• Over the last few days, the long hypothetical Green Lantern movie has become very real, as it’s been announced that director Martin Campbell (Zorro, James Bond) has been signed on, and filming begins mid-September in Australia, with a release date of December 10, 2010 set. Now this sound promising as hell, although the last time WB sent a superhero movie off to Australia for filming, it didn’t work out so good. But that was the JLA, and a writer’s strike doomed that project. So, despite having no cast announced, it’s looking good.
Wait, did we say no cast? Rumor has it that Chris “Young Captain Kirk” Pine is a leading candidate for Hal Jordan:
Could one man be both Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan? I suppose, after all Bruce Wayne is also John Conner.
Word is WB is looking for a man’s man under 30. Names like Jon Hamm and Nathan Fillion have popped up but again they are looking for under 30. I think Hamm would be a fantastic choice but by the time a sequel rolls around he’d be pushing 40 (which I think would only make him sexier and more distinguished). Sam Worthington’s name has also been floating around but Chris Pine seems to be the top choice.
The name Ryan Gosling has also been floating around, but speculation centers on Pine, for this half hour, anyway.
• What’s going on with the Tintin movies? This write-around piece in the LA Times is light on detail, but sums up where we’re at:
In fact, Spielberg had called Jackson in his office to discuss the intricacies of motion capture — which Jackson had used to create both Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and Kong in “King Kong.” When he broached the topic of “Tintin,” Jackson, born and bred in a part of the world that reveres Hergé’s creation, yelped, “I have all the books in back of me.”
That’s the genesis of this behemoth collaboration, according to Spielberg’s spokesman, Marvin Levy.
• With WATCHMEN certified a disappointment, folks are already wondering if THIS will be the movie that kills Hollywood’s love affair with the superheroes:
“Will the perceived lack of success of `Watchmen’ have a chilling effect on the future of other comic book movies?” Hollywood.com box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian asks rhetorically. “I say no because it’s a different kind of movie, and anyone who compares this movie to a ‘Spider-Man’ or a `Batman,’ I think, is misguided.”
Several evidently nervous studio executives declined to talk about the future of their valuable superhero projects for this story.
• Frankly, one big question mark made from an unfilmable novel should do nothing to stem the tide of enthusiasm to find the next IRON MAN. In fact, director Brett Ratner is feeling kind of mopey because he doesn’t have his own superhero franchise:
Ratner, 39, is now bemoaning the fact that he doesn’t have a pet superhero franchise to call his own.
This only confirms that, despite some of the bilious negativity towards him over X-Men 3, he is unfazed by the seething cauldron of internet discussion.
What, RUSH HOUR wasn’t enough?
UPDATE: We’ve been reminded that the origin of this story was a post on the MTV Splash Page, which has better soundbites from Ratner:
“I was so upset when I left ‘Superman,’” said Ratner. “[Bryan] Singer has his ‘X-Men,’ [Christopher] Nolan has ‘Batman‘ — there’s nothing left. ‘Hulk‘ has been exploited already. There’s nothing left for me.” “I mean, I’m not going to go and do the Silver Surfer or something,” shrugged Ratner.