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Monday, November 3, 2008

Road to Purgatory, The Avengers, TV DVD News, The Last Dragon, Genesis: Apes, Comic Previews

Road to Purgatory

"Road to Perdition," the Oscar-winning 2002 film that starred Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Daniel Craig and the late Paul Newman, is becoming a trilogy. The sequel films are to be "Road to Purgatory" and "Road to Paradise." The first sequel follows Michael Sullivan, Jr., the son of Tom Hanks' character in the original film, returning from World War II wanting to avenge his father's murder. This quest ultimately leads to Frank Nitti, whom Al Capone urges him to kill. The film will be the directorial debut of Max Allan Collins, who also wrote the screenplay.

The Avengers

IESB says here that rumors that the Avengers will square off against the Hulk in their film debut is not going to happen. They quote this announcement from Marvel Studios: "'THE AVENGERS' will bring together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters for the first time ever, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more, as they are forced to band together to battle the biggest foe they’ve ever faced."

TV DVD News has posted info about "The Girls Next Door" (Season 4) here, "Doctor Who" (Key to Time) here, "The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest" (Season 1, Vol. 1) here, "The Donna Reed Show" (Season 2) here, "Dallas" (Season 10) here, "Chowder" (Vol. 1) here.

The Last Dragon

The Hollywood Reporter says here that Samuel L. Jackson has been cast as Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem in a remake of 1985's "The Last Dragon." The Trade paper says: "The updated plot will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive." Jackson said: "I'm a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho'Nuff into the 21st century."

Genesis: Apes

CHUD says here that 20th Century Fox is shooting for a new version of Pierre Boulle & Rod Serling's "The Planet of The Apes" that has nothing to do with the 2001 Tim Burton film, but rather it will be a prequel film about how the apes took over the earth! The article says: "Things are different in this script, written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, which is called Genesis: Apes. Fans will know that Caesar in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is the result of a massive temporal paradox - his parents escaped to 1973 from a far future Earth. Further, Conquest takes place in a dystopian 'future' - 1991 - while Genesis: Apes is set in the modern day. In this version Caesar is the result of a genetic scientist fooling around with the nature of things. When the baby monkey exhibits intelligence and the ability to talk, he takes the cuddly thing home to his wife, who is unable to bear children. Things go surprisingly well for a number of years until Caesar grows up and sees mommy getting attacked. The dutiful son steps in and accidentally kills the attacker. Here's where it takes off. In a scene paralleling Charlton Heston in the cage in the original Planet of the Apes, Caesar ends up in custody at an Ape Conservatory where he and the other apes are abused mercilessly. Caesar finds himself a primate without a world - he's as smart as humans but will never be one of them (and is in fact tortured by them) and he’s initially rejected by his monkey brethren."

Comic Previews
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #35,

B.P.R.D.: The Warning #5,

The Cleaners #1,

The Helm #4,

The End League #6,

The Goon #30,

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #35,

& Conan the Cimmerian #5

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