Weekly Ketchup: Live Action Justice League Movie Slated for 2015

Plus, new roles for Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Banks, and a Left Behind reboot... with Nicolas Cage.

This week's Ketchup includes news about new (and potential new) roles for Elizabeth Banks, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad), and Brad Pitt. Also included in the ten story mix are the video game adaptation Need for Speed, a reboot of the Left Behind franchise, another Tyler Perry Alex Cross movie, a remake of Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and two movies based on newspaper comic strips (Heathcliff and The Family Circus).


This Week's Top Story

JUSTICE LEAGUE TO TAKE ON THE AVENGERS 2 IN THE SUMMER OF 2015

This week, Warner Bros won a legal victory against the family of Superman cocreator Joel Shuster. This news led to the studio announcing plans to move ahead with a live action Justice League movie for the summer of 2015. Most are interpreting this is as a standoff with Marvel Studios, which has already announced a release date of May 1st, 2015 for The Avengers 2. Marvel also announced this week a release date of November 6, 2015 for Ant-Man, making it likely to be the first confirmed title as part of Marvel's Phase 3, assuming that Phase 2 ends with The Avengers 2. The horse race between The Avengers 2 and Justice League also gives writers and fans alike an opportunity to discuss every other difference between DC's and Marvel's big screen adaptations. Particularly obvious in this case is the way that Marvel developed their heroes and the Avengers over several films before releasing The Avengers. DC, on the other hand, has never really acknowledged the Justice League in its films, and indeed, the Batman of Justice League will probably be a complete reboot of the character following Christopher Nolan's films. Instead, it appears that Warner Bros plans on using Justice League to help launch other superhero movies, with possibilities including The Flash, Wonder Woman, a Green Lantern reboot, and any other hero that might appear in Justice League. Of course, there's also Man of Steel, the Superman reboot, coming out next summer.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 TOM CRUISE TO TIME TRAVEL IN OUR NAME IS ADAM

Paramount Pictures is very much in the Tom Cruise business. In addition to the ongoing Mission: Impossible franchise, there's also the upcoming Jack Reacher, and the continuing possiblity of a Top Gun 2. Then, this week, Cruise attached himself to a time travel science fiction script called Our Name is Adam written by as-yet-unproduced relative newcomer T.S. Nowlin. There's no firm details about Our Name is Adam just yet, except that it's about a man who travels back in time to visit his younger self, and it's being compared to Back to the Future (because almost no one ever compares their project to movies that weren't huge successes). Anyway, not long after that news broke out, it was revealed that Paramount Pictures is now in negotiations to acquire that project, which, like this article stated, is another opportunity for Paramount Pictures to continue their Tom Cruise partnership. At other studios, Cruise is also attached to the reboot of Van Helsing for Universal Pictures, and the remake of The Magnificent Seven for MGM.


#2 BRAD PITT AND DAVID FINCHER MAY REUNITE A FOURTH TIME FOR 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

As part of their deal with David Fincher to direct the remake of their adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Walt Disney Pictures has put a three month hold on the director while they figure out if they're ready for a greenlight. To help the process along, David Fincher is looking for his star, and it looks like his first pick is Brad Pitt, who has worked with Fincher three times previous (Seven, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). If Brad Pitt signs on, he would be playing sailor Ned Land, the same role played by Kirk Douglas in Disney's 1954 live action adaptation. As for what Disney has to consider, balancing out the allure of Brad Pitt as the star, there is the ambitious technical side, which Fincher has said will include filming in 3D and a production schedule that is about 70% CGI special effects. This is obviously not the first time Disney has had to tussle with an expensive period piece action movie, following such recent examples as John Carter and the upcoming reboot of The Lone Ranger. As for Captain Nemo himself, this writer would like to humbly suggest that Disney look no farther than their subsidiary ABC, the TV show LOST, and British-Indian actor Naveen Andrews. He would certainly make more sense than James Mason.


