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R.I.P.D.Back in 2008, Dark Horse Comics signed a deal with Universal to bring "R.I.P.D." to the big screen with David Dobkin attached to direct and a script by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (who have also worked on a script for "The Boys"). Although Dobkin has since moved on from the project, another comic book movie director may step in to take his place.

Robert Schwentke — the director of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's "Red" — has been approached to helm "R.I.P.D," according to The Los Angeles Times. Universal reportedly wants to film "R.I.P.D." next summer to fill a hole in Ryan Reynolds' schedule, after the "Green Lantern" star agreed to do the film earlier this year. Read More...

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James MarstersEarlier this summer, the CW Network hinted that a number of former "Smallville" cast members will return for the tenth and final season. And now it appears that one of the actors may be coming in a slightly different role.

According to TV Guide, James Marsters will appear in the 200th episode of "Smallville" as Brianiac 5, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, whom executive producer Kelly Souders describes as "a slippery fish with a questionable moral compass."

Over on Fancast, "Smallville" executive producer Brian Peterson added that the 200th episode will be “one big event — and you have to wait for the last few minutes for it." He also stated that the episode will “explore a little bit of the past, the present and the future. We kind of do a little look back to where we’ve been, and we also take a look at where Clark is going.” Read More...

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Turn Off The DarkAfter a long and troubled development, "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" may finally be ready for Broadway.

According to Yahoo News, the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" have announced that preview performances will begin on November 14, with an official opening night on December 21.

Although Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming stepped aside from their respective roles as Mary Jane Watson and Green Goblin/Norman Osborn, Jennifer Damiano and Patrick Page have been confirmed as their replacements. Reeve Carney will also remain as Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man). Read More...

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Back in March, Chris Evans won the title role in director Joe Johnston's "The First Avenger: Captain America," beating out a wide list of candidates including Garrett Hedlund, Wilson Bethel, Mike Vogel, Channing Tatum, and John Krasinski.

Although Evans has previously admitted his trepidation about playing Steve Rogers; when asked about it at the San Diego Comic-Con, Evans elaborated upon the reason for his initial reluctance.

"It wasn't an easy yes. I was nervous," confessed Evans. "I get nervous in things like this and Captain America just means a lot of this. I was in a really happy place in my life; kind of in a happy medium place in my career and Captain America just changes things and there's no 'off' switch once you walk down that road." Read More...

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Nick FuryDuring Comic-Con, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated that "S.H.I.E.L.D." is under consideration as one of Marvel's first films after "The Avengers."

Several years prior to that, "Castle" creator Andrew W. Marlowe had written a screenplay for "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D" which was side-stepped by Fury's appearances in "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers." However, according to Marlowe, Marvel may still use his script to give Fury his own franchise.

"The guys at Marvel are really smart guys," Marlowe told Movieweb during the San Diego Comic-Con. "They want to use Nick Fury in 'The Avengers' series. The script I wrote was more of the [Jim] Steranko 'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.' sort of thing. Part of their concern is that Nick has never really carried his own series. There have been limited runs, special editions... and I think what they're hoping to do is educate the mass audience on Nick Fury before they jump into it." Read More...

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Green LanternDirector Martin Campbell's "Green Lantern" adaptation may be almost a year away, but Warner Brothers and DC clearly seem to think it will be one of their next major franchises.

Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers has already started to move forward on the sequel and has hired Michael Goldenberg to write "Green Lantern 2." Goldenberg is a playwright who has also written screenplays for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Contact," "Peter Pan" and "Where The Wild Things Are." Goldenberg also did a rewrite for the first "Green Lantern" movie, which recently wrapped production in Louisiana.

Back in June, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim — the original "Green Lantern" screenwriters — were hired by Warner Brothers to write outlines for both "Green Lantern 2" and "The Flash" with an option to write the script for one of those films. Read More...

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NemesisWhen it comes to optioning creator owned comics, Mark Millar seems to have the golden touch. Following the release of "Kick-Ass" in theaters earlier this year, Millar's latest comic book project has also found a home on the big screen.

According to Bleeding Cool (and later confirmed by Deadline), Fox has picked up the film rights for Millar and Steve McNiven's "Nemesis" with Tony Scott attached to direct and his Scott Free Productions signed on to produce as well. As a director, Scott is perhaps best known for helming "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide" and "Enemy of The State."

More recently, Scott has collaborated with Denzel Washington on a number of films, including "Man on Fire," "Deja Vu," "The Taking of Pelham 123" and the upcoming "Unstoppable." Read More...

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When Chris Evans was cast as the lead in "The First Avenger: Captain America," one of the first questions fans had was if he could build his body up and more closely resemble the way Steve Rogers appeared in the comic.

Apparently, the issue was on Evans mind as well. During the San Diego Comic-Con, MTV News asked Evans if the role required him to undergo special training to develop his body into the shape of a super soldier.

"Yeah, absolutely. I'd been in the gym for a bit. It was tricky, I was working on another project prior to this. So there was a limit to how big I could get, because obviously I can't morph—" Read More...

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Back in January, "Green Lantern" director Martin Campbell revealed that Mark Strong was up for the role of Sinestro opposite Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan. Perhaps best known for his more recent villainous roles in "Sherlock Holmes" and "Kick-Ass," Strong's hiring was met with general approval from fans of the original comic.

While Sinestro's visual appearance was recently shown to be true to his appearance within the comics, MTV News recently posed the question to Strong as to whether his character would allow his power ring to do most of the work for him or if Sinestro would have a physical part in the action as well.

"Half and half," replied Strong. "You very rightly point out that when we have a scrap together, Sinestro tests Hal initially. And a lot of that, because he's an accomplished Green Lantern, is done through the power of his thought. But there's some physical stuff, too." Read More...

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ObliviionLast year, Radical Publishing signed a deal with "Tron Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski to develop "Oblivion" as an illustrated novel in addition to picking up the movie rights. And while the project was initially signed without a studio attached, "Oblivion" has found a home in Hollywood.

Disney has snapped up the film rights to "Oblivion," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reportedly, the studio was interested in keeping Kosinski "in the Disney fold" considering that he is directing the hotly anticipated "Tron Legacy," which will debut in December.

The report also indicates that the deal was "in the seven figures," which may make it one of the biggest rights deals of the year. Read More...

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