Thulsa Doom

by Ryan Rigley

It's been several years now since we've heard any updates about the rumored "Thulsa Doom" movie, of which Djimon Hounsou was said to star in and produce. Thulsa Doom, of course, being the sinister sorcerer played by James Earl Jones in the original "Conan the Barbarian." In a recent interview with Hounsou, we found out what the deal is with the "Thulsa Doom" movie.

"I’m still trying to get somebody interested in it," Hounsou told MTV News regarding the project. "I certainly have been working on it for some time. It’s written and I’ve just been trying to put it together."

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Fans of Garth Ennis' violent comic-book series, "The Boys," are well-aware of one principal character's resemblance to Simon Pegg. In fact, series artist Darick Robertson has acknowledged that Scottish-brogue-spewing Hugh "Wee Hughie" Campbell was actually modeled after the "Shaun of the Dead" star. So, perhaps it's no surprise that Adam McKay, reportedly helming the planned film adaptation, would love to see Pegg in the role – assuming the film makes it to the screen.

Speaking to MTV News, Pegg acknowledged his interest in the part – even stating that he's read the script – but worries that he's possibly "too old" to play Wee Hughie.

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With "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and more on the horizon in 2012, it can be easy to forget about the fantastic comic book movies that already passed this year. No doubt about it, 2011 brought some of our all-time favorite superheroes to the big screen for the very first time.

We have our favorites, of course, but the question is, who was your favorite superhero of 2011? Click past the jump to see our candidates and make your voice heard!

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Comic book movie heroes and villains don't always make it out of their films alive. The baddies have a long tradition of biting the bullet by movie's end, but even some of the good guys are likely to go out in glorious fashion. The comic book flicks of 2011 provided more than a few awesome death scenes, but five of them stand above the rest in our eyes.

Here are the Splash Page team's picks for best comic book movie deaths in 2011 — needless to say, spoilers ahead!

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Christian SlaterSylvester Stallone’s new movie may not have a name yet, but the actors are piling on.

According to Variety, Christian Slater, Holt McCallany and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje have joined the cast. The movie is based on the comic book “Bullet to the Head,” though it seems the film will end up with a different title. The story is about a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) who helps a police officer kill the people who killed their partners.

Slater will play a handler and McCallany will play another police officer. It sounds as if Akinnuoye-Agbaje will have the juiciest role, because he gets to play the villain. His character will be taking advantage of the most poverty-stricken parts of New Orleans that have been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

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Last we heard from writer/director Adam McKay ("Anchorman"), his planned adaptation of the ultra-violent comic book series "The Boys" was still in the scripting stage, though he had already begun weighing the pros and cons of 3-D filming for the project.

MTV News caught up with McKay at last weekend's Comedy Awards, and while he confessed that "The Boys" script is still a work in progress, he's already taken meetings with some prominent actors regarding the film.

"I've sat with some people. I really like the idea of Russell Crowe for [Billy] Butcher," said McKay. "We met and had kind of an interesting meeting." Read More...

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Amber HeardConfession time: We weren't expecting to hear about any movement on a potential "Red Sonja" movie for at least a year, given all the headaches, delays, and uncertainties surrounding the most recent incarnation of the project — but it looks like we were wrong. Apparently, a "Red Sonja" movie is not only moving forward again, but it has a new director and star in its sights.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, "Drive Angry" producer Avi Lerner said a film based on the beautiful barbarian in a chain-mail bikini was on the agenda yet again at Nu Image Films, with "Con Air" director Simon West the favored filmmaker for the project. He also named "Drive Angry" actress Amber Heard (pictured) as his favorite contender for the title role. Read More...

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'The Boys'Comics fans might have been surprised that Adam McKay — he of the glass cage of "Anchorman" emotion and the minute-long "Step Brothers" fart joke — had signed on to direct an adaptation of the ultra-dark comic series, "The Boys." But McKay can actually talk eloquently and at length about comics, and his latest flick — "The Other Guys" — contains one motion-capture scene that is nearly as visually eye-popping as anything you might see in "Kick-Ass" or "Watchmen."

In fact, those two flicks will be among McKay's key inspirations for "The Boys," which just might become a 3-D flick.

"We're talking about it," he said. "We're kicking it around. There are pluses and minuses to 3-D. We'd have to do it in digital. When we get the final script done, I'll look at it and say, 'Is there enough going on here that we're going to want 3-D?'" Read More...

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Flash GordonFollowing the release of "The Crazies" earlier this year, director Breck Eisner's next project could be a remake of John Carpenter's "Escape from New York." However, Eisner recently extended his option for Alex Raymond's classic sci-fi comic strip "Flash Gordon," with an eye towards directing it down the line.

"'Flash Gordon' is a total passion project for me," said Eisner during an interview with Fearnet. "We've just extended the option and the studio's very committed in trying to make it happen."

"It's just a gigantic 3D experience with years of prep," continued Eisner. "It’s one of those movies you get once in a lifetime to make and for me it's been a passion of mine since I was a kid. If I could pick and just control everything I would love to make 'Flash Gordon,' it's really kind of my dream job, but it's multi-year, in terms of writing and designing." Read More...

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Green HornetIn case you missed it, the first official trailer for director Michel Gondry's "The Green Hornet" has premiered online with all the violence you would hope for from such an action-centric movie, not to mention the comedy we've come to expect from Seth Rogen.

Rogen and Gondry screened the trailer in Hollywood last evening and fielded questions from a group of journalists, including some of the SuperHeroHype crew. Rogen described the story of "Green Hornet" as a tale of friendship between his character, Britt Reid, and Jay Chou's Kato.

"I'm an irresponsible kind of idiot (as one might imagine) and my father dies and I form a friendship with someone else who did not have the highest opinion towards him. One of his employees, Kato," said Rogen. "Through that friendship, we realize that maybe we can create this kind of thing that will help us both live out our dreams. In time, we realize that each other's personalities are the most difficult thing to overcome and try to form this thing." Read More...

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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