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Mark Millar to direct Trainspotting style Scottish Superhero film

Posted by LiveFor on March 5, 2010

While talking to STV comic book writer Mark Millar (, Wanted, Kick-Ass, Nemesis) spoke about his independant Scottish superhero movie he will be directing this year.

The plan with the Scottish movie was that I realised that everything I’d written, even though I’m a Scottish guy from Coatbridge, everything I’d written was set in New York or Los Angeles. I just thought that’s quite weird; normally people will do something that is a wee bit to do with where they came from, so I thought that it was quite odd that I’ve never done that. It’s a lazy shorthand to always set something in America that everybody understands.

I saw District 9, the South-African alien movie. I thought that that was quite interesting to see something that people don’t associate with South Africa, which is alien invasions, to juxtapose two things and make something quite interesting and quite odd, and I thought wouldn’t it be cool to do a superhero movie in Scotland.

Not a cheesy BBC Scotland comedy kind of thing, but to make it cool, as cool as X Men 2 was or whatever. Not costumes and that kind of stuff, a 21st century Trainspotting kind of thing about people with superpowers and make it epic, make it big and grand in scope, try and do something that’s unexpected.

So my plan is to start directing that in June, June and July. We’re prepping it just now. We want to do it with an entirely new cast, people nobody have seen before, young people from Glasgow and Edinburgh and work with local teams. Everyone that works on the movie we want to try and keep Scottish and just create a superhero movie with its own unique flavour.

Sounds very good doesn’t it. Will be interesting to hear more about the plot as at the moment it sounds a little like the Channel 4 TV show, Misfits. Millar is certainly becoming big news in movieland. Wanted was a big success at the box office and the Kick-Ass adaption has had hugely positive reviews from preview screenings.

I just hope that when he gets into the directing chair it doesn’t go all Frank Miller on The Spirit!

Source: Bleeding Cool

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Buck Rogers leaves Frank Miller behind

Posted by LiveFor on December 14, 2009

Not much of a surprise after the disaster that was Frank Miller’s adaption of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. He needs to stick to making comics.

Paradox, along with Lawrence Abramson and George Furla, is producing the long-awaited big screen return of sci-fi icon Buck Rogers but Frank Miller, who was previously attached to direct an earlier incarnation developed by different producers, is no longer involved.

No word on who will be taking over the helm or how far along the film actually is so it looks as if we’ll have to wait a while longer for a big screen Wilma Deering.

Paradox Entertainment develops and licenses mainly character-based properties, including the stories and characters of the late author Robert E. Howard. Their next movie will be Conan the Barbarian, which has been in full casting mode for the last month. We were told that rumors that Conan will be a teen for most of the story are untrue. No final casting decisions have been made or announced yet. Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th, Pathfinder) directs.

Who would you like to see direct Buck Rogers? More importantly who should play Buck?

Source: IGN

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Jaime King to play Brigitte Bardot

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

Cinema Blend have come across an interview in the Australian magazine InPress with Fanboys director Kyle Newman. In it he reveals that he’s working on a Brigitte Bardot biopic.

Newman says that though the project is currently in development, he’s already found his star: his wife Jaime King, who met Newman on Fanboys and married him soon after.

King was last seen in My Bloody Valentine and The Spirit.

I’m not sure whether it will be dealing with just Bardot’s early life or whether it will include the later years when she became a recluse fighting for animal rights.

Still early days on this one but how do you feel about Jaime King playing Bardot? Does she have the acting chops for it?

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.

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Sin City 2 News – The script is finished and filming to begin this year…maybe

Posted by LiveFor on January 13, 2009

MTV have more news on the fate of Sin City 2

Jamie King appears to have confirmed last year’s reports that Frank Miller has turned in his script for “Sin City 2” and the film may even begin shooting in 2009. The “Fanboys” and “The Spirit” actress hopes for a start date soon and said that she doesn’t have any nude scenes in Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s sequel, according to George “El Guapo” Rousch at Latino Review..

