* The Comics of Robert Kirkman, writer of The Walking Dead and Invincible.
* The cable network AMC, home to Mad Men and an unusually large number of airings of Commando.
* The films of Frank Darabont, including The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist.
So I’m guessing I had some saved up nerd-karma somewhere, as it was just announced today that Frank Darabont is currently developing a TV adaptation of The Walking Dead to air on AMC!
If you’re not familiar with The Walking Dead, it’s an ongoing comic series depicting a realistic view of how the world would react in a zombie apocalypse. Headed by the main character Rick, a police officer from Kentucky, you see how he, his family and other survivors band together and attempt to survive.
As someone who is more than a little familiar with the world of zombies, The Walking Dead is one of the best examples of how to create a believable world from the well-worn concept of zombies, and to know that it will get the ability to play out as a television series as opposed to a one-shot film is extremely exciting, as half the fun of the series is in the journey.
Simply put, this is one of the most exciting television projects in years, and you better believe I will be watching every development. Well done, gang.
The gang at Funny or Die strike again with this amazing ballad about the cast of GI JOE.
I have to say, after the…not so good movie this past weekend, this is the perfect palate cleanser, for both GI Joe fans and non-fans alike.
But what’s more astounding? The cast they got to appear in this thing!
The full cast list is as follows:
Laz Alonso as Doc
Alexis Bledel as Lady Jaye
Billy Crudup as Zartan
Zach Galifiankais as Snow Job
Tony Hale as Dr. Mindbender
Vinnie Jones as Destro
Joey Kern as Tomax
Joey Kern as Xamot
Chuck Liddell as Gung Ho
Julianne Moore as Scarlett
Henry Rollins as Duke
Alan Tudyk as Shipwreck
Olivia Wilde as The Baroness
Sgt. Slaughter as Himself
Also featuring Jamin Fite as Cobra Commander
Frankie Kang as Storm Shadow
Geoff Mann as Buzzer
Andreas Owald as Snake Eyes
Daniel Strange as Torch
Kevin Umbricht as Ripper
Despite the bizarre cold shoulder it received from both comic fans and critics alike, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk is most notable for one thing – being the first example of a unified theatrical Marvel universe.
Because of this, it should be no surprise that the director of that flick, Louis Leterrier, has possibly the craziest, and coolest idea for how the proposed Avengers film should be handled, once Iron Man 2, Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America hit screens over the next few years.
Here’s what ol’ Louie is thinking…
I’ll tell you my real dream: To work with Joe Johnston and [“Thor” director] Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau and make like a triptych. We do four movies. We release them one a month for the summer. Or even every two weeks or three weeks. And the whole summer would be Avengers summer. So we do it the way they make television shows. One story arc but told in installments by different directors. So all of the directors that touch part of the Avengers world would do a part; we could make the movies shorter, maybe less than an hour and a half, and we use the same sets and save Marvel money. I would love to sit around a table with all of them a kick around the story. That’s my dream.
Now, take away the cynical perspective that Hollywood would never do something like this, just based on the logistical hell of it all…but let’s say they did do it: Wouldn’t this be just about the coolest way to close out the Marvel theatrical legacy? Even if the movies end up being so-so in quality, just for the sheer balls of doing FOUR films, and giving each director the opportunity to close out their arcs…that could be something exciting.
Shame it will probably never happen. Unless Marvel Studios is listening?
Be sure to give the full interview a look, too. Leterrier really makes it clear how much of a Marvel fan he is/was, and why he was such a great choice to direct the Hulk. Shame the box office didn’t follow his excitement.