The rumours about this were raging over the weekend but it’s starting to seem like a lot of smoke for there to be no fire in the end.
A blog entry on the page for Golden Apple comics said Katee Sackhoff entered the store in the past week to purchase a significant number of Typhoid Mary comics, apparently also saying she was hoping to win “a part for a Marvel movie”.
Those more knowledgeable than me in the world of comics have noted Typhoid Mary is involved in a few different Marvel story threads, meaning Sackhoff’s possible role could be, realistically in one of two movies.
The most likely is that she will be somehow involved in the Deadpool spin-off, being developed as a vehicle for Ryan Reynolds to prove his leading man action credentials and bring one of the better X-Men characters to life.
The other possibility is a reboot of Daredevil, the franchise hit hard by the disappointing Mark Steven Johnson-directed effort earlier his decade and, as if to rub salt into the wound, the birthing place of the terrible Elektra.
Either would be pretty cool should Tyhoid Mary be given a decent role and should Sackhoff be confirmed for the part. She’s best known for her amazing performance as Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica and would be pitch perfect for this role.
According to those aforementioned more knowledgeable sources, Typhoid Mary is a Marvel villain afflicted by multiple personalities, something Starbuck flirted with on a number of occasions during Battlestar.
Elisabeth Rappe, writing up the story for Cinematical, is absolutely right however in saying it needs to be a substantial role. Really cool female characters are pretty hard to come by in comics, even more so in comic book movies, and this could prove a real chance for a good character and talented actress to give some hope to the unofficial cause.
The guy playing James T Kirk’s dad is Chris Hemsworth, presently only known for being on Australian soap Home & Away, but hopefully to get more attention now.
Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer also worked on The Human Stain and Elegy, both adapted from the work of Philip Roth.
Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo’s excellent, Oscar-nominated short film, 7:35 de la Manana Corto (7:35 in the Morning).
Silent Running director was indeed Douglas Trumbull.
Following reports from IESB last week, gleaned from its interview with producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that work has been started on a spin-off vehicle for Deadpool. It will indeed be produced by Donner along with Marvel.
The news means that the character, who appears in the X-Men comics on numerous occasions and appeared in the first five-ten minutes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will get a movie all to himself with Ryan Reynolds to reprise the role he oh so briefly played in the film.
The Deadpool character in Wolverine was involved in one of the easter egg endings attached to the film. In that ending, the character stands up after having his head chopped off, picks up his decaptitated bonce and whispers “shhh” to the audience.
The Variety confirmation of the story notes that during the Marvel Comics Deadpool, who is a mercenary that, dying of cancer, submits himself to the Weapon X genetic alternation experiment and emerges as an invincible, somewhat crazy anti-hero, is referred to briefly as a mix of ‘Shar Pei and Ryan Reynolds’.
As if the Wolverine/X-Men related news can never stop, the article also confirms the plans mentioned yesterday for a Wolverine sequel involving a samurai storyline as well as a Magneto spin-off and the Josh Schwartz-penned X-Men: First Class.
If you thought there were too many comic book movies before, just you wait.
An addendum to all this, Alan Kistler on Splash Page has a guide to the five Deadpool stories to read to prepare you for the movie. I will probably follow his prescription.
So I’ve been extremely busy with film-watching and outings all this week, so I have had no time to put together nice posts and news for you all to enjoy. Today though, sitting in bed and vegging like a pro, I will provide a round-up of all the interesting happenings from the past week in film.
It’s been confirmed that Jonathan Nolan will not be credited for writing Terminator Salvation. In laterally-related news, Christian Bale said he will commit to the next Batman movie, with or without the presence of Christopher Nolan.
Universal has confirmed plans to remake Drop Dead Fred, the cult classic early-90s movie starring Rik Mayall, with Russell Brand to take over the lead role. This will go alongside the previously announced remake of Dudley Moore-vehicle Arthur for our cheeky chappy.
An interview with Lauren Shuler Donner has seen her say that spin-off vehicles for both Gambit and Deadpool will come, if she has her way. Given the utterly awful Wolverine, that would be something of a result to have a movie which will provide us with easily the two most interesting characters from the film.
Todd McFarlane has entered talks over bringing Spawn back to the screen. It was made before to a very poor reception in 1997. During the interview, with IESB, he also talked a little about the David Fincher-helmed Torso, the adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel. That was dropped by Paramount but McFarlane believes another house will pick it up given the presence of Matt Damon in the lead and Rachel McAdams alongside him.
Some photos have emerged of Megan Fox in Jonah Hex, the adaptation of the John Albano-penned DC series. As you would imagine from a movie about a gonzo version of the Wild West, Fox has eschewed the demure look in favour of chicken house chic. Fox did experience a mild disappointment this week, beat to the FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll’s top spot by Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Cole.
Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman have joined the cast of Hesher, an indie dramedy to be directed by Spencer Susser. /Film has a host of extra information on this, including a really bewitching zombie short directed by Susser.
Here’s an odd one. The next movie coming from Zhang Yimou, the helmer of the astounding Hero and House of Flying Daggers, is reportedly a remake of the Coens’ Blood Simple.
McG and Michael Bay could well end up slapping ’em out on the table and bringing out the rulers, should the challenge put forth by the former to the latter become reality. Yes, McG has challenged Bay to a dick-measuring contest.
So apparently Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas and Shia LeBoeuf have signed up to take on a sequel to Wall Street, Stone’s visceral attack on the lack of ethics involved in big money trading. It seems a little late at this point but, praise be, no Charlie Sheen.
On the business side, the merger between agency giant William Morris and Endeavour has been approved. Relativity and Lionsgate have brokered a distribution agreement which will cover around five movies per year. Time Warner has announced a 14 per cent fall in profits in the first quarter, primarily owing to problems with AOL, which it is looking to spin-off imminently, and in Time Inc, the magazine side of the conglomerate.
Cinematical has a review of Departures, the Japanese foreign film Oscar winner from this year.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro will open the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.
Benicio del Toro is reportedly in talks to play Brett Easton Ellis in an adaptation of his Lunar Park.
Here’s a first look at Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 2.
The Forgotten, the indie comic series by Evan Young and Jareth Grealish, has been optioned for a movie adaptation.
Bruce Willis is reportedly being courted to star in Red, an adaptation of the Warren Ellis-penned series.
The BBC has commissioned more The Thick of It from Armando Ianucci, coming on the back of the success of In the Loop.
Warner Bros has acquired the rights to Death Note, the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba.
Mike Newell is in talks to direct a new version of The Lone Ranger.
Fox Searchlight has picked up Whip It, the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore starring Ellen Page.
Iran’s About Elly has won the jury prize at Tribeca.