Briefly: The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is something of a golden boy at Sony right now, as he’s set to continue with the Spidey franchise through at least the series’ third installment. But he’s casting his eye beyond that, and naturally looking for projects outside the superhero realm.
So Marc Webb is now attached to the movie adaptation of the upcoming spy thriller book Cold Comfort at Fox. The movie rights for the book were just sold to the studio. Cold Comfort, aka How to Catch a Russian Spy, is a memoir by an unnamed former spy, being co-written by Ellis Henican. The book is about “an American civilian turned self-taught spy, who worked with the FBI to bring down a Russian intelligence agent on American soil.” [Deadline]
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Patrick Wilson is joining Ant-Man, to be directed by Edgar Wright, in a role that is yet to be revealed. He was often brought up by speculators as a good choice for Hank Pym, the originator of the Ant-Man technology, but he won’t have that role in the film.
Wilson adds to the existing roster of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Pena. Rudd is playing Scott Lang, at one point a thief and eventually the second Ant-Man, while Douglas is playing Pym. Read More »
Here’s a huge and very pleasant surprise: Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, who retired that strip in 1995 and has not published a cartoon in the years since, has drawn a movie poster.
The image is for the documentary Stripped, which is about the art and business of newspaper comic strips. Dozens of people were interviewed for the film by directors Dave Kellett and Frederick Schroeder, including Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Zach Weiner (SMBC), Bill Amend (Foxtrot), Jim Davis (Garfield), and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant).
Bill Watterson agreed to be interviewed for the film, and is heard but not seen. He liked the film and filmmakers enough to draw the movie poster, which you can see in full below. Read More »
Look around the internet and you’ll see loads of hilarious bootleg DVD covers. They might mis-identify the stars or filmmakers, provide a terrible plot synopsis, use nonsensical review pull quotes, or feature visual elements which are completely unrelated to the film.
Still, this bootleg copy of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy may now be the king of great/awful bootleg cover design, as it uses a review pullquote that is honest, if not exactly a great piece of salesmanship. Read More »
Concept art can be a huge tease — too often we see art that is a lot more visually striking than whatever ends up on screen for a given film. Even in animation, where the concept art and final product theoretically can be close, the difference can be huge.
Director Jorge Gutierrez is irritated when that happens, and promises that his upcoming Fox film The Book of Life, based around the Mexican Day of the Dead and produced by Guillermo del Toro, will look just like the film’s concept art. Read More »
Nacho Vigalondo‘s first film, Timecrimes, had some wild stuff, and dressed up one character in a simple but unforgettable outfit. His new movie, Open Windows, premieres next week at SXSW, with Elijah Wood and Sacha Grey in the lead roles. Wood plays a super-fan of Grey’s actress character, and is given the voyeur’s dream: a total and disembodied visual window into her life. And then it gets weird.
How weird? Check out the getup sported by someone — seemingly Wood — in the film’s official poster. It’s not the sort of thing someone just out for a casual evening’s activity. Read More »
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