#3 CASTING THE GUY FROM BREAKING BAD HAS TO BE SOME SORT OF IRONY FOR A MOVIE CALLED NEED FOR SPEED

A lot of video game adaptation movies based on popular franchises get announced, and then nothing ever seems to happen with them (see: World of Warcraft, Metal Gear Solid, HALO, etc.). This story is quite the opposite, because it wasn't that long ago that we first heard about Electronic Arts licensing out the film rights to the racing series Need for Speed to DreamWorks, and already, that movie has a star. Aaron Paul, who's won two Emmy Awards for his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, has been cast as one of the two leads in Need for Speed. The script by screenwriter John Gatins and his brother George Gatins isn't based on any one game in particular, but just tries to capture the game in general. So, basically, it just has to be a movie about cars going fast, and it fits those requirements. John Gatins' previous credits include cowriting Coach Carter and Real Steel, and he also wrote the upcoming Robert Zemeckis/Denzel Washington drama Flight. Need for Speed will mark the second feature film for director Scott Waugh, who made his debut earlier in 2012 with Act of Valor. DreamWorks is aiming to get Need for Speed in production in early 2013 in time for a release date of February 7, 2014. This story is a "fresh development" mostly because it's all about Aaron Paul, and how his career might take off into movies, post-Breaking Bad.


#4 SHAILENE WOODLEY LANDS THE LEAD IN THE HUNGER GAMES-ISH YA NOVEL ADAPTATION DIVERGENT

Just as Twilight led to several other YA series about teen girls, vampires, and supernatural creatures, The Hunger Games helped inspire a new wave of YA novels set in futuristic dystopian societies. One of those books (arguably) was Divergent by Veronica Roth, which is about a future divided into five different concepts (Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite), and all 16-year-olds have to choose one of those and get tested to see if they fit in with those societies. Summit/Lionsgate (the same studio behind The Hunger Games) is now moving forward with a film adaptation of Roth's first book (which will eventually be a trilogy). It is 20 year old Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) who Summit/Lionsgate is now in talks with about playing the film's lead role of Tris. It was just last week that Woodley also made news for being Sony's top choice to be the new Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Filming is expected to start soon under the direction of Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, The Lucky Ones).

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#5 JIM CARREY MIGHT ROB ARMORED CARS IN THE COMEDY LOOMIS FARGO

Jim Carrey is in talks to star in the independent crime comedy Loomis Fargo, based on the true story of an armored car heist gone wrong. Loomis Fargo will be directed by Jared Hess, who got his career started with the Sundance hit Napoleon Dynamite, before directing Nacho Libre ("Rotten" score of 40% on the RT Tomatometer) and Gentlemen Broncos (19%). Loomis Fargo is also a script that has been passed around Hollywood a few times, with at least five different screenwriters currently credited. If Jim Carrey does indeed sign on, filming is expected to start in North Carolina in April, 2013.




#4 NICOLAS CAGE TO GO WHERE KIRK CAMERON HAS BRAVELY GONE BEFORE AS ONE OF THE LEFT BEHIND

I made this crack just last week, but here we go again... it's a third week in a row now that a new Nicolas Cage movie has been announced that has landed in the Rotten Ideas section. Last week, it was the 10th Century China action movie Outcast, costarring Hayden Christensen. This week, Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in the reboot of the Left Behind film series, based on the post-Rapture books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The first set of movies was a trilogy with entries released in 2000, 2002, and 2005, and all three featured Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron in the lead role (with Louis Gossett, Jr. in the last one, Left Behind: World at War). Even the producers of those movies admit that they were cheaply made, which is part of why they're moving ahead (already) with a reboot. The budget for the Left Behind reboot is expected to be in the $15 million range, which is still not relatively expensive by Hollywood standards, but it's more than the first three were made with (about $4 million for the first film). Anyway, the Left Behind series is about what happens to the world after the Rapture lifts millions of people up into Heaven. It's quite a change of mood for Nicolas Cage from the Ghost Rider movies, let's just say.


