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Joel Silver talks Lobo, Sherlock Holmes 2, Sgt. Rock, Swamp Thing,

Posted by LiveFor on November 25, 2009

Producer Joel Silver was recently promoting Ninja Assassin when he spoke about a whole heap of comic book movies and the great detective may return quite quickly.

Lobo – Lobo is a DC Comics character for mature audiences, an alien antihero who exterminated his own race. He has super strength, healing and smell and frequently swears with words like “frag” and “bastich.” Silver wouldn’t reveal whether the big alien Lobo would be created on a computer or with prosthetic makeup, but he has already commissioned a promising test. “We just did a big test, and the studio just saw it, so we’re seeing how we’re going to pull that off,” Silver said. “It’s up to the studio to make the decision what they want to do, so I’m waiting to see if they want to make that movie.”

Sgt. Rock – Also from DC Comics, Sgt. Rock is a World War II soldier with superhuman endurance and strength, a crack shot who can bring down planes with a machine gun. I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence has impressed Silver with a way to make a new movie about Rock. “Francis has got a real vision for this thing, and if we can pull it off it’ll be a great movie,” Silver said.

Swamp Thing – In September, Silver announced plans to make a new Swamp Thing movie in 3-D. Silver confirmed that the project is moving along but probably won’t be ready in time for Halloween 2010. “I don’t think it’ll be that soon, but we’re working on it,” Silver said. “It’s happening, so we’ll see what happens. I mean, it’s something I’m excited about doing, and I want to hopefully pull that off, so we’re working on that now.”

Sherlock Holmes 2 – The new update of Sherlock Holmes opens Christmas Day, but Warner Brothers president of production Jeff Robinov has already ordered a sequel. “There’s an article in Entertainment Weekly this week about Sherlock,” Silver said. “[Robinov’s] quote said, ‘If the movie’s a hit, I want to get the sequel going as fast as possible.’ So he just came right out there and said that. I would have just waited until the movie opened first, but he wanted people to know that’s what they want to do. In fact, we have a script being written, and if the picture does work, you’ll be seeing another one, I hope, pretty soon.” Silver added that the first Sherlock, starring Robert Downey Jr., clocks in at just over two hours.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan would love to play Lobo but first he’s in Red Dawn

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

Jeffrey_Dean_Morgan_972088It was announced a few days ago that Guy Ritchie was going to direct an adaption of the DC Comic character Lobo. Now Watchmen’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is currently playing Clay in another DC Comics Silver/Goldsman production, The Losers, has said he would like to play him.

“Lobo would be very cool,” Morgan told a group of reporters last week. “I don’t think that I’m as big as Lobo is, but if you could, like, transplant Mickey Rourke’s body onto my head, that would be just great.”

Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona are producing Lobo, and Don Payne’s script is said to be ready. Originally created as a peripheral character in Keith Giffen and Roger Slifer’s Green Lantern spinoff comic Omega Men, Lobo was reinvented as an antihero in the early 1990s by writer Alan Grant and artist Simon Bisley, who elevated the exaggerated biker persona to epically monstrous levels.

“[Graphic novels] are an untapped world for me,” added Morgan speaking to Sci-Fi Wire, “Every time I kind of hear about something, I go out and get the book or I look it up on one of your guys’ sites. We’ll see. You’re always looking for material that’s kind of smart and fun, and this seems to be where it is right now. The studios are really gravitating towards it. More than I’ve ever seen them gravitate towards anything in a long time. Comic books are really the thing right now and I don’t see that going away for at least the next couple of years.”

I think this could actually be a good piece of casting. Morgan was great as the Comedian and he could turn on the badness again to play Lobo. I still think the Main Man will be fully CGI with an actor providing the voice.

EW also have the news that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will also be starring in MGM’s remake of Red Dawn. He is in final negotiations to portray Lt. Andrew Tanner, the role played in the original by Powers Boothe. However, whereas in the original Boothe played a fighter pilot shot down behind enemy lines, in the remake Morgan’s Tanner will be a special forces leader, operating behind enemy lines. Production on the film starring Chris Hemsworth and Josh Peck as the leaders of a group of teenagers who band together to fight back against an invasion by Chinese and Russian soldiers has already begun in Michigan. It will open next September

What do you think about Jeffrey Dean Morgan playing Lobo?

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He-Man is dead again. What will happen to the Masters of the Universe?

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

he_man_by_nebezial2Warner Bros. and Mattel will not be teaming up to make Masters of the Universe. The film is planned to be a live-action reinvention of the Mattel toy line. Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver have been working on this project since 2007.

According to Variety, Mattel and Warner Bros. fell out over the direction of the project and decided “to let the option lapse this month.” In the story, He-Man is a brawny prince who transforms into a warrior who becomes the last hope for a magical land called Eternia, which is being ravaged by technology and the evil Skeletor.

