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The Phantom – Syfy’s reboot of the Ghost Who Walks

Posted by LiveFor on April 23, 2010

THE PHANTOM original miniseries event premieres 2010 on Syfy

The legendary superhero returns in this modern-day and action packed miniseries event. When Kit Walker (Ryan Carnes) learns of his father’s death, the adventurous young man inherits the mantle of his superhero father. As the new Phantom, the 21st in the Walker line, Kit vows to uphold and honor his ancestors’ creed—to fight crime and injustice throughout the world.

Er, not sure about this one. Maybe it should be the Ghost who shouldn’t bother. Hopefully it is just the trailer but this looks like a mix of many other things. We shall have to wait and see.

Billy Zane couldn’t manage to bring the classic pulp hero into our hearts and not sure if this will either.

What did you think of the trailer?

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Les Aventures Extraordinaires D’Adèle Blanc-Sec – New poster for Luc Besson’s pulp comic book adventure

Posted by LiveFor on April 1, 2010

I think this is a great poster for the pulp stylings of Luc Besson’s adventure movie. Louise Bourgoin is Adèle Blanc-Sec and sounds like a mix of Hellboy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Jules Verne, The Mummy and so much more. Check out the trailer.

The year is 1912. Adèle Blanc-Sec, an intrepid young reporter, will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, even sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes.

Meanwhile, in Paris, it’s panic stations! A 136 million-year-old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the bird subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. But nothing fazes Adèle Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more extraordinary surprises…

Set in the carefree world before World War I, Adèle Blanc-Sec’s adventures see the brave young woman fearlessly battling crooks, corrupt politicians, demon worshippers and mad scientists. Legendary cartoonist Jacques Tardi’s original stories perfectly recreate the intrigue, romance and excitement of one of the most tumultuous periods in history.

The film is due out on 14th April in France.
Source: Twitch

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Captain Future – Christian Alvart to adapt pulp sci-fi

Posted by LiveFor on March 16, 2010

Looks as if Christian Alvart is swapping the darkness of Pandorum for the bright shiny family friendly fun of Edmond Hamilton’s pulp scifi novel Captainn Future. Here is what Alvart had to say to Quiet Earth.

“I was a huge CAPTAIN FUTURE fan growing up. In elementary school I spent my whole allowance on the toys and the sticker collection which were quite a big deal in Germany. There was the popular Anime show in the 80’s of course, but I also read all the original novels by Science Fiction pioneer Edmond Hamilton and loved them. It took us a couple of years to investigate and option the rights for the CAPTAIN FUTURE property and I’m very happy that we have the development financing together and are finally ready to move forward with the script.

We are developing CAPTAIN FUTURE as a big fun space opera for the whole family – hoping to recreate that same sense of excitement that I had discovering space through the CAPTAIN’s eyes. There are many smart and adult ideas in the franchise for grown-ups to enjoy, but this will definitely be something they can take their kids to as well.

Like THE FIFTH ELEMENT this will be a big budget Science Fiction movie developed and produced out of Europe with an international cast. CAPTAIN FUTURE still has a huge fan base in countries like France (CAPTAIN FLAM), Italy (CAPITAN FUTURO) Germany and the UK. I know the fans will watch very closely where we take their beloved CAPTAIN and I hope they will be as excited about him conquering the big screen as we are now working in his Universe.

CAPTAIN FUTURE will be about Curtis Newton’s first adventure and therefore – in part – his origin story. We are also in development on a possible sequel called CAPTAIN FUTURE – WIZARD OF SCIENCE which would be ready instantly if box office returns are promising.

And yes, since I get your question all the time: “Will we see the COMET in 3D?” You bet we we will!”

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Doc Savage to return with Shane Black at the helm

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

Back in October last year I posted the story that the excellent Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) was writing a script for a new Doc Savage film from Columbia Pictures.

Now, according to Variety, Black is attached to direct the film from the screenplay he is writing with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.

One of the most popular characters in the pulps of the 1930s and ’40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and TV. Trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, Doc Savage uses his skills and powers to fight evil all over the world.

“Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities,” said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach of the character, who is by turns a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. “We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, the Green Hornet, to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring Doc Savage back to the bigscreen.”

