Paramount Options 'Last Man Standing'

LMSGABRIEL_2According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has obtained the screen rights to Heavy Metal’s coffe table book Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter.
Scott Aversano (THE LAST AIRBENDER), will be the producer along with Last Man Standing creator Daniel LuVisi. Peter Levin (OVERKILL: The Aileen Wuornos Story), Russell Binder and Stephan Lokotsch (THE HOOK ARMED MAN) are attached as  executive producers.
 From the LMS website, in lead character’s “Gabriel’s words:

“I used to work for a company called ARMTECH or A.W.O. (Armtech Weapons Organization). It’s basically a ‘big brother’ type of company that focuses on keeping our country, that being Amerika, safe. Or under their thumb some might say. They began as a company based on morals and ethics. Citizens of Amerika came first on their list of protection. They solved our problems and fought one hell of a fight if anyone threatened them. They were the side you wanted to be on, and once you vowed your loyalty you weren’t going anywhere. I worked for them because I was made by them. I was created to be the world’s first “superhero” or what ARMTECH calls, a PALADIN, a soldier with the talent of 500 soldiers.
Before you start getting excited, I can’t fly. I don’t have x-ray vision or claws and I wasn’t bitten by any insects. I can’t regenerate and as much as I’d love to be, I’m not a multi-billionaire with a fascination for winged mammals. What I can do is kick ass and take a whole lot of ass kicking. I was created to be a walking army, a bruiser. When our boys in the forces were too afraid to go into the most dangerous of war-zones, they’d call me in to patch things up.
There used to be a lot of us, but now I’m the last one surviving. I’m still human, at least I think I am.”

'The Avengers' Movie Start Date

AVENGERS_4_WAccording to SuperheroHype,  Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures have set a tentative start date of February 2011 for their big screen adaptation of

Wrtten and directed by Joss Whedon, THE AVENGERS stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson,  Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner).
The film, expected to be shot in Los Angeles, is aiming for a May 4th, 2012 release.

Michael Bay's "Confidential Alien Project"

michael-bayThe Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog reports that director/producer Michael Bay will be producing a new alien abduction film with the working title CONFIDENTIAL ALIEN PROJECT. Paramount Pictures is said to be behind the project, and a treatment was penned by newcomer Bobby Glickert. Also producing will be Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes.
While not much is known about the film at this point, the mere idea of Bay working on an alien story does make one wonder what sorts of theatrics might lie ahead…

Another THOR Photo

Thor_Hemsworth.jpgToday is a good day for THOR pictures.
USA TODAY, in a story about movies promoted at the San Diego Comic Con,featured this new shot of Chris Hemsworth in civies — but with the God of Thunder’s Uru Hammer.
Quoting Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige on the the power of Comic Con:
“Nobody believed in us when we brought Iron Man here. They said we were bringing our B-team in. I think we’ve proved that there’s no such thing. If you can impress Comic-Con fans, you’re in the big leagues.”
And Chris Hemsworth had this to say about comics fans:
“It’s a bit scary, the power and devotion they have. A couple of months ago I was feeling secure and went online to see what people were saying. Some people loved we were doing a movie; some people already hated it.
I’ll never read comments again.”
Yeah, we comics fans can be a demanding and unforgiving bunch, at times. The passion is understandable (for those who have felt it): after all, these four-color heroes are myths for the modern age. And mythology has always great power in the human heart and mind.
Photo: © Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures

"Star Trek 2" Pre-Production To Start in January 2011

The highly-anticipated sequel to J. J. Abrams’ 2009 hit STAR TREK is slated to begin pre-production in January 2011, according to a interview with producer Bryan Burk. Though actor Bruce Greenwood (Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike) had originally told that the film would begin shooting as early as January, it turns out he was misinformed.  According to Burk, shooting will begin in late spring / early summer 2011. We still haven’t seen any confirmation that Greenwood will even be a part of the still-untitled project, which everyone is affectionately referring to as STAR TREK 2.
What we do know about STAR TREK 2 is that director J. J. Abrams will be returning, along with the main cast members: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Lt. Uhura, and so on. Also, Damon Lindelof is said to be working on the script with Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci.
The STAR TREK sequel is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2012.

Dominic Cooper Joins 'Captain America'

dominic spread the word that Marvel Studios announced today that Dominic Cooper (WARRIOR QUEEN) has been cast as Howard Stark in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
Cooper joins a cast that includes Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Capt. America, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Hayley Atwell, and Sebastian Stan.

“In the film, Cooper will portray the younger version of Howard Stark, the character which John Slattery portrayed in “Iron Man 2.” Joe Johnston will direct the film penned by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Nigel Gostelow and Louis D’Esposito will executive produce. The film will be released in the U.S. on July 22, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
“Captain America: The First Avenger” will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.”

In the comics, Howard Stark (Tony Stark’s father) was retconned into the Captain America mythos, providing the super soldier’s indestructible shield.
A stage as well as a screen actors, Dominic Cooper was also in THE HISTORY BOYS and MAMA MIA.

Confirmed: Tommy Lee Jones In Capt. America

TOMMY LEEVariety has confirmed that Tommy Lee Jones is indeed playing U.S. Army Colonel in Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
In the comics Gen. Phillips recruited Rogers to join Project Rebirth, the top secret super-soldier program.
The article suggests the character with be “re-vamped” for the film. Presumably that means the part will be larger, as it’s expected much of the plot the will center on Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) transformation and eventual full assumption of his duties as Captain America, after being at first side-lined by a cautious military.
Tommy Lee Jones joins other cast members Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough, and Hugo Weaving.
Joe Johnston (THE ROCKETEER) directs from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER is set for a July 22nd release by Paramount Pictures.