Category Archives: Comic Book Adaptations

New Promo for The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere

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While fans patiently await the return of “The Walking Dead” on AMC, the network has released a new promo for the season 5 mid-season premiere. The show will return on February 8, 2015 to air the remaining episodes of season 5.

The mid-season finale of season 5 aired before the holidays and ended with the shocking death of Beth as she and Noah were just about to leave the hospital for good. How will her death affect the group and more importantly her sister and Daryl.

“The Walking Dead” has already been renewed for a sixth season which is set to begin airing in the fall of 2015. The series is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Watch the promo below:

Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast” Pilot Rounds Out Cast

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The official cast for Robert Kirkman’s upcoming drama pilot, “Outcast” has been revealed. The series is based on The Walking Dead creator’s new comic of the same name and is set to premiere on Cinemax.

“Outcast” will star Patrick Fugit in the lead role of Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.

Joining Fugit is Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia preacher who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends us to sweat the small stuff.

Reg E. Cathey as Giles, is Rome’s chief of police and a poker buddy of Anderson’s. Although he doesn’t believe in possession quite as strongly as Anderson, he’s seen enough to know there’s some truth to his friend’s assertions about demons.

Julia Crockett, as Sarah Barns, is Kyle’s mother. Filthy and raving, Sarah makes young Kyle’s life a living hell. At first, this might seem like the result of mental illness. But Kyle will come to understand that it’s something more.

Wrenn Schmidt as Megan Holter, is Kyle’s adopted sister and a child psychologist. Megan is always on a mission to fix people, especially Kyle. Although she puts up a hopeful and confident front, Megan may be as emotionally damaged as Kyle — a result of the scarred past they share.

Kip Pardue as Mark Holter, the husband of Kyle’s adopted sister, Megan. Mark is a small-town cop whose temper sometimes gets him in trouble. Despite being mildly religious, Mark is a skeptic, who would never believe in something like demonic possession.

Kirkman has signed on to write the pilot script and executive produce with Chris Black, Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert, and FIC’s Sharon Tal Yguado and Sue Naegle. Adam Wingard (The Guest) will direct the pilot.

“Gotham” Gets a Full Season Order

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Three episodes in and FOX has officially given the series “Gotham” a full season order. The order brings the first season to a full 22 episodes. According to the network, the premiere episode of “Gotham” delivered FOX’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years and drew in 14.1 million viewers in the first seven days.

“Gotham” is an origin story of “Batman” that takes place in Gotham City. Young Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. The cast is impressive including Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sean Pertwee, “Gotham” follows Gordon’s rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner as he navigates the layers of corruption that secretly rule Gotham City.

The series airs Mondays on FOX at 8/7c.

Wytches Comic Series Picked up by New Regency & Brad Pitt’s Plan B

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Images Comic series, “Wytches,” just debuted the first issue last week but according to Deadline, there are already plans by New Regency to adapt the comic book series into a feature film. The adaptation is being set up through Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

The series was written and created by Eisner Award winners Scott Snyder and Jock, who will serve as executive producers on the film.  The plot is officially described as follows:

“Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.”

It is not surprising that there is already film interest in the series. It was announced this week that the first issue of “Wytches” had already sold out at the distributer level and would be heading into a second printing run.

There is no word yet on who the studio is eyeing to star in the adaptation or when production will begin but it will likely be sometime next year.

Solo LEGO Batman Film on the Way

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After the success of both this year’s The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman video game franchise, fans are finally getting a standalone LEGO Batman film!Will Arnett will be voicing Batman again in his gravelly and gloriously ridiculous voice.

The LEGO Batman film will likely be released sometime in 2017 but there is no confirmed released date. It appears likely that LEGO Batman will take the May 26, 2017 release date. Warner Bros. is reportedly fast tracking the film to replace the originally planned LEGO Movie sequel. The sequel is now being pushed to some unknown date.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will produce again alongside Roy Lee and Dan Lin.

There is no word yet on what the plot of The LEGO Batman film will be but given the expanse of the Batman comic books there is a lot to choose from. There is also no word on who the villain will be.

The Walking Dead Renewed for a Sixth Season

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As if anyone is surprised though we are all definitely thrilled, AMC has officially renewed “The Walking Dead” for a sixth season. Season five of the series is set to air in just a few days but the show is still one of the most popular in the world.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

Season six will see Scott M. Gimple will return as the showrunner and executive producer. It will also have executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

Season five premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray Combo Pack 12/9

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This year’s most popular movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, is set to release on DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack on December 9, just in time for the holiday season!

The film earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. It opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1,Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, and Benicio Del Toro.

Bonus Features for the DVD and Blu-Ray release include:

(Digital HD*, Disney Movies Anywhere, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray)

  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Making-of Featurettes
  • Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron”
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary

 (DVD)

  • Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron”
  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene

The film was directed by James Gunn who also co-wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman.

Dominic Cooper Joins Marvel’s Agent Carter

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Stark sexy Dominic Cooper is officially set to reprise his role as Howard Stark (see what I did there? but no really he is damn sexy) on the upcoming series “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” The news was confirmed by Marvel earlier today.

Cooper originally appeared as the elder Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, starring alongside Hayley Atwell. Now, the duo will be back together again in the new series. Though hopefully not together together because you know, she promised!

The series will feature Carter and Stark going on secret missions while she balances her administrative job at the Strategic Scientific Reserve.

“Agent Carter” will premiere this winter on ABC.

DC Comics’ “Lucifer” Pilot Coming To Fox

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Fox is getting another comic book television adaptation by way of DC Comic series “Lucifer.” Fox and Warner Bros. have officially ordered a pilot to be based off the comic series according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.

“Lucifer” follows the Lord of Hell who has grown bored with his underworld throne and devilish kingdom. He decided to relate to the buzzing metropolis of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux. (I won’t lie, I’d probably check that bar out.) The titular character is actually a supporting character in the comic series “The Sandman” from Neil Gaiman.

Tom Kapinos is signed on to write and executive produce the pilot episode.

There is currently no word on who will star in the project or when production will begin on the series. The pilot will likely air sometime in late 2015 if picked up for a full series.

Y: The Last Man Film Adaptation Cancelled

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Things seemed good last year when the film adaptation of the graphic novel “Y: The Last Man” gained director Dan Trachtenberg but now the entire project has been cancelled. The film rights to the comic book series have reverted back to the creators Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra. Sadness ensues.

Trachtenberg confirmed today saying,

“Not happening. But it’s in trusted hands (the creators).”

The 60-issue series has been much beloved and hailed as an intricate and honest social commentary of gender politics as well as a enthralling coming of age tale for the main character.

“Y: The Last Man” is a post-apocalyptic tale following Yorick Brown, a young man who, along with his capuchin monkey, Ampersand, somehow survives a catastrophic event that kills off every living creature with a Y chromosome. Left in a world of only women, Yorick teams with a government operative, 355, to try and uncover the truth about the plague and why he and he alone made it through alive.

“The script was essentially the first two trades,” Trachtenberg then revealed to /Film of the film that could have been. “Taking inspiration from the original Star Wars – we wanted to tell a complete story…but not the whole story. Hoping that, in success, we could get tell the rest of our serialized adventure.”