Black, who was one of the highest-paid scribes of late ’80s and early ’90s when he wrote such screenplays as “Lethal Weapon” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” segued to directing in recent years. He made his helming debut with the Robert Downey Jr. starrer “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005).

He’s also known for his vast collection of antique detective books and pulp fiction.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of the best films of the decade – I recommend you watch it if you haven’t already seen it – so we know Black can direct as well as write. He should hopefully make Doc Savage an incredible movie.

Who could play the Man of Bronze? Damian Lewis maybe?

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Buck Rogers – Teaser trailer

Posted by LiveFor on December 3, 2009

This is a teaser for a web series that is supposedly due out next year.

Looks nice, I just wonder whether the series will make it out.

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Kull the Conqueror gets another crack at the big screen

Posted by LiveFor on November 23, 2009

Paradox Entertainment is presently working on a reboot of the 1997 film Kull The Conqueror according to

Kull The Conqueror was directed by John Nicolella and Kevin Sorbo played the title role.

Kull first appeared in Weird Tales magazine in 1929 from creator Robert Ervin Howard. Howard also used Kull as a template for when he created the character of Conan.

A native of Atlantis, Kull came of age with his family in Tiger Valley until a flood wiped out his clan out. He is brought up by another clan, “but he stands up for a woman destined to burn alive and ends up banned from Atlantis. He sails for the continent and take up the mercenary way. He’ll become king, just as Conan will do thousands of years later. Under his influence, Valusia ends up as the most powerful kingdom of the time.”

We have already got a Soloman Kane film heading our way, Conan is getting rebooted and now Kull. Definitely a good time for Robert E Howard fans.

Who would you like to see play Kull – an unknown or an established actor?

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UPDATED: Doc Savage film to be written by Shane Black

Posted by LiveFor on October 24, 2009

docsavageDoc Savage is one of the great Pulp characters. The adventurer’s adventurer. He stars in numerours books and was played by Ron Eli on the big screen.

Now, according to AICN, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad) is writting a screenplay for a new film to be produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Fantastic news as Black is a superb screenwriter who writes amazing dialogue. Evenbetter they are keeping it in the 1930’s

A quick rundown via Wikipedia – Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr.. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Devil Genghis, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. “He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers.” Main writter, Lester Dent, described the hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness. Dent described Doc Savage as manifesting “Christliness.” Doc’s character and world-view is displayed in his oath, which goes as follows:

Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.

He was helped out by the Fabulous Five:
* Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett “Monk” Mayfair, an industrial chemist. Monk got his nickname from his simian build, notably his long arms, and he was covered with red hair.
* Brigadier General Theodore Marley “Ham” Brooks, an accomplished attorney. Ham was considered one of the best-dressed men in the world, and as part of his attire, carried a sword cane whose blade is dipped in a fast-acting anesthetic.
* Colonel John “Renny” Renwick, a construction engineer. Renny was a giant of a man, with “fists like buckets of gristle and bone which no wooden door could withstand.” He usually had a gloomy expression, which deepened as he grew more happy.
* Major Thomas J. “Long Tom” Roberts, an electrical engineer. “Long Tom” got his nickname from using an antiquated cannon of that nick-name in the successful defense of a French village in World War I. Long Tom was a sickly-looking character, but fought like a wildcat.
* William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, an archaeologist and geologist. Johnny used “long words” (“I’ll be superamalgamated!” was a favourite saying). Johnny wore a monocle in early adventures (one eye having been blinded in World War I). Doc later performed corrective surgery that restored Johnny’s sight in that eye, but Johnny retained the monocle for use as a magnifying glass as well as a memento.

A Doc Savage archtype also appeared in Warren Ellis’ Planetary.

Now the question I put to you is who could play Doc Savage and the Fabulous Five?

UPDATE: The Doc Savage film is actually being produced by Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur

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The Green Hornet: Year One – New Comic book series by Matt Wagner heading our way

Posted by LiveFor on October 12, 2009

hornet1There has been lots of news on the Michel Gondry directed Green Hornet film. Seth Rogen stars as the crime fighter aided by Jay Chou as Kato.

Now Dynamite Entertainment kicked off the 2009 Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend with the announcement of Green Hornet: Year One from writer/cover artist Matt Wagner and interior artist Aaron Campbell.

