By Ryan J Downey
The panel for "Priest," the first Tokyo Pop graphic novel to be given the film treatment, boasted exclusive footage of the post apocalyptic vampire movie, which features a pair of vampires from "True Blood" and "Twilight."
Here's a moment-by-moment report:
Director Scott Stewart takes the stage and asks the crowd to get out their 3D glasses as he introduced exclusive Comic-Con footage that will not be released elsewhere anytime soon.
Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer, Karl Urban, Maggie Q and Priest himself, Paul Bettany, join Stewart on stage. Urban's introduction gets the biggest response.
Bettany said he had a "rapport" and a "shorthand" pretty immediately when they started working on "Legion." He loved working on "Priest" with him especially because the budget was bigger which allowed for more "grandeur." Read More...
Sony Screen Gems has opted to push back the adaptation of Hyung Min-Woo's "Priest."
According to Superhero Hype, the new release date for "Priest" will be on May 13, 2011. "Priest" was originally going to be released this year on August 27, but was subsequently pushed back to January 2011 when it was decided that the film will be converted into 3-D.
Based on Min-Woo's original manga series, "Priest" stars Paul Bettany as a renegade warrior priest who defies the church and teams up with a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a priestess (Maggie Q) to save his kidnapped niece from a group of dangerous vampires. Karl Urban, Lily Collins, Steven Moyer, Brad Dourif and Christopher Plummer round out the cast. Read More...
What do the Red Hot Chili Peppers, British rockers Oasis and Beck all have in common? They're all joining together on an upcoming comic book adaptation!
Well, in fairness, Beck the musician won't have anything to do with the project. Instead, the Anime News Network is reporting that Oasis and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will lend their talents to the film adaptation of Harold Sakuishi's rock-and-roll manga series "Beck," currently set to debut in Japan on September 4th, 2010.
According to the report, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will provide "Around the World" as the film's opening theme song, while Oasis will lend "Don't Look Back in Anger" as the ending track. Read More...
The setup of "Priest" may sound like the beginning of a joke, "So a priest, a sherrif and a priestess…" but once the plot point of rescuing the priests' niece from vampires is thrown into the mix, the premise becomes relatively rich with action and horror potential.
Those factors could very well be the reason behind Screen Gems' decision to take the film 3D when it opens on its new release date of January 14, 2011.
"We're thrilled with the way 'Priest' has come together, and we saw some spectacular sequences in the film that we all believed would be even more amazing in 3D." said Clint Culpepper, President of Screen Gems in an official press release, "Scott, as well as the producers, couldn't be more excited to make the film available for audiences in both 2D and 3D." Read More...
THE STORY: "King City" by Brandon Graham (W/A) - Image Comics/Tokyopop
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A 20-something, lock-picking adventurer named Joe returns to his home city of the future with unclear intentions and a kind-hearted friend named Pete who gets in over his head while agreeing to help some Mafiosos take care of a life-size sea-monkey girl they've been raising for illicit purposes.
Joe gets dragged back into the rough rackets of King City, all the while on a seeming collision course to rendezvous with his ex-girlfriend.
"Twilight" actor Cam Gigandet went on record last year to dispute reports that he would be playing a vampire in director Scott Stewart's "Priest." Since then, we've seen what he and his co-star Paul Bettany look like in the film and heard actor Karl Urban's take on the "vampire Western" with fangs.
Stewart spoke with MTV News recently and shed even more light on the film, explaining how the "Priest" comics' creator Min-Woo Hyung helped shape the film adaptation, why the release date wobbled and why his vampires aren't traditional transformed humans.
"Our vampires are not human," Stewart told MTV News. "They’re not people." Read More...
While the upcoming release of Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" has the comics crowd abuzz with its blend of sequential art, humor and rock and roll, fans may also be excited to hear that one of the series' influences will also get its cinematic due this year.
An adaptation of Harold Sakuishi's "Beck" manga and subsequent anime series "Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad," is currently in production for a fall release in Japan. The serialized story that ran from 2000-2008 follows a group of Japanese teenagers as they rock the path from obscurity to stardom.
The Hollywood vampire craze is leaking into comic book territory with the upcoming movie "Priest," an adaptation of the popular manga series. The film already has "Twilight" and "True Blood" credibility thanks to performances from Cam Gigandet and Stephen Moyer, but there's a sci-fi veteran is bringing a little bit of space into the movie as well.
Karl Urban, who played Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" last summer, is set for the villainous role of Black Hat, the leader of a pack of vampires that abduct the niece of the titular warrior priest and vampire hunter played by Paul Bettany.
Urban spoke out about his involvement in the film during a recent interview with Collider, describing the film as a mixture of all sorts of genres. Read More...
Around these parts, we’re really looking forward to “Priest,” the currently-shooting adaptation of Min-Woo Hyung’s graphic novel series about mankind’s battle against fallen angels, starring such notables as Paul Bettany, Stephen Moyer, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Christopher Plummer, Brad Dourif and Madchen (Loved you on "Twin Peaks!") Amick.
It also stars one of our recent on-screen faves, the fast-rising Cam Gigandet—and when we caught up with him recently, he said the flick was well-armed for success.
“I have very cool weapons,” he said of his character Hicks, who he has described as a boy “trying to become a man.” “I have an unbelievable knife; I have an unbelievable gun.” Read More...
It looks like Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" isn't the only high-profile movie headed for adaptation at TokyoPop these days. The publisher recently announced plans to publish graphic novels based on Joss Whedon's upcoming horror film "Cabin in the Woods," as well as a graphic novel based on "Priest," the upcoming film starring Cam Gigandet ("Twilight") and Paul Bettany ("Legion").
According to ICv2, the two books are scheduled for release in 2010, likely timed to the February 5 premiere of "Cabin in the Woods" and the August 13 premiere of "Priest." Read More...