The report stokes a prolonged trickle of “Sin City 2” rumors from the past year, as good a sign as any that Miller’s classic Dark Horse Comics series is inching closer to becoming a reality behind the scenes.

King played the role of Marv’s murdered gal pal Goldie, as well as her twin sister Wendy, in the first “Sin City” film and is slated to return for the new follow-up. The Golden Globe winning star of the “The Wrestler,” Mickey Rourke, may or may not return as Marv when filming begins. Miller says Marv has a big role to play in the film and wants Rourke back if he’s willing.

There are many possible reasons for the film’s delay, not the least of which is Rourke’s reluctance. The star has experienced rejuvenated stardom since the first “Sin City” hit it big. Now, with a Golden Globe under his belt and a potential Oscar on the horizon, it’s entirely possible he wants more for his labor.

Meanwhile, Robert Rodriguez’s controversial break from the Directors Guild to give Miller directing credit in their first outing together proved to be a hurdle before. If they’re looking to return to “Sin City 2” in that unsanctioned dual-directing capacity, there is likely to be red tape to cut once again.

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The Spirit, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2008

Director: Frank Miller
Starring: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johannson, Sarah Paulson
Running Time: 103 minutes
Score: 1 /10

This review is by Skon and may contain spoilers.

The Spirit is a film with few virtues. There’s a fingerful but that’s it.

Gabriel Macht delivers a certain charisma in the titular role as Will Eisner’s classic middle-class superhero. This is his first time carrying a movie and had the focus been shifted more on him, his antics and his conflicts it would have been a better film. We witness some lovely moments when The Spirit talks about the love he has for his city, echoing something at the very heart of the superhero mythos. One scene has him even using the city as a shield, a weapon and a guide in his role as its guardian. These are poignant moments that evoke that somewhere underneath all the terribleness there might have been a spark of a good film here.

That’s where all the virtues end.

People will probably gravitate to the cinematography of Bill Pope which does its best to marry Frank Miller’s Sin City with the pulp comics of The Spirit’s origins. But as pretty as the cinematography does look here and there, most of it is too busy, too dark and too careless. As a film that tries to show the protagonist’s relationship with his city the cinematography should have created a sense of being in a vast metropolis. Instead the visuals feel completely green-screened and the effect is that the film ends up looking like it was shot on a stage instead of in a wide open city. There is also something that feels unfinished about the green-screening process as though some more work needed to be done and as such the film has the look of the cut scenes out of late 90’s full motion video games with the characters standing out from rendered CGI effects like sore thumbs.

This is Frank Miller’s first time out as a solo director. He is credited with co-directing Sin City and after seeing this film one realizes that Miller had very little to do with the physical directing on that film. It’s sad to see one of the greatest comic book creators of all time helpless in trying to do justice to Will Eisner’s creations. Miller even casts himself as a police officer whose head gets ripped off and used as a blunt weapon in the film’s opening. One wonders if that was CGI or if the lack of any thinking going into this film can be blamed on Miller’s headlessness. Either way it’s an apt metaphor for a project that steams forward without any direction.

The film is a mess of tones and genres. Scenes tend to go on forever without anywhere to go in the first place. There’s an overuse of flashbacks. And most of the dialogue is delivered in soliloquy (including a scene where The Spirit talks to a cat for 5 minutes). There are no subtleties in delivery, pacing or acting. Everything is blunt, harsh and cold. The audience knows everything in the first 15 minutes and it takes the rest of the characters an hour to catch up. It’s frustrating, busy and excruciating to watch. Even attempts at humor fall flat. A running joke with 24’s Louis Lombardi is amateur in its rendition.

The acting is where Miller’s lack of film-making chops shows most prominently. Sam Jackson plays the Octopus, a villain whose face was never shown in Eisner’s comics and rightfully so. Jackson is fresh off of a plane full of snakes and still acting like it. He plays the same tough character he always plays – shooting off big guns while shooting off his even bigger mouth. It’s beginning to get boring and he needs to seek out more parts that explore his range. In order to make up for having no character depth or any credibility as a villain, Jackson and his henchwoman, played by the vastly overrated Scarlett Johansson, go through more costume changes than a Vegas strip show. Jackson goes from dressing like a pimp to a mutton-chopped samurai and even (I can’t make this up) a monocled goose-stepping heil-hitlering Nazi in an offensive scene that seems like a bad pun on the classic Patton.

