Wolves red-band trailer

Jason Momoa is probably only a small part of Wolves, the movie from writer/director David Hayter, but he looks like one of the best parts. Hayter jumps from screenwriter (X-Men, Watchmen) and voice actor (he was Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games until Kiefer Sutherland took over) to feature director. Wolves is about — brace yourself — a bunch of werewolves. Lucas Till plays a high school kid who has some hairy stuff developing in his blood. He hits the road and ends up in a town full of secrets and werewolves. I’m sure there’s a coming of age metaphor here somewhere, but you’ll have to give me a minute to pin it down. In the meantime, watch the Wolves red-band trailer below. Read More »

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Marvel Studios has turned unknown characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy into major stars, but we still don’t have a Black Widow movie. It’s a touchy subject, considering Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has told the fans a Widow film is in development for sometime. They have one of the most popular actresses in the world in the role – Scarlett Johansson - who just starred in a superhero-esque action film, Lucy, which became a big surprise hit. You’d think all the boxes are checked, but it still hasn’t happened yet.

The interesting thing is, it almost happened in 2004. Ten years ago, and four years before Marvel Studios hit the scene with Iron Man, X-Men and X2 writer David Hayter wrote a Black Widow movie that was almost made. But Hollywood politics cut it off at the pass. Read the full story below. Read More »

Wolves

As Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, Jason Momoa was the feared leader of a vicious tribe of warriors. As Connor in David Hayter‘s Wolves, he’s pretty much the same thing, only his charges are werewolves instead of horse-lords.

X-Men: First Class star Lucas Till plays the protagonist, a recently orphaned high school student who’s horrified to discover that he’s turning into a wolf. He runs away from home and winds up in a town populated by two warring werewolf factions, one of which is led by Connor. Then he makes the mistake of falling for Connor’s girl Angelina (Merritt Patterson). Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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X-Men and Watchmen scribe (and Solid Snake voice actor) David Hayter has been trying to break into feature filmmaking for some time now, but luck hasn’t really been on his side. He was working on a (pre-Iron Man 2) Black Widow project before Lionsgate hit the brakes on that, and tried for years to land the Watchmen helming gig before Zack Snyder ultimately got the job. When a werewolf thriller titled Wolves was announced back in 2010, it seemed he was finally getting ready to settle into the director’s chair. Then not much was heard about the movie for a couple of years, and we more or less forgot about it.

Hayter’s continued working on the project under the radar, though, and now the first pieces of casting are falling into place. Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) nabbed the lead role a few weeks ago, and now he’s being joined by Jason Momoa (a.k.a. Khal Drogo) and relative newcomer Merritt Patterson. Dave Elsey, who won an Oscar for his makeup work on The Wolfman, is on board to design the creatures. More details after the jump.

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If you’ve been avoiding spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises, you can come out from under your rock now. Principal photography has been completed so no more set photos will be revealed. One cast member has put up a celebratory photo, though. Who is it? Also, what does Michael Shannon say General Zod won’t look like in Man of Steel? What are five reasons Sony hasn’t been pushing The Amazing Spider-Man yet? Want to know what a Black Widow spin-off movie would have been about and why it didn’t get made? Read about all of this and more in today’s spoiler free Superhero Bits. Read More »

These “bits” pieces always tend to be a mixed bag, but this particular bag seems particularly varied — and stuffed. Whether you’re into showtunes, comic books, social networking, or the law, we’ve got a little something for everyone in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Glee releases a promo for its third season
  • Showtime begins developing comic book adaptation The Damned
  • ABC buys scripts from Friends with Benefits and Changing Lanes writers

Shall we get started?

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I haven’t thought of Anne McCaffrey‘s dragon-infested Pern novels in years, but given the rate at which fantasy properties have been snapped up I’m shocked that it has taken this long for a high-profile writer to be hired to adapt them.

The Pern novels — at least the first ones, such as Dragonflight, which David Hayter has been hired to adapt — tell of a world where humans and telepathic dragons have a symbiotic relationship, the better to fend off the occasional shower of deadly burrowing spores called Threads. It’s an intricately detailed world, with plenty of raw material for a film franchise. But dragon movies don’t have the best track record, and properly putting Pern on screen would be an undertaking akin to making Avatar. Can Dragonflight take off? Read More »

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Sadly, these two movies don’t seem to have simultaneously killed each other in a fight to the death, but regardless: both Hairspray 2 and the Metal Gear Solid movie are dead. At least for the moment. There’s always the possibility of a zombie attack. Details on both after the break — I know you’ll wade through David Hayter’s comments on MGS just to get to the AquaNet. Read More »

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