Quick Cuts: Witchblade, Cereal Heroes, S. Darko

WitchbladeFor all the Witchblade fans still out there, Platinum Studios, Top Cow Productions and Arclight Films have announced a live-action feature adaptation of the popular comic book. The property, which started as a comic book and spawned a telepic and television series, revolves around the titular Witchblade, a bejewelled gauntlet which gives powers to a different, scantilly clad woman, chosen every generation. Arclight CEO Gary Hamilton tells Variety that the film begins shooting in September and will be “the cornerstone of our upcoming production and sales slate.

The Hollywood Reporter has word of an interesting new computer-animated feature in the works at Sparx Animation in Paris and Vietnam. Cereal Heroes is the story of “cartoon cereal box-mascots who are mistakenly brought to life when a plan to replace the world’s fallen superheroes with characters from comic books goes awry. They soon find themselves on the run in an unfamiliar world that only they can save from destruction.”  Kim Possible’s Stephen Silver is designing the characters, with the film seeing release in 2010. Sparx’s first feature, Igor, will be distributed by the Weinstein Company, though Cereal Heroes’ distribution remains undetermined.

And, in news of the completely absurd, UK-based Velvet Octopus has announced that it will be launching sales in Cannes for S. Darko, the sequel to Donnie Darko. Fox has already reserved the North American rights. According to Screen Daily, the film features Daveigh Price as Donnie’s younger sister, Samantha Darko, and picks up seven years after the first movie.  Samantha and her friend Corey are “now 18 and on a roadtrip to Los Angeles when they are plagued by bizarre visions.” Chris Fisher (Nightstalker), the film’s director, has said, “I am a great admirer of Richard Kelly’s film and hope to create a similar world of blurred fantasy and reality.” Though the producer’s have spoken to Kelly, he is not yet involved in the film. Velvet Octopus’ Simon Crowe also mentions, “I think there is a new generation of cinema-goers who will be very excited to see this film,” and “Donnie’s not in [the new film] but there are meteorites and rabbits.”

Posted on May 12, 2008 at 18:14 by JasonS@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-05-13 at 11:26
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    Lessons for budding filmmakers to learn from Richard Kelly: Hang onto those sequel/remake rights!

  2. Written by Dr. Halpinstein
    on 2008-05-15 at 13:08
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    That shall join watchmen on my “never-going-to-view” list.

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