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Re: WANTED 2

Postby TheButcher on Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:55 am

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Screenwriter Derek Haas Talks ‘Wanted 2′ Script
Rob Frappier wrote:Screen Rant: Wanted 2 has been in some form of development now since 2008, going through several writer and cast changes. How did you and your writing partner Michael Brandt get involved in the franchise again?

DH: We really wanted to work on it following the first film but didn’t get the chance to, for various reasons. We got a call from Universal a month or so ago asking if we had interest in returning to the WANTED world and we leapt at the chance.

You told The Wrap that the sequel would pick up with the Wesley character several years after the events of the first film. What has Wesley been doing for the last few years? Also, because the first film’s narrative was driven by Wesley’s character arc from loser to bad ass assassin, how will the sequel be different now that he understands his abilities?

Good questions. We’d tell you, but then we’d have to curve a bullet through your head from two miles away.

On Twitter, you said that your draft of Wanted 2 wouldn’t feature the Fox character or the “Loom of Fate.” What elements of The Fraternity will return for the second film? Will the four other chapters of The Fraternity from Mark Millar’s original graphic novel play a role in the new movie? Also, given that the organization is supposed to be 1,000 years old, will you draw on the history of The Fraternity for the screenplay?

I think I’ve said too much already. I’m one of those guys who doesn’t even like to watch trailers because I’d rather the whole film be a surprise when I walk into the theater. This movie is going to introduce some new characters to the WANTED world while staying grounded. We tried to do that in the first one, and we’ll try to do it here. In the first movie, the mantra was “kill one, save a thousand.” We’re going to turn that on its head.

Timur Bekmambetov’s over-the-top action sequences were one of the main reasons that Wanted was a huge hit at the box office. Not knowing whether Bekmambetov will return for the sequel, will you be writing action sequences differently to match the director’s unique visual style?

I am going to wrestle that Russian maniac into Universal and make him direct this one again.

Obviously, your job is to turn in the best draft of the screenplay you can write, but what else do you know about the film’s development schedule? If Universal loves your screenplay, what else needs to fall into place to get Wanted 2 on the big screen?

If you tried to game out all of the “what ifs” on how a movie gets to screen, you’d drive yourself insane. All you can do is write the screenplay you’d want to see on the screen, and hope that everyone else shares that vision.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:54 pm

'SNL's' Jorma Taccone to Direct New Line Action-Comedy 'The Great Unknown' (Heat Vision Exclusive)
Taccone's next project is an adaptation of the Image comic book, with Michael Starrbury attached to write the script.
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Re: WANTED 2

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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:40 am

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Millar Talks JUPITER'S LEGACY Movie; Wants Richard Dreyfuss To Star
Ahead of the release of Jupiter's Legacy #1 this week, we managed to catch up with writer Mark Millar to ask him how work is progressing on the planned movie version, who he has in mind to direct and star, and whether he envisions the big screen adaptation taking place over more than one film. Check it out!
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

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Mark Millar’s MPH Optioned For Big Screen Adaptation
Plot follows four 19 year olds who get their hands on a drug that gives them super speed for seven days.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:09 pm

THR 12/13/2013:
Fox in Talks to Pick Up Mark Millar's 'Starlight'
Simon Kinberg of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will produce the comic book adaptation.
Borys Kit wrote:The comic, drawn by Goran Parlov and due to be published by Image in March, is described by Millar as Flash Gordon meets The Dark Knight Returns. It centers on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories. He settled down, got married, had kids and got old, but then is called back for one last adventure when his old rocket shows up.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:22 pm

Mark Millar Comic 'MPH' Optioned by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Exclusive)
See THR's exclusive sneak peak of "MPH," with a teaser from the new comic by Millar and artist Duncan Fegredo.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:39 am

Rob Liefeld Fielding Calls About SUPREME Film Rights
Yesterday, comic book artist and writer, Rob Liefeld, tweeted that he had received two calls recently inquiring about the film rights to Supreme.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:24 am

'Star Wars' Stand-Alone Writer Gary Whitta to Pen 'Starlight' for Fox (Exclusive)
Rebecca Ford wrote:Gary Whitta has already nabbed one of the hottest writing gigs out there, penning one of the Star Wars stand-alone films, and now he's signed on to work on another hot space hero project.

Whitta will write the script for Fox's Starlight, based on the comic from Wanted and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. The comic, drawn by Goran Parlov, centers on a space hero, Duke McQueen, who saved the universe four decades ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories. But years later, after he's settled down and grown up, he's recruited for one last adventure.

