DeadpoolBack in June, reports circulated that Robert Rodriguez was offered the "Deadpool" movie starring Ryan Reynolds in the title role. Although Rodriguez confirmed to MTV News at Comic-Con that he had read an early draft of the script, further information has been hard to come by... until now.

According to The Los Angeles Times, discussions between Fox and Rodriguez have advanced "beyond the casual discussion stage" and have moved on to negotiating deal points. If Rodriguez does agree to direct "Deadpool," it would be after he finishes "Spy Kids 4." Read More...

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LoreAfter last year's San Diego Comic-Con International, Ashley Wood sold the film rights for "World War Robot" to Jerry Bruckheimer. Keeping his Comic-Con tradition alive, Wood optioned another property coming out of this year's show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wood and his wife/collaborator T.P. Louise have sold the rights for "Lore" to Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion. Cory Goodman ("Priest") and Jeremy Lott are attached to write the screenplay. Goodman has recently written the screenplay for the remake of David Cronenberg's "The Brood."

The story is said to be about a young man who is reluctantly drawn into a secret order calling themselves Shepherds who are charging with protecting humanity from the monsters and witches of folklore. The producers reportedly view "Lore" as a potential "Men in Black" style action-adventure franchise. Read More...

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Tom WellingWith the tenth and final season of "Smallville" coming this fall, one of the main questions on the minds of the fans is whether Tom Welling's Clark Kent will finally step up and become Superman. And according to Welling, it will finally happen.

"Yeah, that's the plan," Welling told The Flickcast, when asked if he would become Superman this season. "I don't know how they're going to do it, but I know that inevitably, that's where we get to."

"[The Superman costume] looks good," added Welling. "I wasn't there when they shot it on set. I was actually on another stage shooting something else. But I know what it looks like." Read More...

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Boiler PlateBad Robot may have just picked up its first... good robot.

J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot have picked up the rights to “Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be produced at Paramount and is based upon the graphic novel of the same name by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. Outlaw Productions's Deborah Newmyer ("The Ugly Truth") brought the project to Bad Robot and will stay on board as a producer.

"Boilerplate" was created back in 2000 by Guinan as part of a online graphic novel pitch that featured a late 19th century Victorian era robot interacting with a number of historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa in convincingly photoshopped pictures that led some visitors to believe that Boilerplate was a real robot. The "Boilerplate" graphic novel was finally released last year by Abrams Image. Read More...

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Dead@17Back in March, "Dead@17" creator Josh Howard told MTV News that Dennis Iliadis ("Last House On The Left") had signed on to direct the potential feature film adaptation. And now the project has a new screenwriter as well.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach recently left the following statement on Twitter: "Oh, here's another riddle - what has two thumbs and is adapting Josh Howard's 'Dead@17' for the movies?" Howard later confirmed the news after posting an update of his own: "Met with the writer of the (potential) 'Dead@17' movie yesterday. Despite my fears, it went very well. Nara and Hazy are in good hands."

Last year, Howard revealed that "Superman Returns" and “X2: X-Men United” screenwriter Mike Dougherty was attached to adapt it and mentioned that “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens was being pursued to play the lead character, Nara Kilday. Read More...

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TronWhen Disney finalized its deal to purchase Marvel back in December, one of the inevitable questions was: which Disney comic would Marvel publish first? It turns out, the answer is "Tron."

Marvel Comics has announced a two-issue miniseries called "Tron: The Betrayal," which will tie into the upcoming "Tron Legacy" film. The miniseries will serialize the "Tron: The Betrayal" graphic novel by Jai Nitz and Andie Tong, which will be published by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Salvador Larroca ("Invincible Iron Man") is attached as the cover artist and the announcement also hints that additional stories "by some of the top names in comics today" may also be included.

"Tron: The Betrayal" reportedly takes place shortly after the end of the first film, with Kevin Flynn in charge of both Encom and the Grid. In order to maintain control of both, Flynn is reunited with his old friend, the courageous program known as Tron. Read More...

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CrosshairTop Cow's next 'Pilot Season' may not begin until October, but they've already picked a winner.

According to Variety, Mandeville Films (a subsidiary company of Disney) and Top Cow made a deal during last week's San Diego Comic-Con International to bring "Crosshair" — one of the 2010 "Pilot Season" books — to the big screen. "Crosshair" was created and co-written by Marc Silvestri and Jeff Katz, with art by Allan Jefferson.

The one-shot comic — which will be released this October — follows a former CIA assassin turned family man named Justin Weller who discovers that he's been brainwashed to kill the President and he has less than two days to uncover the conspiracy behind it before someone triggers his "programming," which may be irreversible once active. Read More...

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Ant-ManA few hours prior to the unveiling of "The Avengers" cast at the San Diego Comic-Con International, director Joss Whedon indicated that Ant-Man — one of the original members of the team in the comics — would not be used within the film. However, it may be director Edgar Wright's take on Ant-Man that helped determine whether the character would appear or not.

"I talked to [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige about that a while back where we just discussed about whether [Ant-Man] would be in 'The Avengers.'" Wright told Cinema Blend. "The thing is, the script that I’ve written, you know, whether it’s next or not I don’t know, the chronology of it or the way it works wouldn’t really fit in with what they do. And my film is very much an introduction to that character, and so it wasn’t something where it felt right to introduce him in that film." Read More...

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Jon FavreauEarlier this month, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Ed Norton would not reprise his role as the Hulk in "The Avengers," drawing a strong rebuke from Norton's agent and a more measured response from Norton himself.

Although Mark Ruffalo was revealed as Norton's replacement during the San Diego Comic-Con, the topic has continued to generate discussion, even during an interview with "Iron Man" director and "Avengers" producer, Jon Favreau — who went through a similar situation when he recast Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes in place of Terrence Howard during "Iron Man 2."

"It's tricky," Favreau told IGN. "I know Edward, and I dig the guy's talent tremendously. He's always been a very great guy... I'm sure that however this comes out, it's going to be something that's amenable to both the filmmaker and the studio." Read More...

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The CrowEarlier this year, director Stephen Norrington said that his remake of "The Crow" would begin filming this summer. And while a lead actor has still not been announced, another screenwriter has potentially come on board the project.

According to The Wrap, "The Crow" producer Ed Pressman has indicated that Australian musician Nick Cave has been signed to rewrite the film. Cave has previously written the scripts for "Ghosts... of the Civil Dead" and "The Proposition," in addition to writing an unproduced "Gladiator" sequel at the behest of Russell Crowe and "The Promised Land," which is based upon the Matt Bondurant novel, "The Wettest County in the World."

Back in June, Pressman told MTV News that Norrington's screenplay for "The Crow" was both finished and "terrific." He also indicated that film was in the casting stage. Read More...

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