Saturday, September 25, 2004

Man 'o' Miracles

The comics Internet community has been buzzing all week because of the apparently innocuous mention of a new Miracleman series debuting in December, beside the solicitation of a Miracleman statue from Bowen Designs.

Frenzy is not the word for what happened next. From denials to non-denials; from speculation to gesticulation, the comics world was ablaze and at the end of it all, we had nothing. Miracleman will not be in New Avengers, but he may come back in a series of prestige one-shots which have been codenamed Man 'o' Miracles by the Marvel projects team.

Or perhaps thats something else that's all a hoax.

X-Men 3: Wolverine 1

It appears as though Fox have hired Joss Whedon to write the script for X-Men 3 (or X-cubed as the annotation will be). While he will be writing it, the directorial reigns will be taken up by Jonathan Mostow of Terminator 3 fame. Apparently Marvel want X-cubed out of the way to finish off the trilogy and then they'll jump in with the first in the Wolverine franchise. The movies will go on hiatus until a young auteur is identified to take over and do a trilogy based around both the Onslaught and Apocalypse storylines. Of course, when they get around to making Onslaught the Avengers and FF movies will be done so most of the Marvel stable will be onscreen.

As for the storyline for X-cubed, everyone is staying tight lipped, but one of the characters will be Jamie Maddrox using an unknown star who won't command lots of cash for being on screen so many times.

Alf alpha

Look out for another comic/TV-nostalgia tie when Image come out with their interpretation of "A.L.F.". Look for a more gritty, and less hilarious cat chasing take on the character when the book hits the shelves next year. With the cast of the show either dead, in jail or filed in the "where are the now, oh who cares?" category, coupled with the need to try and reach out to a more mature audience, the cuddly alien won't be so cuddly. Instead, he'll be revealing the real reason why he came to Earth: to save us from other marauding aliens who destroyed his home and desecrated his momma's grave.

Kurt Busiek and George Perez have nothing to do with the book. But it would be a hoot with them though.

Expect a huge surge in demand for the old Marvel books.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Chosen: The Animated Series

Much was made of a post started by Mark Millar on his Millarworld boards last week. Basically it was a call to the mods to give them some juicy info. Of course he wasn't telling anyone else. Oh no. People from far and not so far came and begged for the merest tasty morsel of news, but he wasn't giving anything. Other swore at him and the word "weak" was used quite a bit, sometimes with "fucking" and "lame" around abouts too.

He then started a similar thread over on the Bendis boards, and revealed it was to do with Chosen.

While Mark couldn't reveal the story, I can. Yes, its another of Millarworld titles which will make it to the screen, but not as a movie... its Chosen, the Animated Series.

While a big budget movie might make some cash riding on the coat-tails of The Passion of The Christ, it is believed that it would just look like a rip-off of another franchise (and The Omen perhaps?). When has Hollywood ever done that.

So, HBO have picked up the rights to do it as a cartoon, for an initial 13 episodes. Of course this means that the 3 issue book will need to be expanded, so a team of scriptwriters are hurriedly beavering away to create more material. The format will alledgedly follow Jodie helping out a friend or neighbor each week. He will struggle not to use his new powers, instead using human compasionate means to assist. In the end though, he'll give in and whip up a miracle or two just before the morale of the story. No word on whether the big Chosen reveal will be repeated at the end of the series.

At the moment, Ashton Kucher has signed on to voice Jodie Christianson; Helena Bonham Carter will play his mom and Mick Jagger has expressed more than a passing interest to be the priest, Father Tom.