X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Firstshowing.net is posting here that director Gavin Hood plans multiple super endings! Alex Billingsly (of the site) says: "They've hidden multiple secret endings at the end of credits on different prints, and you have to go to different theaters to see them. Fox is a bit desperate to try and get people in theaters on May 1st for the opening and this definitely seems like a very unique decision to try and bring people in. While we've seen plenty of easter egg endings, like on Iron Man last year, we haven't seen multiple endings like this in a long time. Hood didn't specifically mention how many different endings there were. As for the other differences between the leaked version and the final cut, Hood explained that there were 400 unfinished visual effects shots and that there was no score, unfinished sound mixing, and unfinished color timing. However, he didn't mention anything about differences in actual footage."
30 Days of Night: The Dark Days
MTV Splashpage said here that the 2010 sequel will be Direct to DVD. Creator Steve Niles said: "We didn't hit that magic $100 million, but I had a long talk with Sam [Raimi - producer]. He called me and just said, 'Don't be too quick to judge this direct-to-DVD market, especially with the sci-fi market.' This way we'd be able to do all the comics… We won't have the massive competition of the box office, and theoretically, we could move on to 'Return to Barrow' and to the other series and short stories. Ghost House [Raimi's horror production company] has a small industry going with just their direct-to-DVD movies for horror… It's a changing market."
IESB tells us here that Robert Rodriguez has a lot on his plate right now. Rodriguez is quoted as saying: "I'm going to be able to shoot my upcoming Machete here, a sci-fi action film called Nervewrackers, a re-boot of the Predator series called Predators, and a couple of smaller movies called Sin City 2 and The Jetsons."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Star Trek" (Best of TOS & TNG) here, "Battlestar Galactica" (Complete Series) here & here, "The Big Bang Theory" (Season 2) here, "The Lucy Show" (Season 1) here, "Two and a Half Men" (Season 6) here, "G.I. Joe" (Season 1.1) here.
Variety reports here that Jonathan Liebesman is set to direct this new take on the hero and his return home. Along with writer Ann Peacock, he sold the idea Warner Brothers. This is their description: "Greek lit hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, who returns to his island after 20 years of fighting the Trojan Wars only to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation of an invading force, which he ultimately defeats." (Actually, he fought the wars for 10 years, then it took him 10 more years to get home.) No word on casting or production date have be announced.
X-Men: First Class
Sci Fi Wire spoke here with Producer Lauren Shuler Donner about this film and "X-Men Origins: Magneto." About the later, Donner said: "We have a great script. Honestly, we have all been just so focused on getting Wolverine out that we didn't take the time to sit down and explore 'What are the movies we're going to do next within the genre?' We will do that. We will do that. We all want to. Magneto is a fantastic script, and hopefully we'll make it. I don't know." About 2010's "First Class" she said: "It's the first class in Xavier's school. But that's just being written. I haven't even seen a first draft. And I'm producing that with Simon Kinberg. I like kids. I did produce Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo's Fire. I do like those kind of teenage movies; I really do. Part of it takes me to my roots. It's action. There seems, to me, to be more humor, or more potential for humor. I really like that idea. The relationship … I don't want to get into what the script is about, but it provides a bit of a lighter touch to the franchise."
Timely, Atlas and Marvel
If you are a fan of Marvel Comics (and not subscribed to their newsletter) then you might not know they are celebrating the company's 70th anniversary. They have put up an official site to that end and you can visit it here.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
X-Men Origins: Wolverine #1,
Uncanny X-Men #509,
Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #5,
Dark Avengers #4,
Dark Reign: The Cabal,
& Doctor Doom and the Masters of Evil #4