will be included on the official soundtrack featuring James Horner’s score. The soundtrack gets a release on December 15th and can be pre-ordered at Avatar Score.

Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Disney’s latest adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, has been cancelled reports Variety. The project, which aimed to begin shooting in February, has been indefinitely postponed and director McG has withdrawn from the project. No cast was ever set despite rumors of Will Smith’s involvement, but the change of the studio’s chairman from Dick Cook to Rich Ross has de-prioritised this and quite likely several other properties in development as so many Hollywood regime changes do.

– Stephen Root (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Blood,” “The West Wing”) has joined the cast of “Cedar Rapids” and “The Conspirator” says The Hollywood Reporter. In Fox Searchlight’s ensemble comedy “Rapids,” Root plays the proud owner of an insurance company and boss of the film’s lead Ed Helms. Anne Heche and John C. Reilly also star. Miguel Arteta directs. In “The Conspirator”, Root plays a principal witness for the prosecution in the trail of a Confederate sympathizer who is tried as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination. James McAvoy and Robin Wright star in the Robert Redford-directed drama.

– Stephen Susco (“The Grudge”) has signed on to pen the film adaptation of comic adaptation Hack/Slash . The story chronicles the adventures of Hack, a young woman who travels to small towns across the country hunting slashers. Susco will pen a new draft. Justin Marks, Todd Lincoln, Ben Magid and Martin Schenk penned previous drafts.

– Brian Cox is said to be a big contender to play a dwarf in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” says AICN.

– Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”) is in talks to direct the action adventure thriller Hanna for Focus Features reports Heat Vision. Seth Lochhead and David Farr’s script centers on a 14-year-old Eastern European girl who has been raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. She connects with a French family, forms a friendship with their daughter and goes through the pangs of adolescence. When the girl is dragged back to her father’s world and discovers that she was bred as a killing machine in a CIA prison camp, she must fight her way to a free life.

– Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon – and Australian star Guy Pearce have all joined The King’s Speech for The Weinstein Company. The story follows the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

Source: Dark Horizons & MovieWeb

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Hack/Slash has a director

Posted by LiveFor on October 21, 2009

hack-slash-omnibusCollider recently spoke with Hack/Slash producers Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter at this weekend’s 2009 Scream Awards.

Alter reaffirmed that a director has been chosen for “Hack/Slash” with other announcements soon to follow.

“We have an exciting director, a new director named Fredrick Bond,” said Alter. “It’s going to start production early next year.”

The comic follows Cassie Hack and her partner Vlad as they travel around hunting down serial killers. There are a lot of supernatural elements to it and it is a great read. If done right, the film should be excellent.

Hack/Slash was due for a winter of 2009 start date so it is only a short delay and it looks as if we will be hearing who will be starring in the film pretty soon. Alter wouldn’t say who just yet.

“Not yet, but you’ll hear casting news pretty soon,” he said.

Who do you see playing Cassie and Vlad?

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Kat Dennings wants to Hack/Slash

Posted by LiveFor on October 6, 2009

denningsKat Dennings was chatting to MTV about her new film “Defendor” with Woody Harrelson when she mentioned the comic action-horror series “Hack/Slash”. I mentioned the possibility of a Hack/Slash film back in June.

“You know who’s a cool girl comic book thing?” said Dennings. “Hack/Slash!”

Commercial director Fredrik Bond had taken over directing the film, replacing Todd Lincoln. The Devil’s Due Publishing series is currently in development with Rogue Pictures, the Relativity Media subsidiary responsible for “Shaun of the Dead” and “Doomsday.”

“Hack/Slash” stars Cassie Hack, a girl who travels the world hunting supernatural serial killers with the help of her partner, a lumbering giant named Vlad and it is a very cool comic.

Justin Marks, the screenwriter for “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” and drafts of the “Super Max,” “Grayskull” and “Voltron” movies, penned the script for “Hack/Slash.” The fact he wrote the recent Street Fighter film is a little worrying. Has anyone got a copy of the Hack/Slash script they can send my way?

Do you think Dennings would make a good Cassie Hack? Who could play Vlad?

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Godkiller – Cool poster for animated series

Posted by LiveFor on September 21, 2009


Halo-8 Entertainment have released a new limited edition poster by acclaimed comic book artist Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) for their upcoming dark animated series Godkiller, written and directed by Matt Pizzolo and based upon his original graphic novel. STYD had the poster.

