Director Jonathan Mostow Provides an Update on Namor flick, THE SUB-MARINER

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Just an hour ago, I was asking director Jonathan Mostow questions about his new movie “The Surrogates”. Since the movie doesn’t get released until the end of September, most of what he said will have to wait. However, since he gave me a brief update on the long in development “Sub-Mariner” movie, I figured you’d like to see that right now. After the jump watch what Jonathan had to say…plus a bit more.

Sub-Mariner image (1).jpgHere’s what you need to know: last week, I did an editing room visit for “The Surrogates” and after it ended, I spent about 5 or 10 minutes talking with Mostow about not only his new film, but what he has in development. Of course, “Sub-Mariner” came up and while he said very little to me on camera today, last week he was a bit more open. Since I wasn’t recording our conversation, here’s a summary:

Unlike “Iron-Man”, “Captain America” and “The Avengers”, which are owned by Marvel, Universal owns the rights to “Sub-Mariner” and can produce the film. According to Jonathan, Universal always renewed the option for the property, so they have the rights like 20th Century Fox has with “X-Men”, and like Sony has with “Spider-Man”. What that means is if Universal eventually makes “Sub-Mariner”, he’s not going to be part of the ever growing Marvel Universe unless Marvel and Universal strike a deal of some kind.

The other thing he told me was that the project was in active development. He said the big hang-up is getting the script right and they haven’t cracked it yet. He said making a great super-hero movie is really tough and without the right script it’s impossible. While I’d love to see a movie based on “Sub-Mariner”, it was refreshing to hear him talk so much about the ensuring the script’s quality before they can make it.

Obviously, with his work on “The Surrogates” coming to a close next month, maybe “Sub-Mariner” will be the next thing he makes. But at this point it’s still a big question mark.

Here’s what he told me on camera today:




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  • you_suck

    Y’know, this is one of those cases where they should just drop it. An underwater super hero isn’t going to translate to screen – everyone knows this. Also, the sub mariner was always a douche – the pointy ears, those dumbass winged feet, that prick scowl. Lame. Further, if he isn’t going to be a part of this Avenger orgy (which I’m growing tired of reading about and it is still several years off), what is the point. They are just making this crap because they own the rights – the demand is manufactured.

  • you_suck

    Y’know, this is one of those cases where they should just drop it. An underwater super hero isn’t going to translate to screen – everyone knows this. Also, the sub mariner was always a douche – the pointy ears, those dumbass winged feet, that prick scowl. Lame. Further, if he isn’t going to be a part of this Avenger orgy (which I’m growing tired of reading about and it is still several years off), what is the point. They are just making this crap because they own the rights – the demand is manufactured.

  • gorge

    Aquaman’s “life partner” I presume?

  • gorge

    Aquaman’s “life partner” I presume?

  • rheged

    LOL! I think you are correct.

    I’m hoping this is move on Universal’s part to get more money from Marvel for the rights to Subby. Cause really, if you are going to do a Marvel Film universe, you really should have the first two Marvel heroes … and that’s Namor and Torch.

  • rheged

    LOL! I think you are correct.

    I’m hoping this is move on Universal’s part to get more money from Marvel for the rights to Subby. Cause really, if you are going to do a Marvel Film universe, you really should have the first two Marvel heroes … and that’s Namor and Torch.

  • Terry

    I’d have to agree with the posts here. I’m a huge Marvel fan, love most of their characters, but Sub-Mariner is not one of them. I’d even prefer that they leave him out of any Avengers movie. This is one of those characters they just need to Deep 6. heheheh

  • Terry

    I’d have to agree with the posts here. I’m a huge Marvel fan, love most of their characters, but Sub-Mariner is not one of them. I’d even prefer that they leave him out of any Avengers movie. This is one of those characters they just need to Deep 6. heheheh

  • Chris

    After watching Heroes and Star Trek it’s clear Zachary Quinto would be the perfect Namor.

    And Marvel better get the rights back to Namor, he can’t survive without the rest of the Marvel Universe

  • Chris

    After watching Heroes and Star Trek it’s clear Zachary Quinto would be the perfect Namor.

    And Marvel better get the rights back to Namor, he can’t survive without the rest of the Marvel Universe

  • Tyler

    You people sound like you just don’t know about Namor and judge him by how he looks and what you assume he does. One he’s been around since 1938.
    Two he’s always been more of a sci-fi character than a super hero, he’s the half human ruler of Atlantis, he’s either fighting Atlantian rebels, invading the surface world, teaming up with Doctor Doom, fighting giant squids, or romancing Sue Storm and Emma Peel.
    I mean come on? From his epic battles with Human Torch in the 40′s, to his current badassery in Dark Reign Namor has always been one of the most dynamic characters in comics.
    Honestly either read the comics or DON’T offer your opinion until the film comes because if any character would make for jaw dropping film along the lines of Peter Jackson’s King Kong it’s Namor.
    It’s irrelevant weather this fits in with a Avengers film…

