Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Zac Efron is finally going to get his shot at comic book heroism, thanks to Jesse Wigutow. Universal Pictures has just tapped the Tron 3 scribe to pen Fire, which Efron has been attached to produce and star in since 2010. It’s an adaptation of the 1993 miniseries of the same title by Brian Michael Bendis, and sounds more Bourne than Spider-Man. Hit the jump for the latest details on the project.
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Marvel animation fans are probably well aware G4 has been running anime-inspired cartoons featuring the X-Men, Iron Man and, starting this week, Blade, on Friday nights. However, based on the time slot alone, it’s pretty obvious those shows are skewed to an audience slightly older than kids. Lest we forget, Marvel’s a Disney company now, so it seems like a no-brainer for the Mouse to air some younger themed Marvel content themselves. That’s exactly what’s happening this April. Disney XD will premiere a Marvel block of programming called the Marvel Universe on April 1 with the launch of Ultimate Spider-Man. Read more after the jump. Read More »
We didn’t get Donald Glover but we are getting Miles Morales. This past June, the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, died in Marvel’s alternative “Ultimates” universe, making national headlines. On Wednesday, Ultimate Fallout #4 will reveal Parker’s webslinging replacement to be Miles Morales, a half-black, half-hispanic teenager. Cue even bigger headlines.
Plus, according to writer Brian Michael Bendis, Morales’s look as the new Spider-Man was indirectly influenced by Donald Glover’s campaign for the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man when the reboot was being cast. Read Bendis’ quote, information about the character and more after the break. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
News on a screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis‘ comic book series Powers has been painfully slow going: It’s been eleven years since the series launched to critical acclaim, ten years since Sony optioned it for a film, two years since the project was redirected to the small screen, and one year since Bendis and Journeyman creator Kevin Falls pitched the show to cable network FX.
Now, finally, FX has greenlit a pilot for the series. Hopefully, this means we can look forward to development on this project picking up pace. More details after the jump.
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We have a few superhero related mini movie news items to get to, so I thought we’d compile them in one post. After the jump you can see a low-resolution first look at Jaimie Alexander as Sif in Marvel’s big screen adaptation of Thor, Jennifer Love Hewitt is campaigning to play Wonder Woman in the long in development movie adaptation, and we find out that comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis turned down the chance to pen the Spider-Man Spin-Off Venom movie.
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This rumour comes from a UK gossip magazine, so it’s almost certainly just been made-up. All the same, there’s an interesting kink or two in the details…
According to OK, Efron has been hand-picked for the role of Peter Parker by Tobey Maguire. We’d previously heard that Sam Raimi had personally selected Nimrod Antal for the director’s chair, and that didn’t turn out at all – the job went to Marc Webb. Perhaps (just perhaps) Raimi and Maguire did nominate their favoured replacements, and these favoured replacements were Antal and Efron. That’s not impossible.
Efron is currently making a concerted effort to get on board some good projects, and is currently tied-up with Brian Michael Bendis, creator of Ultimate Spider-Man, the comics that have inspired this new reboot of the movies. In a universe where Bendis has come over to Sony to redraft the new Spidey films, maybe Efron could have come with him. The questions is… do we really live in that universe? I doubt it, but it certainly doesn’t seem like too horrible a place.
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I don’t remember when it was I first heard of Brian Michael Bendis but I remember how, and I remember that I was holding a copy of his comic book Fire in my hands at the time. I’d pretty much forgotten it, if I’m being honest, but I do have a faint, fuzzy fondness for what I can recall and therefore I’m pretty happy to report it’s being made into a movie, and happier still that Bendis is getting to write the adaptation himself. His leading man is set to be none other than Zac Efron, who I’ve liked just fine in everything I’ve seen him in, even when those things themselves were not entirely likeable.
Last Friday, it seems, the actor and writer went out together to a handful of studios and ended up making a deal with Universal. He tweeted about it at the time, though only now do I quite see what he was getting at:
Heading to Warner brothers with my mystery movie star pal
Leaving universal. My job here is done. Chik fil a put the nuggets in the fryer!!
In Fire, the comic, the lead character is a young jewish man recruited from school to join the CIA. Hes told that he’s the first recruit of Project Fire, an initiative to try and turn ordinary citizen into operatives. Of course, that’s not quite true and this chap ends up having to go a bit Bourne.
Fire is just one of two projects that Efron has newly slated. The other is not quite so easy to explain or, at this stage, understand.
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