Get a nice long look at some behind-the-scenes goings-on in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Kung Fu Panda‘s John Stevenson will direct Sherlock Gnomes
  • Is this our first look at the Hobbit trilogy’s Bolg the Goblin-king?
  • See pics of Mother Russia and Hit-Girl’s bike from the Kick-Ass 2 set
  • Check out more photos from Thor: The Dark World‘s Bourne Wood set

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John Stevenson co-directed Kung Fu Panda for DreamWorks Animation, but he’s not returning for the sequel. In fact, he won’t be working with DreamWorks at all in the coming years, as he’s signed a producing/directing pact with Vanguard Films, and already has his next film lined up with them. He’ll be directing Alien Rock Band, a live action/CGI hybrid that revolves around a garage band from Earth which journeys across the Universe to qualify for a shot at superstardom in an Intergalactic Battle of the Bands, where they’ll have to compete with multi-armed alien monsters. Planned “celebrity cameos”—ugh—include Eminem and Katy Perry. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Kung Fu Panda Director to Helm We3

We3

Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson will direct a big screen adaptation of Grant Morrison‘s comic book miniseries We3. Producer Don Murphy confirmed to ShockTillYouDrop that the film will be R-rated, live-action with the likely change of computer generated killer rabbits.

Stevenson has also been rumored to be attached to Joel Silver’s He-Man film, so it looks like he’s trying to find a project in the live-action realm that might benefit from his computer animation background. I wouldn’t expect We3 to go into production any time soon as the project was set up at New Line, but is currently looking for a new home.

FilmIck once called Grant Morrison’s screenplay adaptation “even better than the source material”, saying that it was “the single best unproduced script”. That’s a pretty big claim. Published in 2004 by Vertigo, described as “Western Manga”, the official plot synopsis follows:

“WE3 tells the unforgettable story of three innocent pets — a dog, a cat and a rabbit who have been converted into deadly cyborgs by a sinister military weapons program. With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the programs prototypes and, now that their testing is complete, theyre slated to be permanently decommissioned” until they seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom! Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the WE3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world where their instincts and heightened abilities make them as much a threat as those hunting them but a world, nonetheless, in which there is something called Home. Action-packed and heart-wrenching, WE3 is a new high mark from two of comics greatest talents.”

For those interested in checking out the paperback, its available on Amazon for $10.39

Kung-Fu Panda Director to Helm He-Man

Rumors of He-Man’s death have been greatly exaggerated. LatinoReview has word that Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson might now be attached to the project after knocking one home in a pitch to  Joel Silver’s production company.

Stevenson has an extensive background in art direction and animation, starting out as a character designer on The Muppet Show in the late 1970′s. He worked in visual development on The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and was a storyboard artist of Shrek and Shrek 2. I loved the action sequences in Kung Fu Panda, but wasn’t a fan of the character design. It will be interesting to see what Stevenson will do with the adaptation. Is Justin Marks screenplay Grayskull still in play?

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