We sometimes get criticized for posting too many non-news set photos from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but we promise that the photo above, which director Edgar Wright posted yesterday on his blog, actually contains a bit of news. First of all, principal photography has begun. But the big bit of news hidden within the photo is that BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Bill Pope is shooting the film.
You might not recognize Pope’s name, but you’ve seen some of the films he’s shot over the past 24 years, including Army Of Darkness, The Matrix trilogy, Spider-Man 2, Team America: World Police, and many others. That’s right, Pope is known for shooting some of the craziest action sequences of the last two decades.
Update: Apparently Edgar hinted at Pope’s involvement last month when he posted this photo of himself with Pope and the text “Nicely lit”:
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Eva Mendes has been cast in Frank Miller’s (Sin City, 300) big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Last week it was announced that Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation) was in final negotiations to star as the femme fatale in the film. Mendes will play Sand Saref, the only woman who could break the Spirit’s heart. Sand’s father was accidentally killed by the Spirit’s uncle, which pretty much ended their teenage romance.
It has also been announced that Bill Pope has been hired as the film’s cinematographer. Pope was the director of photography on some great cinematic projects over the last 17 years, including: Darkman, Army of Darkness, Fire in the Sky, Bound, The Matrix Trilogy, Wild Wild West, Spider-Man 2, and Team America. Miller has said that the film will utilize the same digital background technology used on Sin City and 300. It will be interesting to see what Pope will do with this type of green screen filming.
The Spirit follows a detective (Gabriel Macht) who fakes his own death in order to fight crime in Central City as the masked avenger. Frank Miller will start shooting the flick in October for a late 2009 release.