Publisher Nick Barrucci spoke with CBR about Matt Wagner’s involvement on the project. “He loves the Green Hornet, loves the original Britt Reid, and once we got into the conversation, he was really hyped about doing the origin story. It’s just a perfect marriage. You’ve got one of the most respected creators in comics writing one of the most classic characters in comics. It’s fantastic, and it’s a ‘Year One’ story like you’ve never seen before. Matt has been really incredible at nailing the essence of the character while still making it accessible to a modern audience. He’s fantastic.”

Campbell was last seen penciling Dynamite’s “The Trial of Sherlock Holmes,” and Barrucci noted, “Matt really enjoyed his artwork on that series, and they compliment each other so well. It’s definitely going to be a great, gritty style. Not over the top gritty, but it’s going to have enough of the elements of the original Green Hornet while, again, still making it cool for a modern audience.”

One thing that won’t be modern per se is the setting as “Year One” will remain a period piece set in the 1930s when the character was invented by radio writer Fran Striker, and will feature original crime-busting pair Britt Reid and Kato. “Without getting too far into it, you’re going to find out how they found each other, and you’re going to have some nice Easter Eggs in there.”

Maybe they will build on the links the Green Hornet has with the Lone Ranger. We will have to wait and see.

The alternate cover is by Alex Ross (as if you needed telling).

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The Green Hornet – First proper photo of Seth Rogen in costume

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2009

A photo surfaced a couple of days ago that looked like Seth Rogen in costume as the crime fighter, The Green Hornet, but it turned out that it was a stunt man on the set of Michel Gondry’s film.

However, this photo has popped up and it shows Rogen and Jay Chou in costume as the Hornet and Kato.

Rogen plays Britt Reid, the newspaper entrepreneur by day and masked superhero by night. Jay Chou takes over the role of chauffeur/martial-arts expert Kato, Cameron Diaz is Lenore Case, and Inglourious Basterds’ Christoph Waltz plays the villain, Chudnofsky.

Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) also stars and recently spoke to the LA Times about the film “I’ll put it to you this way — it’s quite a fun journey,” Olmos said. “It’s my first time doing this kind of a movie. ‘Blade Runner’ is the only thing that comes close to this. I’m having a lot of fun. People are really going to like what we’ve done. …”

Olmos’ character works alongside James Reid, publisher of the Sentinel and father of Britt.

“We’re the backbone of the paper,” he said. “Things go awry, and I end up having to try to sustain what’s going on in our lives. And of course the Green Hornet doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t want to give anything away.“

“It took a while, but things are finally coming together,” said Olmos, who revealed he has one major stunt in which he gets zapped. “I think it’s going to be very exciting. People will find that it’s different than what they expect. Seth is doing a wonderful job. There’s a lot of everything. It’s going to be action-filled, and there’s a lot of humor in the situations. It’s really a well-crafted piece of work. Hopefully people will enjoy it and we’ll have a few of these films.”

Green Hornet opens 17th December, 2010

Source: Splash News

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Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1951 – Trailer for Charlton Heston as Indy

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

raiders---50From the people that brought you the Ghostbusters of 1954 comes this excellent fan made trailer for our favourite archeologist.

What if Raiders of the Lost Ark was a 50s film serial? Who would be best suited for the role of Indiana Jones? How would his villains translate to this era? What would the film’s musical score sound like?

Thankfully, since George Lucas and Steven Spielberg created Raiders as a homage to classic serials, these questions are easily answered. Both directors have acknowledged that specific films influenced key sequences across all four Indiana Jones films. I tried my best piece these films together and create a loose narrative. I hope you enjoy this homage to “Raiders” and the many great films that inspired it.

This “pre-make” is a mash-up of old trailers and clips found all over Youtube. It is not endorsed or connected to Paramount Pictures or Lucasfilm. It was made as a purely technical exercise and for laughs. Here is the recipe:
The 10 Commandments, Prince Valiant, Naked Jungle, Secret of the Incas, Jungle Queen, Zulu, Look to Lockheed for Leadership, Casablanca, The City of Brass, Mr. Moto takes a Vacation, Star in My Crown, A Pain in the Pullman, On Dangerous Ground, Patton, King Solomons Mines, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Greatest Show on Earth, David and Bathsheba, The Screaming Skull, When You Know, Mysterious Mr. Moto, Lawrence of Arabia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and Superman at Bay.

Below is a frame by frame comparison with the original.

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