Last week, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" actor Brandon Routh had the online world buzzing when he said the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's much-beloved series would be a "great mix of real people and drawn animation." How would the two styles blend in director Edgar Wright's vision for the film? Would O'Malley's hand be providing the aforementioned animation?
MTV News sat down with O'Malley during New York Comic Con to talk about just those subjects -- and his response shed a little more light on what "Scott Pilgrim" might end up looking like on the big screen.
"I think what he said was kind of blown out of proportion by the rumor mill," said O'Malley of Routh's description of the film. "It's not going to be like half the thing is hand-animated, like they're saying on the Internet lately." Read More...
Brian Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" books certainly aren't your typical comics -- blending dynamic rock 'n' roll with crazy fight action, all told in a unique, iconic art style -- so why would anyone think director Edgar Wright’s adaptation of the indie comic darling, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," would be a typical feature film?
According to an interview with Collider.com, recently-announced "Pilgrim" co-star Brandon Routh says fans looking forward to the film should expect just that -- a distinctive-looking flick that blends live-action with hand-drawn animation.
"It's a really interesting movie, people are gonna be shocked by this," Routh told Collider at the premiere of "Fanboys" in Beverly Hills. "It's a great mix of real people and drawn animation, and some really cool things that [Wright] is doing with it. It's gonna look awesome." Read More...
After months of silence on the "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" front, we're being inundated with casting announcements! Yesterday, we brought you news that Chris Evans and Aubrey Plaza had joined the "Scott Pilgrim" cast. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Pilgrim won't just have Johnny Storm to fight for Ramona Flowers' affection, but Superman, too. Brandon Routh has signed on to play evil boyfriend #3, Todd Ingram, a rocker with vegan psychic powers.
Not to be outdone by the established superheroes, Satya Bhabha will be playing ex #1, Matthew Patel, a man of mystical powers who can summon demon hipster girls at will. Mae Whitman will play ex #4, Roxanne Richter, Ramona's college roommate who is half ninja. Read More...
The title may be "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," but despite the recent casting announcements, there haven't been any actual villains for the lovelorn titular character to face off against.
Well, after a series of castings for his friends, it looks like Scott Pilgrim finally has an enemy (and an annoying stalker) as Ain't It Cool News announced that Chris Evans (he of "Fantastic Four" and "Push" fame) has been cast as Lucas Lee -- a skateboarding movie star and one of the "Seven Evil Exes" Pilgrim (played by Michael Cera) must defeat in order to win the heart of Ramona V. Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Read More...
And the comic book movie casting news continues to flood the 'tubes this month, as HitFix drops the exclusive scoop that Kieran Culkin has signed on to star in the upcoming "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" film, based on the acclaimed series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
According to the news, Culkin will play the role of Wallace Wells, best bud and roommate of Scott Pilgrim (who will be played by Michael Cera). This comes after a months-long lull in reports from the "Scott Pilgrim" front, so the fact that casting is moving forward serves as good news for fans who are eagerly anticipating the graphic novel's jump to the silver screen. Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") is onboard to direct "Scott Pilgrim" and has promised to honor the source material with the film. Read More...
As we noted last month, fans of Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber's groundbreaking comic series, "Whiteout," who had been patiently waiting for any news regarding the long overdue film adaptation were rewarded for their dedication when Dark Castle released the official international teaser poster. And over the weekend, Warner Bros. gave "Whiteout" fans even more to get excited over, releasing a series of new promo shots from the true crime thriller.
You can check out all the arctic goodness after the jump... Read More...
Over the past few years, "Whiteout" has been the comic book movie equivalent to Guns N' Roses "Chinese Democracy" -- delayed to the point that fans have either completely forgotten about it, or assumed it just wasn't gonna happen altogether. However, as we've learned with the long awaited new G N' R album, patience pays off, and in terms of "Whiteout," all fans need is the occasional reminder that, yes, the movie's definitely going to happen.
That said, besides news of the film's seemingly endless delays (originally, it was supposed to be in theaters this year but now has a Sept. 11, 2009 release), little has been seen to let us know the status of the film. But luckily for fans of Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber's Antarctican thriller, ShockTillYouDrop.com has released a new poster from the film. While many claim to have seen it at last year's San Diego Comic Con, Dark Castle has released the poster officially.
After the jump, check out the poster in full. Read More...
While it might seem like an unlikely pairing, Variety reports that "You, Me and Dupree" directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo will be writing a grim graphic novel for Oni Press about a hostage negotiator navigating one of South America's most dangerous cities, as well as adapting the story for film.
According to the trade, "Ciudad" tells the tale of "a weary hostage extractor who travels to Paraguay's Ciudad del Este, a border town considered one of the world's most dangerous and corrupt locales, to save a kidnap victim."
Popular "Green Arrow" artist Ande Parks is teamed with the Russos for the print project, which is scheduled for a 2009 release from Oni. Paramount Pictures will produce the "Ciudad" film.
What do you think about this type of simultaneous comic/film project? Sound off in the comment section!
We could barely keep up with all the news this week, so here's your hook-up in case you missed anything...
- It was a kick-ass week for "Kick-Ass," as announcements about casting and production ruled the internet.
- The cast of "The Greatest American Hero" talked with us about their upcoming comics and webisodes.
- Tom Cruise and Sam Raimi hopped aboard the "Sleeper" train, and Ed Brubaker shared his thoughts with us about it.
- Warner Bros. dropped some hints about what DC fans can expect from them in the coming years -- "Batman 3," at least two other new franchises, and a darker-toned revamp of Superman...but will Bryan Singer be on board?
- Brad Meltzer spoke with us about "The Book of Lies," and also shared an exclusive song from the book's soundtrack.
- Antony Johnston talked about his graphic novel, "Julius," making the jump from indie comic to Hollywood.
- Harvey Dent is dead.
- John Moore wants everyone to lighten-up about serious subject matter in movies.
- And despite a lawsuit and possible boycotts by fans, there was still plenty of Watchmen news to keep excitement alive.
Thanks for stopping by this week, fellow nerds and nerdbirds! We'll see you on Monday!
Following up on yesterday's news about Oni's Press' "Julius" making the jump to Hollywood via Mandalay Pictures, we checked in with writer/creator Antony Johnston and spoke with him about his thoughts on the deal, and what he hopes to see when his retelling of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" goes from the comic page to the big screen.
"'Closed on Mondays' -- which is Oni's production arm -- have been shopping [Julius] pretty much since it was published, and the first I knew about this sort of deal was actually at the San Diego Comic-Con this year," recalled Johnston about when he first heard of the deal. "I couldn’t really talk about it, had to kind of keep it under my hat, so I’m pleased that it’s finally been made public."
And now that the news has been made public, Johnston would like to dispel some rumors that were made after the announcement was made yesterday. "I’m not contracted to write the screenplay or anything like that, contrary to what some of the blogs have been reporting which I find hilarious," he said with a laugh. "The amount that some people read into the briefest press releases I find highly amusing. But, hopefully, I’ve been told that they’ll be eager for my input." Read More...