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Halcyon to Produce ‘Terminator Salvation’ Video Game

Halcyon to Produce ‘Terminator Salvation’ Video Game

Halcyon Games has won the license to develop a third-person shooter videogame based on Terminator Salvation.

A release states that “the game offers players the chance to assume the role of John Connor, a soldier in the resistance, battling for survival against the far superior forces of SkyNet. Terminator Salvation – The Videogame is a third-person action game with concentrated armed combat against all of the SkyNet enemies from the film while encountering new enemies specifically designed for the game. The game was developed by GRIN Studios, published by Equity Games, co-published by Evolved Games and distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

"Terminator Salvation – The Videogame allows players to battle for survival against SkyNet enemies utilizing an incredibly fluid and realistic control set," said Cos Lazouras, President of Halcyon Games. "The player will be led through a visceral story with extremely polished production values to create a fully interactive Terminator experience."

"Building on the incredibly strong franchise, Terminator Salvation – The Videogame will be a cinematic gaming experience that complements the upcoming film," said John Quinn, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "Working with Halcyon and Equity Games, we will expand on the Terminator universe on next generation consoles with action packed gameplay and detailed environments."

‘Shazam!’ Moves from New Line to Warner Bros.

‘Shazam!’ Moves from New Line to Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has signaled its intent to corral all their DC heroes in one place but internally shifting Shazam! from their New Line division to Warner proper. The news came when the studio announced that Peter Segal has been given a three year first-look deal according to Variety.

The director and producer Michael Ewing formed Callahan Film works to produce projects together after first meeting on the set of Naked Gun 33 1/3. The deal now has the duo prepping not only Shazam, still to be written by John August, but also a sequel to Get Smart and Liam McBain: International Tennis Star and Proper English Geezer. The latter is an original story that “follows the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of a fictional British tennis star of the 80s.”

August last wrote in the late winter that he was finishing a draft of the delayed Shazam! film but nothing has been stated about the project since. August replaced William Goldman who wrote several drafts before leaving the project.  No casting has been announced although most expect Dwayne Johnson to sign on to portray Black Adam, the antagonist. 

Warner Buys Original SF Thriller

Warner Buys Original SF Thriller

The Days Before is an original science fiction screenplay from newcomer Chad St. John that was just purchased by Warner Bros. Gianni Nunnari (300) will develop the project for the studio, according to Variety.

The trade says, the “story centers on aliens invading Earth by traveling backwards through time and wiping out humanity — yesterday by yesterday — while one man stays a yesterday ahead of them, trying to convince the world that the end is coming again.”

St. John previously wrote The Further Adventures of Doc Holiday for Bruce Willis, although it was never produced.

White Replaces Story on ‘Losers’

White Replaces Story on ‘Losers’

Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) replaces Tim Story (Fantastic Four) as director on the Warner Bros. adaptation of Vertigo’s Losers.

He inherits a script from James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) as production responsibilities move from a Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures co-production to one managed by Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment. Production is expected to begin in early 2009 according to Variety.  No casting or release date have been announced.

The Losers
lasted 32 issues from 2003-2006 and was written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Jock.  The story told of “band of black ops commandos who are set up to be killed by their own government. They barely survive and set out to get even.” The title derives from a feature that ran in Our Fighting Forces from 1970-1985, mostly handled by writer Robert Kanigher and artists Russ Heath and John Severin although a memorable run was done by Jack Kirby.

White is also attached to the film version of Frank Miller’s first creator-owned property, Ronin, which DC Comics published in the early 1980s, and Castlevania, a live-action version of the popular video game. Vanderbilt also wrote an early draft of Spider-Man 4 before being replaced.

CW Drops Plans for ‘Graysons’

CW Drops Plans for ‘Graysons’

Fans can breathe easier now.

The CW has dropped its plans for The Graysons, which would have dramatically altered the character of Dick Grayson in stories set before he became Robin the Boy Wonder.  According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures president Jeff Robinov rethought the premise and decided it didn’t fit in the company’s overall plans for its DC Comics super-heroes.

With Smallville likely in its eighth and final season, the CW network was seeking a replacement series and settled on Dick Grayson.  The reimagined premise, announced on October 1, saw him growing to his mid-teens and still performing with his parents, the renowned trapeze act, the Flying Graysons. Rather than call him Dick, he was also renamed “DJ”, all of which set off alarms throughout comic book fandom.

"Warner Bros. TV never had 100% clearance," one executive told the trade.

Robinov had told The Wall Street Journal back in August that the studio wanted to create a more cohesive plan for the DCU, largely after it faltered to keep up with Marvel which this year introduced connected elements between its Iron Man and Incredible Hulk films. Among those decisions was halting the Justice League film and possibly rebooting Superman, going with a darker approach.

Christopher Nolan, talking about directions he might go with a third film in his Batman franchise, dismissed adding Robin at any time but word had it that he never gave his blessing to the CW series. The idea that having Batman in theaters and Robin on television was considered by some executives to be a mistake.  They also thought Smallville might have had something to do with Superman Returns’ poor box office.  Clearly, none of them saw the film.

The Graysons,
as a result, did not fit with the plan at all.

"The studio has opted not to go forward with the development of The Graysons at this time as the concept doesn’t fit the current strategy for the Batman franchise," the studio said in a statement. "Warner Bros. Television is currently working on several replacement options for the CW."

Batman to Sue Warner Bros.

Batman to Sue Warner Bros.

