When it was revealed last month that David O. Russell had found a leading man for his video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, fans went into an uproar because Russell had hired Mark Wahlberg instead of fan favorite Nathan Fillion.
A fan was videotaped approaching Russell at a recent screening of The Fighter at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood, to see if the filmmaker would reconsider Fillion for the role. Even after being told by his agent that he watched an audition tape sent in by the Firefly star, Russell still has no idea who Fillion is and seems to have no knowledge of the internet campaign to get the actor cast in the big screen video game adaptation.
The whole interaction is just really embarrassing. But I have a feeling that Russell’s choice in Wahlberg is likely to haunt him for the next couple years as he encounters fans from around the world. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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If there ever was a pitch perfect piece of has-to-happen casting, it would be Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake. Fillion is the dashing, charismatic star of the current television show Castle who is best known for his role as the cocky, confident Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds in Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe. Drake is the star of the Uncharted video game series (seen above), which is about a cocky, confident relic hunter in the mold of Indiana Jones, armed with a quicker tongue and a bigger penchant for violence. Well, last week, after Three Kings director David O. Russell officially signed to rewrite and direct a big screen adaptation of the first Uncharted video game, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, for Sony, Fillion sent out the bat signal to his 650,000 or so Twitter followers to campaign that he get the role. Hit the jump for more. Read More »
I was one of the many who really loved James Gunn‘s Slither, and have been highly looking forward to his follow-up. Super premiered on Friday night as part of the Midnight Madness line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival.
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I’d been looking forward to seeing footage from James Gunn‘s strange low-fi superhero movie Super, and Comic Con provided the goods. I really liked what I saw; Gunn has come up with a no-frills, low-budget approach that lets him play with some characters that are possibly quite sick and twisted. It’s the world of underround comics come to movie form, without all the overhead of a big studio film.
Now we’ve got the first photo of Rainn Wilson as the film’s ‘hero,’ The Crimson Bolt, and a snap of Wilson and his on-screen wife, Liv Tyler. Read More »
I’ve never understood the fascination at Comic-Con with wanting to see panels for movies that audiences already know everything about. To me, Super is the epitome of what makes this place special: getting to be the first to discover and experience the geekiest projects worth getting excited about in the years ahead, right alongside the filmmakers and cast that created them. Last year’s big winner was Kick-Ass, and this year, I was hoping the similarly-themed Super would take the prize.
The film is written and directed by James Gunn, whose geek cred skyrocketed with the horror-comedy Slither. Now he’s turned his sights to the superhero genre, and he’s got an amazing cast backing him: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion and Kevin Bacon.
Gunn and all of the cast (sans Bacon) arrived to Comic-Con to show off the trailer and a clip from the film. Find out more about the film and the footage—and if my hopes were in vain—after the break. Read More »
Bunch of comic book and comic book movie-related stuff broke over the weekend, so here’s a quick recap of the most important points.
First up, Collider took part in a conference call with Joss Whedon, who is tapped to direct The Avengers for Marvel. The frequently self-deprecating Whedon said of his own abilities, “I have no directing skills.” Thanks to the rather lame conference call format, there is apparently no follow-up to that. Next time someone gets in a room with Whedon, the topic of directorial ability (and his vision of what directing skills are or should be) has to come up. Because Serenity seems to demonstrate that he’s better than he gives himself credit for.
After the break, Spider-Man‘s script gets a polish, DC turns the tables on Superman litigation lawyer, and more. Read More »
I love me some James Gunn, so it warms my geek heart to see that he’s assembling quite the cast for his post-Slither feature film follow-up Super. The film stars Rainn Wilson as Frank, a man who transforms himself into a superhero named Crimson Bolt — despite having no real powers — after his addict wife (Liv Tyler) runs off with a local drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page plays a sociopath who becomes Crimson Bolt’s sidekick. While that plot description bears some similarities to Kick-Ass, you can be sure that Gunn’s deliciously weird sensibilities will make it a very different film.
Gunn just announced some new additions to the cast on his blog, and they include geek-favorites Nathan Fillion and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks). Fillion previously starred in Slither, and will play the role of a pop idol who inspires Frank. Cardellini played Velma in the Gunn-written Scooby-Doo movies. Find the rest of the newly announced cast after the break.
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Neil Patrick Harris appeared on the Emmys in character as Dr. Horrible (from Joss Whedon‘s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), touting the power of the internet as the future of entertainment. Nathan Fillion makes an appearance as Captain Hammer, in defense of television, and the video also features brief cameos from Felicia Day and Simon Helberg.
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