Sylvain White, the director behind such ::cough:: classics ::cough:: as Stomp the Yard and I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, is in final negotiations to direct adaptation of DC Comics Vertigo label comic book The Losers.
White is also attached to a big screen version of CastleVania and Frank Miller’s Ronin. How he’s been able to spin his success on Stomp the Yard into a career in developing comic book and video game film properties is beyond me.
In 2007, Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt wrote a script based on the comic book property for Tim Story (Fantastic Four). Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment is in talks to develop and finance the film adaptation.
The Losers was a war comic feature created in 1970, set during World War II. Later re-imagined set against the events surrounding the war on terror the Vertigo imprint version ran for 32 issues from 2003 to 2006.
Written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Jock, The Losers tells the story of a former Special Forces team who were betrayed by their handler Max, and left for dead following the conclusion of their operation. The team were forced to regroup and enter on a mission of revenge against Max, who has been using the CIA for his own interests.
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The good news is that Paul W.S. Anderson (not EVER to be confused with the much more talented Paul Thomas Anderson) is not filming the big screen adaptation of Castlevania. The bad news is that Stomp the Yard director Sylvain White has signed on to helm the project. You probably don’t remember White from such forgettable work such as Trois 3: The Escort and the direct to video feature I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. Somehow White has also convinced someone to let him ruin Frank Miller’s Ronin as well. If that’s not enough, Universal’s Rogue Pictures is paying White a reported seven-figures (!?!) to film the video game adaptation.
I Am Legend and 30 Days Of Night are both being prepped for release later this year. It seems that Hollywood is starting to see the beginning of a resurgence in the Vampire genre (much like happened to Zombie films in the past few years). And the Castlevania video game series offers some interesting takes on the classic Dracula stories of the past. But there is no hope. The Castlevania script is written by Paul W.S. Anderson. According to Variety, “the drama begins as a Transylvanian knight leads his men into a gothic castle to seek refuge from the Turkish army. The knights soon discover the castle is controlled by the original vampire.”
White claims that he played the Castlevania video game series in the early 1990′s, but was really attracted to the project because of the chance to make a vampire film. Great, another video game adaptation which will be turned into another generic genre film. And if that doesn’t worry you, White says the film will be “a dark, epic period movie that almost has an anime feel to it.”
Principal photography will begin late Fall in South Africa and Romania, with a tentative release set for late 2008.
Warner Bros has officially optioned the rights to Frank Miller’s graphic novel Ronin, just as we expected. The live action feature film adaptation will be directed by Stomp the Yard (yawn) director Sylvain White.
A rÅnin (æµªäºº, rÅnin?) was a masterless samurai during the feudal period (1185â€“1868) of Japan. Frank Miller’s six-issue mini-series shows some of the strongest influences of manga on Miller’s style, both in the artwork and narrative style.
The story takes place in a post-apocalpytic New York City populated by mutants and impoverished squatters. Billy Challas was born limbless due to a birth defect. A “biocircuitry” company called the Aquarius Complex has enabled him toÂ become a cyborg ronin. His quest it is to defeat a demon called Agat, and to find the powerful mystic sword which will allow him to do so.
The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to the project at New Line Cinema in 1998. Earlier this year, 300 producer Gianni Nunnari, announced that he would bring the project to the big screen.
“The Ronin comic book has less of a strong identifiable status than “300″. It’s a different visual approach which is more based on the production design, more than the way it is shot. The world is so dense and so different and dark and intracit. It’s going to be a lot of work but I’m really looking forward to it,” Director Sylvain White previously told BlackFilm. “The idea will be to stay close to the graphic novel. Ronin is very dense and very long so of course we are going to have to streamline the story to fit it within a movie time frame.”
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