Batman, the small subdistrict of Ankara, Turkey announced on Wednesday their attention to sue Warner Bros. for its Batman movie franchise.  According to the story at India’s Top News, Batman mayor Huseyin Kalkan feels permission should have been obtained prior to filming. The very first filmed Batman was the 1943 serial with the first full-length feature being the 1966 movie with the television cast. More recently, The Dark Knight amassed $992,764,009 in global box office receipts according to Box Office Mojo.

Batman became a distinct subdistrict in 1937, two years before the character’s debut in Detective Comics #27. The name comes from the Batman River and as it prospered it first became a town of Siirt in 1957, and in 1990 was made its own province.

"There is only one Batman in this world," said Kalkan. "Without telling us, the US makers of the films have taken the name of our region."

The mayor confirmed for the press that he would file suit in the United States if it came to that.

Neil Gaiman Talks ‘Coraline’

Neil Gaiman Talks ‘Coraline’

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline has been turned into an animated film by Henry Selick and the popular author spoke with Premiere about the film, which opens in February. Much of the material is familiar to connoisseurs of the man’s career but he did fill in some gaps.

He discussed how he had the book sent to the director 18 months prior to publication. “That’s true. I mean, Henry didn’t even get the final draft. But the moment I finished it, I gave it to my agent, the redoubtable Jon Levin at CAA, and I said… ‘Well, I want it with Henry Selick and I quite like it with Tim Burton, ’cause I love The Nightmare Before Christmas, and they were the two people who did that, and I think, if it’s gonna be a film, it should be something like that.’ And I don’t know if it ever made it through the ranks to actually land on Tim Burton’s desk and get read, [but] it was really a moot point, because by the end of the week, Henry had read it, said that he wanted to do it, and had put the mechanisms in place. You know, the contract negotiations had already started.”

Gaiman was very pleased with Selick’s fidelity to the source material but clearly things had to be modified between print and screen. “He wrote a first draft that was incredibly faithful,” Gaiman said. “And I think I actually wound up saying to him, ‘Look, I think it’s a bit too faithful,’ because it didn’t feel like a movie, it felt like you were just reading the book. And I sort of encouraged him to expand it into a film a bit more. And the next one he rather nervously added a character and added events, but now the script read like a movie script. And then it was just a matter of him having another six years to find a studio that would give him the money to make the ultimate stop-motion movie.”

He remained uninvolved in the production but remained curious. “I’d go about my life and then I’d sit up one day and think, You know I haven’t seen anything for three or four months now, and I’d phone Henry and I’d say, ‘Have you got anything for me to see?’ And he’d say, ‘Yeah, I’ll get you off a DVD.’ And I’d get a DVD with another 10 minutes of footage on it! [laughs] What’s actually been fun is, because they’re pretty much shooting it exactly in order, the DVDs have been getting scarier and scarier. They started off [and I thought], ‘Well this is rather sweet and rather friendly,’ and the last one that I got I could actually say, ‘No, this is scary, this is really scary.’

Gaiman also addressed the long-delayed film version of his Death: The High Cost of Living. “Well, I think the latest is that we’re all waiting to see what happens to New Line. Death is a very odd thing because, unlike Coraline or Anansi Boys, which I’m doing for Warners, or The Graveyard Book or any of those kinds of things, I don’t own and control the rights to Death. I’m attached to it, I’ve written a script for it, I’m meant to be directing it… but I don’t control it, and for reasons having to do with corporate relationships between DC Comics and Warner Brothers, it has to be done by a Warner Brothers company, and then you have to find a Warner Brothers studio within Warner Brothers that will be a good fit for that film, and of course New Line was a really good fit for that film, and it remains to be seen right now what New Line is when the dust is settled and whether there is a New Line or not.”

‘Mad About the Movies Directors’ Cut’ Coming Tomorrow

‘Mad About the Movies Directors’ Cut’ Coming Tomorrow

Mad Artist Tom Richmond wrote on his blog about a new Mad book, due out tomorrow.

He wrote, “Back in 1998 Mad published MAD About the Movies, a collection of movie spoofs from over the years. It was in part to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Warner Bros. (WB owns DC Comics which in turn owns MAD) and all the movies in the book were Warner Bros. films.

“10 years later Mad is coming out with a new version of the book featuring parodies of films from other studios as well as some from WB. MAD About the Movies: Director’s Cut weighs in at a whopping 400 pages and contains not only 60 movie parodies from films of the last 60 plus years, but other goodies as well. Here’s a short list of some of the included parodies:

•    Gone with the Wind
•    Bonnie and Clyde
•    A Clockwork Orange
•    Brokeback Mountain
•    Spider-Man
•    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
•    The Lord of the Rings
(all three films!)

“Obviously there are both black and white and color pages in the book. I was told I have several parodies in it myself, although I don’t have a full list. I’m pretty excited about being in the book, as it will be the first book I really have a presence in. My parody of “Traffic” was in Mad About the Oscars, but I believe that is my only contribution to a Mad book.

“The book is part of an exclusive agreement with Barnes and Noble, so that is the only place you’ll be able to get a copy. It’s dirt cheap at only $9.98 for an online price.
“I have not as yet seen a copy, so I have no idea what kind of stock it’s printed on. It’s listed as a “hardcover” but at less than $10.00 I think that might be a mistake. Still this would make a great stocking stuffer. It’s supposed to be released tomorrow, according to the Barnes and Noble website.”

ComicMix Radio: Spike Hits With Watchmen

ComicMix Radio: Spike Hits With Watchmen

As you read earlier here on ComicMix, The 2008 Spike Awards gave comics their due and to add to it all, Warner Brothers will provide some Watchmen footage to run during tonight’s awards broadcast. We give your TiVo the tip, plus:

Deadpool blows out again at Marvel
Geoff Johns continues to make sense at DC
Big week for Bond fans

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