§ Geoff Boucher chats with Guillermo del Toro and finds out SWAMP THING is his “Holy Grail”:
“Oh, I would love to make a Swamp Thing movie,” Del Toro said, smiling broadly at the notion. “Really, Swamp Thing is one of the last Holy Grail projects that is still out there. Those stories were fantastic, with the hallucinogenic feel of that world. I don’t think anyone is tackling that one anytime soon. It is one of those Holy Grails that dates back to that same boom as ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Killing Joke.’ For me it would be an honor to do it. Right now, I don’t think it’s happening. If I had enough time to tackle it. But I will be 50 when I get out of ‘The Hobbit’…”
Del Toro also comments on the “original gangsters” of the nerd revolution.
“What it means is right now, I think the comic-book films that succeed were reignited by hardcore fans. Tim Burton and Sam Raimi and people like [‘X-Men’ producer] Tom DeSanto and all of a sudden what you’re going to see is everybody jumping on the bandwagon because of the successful movies. Then they will be less successful and then, just as it happens in horror films, only the hardcore people will remain. And it will start over again … I’m happy to see stuff like ‘Preacher’ and ‘Jonah Hex’ being adapted, more edgy and less superhero-ey stuff. When people ask me my favorite comic-book adaptation, I tell them ‘Ghostworld’ and people are surprised. But it is. There’s also ‘Road to Perdition’ and ‘History of Violence.’ There are very intersting films made from comic books without traditional superheroes. But of the classic superhero movies, my favorite is still Richard Donner and Richard Lester’s ‘Superman II.’ When I was a kid, it was the first one where they were throwing cars around and doing all the things you wanted to see in a movie.”
Who will be the Trotskys and Lin Biaos of this cultural revolution?
§ Stan Lee is producing yet ANOTHER SUPERHERO SHOW, this one based on Perry Moore’s HERO about a gay, second-generation superhero.
Moore is penning the script and also exec producing along with Hunter Hill.
Previous series television produced by Lee includes whimsical reality-competish skein “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?,” which ran on the Sci Fi Channel from 2005-07.
The comicbook maven is in development on several features for Paramount, including “Thor,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and a sequel to last summer’s “Iron Man.”
Project joins more than a half-dozen others in development at Showtime, including a series retelling of “Camelot” from “Tudors” creatives Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan.
§ Actress Elizabeth Banks isn’t just staying behind the camera for THE SURROGATES; she’s producing!
“It’s a very cool world that’s been created by Robert Vendetti — who created the comic books that it’s based on — in which it’s sort of an extension of the world we live in right now, but there’s less and less of human contact,” explained Banks, saying the film is very timely when you consider where the world is headed. “We’re constantly on the cell phone. When you go to the bank, you go to the machine now — you never see a teller. You can check out of the grocery store without ever seeing somebody. So it’s an extension of that world, where essentially going out becomes something you do through a surrogate.”