Mattel is now looking to set the property up at another studio. The plan is for director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) to remain attached to the project. Silver will not be involved as he is exclusive to Warner Bros.

As Disney’s Marvel Entertainment acquisition and WB’s overhaul of DC Comics and its movie output shows, branded properties are important commodities. The owners of those brands now have more direct involvement — and higher expectations.

The situation is reminiscent of Paradox Entertainment’s decision several years ago to decline an option renewal on the Robert E. Howard “Conan the Barbarian” franchise, after WB made numerous attempts to reinvent the franchise with major filmmakers. Paradox aligned with Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films, with Marcus Nispel directing. That deal has strict progress-to-production stipulations.

The awesome piece of art at the top of this post is by Stjepan Sejic a.k.a Nebexial on deviantART.

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Lobo, the main man, heading to a cinema screen Avatar style as PG-13?

Posted by LiveFor on July 21, 2009

Joel Silver has his eye on DC Comics’ Lobo, the intergalactic biker with a fowl mouth and Gene Simmons-styled eye makeup.

However, the movie version of Lobo might be slightly more family-friendly than his original comics incarnation, according to Silver.

“I think it’s structured now as a PG-13 movie,” Silver told a group of reporters, according to SCI FI Wire. “I think we’ve done it that way, but I love it.”

Some of the reckless Czarnian bounty hunter’s behavior, such as his impromptu ripping off of Starfire’s top in the DC series “52,” for instance, would certainly need to be toned down for a PG-13 rating, but Silver thinks the technology already exists to bring the character to life visually. And he’s looking to James Cameron’s work for the answer.

“When any of you see ‘Avatar,’ see pieces of it, the technology is genius, the stuff that’s out there that is doable is fantastic,” he noted.

The story for the proposed film is already in its early stages, and bringing it into production sounds like something Silver wants make happen in the near future.

“Lobo is one I’m very excited about maybe doing one day, hopefully soon,” Silver said. “I think we can do it. We’ve got a script we like.”

Now I love a bit of Lobo mayhem, but a PG-13! Sure it will get the people in but you miss the ultra violence that the character is all about. Still it would be great to see him in hyper realistic 3D.

Do you feel Lobo could work as a PG-13 film?



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Tales from the Script – Trailer for screenwriting documentary

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

Shane Black, John Carpenter (above), Frank Darabont, William Goldman, Paul Schrader, and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights in Tales from the Script, the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting.

By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world’s most competitive industries. They also reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest screenplays ever written, describing their adventures with luminaries including Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Kubrick, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.

The screenwriters involved are Allison Anders, Jane Anderson, Doug Atchison, John August, Shane Black, John D. Brancato, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Frank Darabont, Steven E. de Souza, Gerald Di Pego, Mark Fergus, Antwone Fisher, Naomi Foner Gyllenhall, Joe Forte, Josh Friedman, Mick Garris, William Goldman, David Hayter, Peter Hyams, Michael January, Steve Koren, Jonanthan Lemkin, Andrew W. Marlowe, Mark O’Keefe, Dennis Palumbo, Zak Penn, Daniel Pyne, Billy Ray, Adam Rifkin, Jose Rivera, Mark Rosenthal, Ari B. Rubin, Bruce Joel Rubin, Richard Rush, Paul Schrader, Mel Shavelson, Ron Shelton, Ronald Shusett, Joe Stillman, Stephen Susco, Duncan Tucker, Guinevere Turner, Kriss Turner, Linda Voorhees, Richard Walter, Richard Wenk, David S. Ward, James L. White, Michael Wolk, Kris Young, Justin Zackham.

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Wonder Woman may be heading over from her Island Paradise

Posted by LiveFor on March 13, 2009

IESB have the news that the Amazon Princess may be getting her way to the silver screen after all.

There was a regime change late last year over at Silver Pictures, Andrew Roma is now the man in charge and will be the man spearheading the live action Wonder Woman project along with mega producer Joel Silver.

Sources in the Burbank studios have confirmed there is quite a bit of movement on the WW front. With Green Lantern going into production this year, it looks like Princess Diana may finally get the go ahead from WB.

WB and Silver Pictures are in the early stages but they are eager to get started on the movie. Sources tell IESB that WB is looking for new writers on the project and have been taking pitches the last few weeks.

This project has been back and forth a number of times. At one point Joss Whedon was attached to direct and another script was set during World War II.

I don’t think Wonder Woman has ever been done correctly on screen so I do hope they get this right. It would also be great if they could tie it into the Green Lantern and other DC Comic based films.

Who would you like to see as Diana? Who should direct it and when should it be set?

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Superman Reloaded – Wachowski’s may direct reboot. Oh and some Ninja Assassin and Plastic Man news.

