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'Preacher'So they're finally going to make a "Preacher" movie. Who should they cast? We have a few recommendations.

JESSE CUSTER
When "Preacher" was first getting off the ground years ago, James Marsden was cast as Jesse, a former preacher who has the Voice of God -- when he speaks, you have no choice but to follow his command, even if it's "Eat your gun." Marsden, no offense, doesn't seem quite that powerful. But Nathan Fillion -- who already played a nasty preacher on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and got the western thing down pat on "Firefly" -- seems like he could make anyone do his bidding.

Runners-up: Johnny Depp, Casey Affleck, or Matthew McConaughey (if you dye his hair black).

TULIP O'HARE
Tulip is a tomboy who her dad (when he thought she'd be a he) wanted to name John William Grady O'Hare. Practically raised as a boy, Tulip needs to have a certain toughness -- no big, weepy empathetic eyes. Cameron Diaz originally wanted the part, but she still seems a little too sweet. How about Ali Larter?

Runners-up: Terminatrix Kristanna Loken also has the right look, but does she have the range? Read More...

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Neil GaimanWith Halloween mere days away, it was a nice surprise when Neil Gaiman dropped by the MTV offices to discuss his latest project, "The Graveyard Book" -- now number one on its respective New York Times list. Given the intense interest in Hollywood to adapt it before it ever came out, we had to ask: Will there be a movie version?

Yes, according to Gaiman.

"I don't know if I can talk about this, but seeing that you've asked me, and seeing that I haven't been told by anybody that I can't talk about it," Neil revealed, "but yes."

Despite the various Hollywood studios who bid on "The Graveyard Book" -- a couple of which proposed to make the story about a boy raised by ghosts into an animated feature -- the author decided he wanted a live-action version instead ("I want to see the ghosts for real. I want to be able to touch the graveyard"). Read More...

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Kevin SmithTaking Kevin Smith’s name in vain is a running joke on “Entourage” – so much so that Smith likes to joke, “Ari Gold? He’ll never be my agent. And I’m never going to work with Vinnie Chase.”

At the New York premiere of “Zack and Miri Make A Porno” -- part of the kickoff for the CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival -- Smith reminisced during a Q&A session about how a fictional story on “Entourage” bled into his real life, and all because they cited him as the writer for a movie on the show.

In season three, Vincent Chase was about to do “Aquaman 2,” but balks because instead of James Cameron directing, Michael Bay is stepping in. And instead of Andrew Kevin Walker ("Se7en") writing, it’s Kevin Smith. “They’re rushing it into production, and so they’re having a scene where they’re talking about who’s directing, who’s writing it, and my name comes up,” Smith said. “And they’re like, ‘F--k!’” (Actually, it was more like a collective groan, with Vincent saying, ‘F--k you, Ari! I want off this movie!”).

“That stung a little bit,” Smith admitted. “But the weirdest thing was that afterwards, for the next two months, people would come up and congratulate me. ‘I hear you’re doing “Aquaman 2”!’ And I was like, ‘Motherf---er, did you ever see ‘Aquaman 1’?!” Read More...

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'Dr. Who'Before "The Invisibles," before "Doom Patrol," before "Animal Man," even before "Zenith" -- there was "Doctor Who." Grant Morrison cut his teeth on the comic versions sprung from the TV version, writing three stories that 20-some years later, people still talk about. Accordingly, IDW is reprinting them, with the first issue collecting "Changes" and "Culture Shock," now in color and currently in stores, with other early stories by Dave Gibbons soon to come. And now, Morrison wants to do more.

"[These stories] were very early on, when I was starting to work in comics," Morrison said. "And it came up because I met John Ridgeway through some other work ['Liberators'] on Warrior, so it was kind of through John, he suggested it. I was a big 'Doctor Who' fan all my life, so it was a good fit, you know. I absolutely enjoyed doing it, and I would love to do more with 'Doctor Who.'" Read More...

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'City of Dust' #2Even before Steve Niles' "City of Dust" was released, people thought it was destined for the big screen -- and now, with Radical Publishing's new financing deal, that looks to be the case.

"City of Dust" is Niles’ first attempt at science fiction -- with just enough horror in the mix to make the writer feel right at home. The story follows detective Philip Khrome, who turned in his own father for "thought crimes" as a boy, as he attempts to understand a new kind of monster that’s attacking his city in a future world where imagination, books, and religion have been outlawed.