#3 THE PEANUTS AFTERMATH GIVES US HEATHCLIFF AND THE FAMILY CIRCUS NEWS... REALLY

Last week's Top Story in the Weekly Ketchup was the news of a new Peanuts movie for 2015 from Blue Sky Studios, the Fox-based company behind the Ice Age franchise. This week, and maybe this is a coincidence (but probably not), there were two new stories about movies that are also based upon long-running newspaper comic strips. First up, there's Heathcliff, that other orange tabby cat from the comic strips that isn't Garfield (which Heathcliff actually predates by 5 years). Now, Heathcliff is getting his own chance at starring in a CGI/live action hybrid, thanks to Waterman Entertainment, the same folks that gave the world the Alvin and the Chipmunks films. Connecting the dots a bit here, both the Garfield movies and the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies were distributed by 20th Century Fox. Whatever they may have in common visually, Heathcliff and Garfield are themselves quite different, personality wise (although one could make the argument that the Bill Murray-voiced Garfield was more like Heathcliff than the comics that inspired him). In other comic strip movie news, there's also The Family Circus to talk about. The film adaptation of the long running comic strip started by artist Bil Keane (the lack of an L there makes him a popular crossword answer, by the way) was first covered in this column back in 2010. Two years later, we have word that 20th Century Fox (see a pattern here?) and Walden Media have hired the screenwriting team of Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price (cowriters of The Game Plan, starring Dwayne Johnson) to try their hand at adapting the comic strip. What might make The Family Circus particularly difficult to adapt into a feature length film is the fact that every "strip" was actually just a single panel with a caption. It's sort of like trying to adapt The Far Side.


#2 ELIZABETH BANKS TO EMBARK ON HER OWN PERSONAL WALK OF SHAME

History may look back on the career of Steven Brill much more favorably, but for now, he's a director with five major motion pictures under his belt, and not a one of them scored higher on the RT Tomatometer than 25%. Specifically, we're talking here about Heavyweights, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Without a Paddle, and Drillbit Taylor. Of course, none of those movies featured Elizabeth Banks. That distinction is about to change for Mr. Brill's career, as Elizabeth Banks has been cast as the lead in Walk of Shame. The comedy will be about a woman who has to get across town after a night of debauchery in time for her first day at her dream job as a TV anchorperson. Brill will be directing from his own script, and filming is scheduled to start in January, 2013.


#1 TYLER PERRY'S ALEX CROSS TO GET DOUBLE CROSS... ED

The box office results obviously aren't in yet (as of this writing) for Tyler Perry's Alex Cross, based on the popular crime psychologist character (previously played by Morgan Freeman) created by author James Patterson. But, that didn't stop Perry from starting negotiations for the rights to another book in the series, Double Cross. That was the 13th novel in the series, and you can read the premise over at Wikipedia. Whatever the fate for Alex Cross and its sequel, there was another Tyler Perry-relevant story this week. Perry has begun negotiations with Lionsgate (his longtime home studio) for Single Moms Club, which will be his next film as actor, producer, writer, and director (he only did one of those four jobs on Alex Cross). Single Moms Club will tell the story of how women from differing backgrounds all come together following some sort of incident at their children's school. It's not yet known if Perry will be himself playing one of the four women. As for why this is one of the week's Rotten Ideas, here's Tyler Perry's RT page, which makes Steve Brill's look... let's say "Oscar worthy", or better yet, "Fresh."

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todd123

Todd Garry

Seriously Dustin you look like you are older than 12....Grow up.

Oct 19 - 06:20 PM

Doris M.

Doris Miller

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Oct 23 - 08:42 PM

Sam Tebow

Sam Tebow

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Oct 28 - 10:09 AM

Stefan Schaller

Stefan Schaller

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Oct 20 - 12:27 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Seriously Dustin you look like you are older than 12....Grow up.

Oct 19 - 06:20 PM

Doris M.

Doris Miller

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Oct 23 - 08:42 PM

Sam Tebow

Sam Tebow

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Oct 28 - 10:09 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I like Brad Pitt - David Fincher FIlms. This is great news.
Divergence huh? Do Production studios walk blindly down the Young adult section of book stores and randomly decide what to buy the rights to?
Green Lantern, Superman Returns were awful and the idea of a batman played by Armie Hammer? I do not care for any Justice League film.

Need for Speed, Bitch!

Oct 19 - 06:23 PM

King  S.

