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Big comic book movie news

For starters Alan Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” is coming to Fox television. The graphic novel series has already been adapted into a terrible movie starring Sean Connery as Alan Quartermain. But Moore has famously hated any adaptations of his work, including “V for Vendetta” and “Watchmen”. Well he’s not likely to change his mind now because “Green Lantern” writer Michael Green will serve as writer and show runner.

In other comic book movie news, Vin Diesel (“Fast and Furious 6”) confirms he met with Marvel Studios about an unknown project:

“Marvel meeting today, Diesel writes. “Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed…P.s. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen… you know I get tunnel vision with my work… and after that meeting today… wow!”

He also posted a photo of him in front of an Avengers comic cover featuring Giant Man. But he also once posted a photo of Vision, which me managed to include in this post. Could he join Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers 2”?

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Unfilmable has been thrown around a lot lately to things like “Watchmen”, “Life of Pi” and “Cloud Atlas”. That didn’t stop Zack Snyder, Ang Lee and the Wachowskis from making adaptations, however. Add James Franco to that list, who will be directing an adaptation of William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury”. He wants Jon Hamm to star as Mr. Compson, Dave Franco to play Quentin Compson and wants Danny McBride in the film as well. Considering Franco’s recent films, which include everything from playing himself in “This is the End” to Oz in “Oz the Great and Powerful” to a thug in “Spring Breakers” why not tackle a classic novel?

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Much like “Watchmen”, Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is turing out to be a polarizing film. Critics didn’t care for it, fans seemed to like it. Count “Chronicle” Max Landis in the hate it camp. Here’s what he had to say about the film.

These are some harsh words. Here’s an excerpt:

“What’s special about Superman, is that his parents didn’t f*cking die. He’s not a selfish, post-traumatic sissy who needed to have his parents shot to death in front of him to understand that maybe you should help people and that crime is wrong and murder is bad. His Uncle Ben didn’t need to be killed in front of him basically by his own hand to drive the point home that if you have superpowers you should use them to help people…

He’s just a guy from Kansas who has the best superpowers. And instead of absolute power corrupting absolutely, it has absolved him from fear, and greed, and hate, and all of the weaknesses that stem from human insecurity. What’s special about Superman is that he will always make the right choice.”

What do you think?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

No huge surprise here. Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” has a lot of buzz behind it and should explode at the box office. Now comes news that Warner Brothers has green lit a sequel with Snyder returning as well as writer David S. Goyer. But the real news is that Goyer apparently has a three-picture deal, two Superman films and a “Justice League” film. Does this mean it’s close to coming out? We’ll find out. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the final trailer for “Man of Steel”.

I was skeptical of this film, but it looks like Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan have a hit on their hands. The anticipated film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

TMNT casts Splinter

Oh boy. Producer Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is really happening. The film cast its Master Splinter, the rat who of course raises the turtles. Danny Woodburn has been named Splinter. Woodburn is probably best known for his role as Big Figure in “Watchmen”. The film stars Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Will Arnett and Megan Fox.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Director Zack Snyder (“300”, “Watchmen”) said in a recent interview with EW that Kryptonite will not be in “Man of Steel”. Frankly, I’m glad. It’s always used as a convenient tool against Superman, it’ll be nice to see him face challenges different from that. The anticipated film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Michael Shannon as General Zod. The film also will feature Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This film is very much now on my radar screen. William H. Macy (“Fargo”) is making his directorial debut with “Rudderless”, which is a musical drama. Here’s a synopsis from Comingsoon.net: When a grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his deceased son’s original music, he forms a band, hoping to find peace in the wake of his tragic loss.

This sounds like it could be very emotional. He’s joined by Billy Crudup (“Big Fish”, “Watchmen”), Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”), Selena Gomez (“Spring Breakers”), Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix”) and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”).

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

At one point, Universal was going to move forward with a reported $200 million adaptation of “Bioshock”. “The Lone Ranger: helmer Gore Verbinski was on board and was looking to make a “hard R” rated horror film. What went wrong?

“Watchmen”. Ken Levine had this to say to Edge Online: “There was a deal in place and it was actually in production at Universal, and Gore Verbinski was directing it. And what happened was — this is my theory — it’s a very big movie and Gore was very excited about it and he wanted to make a very dark, what he would call a ‘hard-rated’ horror film — an R-rated film with a lot of blood. Then “Watchmen” came out — and I really liked “Watchmen” — but it didn’t do well for whatever reason and the studio got cold feet about making an R-rated $200 million film.”

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Since playing the Comedian in Zack Snyder’s underrated “Watchmen”, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has struggled. There was the underrated “The Losers” followed by bad films like “The Possession” and “Red Dawn”. Now he is set to get back on track by joining the film “Solace”. The film also stars Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.

From FirstShowing.net: Hopkins will be starring as a former doctor with psychic abilities who’s recruited by a veteran FBI agent (Morgan) to track down a serial killer (Farrell). The trouble arises when the specialist realizes that the killer also has psychic abilities, meaning the two men can detect the other’s next move.

This has some potential. Hopefully it won’t quite be like “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.