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Oh man ! How fast can you hit command-D! Den of Geek presents THE ONE LIST you must memorize to be an expert on the love affair between Hollywood and Toontown: 75 comics being made into films.

Comics are the new spec-scripts, and Hollywood is very amenable to a script with big pictures…


By this site’s reckoning, at least 30 comic book-based movies are slated for release in both 2010 and 2011, but that’s sort of unlikely since a) only a handful have actually been made, and b) even Hollywood would cough up that giant ball of newsprint. Perusing the list, there are quite a few interesting factoids, like the idea that Frank Miller will follow up THE SPIRIT by directing his own HARD BOILED, or the progress of THE GOON film. However, just because a movie gets filmed and promoted at big panels at San Diego doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing, as this wistful item shows:

Whiteout (2009)
Long completed, this Kate Beckinsale horror adaptation (of the 1998 graphic novel by Greg Rucka) keeps getting bumped, and is currently slated for a release in September of 2009. Whiteout concerns a US marshall (Beckinsale) investigating Antarctica’s first murder.


WHITEOUT will have been in the can for two years by the time it finally comes out.

Den of Geek vows to update the page, so keep checking back…let’s shoot for an even 100 comic book movies!

Comments

  1. Michael says:

    You’d think comics people would be able to recognize the signs of a glut and a coming bubble-burst by now…

    Oh, and if Whiteout’s been delayed that much, it’s not a good sign. The Adventures of Pluto Nash, anyone?

  2. Based on Friday’s news….
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3ifc7bb2290700c27f60a758ae6863e0c6

    Martin was kind enough to put Pet Robots up in the “pending updates” section at the bottom.

    thanks Martin!

  3. Mark Coale says:

    Whiteout is a horror story?

    Do they think it’s a sequel to THE THING?

  4. Maybe that’s the problem with the Whiteout movie: It’s a horror story, but the original work was a crime thriller.

  5. Release Whiteout in the WINTER, you morons.

  6. michael says:

    that list is pretty interesting, and I don’t know why there are problems with the Whiteout movie. In any case, it’s cool to see some of those being made, others, please, they are hardly even comic books and only have an issue or two out, sooo I don’t know what they think the story is about.

  7. Hey- where’s Deposit Man??

    ~

    Coat

  8. Ben.May says:

    It’s gotten to the point where I wish they would make a list of comics that AREN’T being made into movies so I’d have much shorter article to read and get on with my life.

  9. I think the “horror” tag for Whiteout came about because Dark Castle mostly produces horror films. A lot of people who first discussed the film saw that it was a Dark Castle film, read that it had “a killer” in it and made what seemed to be the natural assumption.

  10. mark coale says:

    I’m all for comics creators getting rights fees for their projects and then the movies never getting made. everyone wins. :>

  11. “I think the “horror” tag for Whiteout came about because Dark Castle mostly produces horror films. A lot of people who first discussed the film saw that it was a Dark Castle film, read that it had “a killer” in it and made what seemed to be the natural assumption.”

    That is possible. I was surprised to see the Dark Castle logo in front of RocknRolla (I watch a lot of movies, but I’m pretty sure it was this one). That’s not really a Dark Castle sort of film, but New Line was once just the house that Freddy built. I didn’t even know Whiteout was a Dark Castle film.

    Delays happen. Studios seem to think that playing musical release dates will somehow magically allow them to find one where their film does the same business as 300 or Passion of the Christ. Sometimes it works and sometimes movies just get lost in the shuffle. Delaying Wanted was obviously a good idea. Releasing anything in September is usually NOT a good idea. Anything with a budget over 20 million should not be released in September. I think Whiteout’s story is good enough to make a lot of money, and that’s why I would like to see a November-early January release date. Also, it just feels like a winter film, but not just beecause it’s full of ice and snow. If Aliens vs. Predator can make money in December, Whiteout can. Just don’t release it in September. September is for low budget and really bad (separately, not both low budget AND bad) films. Whiteout deserves better.

  12. Xenos says:

    Well, I could see Whiteout pegged as a psychological horror film, like calling Silence of the Lambs horror. I am nervous yet looking forward to this amazing comic getting some screen time.

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