King Simba

While it's true that it seems like every young adult series is getting adapted into a movie, Divergent is one that I'm actually looking forward to, as the book was fantastic. It's kind of a shame that the first thing people think of when they hear the words young adult novel is Twilight as there have been a lot of good YA books over the past few years that have nothing in common with Twilight.

Oct 20 - 02:05 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

That is a shame but I'm guessing Divergent has some kind of sci fi hook yet at it's core I'll bet it's about a young girl struggling to find her self and find her true love in the midst of a triangle. This is what all YA books are about at heart, including Twilight.

Oct 20 - 03:17 AM

Eric Albano

Eric Albano

Nevertheless, A LOT of people will be looking forward to it, and it'll make MILLIONS.

Oct 20 - 10:12 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually agree that the love triangle is an overused aspect in YA novels, but to the credit of Divergent, unlike so many other YA books it doesn't feature a love triangle, and while there is a romantic angle it's more of a subplot than the heart of the story.

Oct 20 - 03:03 PM

Mr. Lee

Daniel Lee

I'm kinda sad that WB won't hype up the justice league like Marvel did with the Avengers, but I'm glad that they're finally going forward with it at least. Also can't wait for Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea :)

Oct 19 - 06:40 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Sounds like a disaster in the making. This is coming from someone who wanted this to happen forever. They are definitely not approaching this the right way.

Oct 19 - 07:47 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

I agree with you. Most likely, the Justice League movie will be a wreck. Warner Bros.' overall track record the past few years has been awful. They can't cast their way out of a wet paper bag. And now they have to cast all these high-profile roles. I say maybe, just maybe, they get one or two of them right (by accident, of course). But internal politics and other corporate b.s. is going to screw up the casting choices. It just smells of a quick, lazy way to cash in. And this site will likely be hyping it up, pushing and promoting it all the way through, no matter how bad it is.

Oct 20 - 02:48 PM

Mitch Jones

Mitch Jones

I worry that the casting won't turn out well because of the rushed nature of this movie. It may hard to lock up good actors on short notice but that all depends on when they start casting. If they start tomorrow maybe they pull something together but I can't imagine anyone signing on without a script.

Oct 21 - 11:02 AM

Jamie Longbottom

Jamie Longbottom

If you read the Wiki page about the JLA movie that was planned 4-5 years ago, that was going to go ahead until the director pulled out. You will see the sort of actors WB are willing to hire. WOOOOW, no wonder George Miller left lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League_in_other_media#Live_action_2

Oct 29 - 05:43 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Sounds like a disaster in the making. This is coming from someone who wanted this to happen forever. They are definitely not approaching this the right way.

Oct 19 - 07:47 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

I agree with you. Most likely, the Justice League movie will be a wreck. Warner Bros.' overall track record the past few years has been awful. They can't cast their way out of a wet paper bag. And now they have to cast all these high-profile roles. I say maybe, just maybe, they get one or two of them right (by accident, of course). But internal politics and other corporate b.s. is going to screw up the casting choices. It just smells of a quick, lazy way to cash in. And this site will likely be hyping it up, pushing and promoting it all the way through, no matter how bad it is.

Oct 20 - 02:48 PM

Mitch Jones

Mitch Jones

I worry that the casting won't turn out well because of the rushed nature of this movie. It may hard to lock up good actors on short notice but that all depends on when they start casting. If they start tomorrow maybe they pull something together but I can't imagine anyone signing on without a script.

Oct 21 - 11:02 AM

Jamie Longbottom

Jamie Longbottom

If you read the Wiki page about the JLA movie that was planned 4-5 years ago, that was going to go ahead until the director pulled out. You will see the sort of actors WB are willing to hire. WOOOOW, no wonder George Miller left lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League_in_other_media#Live_action_2

Oct 29 - 05:43 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Decent news this week minus a few...

Oct 19 - 08:28 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

All of these look pretty fucking awful. Even though I enjoye DC comics a lot more than Marvel, I'm not convinced the JL movie will be anything other than terrible.

