Wright’s Ant-Man ‘not really an out-and-out comedy’
Edgar Wright, director of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead, says that while his adaptation of Marvel’s Ant-Man will contain humor, it won’t be a spoof.
“It’s not really an out-and-out comedy,” Wright tells PiQ magazine. “I think some people assume that it must be a spoof, but it’s not really. I guess it’s as funny as something like Iron Man is, it’s on that level of entertainment, really. It’s a big, high concept, special effects comic book adaptation, and very character-led and we found a way of… I guess in a similar way to Iron Man, the thing that worked with that and hopefully will with this is that it’s a different way of seeing a superhero origin, because you’ve seen so many of them and we really tried to figure out a fresh take on that story. So it’s definitely a Marvel film but it’s got a little twist on it in terms of the way that it plays out.”
Although IMDB lists Ant-Man‘s release date as 2010, it’s not on Marvel’s official slate for that year; Thor and an Iron Man sequel are. However, if Jon Favreau’s recent comments are accurate, Ant-Man could show up in the planned Avengers feature in 2011.
Wall-E will win the weekend, but Wanted should hold its own
Disney-Pixar’s Wall-E undoubtedly will dominate the weekend box office, but Variety reports that Wanted is tracking well, and could debut as high as $40 million.
It also could eat into the audience for The Incredible Hulk, which had a domestic gross of $104.2 million as of Wednesday.
Reviews for Wanted, loosely based on the miniseries by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, have been mostly positive — 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer — praising director Timur Bekmambetov’s visuals over the actual script.
(The poster above, found at IMP Awards, is a new one from the U.K. I like it much better than those released in the United States.)
• A new featurette for the Batman: Gotham Knight animated anthology focuses on the villains of Gotham City. [MTV Movies Blog]
• Dozens of midnight July 17 screenings of Batman: The Dark Knight already have sold out, some theaters are adding showings at 3 a.m. July 18 to meet demand. [Slashfilm]
• Christian Bale enjoys playing Bruce Wayne/Batman so much that he’s already looking toward a third movie: “What Batman is all about is a double-sided edge; there’s a duality to this character, which makes him still interesting to play in the sequel—I hope in a third. And I’m working with people who are going to inspire but also demand that I come up with something new. I do love the unknown, but there’s more to investigate in Bruce Wayne and Batman.” [Parade]
• I like fantasy casting calls, like this one for the big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways, but I’m really bad at matching actors with fictional characters. Chace Crawford as Chase Stein is spot-on, and Nikki Blonksy as Gertrude Yorkes is pretty good. I’m not sure about the others, though. [MTV Movies Blog]