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Stuff: Aronofsky Sucks Adamantium From New Wolverine Movie

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Wolverine 2 to have Ikea as corporate sponsor.

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  • Suck factor is high! Darren Aronofsky has left The Wolverine. Which is a damn shame, too, because I would have loved to have seen his take on the character and I think he could have finally given a Wolverine-infused movie that is worthy of Hugh Jackman‘s badass portrayal. What’s odd is that his reasoning is incomplete in my opinion: he reportedly left because he didn’t want to be away from his family–shooting in Japan–for a year. But…surely that wasn’t a new bit of news that was happening. Something changed: either the tsunami changed his mind (although Fox could shoot the film elsewhere for Japan–secondarily although, they could, I’m sure, use the infusion of dollars) or something changed on the family side of things. Either way…damn. Source.
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  • Dark Knight Rises has Joseph Gordon-Levitt on board and according to Variety he’s playing Alberto Falcone a.k.a. The Holiday Killer from Batman: Long Halloween and Dark Victory. While I trust Nolan to do whatever–but Jesus, that guy would have made a great Riddler. I’m just saying. Source.
  • This article is ostensibly to discuss Michael Chabon’s projects, including the Jon Favreau-helmed Magic Kingdom for Disney. However, the interesting bit I wanted to share is that he’s scribing the book for the upcoming Dumbo Broadway musical. Have we learned nothing recently about the prospect of having shit fly around the theatre? I mean seriously, Disney. Source.
  • Val Kilmer is playing Wyatt Earp in The First Ride of Wyatt Earp which is going direct to DVD. Production has already started and if Kilmer hadn’t been so badass as Doc Holliday in Tombstone, I wouldn’t bother you with the news. But he was and so there you go. Source.
  • Well, here’s something promising: the long languishing Good Omens adaptation is moving to television and is to be co-adapted by Terry Jones. In addition, there’s The Watch, which is comprised of new stories based in Pratchett‘s Discworld–that’s also got Terry Jones on board of it. I think four hours could do some decent justice to Omens…what say you? Source: Variety.
  • I know it sounds mad but The Hobbit is actually happening. Production will have started by the time you read this…probably. I can’t be arsed to check out the time zone differences although I’m sure somebody will tell me in the comments. Source.
  • Shia LaBeouf is to play the lead in the feature film version of Joe Hill’s Horns, about a guy who wakes up with the titular enhancement to his physical characteristics…and they’re getting larger. He then gets involved in investigating the murder of his girlfriend. I know, it sounds like a weird Hellboy prequel but it’s not. Source: Variety.
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  • So Rhys Ifans is playing The Lizard in the new Spider-Man flick? If done correctly that might be fun. C. Thomas Howell, who has a small role, let slip the Lizard would be in it. Source.
  • The Tribe, which was greeted by everybody I knew with a collective “Huh?” when they showed up at DragonCon years back, is apparently coming to the U.S. in a feature film variation called Tribes. It’s Lord of the Flies on a large scale, as all the adults are dead due to a virus and the kiddie must now make do as best they can. If this does get greenlighted, do you think some other studio will nab the feature film rights to Jeremiah and it’ll be dueling all-adults-are-dead movies? Just curious. Source: Variety.
  • Wow. That new Wonder Woman costume is…crap. I had no idea Party City was sponsoring the show to this extent.
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  • If there’s anything that remake of Arthur is going to bring to the table, at least it’s a Blu-Ray release of the original film. In its original aspect ratio. Granted, the regrettable sequel is on there, but…I’m trying to find a silver lining here. So just humor me.
  • The second season of The Bionic Woman is hitting DVD from Universal on May 17th.
  • Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on July 12 from Adult Swim. The Blu-Ray will have two features exclusive to that format, just so you know.
  • Soylent Green is hitting Blu-Ray next week. The only thing I can figure is that Warner Brothers is timing it to coincide with Paramount releasing the latest iteration of The Ten Commandments. But whatever works.
  • The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir and starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan, will be hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on April 19th from Image Entertainment.