Further to the acting, there is a bevy of female characters that clutter this film in an attempt to create some element of pulp sex drama. Johansson’s Silken Floss is just money thrown down the drain as she brings nothing to the movie. I’ve never understood her appeal and this film is perhaps best proof of her need to hire an acting coach. The Morgenstern character is a time-waster and eats up screen time lecturing the audience on the Electra principle (Miller you created a character named Elektra, you have a fascination with it, we get it, but it has no place in this film). To believe her character we’d have to believe that a rookie cop would be the only one to notice a gigantic clue two days after a crime scene has been cleared. Sarah Paulson and Eva Mendes, both in terribly written roles, try the hardest and as an audience member I appreciated that.

The free screening I attended last night had a number of rows oddly empty from the get go. And within 10 minutes about twenty people had already gotten up and left. The rest of us stayed because it was cold outside and perhaps hoping that things would only get better. They didn’t. After the film we had a unique experience where audience members cultivated together, like strangers at a traffic accident, to criticize the film. People were upset over a film that failed in every possible way a film can fail and yet the advertising campaign paints it as a brilliant, exciting holiday adventure. I assure you it’s not.

Lionsgate this is a train wreck. If this is your idea of giving your audience a holiday present honestly shame on you.

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Dave Gibbons interview by Mr. Media – The Watchmen lawsuit, Watching the Watchmen and more

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2008

Bob Andelman (Mr. Media) has done many cool interviews and written a few books including one called Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (follow that link for his interview with Eva Mendes and news on The Spirit film).

He recently got in touch with me to let me know about his interview with Watchmen artist, Dave Gibbons. It’s an hour long interview and he discusses the Warner Bros./Fox dispute, being on the set during production, and what he thinks of the trailer and the rough cut he saw of Watchmen. He also talks about the possibility of working with Frank Miller and the message he took to Alan Moore from Will Eisner.

Have a listen to the interview and check out some of the other interviews by Mr Media.

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The Spirit spoof

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2008

Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira (Attack of the Show) do their own version of The Spirit.

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"My city screams" – Early reviews of The Spirit suggest many filmgoers are screaming twice as loud

Posted by LiveFor on December 19, 2008

Some early reviews for Frank Miller’s film based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit have started to permeate the web and they are not too good. Comparing it to Battlefield Earth is pretty bad.

Variety: “Frank Miller’s solo writing-directing debut plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air. Pushing well past the point of self-parody” … “There’s a lot going on here, but none of it sticks — not the shopworn plotting nor the arch, stilted dialogue. The actors often seem to be delivering their lines in ironic quote marks, suggesting a straight-faced sendup of noir and comicbook conventions that, whatever the intended effect, falls mostly flat.”

CBR: “The major problem with “The Spirit” isn’t necessarily Miller’s departure from the source material, but his reliance on his previously demonstrated techniques. The dialogue, visual effects and character types have all been seen in Miller work before. It’s nothing groundbreaking. An excellent creator should always strive towards something new. Instead, Miller took a baby step forward, offering slight variations to the work he accomplished with “Sin City.” The best thing he can do next is to create an all-new original film property that’s unique from his previous outings. Clearly, Frank Miller would never intentionally create a movie that desecrates Will Eisner’s prior work. Miller reportedly took the director job because he couldn’t imagine anyone else touching Eisner’s revered franchise. Still, if Miller’s mission was to emulate Eisner, he failed miserably. If his mission was to provide an exciting new take on the Spirit, then he fared marginally better. Viewers unfamiliar with the comics might enjoy “The Spirit” as an entertaining popcorn flick. Fans of Eisner’s work, however, are in for a major disappointment and should brace themselves for a cheese-fest more along the lines of “Sin City” or even “Starship Troopers” than the original comic book series.”

