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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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Super Max – Green Arrow still heading for prison

Posted by LiveFor on August 24, 2009

green-arrowGreen Arrow, or rather Ollie Queen, is a great character in the DC Universe and he does deserve a shot at the big screen.

It has been a long time since there has been any mention of his movie debut in David Goyer’s (The Dark Knight) prison film, Super Max. This is the one where Green Arrow is wrongly imprisoned in a high tech prison alongside many of the super villains he put inside.

Past updates have included the juicy rumours that bad guys such as Lex Luthor, The Riddler and The Joker would cameo. Although the Joker would be seen in name only – “His name is a throwaway. He’s on a cell,” Goyer said. “You don’t actually see him, just his name on a cell. It’s a real Easter Egg. That’s one cross-pollination we would stay away from [doing more with].”

Recently MTV spoke to Goyer about many things and the topic of Super Max was raised.

“We’re working on that. We’re about to bring on another writer,” Goyer told MTV News. “Obviously, Warner Bros. is now heavily into mining all of the various DC properties.”

Justin Marks was last mentioned with regards having a crack at the script. Plus Goyer is busy at work on his TV show Fast Forward so it is not clear how much time he will be able to spend on Super Max, but he did have some interesting words to say about how the story developed. Looks as if the prison came first.

“We came up with the idea and thought it could work in either the Marvel or the DC universe,” he explained. “It needed that type of character and there are analogues in both universes. Green Arrow seemed to make the most amount of sense.” As for whether “Super Max” is making any forward progress these days, Goyer simply said, “It’s definitely something we’re developing.”

Previously Goyer had said that the prison itself was a major character, “It’s a very, very awesome prison. I majored in architecture in college, and design is how I actually started in. For ‘Super Max,’ designing that prison, it had to be the kind of thing that was a character in and of itself,” Marks said. “We’re in a world where instead of just trying to contain a guy who’s really big, you’re trying to contain a guy who can — in the case of Icicle — who can freeze things. What kind of a cell would a guy like that need in order to have his powers neutralized? So to escape from Supermax they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we’ve ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!”

Which side character is Goyer’s favourite? “The Tattoo Man is in there which seemed like a no brainer if you’re doing a movie about a super prison — having a character with super tattoos,” Goyer said. “Amanda Waller’s in there as well from the Suicide Squad. Those are probably the two I like the most, after Green Arrow.”

I really hope that this does eventually see the light of day as I think it would be a great film. Who doesn’t love an escape movie.

Okay, now what super villains would you like to see held in the Super Max and, more importantly, who could play Green Arrow?

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Captain Nemo’s adventures face another rewrite

Posted by LiveFor on July 8, 2009

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake is heading through stormy waters at the moment. After the middling response to Terminator Salvation this new McG may not go as smoothly as planned. It has already had a rewrite – Justin Marks (Masters of the Universe, Super Max) was hired in February to rewrite Bill Marsilli’s (Deja Vu) but looks like another one is in the works. The original script sounded terrible.

“A fugitive whaler teams up with a naturalist, a mysterious woman and a captain of a futuristic submarine, to search for a lost underwater civilization that holds libraries of vast knowledge and a weapon with the power to destroy mankind.”

Randall Wallace (Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers, and The Rookie) has been hired to rewrite Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.

This is meant to be an origin story for the mysterious Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus. McG wants Will Smith as Nemo.

Nothing I have heard about this project fills me with any hope for what should be an amazing adaption of a wonderful piece of work.

Source: /film

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li – Justin Marks talks about why Chun-Li was focused on

Posted by LiveFor on January 27, 2009

IGN have this featurette where screenwriter Justin Marks talks about the plot and why Chun-Li (Kristen Kreuk) is the star.

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New Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li photos

Posted by LiveFor on December 2, 2008

Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak from a script by Justin Marks, the video game adaptation stars Kristin Kreuk, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neal McDonough, Taboo, Chris Klein, Moon Bloodgood, Edmund Chen, Cheng Pei Pei, Josie Ho and Robin Shou. The movie focuses on female fighter Chun-Li (Kreuk) and her journey for justice.




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Super Max – Update on the Green Arrow in prison movie.

Posted by LiveFor on August 18, 2008

The whole Super Max idea of the superhero, Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), going to the Super Max prison full of supervillians has been knocking about for a while. However, the interviews over on MTV with Justin Marks and David Goyer (The Dark Knight), hav some interesting points. Firstly, it was thought that the villians would all be C-List kind of bad guys, however, it now looks as if we may get to see Lex Luthor and The Joker (in name only) knocking about which suddenly whacks this up a notch. I’ll be seeing it anyway as I’m a comic book geek. Here’s some snippets from the two interviews.

There appears to be a bit of confusion as to who is writing this movie or if it is a joint effort or Goyer rewriting Marks’ earlier script.

Who would be good to play Green Arrow?

“Oh, we’ve got Lex Luthor in there,” Marks gleefully revealed. “I’m pretty sure Riddler gets his shot — Ed Nigma gets his moment.”

Tentatively titled “Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max,” Marks’ take on the titular titan is unlike any superhero movie out there in that it takes the familiar tropes of comic book films and mixes them with the long-established traditions of prison movies. In the film, Queen is unjustly locked up in a federal penitentiary for meta-humans and forced to rely on a whole bevy of villains to make his escape — villains like Luthor, Icicle and
even the Joker.


But the best superhero of all in the Green Arrow prison movie? Would you believe it’s the prison itself?

“It’s a very, very awesome prison. I majored in architecture in college, and design is how I actually started in. For ‘Super Max,’ designing that prison, it had to be the kind of thing that was a character in and of itself,” Marks said. “We’re in a world where instead of just trying to contain a guy who’s really big, you’re trying to contain a guy who can — in the case of Icicle — who can freeze things. What kind of a cell would a guy like that need in order to have his powers neutralized? So to escape from Super Max they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we’ve ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!”

..“Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” scribe David Goyer… has plans to bring the Joker back to the big-screen, and soon. Just not in “Batman 3.”

“His name is a throwaway. He’s on a cell,” Goyer said of the Joker’s appearance in “Super Max,” the Green Arrow movie he’s written which takes place at a penitentiary for super villains in the DC Universe. “You don’t actually see him, just his name on a cell. It’s a real Easter Egg. That’s one cross-pollination we would stay away from [doing more with].”

In fact, a non-traditional superhero movie that centers on Green Arrow’s incarceration and eventual escape from prison, “Super Max” boasts a whole host of comic-crossovers, with everyone from “Superman villains, Green Lantern villains, and Wonder Woman villains,” making an appearance, Goyer said.

“I know Warner Brothers is having a big rethink about how they approach all their DC films and they’ve been taking a lot of meanings recently about it. And this is a script they like a lot because there are all sorts of characters in this prison. They like that idea,” Goyer said. “We’re fairly hopeful they’ll want to move forward in the next year or so.”

So given the opportunity for nearly unfettered play in the DC sandbox, which side character is Goyer’s favorite?

“The Tattoo Man is in there which seemed like a no brainer if you’re doing a movie about a super prison — having a character with super tattoos,” Goyer said. “Amanda Waller’s in there as well from the Suicide Squad. Those are probably the two I like the most, absent Green Arrow.”

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