Friday, March 12, 2010

Movie News: Da Vinci, The Shadow, Dan Dare, and Others

Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever

Not willing to let Marvel have all the fun, Warner Brothers is also turning Leonardo da Vinci into an adventure hero. Good idea, says I.  I'm a bit concerned though about their wanting to include secret societies, codes, angels, and demons in the script. Seems a bit unoriginal, doesn't it? [/Film]

DVD Late Show

Pulp-writer Christopher Mills has a blog called DVD Late Show on which he reviews "the best (and worst) of cult films, B-movies, and genre TV" available on DVD. Chris is a great, knowledgeable writer with a wide range of interests; his thoughts on this stuff are always worth reading. 

The Shadow, Batman 3, John Carter, and Dan Dare after the break.

The Shadow's (possible) director

Illustration by Pirate Trish.

Speaking of pulp, Sam Raimi's version of The Shadow is apparently still on and rumor has it he's looking at 30 Days of Night director David Slade to direct. This could be wishful thinking, but that would be very very cool. [Latino Review]

Nolan's Batman is a trilogy

Christopher Nolan says he's got the next Superman movie figured out, but I'm more interested in the details about his third Batman movie. I think he's said this before, but he's planning for it to be his last one. "Unlike the comics," he says, "these thing don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful."

As sorry as I'll be to see Nolan and Company move on from Batman, I love his approach. Get in, tell your story, and get out. A failure to do that is killing ongoing corporate-owned comics for me right now. [/Film]

John Carter of Mars

I usually wouldn't mention who's been hired to score a particular movie, but since John Carter's just won a Best Original Score Oscar for Up, I will. [/Film]

Dan Dare

Britain's space pulp hero is headed to the big screen. I don't know much about him other than an issue I read from Virgin's series, but I liked it. And the world needs more space pulp movies anyway. Sam Worthington will play Dan Dare. [/Film]

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