The first issue from Image Comics came out in March and launched the much-anticipated Millarworld Universe. Starlight #5 hit shelves on Aug. 13. Fox picked up the project for adaptation in late 2013.

Simon Kinberg, who worked on X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, will produce, reuniting him with Millar as he's also producing an adaptation of Millar’s Kindergarten Heroes. Steve Asbell is overseeing for Fox.

Whitta is writing the script for the first Star Wars spin-off film, which Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards will direct. The Lucasfilm and Disney project has a release date set for Dec. 16, 2016, but is highly secretive, so there's still no official word on what character the story will center on.
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Starlight

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Casting the Starlight Movie with Mark Millar
Mark Millar discusses sci-fi adventure Starlight and speculates as to who could play Duke McQueen in the forthcoming film.
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Re: Chrononauts

Postby TheButcher on Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:44 pm

Comics Alliance:
Image Releases First Pages From ‘Chronononauts’ By Sean Gordon Murphy & Mark Millar

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Universal Options Mark Millar's 'Chrononauts'
Chris Morgan is attached to produce, with Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy on board to exec produce.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:53 pm

'Walking Dead' Creator Inks First-Look Film Deal With Universal (Exclusive)
Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment includes 'The Walking Dead,' 'Invincible' and 'Outcast.'
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Re: Jupiter's Legacy

Postby TheButcher on Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:48 am

EXCLUSIVE: Brian and Mark Gunn Writing Jupiter's Legacy Film
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Chase Magnett wrote:Screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn are officially writing a film adaptation of the hit comic book series Jupiter's Legacy from writer Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely. It was announced last year that Millar and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had partnered to develop an adaptation of the story, but no updates had been released until today. The Gunns met with Millar yesterday and are currently hard at work on the screenplay.

Jupiter's Legacy is the story of a world filled with superheroes where the next generation decides to overthrow the status quo seizing control of the United States by force in an ill-advised attempt to improve the world around them. The comic series reflects both on the superhero genre and the nature of hope in the face of overwhelming problems, as well as the changing perspective between generations.

Bonaventura has produced a variety of major blockbusters before, including comics-related franchises like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Constantine. The Gunns are best know for previously collaborating on the story and screenplay for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. They are also related to director James Gunn best known for his work on the comics adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy.

ComicBook.Com writer Chase Magnett had the opportunity to ask the Gunns a few questions about their plans to adapt the series to the big screen.

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What attracted you to the concept of Jupiter's Legacy initially?

We love that it’s a superhero story about families. How it takes big superhero iconography and makes it relatable to anyone who wrestles with their relationship to their mom or dad, or brother or sister, or son or daughter. It feels very human-sized. We ourselves grew up in a sprawling Irish-Catholic family that was sorta like a discount Midwest version of the Kennedys. Our parents and grandparents were political leaders, lawyers, judges, titans of industry. So when we were growing up we struggled with this family legacy - this burden of living up to the standards of those who came before us, this sense that the past was noble and glamorous while our lives were somehow less than, a falling off. Some of us from this current generation have gone on to do cool things - while others of us have dealt with feeling like misfits and disappointments. It’s this struggle which is at the heart of Jupiter’s Legacy, and which we’re really excited to bring to the screen.

Comics written by Mark Millar have seen a lot of success in being adapted to the big screen, from Kick-Ass to Kingsman. What do you think makes his concepts so appealing and able to be adapted from comics to film?

Mark is a master at telling stories about superheroes in the real world. Even Secret Service, which is very elevated and stylized - it feels like a tall tale - has grounded characters with authentic backgrounds. This is one of the many reasons his comics make for good films: they make the unbelievable believable.

Frank Quitely has defined the look of superheroes in comics multiple times and is doing it again in Jupiter's Legacy. When thinking about transforming the comic into a movie, what visual elements do you think will distinguish it from the other superhero films of today?

We’ve been a fan of Frank Quitely’s work for a long time. In fact, many of his strengths are the same as Mark’s - he’s able to take big iconic heroes and, with just a slight shrug of the shoulders, or a heaviness to their gait, make them fallible, human, close to us. That mixture of larger-than-life and down-to-earth really informs our take on the material. As for what visual elements of Jupiter’s Legacy stand out from other superhero films - well, one big one is how Frank portrayed Walter’s powers. Think, for example, of the panel in the first book, where Walter traps Blackstar in a kind of psychic painting, the full-color image boxed within fainter pen-and-ink drawings. We found this incredibly evocative. It offers all kinds of fun surrealistic possibilities that aren’t quite like anything we’ve seen in other superhero films.

