Movie News Grab Bag 2-20-08

Published 7 years ago by , Updated May 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am,

Some quick movie tidbits for you guys and gals, including an awesome look at Watchmen courtesy of a new image, who is playing Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe, news on the live-action Akira adaptation moving forward, and a small bit on Where the Wild Things Are.

First up is this cool image from Watchmen, which recently wrapped production, and is being cut for a release March 6, 2009:

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I’m excited about this movie. This image is very cool and pretty much straight out of the comics. I just hope the lawsuit against the movie and Warner Bros., brought on by Fox, gets resolved so we can see it without problems next year. See a higher res version of the image above click here.

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So, who is playing Cobra Commander in the G.I. Joe movie, due summer 2009? Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has really shaped up as a great actor, after his stint on Third Rock from the Sun.

Not to be outdone by best pal Tobey Maguire producing and starring in a live action Robotech movie, Leonardo DiCaprio is producing a two-part epic, live action adaptation of Akira. It’s rumored he’ll be playing Kaneda, and Gordon-Levitt will be playing TETSUOOOOOOOOOOO! Ruairi Robinson is directing; Ain’t It Cool News has his short film.

This is a head scratcher, since it’s Japanese and everything. I don’t know; going with Japanese actors would be the smart choice. But maybe this is how the movie’s getting made. I love the original animated film.

Lastly, an alleged clip from the live action adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze (who did the very original and weirdly cool Being John Malkovich), made its way onto the Net, but has been taken down. It showed a kid playing Max, along with one of the wild things, but it made no sense. It had the kid pounding a stick on the thing’s stomach, which didn’t hurt it. Plus, the kid did the robot dance. Jonze himself said it was nothing more than a visual effects test.

Apparently they use costumes and the mouths and faces are being animated with CGI. The movie has been bumped back to 2009, and is having a lot of reshoots done. I’m relieved it’s only a test, because it was really awful.

Sources:, & Ain’t It Cool News

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  1. For Akira, they are Americanizing it by changing New Tokyo to New Manhattan.

  2. Nice Watchmen image.
    Holding my breath for the best on that project.

  3. WOW! That’s an AWESOME looking pic from Watchmen!

    I was hoping screenrant would cover that film!

    Also hoping you guys are still covering JLA and will cover the Spirit and Shazam…..hint hint! :-)

  4. Thanks, guys. Kel, I highly doubt anything will happen with JLA, because it was doomed from the start, like Batman vs. Superman and Batman Beyond (live action).

    I’ll do a follow up soon, and cover Spirit and Shazam!, too!! As a filmmaker, I’m very interested in The Spirit, because they’re shooting it pretty much all green screen. I recently did a short like that.


  5. Anything with Leonardo DiCaprio in (or affiliated with) I tend to avoid like rap music. For some reason I can’t STAND him!

    GI Joe still holds no appeal to me at all. As for the other films mentioned, I am not familiar with them at all, although that Watchmen scene looks pretty cool and I will probably check it out.

  6. Thanks Heath! :-)

    Yeah,Spirit looks interesting. I’ve followed it for a while and I realize I’m probably in the minority here,but I’d preffer a PG-13 Spirit over an R.

    I hope JLA still happens but with a descent cast and script. So far the only cast members that I can get behind are the ones that have in fact been 100% confirmed: Common as GL/John Stewart and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. Even tho I’d preffer to see Hal Jordan as GL,if they use John I think Common is a great choice. Just saw him in Smokin’ Aces,FYI…..

    I found a shooting location yesterday at for the film which is supposedly going to begin shooting in the spring/summer. The location was a building which I think is probably either Wayne Manor or Maxwell Lord’s place.

    Shazam will be interesting. I hope they cast Brandon Molale as Capt Marvel. :-)

  7. Andy,go out and pick up a copy of the Watchmen,it really is a “GRAPHIC NOVEL”,not another comic labled as such.

  8. They don’t call Watchmen the “Citizen Kane” of comics. I read it first nearly 14 years ago when I got out of high school, and I was completely blown away.


  9. A live-action Akira produced by Leonardo DiCRAPpio? I smell a suck-fest! :o)

    I really hope they get JLA to work; there has been much talk about who they will get to play Superman and Batman but I will be satisfied with an unknown as long as the script and action is good.

    I think this is the first time I’ve read that Cobra Commander will be in GI Joe; this is good news. I can’t see having a GI Joe movie without him.

  10. I was blown away too Heath,I just read it a few years ago after I saw V For Vendetta and picked up a copy of it.

  11. Tom, I haven’t purchased a comic book in about 10 years (at least). I got turned off by the industry when it started to cost $3 for a comic book and then you had to buy 10 different books every week to follow the same story (i.e. THe Amazing Spider-Man, THe Spectacular Spider-Man, etc). I’ll check out the movie and I am sure that I will learn from all the fanboys how much it varied from canon…. :P