Saturday, August 01, 2009

And Now the News: Thor's willingness to share

Here's what went on this week in adventure news.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 update

Filming on Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is planned to start early next year so that the movie can be released in 2011. They're hoping that it'll be the first of another trilogy.

Also - and I've lost the link to this, unfortunately - word is that they're going to tone it way down from the first trilogy. They can't get bigger than those movies, so they're making a conscious decision to go smaller. They've even gone so far as to call it a "reboot" (man, Hollywood loves and overuses that word) even though it'll still star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader update

Shooting has begun on Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which should be the best Narnia movie yet based on story and subject matter alone. Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, and Liam Neeson are all back as Lucy, Edmund, Caspian, and Aslan respectively. Not sure if Eddie Izzard is still the voice of Reepicheep, but it looks like Will Poulter from Son of Rambow is still playing nasty cousin Eustace as once announced. Guess we'll find out soon enough though. It's still scheduled to come out next year.

Undersea heroes profiled

The Aquaman Shrine just finished a cool and informative Undersea Heroes Week looking at Namor, Undersea Agent, Shark-Man, and Pirana. He's already got a nice list going (including Marrina! Yay!) for another week at some point, so I'll be impatiently waiting for that.

Kong: King of Skull Island update

Apparently, the movie based on Joe DeVito's illustrated prequel/sequel novel Kong: King of Skull Island is now going to be produced by Spirit Pictures instead of Fantastic Films International as previously announced. And it's being planned as CGI motion-capture animation.

Night Mary movie

Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer's Night Mary mini-series is being made into a movie. That's cool because it's a great, spooky story (sort of like Dreamscape, only scary), but I've got a personal - though tangential - relationship to this news. My medieveal vampire short story "Completely Cold" was published in the back matter of Night Mary #3.

Hangman preview

DC has a preview of their re-introduction to the Hangman character. This is written by J. Michael Straczynski, but I'm excited about it because it presumably sets the stage for the John Rozum stories that will follow. Also, that logo kicks twelves kinds of bootie.

Wolf Man update

Though Universal denies that it has anything to do with their confidence in the movie or the troubles they've had in making it, they've moved the Wolf Man remake from this November back to next February.

Wolves of Odin webcomic launches

The sequel to Grant Gould's Vikings vs. Werewolves graphic novel has begun. For free.

World War Robot movie

Jerry Bruckheimer has bought the rights to IDW's World War Robot series. I still need to read those stories.

Spacecaptain Blood

I wish this was actual concept art from Warner Brothers' planned Captain Blood in Space movie, but it's not. It is of course from Captain Harlock, a series that I'm long overdue in watching.

But back to Captain Blood: There will be those who complain that this is a bad idea and will cite Disney's Treasure Planet as evidence. I don't know what those people are talking about. It may not be an original idea, but space pirates are never a bad idea and Treasure Planet was much more entertaining than people give it credit for.


Siskoid said...

If Captain Harlock (to me: Albator) is as good, deep and disturbing as I remember, then it is good indeed.

Rambling Robot said...

I once bought a DVD of Captain Harlock just because the idea of space pirates and the ship looked cool. Story wasn't that cool...

Also, Treasure Planet was great in my opinion.

Prime Evil said...

Hmm...I quite like that pirate-ship-in-space one. May I have it off of you for a "Filmation's Ghostbusters" motion picture? It's a ship fitting for the ghost pirate Long John Scarechrome, that much is for sure.

PS: For what it's worth, I liked "Treasure Planet."

Michael May said...

I'm glad you like the picture. Unfortunately, I don't own it or know who does. I found it in an image search for Space Pirates and it wasn't attributed on the site where I found it.


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