Oct 19 - 09:10 PM

Mitch Jones

Mitch Jones

I would love to see a Justice League movie, but I think it's obvious that this will be a rush job just to compete with Marvel. Not excited for this at all, which is a shame because I also prefer DC over Marvel.

Oct 20 - 12:36 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Justice League stands a chance of being better than The Avengers, as it can "live" vicariously over The Avengers- in the sense that the makers of Justice League may examine the mistakes made in the avengers and fan-reactions and can build upon them.// I can't believe Greg left out the news of THE FRENCH CONNECTION REMAKE WITH WILL SMITH AS POPEYE DOYLE; FOX announced it on Thursday; its all over the internet./ even though everybody is totally crazy about how awesome Mitt Romney is, I still say VOTE DEMOCRATIC on 11/6/2012 ELECTION DAY!

Oct 20 - 05:45 PM

ballermat982

ballermat 982

They just need a good director (Christopher Nolan!). At least this gives Avengers some competition to be the best superhero movie of 2015.

Oct 23 - 11:02 AM

Harry Ravenwood

Zuhairi Harry Ravenwood

I love DC comics more than Marvel but I have to say, most of DC comic adaptations are very bad, excluding Batman and Vertigo comics adaptations... it's safe to say that JLA might flunk...

Oct 19 - 09:12 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

@Justice League Movie HAIL FREAKING YEAH! it would be so cool if Batman says "If we can't stop you, you can be damn sure we'll bring you to justice" in the trailer XD
@1# Why not compare it to "Looper"? I hope he doesn't play Charles Bronson's chacter if That Magnificent 7 Thing is true.
@2# I'm merely in shock that out of all the directors, David Fincher's name had to appear alongside of Disney's.
@3# Not really. Bryan Cranston was cast in "Drive", remember?
@4# Please stop comparing other movies to those as they are probaby (and oftenly) nothing alike.

@5# Heh, I guess its rotten because it didn't work with Fun with Dick n' Jane.
@4# Oh Nicky, you!
@3# I won't lie: As long as they don't touch "Foxtrot", I'm actually excited about everything else.
@2# So even Megan Fox's resume's more impressive than hers. how Brill! (pun intended)
@1# Meh, anything without Madea deserves a second chance.

Oct 19 - 09:48 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Yep, I edited out a Looper reference (in the header because it was clunky) and then forgot to put it back in again.

Oct 20 - 08:31 AM

Jason B.

Jason Black

Did you just say that Megan Fox has a more impressive Resume than Elizabeth Banks? Are you high?

Oct 25 - 11:25 AM

Derek Williams

Derek Williams

You can't hate on Heavyweights. That movie was hilarious! As for the JLA movie... I hope they do a story like they did with The New Frontier. It will be amazing.

Oct 19 - 10:54 PM

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Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

So...you're not a fan of Aleister Crowley?

Oct 20 - 11:20 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I am not. I feel Crowley like Morrison throws a ton of crap at the page and revels in the little that sticks. If you listen to Morrison's commentary on the DC movie's it's like he's been reading and watching different characters all his life. In all honesty I'm opposed to any writers who make the slightest move's to take Batman back in an even remotely campy direction, but I just find Morrison's taste's completely unappealing. He obviously has fans, I'm just not one of them, but we've had this discussion before. My taste's skew more toward the linear.

Oct 22 - 02:29 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm an Alan Moore man myself. He's sharp enough to know that shaving your head doesn't automatically make you a magician.

Oct 22 - 09:30 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Me too, Alan Moore and Old School Frank Miller are my two favorites and I believe a cut above just about every other storyteller in their medium. Also like George Perez and Geoff Johns though I think the latter has really only lived up to his real potential with Green Lantern and has been getting too distracted lately with too many projects.

Oct 23 - 06:33 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I remember Perez as an amazing artist who did the best Wonder Woman book I've ever read. And the classic Teen Titans, but I think much less of Marv Wolfman as a writer.

Oct 23 - 10:29 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

You're right Perez was probably best known for New Teen Titans and Crisis of Infinite Earth's. I mentioned him because I think he is to comics art what Moore and Miller are to comics writing. He took what the pioneers of the industry did and what had become stale and reinvented and built on it to make it new and fresh again. I've actually got a Teen Titan's #1 signed by him.

