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As I've mentioned numerous times earlier today, I was out in Los Angeles visiting DreamWorks all day. One half of that visit was focused on the upcoming Eagle Eye, a thriller directed by D.J. Caruso and starring Shia LaBeouf. The footage looked fantastic and afterwards we got the chance to chat with Caruso. Of course we talked quite a bit about Eagle Eye, but considering it's Comic-Con week, comics were on our mind. The discussion eventually settled on Y: The Last Man, an adaptation that Caruso has been attached to for a while. The last we heard anything about it was in January, when Caurso updated USA Today with additional thoughts on an adaptation and his hope that it would be a trilogy more than anything. Now (via SlashFilm as well) we've got some updates from Caruso and it sounds like Warner Brothers is interested in hopefully getting this into production for release during the summer in 2010.
All your Faye Valentine fantasies are finally going to come true… if you have any at least! Following Akira and Ghost in the Shell announcements, apparently Cowboy Bebop is in for a live-action adaptation as well. IF Magazine talked with veteran producer Erwin Stoff (via AICN) and discovered that he's working on making a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie with Fox. Apparently it's very fresh news: "I'm really excited to be working on it, and it's in the really early stages. We just signed it the other day." If you're not so familiar with Bebop, it's an incredibly popular Japanese anime TV series that first aired back in 1998 and has become a hit here in the US as well as Japan. I'm not exactly a big fan myself, but considering Hollywood is caught up in the anime trend, I'm definitely excited to see this one come to life as well.
Remember this badass shirt that Michael Bay was wearing last year? Well they've officially made a sequel (to the shirt). While out visiting DreamWorks today in Los Angeles, we were given a bag of Comic-Con swag, including this spiffy new shirt that outright says "Even Bigger Giant F**king Robots Are Coming". I'm a big fan of the first shirt and got a good kick out of this one. I even got in trouble wearing it (because it was not censored like this one) at a movie theater during midnight showings. A manager eventually told me to cover it up because an incredibly buff guy in a Barricade t-shirt complained that his kids shouldn't be seeing such profanity. Unfortunately this one is censored, but oh well. I've heard that they're handing these out at the Paramount booth at Comic-Con, so if you want one, be sure to pick one up!
Just say yes… A few days ago we brought you the first official poster for Jim Carrey's next comedy, Yes Man. As Alex rightly pointed out, it smacks of Liar Liar in an oh-so-obvious way - instead of having to tell the truth all the time, Carrey plays a guy that always says yes. Same difference. Today comes the first trailer for the film, and I can't say I'm too excited. While Liar Liar holds an enviable 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, I don't think we can expect the same from Yes Man. As you'll see in the clip, the prospect of saying yes to anything can create some interesting scenarios. But if the trailer is any indication, the film looks like a bunch of discrete, wishfully funny sequences that probably adds up short in the end.
In covering movie news, desk-smacking, frustrating news is assured to cross your screen from time to time. Most often this is attributable to the highly combustible nature of internet news - a juicy tidbit can burn hotter than that demon thing (the Balrog) in Lord of the Rings. Remember the rumor about a Friends movie? Today is one of those days where I'm looking for the fire extinguisher. (And, yes, I realize it's ironic that I'm fanning the flames by reporting on it here.) Do we really think there will be a Top Gun 2? The Sun is reporting an "insider" has talked of a sequel to the '80s hit. Apparently, "the idea is Maverick is at the Top Gun school as an instructor — and this time it is he who has to deal with a cocky new female pilot." Am I the only one that thinks this is a positively terrible idea?
We posted a couple of TV spots for Pineapple Express a few weeks ago, but we haven't seen a complete new trailer like this since March! Now we've got our hands on a new international trailer with a few new scenes but enough to remind you that you'll want to clear your schedule in a few weeks so that you can catch this awesome new comedy. Between this and and Tropic Thunder, the two big comedies this summer, I'm leaning towards Pineapple Express. It's something with Judd Apatow's touch and the fact that Rogen and Franco look like the amazingly perfect duo of stoner friends. Like Superbad last year, I really can't wait to see how the story unfolds and how crazy it all becomes. Hopefully it lives up to all of my expectations!
Earlier this year Red 5 Comics had their property "Afterburn" picked up for a big-screen adaptation, interestingly, with Tobey Maguire set to produce. Today, Hollywood Reporter tells us that the burgeoning comic producer got its "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" comic picked up by production company Benderspink (The Ruins, The Ring films). Not bad for a company that appears to presently have roughly six comic book properties under its name. Red 5 Comics was actually founded by a contributor to fellow movie site ComingSoon.net, Scott Chitwood, along with Paul Ens, former director LucasFilm's StarWars.com. Excited for another new fresh take on zombies?
This cropped up yesterday, but let's just say it's taken me that long to process the uber weirdness here. The LA Times posted some rather odd set photos from Crank 2: High Voltage that seem to depict a surreal sequence in which an exaggerated version of Chev Chelios, played by Jason Statham, and some other dude go at it amidst a gloomy landscape of tiny power lines - giving the characters a giant quality. However, the fact that there's even a sequel to the 2006 odd-ball actioner is bizarre enough (we announced it officially late last year); so, really, I guess this scene isn't that strange when you put it in context. And you have to admit, Statham's mask would make the bitchin'-est Halloween get-up.
The previously announced Witchblade movie, adapted from the Top Cow comic, finally has its director. "Battlestar Galactica" regular Michael Rymer will direct and co-produce the film with a script written by long-time television writer Everett De Roche. Given I'm not personally familiar with "Battlestar Galactica", I can't say this makes me any more interested, but considering Rymer has directed 20 episodes and is filming the series finale, this should be a pretty good sign of the direction that Witchblade is going in. I know Witchblade, about a gauntlet with special powers that a chosen female wears, doesn't have much in common with "Battlestar Galactica", but I still think Rymer should be a good fit. Hopefully this doesn't turn out like a long television show episode, because I actually would like to possibly enjoy it.