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Boom Studios

by Brett White

That big "boom" you heard was the sound of up-and-coming comic book company Boom! Studios closing an unprecedented deal with movie studio giant 20th Century Fox.

As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the Boom!/Fox partnership comes hot on the heels of the success of the Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington late-summer action film "2 Guns," a property based on a Boom! Studios series from 2007. The deal marks a big win for comic book companies and creators. Under the new deal, Boom! Studios will get first-dollar gross from Fox movies based on its properties. Those earnings will then be split up in half, with the publisher and the comic book creators each getting paid.

As Boom!'s founder and CEO Ross Richie told THR, this marks a huge step forward in the way comic book creators have been treated after their work has hit the big screen. "In an era where ['Avengers' co-creator and artist] Jack Kirby doesn't get paid for 'The Avengers,' we are bringing the Jack Kirbys into the circle," said Richie. "They can use our expertise in the field while they focus on being creative."

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Unthinkable

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Following the "2 Guns" feature film and the recently optioned "Day Men," it now looks like Boom! Studios is expanding into television with "Unthinkable." According to The Hollywood Reporter, The 2009 limited series by Mark Sable and Julian Totino Tedesco is being developed for Fox by Howard Gordon of "24," "X-Files" and "Homeland" fame.

The story of an FBI agent tasked with working alongside a screenwriter in an attempt to prevent terrorist scenarios may seem a bit like ABC's current series "Castle," as comic book writer Sable told MTV Geek in an exclusive interview. "On the one hand he's the perfect TV hero. Who better to stop a terrorist scenario than the guy who dreamed it up."

As far-fetched as the premise might seem, Sable revealed that it's all based in reality. "After 9/11, the government really did put together a think tank of screenwriters and novelists trying to come up with worst case terrorist scenarios before the bad guys did."

For more on the in-development comic book adaptation, check out MTV Geek's full exclusive interview with Mark Sable.

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Day Men

by Brett White

Watch out Marvel, because it looks like Boom! Studios is on the way up. Following fellow Boom! Studios alum "2 Guns'" #1 debut at the box office, it looks like the indie publisher could be poised for even more film adaptations. Deadline has reported that "Day Men"—by Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson, and Brian Stelfreze—has been optioned by Universal in what's reported to be a pre-emptive seven-figure bid.

The series follows a covert group of humans charged with protecting vampires while they sleep during the day, a plan that gets all kinds of messed up when when things get heated between two rival vampire families. The crazy thing is, this series has one issue out and just debuted from Boom! Studios last month. Now that's a quick turnaround, especially considering how long properties like "Preacher" have been hanging out, waiting for the movie treatment.

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Kick-Ass

"Kick-Ass 2" is still scheduled to kick some ass this summer — just a bit later than we were hoping for.

Universal has moved the release date for the comic book movie sequel from its original June 28 spot to August 16. That means "Kick-Ass 2" will close out Universal's summer slate, which sounds like a hell of a way to end the summer months to us!

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2 Guns

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are bad-asses — and they're about to be bad-asses together, whether they like it or not.

The award-winning actors are in the lead roles of "2 Guns," the upcoming adaptation of the Boom Studios comic book about an undercover DEA agent and a Navy intelligence officer forced to work together towards a common goal. The first official photo from the film has been released, and you can see it in full below.

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2 Guns

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington have finished filming "2 Guns," and director Baltasar Kormakur is currently busy cutting up his director's cut of the movie. It's due in to Universal by Christmas, and he promises that the final product will be as great as we all hope it will be.

"It relies less on action, let's put it that way, which I appreciate. I don’t mind doing action, I can have fun doing action, but I'm more interested in character-based work," Kormakur told Collider of the tone in the film. "There is some good action in it, but it doesn't go to the extreme of action. It's actually, I think, hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions."

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Fred Ward

Those tremors you're feeling? That's the sensation one feels when they learn that Fred Ward has been cast in a new action movie.

The "Tremors" actor (now do you see what I did up there? Boy, is it going to be a long week!) has joined the cast of "2 Guns," the Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington-starring action flick based on the Boom! Studios comic book, reports Variety.

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His days as Cyclops are probably at an end — which is complete and utter bull-crap, by the way — but James Marsden's time in the comic book movie space isn't over.

Marsden is set to join the increasingly star-studded cast of "2 Guns," the Boom Studios comic book adaptation, Variety reports. The erstwhile Scott Summers will saddle up alongside an incredible ensemble that includes Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Bill Paxton, Paula Patton and Edward James Olmos.

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Casting Edward James Olmos is always a good idea. (So say we all.) So casting him in "2 Guns," the upcoming adaptation of the Boom Studios comic book—as the villain, no less—is probably something we're all going to agree upon as a very, very good idea.

Variety has the news that the erstwhile Admiral William Adama is joining the cast of "2 Guns" as one of the film's central villains. He'll play Papi Greco, "a dangerous Mexican druglord who runs up against" the movie's heroes played by Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington.

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There's some "Big Love" headed in Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington's general direction: according to Variety, the two stars of "2 Guns" are getting some company in the form of Bill Paxton, who is joining the Universal action flick from director Baltasar Kormakur.

Based on the comic book published by Boom Studios, "2 Guns" focuses on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who are unwittingly pitted against each other by outside forces. When they realized that they're both being set up, they team together to clear their names.

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