Superheroes have never been a hotter commodity in Hollywood and this is a comic that deconstructs the genre while also embracing it. How do you expect audiences to respond to a movie that's as much about their favorite genre of blockbuster as it is part of it?

Obviously fans of the genre will be able to pick up all kinds of allusions in the material - The Utopian, for example, as a version of Superman, or Skyfox as Batman. Even the sequences on the island can be seen as a play on King Kong or Indiana Jones. The important thing is to use these references as starting points - not just let them sit there as hyperlinks that you can pat yourself on the back for picking up on, but to expand on them, breathe new life into them.

Jupiter's Legacy isn't just about superheroes though. It's a story of politics, the future, hope, and generations. What themes and concepts are you discovering have the most resonance as you create your own treatment of the story?

One of the really cool things about Jupiter’s Legacy is how it encompasses the entire sweep of American politics over the past century - the Great Depression, World War II, the culture wars of the Sixties, and so on. But it’s not just about history - it’s very of-the-moment as well. Look at the candidacy of Donald Trump, with his slogan Make America Great Again, or look at the battles in the U.S. and Europe over whether to include immigrants and refugees and Muslims into the mainstream and you’ll see that the anxiety over who we are vs. who we used to be is at a fever pitch right now. These controversies really informed our take - particularly with how we see Walter, a paranoiac who wants to build higher walls, an entire surveillance/police state, to root out his enemies.

The story has a very epic scope with dozens of characters, time jumps, huge action sequences, and a significant thematic split at its center. Do you see this as a story that can be told in a single film, and how much of a challenge would that be to adapt?


We’re going to give you an annoying answer: yes and no.

Yes, we plan to tell a completely standalone story with a nice shape and a satisfying climax. And yet we don’t see it as completely closed-off either. The canvas is too big. The generations of characters too sprawling. The world Mark depicted can spiral off into so many different directions. It demands sequels!
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

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Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning... I had to read that sentance 5 times before I understood it.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby Ribbons on Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:45 am



:D

The only problem is that Heroes stole pretty much 75% of the story, but I love that book anyway so I'm hoping this is true.
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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:59 am

THR APRIL 04, 2017:
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg to Adapt Robert Kirkman Comic 'Invincible' for Universal (Exclusive)
Comic fans Rogen and Goldberg will write, direct and produce a movie adaptation, with the 'Walking Dead' creator also producing.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are teaming up with Robert Kirkman to bring the Walking Dead creator’s comic book Invincible to the big screen for Universal.

Rogen and Goldberg will write, direct and produce the adaptation of the comic, which has been continually published since 2003.

Kirkman will also produce, via his shingle Skybound Entertainment and his Skybound cohorts David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. The project falls under Skybound’s first-look deal with Universal. James Weaver, a principal with Rogen and Goldberg at their banner Point Grey, also will produce.

Invincible is Kirkman’s second-longest running title after The Walking Dead and follows Mark Grayson, a normal high school student with just one difference between him and his peers — his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, and he, too, will inherit his own set of superpowers.

The comic book, which Kirkman created with Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker, is now on its 133rd issue and explores Mark’s journey as he discovers what it means to be the son of the hero, named Omni-Man, and the reality behind his greatest responsibility: protecting planet Earth.

“For nearly a decade I've had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched The Walking Dead grow into the multimedia monstrosity it has become over the years,” Kirkman said in a statement. “The answer was always that we were waiting for the right team to partner with. That team has arrived! The esteemed misters Goldberg and Rogen have proven themselves to be top-notch directors with a keen collective eye for stunning visuals after slumming it by writing hit after juggernaut hit.”

Kirkman continued: “Invincible's surprising, edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked story couldn't be in more capable hands. With the team of Rogen, Goldberg and Universal, I'm very confident this will be another superhero movie, in a long line of superhero movies that continues to prove that it's a viable, thrilling genre that will keep people coming to the cinema for years to come.”

"No matter how much damage it causes our bodies, minds, and our most intimate relationships with those we love, we will not rest until Invincible is as great a movie as it deserves to be,” Rogen and Goldberg said jointly in a statement.

Rogen and Goldberg made their debut as a directing team on 2013’s apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, and followed that up with 2014’s The Interview. The comic book fans then adapted the Garth Ennis-Steve Dillon comic The Preacher, co-writing and directing the pilot and serving as executive producers on the AMC show, whose second season debuts in June.

The duo is now working on directing and exec producing the Hulu comedy series Future Man.

Kirkman is repped by CAA, Circle of Confusion and Katz Golden. Rogen and Goldberg are repped by UTA and Felker Toczek.


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Re: Image Comics Return to the Big Screen

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