Another Euro comic has been optioned for an American movie, this time, Alexis Nolent and Colin Wilson’s HEADSHOT, or “Du plomb dans la tête,” as it is known in its native France. This is the third of Nolent’s BDs to be optioned by an American company, so he must either be a very hot property or have a great agent. The film will be produced by Alexandra Milchan and “Smallville” creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
In “Headshot,” an unlikely alliance between a cop and a hitman takes place after each watches his partner die. The new partners seek revenge and discover they have a shared enemy and much in common despite being on opposite sides of the law.
Deal marks the second Nolent title for WB and Milchan. The studio is developing “Cyclops” as a directing vehicle for James Mangold, with Cathy Konrad producing with Milchan. Milchan also is producing an adaptation of Nolent’s “The Killer” at Paramount for David Fincher to direct.
• As you have probably heard by now, Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle has replaced Oscar® nominee Terrence Howard in the role of James “Rhodey/War Machine” Rhodes in Iron Man 2:
One scene featured Howard looking at a silver suit of armor and saying “Next time,” a line that caused great delight for fans.
But there will be no next time for Howard.
Marvel had no comment, but sources close to the deal said negotiations with Howard fell through over financial differences, among other reasons. Marvel, which had wanted to work with Cheadle, then decided to take the role in another direction and approached the actor, who is shooting Antoine Fuqua’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” with Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke.
Rhodes is expected to play a larger part in the sequel, which is rumored to go beyond high-tech villains. Justin Theroux is writing the screenplay.
Hm…Marvel’s legendary budget tightening appears again? Chances of a War Machine spin-off were definitely there for the popular movie, but Howard played hardball, and it fell through. Would we be stinky if we noted that Cheadle is a bit on the shortish side to wear a giant suit?