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2009

AICN heard from a reliable source that James McTeigue (director of Ninja Assassin) had been on the radio in Berlin where Ninja Assassin had been filmed. He chatted about how the shoot had gone. McTeigue then chatted about his plans regarding Plastic Man and that the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to direct a trilogy of films for the Man of Steel (wonder if it is anything to do with Mark Millar’s Superman trilogy). Here is a break down of what was said.

Ninja Assassin is locked and complete. Awaiting a suitable marketing strategy and release from WB. Looking likely to be a late summer release.

– Action scenes are absolutely brutal, unbelievable vision from the Wachowski’s in blocking the fights with the Hong Kong stunt team.

– Spoke about the benefits of tax breaks received from the German and British Governments in making the film.

– McTeigue confirmed that Plastic Man was the next project in the pipeline for the Wachowski’s and he had been signed on to provide Second Unit support. Says the movie has been delayed indefinitely due to a major shake up of projects at WB.

Bryan Singer has refused to undertake a re-boot of the Superman franchise and has left the Executives at WB with no choice but to take a fresh creative direction.

– He stated the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to re-boot the franchise as a trilogy and they are currently reviewing their options as its like being asked to take the final play in a superbowl final. Says if they do agree, he will likely either succumb to providing second unit support on the movie or will champion the directorship of Plastic Man – He started to giggle as he stated its like a young child for the Brothers and they wont give that up easily.

– Says, the very thought of the brothers making a superman movie is unbelievable as they have grown up in the world of comic books and they would be ideal for the project.

– Stated that Bryan Singer is looking to move on to Logan’s Run a movie to be produced by Joel Silver.

Thinking about this I do feel that the Wachowski’s could do a pretty cool Superman film. Neo was pretty much Kal-El by the end of the Matrix trilogy and even struck some Superman poses in his final battle with Agent Smith, as I mentioned when it appeared as one of The Best Fight Scenes Ever! (pity the Matrix Trilogy went steadily downhill as the series progressed in my humble opinion). However, they do get the whole comic book ethos and do always manage to push the special effects in all of their films. Fingers crossed that if they do take it on then they will make something truly special – it’s got to be a damn site better than Superman Returns anyway (hope they get rid of the kid!)

If the Wachowski’s do take on Superman what do you want to see in the trilogy? Should it go back to the very beginning? Should Brandon Routh still play Clark Kent or should someone else be brought on board to play him?

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By the power of Grayskull, He-Man may be getting one step closer to the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on January 29, 2009

Collider mention that Variety is now reporting that the next “He-Man” feature is closer to becoming a reality as Joel Silver has signed “Kung Fu Panda” co-director John Stevenson to helm the project. Warner Brothers, who have held the “He Man” film rights since 2007, will distribute the movie with Silver Pictures listed as a producer and Mattel’s Barry Waldo as executive producer.

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Ninja Assassin – Sneak Peak – Ninjas running over cars at night, Rain bleeding and stuff

Posted by LiveFor on January 26, 2009

Teaser Trailer also had this sneak peak preview clip and poster from James McTeigueNinja Assassin, starring Rain, Rick Yune and Naomie Harris.

The clip shows some of the action scenes, behind the scenes of the filming and some interviews with the principal players.

It was produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers. It was entirely filmed in Germany.

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Staczynski talks about the Forbidden Planet sequel / prequel / remake and wants to make sure he gets the Krell right

Posted by LiveFor on December 1, 2008

MTV have this – “It’s my favorite science-fiction film of all time. I’ve watched the rights go from one company to the next. I heard that the rights at Dreamworks were about to expire and I went to Joel Silver and said I think if you move quickly you can grab it and I can write it. And he did. It’s the dream of a lifetime to play in that universe.”

Straczynski — whose stock in Hollywood as a scriptwriter just enjoyed a major bump thanks to the success of director Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” — was happy to hint at what fans of the original “Forbidden Planet” can expect from his take.

“I told [producer] Joel [Silver] this is how you do ‘Forbidden Planet’ without pissing on the original that no one has ever thought of,” said Straczynski. “When I told [the idea] to him, his eyes lit up. It’s not a remake. It’s not a reimagining. It’s not exactly a prequel. You’ll have to see it. It’s something that no one has thought of when it comes to this storyline.”

Straczynski will be paying close attention to detail, with the writer revealing conversations he’s had to ensure the film is as scientifically attuned as possible. “[When coming] up with the Krell backstory and who they are, I sat down with some of the nation’s best minds in astrophysics and planetary geology and A.I. and asked them — based on what we know now — what will a million years from now look like? The goal is to put things in there you’ve never seen before.”

As for the 1954 film’s retro look, audiences can expect an updated vision that keeps the original’s iconic nature in mind. “At the time it was made it was cutting edge,” Straczynski explained. “They weren’t trying to be ‘retro’ — they thought they were right on the cutting edge. People that went to see that film saw things they had never seen before. What we have to do now is have this one be as innovative now as the original was then. It doesn’t mean we should look backwards.”

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