John Carter of Mars
Those who have read this blog on even a semi-regular basis know of my love for the Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars books, and of my displeasure at the development hell they have been exiled to off and on for the last 80 or so years. That may be finally nearing an end, according to the Disney insider news site JimHillMedia. They report here a rumor that Pixar is considering making their first live-action film, and that film might be the Martian saga. Citing anonymous sources they say "WALL•E" director Andrew Stanton has told Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. (as far back as October of last year) Disney/Pixar is gearing up to do a trilogy adapting the books into movies. Andrews has done first draft of a screenplay for the first installment, and both Pixar and Disney executives have responded positively. The new tentative release would be in 2012 or earlier.
Spider-Man: The Musical
Superhero Hype spoke here with actor Jim Sturgess about the Broadway show: "I haven't spoken to Julie [Taymor] about it but we did do a two-week workshop for it over in New York, and it was just a real chance to hang out with Julie again. I love Julie, she's like a mentor to me, and Evan [Rachel Wood]'s just a great friend, and the three of us are just so bound by the experience we had doing 'Across the Universe.' It was a lot of fun. I was just playing music with Bono and Edge from U2, singing songs about 'Spider-Man.' The project is definitely happening. Julie will definitely make this piece of theater. Whether I'll be in it or not, I have no idea at this point."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Jake and the Fatman" (Season 1, Vol.1) here, "Soul Food" (Final Season) here, "The Incredible Hulk" (Season 2) here, "ER" (Season 9) here, "Get Smart" (Complete Series) here, "Bewitched" (Season 6) here, "The Rat Patrol" (Complete Series) here, "Route 66" (Season 1 & Season 2, Vol. 1) here and "Batman: The Animated Series" (Batman: Gotham Knight) here.
Writer Jeph Loeb hinted in a Wizard World Los Angeles panel this weekend that Skrull-like shapeshifters may play a role in the new episodes of the NBC series.
USA Today announced here that the soon to debut Marvel animated series "Iron Man: The Animated Series" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" will both be premiering in the US on Nicktoons Network in early 2009. Both shows will start with 26 half-hour episode seasons.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Ray Harryhausen Presents: Jason and the Argonauts: Kingdom of Hades #3,
The Blackbeard Legacy #3,
Insane Jane #2,
Ray Harryhausen Presents: Flying Saucers vs. The Earth #1,
& Betty & Veronica Spectacular #82