Oct 24 - 03:07 AM

King  S.

King Simba

While it's true that it seems like every young adult series is getting adapted into a movie, Divergent is one that I'm actually looking forward to, as the book was fantastic. It's kind of a shame that the first thing people think of when they hear the words young adult novel is Twilight as there have been a lot of good YA books over the past few years that have nothing in common with Twilight.

Oct 20 - 02:05 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

That is a shame but I'm guessing Divergent has some kind of sci fi hook yet at it's core I'll bet it's about a young girl struggling to find her self and find her true love in the midst of a triangle. This is what all YA books are about at heart, including Twilight.

Oct 20 - 03:17 AM

Eric Albano

Eric Albano

Nevertheless, A LOT of people will be looking forward to it, and it'll make MILLIONS.

Oct 20 - 10:12 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually agree that the love triangle is an overused aspect in YA novels, but to the credit of Divergent, unlike so many other YA books it doesn't feature a love triangle, and while there is a romantic angle it's more of a subplot than the heart of the story.

Oct 20 - 03:03 PM

King  S.

King Simba

If handled right Justice League could be even bigger than Avengers. Superman and Batman are far more popular than any member of The Avengers (Batman on his own has had three movies that made over 400 mil domestically in ticket sales). Unfortunately, if feels like Warner Bros. is just rushing to cash in on the success of The Avengers rather than giving it the proper buildup that Marvel did with Avengers. On top of that, releasing it in the same year as Avengers 2 is only going to draw negative comparisons and hurt it (which film do you think audiences are going to go to? The sequel to one of the best recieved blockbuster is years or the movie featuring a team where only two of the members have had success in solo movies). Maybe things will look brighter if they pick a great director and Man of Steel is a huge success but as of now, things aren't looking too hopeful.

David Fincher isn't the first guy I'd think of to helm a big-budget CGI spectacle, but then again he hasn't directed a single movie since Alien 3 that wasn't at the very least really good, so that alone makes me excited for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, though I can see why Disney is hesitent about it. Ever since Alice in Wonderland, it's been one big budget dissapointment after another (Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, John Carter). I suppose the decision to pursue 20,000 Leauge is going to depend on the success of Oz: The Great and Powerful and The Lone Ranger (though I have to admit, for what initially looked like an assured flop, the teaser for Lone Ranger was surprisingly solid, so there may be hope for it yet despite that ridiculous 250 mil budget).

Just out of curiousity, how on earth was a Need For Speed movie rated higher than an adaptation of Divergent? Let's look at the Tomatometer scores here. Not a single video game adaptation has been rated fresh, while Hunger Games (which Divergent has been drawing comparisons to even though they're entirely different) is not only fresh but certified fresh. Heck, even two of the Twilight movies have better score than any video game adaptation so far.

Anyway, can't wait for Divergent. The potential to be another Hunger Games is certainly there. I initially got the book as a gift for my sister and decided to skim through a few pages to see what the hype was about and before I knew it I had already finished it. It works both as a thriller and a sort of coming of age story with the kind of lead female character that action movies are still struggling to get right. As for the Need For Speed movie, I'm still baffled how it got rated fresh.

As for the rotten developments - yep they're definitely rotten. Every time news comes out about another comic strip adaptation I become more and more grateful that Bill Watterson refused to allow Calvin and Hobbes to be turned into a movie. Who knows how badly studios would mess that up? As for the two comic strips getting adapted this week, they make the Peanuts adaptation seem fresh. At least Peanuts will be fully computer animated, which has a better track record than these Live action/CGI hybrids.

Oct 20 - 02:48 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It's the superb Actor Aaron Paul that makes Need for speed good news just like I'm sure Shailene Woodley makes Divergent Fresh News. If it said Zach Efron in Need for Speed and Lily Colins in Divergent they both would be rotten news.

I might of jumped the gun earlier, There are plenty of YA books that don't revolve around Love Triangles and a young female protagonist discovering herself. Like THE GIVER or the many about a boy and his Dog or The Chocolate War or Ender's Game. See I could go on for Minutes!