Godkiller takes place in a dark-future after economic collapse, after nuclear holy war, and after Earth is colonized by alien races. Tommy and his kid sister Lucy live in an orphanage in one of the few remaining city-states, but Lucy is critically ill and desperately in need of a new heart. Tommy’s odyssey to find a new heart for his sister begins when he follows an organ-stealing prostitute named Halfpipe out of the city-state and into the savage borderland known as Outer City. Godkiller mixes unforgiving brutality, quantum physics, conspiracy theory, and secret history for an iconoclastic hero’s journey like none before it.

It features the voice talents of genre veterans Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2, the upcoming webseries Fear Clinic), Tiffany Shepis (Night Of The Demons), Bill Moseley (2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys) and Lance Henriksen.

In celebration of the October 6th DVD release of Godkiller Episode 1, Tim Seeley illustrated a limited-edition poster of Godkiller’s lovable organ-stealing duo Halfpipe (Harris) and Angel**** (Shepis).

Godkiller’s release schedule:

October 6th 2009: EPISODE 1 limited edition, shortform DVD
November 24th 2009: EPISODE 2 limited edition, shortform DVD
January 26th 2010: Day & Date – THEATRICAL PREMIERE of full feature, EPISODE 3 limited edition, shortform DVD
March 30th 2010: FULL FEATURE DVD & BLU-RAY

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The Random – Emma Watson & Marilyn Manson, Bridget Jones, Avon Man, Green Hornet, Hack/Slash, Scream 4

Posted by LiveFor on July 15, 2009

The Sun have the rumour that Emma Watson (Harry Potter) is to play a princess in a film from rock star turned writer\director Marilyn Manson which will be based on the traditional story of Cinderella.

Working Title is developing a third installment in the Bridget Jones film series reports Variety.
The third Jones will see Zellweger reprise her role as a British publishing executive struggling to find love. The story will likely be based on author Helen Fielding’s weekly newspaper columns from 2005 which has Bridget, now in her 40s, attempting to have a baby before it’s too late.

20th Century Fox has acquired the comedy pitch Avon Man, from Hitch writer Kevin Bisch, and has attached Hugh Jackman to star.According to Variety, Jackman and Seed Prods. partner John Palermo will produce, along with Gary Foster at Krasnoff Foster Entertainment.The story follows men laid off from an auto dealership. One is reluctantly recruited into becoming an Avon salesman, and while the experience is initially emasculating, he uses his charm and good looks to become a top seller. The comedy takes on a Full Monty vibe when the car salesman sets out to save his financially strapped family and town by conscripting his buddies into the makeup business to win a regional contest.

Stephen Chow has bowed out of Sony’s The Green Hornet, leaving the Columbia Pictures project to search for a new Kato, the sidekick of playboy-turned-vigilante Brit Reid, which is played by Seth Rogen. According to Variety, sources said Chow left on amicable terms and had several other projects he wanted to pursue that didn’t fit with “Hornet’s” production schedule. Michel Gondry is directing the film. Chow had initially signed on to direct the film as well, but then opted just to play Kato, the role Bruce Lee took in the original 1960s TV show.

The Hack/Slash comic-book film project is finally getting off the ground. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fredrik Bond has signed on to direct it. The film is based off the comic book created by Tim Seeley and Stefano Casselli, which revolves around Cassie Hack, who symbolizes the one woman that survives at the end of most horror films, but has become much more than that. Not only has Hack survived, but she has transformed into a hunter of the supernatural serial killers who plague the world. The script was written by Justin Marks and the film, now with a director firmly in place after many had come and gone, is eyeing a winter start date for production.

According to E! Online, both Courteney Cox-Arquette and David Arquette will be returning for Scream 4. “We’re going to be doing Scream 4,” David Arquette told the site. “Kevin Williamson is writing the script at this moment, and hopefully Wes Craven is going to direct.” Neve Campbell was said to turn down a chance to reprise her role in the sequel, but Arquette added, “I hope Neve does it. I really hope so.”


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Dark Castle have The Nye Incidents – The truth is out there

Posted by LiveFor on April 21, 2009

Dark Castle, the Warner Bros.-based horror label, has picked up rights to Devil’s Due graphic novel The Nye Incidents, from sci-fi and horror novelist Whitley Strieber and Craig Spector. Dark Castle are the people that brought you House on Haunted Hill, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, Gothika, and The Reaping.

Inspired by true events, the comic follows the exploits of Lynn Devlin. Lynn is a medical examiner who thinks she has seen everything Nye County has to throw at her. She copes with methodical, rational logic. But when a grotesque murder of a supposed alien abductee occurs that cannot be solved with her scalpel and microscope, Lynn finds her detachment is shattered, and her dreams haunted by large dark, oval-shaped eyes. Now, only one thing is certain: There’s a killer loose in the alien abductee community… human or otherwise.

