I may be dead tired, and my feet might be bleeding from what was C2E2, but that isn’t stopping me from keeping you loyal readers up to date on all the biggest news in the comic book world right now. Inside you can get all the scoop on the biggest little news stories going right now such as Mike Mignola’s thoughts on a third ‘HELLBOY’ film, the disappointing opening weekend for ‘KICK-ASS’, and the dream-team crossover of ’30 DAYS OF NIGHT’ and ‘THE X-FILES’. Read on for all the news.
This past weekend at the C2E2 convention, MTV News sat down with “HELLBOY” creator Mike Mignola to chat about Big Red and the future plans for the character both on the panel and on screen. Mignola said that there have been ‘talks’ regarding the third (and presumably final) installment of the franchise with director Guilermo Del Toro (“THE ORPHANAGE”, “THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE”) , but right now it is still more of an ‘idea’ than a guarantee. Mignola had this to say…
“We did sit down and discuss what the second picture should be, but the third one… [Del Toro] has said at various times that it’s a trilogy, so you’re wrapping it up with that one,” said Mignola. “We’ve talked about it, but we talked about it when we were on the first film, and then on the second film, too. It’s just waiting for him to say he wants to make it.”
“The only thing I would be very careful about is that I don’t want to tell him how I’m ending the series, because I don’t want him to do it before I get to it,” he laughed.
SOURCE: MTV NEWS
’KICK-ASS’ Does Anything But With Disappointing Box Office Numbers
Friday marked the release date of Plan B and Marv Studios’ adaptation of the Mark Millar created “KICK-ASS”, and it was less than impressive. The film grossed just $19.8 million in its opening weekend, but still managed to beat out Disney’s (but barely) “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON” which made $19.63 million dollars by comparison. While this would usually equate to a victory for any comic book adaptation whose biggest star is Nicolas Cage (Damn you “GHOST-RIDER”), when taking into account that films make their biggest numbers on their opening weekend, and that the film was estimated to make $30 million over the three days, it is still a bit disheartening.
Sadly this seems to reaffirm the idea among Hollywood heads that comic book adaptations based around lesser known characters cannot hold their own without the aid of A-List actors. “KICK-ASS” only made about half of what “WANTED” grossed on its opening weekend, but when you compare McLovin to Angelina Jolie you can see why. This is sad seeing as how the film is fantastic, and it is possibly the best film of the year (so far) in geekdom. Also, expect the film to make more money overseas in England and The UK due to a far better marketing campaign, and the fact that the beautiful wife of “TURF” scribe Jonathon Ross, Jane Goldman helped pen the script.
DC Comics Plans “30 DAYS OF NIGHT/X-FILES” Crossover
One of the most interesting things to happen at C2E2 as far as the announcements from “The Big Two” go was the planning of a crossover event teaming the Steve Niles created “30 DAYS OF NIGHT” series with cult favorite “THE X-FILES”. The series will be penned by Niles himself alongside TOOL guitarist Adam Jones, and veteran illustrator Tom Mandrake (“THE SPECTRE”) will illustrate. The move will also mark a pairing of “30 DAYS” publisher IDW with “X-FILES” owners DC.
“Two of the most popular horror properties of the last two decades collide in this harrowing 6-issue adventure of epic proportions! Co-writers Steve Niles (writer and co-creator of 30 Days of Night) and rockstar-turned-writer Adam Jones (the band Tool) team with the amazing, moody artistry of Tom Mandrake to unleash the ultimate comic culture crossover! When evidence of a possible cannibal killer in Wainright, Alaska, draws the attention of the FBI, Agents Mulder and Scully draw the less-than-glamorous assignment. But all is not as it seems once the agents are on the ground. Not only has the long seasonal darkness begun to fall, but there’s something unnatural about a few of the locals. And what does a chilling, mysterious black ship have to do with the murders? Find out here! Co-published with IDW.”
“X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT” Is Slated For A July 14th Release Date.
SOURCE: SPLASH PAGE