AICN: “I’ve seen something that has taken the top prize from “Battlefield Earth.” … “Okay, Mr. Miller. Let’s get it on.” … “Seriously, it’s not. You clearly don’t have any idea what you’re doing. Someone, ANYONE, over at Lionsgate should have known this. Fuck, it’s their JOB to know this. But they didn’t.” … “Folks, this movie is that bad. I heartily recommend it if you have a strong stomach and an even stronger sense of Bad-Movie-Love. Otherwise, steer clear.”

Unique Geek: “The Spirit starts off crazy when we expect serious, then tries to pull it back in, then goes for weird juvenile sight gags then tries to be tough, and we’re disoriented. Theres also a pathlogical fascination with a prop photocopy of Mendes’ rump. If you took a shot every time the camera cuts to it, you would be wasted by the third act, and maybe “wasted” is the right word to end with here. There’s a lot of work and opportunity that went by the wayside here, a lot of talented people and some great source material that never quite gels. The parts that look good, look good, but maybe next time, they’ll hire a fox to put it all together.”

Newsarama: “The Spirit does a precarious balancing act juxtaposing great moments and terrible ones, leaving audiences likely be split over which makes the greater impression.” … “The mosh of comedic banter and noir-ish drama worked well for the most part, but ultimately, those aforementioned moments of potential that flash and peek out now and again are too far and few between to save The Spirit from being a disappointment..”

Doesn’t sound good at all. Have you come across any other reviews for it?

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Frank Miller to do Buck Rogers

Posted by LiveFor on December 19, 2008

The early word on The Spirit movie by Frank Miller is that it is pretty bad (review coming soon) and that Frank should stick to doing the comic books or sitting next to Robert Rodriguez when he directs.

However, Odd Lot Entertainment, the creator and production company behind The Spirit, are close to teaming again on the classic sci-fi property Buck Rogers. Seems like an odd thing to commit to when The Spirit hasn’t even been released yet.

Hollywood Reporter have the news and they say, “Miller will write and direct his own big-screen take on the comic serial; while the creator has only begun to sketch ideas, it’s expected to be a darker take, with many of Miller’s signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption.”

I personally hope that, if Miller does make the film, that he tries to edge away from the green screen style set up in Sin City and The Spirit.

Buck Rogers is a fictional character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. Rogers is best known from the long-running syndicated newspaper comic strip. He also appeared in a radio show, a movie serial starring Buster Crabbe (above). Most recently there was the television series starring Gil Gerard as Buck and the lovely Erin Gray as Wilma Deering (right).

What would you want to see in a Buch Rogers films? Dark and menacing or primary colours and annoying short robots?

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Aronofsky want’s to recut The Fountain and Rourke says Sin City 2 is good to go

Posted by LiveFor on December 5, 2008

MTV were speaking to Darren Aronofsky, whose new movie, “The Wrestler,” won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival two months ago, and has just been nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Best Cinematography and Best Male Lead ( Mickey Rourke).

Interestingly Aronofsky said he would like to do a sort of recut on his film, “The Fountain,” (check out the review for The Fountain here).

“It wouldn’t be a ‘director’s cut, more like an alternate story told with the addition of unused footage from the first go-round. This would be a complicated project on a couple of levels, though, and it’s at least a few years away.”

They then spoke to Mickey Rourke about the status of “Sin City 2,” in which he will again place the excellent Marv. The project appears to have been held up by Robert Rodriguez’s dispute with the Directors Guild of America. Rodriguez quit the group when it refused to allow him to credit Frank Miller as the co-director of the 2005 “Sin City.” Once that mess has all been sorted out the sequel should be put on the fast track.

“Frank’s ready,” said Rourke. “And I’m ready, too.”

How do you feel about The Fountain being recut to be a different story? Would you see it? What did you think of it? Sin City 2 should hopefully be cool…think it will all depend on how The Spirit does at the box office.

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