(After the jump, read more about Steve Niles' "City of Dust" and get an exclusive sneak peek at the second issue!) Read More...

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'Harbinger'Neil Gaiman doesn't just adapt his own work -- he's just as ready and willing to take on someone else's comic or graphic novel and adapt it for the big screen.

For the past two years, Gaiman and Roger Avary (also known as the "Beowulf" writing team ) had been working to adapt Charles Burns' acclaimed graphic novel "Black Hole" -- you know, the twelve-issue series where high school kids in the '70s get a sexually transmitted disease called "teen plague," which at first, has no known cause. Some only got a rash. Others became monsters and grew new body parts, like a tail or an extra mouth or webbing. It's like a mini-AIDS, with all the sexual-social outsider issues that entails but way more mutations.

Splat Packer Alexandre Aja ("The Hills Have Eyes," "Mirrors") was originally going to direct, but then David Fincher came aboard. Good for name recognition at the box office, not always so good for the writers working under him. "Once they got David Fincher on," Gaiman said, "David explained his process consisted of having over ten drafts, done over and over, and Roger and I were sort of asked if we wanted to, if we were interested in doing that. And we definitely weren't." Read More...

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'Epilogue'So what if HBO already has one vampire series? Writer Steve Niles says his “Epilogue” series –- now out through IDW -– would be perfect for the channel, and even though vampires are involved, it takes more of a bite out of crime, not necks.

“I love superheroes and I never get a chance to write them,” Niles said. “So I created my own.”

Ethan Smart has a wife and two kids, until his family is attacked by vampires. He barely escapes and becomes a vampire himself, but like a certain serial killer on HBO’s rival network, he has a code -– he’ll only feed off people who hurt other people. Read More...

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Eric BogosianIt’s not easy getting a movie made. And sometimes, it’s even harder to get a graphic novel made. Just ask actor and author Eric Bogosian, who has had an idea for the past ten years for a “futuristic fantasy story” that he first pitched to movie companies, and when that didn’t pan out, turned to comic book publishers such as Vertigo (home of one of his comic book heroes, Neil Gaiman).

Bogosian even got pretty far with it – “we had an artist, a guy out of Argentina who was pretty awesome, set up and everything” – before it fizzled out.

“The problem is,” Bogosian explained when we caught up with him at the Directors Guild Honors in New York on Thursday (October 16), “what they want to do is make a deal to do the graphic novel, which would be great, and there’s no money there, which is fine -- obviously you’re doing it for the fun of it -- but if a movie comes out of it, then they guarantee that they will not pay you for it, that they will screw you.” Read More...

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Grant MorrisonGrant Morrison is knee-deep in aliens these days as he finishes up a script for Paramount called "Area 51." And while you've seen Area 51 depicted a number of different ways in television and movies over the years -- from "Independence Day" to "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" -- this one, he said, will offer something new.

"It's a new take on the mythology," Morrison promised.

Morrison's version is an adaptation of the Midway video game, in which a viral outbreak shuts down a research facility, the scientific and military personnel are locked inside under quarantine, and a small special forces unit led by the hazardous materials division investigates. In the game, the main character from HAZMAT discovers that the mutated virus controls the minds of those infected, as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility, and he has to solve several mysteries and uncover many conspiracies -- including men in black to the Illuminati -- to prevent the virus from being released and mutating life on Earth. Read More...

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One of the biggest bits of news coming out of Comic-Con was the announcement that Neil Gaiman would be writing Batman -- a two-parter, one for Batman, one for Detective Comics, to follow "Batman R.I.P." For his part, Neil announced that he wouldn't be talking about it, at least not much.

"So I don't have to write lots and lots of emails back to all the journalists," he blogged. "1) Yes, I am writing a two part Batman story. 2) Yes, Andy Kubert will be drawing it. 3) Yes, it will be two oversized issues. 4) No, I don't plan to say anything else about it until it's all written and drawn."

Still, we had to try. So when he was in town for his "Graveyard Book" tour -- and the book is number one on its respective list, congrats, Neil -- we asked about his "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" two-parter. At first, he sat mute, with an almost smile on his face. Then, after a bit, "Oh, no. I'm not saying anything," he said. Then, after a bit more, he relented.

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