Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features are making an early big push with their adaptation of The Sword, a graphic novel by Jonathan and Joshua Luna (aka the Luna Brothers). Lakeshore and Hopscotch started by hiring David Hayter (X2) to write the screenplay. The plan is to shoot the first installment in early 2014. Yes, first installment: The Sword comes in four volumes, enough material for a potential franchise in the eyes of the studios.
The Sword is about a young paraplegic, Dara, whose family is brutally murdered by a group with “god-like, supernatural abilities.” Dara discovers an ancient sword that belonged to her father that “not only restores her ability to walk, but it grants her a constantly evolving array of spectacular physical powers.” See the press release after the jump for more details.
The first images and synopsis for Wolves are now available. David Hayter (X-Men, X2 writer) makes his directorial debut in this clash of werewolf clans starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class). Till stars as Cayden Richards, an 18-year-old who runs away from his perfect life when he turns into a werewolf and slaughters his family. Cayden makes it to the town of Lupine Ridge, where the alpha-wolf Connor and the aging John Tollerman vie for control.
Steve recently had the opportunity to interview make-up supervisor Dave Elsey (X-Men: First Class) who will also be working on Wolves; he calls it “very violent and bloody.” Wolves is currently filming. Hit the jump to see the images and read the synopsis.
Everyone loves a villain, especially when those villains are played by Adrien Brody (Predators) and Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian). Brody is in talks to antagonize Gerard Butler (300) in Motor City, a revenge thriller scripted by Chad St. John (The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) and directed by Albert Hughes (Fro Hell). Momoa will star in Wolves, the directorial debut of David Hayter, the writer of 2000′s X-Men. The supernatural flick has Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) going up against Momoa in a battle of werewolves (Good luck, Till). Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Shortly after Dave Elsey won the Saturn Award for Best Make-Up in X-Men: First Class (which he shared with Fran Needham and Conor O’Sullivan) I got to speak with him backstage. We talked about what it was like to work on X-Men with Nicholas Hoult, what the Saturn Awards mean to him, new characters and other rumors for the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, and more. In addition, while I’d heard screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen) was making his directorial debut with an original screenplay called Wolves, I didn’t know much about it. But with Elsey doing the make-up, he revealed that casting has begun, it’s filming in Toronto, a stunt arranger who works with Jackie Chan has been brought onto the project, and he said:
“It’s very violent and bloody, but it’s less like The Wolfman and actually a lot more like an X-Men kind of movie. It’s more of a kind of action movie. Our werewolves…one of the big differences is our werewolves speak in this and they have hopes and dreams like anybody else.”
More after the jump.
The new TV projects just keep rolling in as networks are already starting work on development for next year’s programming season. Today, it’s Showtime coming up to the plate with another new series in development. Deadline reports the cable network is in the midst of adapting The Damned, the comic book written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Brian Hurtt. X-Men, X2: X-Men United and Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter is attached to script the adaptation which will be a modern take on the story which follows a cursed man who is stuck in the middle of a turf war in modern-day Chicago where mobsters are demons. Eddie must play all the angles to keep the warring families at bay while trying to reclaim his soul.
Thank the maker this ended up at Showtime, because it sounds like a show that Fox would cancel after three episodes. I love the mix of organized crime and the supernatural, but the tone and execution would have to be just right in order for it to be a truly dramatic series. Of course, there’s no telling if the project will actually get off the ground, but it’s good to hear Showtime is at least making moves to bring this comic book to life. For a little more on the project, hit the jump to check out a synopsis from the series’ first trade paperback, Three Days Dead.
Screenwriter David Hayter (X2, Watchmen) has been tapped to write the screenplay for the adaptation of Anne McCaffrey’s sci-fi/fantasy series The Dragonriders of Pern. Hayter will adapt Dragonflight, which is the first in a series of novels that began in 1968 and continue to this day. Dragonflight centers on “an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing, telepathic dragons to save the wondrously exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace.” McCaffrey had this to say:
“The fans and I have been waiting, not so patiently, for a long time to see Pern and her characters on the big screen. I couldn’t be more thrilled that a writer with David’s tremendous creativity and track record of translating beloved source material into fantastic movies has decided to make this his next epic adventure.”
Don Murphy has come aboard to executive produce the project, which will be an international co-production financed by several distribution partners around the world. No director is currently attached, but production is set to begin in 2012. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book and the full press release.
Summit Entertainment and E1 Entertainment have just announced screenwriter David Hayter is going to write and executive produce a pilot script for a TV version of the movie Push. Hayter is best known for writing or co-writing Watchmen, The Scorpion King, X2 and X-Men.
For those who never saw Push…it’s essentially another version of NBC’s Heroes. The movie was directed by Paul McGuigan and starred Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou and it made $50 million worldwide.
“The concept behind the Push feature film offers a broad and rich canvas on which to extend the storyline and characters introduced in the feature film,” said Summit Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. “The project is also the perfect vehicle to initiate Summit’s plans of producing programming for the global television marketplace. The opportunity to do this with our trusted partners at E1 re-enforces that this is the right opportunity to grow Summit’s platform.”
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“X-Men” and “Watchmen” screenwriter David Hayter is going where all lords of geeks must eventually go: to zombies. Yes, the geek staple of zombies is now going to get the Hayter treatment as he’s adapting the comic book “Deadworld” for his Dark Hero Studios.
According to Variety, “Deadworld” veers from the popular zombie mythology of depicting an apocalypse in which humans are overrun by flesh-eating corpses. “Deadworld” picks up four months after that event, where the Dead overtake the Earth, with humans few and far between. The protagonist is King Zombie, a Harley-riding corpse who holds a grudge against the survivors who made him an outcast.
Really? Because right up until the end there, that’s popular zombie mythology. That’s “Day of the Dead”, “Land of the Dead”, and “28 Days Later” just off the top of my head. I think the “unique” aspect they’re trying to convey is that it takes place from the perspective of the zombies. There’s no word yet on what kind of zombies we’re talking here: fast-moving zombies, braindead zombies, or just the walking undead who are perfectly nice folks except they’re decomposing and want to eat people.