Comic Book Movies: Villains, Preacher & Agnes Quill

Sam Mendes (Jarhead) will direct the adaptation of Preacher, which has been gestating in what seems like forever.

Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, “Preacher,” which ran from 1995-2000, told the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon.

Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.

James Marsden (Sex Drive) was once attached as the lead. Source.

Relative newcomer Thor Freudenthal will helm an adaptation of Agnes Quill: An Anthology Of Mystery, the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves, and the ghosts who help, hinder, or just plain annoy her, according to book’s official plot synopsis. Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning) is writing the script. Source.

  

Finally, Universal Pictures has hired newcomers Matt Jennison & Brent Strickland to adapt the comic book Villains. The story tells of a young guy who discovers that his old neighbor was once a notrious supervillain and decides to blackmail him into giving him crime lessons. Source.

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Links of the Week

The latest /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark (I actually sort of appear in the After Dark, so check it out).

/Film‘s David Chen interviews Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson here.

Actor Seth Green (Sex Drive) will direct an adaptation of the comic book he co-created here.

Javier Bardem (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) will star in Biutiful from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) here.

McG (We Are Marshall) will direct the adaptation of the novel Dead Spy Running here.

Crispin Glover (Epic Movie), Christopher Lee (The Golden Compass) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging) have all joined the cast of the new Alice In Wonderland movie from director Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street) and Burton regular composer Danny Elfman has confirmed he’s doing the music here and here.

Chris Columbus (Rent) is in talks to direct Ripley’s Believe It Or Not here.

Ian McDiarmid, the guy who plays Palpatine in the Star Wars saga, is amazing here.

New movie for the Sex Drive guys

Sean Anders and John Morris, respectively director/co-writer and producer/co-writer of the just released comedy Sex Drive have been signed to make a new movie for Summit Entertainment.

The untitled project concerns a slacker college student who has a child with a one-night stand and is then forced to care for the baby after the mother is killed in a car crash.

And through trial and tribulation (and a lot of gags) said slacker college student eventually matures into a non-slacker in a terribly heartwarming ending…classic, no?

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Cast member added to Kick-Ass

Clark Duke (ABC Family’s Greek) has joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s (Stardust) forthcoming independently-funded adaptation of Mark Millar’s (Wanted) comic book Kick-Ass. He will play Marty, the hero’s best friend.

About 17, a chubby Caucasian high school student who loves comic books. He is Dave’s funny best friend. Together with Dave and Todd, he loves to go to comic book stores, and checks out the latest issues, while talking about school, girls, the futility of teenaged life, and the exciting adventures of Myspace insta-celebrity Kickass. He never suspects that Kickass is in fact Dave Lizewski — and neither would you if you knew Dave.

Duke thus joins Aaron Johnson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), Lyndsy Fonseca (ABC’s Desperate Housewives), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) and Chloe Moretz (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money) in the movie, set for 2009. See a side-by-side comparision of characters and actors here. Meanwhile, you can catch Duke in the funny-looking Sex Drive, premiering October 16th in the Netherlands (?) and a day later in the US.

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