I am still looking forward to The Man of Steel. I agree with you if it's fantastic maybe the Justice League can be as well.

Oct 20 - 03:29 AM

King  S.

King Simba

There's only so much an actor can do though if he's dealing with a weak script or poor direction. I remember RT listing the Three Musketeers as a fresh development due to having such a strong cast, and yet the director in question made sure that their efforts would be wasted.

The trouble is video game adaptations have had an very poor track record at the box office, and I think it's a little too much to hope that one based on a game that has absolutely no plot (as opposed to say something like Halo that has much more potential for a movie adaptation) is going to be the one to buck the trend, especially given the choice in director.

Oct 20 - 02:58 PM

Fred Brooks

Fred Brooks

I think 'JL' being bigger than "The Avengers" is some real fantasizing on your part friend, i think you better look at "The Avengers" numbers again and check your mind before making that rediculous bold statement. Can the "JL" be a big hit with the right people behind it of course and i hope that's how it plays out, but let's hold off on that Carona and Tequilla champ before making bold statements like that. And just because the last 2 'Batman' films topped 400 million domestic does'nt guarantee the 'JL' film do so as well. Now if the stars align and the right people are put behind it, 300+m domestic could be a given and 400+m could than become a possibility. But that's a big if as of right now, we have to see who WB signs to direct and star in it. Also what 'MOS' does next year could have big impact one way or the other, depending on how it does at the box office. Should be interesting and i'm excited to see how this plays out.

Oct 20 - 09:52 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I don't expect Justice League to be bigger than Avengers. I said if it had been built right just like Avengers with many solid solo films leading up to the eventual teamup combined with a director who would know how to handle all these different characters and deliver a great popcorn flick then it might have been, but unfortunately I doubt Warner Bros. is going to manage to build it half as well as the way Marvel built Avengers.

I actually agree with your predictions. 300 - 400 mil domestically is probably the best it can really hope for as of now. There simply isn't time to give it the same buildup as Avengers (which started hyping the teamup four years before it was released).

Oct 21 - 03:34 AM

Fred Brooks

Fred Brooks

Yeah i hear you 'King Simba', but DC does'nt have to follow Marvel's plan to make 'JL' a big smash, they just need the right people involved in the film and they'll have a smash on their hands trust me. I do worry about WB sometimes though my friend, i think they take too much control at times. WB needs to let DC handle the comic aspects of things in my opinion. Eventhough Disney handles distribution, promotion, liscenses and what have you not, what i like about Marvel is they maintined creative control over who they hire and what direction they should go with the films. I really wish DC was given that kind of control, i believe the company would prosper even more if they did. I'm excited about all the prospects though, i say the more films by both Marvel and DC the better, and if we can get the quality of product like we got this past summer the future is bright. I'm extremely excited about "IM 3", "MOS" & "Thor" in particular next year.

Oct 21 - 04:17 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Fred, I sure hope Marvel is cutting you a check.

Oct 21 - 07:13 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

That is a shame but I'm guessing Divergent has some kind of sci fi hook yet at it's core I'll bet it's about a young girl struggling to find her self and find her true love in the midst of a triangle. This is what all YA books are about at heart, including Twilight.

Oct 20 - 03:17 AM

Eric Albano

Eric Albano

Nevertheless, A LOT of people will be looking forward to it, and it'll make MILLIONS.

Oct 20 - 10:12 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I actually agree that the love triangle is an overused aspect in YA novels, but to the credit of Divergent, unlike so many other YA books it doesn't feature a love triangle, and while there is a romantic angle it's more of a subplot than the heart of the story.

Oct 20 - 03:03 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It's the superb Actor Aaron Paul that makes Need for speed good news just like I'm sure Shailene Woodley makes Divergent Fresh News. If it said Zach Efron in Need for Speed and Lily Colins in Divergent they both would be rotten news.

I might of jumped the gun earlier, There are plenty of YA books that don't revolve around Love Triangles and a young female protagonist discovering herself. Like THE GIVER or the many about a boy and his Dog or The Chocolate War or Ender's Game. See I could go on for Minutes!

