by Ryan Rigley
Great news for comic books fans this past weekend as a number of huge announcements were made at this year's San Diego Comic Con. On Friday, Marvel held a surprise screening of Joss Whedon's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot for those lucky enough to attend their panel. On Saturday, DC announced their plans for a Batman/Superman crossover movie, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel.
But that's not all! Lest we forget about all of the other comic book publishing companies out there, Top Cow revealed their plans to release a film based on "The Darkness" which, as they also revealed, will be featuring non-other than Sara Pezzini, a.k.a. Witchblade. This isn't the first time that Ms. Pezzini has made the crossover to film. In fact, not too long ago she was the star of her very own TV series!
There is no darkness without light. Likewise, there is no "Darkness" movie without Sara Pezzini.
Marc Silvestri told MTV Geek at Comic-Con that the "Darkness" movie has a major role for Sara Pezzini, better known as Witchblade, one of Top Cow's flagship characters. According to Silvestri, including Pezzini in the first big-screen take on Jackie Estacado was a no-brainer.
Angelina Jolie won't be back for the "Wanted" sequel. Not surprising news, really, considering her character's very definitive death in the first film. But even if she's taking a step out of the spotlight, her presence will be felt as Wesley Gibson steps into Fox's shoes.
In an interview with Hollywood.com, "Wanted 2" writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt explained of the sequel's plot: "The only thing I can tell you is that Wesley [James McAvoy] is now, four years later, recruiting a young woman who is in his situation in the first movie. She's got a sh**ty life. He's sort of in the Fox role. This new girl is brought into the world."
It's been a very long time since we heard any concrete news on a "Darkness" movie. It was reported last July that Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman would be producing a big-screen adaptation of Top Cow's flagship antihero alongside the publisher's own Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri, as well as David Manpearl. Little to no news since then, sadly, though we did put forth our own Jackie Estacado casting suggestions not too long ago.
Today, Collider has the word on some significant progress. They're reporting that Regency is nearing a deal to obtain the feature film rights to "The Darkness," with all of those aforementioned names still on board — and with the notable addition of "Total Recall" director and "Underworld" mastermind Len Wiseman as producer to boot!
Have no fear, "Wanted" fans: James McAvoy's bullet-bending assassin-guild adventures are far from over.
Movement has been devastatingly slow on the "Wanted 2" front, yes, but now director Timur Bekmambetov apparently has "a great idea" for the long awaited sequel that could very well push the project ahead at full speed.
"An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago," Bekmambetov told The Playlist during a recent "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" press junket. "Because we stopped, we didn't know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we're on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking."
by Ryan Rigley
The 100th issue of "The Darkness" arrives in stores today, and it has us thinking: when is Jackie Estacado getting his own movie? With two hit video games to date and 100 issues under his belt, Jackie's transition to the silver screen must be coming sooner rather than later.
For those who aren't aware, "The Darkness" is a series of ongoing Top Cow comic books that follow Jackie Estacado, a former hitman for the Franchetti Family mafia. On his 21st birthday, Jackie inherited the power of the Darkness, which has been passed down through the men in his family from generation to generation since the dawn of time. Being both a blessing and a curse, the Darkness is an ancient elemental force that grants its bearer access to an otherwordly dimension of pure darkness as well as power over the demonic entities that inhabit it.
Jackie Estacado himself is a vastly interesting character, often times playing the role of both the hero and the villain simultaneously. It would take a certain combination of machismo and charisma to successfully pull off the part. Here's a list of the five actors that we think would fit the bill perfectly.
Almost five years ago, 2K Games and Starbreeze Studios released one of my favorite games of this console generation, "The Darkness." The game's gritty, gory world, mixed with just enough of the comic book source material's canon, led to a throughly enjoyable first-person shooter. After a long wait – too long, really – Jackie Estacado is back in "The Darkness II," available today.
If you're a member of the first game's cult following, there's a good chance you've followed the sequel's production. But just in case you somehow remained unaware of "Darkness II," or maybe you're new to the franchise, here's a quick rundown of what to expect.
America is officially in the crosshairs of a “Wanted” sequel. Late September we learned that original writers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt had been secured to reanimate the stagnant state of “Wanted 2,” the sequel to 2008’s Timur Bekmambetov-directed, special effects laden action-thriller.
In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Hass and Brandt perused the process of their writing projects. Touching on “Wanted 2”, the pair — who shared screenwriting credits on the first “Wanted” with Chris Morgan—seem to indicate that the sequel’s pre-production has finally hit its pace.
Asked if the team were ever inspired to try directing their material themselves, Brandt used their current gig on “Wanted 2” to explain the goal of writing to a certain director’s strengths — a director they hope, in this case, is Timur Bekmambetov.
With Edward and Bella of "Twilight" fame dominating the vampire region of our pop cultural landscape, it's easy to forget that the other half of the well-tread craze has traditionally been occupied by older, less angsty and not so sparkly bloodsuckers.
Joining those gnarly beasts will be the vampires of "In the Dust," a Top Cow graphic novel created by George Mahaffey and Christian Duce.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story’s ripe and juicy rights have just been preemptively plucked by production company Solipsist Films. The graphic novel is not yet published nor solicited for release.
San Diego Comic-Con is upon us, and it already boasts big news: Mandeville Films is developing the Top Cow comic book series “The Darkness” into a feature film.
The Los Angeles Times acknowledges that, yes, there have been previous attempts to make a movie out of “The Darkness” before, but this time, Jackie Estacado's big-screen prospects look a bit more promising.
Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are set to produce, while David Manpearl and Top Cow's own Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri (who co-created the character) will executive produce.