No scribe has yet been hired to pen the script. Todd Lincoln will direct.

Strieber is best known for “The Wolfen” (that was a great film) and “The Hunger,” which were adapted into pics in the 1980s, as well as alien abduction tale “Communion.” “The Coming Global Superstorm,” a book he co-wrote with Art Bell, inspired Fox’s tentpole “The Day After Tomorrow.”

In their book, Spector said he focused on forensic aspects, setting up the question whether a serial killer was imitating aliens or vice versa. UFO researcher Dr. Roger Leir joined the program for a segment and noted that in the New Jersey cases, a medical professional told him the men were cut in a style similar to the cattle mutilations, with large amounts of hemoglobin found on the edges of the wounds. He also discussed the ‘Chupa chupa’ UFO attacks in Brazil, which took place in 1977.

Lincoln, who had previously been attached to a remake of “The Fly” at Fox Searchlight, will also serve as a producer on “Nye.” He is attached to helm “Hack/Slash” for Rogue.

The video below has the authors chatting about the comic book.

Source: Variety

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Eve – Finds out her Dad was serial killer and so decides to kill ’em all

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2009

This sounds like a pretty cool concept – a bit of Wanted and a whole heap of Hack / Slash which are both excellent sources to riff off. I think the poster for Eve is a great design and does make me want to see more of it.

After discovering her father was the deadliest serial killer of all time, Evelyn (Elaine Hendrix) makes the decision to track down every psycho she can get her hands on. But these are no ordinary killers, they have supernatural advantages to them – something she must learn to adapt to. She also must learn as to why they are gathering in this city and what their evil intentions are while having to reconcile with her own past.

From Aspect Films, Eve is Directed by Brian Metcalf. Starring Elaine Hendrix and Jordan Matthews.

Should be a fun film to watch, but I really want to see a Hack/Slash film as I love that comic.

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Re-Animator remake will star Ezra Godden, Elisha Cuthbert and Jeffrey Coombs.

Posted by LiveFor on March 17, 2009

Horror-Movies have dug up an interview that producers Brian Yuzna (the original Re-Animator) and Ray Haboush (The Last House of the Left) had with a spanish magazine called Fotogramas.

They confirm that they are going ahead with the remake of Re-Animator and it will be shot entirely in Spain and will start as early as next summer.

Yuzna also confirms that this is not a new chapter in the Re-Animator saga, but a remake of the first one which follows a dedicated medical student and his girlfriend who work on reanimating dead tissue. Then one day a young gent by the name of Herbert West arrives on the scene with a peculiar formula that they try. Needless to say things happen that shouldn’t and hilarious consequences ensue. By hilarious I mean gore, violence and undead things. As you probably know it is based on a H. P. Lovecraft tale.

Jeffrey Coombs, who played the lead in the original, will have a small part in the remake according to Yuzna, however he won’t be reprising his role as Doctor Herbert West. Instead it will go to Ezra Godden, who has done some TV mainly but also starred in Daggon. Co-starring as his gf / fiancee will be Elisha Cuthbert. No word on the rest of the cast at this time though.

All in all, I think this will be worth watching. The original was great but I think a straight remake won’t be too bad, plus todays effects should make it even more gruesome than the original. I also think that shooting it in Spain may give it a nice look to the finished film. Not too sure of the casting though. I know nothing about Godden so he may be great, but Elisha Cuthbert hasn’t really done anything spectacular. However, Jeffrey Coombs is going to be in it so that’s the main thing sorted.

By the way the image on this post features Dr Herbert West about to experiment on Cassie Hack in the excellent comic Hack / Slash.

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Green Arrow: Supermax – Justin Marks talks about that and Hack/Slash

Posted by LiveFor on November 1, 2008

The self-proclaimed screenwriter of “all things geeky,” Justin Marks stopped by the CBR Boat Show at Comic-Con International in San Diego to talk about his numerous film projects. In this exclusive on-camera interview, Marks discusses with CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland the status of “Hack/Slash,” the forthcoming live-action adaptation of Tim Seeley’s hit Devil’s Due horror-comedy series about Cassie Hack, a hero Marks describes as a “motherfucking ass-kicking bitch” with “the heart and soul of a teenage girl.”

Marks, who’s also involved with big-screen versions of Voltron, He-Man and Street Fighter (“my film resume looks like a yard sale in 1991”) also updates fans on “Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max,” which he’s working on with “Batman Begins” co-writer David S. Goyer.
Source: CBR

What do you think of that?

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