  • Tyler

    You people sound like you just don’t know about Namor and judge him by how he looks and what you assume he does. One he’s been around since 1938.
    Two he’s always been more of a sci-fi character than a super hero, he’s the half human ruler of Atlantis, he’s either fighting Atlantian rebels, invading the surface world, teaming up with Doctor Doom, fighting giant squids, or romancing Sue Storm and Emma Peel.
    I mean come on? From his epic battles with Human Torch in the 40′s, to his current badassery in Dark Reign Namor has always been one of the most dynamic characters in comics.
    Honestly either read the comics or DON’T offer your opinion until the film comes because if any character would make for jaw dropping film along the lines of Peter Jackson’s King Kong it’s Namor.
    It’s irrelevant weather this fits in with a Avengers film…

  • you_suck

    I really don’t think he can survive in any event. Anyone remember superfriends? Aquaman always standing around at the hall of justice in his diving suit, waiting nervously to see how they would work the assistance of whales and giant sea horses into the plot.

    That having been said, good casting call – Quinto would be the guy, though I think he is probably too expensive now.

    I would really like to know who is in contention for Capt. America. Nobody seems to want to talk about it, but I think the outfit (which is really dated) isn’t going to work. That giant A on the forhead and those stupid wing-ear things; I can’t see audiences taking that with a straight face.

  • you_suck

    I really don’t think he can survive in any event. Anyone remember superfriends? Aquaman always standing around at the hall of justice in his diving suit, waiting nervously to see how they would work the assistance of whales and giant sea horses into the plot.

    That having been said, good casting call – Quinto would be the guy, though I think he is probably too expensive now.

    I would really like to know who is in contention for Capt. America. Nobody seems to want to talk about it, but I think the outfit (which is really dated) isn’t going to work. That giant A on the forhead and those stupid wing-ear things; I can’t see audiences taking that with a straight face.

  • Tyler

    Cap looks brilliant. Nuff Said.

  • Tyler

    Cap looks brilliant. Nuff Said.

  • you_suck

    Tyler, relax; I’ve read the books – I grew up with them. I agree he is an iconic Marvel brand, but I don’t think he would translate to film. There is no dialogue underwater and you can’t really script a credible action sequence because everything is in slow mo. Also, action movies set in/underwater are notoriously costly to produce to don’t go over well (Waterworld, Speed II, The Abyss, etc.).

    On Cap, I’m glad you’re a true believer, but that outfit isn’t going to look right on screen.

    I think if they really want to do right by the Avengers, they ought to work in more of the B team – Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Quicksilver, etc. I’d like to see that.

  • you_suck

    Tyler, relax; I’ve read the books – I grew up with them. I agree he is an iconic Marvel brand, but I don’t think he would translate to film. There is no dialogue underwater and you can’t really script a credible action sequence because everything is in slow mo. Also, action movies set in/underwater are notoriously costly to produce to don’t go over well (Waterworld, Speed II, The Abyss, etc.).

    On Cap, I’m glad you’re a true believer, but that outfit isn’t going to look right on screen.

    I think if they really want to do right by the Avengers, they ought to work in more of the B team – Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Quicksilver, etc. I’d like to see that.

  • Jake

    In order to make a successful superhero flick you have to have a great villain.
    Can anyone name a single first rate Namor enemy? Not talking about some goof even comic book geeks don’t know. Isn’t his traditional arch-enemy the Fantastic Four for cripes sakes?! Most of his fights I recall are against other heroes. Difficult to see a Namor movie working out.

  • Jake

    In order to make a successful superhero flick you have to have a great villain.
    Can anyone name a single first rate Namor enemy? Not talking about some goof even comic book geeks don’t know. Isn’t his traditional arch-enemy the Fantastic Four for cripes sakes?! Most of his fights I recall are against other heroes. Difficult to see a Namor movie working out.

  • Zizzle

    I have grown to love comic books over the past year and a half and have read quite a bit of them. Having said that, I have a lot of respect for Namor but at the same time, I have to agree with the majority here: A solo-Namor film just wouldn’t work.

    As far as an arch-enemy, Attuma would probably fit the bill. Or even Tiger Shark.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attuma
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Shark_(comics)

    In response to the Captain America costume, the suit would work. Cap has always been the greatest symbol, rather than the strongest super hero. His suit and shield are iconic and should not be tampered with.

  • Zizzle

    I have grown to love comic books over the past year and a half and have read quite a bit of them. Having said that, I have a lot of respect for Namor but at the same time, I have to agree with the majority here: A solo-Namor film just wouldn’t work.

    As far as an arch-enemy, Attuma would probably fit the bill. Or even Tiger Shark.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attuma
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Shark_(comics)

    In response to the Captain America costume, the suit would work. Cap has always been the greatest symbol, rather than the strongest super hero. His suit and shield are iconic and should not be tampered with.

  • Prophet Moe Hammond

    Cast DWAYNE JOHNSON as Namor!

  • Prophet Moe Hammond

    Cast DWAYNE JOHNSON as Namor!

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  • Daniel

    the big problem is making a sub-mariner movie without his ties to the Marvel Universe which is a huge problem since his modern origins tie in all of it.

    And then there’s the fact that he looks like Spock and wears a speedo.

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