I am still looking forward to The Man of Steel. I agree with you if it's fantastic maybe the Justice League can be as well.

Oct 20 - 03:29 AM

King  S.

King Simba

There's only so much an actor can do though if he's dealing with a weak script or poor direction. I remember RT listing the Three Musketeers as a fresh development due to having such a strong cast, and yet the director in question made sure that their efforts would be wasted.

The trouble is video game adaptations have had an very poor track record at the box office, and I think it's a little too much to hope that one based on a game that has absolutely no plot (as opposed to say something like Halo that has much more potential for a movie adaptation) is going to be the one to buck the trend, especially given the choice in director.

Oct 20 - 02:58 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Yep, I edited out a Looper reference (in the header because it was clunky) and then forgot to put it back in again.

Oct 20 - 08:31 AM

Eric Albano

Eric Albano

Nevertheless, A LOT of people will be looking forward to it, and it'll make MILLIONS.

Oct 20 - 10:12 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"20,000 Leagues" is my favorite Verne novel, and I would love to see what Fincher can do with it. He may be too old, but I vote Ben Kingsley for Nemo. (And if we could post GIFs in comments, Schmitz, I have an array of James Mason chagrins for you, sir!)

Every week you keep putting out worse and worse Nic Cage projects only highlights just how fresh the Richard Kelly-Lawrence Horn "Motown Hit-Man" project looks in hindsight.

I don't see "Loomis Fargo" being any more rotten than some of the fresh ones, and it's pretty much based on the directors. I'm, I guess, one of the few "Nacho Libre" fans out there, and if Hess can get a relatively restrained performance out of Jack Blistering Black, then I think he could keep Carrey's more obnoxious tendencies in check. "Need For Speed"? Well, you know, where's the STORY, plus the director of "Act of Valor"? Hmm-mm.

And on top of that, now you have me hoping that Gary Larson comes out of retirement to script and sketch an animated evolution/anthropology documentary. Mission accomplished, sir!

Oct 20 - 11:18 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

WILL SMITH is CAPTAIN NEMO! (even though America is IN LOVE with Mitt Romney, please vote Democratic on November 6th 2012!) Why does everyone like Mitt Romney so much?

Oct 20 - 05:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Who likes Romney? Everybody knows he's an ass. It's just whether they hate Obama more. I knew a few Republicans who are refusing to vote for him, and several more who will be holding their nose while they do it. Calm down, Gordy. Barry's got this.

Oct 21 - 07:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

So...you're not a fan of Aleister Crowley?

Oct 20 - 11:20 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I am not. I feel Crowley like Morrison throws a ton of crap at the page and revels in the little that sticks. If you listen to Morrison's commentary on the DC movie's it's like he's been reading and watching different characters all his life. In all honesty I'm opposed to any writers who make the slightest move's to take Batman back in an even remotely campy direction, but I just find Morrison's taste's completely unappealing. He obviously has fans, I'm just not one of them, but we've had this discussion before. My taste's skew more toward the linear.

Oct 22 - 02:29 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm an Alan Moore man myself. He's sharp enough to know that shaving your head doesn't automatically make you a magician.

Oct 22 - 09:30 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Me too, Alan Moore and Old School Frank Miller are my two favorites and I believe a cut above just about every other storyteller in their medium. Also like George Perez and Geoff Johns though I think the latter has really only lived up to his real potential with Green Lantern and has been getting too distracted lately with too many projects.

Oct 23 - 06:33 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I remember Perez as an amazing artist who did the best Wonder Woman book I've ever read. And the classic Teen Titans, but I think much less of Marv Wolfman as a writer.

Oct 23 - 10:29 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

You're right Perez was probably best known for New Teen Titans and Crisis of Infinite Earth's. I mentioned him because I think he is to comics art what Moore and Miller are to comics writing. He took what the pioneers of the industry did and what had become stale and reinvented and built on it to make it new and fresh again. I've actually got a Teen Titan's #1 signed by him.

Oct 24 - 03:07 AM

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