Director Sam Mendes spoke here with Latino Review and them that John August will provide at least one sequel and probably more movies down the line. Mendes said: "He's about halfway through. There's a long way to go yet, but I'm very, very hopeful. I think it could be amazing. You have to try and get one really good and then, if you're lucky, you can make a second or a third. You can create something that's going to run. But I think that there's certainly more than enough for one good movie and plenty left over." The first film doesn't open until 2011.
Big Man Japan
At this year's Cannes Film Festival the mockumentary by Hitosi Matsumoto left audiences stunned. The film chronicles the story of an aging slacker who grows to gigantic size to fight monsters as Japan's most hated superhero. If you click the title, the IMDB page has two different clips from the film (you will need Flash9). While Comic Book Resources has posted a back story clip here. Finally, MTV Movie Blog has put here a clip wherein the hero take on "The Stink Monster." This one will be worth watching out for, even if it is only on DVD.
Blood: The Last Vampire
Movieweb is posting here a lot (including trailers, both Japanese and English) about the live action adaptation of the manga. Here is the synopsis they gave us: "On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year-old, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old 'halfling.' Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts. When she is sent onto an American military base in Tokyo by the clandestine organization she works for, Saya immediately senses that this may be her opportunity to finally destroy Onigen, the evil patriarch of all vampires. Using her superhman strength and her sword, she begins to rid the base of its evil infestation in a series of spectacular and elaborate showdowns. However, it is not until she forms her first human friendship in centuries with the young daughter of the base’s general that Saya learns of her greatest power over Onigen may well be her ability for human connection…" The film hits theaters in July this year.
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Dollhouse" (Season 1) here, "Adam-12" (Season 3) here, "Swamp Thing" (Best of...) here, "Ironside" (Best of...) here, "McHale's Navy" (Best of...) here, "The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show" (Complete Series) here,
The New York Times tells us here that Quentin Tarantino is already working on a prequel to the film that has just opened at Cannes. The movie opens in theaters on August 21, 2009.
SlashFilm reports here that Universal Pictures will adapt the four part Dark Horse Comics series created and written by Mike Richardson and illustrated by Jason Shawn Alexander. The story follows a group of High Schoolers and a prank that goes horribly wrong.
MTV Splashpage says here that Kenneth Branagh told them casting for the 2011 film draws near. Branagh said: "We're down to the final stages of it… The reason one has to be properly diplomatic, is simply that some talented peopled have been patient, kind, creative and really committed to working with us in this process. My reluctance to say anything about it is simply out of respect for people who have been extremely respectful of us… That said, I think we are extremely close and I hope to announce a decision sooner rather than later. There's a massive fan base out there of devotees, enthusiasts and real experts who have all the answers to that… All I can say is that I bare all of that in mind with my Thor education. I read a couple of comics across the years every day, I read the Norse legends and sagas, and [the lead role] needs to have something from all that's great in the comics and the legends, and needs to live in our film universe. I am aware of certain campaigns, and I think everyone is grateful for them and knows that there is a great anticipation… We have every intention of doing everything humanly possible to live up to that anticipation."
Special thanks to Movie Goods.com for so many of the dynamite movie posters we use from time to time. You cannot find a better place to run down those new or classic posters.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
War of Kings #4,
Conan the Cimmerian #11,
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires,
StormWatch PHD #21,
Storming Paradise #5,
& Jughead #195